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Go! calendar - April 5, 2018

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Music, comedy, theater and more - in BloNo and Central Illinois

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Brothers Cody Dickinson, left, and Luther Dickinson front the North Mississippi Allstars, playing the Castle Theatre Saturday night.

Special events


Dr. King, I Remember ... ; 7 p.m. April 5, McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington; multimedia local reflections on 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. assassination; $5; 309-827-0428.

ISSA Vibe Talent Showcase; 7 p.m. April 5, Normal Theater, 209 W. North St., Normal; judged events, including rap battle, sing-off, dance-off, poetry slam; $20; 309-454-9722. 

ISU Asian Heritage Week Events; April 5-6, various ISU campus locations; free. Schedule: "Indonesian Cuisine Demonstration/Workshop," 5 p.m. April 5, Turner Hall 131; Taiwanese film, "Cape Number 7," 6:15 p.m. April 6, State Farm Hall of Business 139.

Area Artist Invitational; 5-8 p.m. April 6, Main Gallery 404, Inside Out Accessible Art, Joann Goetzinger Gallery, Three Square Studio, Angel Ambrose Studio, Ramp Arts Gallery; new artist introduction at six downtown Bloomington studios; free; 309-828-7471.

First Friday; 5-8 p.m. April 6, various downtown Bloomington, restaurants, shops and galleries; extended hours, live entertainment, gallery events and more;

Bloomington-Normal's Got Talent; 6 p.m. April 7, Station Saloon at Lincoln Spring Center, 1611 Morrissey Drive, Bloomington; live audition round for local talent contest;

Central Illinois Figure Skating Club: Heroes & Villains; 5 p.m. April 7, Grossinger Motors Arena, 101 S. Madison St., Bloomington; skaters performing annual show, with guests Haven Denney & Brandon Frazier, 2017 U.S. National Pairs Champions; $16;

Ewing Manor Architecture Tours; 10 and 11 a.m., and noon and 1 p.m. April 7; Ewing Manor, Towanda Avenue and Emerson Street, Bloomington; guided two-hour tours of late-1920s home of Hazle Buck Ewing; $20; 309-438-6333.

Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 7, IWU Shirk Center; “living green” workshops, demonstrations, 100 exhibitors, 20 presenters, live music, fashion challenge, kids' activities, more; free; 309-454-3169.

LIFE Center for Independent Living Wheelchair Basketball Game; 10 a.m. April 7, Kingsley Junior High School; game between U of I wheelchair teams and area athletic coaches, with silent auction, concessions, door prize and 50/50 raffle; $5, under 6 free; 309-663-5433.

Mimosa Morning; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 7, various uptown Normal locations; mimosas, snacks and sales at participating shops and restaurants;

The Walls Speak: Telling ISU's Story Through Its Campus Buildings; 1 p.m. April 7, McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington; presentation by April Karlene Anderson, author of "Illinois State University"; free; 309-827-0428.

Kids BLOOM Consignment Sale; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 7-8, Constitution Trail Center, 1720 Bradford Lane, Normal; new/used clothing, books, toys, baby gear, more; 309-863-5638.

ISU Speaker Series: Robin Whitburn and Abdul Mohammed; 4 p.m. April 9, ISU Bone Student Center Prairie Room; "Pugilists, Diggers and Choreographers: Activism and Educational Change in Urban Schools"; free.

Central Illinois

Pride of the Prairie Marble Show; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 5-7, Country Inn & Suites, 5150 Hickory Point Frontage Road, Decatur; exhibits, marble-making demonstrations, more; free; 217-422-8454.

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Castle Gardens, Lexington 

Castle Home & Garden Events; April 5 and 8, Castle Gardens, 1280 PJ Keller Highway, Lexington; guided tour of historic home, 1 and 3 p.m. April 5 ($20); carousel history (1 p.m.) and rides (1-3 p.m.), April 8 ($5-$10); tickets at

Central Illinois Auto Show; noon-8 p.m. April 6, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. April 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 8, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; displays, information, more; $5, under 16 free; 309-673-3200.


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Gridley Community Sale Day; 10 a.m. April 7, Center Street in downtown Gridley; antiques, collectibles, furniture, cars, machinery, tools, more; free admission.

Traxxas Monster Truck Tour; 7:30 p.m. April 7, U of I State Farm Center, Champaign; monster truck competition; $15.50-$26.50;  217-333-6595.

Voices of Conscience with Stewart Huff and Chicago Farmer; 7:30 p.m. April 7, LeRoy Performing Arts Center, 201 E. Center St., LeRoy; comedian and singer-songwriter; $15-$20;



Billy Strings and Still Shine; 8 p.m. April 5, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; bluegrass guitarist and group; $12-$15; 309-820-0352.

Heartland Jazz Orchestra History of Jazz Concert; 7 p.m. April 5, Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington, 1615 Illinois St., Bloomington; second in series of educational concerts, directed by David Hoffman; free; 309-661-0706.

IWU Faculty Jazz; 8 p.m. April 5, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; free.

Kansas; 7:30 p.m. April 5, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; rock group; $56-$126; 866-686-9541.

IWU Wind Ensemble; 7:30 p.m. April 6, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; free.

Undercover 31; 7 p.m. April 6, IWU Hansen Student Center; music competition among IWU students and student bands; free; 309-556-3850.

Doctors in Concert; 6 p.m. April 7, DoubleTree Hotel & Conference Center, 10 Brickyard Drive, Bloomington; performances by local physicians; $25-$35; 309-433-3448.

North Mississippi Allstars; 8 p.m. April 7, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; Southern blues-rock group; $23-$30; 309-820-0352. 

Judas Priest, Saxon and Black Star Riders; 7 p.m. April 8, Grossinger Motors Arena, 101 S. Madison St., Bloomington; rock group; $43-$58; 800-745-3000.

ISU Music Factory; 7:30 p.m. April 9, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; free.

Chris Reyman; 8 p.m. April 10, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; guest composer-pianist improvising with student musicians; free.

African Drumming Recital; 7 p.m. April 11, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; free.

Central Illinois

Jupiter String Quartet; 7:30 p.m. April 5, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; chamber ensemble; $10-$25; 217-333-6280.

STRFKR; 7:30 p.m. April 5, U of I Foellinger Auditorium, Champaign; rock group; $16; 217-333-6595.

All Time Low, Gnash and Dreamers; 7:30 p.m. April 7, Monarch Music Hall, 8102 N. University, Peoria; rock groups; $28-$40; 309-820-0352.

Heyworth Country Opry; 6 p.m. April 7, Heyworth VFW, 203 E. Main St., Heyworth; country music shows with Bill Robison & Horizon Band with guest Terry Lynn; $10, under 10 free; 309-660-2655.

Rick & Friends; 7 p.m. April 7, Melvin Community Hall, Melvin; country group; $10, under 13 free; 217-388-2853.

Songs of Freedom; 7:30 p.m. April 7, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; jazz ensemble and vocal trio featuring Theo Bleckmann, Alicia Olatuja and Joanna Majoko, directed by Ulysses Owens Jr.; $10-$35; 217-333-6280.

The Decemberists and Tennis; 7:30 p.m. April 11, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; rock groups; $36-$76; 309-673-3200.

Robin Trower; 7:30 p.m. April 11, Virginia Theater, 203 W. Park, Champaign; rock guitarist; $49.50-$69.50; 217-356-9063.



Floyd Collins; pay-what-you-can preview, 7:30 p.m. April 5; regularly ticketed, 7:30 p.m. April 6-7, 12-14 and 19-21, and 2 p.m. April 15, 21 and 22; Heartland Theatre Company, One Normal Plaza, Normal; Heartland Theatre production of musical; $10-$20; 309-452-08709. 

The Illusion; 7:30 p.m. April 5-7, ISU Westhoff Theatre; ISU Theatre production of Tony Kushner allegorical comic fantasy; $10-$12; 309-438-2535.


2016 American Passion Play 

The American Passion Play; 1 p.m. April 7, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; dramatization of the life of Christ; $25; 309-829-3903.  

IWU Opera Workshop; 7:30 p.m. April 7 and 3 p.m. April 8, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; revue of Broadway music by David Share and Richard Maltby Jr.; free.

Xanadu; 8 p.m. April 10-14 and 2 p.m. April 15, IWU Jerome Mirza Theatre; IWU School of Theatre production of pop musical; $12-$14; 309-556-3232. 

Central Illinois

Barbecue; 7:30 p.m. April 5-7, 3 p.m. April 8, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; U of I Theatre production of Robert O'Hara comedy; $10-$25; 217-333-6280.

Making God Laugh; 6:15 p.m. April 6-7 and 12-15, 12:45 p.m. April 8 and 15, Eagle Performing Arts & Conference Center, Pontiac; Vermillion Players dinner theater production of production of comedy (no dinner April 12); $35 ($20 April 12); 815-844-5847.



Chow 4-Piece; 7 p.m. April 5, Jazz UpFront; jazz; no cover.

Karaoke; 7 p.m. April 5, Bloomington Eagles; free.

Back@Cha; 6 p.m. April 6, Cheeks Bar & Grill; rock; no cover.

Billy Galt & The Blues Deacons; 7:30 p.m. April 6, Legends Sports Bar & Grill; no cover.

Kickapoo Creek; 7 p.m. April 6, Bloomington Eagles; rock; no cover.

Lisa G & The Good Reasons; 7 p.m. April 6, Winners; blues-rock; no cover. 

Patrick Campbell; 7 p.m. April 6, Cadillac Jacks; solo piano; no cover.

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Smokers Blues Band; 8 p.m. April 6, Jazz UpFront; blues; $5.

Tom Ricker; 6 p.m. April 6, Maguire's; variety; no cover.

Sarah Quah; 8 p.m. April 7, Jazz UpFront; jazz; $5.

Central Illinois

Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. April 5, American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover.

Big On Blondes; 8:30 p.m. April 7, TailGaters Pub, LeRoy; party rock; no cover.

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Children's Discovery Museum

For kids


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

Potterpalooza; 6-8 p.m. April 6, Children's Discovery Museum, Normal; Harry Potter-themed games and activities; $7-$12; 309-433-3444. 

Central Illinois

WorldFest; 1-4 p.m. April 8, U of I Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana; international-themed family event with multicultural storytelling, music and dance; free; 217-333-2360.


Central Illinois

Catapult: Shadow Dance; 7:30 p.m. April 7, Millikin University Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Decatur; shadow dance troupe from Season 8 of "America's Got Talent"; $10-$25; 217-424-6318.


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