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Go! calendar - Oct. 27, 2017

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

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Trevor Noah

Special events


Rader Family Farms Fall Season; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun., Oct. 26-29, Rader Family Farms, 1238 Ropp Road, Normal; 10-acre corn maze, pumpkin field, fall produce, kids' activities, food, more; $4-$10 admission, $4-$8 for corn maze; 309-275-8765. 

Ghostly Tales Under the Stars; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27-28, 2 p.m. Oct. 28 for families; midnight Oct. 27 for mature audiences; ISU Planetarium; Halloween tales by ISU's Improv Mafia; $2-$4; 309-438-5007.

Haunted Trail; 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 27-28 (scary version for all ages), Constitution Trail between Vernon Avenue and Normal Parks and Recreation Office, Normal; quarter-mile trail with lighting/sound effects, creatures, more; $1, under 2 free; 309-454-9540. 

ISU Theatre of Ted’s Rocky Horror Picture Show; 7 and 10 p.m. Oct. 27-Oct. 28, Normal Theater, Normal; combined live performance and film showing, with costumes and props encouraged, and "newbie ceremony" for first-time attendees; $10 ($2 more for prop bags); 309-438-5134.

Howl at the Market; 7:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 28 downtown square, Bloomington; season-ending Halloween edition of DBA Farmers Market, with related activities, more; free admission; 309-829-9599.

St. Mary’s Annual Chili Cook-Off; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 28, Interstate Center West Expo Building, 1106 Interstate Drive, Bloomington; live entertainment, free chili samples, kids’ games, beer wagon; $5, under 14 free with adult; 309-533-0045.

Central Illinois Antique Dealers Sale & Show; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 29, Interstate Center, 2301 W. Market St., Bloomington; more than 35 dealers from around Midwest, door prizes; $6; 217-469-2256.

Irish Autumn Social; 4-7 p.m. Oct. 29, K of C Hall, 1706 RT Dunn Drive, Bloomington; Irish Heritage Society event, with dinner, live music by Luke Stremlau, history program, more; $12.50-$15; reservations at 309-824-0461.

Ewing Manor Tours; 4-6 p.m. Oct. 30, Mondays through October, Ewing Manor, Towanda Avenue and Emerson Street, Bloomington; guided 45-minute tours of late-1920s home of Hazle Buck Ewing, donated to ISU; suggested $5 donation; 309-829-6333.

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"Blessings of the Table" is a tradition at the historic David Davis Mansion, 1000 E. Monroe, St., Bloomington. The annual program runs from Wednesday through Nov. 18.

Blessings of the Table: Thanksgiving at Clover Lawn; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sat., Nov. 1-18, David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington; tours of historic mansion preparing for period Thanksgiving feast; $2-$4 donation; 309-828-1084; "A Bountiful Feast," 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 4, living history event on servants’ perspective on holiday observance (suggested donation $2-$4). 

Central Illinois

Gail’s Pumpkin Patch; noon-5:30 p.m. Sun.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat., -Oct. 26-31, 1709 2000 Ave., Beason; pumpkin patch, baked goods, crafts, toddler maze, displays, more; 217-447-3409.

Trevor Noah; 8 p.m. Oct. 27, U of I State Farm Center, Champaign; comedian; $35-$45; 217-333-6595. 

Downs Fright Fest; 6:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 27-28; free "lights-on" event for kids, 1-3 p.m. Oct. 29; Franklin & Water streets, Downs; haunted house, laser tag, hay rack rides, Dooley Park activities; $5;

Haunted Infirmary at Bartonville Insane Asylum; 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 27-28; 4500 Enterprise Drive, Bartonville; haunted house tours in former asylum, hay rack rides; $15;

Spider Hill; 6-11 p.m. Oct. 27-28, Three Sisters Park, Chillicothe; four Halloween-themed attractions and tours; $7-$10; 309-274-8837.

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Terror on Washington Street

Terror on Washington Street; regular tours 7-11 p.m. Oct. 27-28; "ghost-friendly" lights-on tours 5-6 p.m. Oct. 28; 513 W. Washington St., Clinton; haunted house; $10 ($5 lights-on tours); 217-935-3364.

Wildlife Scary Park; 5-10 p.m. Oct. 27, 2-10 p.m. Oct. 28, 2-8 p.m. Oct. 29, Wildlife Prairie Park, near Peoria; train ride, haunted forest, trick-or-treating, magician, more; $10; 309-657-2681.

Halloween Storytelling at Starved Rock; 7 p.m. Oct. 28, Starved Rock State Park Visitors Center, Utica; ghost and folk tales for all ages featuring storyteller Bill Myers; free; 815-667-5356.

Old-Fashioned Square Dance; 7 p.m. Oct. 28, Hudson Town Hall, Hudson; Hudson Square Dancers event, with live musicians and caller Jim Hicks; free; 309-212-2379.

Women’s Lifestyle Show; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 28, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; displays, information, special activities, more; $8-$10; 309-673-3200.

New Salem Fall Festival; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 28-29, New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg; activities on preparations for 1830s winter; free; 217-632-4000.

Fall Harvest Festival at Rock Springs; 1-4 p.m. Oct. 29, Rock Springs Center, Decatur; wagon rides, straw maze, pumpkin rolls, crafts, more; free.



Hippo Campus and Remo Drive; 8 p.m. Oct. 26, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; rock groups; $18; 309-820-0352.

IWU New Music Cafe; 8 p.m. Oct. 26, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; new music by three guest composers; free.

Illinois Symphony Orchestra; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; conducted by Ken Lam, with guest pianist Ran Dank; $5-$60 (under 6 free); 866-686-9541.

IWU Jazz Ensemble Halloween Concert; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; free.

Pearl Jam Tribute Chicago and Too Fighters; 8 p.m. Oct. 27, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; rock tribute groups; $12-$15; 309-820-0352.

Dreams Can Come True; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; Lions Special Needs Cheer Team Benefit concert with rock group Fiona Way; $25; 309-820-0352. 

IWU Symphonic Winds; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; free.

ISU Guitar Ensemble & Friends; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; free.

Lauren Hunt and Tuyen Tonnu; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; faculty horn player and pianist; free.

Central Illinois

Fourth Friday Jamboree; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Armington Christian Church, 202 S. Monroe, Armington; country-gospel show with guest Ted Shaffer; free-will offering; 309-392-2807.

BritBeat; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Millikin University Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Decatur; multimedia Beatles tribute; $10-$35; 217-424-6318. 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; conducted by James Gaffigan, with violinist James Ehnes; $10-$60; 217-333-6280.

Flogging Molly, Radkey and Jon Snodgrass; 8 p.m. Oct. 28, Limelight Eventplex, 1802 N. University, Peoria; rock groups; $28-$40; 309-693-1234.

Hinder, Josh Todd & The Conflict and Wayland; Oct. 28, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St., Watseka; rock groups; $45; 815-993-6585.

Illinois Symphony Orchestra; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, U of I at Springfield Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; conducted by Ken Lam, with guest pianist Ran Dank; $5-$60 (under 6 free); 800-207-6960. 

PrimeTime Country Opry; 7 p.m. Oct. 28, Olympia High School Auditorium, rural Stanford; country music shows with PrimeTime Country Opry Band and ’50s-’60s show; adults $10, ages 3-12 $3, under 3 free; 309-449-5484.



All's Well That Ends Well; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 28, ISU Westhoff Theatre; ISU Theatre production of Shakespeare comedy; $12-$17; 309-438-2535. 

Young at Heartland; 2 p.m. Oct. 27, Normal Public Library, Normal; senior actors performing scenes and short plays; free; 309-452-8709. 

Fault Lines; 8 p.m. Oct. 27-28, 2 p.m. Oct. 29, IWU E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre; Ali Taylor comedy; $2-$3; 309-556-3232.

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The giant puppet heads for the five-headed dragon are tried on for size in preparation for "She Kills Monsters," opening Friday in Illinois State University's Center for the Performing Arts.

She Kills Monsters; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27-28 and 31, and Nov. 1-4; 2 p.m. Oct. 29 and Nov. 4; ISU Center for the Performing Arts; ISU Theater production of Qui Nguyen comedy-fantasy; $12-$17; 309-438-2535.

Illinois Voices Theatre Open House; 3-5 p.m. Oct. 28, First Christian Church, 401 W. Jefferson St., Bloomington; announcement of "Hamilton" raffle winner, entertainment, food, prizes, more. 

Oedipus; 2 p.m. Oct. 28; ISU Westhoff Theatre; ISU Theatre production of Ellen McLaughlin adaptation of Sophocles tragedy; $12-$17; 309-438-2535.  

Central Illinois

In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26-28 and Nov. 1-4, 3 p.m. Nov. 5, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; U of I Theatre production of Darah Ruhl adult comedy; $10-$25; 217-333-6280.

Travesties; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26-28, 3 p.m. Oct. 29, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; U of I Theatre production of Tom Stoppard comedy; $10-$25; 217-333-6280.

Southern Fried Murder; 6:15 p.m. Oct. 27-28, 12:45 p.m. Oct. 29, Eagle Performing Arts & Conference Center, Pontiac; Vermillion Players dinner theater production of mystery-comedy; $35; 815-844-1187.

Strength of the Nation; 8 p.m. Oct. 28, 3 p.m. Oct. 29, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; original Dexter O'Neal musical, starring Timothy Allen Smith; $40-$60; 309-673-3200.

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Tom Becker & Friends; 7 p.m. Oct. 26, Jazz UpFront; jazz; no cover.

Karaoke; 7 p.m. Oct. 26, Bloomington Eagles; 7 p.m. Oct. 31, Legends Sports Bar & Grill; 8 p.m. Nov. 1, Dr. McKay's Bar & Grille; no cover.

Animal House; 8 p.m. Oct. 27, Winners; rock; no cover.

Big On Blondes; 6 p.m. Oct. 27, Gill St. Sports Bar; rock; no cover.

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The Bygones; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Legends Sports Bar & Grill; classic rock; no cover.

Chasing The Turn; 7 p.m. Oct. 27, Dr. McKay's Bar & Grille; rock; no cover.

King TZ; 7 p.m. Oct. 27, Bloomington Eagles; no cover.

Mary Jo Curry Band; 8 p.m. Oct. 27, Jazz UpFront; blues; $5.

Jury's Out; 8 p.m. Oct. 28, Windjammer Lounge; ’80s rock; $3.

Maximus; 8 p.m. Oct. 28, Winners; rock; no cover.

Nicotine Poetic; 8 p.m. Oct. 28, Dr. McKay's Bar & Grille; acoustic rock; no cover.

Vibe; 7 p.m. Oct. 28, Cheeks Bar & Grill; rock; no cover.

Bob Bogaert; 6 p.m. Oct. 31, Winners; rock; no cover. 

Central Illinois

Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26, American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover. 

Jury's Out; 8 p.m. Oct. 27, Clinton Eagles, Clinton; ’80s rock; no cover.

Kevin Stearns; 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27, El Paso Golf Club, Kappa; acoustic pop; no cover.

Michael Brown; 8 p.m. Oct. 27-28, Mason City Limits, Mason City; comedy; $12.50.

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Edward David Anderson; 9 p.m. Oct. 28, Kemp's Upper Tap, Lexington; Americana-rock; no cover.

For kids


Children's Discovery Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday; 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. Special event: “Halloween Hoopla,” 6-8 p.m. Oct. 27, with costumes, trick-or-treating and more.

After Hours Halloween Party; 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 27, Normal Public Library, 206 W. College Ave., Normal; scary games, crafts, food, costume contest, scavenger hunt; free; 309-433-3482. 

Downtown Bloomington Trick-or-Treating; 5-7 p.m. Oct. 27, participating merchants at downtown shops and businesses; free.

Trick-or-Treat at the Manor; 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31, Ewing Manor, Towanda Avenue and Emerson Street, Bloomington; outdoor autumnal display, treats, costumed volunteers, more; free; 309-438-3806.

From Earth to the Universe; 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27-Nov. 18; ISU Planetarium (no shows Oct. 27-28); planetarium show on stars and universe; $2-$4; 309-438-8756.

Dress-Up Movies: The LEGO Batman Movie; 1 p.m. Oct. 28, Normal Theater, 209 North St., Normal; movie showing, with audience invited to dress as characters on screen; free; 309-454-9540.

Zoo Spooktacular; 5-8 p.m. Oct. 28, noon-3 p.m. Oct. 29, Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington; costume parade, crafts, creepy animal encounters, treats, more; free with zoo admission; 309-434-2250.

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Logan Cannon, 14, of Bloomington, walks down North Street during uptown Normal's 2015 Treat Fest.

Uptown Normal Treat Fest; 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 30, uptown Normal; trick-or-treating at various merchants, carved pumpkin contest; free; 309-454-9557.

Trick-or-Treat at the David Davis Mansion; 4-7 p.m. Oct. 31, David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington; treats on steps of mansion, photo ops; 309-8281084.

Central Illinois

Pumpkin Bash; 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 28, Peoria Zoo in Glen Oak Park, Peoria; trick-or-treat trail, games, crafts, more; free with paid zoo admission. 



Festival of South African Dance with The Gumboots and Real Actions Pantsula; 7 p.m. Nov. 1, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; South African troupes; $10-$35; 217-333-6280.



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