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Entertainment calendar for the week of Feb. 2, 2012.

GO! to downtown Abbey: Downtown Bloomington's Castle Theatre welcomes Beatles tribute group, Yellow Dubmarine, who'll offer a complete reggae makeover of "Abbey Road" at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

GO! easy: Better yet, go Big Easy, via Irvin Mayfield & The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the U of I Krannert Center in Urbana.

GO! to the windy city: That would be Bloomington -- this weekend anyway -- courtesy IWU's Wind Ensemble, blowing through the BCPA at 8 tonight, and Symphonic Winds, gusting at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Westbrook Auditorium.

GO! Goth: Old-fashioned Gothic melodrama makes a comeback via the costume chiller, "The Woman in Black," starring Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe in his first full-blown adult romantic lead.

GO! for first place: Easy to do, and everybody wins: downtown Bloomington's February edition of First Friday, with an added sweet deal -- the annual Tour de Chocolat, 5 to 8 p.m. at 29 locations.

GO! for some fresh aria: It's time for the annual Concerto Aria Finals, courtesy the ISU Symphony Orchestra, at 7 tonight in the Center for the Performing Arts on campus.

GO! into hiding: Best place this weekend in Sugar Grove Nature Center at Funks Grove, where buckskinner re-enactors will be tanning deer hides and more, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.


SPECIAL EVENTS

This Weekend (Feb. 2-5)

Bloomington-Normal

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

Tour de Chocolat' & Chocolate Challenge; 5-8 p.m. Feb. 4, downtown Bloomington merchants and businesses; chocolate samples and related activities at 29 locations, including "Chocolate Challenge" chef contest at McLean County Museum of History; www.downtownbloomington.org for complete list.

Masterpiece Marathon; Feb. 3-4, Merlot and a Masterpiece, 412 N. Main St., Bloomington; 24-hour community-participation "paint-a-thon," with local artists, live music and more; $5; 309-825-7972.

Central Illinois

Old-Fashioned Square Dance; 7 p.m. Feb. 4, Hudson Town Hall, Hudson; Hudson Square Dancers event, with caller Gail Hintz and live musicians; free; 309-452-9250.

Monster Jam; 7 p.m. Feb. 3-4, 2 p.m. Feb. 4, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; monster truck show; $17-$42; 309-673-3200.

Family Nature Exploration Day with Buckskinner Encampment; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 4, Sugar Grove Nature Center, Funks Grove; buckskinner re-enactors, guided hike, animal feeding, craft activities, more; free; 309-874-2174.

This Week (Feb. 6-8)

Bloomington-Normal

IWU Founders Day Convocation with Sister Helen Prejean; 11 a.m. Feb. 8, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; activist-educator ("Dead Man Walking") in Founders Day presentation; free; 309-556-3792.


LIVE MUSIC

This Weekend (Feb. 2-5)

Bloomington-Normal

** No shortage: Original lead singer Brett Scallions has returned to the Fuel fold, meaning the veteran rock band's heat will be at full throttle come their Castle Theatre show in Bloomington at 8 o'clock tonight. With 3.5 million albums sold and three singles that made the Top 5, nothing is in short supply with this power quartet. Longtime local favorites Bottle of Justus open. Tickets are $23.50 at 309-820-0352.

ISU Symphony Orchestra Concerto Aria Finals; 7 p.m. Feb. 2, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; 309-438-2535.

IWU Wind Ensemble; 8 p.m. Feb. 2, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; 309-556-3061.

IWU Symphonic Winds and University Choir; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; free.

The Pimps, Werepire Day and Devout Sinners; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 3, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; rock groups; $10; 309-820-0352.

Sam Carlin Memorial NACMAI Fundraising Dinner/Concert; 6 p.m. Feb. 4, Friends & Family Building, 2712 S. Main St., Bloomington; meal, followed by show featuring ICMA entertainers competing in upcoming NACMAI Music Week; $6-$15, under 2 free; 309-378-4203.

Michelle Vought; 3 p.m. Feb. 5, St. John's Lutheran Church, 1617 E. Emerson St., Bloomington; ISU faculty soprano; free; 309-454-2956.

Central Illinois

Pacifica Quartet; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; chamber ensemble; $10-$20; 217-333-6280.

Bement Country Opry; 8 p.m. Feb. 3, downtown Bement; country music shows with Bement Country Opry band and guest Linda Thomas; $5-$10; 217-877-6499.

Central Illinois Jazz Festival; 5 p.m.-midnight Feb. 3, 10 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Feb. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 5; Decatur Conference Center & Hotel, 4191 U.S. 36 West, Decatur; traditional jazz festival with area and national bands, dances, late night jam, special events, more; 217-546-6091.

Chalice Dubs Masquerade; Feb. 4, Exposition Gardens, Peoria; DJ show with Car Thief, DJ Solo, Positive Vibr8ions, Trinketz, Kaboom Fantastik and Dirty Noize; 800-514-ETIX.

Irvin Mayfield & The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; jazz trumpeter and group; $10-$35; 217-333-6280.

** Georgia peaches: With another fistful of nominations, courtesy, last week's Academy of Country Music Awards announcements, Georgia native Jason Aldean is heading into Central Illinois fully armed for his 7:30 p.m. show Saturday in the U of I Assembly Hall in Champaign. Joining him on the "My Kinda Party Tour" is fellow Georgia native, Luke Bryan, no slouch on the charts or awards circuit either. Tickets are $25 to $49.75 at 217-333-5000.

This Week (Feb. 6-8)

Bloomington-Normal

ISU University Band; 7 p.m. Feb. 6, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; free.

Amy Gilreath; 8 p.m. Feb. 7, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; ISU faculty trumpeter; $6-$8; 309-438-2535.

IWU Symphonic Winds and University Choir; 8 p.m. Feb. 7, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; free.

Yellow Dubmarine; 8 p.m. Feb. 8, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; reggae-rock group; $8; 309-820-0352.

Central Illinois

Bua; 8 p.m. Feb. 7, IMC, 202 S. Broadway, Urbana; traditional Irish quartet; $10-$20; 217-390-3291.

Peoria Symphony Chamber Players; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Eureka College Cerf Center, Eureka; concert with theme, "African American Influences of Classical Music"; $5-$10; 309-467-6301.

 


LIVE THEATER

This Weekend (Feb. 2-5)

Bloomington-Normal

** Baa-ck to the future: Illinois State Theatre's Theatre of Ted student thesp group, noted for its anything-goes midnight shows, emerges from the underground with an original musical comedy, Sheep's on the Lamb, that culminates in, and we quote, "a post-apocalyptic sheep-dominated war story." Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in ISU's Capen Auditorium. Admission is $2 at the door only. Central Illinois

Come Blow Your Horn; Thu.-Sat. eve., Sun. matinee, Feb. 2-26, Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre, Goodfield; Neil Simon comedy; $33-$37; 309-965-2545.

Company; 8 p.m. Feb. 2-5, 8-12 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. 2-4 and 8-11, 3 p.m. Feb. 12, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; $10-$16; 217-333-6280.


NIGHTLIFE

This Weekend (Feb. 2-5)

Bloomington-Normal

Jim Vasilou & Trefan Owen; 7 p.m. Feb. 2, Swingers Grille; acoustic rock; no cover.

Karaoke; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 2 and Feb. 5, Shooters Lounge; 9 p.m. Feb. 3, CII East; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 5, Illinois Brewing Co.; no cover.

Beeson Brothers; 9 p.m. Feb. 3, Illinois Brewing Co.; rock; no cover.

Bill Porter Project; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 3, Treehouse Lounge; blues; no cover.

Brian Choban Jazz Quintet and Eaton Gallery Combo; 6:45 p.m. Feb. 3, Eaton Gallery; free.

Davenport & Dish; 7 p.m. (Davenport only) and 9 p.m. (with Tricia Stiller) Feb. 3, Lancaster's; variety; no cover.

DJ Garth; 9 p.m. Feb. 3, Winners; top hits; no cover.

Double Trouble; 7 p.m. Feb. 3, Bloomington Eagles; rock; $3-$5.

Lisa Goeken; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 3, Legends Bar & Grill; female variety; no cover.

New Prairie Ramblers and The Bygones; 6 and 9 p.m. Feb. 3, Maguire's; acoustic and nostalgic rock; no cover.

New Rural Route 3; 8 p.m. Feb. 3, Bonker's Place; country-rock; no cover.

Permanent Crush; 10 p.m. Feb. 3, Daddios; Top 40; $5.

J.B. and Tim Barnes; 5:15 p.m. Feb. 3 and 8:30 p.m. Feb. 4 (J.B. only), Shooters Lounge; DJs; no cover.

Chicken Shack; 8 p.m. Feb. 4, Cheeks Bar & Grill; no cover.

Hairbangers Ball; 10 p.m. Feb. 4, Daddios; big-hair tribute; $5.

Kasino; 9 p.m. Feb. 4, Winners; rock; no cover.

Matthew Curry & The Fury; 8 p.m. Feb. 4, Bloomington Eagles; blues; $7.

Steely James; 9 p.m. Feb. 4, Illinois Brewing Co.; rock; no cover.

Central Illinois

Above & Beyond; 8 p.m. Feb. 2, Canopy Club, Urbana; trance; $15.

The Bull; 5 p.m. Feb. 2, Pit Row, Heyworth; country-rock DJ; no cover.

The Barr Brothers and Joe Pug; 7 and 10 p.m. Feb. 4, Canopy Club, Urbana; folk; $12-$13.

Under the Gun; 9 p.m. Feb. 4, Kemp's Upper Tap, Lexington; rock; no cover.

This Week (Feb. 6-8)

Bloomington-Normal

Karaoke; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 6, Illinois Brewing Co.; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Shooters Lounge; no cover.

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

Central Illinois

Colt Ford; 7 p.m. Feb. 8, Crystal Palace, Pontiac; country; $12.


DANCE

This Weekend (Feb. 2-5)

Bloomington-Normal

** Feet first: Returning to the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday is Chicago's famed Ailey II dance troupe, under the auspices of soon-to-retire director Sylvia Waters. On tap is Ailey's signature "Revelations," which uses African-American spirituals, song sermons, blues and gospel to "explore the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul." Tickets are $22 to $43 at 866-686-9541.


JUST FOR KIDS

This Weekend (Feb. 2-5)

Bloomington-Normal

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.

3-2-1 ... Blast Off!; 7:30 p.m. Fri., 2 p.m. Sat., Feb. 3-4, ISU Planetarium; planetarium show on planets that circle the sun; $2-$4; 309-438-5007.


EXHIBITS

Bloomington-Normal

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; lecture, 7 p.m. Feb. 2.

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 Faculty Biennial; through Feb. 19, ISU University Galleries, see above; various media by ISU School of Art faculty; reception, 5-7 p.m. Feb. 7.

Borderland Collective: The Will to Believe in Something More; through Feb. 19, ISU University Galleries, see above; participatory social art project utilizing photography; gallery walk with curator Jason Reed, noon Feb. 6; lecture by Reed, 4 p.m. Feb. 7; reception, 5-7 p.m. Feb. 7.

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.

Emphatic Objects/Shifting Ground; through Feb. 2, IWU Merwin & Wakeley Galleries, see above; collaborative installations.

Dream State; through Feb. 2, IWU Merwin & Wakeley Galleries, see above; paintings.

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. 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.

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.

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.

Fictional Space; through Feb. 3, Contemporary Art Center, see above; paintings and prints by Joshua Bindewald, Matt Irie and Josh Reames.

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., closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas; Spring and Edwards streets, Springfield; free; 217-782-7387.


DOWN THE ROAD

Castle stormers: New additions to the Castle Theatre slate include: 2010 International Bluegrass Music Association winners The Gibson Brothers, 8 p.m. Feb. 10 ($15); Chicago's top salsa dance group Banda Nueva Raza, 8 p.m. Feb. 25 ($15); Canadian bluesman Anthony Gomes, back for a Music Is the Medicine Foundation show, 8 p.m. March 2 ($15); and back for seconds, too, rapper Tech N9ne, 8 p.m. June 4 ($35-$40), with openers MGK, Krizz Kaliko, Mayday!, Prozak and Stevie Stone. Call 309-820-0352.

Coliseum contenders: Two sizable additions to the U.S. Cellular Coliseum's spring slate were announced this past week. Going on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday via the box office and Ticketmaster is the April 11 show starring pop veteran Barry Manilow. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show reflect his stature, needless to say, starting at $19.99 and topping out at what appears to be a new record for a pop concert hereabouts, $119.99 (with limited, and pricier, Gold Circle seating also available) ... Following Manilow into the venue at 7:30 p.m. April 28: current Best Country Album Grammy nominee Eric Church, via his "Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour," which also features Brantley Gilbert and Blackberry Smoke. Those tickets are $34.75 and $42.50, and go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 10.

Back to Braden: Also going on sale this weekend is the first big pop-rock show at Illinois State University's Braden Auditorium in awhile -- singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw, author of the theme song ("I Don't Want to Be") of Pontiac native Mark Schwahn's long-running series hit, "One Tree Hill." Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. March 30 concert are $19.50 for the public, $15 for students and $35 for pit seating. General sales begin at 10 a.m. Friday via the Braden box office and Ticketmaster.

And still more: Also going on sale at 10 a.m. Friday are two new additions to the slate of venues to the east and west. At the U of I Assembly Hall in Champaign it's another round of Quidam, the Cirque du Soleil opus already set for Springfield's Prairie Capital Convention Center. Seven performances will be given March 21 through 25, with seats priced from $33 to $75 ... at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, country singer Trace Adkins, no stranger hereabouts, will perform in the PCC Theater at 8 p.m. March 10, with seats priced from $35 to $65.

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