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SPECIAL EVENTS

THIS WEEKEND (JAN. 22-25)

Bloomington-Normal

Vinyl and Vino; 5:30-8 p.m. Jan. 23, Heartland Community College Campus Cafe, 1500 W. Raab Road, Normal; wine and beer tastings, light appetizers, door prize, DJ spinning vinyl records, open mic, music trivia and more; $5, with reservations required at www.heartland.edu/alumni; 309-268-8158.

Fit for a King: There are no fewer than three events in town this weekend commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., beginning at 6 p.m. Friday with ISU's Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner in the Bone Student Center Ballroom with author Wes Moore “(The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates”) as keynote speaker ($15 at 309-438-8790). On Sunday, there are two events: a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Spirituals Concert, 2:30 p.m. in the Ewing Cultural Center, Towanda Avenue and Emerson Street, Bloomington ($5 at the door); and, at 5 p.m., IWU's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship Dinner in the Memorial Center Young Main Lounge, with speaker, IWU professor emeritus Paul Bushnell ($8.60-$17 at 309-556-3059).

Illinois Fish & Feather Expo; noon-7 p.m. Jan. 23, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 25, Interstate Center, 2301 W. Market St., Bloomington; hunting-fishing-boat show, with regional/local speakers, seminars, collectors, exhibits, more; $3-$7, under 6 free; 309-452-9646.

Central Illinois

Kathy Griffin; 8 p.m. Jan. 23, Virginia Theater, Champaign; comedian; $49; 217-356-9063.

Kevin Hart; 7 and 10 p.m. Jan. 23, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; comedian; $59.50; 309-673-3200.

THIS WEEK (JAN. 26-28)

Bloomington-Normal

Joel Sartore & The Ark Project; 7 p.m. Jan. 27, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; National Geographic photographer in presentation on project to photograph every animal currently in captivity; $13-$19; 866-686-9541.

MUSIC

THIS WEEKEND (JAN. 22-25)

Bloomington-Normal

Composers from IWU's Past; 8 p.m. Jan. 22, IWU Evelyn Chapel; works by former IWU faculty performed by current students and faculty; free.

American English; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; Beatles tribute group; $23; 866-686-9541.

Hot Jazz On a Cool Night; 5:30-8 p.m. Jan. 23, ISU University Galleries in Uptown Station, Normal; ISU Friends of the Arts event featuring live jazz by Glenn Wilson & The Jazz Maniacs and food in art gallery setting; free admission.

Grind: A Tribute to Alice in Chains, Motorbiscuit and Finding Pathos; 8 p.m. Jan. 24, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; rock groups; $10-$15; 309-820-0352.

Down to brass tacks: The name of the concert is “No Strings Attached,” and they aren't kidding at the Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra, with fiddles and their bowed brethren not invited to the first concert of the new year, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Bloomington's Second Presbyterian Church. On the A-list, however: brass, percussion and winds, who'll be in the limelight under the baton of Alastair Willis and via program highlights like Strauss' “Serenade for Winds” and Dukas' Fanfare from “La Peri.” Tickets are $5-$20 at 866-686-9541.

IWU Jazz Festival Concert with Marshall Gilkes; 12:45 p.m. Jan. 24, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; festival concert with IWU Jazz Ensemble and guest trombonist Gilkes; free; 309-556-3061.

Rick Springfield and The Romantics; 7 p.m. Jan. 25, U.S. Cellular Coliseum, 101 S. Madison St., Bloomington; pop singer and group, $25-$45; 800-745-3000.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Spirituals Concert; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 25, Ewing Cultural Center, Emerson Street and Towanda Avenue, Bloomington; songs and readings celebrating life of King; $5; 309-829-6333.

Central Illinois

Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra: No Strings Attached; 6 and 8 p.m. Jan. 23, First Presbyterian Church, Springfield; conducted by Alastair Willis; $5-$20; 800-207-6960.

PrimeTime Country Opry; 7 p.m. Jan. 24, Olympia High School Auditorium, rural Stanford; country music shows with PrimeTime Country Opry Band; adults $10, ages 3-12 $3, under 3 free; 309-449-5484.

Ryan Trusedell Presents The Gil Evans Project; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; jazz group performing newly discovered Evans arrangements; $10-$45; 217-333-6280.

THIS WEEK (JAN. 26-28)

Bloomington-Normal

ISU Bass Ensemble; 7 p.m. Jan. 27, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; free.

Makes sense to us: His stage name is Logic, but he was born as Sir Robert Bryson Hall III, though not of the royal Halls. Upon his birth 24 years ago in Gaithersburg, Md., that was the name affixed to his certificate. We prefer Logic, as most seem to ever since the rapper's career took off via mixtapes and a signing by Def Jam Records two years ago. He bills his style as a fusion of hip-hop and Frank Sinatra, hence the title of his fourth mixtape, “Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever.” Check out the fusion of rap and Rat Pack at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Bloomington's Castle Theatre ($25-$28 at 309-820-0352).

Central Illinois

Stokley Williams, Shaun LaBell, Phil Denny and Kenya; 8 p.m. Jan. 31, Limelight Eventplex, 8102 N. University St., Peoria; R&B singers; $20-$50; 309-693-1234.

THEATER

THIS WEEKEND (JAN. 22-25)

Bloomington-Normal

Of Mice and Men; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22-24, 2:30 p.m. Jan. 25, Community Players Theatre, 201 Robinhood Lane, Bloomington; John Steinbeck drama; $7-$14; 309-663-2121.

Central Illinois

Is There Life After Fifty?; Jan. 22-March 1, Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre, Goodfield; comedy; $35-$39; 309-965-2545.

33 Variations; 8 p.m. Jan. 22-25 and 28-31, and Feb. 4-7, and 2 p.m. Feb. 1, Station Theatre , 223 N. Broadway, Urbana; Celebration Company production of Moises Kaufman drama; $10-$15; 217-384-4000.

NIGHTLIFE

THIS WEEKEND (JAN. 22-25)

Bloomington-Normal

Aduki Jazz; 6 p.m. Jan. 22, Baxter's Grille; jazz; no cover.

Kevin Stearns; 7 p.m. Jan. 22, Swingers Grille; acoustic pop; no cover.

Open Mic Night with Matt Casali; 7 p.m. Jan. 22, Treehouse Lounge; variety; no cover.

DJ Dix; 7 p.m. Jan. 22-23, Six Strings; variety; no cover.

Karaoke; 10 p.m. Jan. 23, The Bistro; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 23, 9 p.m. Jan. 24, Kegler’s Pub; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 22 and 25, Shooters Lounge; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 22, Windjammer; no cover.

Andrew Hedges; 6 p.m. Jan. 23, Cheeks Bar & Grill; acoustic variety; no cover.

Crazy Johnny; 8 p.m. Jan. 23, Winners; classic rock; no cover.

Jury's Out; 7 p.m. Jan. 23, Windjammer Lounge; rock; $2.

Mike & Joe; 10 p.m. Jan. 23, Daddios; rock; $5.

Overdrive; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23, Legends Sports Bar; rock; no cover.

X Krush; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 23, Treehouse Lounge; rock; no cover.

J.B. and Tim Barnes; 5:30 p.m. Jan. 23 and 8:30 p.m. Jan. 24 (Barnes only), Shooters Lounge; DJs; no cover.

Baked; 9 p.m. Jan. 24, Winners; rock; no cover.

Cougar Bait; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 24, Treehouse Lounge; classic rock; no cover.

Scarletta; 10 p.m. Jan. 24, Six Strings; country; $3-$5.

Social Dance; 7 p.m. Jan. 24, Normal Community Activity Center; DJ dance; $5.

Central Illinois

Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22, American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover.

Karaoke/DJ; 9 p.m. Jan. 23, Pit Row, Heyworth; 9 p.m. Jan. 23 and 8 p.m. Jan. 24, Misflips, Wapella; variety; no cover.

Zach Linley; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 23, TailGaters Pub, LeRoy; country-rock; no cover.

Andy Moreillon & Carrie Chandler; 9 p.m. Jan. 24, Kemp's Upper Tap, Lexington; acoustic rock; no cover.

Who Cares; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 24, TailGaters Pub, LeRoy; rock; no cover.

THIS WEEK (JAN. 26-28)

Bloomington-Normal

At Home on the Patio Band/Open Mic; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27, Six Strings; variety; no cover.

Karaoke; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 27, Shooters Lounge; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 27, Kegler’s Pub; no cover.

Open Mic; 7 p.m. Jan. 28, Six Strings; variety; no cover.

Tim Barnes; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Shooters Lounge; DJ; no cover.

FOR KIDS

THIS WEEKEND (JAN. 22-25)

Bloomington-Normal

Children's Discovery Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thu., 1-5 p.m. Sun.; 101 E. Beaufort St., Normal; exhibit gallery, paint wall, two-story climber, AgMazing exhibit, educational programs, more; $7, under 2 free; 309-433-3444.

THIS WEEK (JAN. 26-28)

Bloomington-Normal

Dancin' in the Street: “Do the Robot” and/or “Shake Your Head One More Time.” Those are among the standing orders for Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance!, boogieing into Bloomington's U.S. Cellular Coliseum on Tuesday for two shows, at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The premise involves an audience-interactive dance party and related footloose activities led by such Street-wise denizens as Elmo, Cookie and Abby. Tickets are $19 to $55 at 800-745-3000.

DANCE

THIS WEEKEND (JAN. 22-25)

Bloomington-Normal 

IWU Student Choreographed Dance Concert; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23, IWU Hansen Student Center; student-choreographed pieces; free.

Central Illinois

Russian National Ballet Theater; 7 p.m. Jan. 22, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; classical; $10-$45; 217-333-6280.

THIS WEEK (JAN. 26-28)

Central Illinois

Stomp; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, U of I at Springfield Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; percussion-dance show; $55-$65; 800-207-6960.

EXHIBITS

Bloomington-Normal

Phil Smith: Paintings; through March 6, Heartland Community College Joe McCauley Gallery, Instructional Commons Building Room 2507, 1500 W. Raab Road, Normal; paintings of rural bridges and roads in McLean County; free; 309-268-8620; artist talk, 3 p.m. March 4 in ICB Room 2805, followed by gallery reception, 4-5 p.m.

Marc Making; Jan. 24-Feb. 6, Jan Brandt Gallery, 1106 E. Bell St., Bloomington; works by artists in MarcFirst's Marc Making program; admission by appointment at janbrandtgallery@gmail.com.;

opening reception, 5-7 p.m. Jan. 24.

ISU University Galleries; noon-4 p.m. Mon., 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Tue., 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun., Uptown Station, 11 Uptown Circle, Normal; rotating exhibits in three galleries; free; 309-438-8321.

ISU MFA Biennial; through Feb. 15, ISU University Galleries, see above; works by 17 ISU School of Fine Arts MFA students.

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

IWU Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit; through Feb. 5, IWU Merwin and Wakeley Galleries; student works ion various media.

IWU Quad Outdoor Sculpture Walk; through May 31, IWU quad; six large-scale sculptures in outdoor setting by Hans Van de Bovenkamp and Boaz Vaadia; free

John Madison; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-noon Sat., through Feb. 28, IAA Credit Union lobby, 808 IAA Drive, Bloomington; paintings; free.

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.

Contemporary Portraiture; through Feb. 14, McLean County Arts Center, see above; works by Margaret LeJeune, Rick Lewis and Jason Patterson; Art Talk with artists, 6 p.m. Feb. 3.

Self Is a River; through Feb. 28, McLean County Arts Center, see above; mixed media by Mel Kaiser, photographs by Nicole White and new media by Chris Wille.

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.

The Asian Indian Experience in McLean County; through May 31, McLean County Museum of History, see above; installation on experiences of Asian Indian immigrants.

Prairie Aviation Museum; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thu.-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; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. (until 9 p.m. Thu. during fall and spring semesters), 2-5 p.m. Sun., 500 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign; paintings, porcelain, historical artifacts, traveling art exhibits; $3 donation suggested; 217-333-1861.

With the Grain: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Postwar Years; through July 26, Krannert Art Museum, see above; works by Japanese artists and foreign artists working in Japan.

Eureka College Burgess Hall Art Gallery; 8 a.m.-4:30 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., or by appointment; 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.

Lincoln Heritage Museum; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 1-4 p.m. Sat., Lincoln Center at Lincoln College, 300 Keokuk St., Lincoln; Lincoln-era items, audio-visual displays, tours, exhibits, more; adults $5, children/seniors $3; www.lincolnheritagemuseum.org.

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.

Don Noon: Sculpture and Drawings; through Feb. 20, Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, see above.

Chris Kukla and John Selburg; through Feb. 20, Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, see above; ceramic vessels, drawings and sculptures.

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

Peoria Riverfront Museum; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Wed. and Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thu.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sun., downtown riverfront Peoria; permanent and rotating exhibits, planetarium shows, Giant Screen Theater and events; $8-$11; 309-686-7000.

Pontiac Community Art Center; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 103 W. Madison St., Pontiac; rotating exhibits; 815-844-5831.

GISHWHES; through Jan. 30, Pontiac Community Art Center, see above; photos and items by Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen winning artist team.

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 $12, seniors and students $9, ages 5-15 $5, 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.

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