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Jim Gaffigan

ROBIN VON SWANK, For The Pantagraph

Laugh again

As promised in last week's GO! section, where he was the fully bearded cover boy, comedian Jim Gaffigan takes to the stage of Bloomington's Grossinger Motors Arena at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, his arsenal of mostly family-friendly observational humor in tow. Last we heard, the show was selling fast, so don't tarry: He's in that exclusive club of stand-ups who can routinely fill arenas at the drop of a punchline.

Toe's company

It's feet first this weekend at the annual fall concert by the Illinois State University Dance Theatre, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, in ISU’s Center for the Performing Arts. On the bill: something for everyone, from classical to contemporary, including works by this year's guest artist, Joshua Blake Carter, a former dancer with the Giordano Dance Chicago and current artistic director of Giordano II.

Vaude-squad

Shades of B-N's rich vaudevillian past: The Normal Theater recently debuted a new free Monday night series designed to bring the live entertainment tradition of yore singing and dancing into the 21st century. Dubbed Vaudeville Monday, the showcase is a successor to the previous season's alternating Monday night offerings, Midwest Songwriter Sessions and Normal Humor Comedy Hour. Vaudeville Monday combines the best of both worlds into one showcase, with room for plenty more (dance, magic, theater, film, demonstrations and "anything else you can imagine"). Next session, 7 p.m. Monday.

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