Lunch & Learn; 12:10 p.m. Feb. 8, McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington; "Abraham Lincoln and the Founding of the Republican Party," by Bill Kemp; free; 309-828-2860.
Uptown Covered in Chocolate; 4-7 p.m. Feb. 8, Uptown Normal; chocolate-based snacks, drinks, foods and sales at uptown shops and eateries; www.uptownnormal.com/event/uptown-covered-chocolate/.
Mr. Lincoln's Birthday Celebration; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 10, David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington; mansion tours with Lincoln portrayer, birthday cake; donation; 309-828-1084.
Comedy Fest with Taylor Tomlinson; 8 p.m. Feb. 10, ISU Bone Student Center Prairie Room; comedian hosting open mic night; free.
ISU Friends of the Arts Trivia Night; 6 p.m. Feb. 10, ISU Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main St., Normal; scholarship fundraiser featuring ISU-themed trivia contests with teams of 6 to 8 players, cash bar and food for purchase; $15; 309-438-0771.
Under the Dome Knit-In; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 10, McLean County Museum of History, 600 N. Main St., Bloomington; open knitting event for charity (bring your own materials); free; 309-827-0428.
ISU Civic Film Series: We Steal Secrets; 6 p.m. Feb. 12, ISU Stevenson Hall 101; documentary on the creation of WikiLeaks, followed by discussion; free;
Fat Tuesday on Front Street; 4:30-10 p.m. Feb. 13, Jazz UpFront, Digger's, Rosie's Pub and Anju Above on East Front Street in downtown Bloomington; traditional Mardi Gras celebration with line parade, music, cocktails, food and more; $35-$40; 309-200-8216.
IWU Poetry Showcase featuring Neil Hilborn; 7 p.m. Feb. 14, IWU Hansen Student Center; nationally known slam poet, along with local spoken word performers; free.
Bill Engvall; 8 p.m. Feb. 9, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; comedian; $39-$89; 309-673-3200.
Disney on Ice: Reach for the Stars; 7 p.m. Feb. 9, 1 and 5 p.m. Feb. 10-11, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; national tour; $15-$75; 309-673-3200.
Wild About Love at Wildlife Prairie Park; 6 p.m. Feb. 10, Wildlife Prairie Park, near Peoria; five-course dinner, free beer/wine hour (6-7 p.m.), cash bar after 7 p.m., DJ dance, drawings, more; $75; 309-676-0998.
Winter Guided Hikes; 11 a.m. Feb. 10-11, Starved Rock Park Lodge, Utica; guided park hikes; $12; reservations at 815-220-7386.
Kevin Hart; 7 p.m. Feb. 11, Bank of Springfield (B.O.S.) Center, Springfield; comedian; $61-$127.50; 217-788-8800.
Vitaly: A World of Wonders; 3 p.m. Feb. 11, U of I at Springfield Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; illusionist; $17-$25; 800-207-6960.
ISU Women's Choir; 6 p.m. Feb. 8, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; free.
IWU Jazz and Improvisation Concert; 8 p.m. Feb. 8, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; concert of jazz improv and original compositions by Glenn Wilson, David Vayo and William Koehler; free.
Here Come the Mummies and Sun Stereo; 8 p.m. Feb. 9, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; rock-funk groups; $22.50-$25; 309-820-0352.
Old Shoe, Chicago Farmer, John Till and LowDown Brass Band Horns; 8 p.m. Feb. 10, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; rock groups-singers; $12-$15; 309-820-0352.
Cor Cantiamo and NCHS Choirs; 3 p.m. Feb. 11, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; Northern Illinois University choral ensemble with NCHS Chamber Singers, Chamber Chorale and Women's Chorale; $5-$7; www.nchschoirs.org.
Eunkyung Son; 3 p.m. Feb. 11, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; guest cellist recital; free.
ISU Big Band Dance; 7-10 p.m. Feb. 11, New Lafayette Club, 1602 S. Main St,., Bloomington; dance to big band classics by ISU Jazz Ensembles I and II; $15; 309-438-7631.
Michelle Vought; 8 p.m. Feb. 13, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; ISU faculty soprano; free.
Bill Koehler; 8 p.m. Feb. 14, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; ISU faculty bass player, with guests Glenn Wilson on sax and David Vayo on piano; free.
Peoria Symphony Orchestra with The Brazillionaires and Marcia Henry Liebenow; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; conducted by George Stelluto; 309-673-3200.
PrimeTime Country Opry; 7 p.m. Feb. 10, Olympia High School Auditorium, rural Stanford; country music shows with PrimeTime Country Opry Band and special guest Missy Vail; adults $10, ages 3-12 $3, under 3 free; 309-449-5484.
The Gospelaires; 5 p.m. Feb. 11, Living Hope Community Church (Boynton), 326 N.W. Jefferson St., Hopedale; gospel group in concert, preceded by soup supper; 309-449-5503.
For the Loyal; pay-what-you-can preview, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8; regularly ticketed, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9-10, 15-17 and 22-24, and 2 p.m. Feb. 18 and 24; Heartland Theatre Company, One Normal Plaza, Normal; $5-$15; 309-452-8709.
The Girl Who Fell Through a Hole in Her Sweater; 8 p.m. Feb. 9-10, 2 p.m. Feb. 11, IWU E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre; IWU Lab Theatre production of Naomi Wallace all-ages fantasy (suitable for children, with pre-show family activities in lobby); $2-$3; 309-556-3232.
Four Weddings and an Elvis; 6:15 p.m. Feb. 9-10 and 16-17, 12:45 p.m. Feb. 11 and 18, Eagle Performing Arts & Conference Center, Pontiac; Vermillion Players production of romantic comedy; $35; 815-844-5847.
Assassins; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8-10, 3 p.m. Feb. 11, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; U of I Theatre production of Stephen Sondheim musical; $10-$25; 217-333-6280.
Karaoke; 7 p.m. Feb. 8, Bloomington Eagles; free.
Sarah Quah; 8 p.m. Feb. 8, Jazz UpFront; jazz; no cover.
The Bygones; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Winners; nostalgic rock; no cover.
Joey Glassman Quartet; 8 p.m. Feb. 9, Jazz UpFront; jazz; $5.
Mark & Melisa; 7 p.m. Feb. 9, Bloomington Eagles; country; $5.
Protege; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Legends Sports Bar & Grille; classic rock; no cover.
Back@Cha; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10, Dr. McKay's Bar & Grille; rock; no cover.
Jury's Out; 8 p.m. Feb. 10, Bloomington VFW; ’80s rock; nonperishable food donation to Home Sweet Home Mission.
Salsa Night; 8 p.m. Feb. 10, Jazz UpFront; $5.
Social Dance; 7 p.m. Feb. 10, Normal Community Activity Center; DJ music; $5.
Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8, American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover.
Lick Creek; 8 p.m. Feb. 10, Clinton Eagles, Clinton; country; no cover.
Children's Discovery Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat.; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 101 E. Beaufort St., Normal; exhibit gallery, paint wall, two-story climber, AgMazing exhibit, educational programs, more; $7, under 2 free; 309-433-3444.
Dublin Irish Dance; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9-10, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; Irish step dance and singing troupe; $10-$35; 217-333-6280.