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SPECIAL EVENTS

THIS WEEKEND (JAN. 15-18)

Bloomington-Normal

Esther Podemski: The Peasant and the Priest; 7 p.m. Jan. 15, IWU Hansen Student Center; director-producer introducing her documentary film, followed by Q&A discussion; free.

Indoor Farmers Market; 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 17, U.S. Cellular Coliseum, 101 S. Madison St., Bloomington; indoor market, with fresh produce, more; free.

Winter Carnival; 1-3 p.m. Jan. 17, Pepsi Ice Center, Highland Golf Course and Miller Park; open skate and demonstrations, sledding, winter games and contests, ice fishing, snowman building, hot cocoa, more; free; 309-434-2260.

THIS WEEK (JAN. 19-21)

Bloomington-Normal

MLK Teach-In; 1-4 p.m. Jan. 19, IWU Hansen Student Center; guest speakers and discussion on voting rights and social justice in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday; free.

Central Illinois

Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon with Harry Belafonte; noon Jan. 19, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; luncheon with Belafonte as guest speaker; $40; www.mlkluncheon.com.

MUSIC

THIS WEEKEND (JAN. 15-18)

Bloomington-Normal

Live Karaoke Band; 8 p.m. Jan. 15, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; audience participation rock group; $5; 309-820-0352.

Triple play: The Castle Theatre breaks away from its more traditional music offerings with the touring theatrical production, The Killer, The King and Cash: A Tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis and Johnny Cash, at 8 p.m. Friday. The show features David Brooks as Lewis, Everett Dean as Elvis and Bennie Wheel as Cash. The show follows the trio of iconic performers back to their earliest Sun Records roots in Memphis. Each man's greatest hits are part of the ensuing flashback to history. Tickets are $22 and $25 at 309-820-3259.

The Pimps, NIL8 and Old Man Eloquent; 8 p.m. Jan. 17, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; rock groups; $12-$15; 309-820-0352.

Tallan Noble Latz; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; rock-blues singer-guitarist; $23; 866-686-9541.

Baroque Masters Recital; 7 p.m. Jan. 18, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; chamber works performed by ISU faculty musicians; free.

Care package: A few months ago, GO! profiled ex-”Jersey Boys” singer Michael Ingersoll, currently a member of Under the Streetlamp, the retro music show that became one of the biggest hits of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts' current season. As we mentioned in the story, Ingersoll would be back in short order with another project, My Baby Just Cares for Me, a two-person show opposite his real-life wife, Angela Ingersoll. Well, that time has come: specifically, at 2 p.m. Sunday, when the performing couple mashes up comedy and music as a “modern-day George and Gracie.” Tickets: $19.70-$33 at 866-686-9541.

Central Illinois

Bellflower Country Opry; 7 p.m. Jan. 17, Bellflower Community Center, 202 Center St., Bellflower; Branson-style country-gospel music shows with Bellflower Country Opry band and guest Jillian Hooker; $10, under 13 free; 309-722-3497.

Peoria Symphony Orchestra: Festa Italiana; 8 p.m. Jan. 17, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria; conducted by George Stelluto; $28-$53; 309-671-1096.

ICMA Jam Session; noon Jan. 18, El Paso VFW, El Paso; country music jam, with potluck dinner, open mic, 50/50 drawing, door prize; free; 309-564-0228.

THEATER

THIS WEEKEND (JAN. 15-18)

Bloomington-Normal

An American classic: One of author John Steinbeck's enduring classics, Of Mice and Men, becomes the first offering of the year from Community Players Theatre, 201 Robinhood Lane, Bloomington. The heartbreaking drama about the fateful bond between a pair of intinerant Depression-era ranch hands in Central California premieres at 7:30 p.m. tonight with a pay-what-you-can-preview, followed by regularly ticketed ($7-$14) performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Jan. 22-24, with 2:30 p.m. matinees Jan. 18 and 25. Call the box office at 309-663-2121.

Central Illinois

Is There Life After Fifty?; Jan. 15-March 1, Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre, Goodfield; comedy; $35-$39; 309-965-2545.

NIGHTLIFE

THIS WEEKEND (JAN. 15-18)

Bloomington-Normal

Acoustic Afterdark; 7 p.m. June 15, Bloomington Eagles; variety; no cover.

Open Mic Night; 7 p.m. Jan. 15, Treehouse Lounge; variety; no cover.

DJ Dix; 7 p.m. Jan. 15-16, Six Strings; variety; no cover.

Karaoke; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 15, The Bistro; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 16 and 9 p.m. Jan. 17, Kegler’s Pub; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 15 and 18, Shooters Lounge; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 15, Windjammer; 9 p.m. Jan. 16, CII East; 8 p.m. Jan. 17, Bonker's Place; no cover.

Big On Blondes; 8 p.m. Jan. 16, Winners; rock; no cover.

Boots in Bikini's Mechanical Bull/DJ; 8 p.m. Jan. 16, Treehouse Lounge; variety; $2.

The Bygones; 7 p.m. Jan. 16, Maguire's; nostalgic rock; no cover.

Kilborn Alley; 8 p.m. Jan. 16, Bonker's Place; blues; no cover.

Mieka Pauley; 8 p.m. Jan. 16, IWU Hansen Student Center; alt rock-folk; free.

J.B. and Tim Barnes; 5:30 p.m. Jan. 16 and 8:30 p.m. Jan. 17 (Barnes only), Shooters Lounge; DJs; no cover.

Glory Days; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 17, Treehouse Lounge; rock; no cover.

Jury's Out; 9 p.m. Jan. 17, Bloomington VFW; rock; no cover.

Scotte Marek; 10 p.m. Jan. 17, Six Strings; country; $3-$5.

Sleeping Dogs; 9 p.m. Jan. 17, Winners; rock; no cover.

Sweetwater; 7 p.m. Jan. 17, Cheeks Bar & Grill; classic rock; no cover.

Open Mic Night; 7 p.m. Jan. 18, Bonkers Place; variety; no cover.

Central Illinois

Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15, American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover.

Karaoke/DJ; 9 p.m. Jan. 16, Pit Row, Heyworth; 9 p.m. Jan. 16 and 8 p.m. Jan. 17, Misflips, Wapella; no cover.

Chris Corkery; 9 p.m. Jan. 16, Kemp's Upper Tap, Lexington; Southern rock; no cover.

Modern Cowboyz; 8 p.m. Jan. 16, Clinton Eagles, Clinton; country; no cover.

Tom Green; 8 p.m. Jan. 16-18, 10:30 p.m. Jan. 16-17, Juke Box Comedy Club, Peoria; comedy; $25-$26.

Cougar Bait; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 17, TailGaters Pub, LeRoy; alt-rock; no cover.

THIS WEEK (JAN. 19-21)

Bloomington-Normal

At Home on the Patio Band/Open Mic; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20, Six Strings; variety; no cover.

Karaoke; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 20, Shooters Lounge; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 20, 27, Kegler’s Pub; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 20, Windjammer Lounge; no cover.

Glenn Wilson & The Jazzmaniacs; 6 p.m. Jan. 20, Tony Roma's at The Chateau; jazz; no cover (CD release party).

Open Mic; 7 p.m. Jan. 21, Six Strings; variety; no cover.

Tim Barnes; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 21, Shooters Lounge; DJ; no cover.

FOR KIDS

THIS WEEKEND (JAN. 15-18)

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.

Dress-Up Movies: Muppets Most Wanted; 1 p.m. Jan. 17, Normal Theater, 209 North St., Normal; movie showing, with audience invited to dress as characters on screen; free; 309-454-9540.

'Frozen' Party; 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 17, Normal Public Library, 206 W. College Ave.; “Frozen”-themed party/activities, with related costumes encouraged; free; 309-452-1601.

DANCE

THIS WEEK (JAN. 19-21) 

Central Illinois

Russian National Ballet Theater; 7 p.m. Jan. 20-22, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; classical; $10-$45; 217-333-6280.

Happy feet: Freed of its TV network confines, here comes Dancing with the Stars Live!, the, yes, live touring edition of ABC's top-rated series, hoofing its way onto the stage of the Peoria Civic Center Theater at 8 p.m. Tuesday, complete with fan favorites Mark Ballas and Witney Carson, along with the rest of the series' current roster of finalists (Alfonso Ribeiro, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Keo Motsepe, Sash Farber, etc.). Tickets are $34 to $66 at 309-673-3200.

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.

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., 11 Uptown Circle, Normal; rotating exhibits in three galleries; free; 309-438-8321.

ISU MFA Biennial; Jan. 15-Feb. 15, ISU University Galleries, see above; works by 17 ISU School of Fine Arts MFA students; opening reception, 5-7 p.m. Jan. 15.

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; watercolors; 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; reception, 5-7 p.m. Jan. 16; 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; reception, 5-7 p.m. Jan. 16.

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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