Entertainment calendar for the week of Feb. 9, 2012.

GO! up a lazy river: Do it with veteran retro-troubadour Leon Redbone at the helm, setting sail at 7:30 tonight in the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

GO! grazin' in the bluegrass: The International Bluegrass Music Association's Vocal Group of the Year also produced the IBMA's Album of the Year. See/hear them all, via the winning Gibson Brothers, at 8 p.m. Friday in Bloomington's Castle Theatre.

GO! take Root: You'll have all weekend to do it, courtesy Cabin Fever Campout 2012, the indoor camping music fest in the East Peoria Event Center, with headliners Rusted Root and Darkstar Orchestra.

GO! feel the Pain: Remember: no Pain, no gain -- musically, anyway. So submit to rapper T-Pain tonight in Springfield's Prairie Capital Convention Center, along with Gym Class Heroes, Outasight, Grieves & Budo and Cris Cab.

GO! feel the Forces: Remember: no Force, no Wars -- at least the kind in a galaxy far, far away ... and now, near, near your face, via the 3-D makeover of "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace," opening this weekend.

GO! fore! it: The Bloomington Public Library's annual Putt with the Prose indoor miniature golf course returns Sunday, with 18 holes betwixt the stacks -- all in the name of charity.

GO! love them tender: It'll be Kings for a day at the U of I Assembly in Champaign as "Elvis Lives: The Ultimate Elvis Artist Tribute Event" takes over at 3 p.m.


This Weekend (Feb. 9-12)


Lunch & Learn at the Museum; 12:10 p.m. Feb. 9, McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington; "Still Reading with Lincoln," presented by Robert Bray; free; 309-827-0428.

Putt with the Prose; 1-5 p.m. Feb. 12, Bloomington Public Library, 205 E. Olive St., Bloomington; fundraising 18-hole miniature golf games inside library; $5; 309-557-8991.

Central Illinois

Josh Ruben; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Eureka College Cerf Center, Eureka; Collegehumor.com comedian Josh ("Hello My Name Is") Ruben; $5; 309-467-6420.

Eagle Day Festival; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 11, Dixon Mounds Museum, Lewistown; eagle-related activities, presentations, art and poetry; free.

E3 Spark Plugs Monster Nationals; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; monster truck competition; $15-$25; 217-333-5000.

Rodney Carrington; 7 p.m. Feb. 11, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; country comedian-singer; $43.75; 309-673-3200.

Galesburg Chocolate Festival; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 11-12, Galesburg Antiques Mall, Main and Seminary, Galesburg; chocolate creations and samples from area chefs and restaurants; $7.50-$8; 309-343-2485.

This Week (Feb. 13-15)


Behind the Curtain BCPA Tours; 1:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; guided tours of historic theater; free; 309-434-2785.

Lisa Samuels; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, ISU University Galleries; presentation by poet-author; free; 309-438-3667.;

Rex Havens: Bidding You a Fond Adieu; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, BCPA Ballroom at Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; comedian in Valentine's-themed show, with complimentary desserts; $25; 866-686-9541.

Ewing Manor Tours; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 15, Ewing Manor, Towanda Avenue and Emerson Street, Bloomington; monthly guided tours of late-1920s home of Hazle Buck Ewing, donated to ISU; free, but donations welcome (reservations required for groups of 8 or more); 309-829-6333.

Central Illinois

Garrison Keillor; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; humorist; $37.50-$55; 309-673-3200.

Cirque du Soleil: Quidam; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15-18, 1 and 5 p.m. Feb. 19, Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield; 217-788-8800.


This Weekend (Feb. 9-12)


Anew Revolution, The Azure Wake, Ephemeral Order, The Third Temple and Shattermask; 7 p.m. Feb. 9, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; rock groups; $8; 309-820-0352.

Leon Redbone; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 601 N. East St., Bloomington; blues-jazz singer; $14.60-$24; 866-686-9541.

Sonic Exploration Society; 8 p.m. Feb. 9, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; contemporary music ensemble; free.

The Gibson Brothers; 8 p.m. Feb. 10, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; bluegrass group; $15; 309-820-0352.

ISU Jazz Ensembles I and II; 8 p.m. Feb. 10, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; $6-$8; 309-438-2535.

IWU Civic Orchestra Concerto Aria Concert; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; $10; 866-686-9541

* Go cab it: The annual GLT Jazz Cabaret is back this weekend at the Marriot Hotel & Conference Center in Normal -- Saturday night, to be precise, with special music guest Roderick Harper, to be exact. The "smooth and serious singer" (Chicago Tribune) has worked with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Ellis Marsalis and others. So you'll be in good hands. Two ticket tiers: $50, with concert, appetizers, champagne; $100, with all that and much more. Go to www.wglt.org for all the perks, or call 309-438-2255.

ISU Choral Showcase; 3 p.m. Feb. 12, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; featuring ISU Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, Men's Glee Choir, Women's Choir and others; $6-$8; 309-438-2535.

Central Illinois

St. Olaf Choir; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; 75-voice chorus; $10-$25; 217-333-6280.

T-Pain, Gym Class Heroes, Outasight, Grieves & Budo and Cris Cab; Feb. 9, Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield; hip-hop groups and singers; $25-$35; 217-788-8800.

Spirit of Uganda; 7 p.m. Feb. 10, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; 22-member East African children's performance group; $10-$28; 217-333-6280.

Cabin Fever Campout 2012; Feb. 10-12, East Peoria Event Center, 4200 E. Washington St., East Peoria; indoor camping and bluegrass-rock music fest with Rusted Root, Dark Star Orchestra, Split Lip Rayfield, Strange Arrangement and other area bands; weekend pass $50-$65; www.cabinfevercampout.com.

Bement Country Opry; 8 p.m. Feb. 10, downtown Bement; country music shows with Bement Country Opry band and guest Heather Riley; $5-$10; 217-877-6499.

Hot 8 Brass Band; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11, Millikin University Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Decatur; jazz group; $5-$24; 217-24-6318.

Ronnie Milsap; Feb. 11, Watseka Theater, Watseka; country singer; $45-$60; 815-993-6585.

Ruth Moody; 8 p.m. Feb. 11, U of I at Springfield Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; folk singer; $20-$37; 800-207-6960.

Sinfonia da Camera; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; conducted by Ian Hobson; $5-$34; 217-333-6280.

Elvis Lives: The Ultimate Elvis Artist Tribute Event; 3 p.m. Feb. 12, U of I Assembly Hall, Urbana; finalists of Ultimate Elvis Artists Tribute Contest; $29-$42; 217-333-6280.

ICMA Jam Session; noon Feb. 12, El Paso VFW, El Paso; potluck dinner followed by open mic and jam; free; 309-564-0228.

This Week (Feb. 13-15)


ISU Jazz Valentine's Big Band Dance; 7-10 p.m. Feb. 14, New Lafayette Club, 1602 S. Main St., Bloomington; dancing to ISU Jazz Ensembles I and II; $15 at the door; 309-438-2541.

IWU Student Composition Concert; 8 p.m. Feb. 14, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; free.

** When having fun ... time flies. Needless to say, time really zips by at a concert sporting Timeflies, the freestyle rap-pop duo coming to Bloomington's Castle Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Valentine's Night (Feb. 14, for the date-challenged). Formed just two years ago by singer Cal Shapiro and producer Rob Resnick, the band has taken off through social media channels, to the point that when their debut album arrived last September, it hit No. 2 on iTunes' pop chart within 24 hours of release. Tickets: $16.50-$20 at 309-820-0352.

Michael Dicker and Mark Babbitt; 8 p.m. Feb. 15, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; ISU faculty bassoonist and trombonist; free.

Central Illinois

Peoria Symphony Orchestra: The Romantic Gershwins; 8 p.m. Feb. 14, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; $25-$60; 309-671-1096.

Kronos Quartet; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; chamber ensemble; $10-$32; 217-333-6280.


This Weekend (Feb. 9-12)


The Vagina Monologues; 8 p.m. Feb. 9-11, ISU Capen Auditorium; annual ISU Feminist Led Activist Movement to Empower (FLAME) production of Eve Ensler play; $8 at the door; 309-438-2947.

** Night at the Hopera: When grand opera collides head-on with hip-hop, the results, at least as far as classically trained vocalist-composer Adrian Dunn is concerned, is Hopera, the name he's given his theatrical endeavors fusing hip-hop, classical/popular vocals and dancing. Hopera: Unleashed, being performed free at 7 p.m. Saturday in ISU's Braden Auditorium, follows the saga of a young Chicago African-American coping with family, race and loss. More info: 309-438-8968.

Central Illinois

Come Blow Your Horn; Thu.-Sat. eve., Sun. matinee, Feb. 9-26, Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre, Goodfield; Neil Simon comedy; $33-$37; 309-965-2545.

Company; 8 p.m. Feb. 9-12 and 15-18, Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway, Urbana; Celebration Company production of Stephen Sondheim musical; $10-$15; 217-384-4000.

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9-11, 3 p.m. Feb. 12, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; $10-$16; 217-333-6280.

Midlife, the Crisis Musical; 7 p.m. Feb. 10-11 and 17-18, 2 p.m. Feb. 12 and 19, Market Street Theatre, 120 N. Market, Paxton; Tri-County Players production; $12; www.market streettheatre.com.

Racketeers on Route 66; 5:45 p.m. Feb. 10-11, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw; interactive murder-mystery dinner theater production; $45; 309-645-5054.

This Week (Feb. 13-15)


Tartuffe; 8 p.m. Feb. 14-18, 2 p.m. Feb. 19, IWU McPherson Theatre; IWU Theatre production of Moliere farce; $2-$12; 309-556-3232.


This Weekend (Feb. 9-12)


Blackwater FOE; 6 p.m. Feb. 9, Baxters American Grille; acoustic folk-rock; no cover.

Karaoke; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Shooters Lounge; 8 p.m. Feb. 9, Treehouse Lounge; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 12, Illinois Brewing Co.; no cover.

Danny Covers; 6 p.m. Feb. 10, Legends; acoustic covers; no cover.

Inktrail and Jobu; 7 (no cover) and 10 p.m. ($5) Feb. 10, Fat Jacks; jazz-rock and reggae-rock.

Kevin Stearns; 7 p.m. Feb. 10, Bonker's Place; acoustic pop; no cover.

Mike Felton; 9 p.m. Feb. 10, Firehouse Pizza & Pub; folk-rock; $5.

New Imposters; 9 p.m. Feb. 10, Winners; rock; no cover.

Patrick Campbell; 6 p.m. Feb. 10, Mr. Beez at Parke Hotel; '80s review; no cover.

The Personnel; 10 p.m. Feb. 10, Daddios; Top 40; $5.

Peter Adriel; 8 p.m. Feb. 10, The Loft at Station 220; folk; no cover.

Seaby & The Rules; 9 p.m. Feb. 10, Illinois Brewing Co.; rock; no cover.

J.B. and Tim Barnes; 5:15 p.m. Feb. 10 and 8:30 p.m. Feb. 11 (J.B. only), Shooters Lounge; DJs; no cover.

Firmish Skirmish; 9 p.m. Feb. 11, Illinois Brewing Co.; rock; no cover.

Motown Junkies; 8 p.m. Feb. 11, Swingers Grille; Motown hits; no cover.

Rock-u; 10 p.m. Feb. 11, Daddios; '80s; $5.

Sister Groove; 9 p.m. Feb. 11, Winners; R&B-rock; no cover.

Central Illinois

Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Heyworth American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover.

Karaoke; 8 p.m. Feb. 10, Clinton Eagles, Clinton; no cover.

James Ervin Berry; 8 p.m. Feb. 10, 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 11, Mason City Limits, Mason City; comedy; $12.50-$13.50.

Corey Smith; 8 p.m. Feb. 11, Canopy Club, Urbana; rock-blues; $15.

Protégé; 9 p.m. Feb. 11, Pit Row, Heyworth; rock; no cover.

Open Mic; 3 p.m. Feb. 12, Kelly's Merna Bar & Grill, Merna; variety; no cover.

This Week (Feb. 13-15)


Karaoke; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Illinois Brewing Co.; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Shooters Lounge; no cover.

Tim Barnes; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 15, Shooters Lounge; DJ; no cover.

Central Illinois

Emancipator; 8 p.m. Feb. 15, Canopy Club, Urbana; trip-hop; $10.


This Weekend (Feb. 9-12)


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.

** Starstruck: The Illinois State University Planetarium is aiming at the stars again, with a brand new show, Daughters of the Stars, opening a three-month run Friday (through May 5, with weekly shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday). The topic: age-old legends about the night sky as told by Native Americans, from Alaska to Mexico. Admission: $4, adults; $3, seniors and ages 5-12; $2, ages 3-4. Call 309-438-5007 for more details.

Animal Enrichment Day; 1-3 p.m. Feb. 11, Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington; zookeeper presentation on stimulating animals' winter behavior; free with zoo admission; 309-434-2250.

Dress-Up Movies: Ramona & Beezus; 1 p.m. Feb. 11, Normal Theater, Normal; movie showing, with audience invited to dress like characters in film; free; 309-454-9540.



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.

Deanna Frautschi; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-noon Sat., through Feb. 29, IAA Credit Union lobby, 808 IAA Drive, Bloomington; nature photography; free.

The Art of Whimsy: Costume Design by Svetlana Golovko; through March 31, sixth floor of ISU Milner Library; prints of circus performance costumes; free.

Picture This: Picturing Community One Lens at a Time; through Feb. 28, ISU Milner Library; photographic works by area youth.

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., ISU Center for the Visual Arts; rotating exhibits in three galleries; free; 309-438-5487.

ISU Faculty Biennial; through Feb. 19, ISU University Galleries, see above; various media by ISU School of Art faculty.

Borderland Collective: The Will to Believe in Something More; through Feb. 19, ISU University Galleries, see above; participatory social art project utilizing photography.

 IWU Merwin and Wakeley Galleries; school hours, 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 Juried Student Art Exhibition; through Feb. 23, IWU Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, see above; various media.

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.

Jin Lee and Rhondal McKinney; through Feb. 18, McLean County Arts Center, see above; photography.

Learning Simple Things; through March 3, McLean County Arts Center, see above; abstract pastel drawings by John Cassidy.

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.

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.

Tuskegee Airman Display; through Feb. 19, Prairie Aviation Museum, see above; information panels and videos on World War II's Tuskegee Airmen, depicted in current film "Red Tails."

Central Illinois

U of I Krannert Art Museum; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri. (until 8 p.m. Wed.), 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.

Carol Schneemann: Within and Beyond the Premises; through April 1, Krannert Art Museum, see above; paintings, drawings, photography, installations, videos, more.

Fifty Years: Contemporary American Glass from Illinois Collections; through April 29, Krannert Art Museum, see above.

After Abstract Expressionism; through April 29, Krannert Art Museum, see above; paintings, sculpture and works on paper from Krannert permanent collection.

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.

Ambiguous Task; Feb. 9-March 7, Eureka College Burgess Hall Art Gallery, see above; monotypes by Bloomington artist Sarah Smelser; reception, 5-7 p.m. Feb. 24.

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; exhibits in two galleries; free; 309-674-6822.

Claire Lieberman: The Wave; through Feb. 26, Contemporary Art Center, see above; sculpture.

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 $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.; Spring and Edwards streets, Springfield; free; 217-782-7387.


Cos for celebration: The word "legend" is tossed around pretty cheaply these days, with many of the recipients having hardly paid their dues. No such lack of payment could be ascribed to comedian Bill Cosby, whose career passed the legendary marker years ago. Though "living legend" smacks of something stuck in a museum, Cos will be anywhere but as he plays the Peoria Civic Center Theater in Peoria for a single show, at 8 p.m. May 5. Tickets are $45 to $75, and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via the PCC box office and area Ticketmaster locales.

Best weekend Bret: He was such a hit almost a year ago that recovered rocker Bret Michaels is returning to Pontiac's Crystal Palace for seconds this winter. The occasion has been dubbed the Brett Michaels Birthday Bash, and with good reason: the March 14 show is set on the eve of his 49th birthday. Wish the Poison front man a happy in person. Tickets for the 8 p.m. party are $40, and can be reserved at 815-842-1590.

Cole mining: Best New Artist Grammy nominee J. Cole will know in a few days (Sunday night) whether he's The One. By the time he arrives for his first headliner show in Central Illinois, the awards will be history. But a victory in the category sure would look good on the marquee: 7:30 p.m. April 17, at the U of I Assembly Hall in Champaign, with special guest Big K.R.I.T. The show is part of the annual Campus Consciousness Tour, which combines music and education. Besides the concert, there are voter registration booths, environmental activities, an "eco-village," games, prizes and more. Tickets for the concert are $23 to $32 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via the A-Hall box office and Ticketmaster.

Grin and bear it: The comedian with the most apt name in the business, Rick Smiley, is headed to the Peoria Civic Center for an 8 p.m. show, along with special guest Kym Whitley. Smiley is noted for his "clean comedy" and down-home Southern wit, showcased on his own radio series, "The Rick Smiley Show," as well as movies like "Friday After Next," which also co-starred Whitley, a Comedy Central regular. Tickets, now on sale, are $6.50 to $46.50 at the PCC box office and Ticketmaster.

Ticket stubs: A reminder that tickets for the 7:30 p.m. April 28 Eric Church show at Bloomington's U.S. Cellular Coliseum go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via the Coliseum box office and Ticketmaster. Seats are $34.75 to $42.50; Brantley Gilbert and Blackberry Smoke round out the bill.


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