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What about B.o.B.?

OK, so B.o.B. may be several degrees off orbit with his conspiracy theorizing that Earth is, in fact, flat, witness his ongoing GoFundMe campaign "to find Earth's curve." But when it comes to music, he's on much steadier terra firma ... witness the upward, if not curved, trajectory of his career since 2010's "Nothin' on You," produced by and featuring Bruno Mars. It spent two weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and resulted in no fewer than three Grammy nominations. B.o.B. will share the bill with fellow rapper Waka Flocka Flame at 8 p.m. Saturday in Illinois Wesleyan University's Shirk Center. General admission tickets for the public are $25, either at the door (cash only) or at, while entry is free for all IWU students, faculty and staff with valid campus ID. 

Scoring big

Thanks to a fluke in this season's scheduling, Illinois Symphony Orchestra fans have been treated to two full-orchestra concerts on successive weekends ... an ISO first. Last Friday, it was a classical-leaning Masterworks concert with guest violinist Adele Anthony performing under the baton of Ken Lam. This Friday, at 7:30 p.m. in the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, it's Star Wars & Beyond: The Best of John Williams. On the podium will be guest conductor Vince Lee guiding the orchestra through a celebration of Williams' scores for the "Star Wars" movies and other blockbuster franchises, including "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Superman" and "Harry Potter."

Cuckoo for cocoa

The February edition of downtown Bloomington’s monthly First Friday fun is taking on a rich, creamy and oh-so-sweet texture. We can thank that tasty turn to its convergence with the annual Tour de Chocolat' from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at participating restaurants, specialty shops and art galleries. Each location will offer its own spin on the cocoa-nutty product, with assorted sampling/tastings and sideline goodies. Go to for details.


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