Francois Battiste at ISU; March 1-2, various ISU locations; ISU theater alum and TV/stage/film actor in acting master class (1 p.m. March 1, Centennial West 207, free), colloquium/Q&A (3 p.m. March 2, Centennial West 207, free) and induction into ISU College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame (preceding opening night of "Cosi fan tutte" at 7:30 p.m. March 2, Center for the Performing Arts).
Artist Cards Art Walk; 5-8 p.m. March 2, various downtown Bloomington galleries; sales of limited edition small card-sized works by more than 50 area artists; 309-828-7471.
First Friday; 5-8 p.m. March 2, various downtown Bloomington, restaurants, shops and galleries; extended hours, live entertainment, gallery events and more; www.downtownbloomington.org.
Bloomington-Normal Home Show; 5-9 p.m. March 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 4, Interstate Center, 1106 Interstate Drive, Bloomington; home improvement exhibits, clinics, seminars, related activities; $6, under 18 free; www.bnhomebuilders.com.
B-N Black History Project 2.0; 12:30 p.m. March 3, McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington; program to re-boot Black History Project oral history and collections efforts, with panel discussion and performance; free; 309-827-0428.
The Gender Galleries Drag Show; 7 p.m. March 3, ISU University Galleries; biannual drag show for young performers; free; 309-438-5487.
Miller Park Zoo Stampede; 10 a.m. March 3 (registration 8-9 a.m.), Miller Park, Bloomington; 5K run, 3K walk and quarter-mile fun run for kids at 9:30 a.m.; $35 ($5 for fun run); 309-434-2243.
World War I Speaker Series: Mark Wyman; 2 p.m. March 4, Normal Public Library, 206 W. College Ave., Normal; presentation on life in Normal during war years; free; 309-433-3488.
The Colorado; 7 p.m. March 6, IWU Hansen Student Center; documentary film on Colorado River scored by six leading American composers, with in-person introduction by director/co-author Murat Eyuboglu; free.
ISU College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecture; 7 p.m. March 6, ISU Bone Student Center Old Main Room; professor of immunology Laura Vogel on "A Fantastic Voyage: B-cells, the Unsung Heroes of the Immune System"; free.
Gene Luen Yang; 7 p.m. March 7, Normal Public Library, 206 W. College Ave., Normal; presentation by author and former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature; free; 309-433-3488.
Central Illinois Recreational Vehicle Show; noon-7 p.m. March 2, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. March 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 4, Peoria Civic Center; displays, information, activities, more; $10, under 12 free; 309-673-3200.
Family Nature Exploration Day; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 3, Sugar Grove Nature Center, Funks Grove; guided hike, animal feeding, craft activities, more; free; 309-874-2174.
Maple Syrup Making; 10 and 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. March 3, Rock Springs Conservation Area, Decatur; programs on making of syrup, from tree-tapping to boiling down; free, with reservations required by noon March 2 at www.maconcountyconservation.org.
Winter Guided Hikes; 11 a.m. March 3-4, Starved Rock Park Lodge, Utica; guided park hikes; $12; reservations at 815-220-7386.
Castle Home & Garden Tours; 1 and 3 p.m. March 4 and 8, Castle Gardens, 1280 PJ Keller Highway, Lexington; guided tour of historic home; $20 (advance reservations recommended); www.castlegardens.us.
Community Concert Band Winter Concert; 7 p.m. March 1, Wesley United Methodist Church, 502 E. Front St., Bloomington; with guest conductor Todd Stalter; free.
ISU Symphonic Band and University Band; 8 p.m. March 1, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; $6-$10; 309-438-2535.
IWU Symphonic Winds and Combined Choirs; 7:30 p.m. March 2, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; free.
I'm With Her: Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O'Donovan; 8 p.m. March 3, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; folk-roots trio; $27.50-$37.50; 309-820-0352.
An Evening of Brass; 7 p.m. March 4, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; ISU student and faculty brass players/ensembles; $6-$10; 309-438-2535.
IWU Tuba/Euphonium Concert; 3 p.m. March 4, IWU Westbrook Auditoriujm; free.
Red, Lacey Sturm and Righteous Vendetta; 7 p.m. March 4, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; rock groups and singer; $20-$25; 309-820-0352.
ISU Sonneries Quintet; 7:30 p.m. March 5, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; woodwind ensemble; free.
Guest Artist Master Class: Tom Bough; 6 p.m. March 7, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; tuba/euphonium player in class; free; 309-438-5817.
Vienna Piano Trio; 7:30 p.m. March 1, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; Austrian chamber trio; $10-$38; 217-333-6280.
Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra; 7:30 p.m. March 2, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; conducted by Stephen Alltop, with violinist Stefan Milenkovich; $5-$40; 217-333-6280.
Paige Hernandez: Liner Notes; 7:30 p.m. March 2, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; multimedia musical history performance led by actress-artist and collaborators; $10-$25; 217-333-6280.
Get The Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin; 8 p.m. March 3, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; rock tribute group; $30.50-$40.50; 309-673-3200.
Heyworth Country Opry; 6 p.m. March 3, Heyworth VFW, 203 E. Main St., Heyworth; country music shows with Bill Robison & Horizon Band and guest Ron Devore; $10, under 10 free; 309-660-2655.
The Neverly Brothers; 7 p.m. March 3, Melvin Community Hall, Melvin; rock tribute trio; $10; 217-388-2853.
Calidore String Quartet; 3 p.m. March 4, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; chamber ensemble; $10-$53; 217-333-6280.
Rhinoceros; 8 p.m. March 1-3, 2 p.m. March 4, IWU Jerome Mirza Theatre; IWU Theatre production of Derek Prouse adaptation of Ionesco satire; $10-$12; 309-556-3232.
Cosi Fan Tutte; 7:30 p.m. March 2-3 and 6-9, 2 p.m. March 4, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; ISU Theatre production of Mozart opera; $12-$17; 309-438-2535.
Twelfth Night; 7:30 p.m. March 1-3 and 8-10, 3 p.m. March 11, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; U of I Theatre production of Shakespeare comedy; $10-$25; 217-333-6280.
Mummenschanz: you & me; 3 p.m. March 4, U of I at Springfield Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; Swiss mask theater troupe; $27-$43; 800-207-6960.
Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire; 7 p.m. March 4, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; national touring musical parody of "Game of Thrones"; $29.50-$49.50; 309-673-3200.
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder; 7:30 p.m. March 7, U of I at Springfield Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; national tour of musical comedy; $57-$77; 800-207-6960.
Chow 4 Piece; 7 p.m. March 1, Jazz UpFront; jazz; no cover.
Karaoke; 7 p.m. March 1, Bloomington Eagles; free.
Champaign Freight; 7:30 p.m. March 2, Legends Sports Bar & Grill; rock-country; no cover.
Mark & Melisa; 7 p.m. March 2, Bloomington Eagles; country-rock; no cover.
William Marsala's Blues Band; 8 p.m. March 2, Jazz UpFront; blues; $5.
Chip McNeill Quartet; 8 p.m. March 3, Jazz UpFront; jazz; $5.
Jury's Out; 8 p.m. March 3, Coppertop Lounge; ’80s rock; no cover.
Sweetwater; 7 p.m. March 3, Cheeks Bar & Grill; classic rock; no cover.
Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. March 1, American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover.
King T's; 8 p.m. March 2, Clinton Eagles, Clinton; country-rock; no cover.
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.
Laurie Berkner: The Greatest Hits Show; 11 a.m. March 3, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; children's rock musician-entertainer; $15-$100; 309-673-3200.
Winter Tales; 1 p.m. March 4, U of I Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana; American Indian-themed storytelling concert for families; free; 217-333-2360.
Dancing with the Faculty & Staff Stars; 5:30 p.m. March 4, ISU Bone Student Center Brown Ballroom; ISU Unlimited Dance Team-hosted Baby Fold fundraiser, with faculty members dancing in competition; donation to Baby Fold; www.facebook.com/ISUUDT.