Direct from Flint, Mich.: the honky-tonk man born Eric Allen, but best known for the past decade as Whitey Morgan, front man for several alt-country groups, beginning with the Waycross Georgia Farmboys and, more recently, The 78's. Morgan's return trip to Bloomington's Castle Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday (with opener Alex Williams) follows his debut there last winter. In the interim, he was part of last summer's Tailgate 'N Tallboys lineup on the Peoria riverfront, alongside Chris Janson (who, following suit, is headed back to the area March 17, as opener for Cole Swindell in Bloomington's Grossinger Motors Arena).
Both Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University are gearing up for their respective annual Founders Day Convocations. At ISU, the day-long series of events is Thursday, with this year's honorary doctorate degree recipient Craig Bouchard, noted author ("The Caterpillar Way") and CEO/Chairman of the Board of Signature Group Holdings. The ceremony is at 2 p.m. in the BSC Brown Ballroom, followed by a 3:30 p.m. reception. At IWU, the convocation is set for 11 a.m. Feb. 21 in Westbrook Auditorium, and features Jeremy McCarter, co-author of the musical "Hamilton," as keynote speaker. Both convocations are free and open to the public.
"Constitution U" will be open for classes, and more, from noon to 3 p.m. Monday at the McLean County Museum of History in downtown Bloomington. The occasion: the museum's sixth annual Presidents' Day Open House, with this year's activities celebrating all things constitutional. Family-friendly activities will include a mock election, crafts, games and other fun to help highlight the ways that "we the people" have made the Constitution the document of the people. Admission is free.