Entertainment calendar for Thursday, February 21
GO! back w/Jack
You can so go home again — especially if you’ve got an honorary degree in the wings, as ISU alum Sean Hayes — “Will & Grace’s” excitable Jack McFarland — does at 2 p.m. today in Braden Auditorium.
GO! for a close shave
Look sharp, feel sharp, be sharp: get your seats for the 71st annual Sound of Illinois Chorus barbershop show, “Barbertoons,” at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday in the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.
GO! up to speed
“The Fastest Girl in Town” herself, Miranda Lambert, gets a run for the money from tour mates Dierks Bentley and Lee Brice, at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the U of I Assembly Hall stage in Champaign.
GO! try these shorts on
All five Oscar nominees in the Best Animated Short Subject category will be screened in succession at the Normal Theater tonight through Oscar night (Sunday).
GO! get Dust-ed
Veteran metallurgists Sevendust are set for some heavy lifting at 7:30 tonight in Bloomington’s Castle Theatre, preceded by some aptly ample amperage from Lacuna Coil, Avatar and Three Years Hallow.
GO! to the dark side
That’s the only place you’ll locate Pink Floyd’s version of the moon — a key part of “The Pink Floyd Experience,” dean of the touring PF concert re-creations, headed to the Peoria Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
GO! for some great Shakes
Illinois Wesleyan University offers its spin on Shakespeare’s dizzying comedy of errors, “As You Like It,” premiering a six-night run at 8 p.m. Tuesday in IWU’s McPherson Theatre.
Russians coming!: The Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s first Masterworks concert of the winter-spring season, "Russian Revolution!," brings some eastern European excellence to our Midwestern frontiers at 8 p.m. Friday in the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts as maestro Alastair Willis raises the baton on some serious Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Arvo Paart, with a little help from renowned “classical rock star,” cellist Joshua Roman. Tickets for the revolt are $5 to $50 at 866-686-9541.
Trees company: Provo, Utah’s resident rockers Neon Trees have been shining brightly lately, which is why the quartet’s show at Bloomington’s Castle Theatre is the big noise this week, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, with a little added sonic assist from openers Echosmith. Packing hits like “Animal” and “Everybody Talks,” the Trees have been visible everywhere these days, from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to ABC’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” to “America’s Got Talent.” Tickets are $20 to $25 at 309-820-0352.
Fringe benefits: That surrey with the fringe on top rides again, courtesy the annual joint musical production of Illinois State University’s Schools of Theatre, Dance and Music: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s evergreen classic, "Oklahoma!," premiering on the Center for the Performing Arts stage on campus at 7:30 p.m. Friday, with additional performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 28-March 2, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. Tickets are $12 to $17 at the CPA box office, reachable at 309-438-2532.
Reynolds’ rap: Rock guitarist extraordinaire Tim Reynolds is back in the area, packing his band TR3, this time wielding his ax in Tremont’s Twisted Spoke Saloon, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Perhaps best known to the public at large for his many collaborations with best bud Dave Matthew and his band, Reynolds is no mean headliner act himself, witness his recent stands in Bloomington’s BCPA and Castle Theatre. Tickets for his first Tremont visit are $18 at 309-925-5218. The venue is at 105 S. Baer Rd.
Down the Road
All in the family: Red-hot sibling country trio The Band Perry will be bringing their sister-brother act to Peoria’s Bradley University this spring. The Grammy- and CMA-winning group will perform at 8 p.m. April 21 in Bradley’s Renaissance Coliseum, preceded on stage by the Kari Lynch Band. Student tickets, already on sale, are $15-$20, while general public tickets are $30, and go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday via area Ticketmaster outlets and www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, call 309-677-3050.
Going, going … gone?: Since his tickets have a habit of pulling fast disappearing acts wherever they’re made available, here’s a reminder that seats for the April 26 Kenny Chesney concert in the Peoria Civic Center Arena go on the block at 10 a.m. Friday via the PCC box office and Ticketmaster, with Internet pre-sales kicking in even earlier, at 9 a.m. today. Prices for the 7 p.m. show range from $25 to $77.
A real Phony: Perhaps best known as the voice of the popular Phony Photo Booth on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” comedian Kira Soltanovich also shows up in the flesh, just for laughs, including an impending free performance at 8 p.m. March 1 in Illinois Wesleyan University’s Hansen Student Center. Born in the former Soviet Union, Soltanovich grew up in San Francisco after her parents immigrated to stateside. Her credits include “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Comedy Central’s “The World Stands Up” and her own half-hour comedy series, “Here Comes Trouble,” on the Showtime Network’s LOL.
Cagle at the Castle: Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for a big new addition to the schedule of Bloomington’s Castle Theatre — veteran country singer Chris Cagle, who’ll headline a show at 7:30 p.m. April 18, preceded on stage by The Taylor Wagner Band and Zach Linley & The Rebel. Tickets are priced from $28.50 to $33; call 309-820 -0352.
THIS WEEKEND (FEB. 21-24)
ISU Founders Day Celebration with Sean Hayes; 2 p.m. Feb. 21, ISU Braden Auditorium; annual convocation, with ISU alum and actor Hayes receiving honorary degree; free; www.events.illinoisstate.edu/foundersday.
Sunday Market Antiques; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 24. Interstate Center, 2301 W. Market St., Bloomington; antiques, collectibles; $6, under 14 free; 217-202-2847.
Garish … But Green Garden Show; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., Feb. 21-March 3, Luthy Botanical Garden, 2520 N. Prospect, Peoria; botanical show celebrating “bad taste” garden/landscaping faux pas; $2.50, under 13 free; 309-686-3362.
The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Millikin University Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Decatur; illusionists; $10-$28; 217-4246318.
Peoria Spring Home Show; 4-9 p.m. Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 23, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 24, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; displays, information, more; $3.50-$7, under 18 free; 309-673-3200.
Gilbert Gottfried; 7 p.m. Feb. 23, Watseka Theater, Watseka; comedian; $45; 815-993-6585.
Contemporary Art Center Fine Art Live & Silent Auction; 7 p.m. Feb. 24, Contemporary Art Center, 305 SW Water St., Peoria; live music, food, cash bar, annual live auction of fine art by Preston Jackson and area artists; $25; 309-674-6822.
THIS WEEK (FEB. 25-27)
Preston Smith; 7 p.m. Feb. 25, ISU Bone Student Center Prairie Room; author-scholar discussing new book, “Racial Democracy and the Black Metropolis: Housing Policy in Postwar Chicago; free; 309-438-8790.
A Soldier’s Story: The Ghost of Andrew Lewis; 7 p.m. Feb. 26, McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington; Civil War re-enactor Robert Davis in one-man show; free; 309-827-0428.
IWU Founders’ Day Convocation; 11 a.m. Feb. 27, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; with featured speaker, prize-winning Lincoln scholar Allen C. Guelzo; free; 309-556-3181.
THIS WEEK (FEB. 21-24)
IWU Student Composition Concert; 8 p.m. Feb. 21, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; original works by student composers; free.
Sevendust, Lacuna Coil, Avatar and Three Years Hallow; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; rock groups; $30-$32; 309-820-0352.
Suzanne Vega; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; singer-songwriter; $18.60-$29; 866-686-9541.
Illinois Symphony Orchestra: Russian Revolution; 8 p.m. Feb. 22, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; conducted by Alastair Willis, with guest cellist Joshua Roman; $5-$50; 866-686-9541.
Pokey LaFarge and Al Scorch; 8 p.m. Feb. 23, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; Americana singer; $10-$12; 309-820-0352.
Sound of Illinois Chorus 71st Annual Show: Barbertoons; 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 23, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; barbershop chorus and quartets; $11-$21; 866-686-9541.
Evening of Brass; 7 p.m. Feb. 24, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; ISU brass ensembles and soloists; $6-$8; 309-438-2535.
ISU Symphonic Winds; 3 p.m. Feb. 24, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; $6-$8; 309-438-2535.
Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway: Boom!; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-22, U of I Krannert Center; sibling Broadway performers in two-woman show; $10-$38; 217-333-6280.
Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and Lee Brice; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, U of I Assembly Hall, Champaign; country singers; $25-$49.75; 217-333-5000.
Bement Country Opry; 8 p.m. Feb. 22, downtown Bement; country music shows with Bement Country Opry band and guest Eric Gordon; $5-$10; 217-877-6499.
China National Symphony Orchestra; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; conducted by En Shao, with violinist Chuanyun Li; $10-$48; 217-333-6280.
Illinois Symphony Orchestra: Russian Revolution; 8 p.m. Feb. 23, U of I at Springfield Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; conducted by Alastair Willis, with guest cellist Joshua Roman; $5-$50; 800-207-6960.
Mountain Dulcimer Concert; 7 p.m. Feb. 23, Three Sisters Park Pavilion, Chillicothe; featuring champion dulcimer players Doug Berch, Maureen Sellers and Mike Anderson; 217-473-5889.
PrimeTime Country Opry; 7 p.m. Feb. 23, Olympia High School Auditorium, rural Stanford; country music shows with PrimeTime Country Opry Band and special guest Nathan Urban; adults $10, ages 3-12 $3, under 3 free; 309-449-5484.
Costas; 1:45 p.m. Feb. 24, U of I Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana; South American music group; free; 217-244-3355.
Cynthia Atterbury Piano Duet Recital; 4 p.m. Feb. 24, Eureka College Chapel, Eureka; free; 309-467-6398.
Rain: The Beatles Experience; 7 p.m. Feb. 24, U of I at Springfield Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; Beatles concert re-creation $45-$55; 800 207-6960.
THIS WEEK (FEB. 25-27)
Neon Trees and Echosmith; 7 p.m. Feb. 26, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; alt rock groups; $20-$25; 309-820-0352.
Daughtry and 3 Doors Down; 7 p.m. Feb. 26, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; rock groups; $29.50-$59.50; 309-673-3200.
Pink Floyd Experience; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; Pink Floyd re-creation concert; $27.50-$37; 309-673-3200.
THIS WEEKEND (FEB. 21-24)
J.B.; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-23 and Feb. 26-March 2, 2 p.m. Feb. 23, ISU Westhoff Theatre; ISU Theatre production of Archibald MacLeish drama; $10-$12; 309-438-2535.
Time Stands Still; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-23 and Feb. 28-March 2, 2 p.m. Feb. 24 and March 3; Heartland Theatre Company, One Normal Plaza, Norma; Donald Margulies drama; $5-$15; 309-452-8709.
The Mountaintop; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-23, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 24, YWCA McLean County, Ill. 9 and Hershey Road, Bloomington; New Route Theatre production of Katori Hall drama; 309-825-8298.
Oklahoma!; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-23 and Feb. 27-March 2, 2 p.m. Feb. 24, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; ISU Theatre production of musical; $12-$17; 309-438-2535.
Beer for Breakfast; Thu.-Sat. eve., Sun. matinee, Feb. 21-24, Conklin’s Barn II Dinner Theatre, Goodfield; romantic comedy; $33-$37; 309-965-2545.
Jersey Boys; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 2 p.m. Feb. 21 and 23, 8 p.m. Feb. 22-23; Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; national tour of musical; $47-$115; 309-673-3200.
Sons of the Prophet; 8 p.m. Feb. 21-24, Feb. 27-March 3 and March 6-9, Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway, Urbana; Celebration Company production of Stephen Karam drama; $10-$15; 217-384-4000.
You Can’t Take It With You; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-23 and Fen. 28-March 2, 3 p.m. March 3, Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley, Champaign; Parkland College Theatre production of comedy; $8-$14; 217-251-2528.
Drinking Habits; 7 p.m. Feb. 22-23, 2 p.m. Feb. 24, Market Street Theatre, Paxton; Tri-County Players production of comedy; $12; 217-379-7028.
Les Miserables; Feb. 22-March 3, Little Theatre On the Square, Sullivan; musical; $35.40-$37.50; 217-728-7375.
THIS WEEK (FEB. 25-27)
As You Like It; 8 p.m. Feb. 26-March 2, 2 p.m. March 3, IWU McPherson Theatre; IWU Theatre production of Shakespeare comedy; $10-$12; 309-556-3232.
THIS WEEKEND (FEB. 21-24)
Acoustic Afterdark; 7 p.m. Feb. 21, Bloomington Eagles; variety; no cover.
Open Mic Night; 7 p.m. Feb. 21, Tree House Lounge; variety; no cover.
Karaoke; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Shooters Lounge; 8 p.m. Feb. 22, Bloomington VFW; no cover.
Captain Ron; 6 p.m. Feb. 22, Cheeks Bar & Grill; rock; no cover.
David Davenport; 6 p.m. Feb. 22, Legends; rock-blues; no cover.
Inktrail; 7 p.m. Feb. 22, Fat Jacks; jazz; no cover.
New Imposters; 8 p.m. Feb. 22, Winners; variety; no cover.
Shuga Beatz; 7 p.m. Feb. 22, Boo Boo’s Dawghouse; R&B-rock; no cover.
J.B. and Tim Barnes; 5:15 p.m. Feb. 22 and 8:30 p.m. Feb. 23 (Barnes only), Shooters Lounge; DJs; no cover.
E.S.P.; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Coppertop; classic rock; no cover.
Hairbangers Ball; 10 p.m. Feb. 23, Daddios; ’80s big hair; $5.
Patrick Campbell; 7 p.m. Feb. 23, Bloomington Knights of Columbus; piano variety; no cover.
Rusted Guns; 9 p.m. Feb. 23, Winners; country-oldies; no cover.
Sister Groove; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Treehouse Lounge; R&B; no cover.
Stone & Snow; 8 p.m. Feb. 23, Coffeehouse & Deli; folk; $5.
Giving Tree Band; 7 p.m. Feb. 24, Six Strings; country-rock; $5-$8.
Open Mic with Tater Tours; 8 p.m. Feb. 24, Bonkers Place; variety; no cover.
Chris Corkery & Dylan Bentley; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Kemp’s Upper Tap, Lexington; folk-rock; no cover.
Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Heyworth American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover.
Karaoke/DJ; 9 p.m. Feb. 22, Pit Row, Heyworth; variety; no cover.
Alex Reymundo; 8 p.m. Feb. 22, 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Mason City Limits Comedy Club, Mason City; comedy; $15.
David Davenport; 5 p.m. Feb. 23, White Oak Vineyard, Carlock; rock-blues; no cover.
Tim Reynolds & TR3; 8 p.m. Feb. 23, Twisted Spoke Saloon, Tremont; rock-blues; $18.
Unemployed Architects; 8 p.m. Feb. 23, TailGaters Pub, LeRoy; indie-acoustic rock; no cover.
THIS WEEK (FEB. 25-27)
Karaoke; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Shooters Lounge; no cover.
Open Mic with Tater Tours; 8 p.m. Feb. 27, Diggers Again; variety; no cover.
Tim Barnes; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Shooters Lounge; DJ; no cover.
Jonathan Richman; 8 p.m. Feb. 27, Canopy Club, Urbana; rock-folk; $15.
THIS WEEKEND (FEB. 21-24)
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.
Galaxies; 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 2 p.m. Sat., Feb. 22-May 4, ISU Planetarium; planetarium show on Milky Way and beyond; $2-$4; 309-438-5007.
Dress-Up Movies: Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer; 1 p.m. Feb. 23, Normal Theater, Normal; movie showing, with audience invited to dress like characters in film; free; 309-454-9540.
Karen Gyllin; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu., noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat., March 1-27, Grey Dove Gallery, 105A W. Monroe St., Bloomington; drawings and watercolors; opening reception, 4-9 p.m. March 1.
John Cassidy: Works on Paper, 1996-2007; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., through March 1, Heartland Community College Joe McCauley Gallery, ICB Room 2507, 1500 W. Raab Road, Normal; free; 309-268-8599; artist’s reception, 4-5:30 p.m. Feb. 28.
Danell Dvorak; 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.
Nathaniel HawthorneISU Milner Library sixth floor; exhibit of first and modern fine-press editions of works by Hawthorne and his contemporaries; free; 309-438-2871.
A Moment That Flits Away: Daguerrean Vision in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ‘House of the Seven Gables’; Feb. 23-April 7, ISU Milner Library sixth floor, see above.
The Fairy Wedding; 9 a.m.-noon Mon.-Fri. and 1-4 p.m. Mon.-Thu., through May 25, ISU Milner Library sixth floor; exhibit on 150th anniversary of marriage of dwarf entertainers Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren; free; 309-438-2871.
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. (through 7 p.m. Wed.), ISU Center for the Visual Arts; rotating exhibits in three galleries; free; 309-438-5487.
The House of Seven Gables; Feb. 23-April 7, ISU University Galleries, see above; 22-artist group show inspired by Hawthorne novel and related themes; opening reception, 5-7 p.m. Feb. 23, with artist lecture at 4 p.m.
Ben Fain: no in future; through March 3, ISU University Galleries, see above; site-specific installation of sculptures/drawings.
Judy Glantzman: Face to Face; through March 3, ISU University Galleries, see above; mixed-media installation, drawings, sculptures.
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.
IWU Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition; through Feb. 23, IWU Merwin and Wakeley Galleries, see above.
Warp and Weft; Feb. 23-March 14, Jan Brandt Gallery, 1106 E. Bell St., Bloomington; textile-influenced works by eight artists; free by appointment at 309-287-4700; opening reception, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 23
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.
Harold Gregor; through March 2, McLean County Arts Center, see above; watercolors and large acrylic paintings.
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.
Fiesta! A Celebration of Mexican Popular Culture; through Aug. 30, 2014, McLean County Museum of History, see above; more than 150 pieces of Mexican folk art, hands-on kids’ activities, more.
The Greening of the Prairie: Irish Immigration and Settlement in McLean County; through Aug. 9, 2014, McLean County Museum of History, see above; exhibit on Irish settlers in McLean County, with historic objects, photos and maps.
Prairie Aviation Museum; winter hours, 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.
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.
Blind Field; through March 31, Krannert Art Museum, see above; group exhibit featuring 20 Brazilian artist critiquing modern society transitions.
Counterpoints: Moshekwa Langa, In and Out of Africa; through May 12, Krannert Art Museum, see above; mixed-media constructions.
Jacob Lawrence: Toussaint L’Ouverture Series; through April 28, Krannert Art Museum, see above; paintings.
Processing the Everyday; through April 28, Krannert Art Museum, see above; group show exploring the blurring of modern life and art.
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.
Journeys; through Feb. 25, Burgess Art Gallery, see above; landscape and cityscape paintings by David Gregory.
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.
Anastasia Samoylova: 5000 Head; through Feb. 23, Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, see above; abstract photographic compositions.
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.
Journey Stories; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, Feb. 23-April 6, Livingston County Courthouse, Pontiac; traveling Smithsonian exhibit on America’s love of travel, with pictures, artifacts and text panels; free; 815-844-5847.
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.