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Entertainment calendar for the week of May 26, 2011.

GO! get bowled over: Nature's sweetest sourball, the cherry, is feted at the annual Cherry Festival in Washington (Ill., not D.C.), starting Wednesday and filling bowls through June 4.

GO! badly with Bradley: Brad Cooper and the gang return for assorted pre-nuptial debaucheries in "The Hangover Part II," lowering morals at a theater near you this lost weekend.

GO! for a vine time: The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Music and International Beer & Wine Festival is on tap again Saturday/Sunday amid the arbors of the pastoral Mackinaw vintner.

GO! through the woofs: If it's Memorial Day weekend, it must be time for the Heart of Illinois Cluster Dog Show, barking up the right tree again at Bloomington's Interstate Center today through Monday.

GO! reap what they sew: The annual DeWitt County Museum summer Quilt Show blankets the historic mansion in Clinton with hand-made splendors starting Wednesday and continuing through June 30.

GO! to those '70s shows: Where were you in '72? At a concert with REO Speedwagon, ZZ Top and/or Lynyrd Skynyrd? Flash back as REO plays Champaign's Virginia Theater Friday and ZZ/Lynyrd team up tonight at the Peoria Civic Center.

GO! get down & Dirty: The Dirty Hands Band headlines a local rock showcase at Bloomington's Castle Theatre at 9 tonight, along with The Turncoats and Farmageddon.


SPECIAL EVENTS

This Weekend (May 26-29)

Bloomington-Normal

Heart of Illinois Cluster Dog Show; May 26-30, Interstate Center, 2301 W. Market St., Bloomington; obedience trials, seminars, clinics, more; 309-829-3976.

Spirits of Bloomington Historic Ghost Walks; 7 p.m. May 27, Mid-City Hotel, downtown Bloomington; $10; reservations, 309-846-4306.

Downtown Bloomington Farmers Market; 7:30 a.m.-noon Sat., May 28-Oct. 29, downtown Bloomington square; fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, art, live music, more; free admission; 309-829-9599.

Central Illinois

Taste of Morton; 4-8 p.m. May 27, Field Shopping Center, Morton; food items from Morton area restaurants, live entertainment, more; 309-266-7884.

Louie Louie Parade and Festival; 3:30-11 p.m. May 27, downtown Peoria riverfront; kazoo parade from downtown to riverfront, followed by live bands, entertainment, more; free; 309-681-0696.

Railsplitter Antique Auto Club Cruise-In, 5-9 p.m. May 28, downtown Lincoln; vintage cars and related activities; free.

Streator Heritage Days Celebration; May 27-29, Streator City Park in Streator; carnival, parade, entertainment, food, more; free.

Drill Team Extravaganza Parade; 11 a.m. May 28, downtown Decatur; drill teams from around Midwest, led by grand marshal RonReaco Lee (BET's "Let's Stay Together"); free; 217-855-5417.

Pioneer Days, 1-4 p.m. May 29, W.H. Sommer Park, Peoria, 6329 Koerner Road, Peoria; demonstrations of mid-19th-century pioneer life, children's games, more; $2; 309-691-8423.

This Week (May 30-June 1)

Central Illinois

Pontiac Memorial Day Parade; May 30, downtown Pontiac; free.

Downs Village Market; 4-6 p.m. Wed., June 1-Sept. 28, southwest edge of Downs, off

I-74; fresh local produce, baked goods, plants and flowers, crafts, more; free admission; 309-378-4223.

DeWitt County Museum Quilt Show; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. and 1-5 p.m. Sun., June 1-30, C.H. Moore Homestead, 219 E. Woodlawn, Clinton; quilt displays in historic mansion; $1-$3; 217-935-6066.

Washington Cherry Festival; June 1-4, John Bearce Commercial Property, Washington; entertainment, food, more; free admission.

Next Weekend (June 2-5) & Beyond

Bloomington-Normal

Friends of Bloomington Public Library Summer Book Sale; 5-8 p.m. June 2 (members only), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. June 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 4, bag sale noon-4 p.m. June 5, Crossroads Centre, Normal; paperbacks, hard-covers, CDs and more; free admission; 309-828-6091 .

First Friday; 5-8 p.m. June 3, various downtown Bloomington restaurants, shops and galleries; extended hours, live entertainment, gallery events and more; www.downtownbloomington.org.

Spirits of Bloomington Historic Ghost Walks; 7 p.m. June 3, Mid-City Hotel, downtown Bloomington; $10; reservations, 309-846-4306.

Tour de Metro; 4-8 p.m. June 3, downtown Bloomington; tours of six downtown living spaces, with food and wine samplings; $25; 309-829-9599.

Love In Bloom Victorian Bridal Tea; 2 p.m. June 4, David Davis Mansion, 1000 E. Monroe St., Bloomington; Tea Ladies event with Victorian wedding traditions program and vintage gown display; $25, with reservations at 309-827-2200.

Champagne British Car Festival; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 5, David Davis Mansion, 1000 E. Monroe St., Bloomington; exhibit of more than 130 antique British-made autos on mansion grounds; 309-828-1084.

Central Illinois

Havana Catfish Festival; June 3-5, downtown riverfront, Havana; catfish tournament, food, music, games and more; free admission.

Paxton Town-Wide Garage Sales; 7 a.m.-sellout June 3-4, various locations in Paxton; community garage sales.

Edgar Lee Masters Day; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 4, downtown Lewistown; festival celebrating "Spoon River Anthology" author, with entertainment, food, more; free.

Farmer City Car, Truck and Tractor Show; 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 4, Main Street in downtown Farmer City; cruise-in, food, displays, award show, more; free.

Family Nature Exploration Day; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 4, Sugar Grove Nature Center, Funks Grove; guided hike, animal feeding, craft activities, more; free; 309-874-2174.

Grand Village of the Kickapoo Powwow; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. June 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 5, Grand Village of the Kickapoo Park, rural LeRoy; 13th annual Native American culture celebration with grand entry processions each day (1 and 7 p.m. Sat., 1 p.m. Sun.); $3-$5, under 6 free; 309-287-0044.

Decatur-Macon County Fair; June 6-12, fairgrounds in Decatur; 217-877-9291.


LIVE MUSIC

This Weekend (May 26-29)

Bloomington-Normal

** Adam's at 'em: It seems like local jazz prodigy Adam Larson was just that 11-year-old sax player wowing audiences a few years ago. But he's a grown-up 21 now, currently making waves in New York City on a full scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music. He's back in town this holiday weekend, with three gigs for his band: 6 p.m. tonight at the Connie Link Amphitheater in Normal (free); 7 p.m. Friday at the McLean County Arts Center ($7-$10); and 7 and 9 p.m. Tuesday in downtown Bloomington's Eaton Gallery ($5 at the door).

Dirty Hands Band, The Turncoats and Farmageddon; 9 p.m. May 26, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; country, blues and rock groups; $6; 309-820-0352.

Central Illinois

ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd; 7 p.m. May 26, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; rock groups; $25-$59.50; 309-673-3200.

Bement Country Opry; 8 p.m. May 27, downtown Bement; country music shows with Bement Country Opry band and guests Doug & Chrissy Rigsby; $5-$10; 217-877-6499.

Fourth Friday Jamboree; 6:30 p.m. May 27, Armington Christian Church, 202 S. Monroe, Armington; country-gospel show with guests Fred McGlaughlin and Rex Bean; free-will offering; 309-392-2828.

REO Speedwagon; 8 p.m. May 27, Virginia Theater, Champaign; rock group; $47-$69.50; 217-356-9063.

** Gone camping: Each year, the lineup for the three-day, five-stage Summer Camp Music Festival at Chillicothe's Three Sisters Park keeps growing in size and eclecticism. This year's lollapalooza, Friday through Sunday, boasts 65 bands, including Huey Lewis, Bruce Hornsby, Umphrey's McGee, moe., Wiz Khalifa, Widespread Panic, Yonder Mountain Spring Band, Bassnectar, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Avett Brothers, Cypress Hill, STS9, Keller Williams, Girl Talk, Gaelic Storm, SOJA and on and on. Single-day ($25-$60) and all-weekend tickets ($180) are available at 800-514-ETIX and www.summercampfestival.com.

Bellflower Country Opry; 7 p.m. May 28, Bellflower Community Center, downtown Bellflower; country music show with guests Dan Dermody, Nick Anderson and Leon and Barbara Mercer; $10 (ages 12 and under free); 309-722-3497.

Kentuckiana Opry; 8 p.m. May 28, Kentuckiana Kampground, Hopedale; country music shows with Kentuckiana Opry Band and guest Tim Wallis; adults $8, children $2; 309-449-3274.

PrimeTime Country Opry; 7 p.m. May 28, Olympia High School Auditorium, rural Stanford; country music shows with PrimeTime Country Opry Band and talent contest; adults $9, ages 3-12 $3, under 3 free; 309-449-5484.

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Music and International Beer & Wine Festival; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. May 28, noon-6 p.m. May 29, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw; live bands, food, wine and beer tasting, more; $10 under 13 free; 309-359-9463.

This Week (May 30-June 1)

Bloomington-Normal

Adam Larson Trio; 7 and 9 p.m. May 31, Eaton Gallery, Bloomington; jazz group; $5 at the door.

Lunchtime Concerts: Surf Riders; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 1, Withers Park, Bloomington; surf rock group; free; 309-434-2260.

Next Weekend (June 2-5) & Beyond

Bloomington-Normal

Big James & The Chicago Playboys; 7 p.m. June 3, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; blues groups; $6-$10; 309-820-0352.

Blaggards and The Shanties; 8 p.m. June 4, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; Irish rock groups; $10; 309-820-0352.

Jim Markum Swing Band; 3:30 p.m. June 5, Connie Link Amphitheater, Normal; jazz band; free; 309-433-3434..

Spirited; 7 p.m. June 5, Eureka United Methodist Church, Bloomington; oboist Janet Clazzy, with comedic essays by Jonathan Richard Cring; offering taken; 309-467-3026.

Central Illinois

Richard & Marge Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund Dinner/Concert; 7 p.m. June 4, Olympia High School, Auditorium, Stanford; ICMA country concert, preceded by 5:30 p.m. dinner in cafeteria; $3-$9; 309-378-4203.

International Carillon Festival; 7-8:30 p.m. June 5-7 and 9-12, Thomas Rees Carillon in Washington Park, Springfield; nightly concerts featuring carillon players from around the world; free; 217-753-6219.

 


LIVE THEATER

This Weekend (May 26-29)

Central Illinois

The Cemetery Club; Thu.-Sat. eve. and Sun. matinee, May 26-June 12, Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre, Goodfield; comedy; $32-$36; 309-965-2545.

Pop!; 7:30 p.m. May 26-28, Engle Lane Theatre, Streator; Community Players of Streator production of '50s-'70s pop music revue; 815-672-4066.

This Week (May 30-June 1)

Central Illinois

Cats; June 1-12, Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan; musical; 217-728-7375.

Next Weekend (June 2-5) & Beyond

Central Illinois

Central Illinois Stage Combat Workshop Demonstration; 1 p.m. June 3, Eureka College Pritchard Theatre, Eureka; demonstration of theater fighting skills by workshop participants; free; 309-467-6580.


NIGHTLIFE

This Weekend (May 26-29)

Bloomington-Normal

Buck Stevens; 9 p.m. May 26, Six Strings; country-dance DJ; $3.

Open Mic Night; 9 p.m. May 26, Illinois Brewing Co.; no cover.

Karaoke; 9 p.m. May 26, CII East; 8:30 p.m. May 26 and 29, Shooters Lounge; 8:30 p.m. May 29, Illinois Brewing Co.; no cover.

Then & Now; 7 p.m. May 26, Swingers Grille; 7 p.m. May 27, Knights of Columbus; acoustic covers; no cover.

Belclare Road; 10 p.m. May 27, Six Strings; rock-alternative; $5.

Bill Porter & Friends; 8:30 p.m. May 27, Winners; classic rock; no cover.

The Bygones; 6:30 p.m. May 27, Mr. Beez at Parke Hotel; acoustic nostalgic rock; no cover.

Davenport & Dish; 7 p.m. (Davenport only) and 9 p.m. (with Tricia Stiller) May 27, Lancaster's; variety; no cover.

Kevin Stearns; 9 p.m. May 27, Diggers; acoustic pop; no cover.

The Indras; 6 p.m. May 27, Cheeks Bar & Grill; rock-pop; no cover.

Nothing Fits; 10 p.m. May 27, Daddios; rock; $5.

J.B. & Tim Barnes; 5:15 p.m. May 27 and 8:30 p.m. May 28 (Barnes only), Shooters Lounge; DJs; no cover.

Big On Blondes; 6 p.m. May 28, Gill St. Sports Bar & Grill; rock; no cover.

Big Smoothe; 9 p.m. May 28, TheatresCool; rock; $5.

Harley; 10 p.m. May 28, Six Strings; country-dance DJ; no cover.

Jim Vasilou; 7 p.m. May 28, Schooners; acoustic rock; no cover.

Meanstreak; 9 p.m. May 28, Mug Shots; classic rock; no cover.

Central Illinois

Lakeside Sunday; 7 p.m. May 26, Kelly's Merna Bar & Grill, Merna; classic rock; no cover.

Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. May 26, Heyworth American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover.

Patti Vasquez; 8 p.m. May 27, 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. May 28, Mason City Limits Comedy Club; comedy; $12:50-$13.50.

Jury's Out; 9 p.m. May 28, Highlander, Chatsworth; '80s review; no cover.

Sister Groove; 7 p.m. May 28, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw; R&B-rock; $5.

This Week (May 30-June 1)

Bloomington-Normal

Karaoke; 8:30 p.m. May 30, Illinois Brewing Co.; no cover.

Open Mic Night; 9 p.m. May 31, Six Strings; variety; no cover.

Ed Anderson & Chicago Farmer; 9 p.m. June 1, Six Strings; Americana-folk; no cover.

Tim Barnes; 8:30 p.m. June 2, Shooters Lounge; DJ; no cover.


JUST FOR KIDS

This Weekend (May 26-29)

Bloomington-Normal

** Run for the sun: It may be sunny summer, but the nocturnal twinkle hasn't left the ISU Planetarium, which has a heavenly show just right for school-sprung

stargazers: 3-2-1 ... Blast Off!, now being launched Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., through July 22. The out-of-this-world show features two kids exploring the solar system, along with their trusty guide Pixel. Rocket fare: $4 for adults, $3 for ages 5-12 and seniors, $2 for ages 3-4 and free to planetarium members. Call 309-438-5007.

Children's Discovery Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Wed. and Sat., 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 1-5 p.m. Sun., 101 E. Beaufort St., Normal; exhibit gallery, paint wall, two-story climber, AgMazing exhibit, educational programs, more; $6 for ages 2 and over; under 2, free; 309-433-3448.

Central Illinois

ZooFest; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 28, Peoria Zoo in Glen Oak Park, 2218 N. Prospect, Peoria; games, animal encounters, bouncy rides, more; 309-681-3513.


EXHIBITS

Bloomington-Normal

** Step right in! Illinois State University's University Galleries are allowing us to run off to the circus the safe, easy and economical way this summer, courtesy the brand new exhibit, Magnificent Menagerie, occupying more than just three rings -- it gets all four of the galleries' exhibition spaces to deck with circus posters, art, ephemera and history. This greatest show on Earth, or at least in B-N, was co-organized with Milner Library's famed Circus & Allied Arts Collection and continues through Aug. 7. Best of all: It's a freebie. Info: 309-438-5487.

Prologue to Presidency: Abraham Lincoln on the Illinois Eighth Judicial Circuit; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sun, David Davis Mansion, 1000 E. Monroe St., Bloomington; permanent exhibit on Lincoln's experiences on the circuit; free; 309-828-1084.

Emily Merriman; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-noon Sat., through June 30, IAA Credit Union lobby, 808 IAA Drive, Bloomington; photography; free.

ISU University Galleries; regular school hours, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Tue., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.-Mon., summer hours, noon-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and weekends by appointment, ISU Center for the Visual Arts; rotating exhibits in three galleries; free; 309-438-5487.

IWU Merwin and Wakeley Galleries; school hours, noon-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 1-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 7-9 p.m. Tue., summer hours, noon-3 p.m. Fri.-Mon.; 302 E. Graham St., Bloomington; rotating exhibits; free; 309-556-3391.

McLean County Arts Center; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tue., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat.; 601 N. East St., Bloomington; rotating exhibits, sales, rentals, art classes and lectures; free; 309-829-0011.

Claire Hedden: something about a pilgrimage; through June 11, McLean County Arts Center, see above; mixed-media sculptures.

Marilee Salvator & Sarah Smelser: Confluence; through July 23, McLean County Arts Center, see above; mixed-media prints and monotypes.

McLean County Museum of History; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. (until 9 p.m. Tue.), 200 N. Main St., Bloomington; permanent and rotating exhibits; adults $5, seniors $4, students, children under 12 and members free; 309-827-0428.

A Passion for Detail: The Architectural Legacy of A.L. Pillsbury; through Aug. 30, McLean County Museum of History, see above; hand-drawn and colored renderings of noted B-N architect.

Come & Get It! The Way We Ate 1830-2008; through Jan. 31, 2012, McLean County Museum of History, see above; exhibit on McLean County food ways since 1800s.

A Turbulent Time: Perspectives of the Vietnam War; through Aug. 6; McLean County Museum of History, see above; exhibit on ways McLean County perceived and responded to U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

Prairie Aviation Museum; summer hours, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun., 2929 E. Empire St., Bloomington; permanent and rotating exhibits and displays with aerial history themes; adults $5, ages 6-11 $2, 5 and under free; 309-663-7632.

Central Illinois

U of I Krannert Art Museum; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri. (until 8 p.m. Wed. during fall and spring semesters), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., and 2-5 p.m. Sun., 500 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign; paintings, porcelain, historical artifacts, traveling art exhibits; $3 donation suggested; 217-333-1861.

Burgess Hall Art Gallery; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and by apt. on weekends, third floor of Burgess Hall, Eureka College, Eureka; rotating exhibits; free; 309-467-6866.

Simpkins Military History Museum; 1-5 p.m. Tue., Thu., Sat.-Sun., 605 E. Cole St., Heyworth; permanent and rotating military history exhibits; free (donations accepted); 309-473-3989.

Dickson Mounds Museum; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Road, Lewistown; displays, special exhibits; free; 309-547-3721.

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., Riverfront Arts Center, 305 S.W. Water, Peoria; rotating exhibits in two galleries; free; 309-674-6822.

Ed McCullough; through June 23, Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, see above; maquettes.

Jason Mack; through July 1, Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, see above; glass sculpture.H

Lakeview Museum; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun., University & Lake, Peoria; permanent and rotating exhibits, planetarium shows and events; adults $6, ages 3-17 $4; 309-686-7000.

Peoria Art Guild; Foster Arts Center, Harrison and Washington streets, Peoria; rotating exhibits, gift shop; free; 309-637-2787.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sun, 212 N. Sixth St., Springfield; Lincoln-themed exhibits, historical displays, special events, more; adults $10, seniors and students $7, ages 5-15 $4, under 5 free; 217-558-8844.

Illinois State Museum; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas; Spring and Edwards streets, Springfield; free; 217-782-7387.


DOWN THE ROAD

Latecomers: The ever-morphing schedule at Bloomington's Castle Theatre has just added a couple more summer biggies too late for inclusion in today's big GO! summer concert preview. So scoot over and make room for these late additions: The Wronglers with Jimmy Dale Gilmore, a sonic collision involving bluegrass, old-time country, western swing, blues, rockabilly and more, at 8 p.m. June 23, with tickets priced at $15; and Punkfest X3, a day/night-long meltdown starting at 2 p.m. June 25, and featuring The Frantic, A Hidden Agenda, The Run Around, Sleeping Under 47, She Likes Todd, The Senti-Mentals, Demolition Derby and The Giveaways, with tickets $10 advance and $12 the day of. Call 309-820-0352.

In the RAW: Also announced too late for inclusion in our summer preview is a July 29 date for the RAW World Tour at the Peoria Civic Center Arena. Sweat will be flung from the likes of Jon Cena, The Miz, Rey Mysterio, Big Show and others. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. event are $15 to $60, and go on sale at 10 a.m. June 4 via the PCC box office and Ticketmaster.

Mighty Oaks: Not eligible for the summer preview, but still pertinent is a just-announced winter date for the ubiquitous Oak Ridge Boys (who, in fact, are included in the preview via their previously announced Illinois State Fair gig with Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers). This latest date is a solo Christmas concert, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 in the Peoria Civic Center Theater. Tickets are $37 to $52, and go on sale at 10 a.m. today via regular PCC channels.

Headliners: Big names headed to summer events not exclusively bound to music include the irrepressible Ted Nugent, designated headliner at the annual Grand National Weekend cycle rally and races in Peoria, where he'll be performing the big Saturday night show Aug. 20 on the downtown riverfront (tickets still TBA); and country hit-maker David Lee Murphy, who is this year's free grandstand attraction, along with opener David Nail, Aug. 5 at the McLean County Fair in Bloomington.

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