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GO! Calendar 04/29/10

GO! Calendar 04/29/10

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GO! feet first: Illinois State University's Dance Theatre is on its toes courtesy the troupe's annual spring concerts, tonight through Sunday in ISU's Center for the Performing Arts.

GO! play ball: Major League Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. is the celestial attraction for this year's American Red Cross "Evening of Stars," at 6 tonight in uptown Normal's Marriott Hotel.

GO! wassup, doc? What's up is the annual "Doctors in Concert," featuring seven musically inclined local medicos performing at 7 p.m. Friday in Normal's First Baptist Church.

GO!, sister, go: The next session of "Late Nite Catechism" convenes at 8 p.m. Friday in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom, complete with a meatloaf-and-tater tots dinner, yum, yum.

GO! to yell: The latest old '80s yeller to get a slick century 21 redo is Wes Craven's 1984 "A Nightmare on Elm Street," now with Jackie Earle Haley as dream fiend Freddy Krueger. It opens with a midnight show tonight.

GO! wing it: Visitors will be flying high Saturday at Airport Daze, a celebration of all things aerial at the Logan County Airport in Lincoln.

GO! without: No instrumental frills for ISU's voices-only experts, Acafellaz, performing their big spring show at 7 p.m. Saturday in ISU's Braden Auditorium.  


This Weekend (April 29-May 2)


Evening of Stars: Cal Ripken Jr.; 6 p.m. April 29, Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Normal; American Red Cross of the Heartland fundraiser with dinner and presentation Major League Baseball Hall of Famer; $150; 309-662-0500.

Ewing Park Spring Bird Walks; 8 a.m. May 1, Ewing Park, Bloomington (meet at Towanda Avenue parking lot); John Wesley Powell Audubon chapter-led walks to view birds; free; 309-829-9985.

Central Illinois

Airport Daze; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 1, Logan County Airport, Lincoln; aircraft displays, aerial memorabilia, radio-controlled airplane flights, museum exhibits, concessions, free plane rides, more; free; 217-732-8687.

Antique Farm Show; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 1, New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg; plowing demonstrations, antique farm equipment displays, more; free; 217-632-4000.

Brinkerhoff Home Spring Craft Fair; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 1, Brinkerhoff Home grounds, 1500 N. Fifth St., Springfield; outdoor fair; free; 217-523-1666.

Family Nature Exploration Day; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 1, Sugar Grove Nature Center, Funks Grove; guided hike, animal feeding, craft activities, more; free; 309-874-2174.

** Kicks fix: Here comes the annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival, the Route 66 celebration that kicks off in Joliet and wends its way southward through a 90-mile swath of Mother Road country to Towanda, with added fun at all towns in between. Hours and mileage may vary from town to town (Dwight, Odell, Pontiac, Chenoa, Lexington, etc.), but, generally, the fun spans 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Call 815-844-5847 for more kicks, er, details.

This Week (May 3-5)


Scott Carlson; 3 p.m. May 4, ISU Bone Student Center Old Main Room; reporter/blogger in presentation, "Libraries and the Future"; free; 309-438-3481.

Next Weekend (May 6-9) & Beyond


First Friday; 5-8 p.m. May 7, various downtown Bloomington restaurants, shops and galleries; extended hours, live entertainment, gallery events and more;

Prairie Fire Theatre Champagne Gala; 7:30 p.m. May 8, IWU Memorial Student Center Main Lounge; PFT fundraiser, with entertainment, champagne, food, more; $50 (includes $25 donation); 309-824-3047.

Twin City Cruisers Cruise Nights: Vehicles with Hubcaps; 5:30-9 p.m. May 8, Shoppes at College Hills parking lot, north of Von Maur, Normal; themed classic/modified vehicle gatherings, with awards, door prizes, DJ music, more; free; 309-827-8281.

Spring Tree Walk; 1 p.m. May 9, ISU quad (meet Sassafras Grove area near Hovey Hall); guided quad walk led by "Dean of Green" Don Schmidt; free; 309-438-3664.

Central Illinois

Second Annual C-U Improv Fest; 8 p.m. May 7, 8 and 10 p.m. May 8, Class Act, 114 S. Neil St., Champaign; competition among teams from Bloomington, Champaign-Urbana and Chicago, with evening shows and daily workshops; $10 per event, $25 weekend pass;

Italian Feast Fundraiser; 4-7 p.m. May 8, Eureka Bible Church, 1452 Church Road, Eureka; Woodford County Association for Developmentally Disabled fundraiser, with Italian dinner, silent auction, entertainment, more; $5-$7; 309-467-3015 Ext. 103.

Peoria Heights Art Fair; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 8, Tower Park in Peoria Heights; juried art fair, with food and kids' activities; free; 309-685-4812.

Tom DeLuca; 8 p.m. May 8, Lincoln Square Theater, 141 N. Main St., Decatur; hypnotist; $12-$18; 217-972-8606.

WILL Vintage Vinyl Sale; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (full price sale) and 4-6 p.m. (half-price sale) May 8, Lincoln Square Village, Urbana; sale of used records, tapes, CDs, video games, video players, more; $5 before 11 a.m., free after; 217-333-6503.

Orchid Show; noon-5 p.m. May 9, Luthy Botanical Garden in Glen Oak Park, Peoria; displays and more; $2, under 13 free; 309-686-3362.

Saturn and Its Moons; 7 p.m. May 11, Sugar Grove Observatory, Funks Grove; program by NASA Solar System Ambassador Lee Green; free; 309-874-2174.   

Walking with Dinosaurs; 7 p.m. May 11, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. May 12, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; touring production on dinosaurs with full-scale animatronic models; $21.50-$51.50; 309-673-3200.


This Weekend (April 29-May 2)


Community Concert Band; 7 p.m. April 29, Westminster Village, 2025 E. Lincoln St., Bloomington; pops concert; free.

Agatsuma; 7:30 p.m. April 30, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; Japanese string musician; $10; 866-686-9541.

Doctors in Concert; 7 p.m. April 30, First Baptist Church, 2503 E. College Ave., Normal; performances by seven local physicians; $15-$20; 309-433-3444.

Acafellaz End of Year Concert; 7 p.m. May 1, ISU Braden Auditorium; ISU a cappella group; $5-$8; 309-438-5444.

Brass Band of Central Illinois Spring Concert; 7:30 p.m. May 1, Central Catholic High School Auditorium, Bloomington; community brass ensemble; free.

Emack & Bolio Fest; noon-10 p.m. May 1, behind Emack & Bolio's, 107 E. Beaufort St., Normal; outdoor music fest with live local bands; free; 309-827-0777.

The Rat Pack Is Back; 7:30 p.m. May 1, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; Rat Pack tribute group; $25-$37; 866-686-9541.

Redbird Ringers; 5 p.m. May 2, ISU Bone Student Center Circus Room; ISU hand bell choir; free.

Central Illinois

Bement Country Opry; 8 p.m. April 30, downtown Bement; country music shows with Bement Country Opry band and guest Teresa Fraysure; $4-$9; 217-877-6499.

** Jackson action: Country singer Alan Jackson is barreling across the country  aboard his Freight Train Tour. A whistle stop is set for 7 tonight at the U of I Assembly Hall in Champaign, along with traveling companions Josh Turner and Chris Young. The tour matches his album of the same name, released a month ago. Tickets are $25 to $75 at the 217-333-5000.

The Chorale: A 'Glory-us' Time; 7 p.m. May 1, Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect, Champaign; Champaign-Urbana civic chorus in spring concert; donations; 217-586-2970.

New Salem Country Opry; 8 p.m. May 1, 14305 Ill. 97, Petersburg; country music show with guest Anjanel Folkens; adults $8, under 12 $3; 309-244-8894.

Postville Opry; 8 p.m. May 1, Rec Center, 1400 Primm Road, Lincoln; country music show, with guest Stephanie Foster; adults $10, children $5; 217-737-9293.

Peoria Area Civic Chorale Spring Concert; 7:30 p.m. May 1-2, Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington, Washington; community chorus; 309-693-6725.

The Village-Aires Spring Concert: On the Air; 7 p.m. May 1, 3 p.m. May 2, St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 236 W. Fifth St., Minonk; community chorus; advance $5, at door $6, students $2.

Orpheus Club Spring Concert; 3 p.m. May 2, United Presbyterian Church, 2400 W. Northmoor, Peoria; barbershop chorus; $5 at the door; 309-562-7301.

This Week (May 3-5)

Central Illinois

Ozomatli; 7:30 p.m. May 5, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana;  Latin alt-rock group; $10-$28; 217-333-6280.

Next Weekend (May 6-9) & Beyond

Central Illinois

Bement Country Opry; 8 p.m. May 7, downtown Bement; country music shows with Bement Country Opry band and guest Eric Gordon; $4-$9; 217-877-6499.

Sweet Adelines Contest and Convention; quartets contest, 4:15 p.m. May 7; chorus contest, 12:45 p.m. May 8; Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; $10-$15 per event, 5 and under free; 309-673-3200.

Cherryholmes; 7:30 p.m. May 8, U of I at Springfield Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; family bluegrass group; $12-$24; 800-207-6960.

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

New Salem Country Opry; 8 p.m. May 8, 14305 Ill. 97, Petersburg; country music show with guest Rick Lukehart; adults $8, under 12 $3; 309-244-8894.


This Weekend (April 29-May 2)


The Trip to Bountiful; 7:30 p.m. April 29-May 1, 2 p.m. May 2, Heartland Theatre Company, One Normal Plaza, Normal; Heartland Theatre production of Horton Foote drama; $10-$12; 309-452-8709. 

Central Illinois

Albert Herring; 7:30 p.m. April 29-May 1, 3 p.m. May 2, U of I Krannert, Urbana; U of I Opera production of Benjamin Britten comic opera; $10-$24; 217-333-6280.

Always ... Patsy Cline; 8 p.m. April 29-May 1, Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway, Urbana; Celebration Company production; $8-$15; 217-384-4000.

Shady Business; Thu.-Sat. eve. and Sun. matinee, April 29-May 2, Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre, Goodfield; comedy; $31-$35; 309-965-2545.

Late Nite Catechism; 8 p.m. April 30, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; national tour of comedy; $25-$35; 309-673-3200.

Rt. 66 Bootleggers & Broads; 5:45 p.m. April 30, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw; 5:45 p.m. May 6, Water  Street Café, Peoria; Spirits of Bloomington interactive murder-mystery dinner theater production; $45; reservations at 309-645-5054.

Next Weekend (May 6-9) & Beyond


The Producers; pay what you can preview, 7:30 p.m. May 6; regular performances, 7:30 p.m. May 7-8, 13-15 and 20-22, and 2:30 p.m. May 9, 16 and 23; Community Players Theatre, 201 Robinhood Lane, Bloomington; Community Players production of musical; $6-$15; 309-663-2121.  

Central Illinois

Your Bag or Mine?; Thu.-Sat. eve. and Sun. matinee, May 6-June 13, Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre, Goodfield; comedy; $31-$35; 309-965-2545.

Avenue Q; 7:30 p.m. May 11-12, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; national tour of musical; $25-$57; 309-673-3200.


This Weekend (April 29-May 2)


Buck Stevens; 9 p.m. April 29, Six Strings; country DJ;  no cover.

Chicken Shack; 6 p.m. April 29, Baxter's Grille; blues; no cover.

Chuck Senrick; 6 p.m. April 29 and May 1, Mr. Beez at Parke Hotel; no cover.

Karaoke; 8:30 p.m. April 29 and May 2, Shooters Lounge; 8 p.m. April 30, Bloomington VFW; 9 p.m. May 1, Winners; 9 p.m. May 2, Show-Me's; 8 p.m. May 2, Illinois Brewing Co.; no cover.

Kevin Stearns; 7 p.m. April 29, Swingers Grille; 6:30 p.m. April 30, Mr. Beez at Parke Hotel; 6 p.m. May 1, Bonkers Place; acoustic pop; no cover.

Kyle Yap & Friends; 9 p.m. April 29-30, Show-Me's; acoustic guitar; no cover.

Patrick Campbell; 6 p.m. April 29, Legends Sports Bar; 4 p.m. April 30, Swingers Grille; '80s review; no cover.

Austin Found; 5 p.m. April 30, Diggers; acoustic variety; no cover.

Brian Choban Jazz Quintet; 7 p.m. April 30, Coffee Nation; jazz; no cover.

Brother Trouble; 10 p.m. April 30, Six Strings; country; $5.

Double Trouble; 7 p.m. April 30, Bloomington Eagles Aerie; rock; $3-$5.

Eddie Howard Band; 9 p.m. April 30, Winners; rock-jazz; no cover.

Jim Vasilou; 6 p.m. April 30, Legends Sports Bar; acoustic rock; no cover.

Maggie Speaks; 10 p.m. April 30, Daddios; party rock; $5.

Mute Karma and Kevin Smith; 8 p.m. April 30, Wings Etc.; alt rock; no cover.

Neon Cactus; April 30, Bonkers Place; rock; no cover.

The Red Fashion and The Glass Effect; 7 p.m. April 30, TheatresCool; rock-metal-techno; $8-$10.

Sally Weisenburg Trio; 7 p.m. April 30, Blueline Nightclub; blues; no cover.

Strange Arrangement; 9 p.m. April 30, Illinois Brewing Co.; rock; no cover.

J.B. & Tim Barnes; 5:15 p.m. April 30, 8:30 p.m. May 1  (Barnes only), Shooters Lounge; DJs; no cover.

Glenn Wilson & The Jazzmaniacs; 8 p.m. May 1, Avenue 9; jazz; $4.

The Heroic Charade; 8 p.m. May 1, TheatresCool; acoustic rock; $8-$10.

Jury's Out; 1 p.m. May 1, Swingers Grille; '80s rock; no cover.

Joe Zaklan Band; 8 p.m. May 1, Mugshots; blues-R&B; no cover.

KJ Testing & The Jester Kings; 10 p.m. May 1, Six Strings; country; $5.

Mayweather & Mosely; 8 p.m. May 1, Show-Me's; rock; $5.

Meanstreak; 9 p.m. May 1, Slick Rick's; classic rock; no cover.

Protégé; 6 p.m. May 1, Gill St. Sports Bar; rock; no cover.

Smoke River; 8 p.m. May 1, Bloomington VFW; country-classic rock; $3.

This Must Be the Band; 9 p.m. May 1, Illinois Brewing Co.; Talking Heads tribute; no cover.

Tommy & Breann Neal; 6 p.m. May 1, Blueline Nightclub; acoustic; no cover.

** Loving Lorrie: The life and music of blues singer Lorrie Ann Gage will be saluted in Lorrie Ann's Celebration of Life from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at one of her band's old downtown Bloomington haunts, Daddios. Lorrie Ann, namesake of Lorrie Ann & The 3D Rhythm Band, died far too young earlier this year. Performing will be friends and former bandmates, including J. Balmer, Bill Porter Project, Squatchmo and some surprises.

Soggy Bottom Blues Band; 2 p.m. May 2, Avenue 9; jazz; $5 (includes dinner).

Central Illinois

Paul Thorn Band and Fred Eaglesmith; 7:30 p.m. April 29, Highdive, Champaign; Southern roots rock; $18-$20.

Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. April 29, Heyworth American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover.

Biscuits n Gravy Band; 8 p.m. April 30, Clinton Eagles, Clinton; classic rock/'80s; no cover.

Fred Eaglesmith; 8 p.m. April 30, Shady Nook, Saybrook; Southern roots rock.

Uncle Dow Thomas; 8 p.m. April 30, 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. May 1, Mason City Limits, Mason City; comedy; $12.50.

This Week (May 3-5)


Karaoke; 8 p.m. May 3, Illinois Brewing Co.; 8:30 p.m. May 4, Shooters Lounge; 8 p.m. May 4, Winners; 9 p.m. May 5, Show-Me's; 7 p.m. May 5, Wings Etc.; no cover.

Chuck Senrick; 6 p.m. May 4-5, Mr. Beez at Parke Hotel; piano bar; no cover.

American Country Showcase; 8 p.m. May 5, Six Strings; country competition with local finals; $5.

Three Day Ride; 10 p.m. May 5, Six Strings; country; $5.

Tim Barnes; 8:30 p.m. May 5, Shooters Lounge; DJ.


This Weekend (April 29-May 2)


ISU Dance Theatre Spring Concert; 7:30 p.m. April 29-May 2, 2 p.m. May 2; ISU Center for the Performing Arts; works by faculty and guest artists; $10-$15; 309-438-2535.

Central Illinois

MOMIX: Botanica; 7 p.m. April 29-30, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; dance-illusionism troupe; $8-$29; 217-333-6280.

** Swing time: Get ready to grab your partner for some quality do-si-do time. The occasion: the 59th Illinois Federation of Square and Round Dance Clubs, a mass gathering of square dancers from around the state who are anything but square. The main event, open to the public, starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and goes to 10:30 p.m. at Morton's Jefferson Elementary School. Call 309-691-2044 for more details.

Next Weekend (May 6-9) & Beyond


Twin Cities School of Dance Spring Concert: Viva La Dance; 2 p.m. May 8, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; $13; 866-686-9541.

Central Illinois

Swan Lake; 7:30 p.m. May 8, 2 p.m. May 9, Virginia Theater, Champaign; Champaign-Urbana Ballet production; $12-$24; 217-356-9063.


This Weekend (April 29-May 2)


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

The Velveteen Rabbit; 10 a.m. April 30, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; YouTheater presentation of children's fantasy; $6.50; 309-673-3200.

Children's Drama Festival; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 1, Corn Stock Theater, Upper Bradley Park, Peoria; seven children's plays performed by Corn Stock Theater students; free; 309-681-2861.

Next Weekend (May 6-9) & Beyond


Year of the Tiger Celebration; 1 p.m. May 8, Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington; zookeeper presentation on tigers, tiger treats-making, more; free with zoo admission; 309-434-2243.



Art in the Atrium: Jackie Brigham; through April 30, Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, 1304 Franklin Ave., Normal; watercolors; free.

Heartland Community College Student Exhibit; through May 8, HCC Library, 1500 W. Raab Road, Normal; juried student works in various media; free.

Dan Eidsmoe; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-noon Sat., through April 30, IAA Credit Union lobby, 808 IAA Drive, Bloomington.

Thoughts on Democracy: Reinterpreting Norman Rockwell's 'Four Freedoms' Posters; through May 7, ISU Milner Library main floor; touring exhibit; free; 309-438-3454.

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.

ISU 2010 Student Annual; through May 9, ISU University Galleries, see above; various media by ISU students.

Julia Fish: selected studies + drawings, 1996-2010; through May 9, ISU University Galleries, see above; paintings and drawings.

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.

Predator/Prey/Scavenger Project -- Phase 2; through June 12, McLean County Arts Center, see above; installation by Katherine Kaminski; artist reception, 5-7 p.m. May 7.

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.

Lincoln in Illinois; through Nov. 12, McLean County Museum of History, see above; photo exhibit by Ron Schramm exploring Abraham Lincoln statues in Illinois.  

Stevenson House Treasures; through Aug. 28, McLean County Museum of History, see above; exhibit reflecting Adlai Stevenson II's upbringing in Bloomington.

Come & Get It! The Way We Ate 1830-2008; through Aug. 6, 2011, 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. 7; McLean County Museum of History, see above; exhibit on ways McLean County perceived and responded to U.S. involvement in Vietnam. 

Prairie Aviation Museum; 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 Dr., Champaign; paintings, porcelain, historical artifacts, traveling art exhibits; $3 donation suggested; 217-333-1861.

Intersections: Art in Post-War New York; through May 2, Krannert Art Museum, see above; mixed-media installation.

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.

Melissa Wessels: New Idea; through May 8, Burgess Hall Art Gallery, see above; constructed pieces; reception, 3-7 p.m. April 30.

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.

** Brick by brick: The world's only exhibit constructed entirely out of LEGO building bricks is stacking up nicely as a major attraction for Peoria's Lakeview Museum. The Art of the Brick, up through Sept. 6, features 29 sculptures by Nathan Sawaya, who began his career as master model builder for California's LEGOland theme park in California; today, he stocks an inventory of more than 1.5 million LEGOs in his New York City studio.

The Art of the Brick; through Sept. 6, Lakeview Museum, see above; 29 sculptural works by Nathan Sawaya created from LEGO building bricks.

Peoria Art Guild; Foster Arts Center, Harrison and Washington streets, Peoria; rotating exhibits, gift shop; 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.


Soul food: A late edition to Friday's Late Night Catechism performance at the Peoria Civic Center is a cafeteria-style buffet dinner packed with soul-soothing vittles galore. The show is at 8 p.m. in the PCC Ballroom and goes for $25 in the regular seats. For an extra $15, you get table seating, along with the buffet sporting such delicacies as macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, tater tots, braised chicken, applesauce, chocolate and vanilla pudding, cookies, cartons of milk and more. Holy comfort food! Call 309-680-3551 for table reservations.  

T & A: There, now that we've got your attention, we'll level with you. It's really TNA, as in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, the Spike TV staple. And it's coming to Springfield's Prairie Capital Convention Center at 7:30 p.m. May 13, packing beef like "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles, "The Charismatic Enigma" Jeff Hardy and "Prince of Punk" Shannon Moore. Tickets, now on sale, are $22 to $52 at 217-788-8800.

Moore is more: If you couldn't bribe your way into the sold-out Brad Paisley concert several months back at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum, take heart -- part of the show is returning to Central Illinois for another round. Not Mr. Paisley, alas. But it's the next best thing: his special guest that night, Justin Moore, who's getting a gig all to himself at 7 p.m. May 13 in Urbana's Canopy Club. Tickets are $17 at 800-514-ETIX.

'World'-class: Downtown Bloomington's TheatresCool is embarking on its most ambitious production to date, one involving a two-time Emmy-winning actress from "As the World Turns."  The play, Faith, is an original drama by TheatresCool founder Kymberly Harris, with an original score by Cady McCain (Rosanna on "ATWT" and Dixie on "All My Children"). McCain will be in town May 21 for the opening night gala at 9:30 p.m. across the street at Reality Bites, where she'll perform the songs she wrote. Tickets are $60 for the reception and $75 for the play (at 7 p.m.) and reception. Remaining play dates are May 22, 28 and 29, and June 4 and 5. Call 309-454-5892 for tickets.

Changes: A change has been announced re: the opening act for the May 15 Goo Goo Dolls concert at the Peoria Civic Center. Out (or up, up and away) is Rocket Summer. In is Vedera, the Kansas City, Mo., rock quartet recently seen in the reality series "The Hills."


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