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Go! calendar - April 19, 2018

Looking for something to do this weekend?

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

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Special events


Dolores; 4 p.m. April 19, Normal Theater, Normal; documentary film on racial injustice advocate Dolores Huerta as kickoff for Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education conference (; free; 

Jamaal May; April 19; poet in presentation at 1 p.m. in ISU University Galleries and at 7 p.m. at Ewing Manor, Bloomington, as part of Spoon River Poetry Review Lucia Getsi Reading Series; free; 309-438-3025. 

Poetry Is Normal; 7:30 p.m. April 19, Normal Public Library Cafe, 206 W. College Ave., Normal; readings and discussion for poets and poetry lovers; free; 309-452-1757.

Illinois State Button Society Show & Sale; 6:30-9 p.m. April 19, 1-5 p.m. April 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 21, Holiday Inn, 3202 E. Empire St., Bloomington; free admission; 309-662-4700.

Bloomington-Normal's Got Talent; 6 p.m. April 20, Station Saloon at Lincoln Spring Center, 1611 Morrissey Drive, Bloomington; finals round for local talent contest;

ISU Women's and Gender Studies Symposium: Janaya Kahn; 1 p.m. April 20, ISU Bone Student Center Prairie Room; #BlackLivesMatter international ambassador in symposium keynote speech; free. 

Gamma Phi Circus; 7 p.m. April 20-21, 1 p.m. April 21 (preceded at noon by children's carnival), ISU Redbird Arena; annual ISU student circus performance; $5-$17; 309-438-8000.


Winter Farmers Market

DBA Indoor Farmers Market; 10 a.m.-noon April 21, Grossinger Motors Arena, 101 S. Madison St., Bloomington; indoor market with fresh produce, more; free; 309-829-9599.

ISU International Fair; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 21, ISU Central Park, outside East Campus Complex; international food, music, dance, bazaar and related activities; free; 309-438-7901.

Cakespeare; noon April 23, ISU quad outside CPA; Illinois Shakespeare Festival Celebration of anniversary of Shakespeare's birthday/death with free cake, sonnets, recitations, more; free.

Take Back the Night Clothesline Project Display; April 23-28, McLean County Museum of History Rotunda, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington; display of T-shirts on clothesline decorated by women affected by violence; free; 309-827-0428.


Shown is the sign from Ebertfest 2016. Tickets for the 2019 version go on sale Thursday. The event runs April 10-13 in 2019, concluding on Saturday night instead of Sunday afternoon. 

Central Illinois

Ebertfest; April 19-22, Virginia Theater, Champaign; film fest in memory of late film critic Roger Ebert, with filmmakers and stars in attendance, more;

Improv Mafia; 7:30 p.m. April 20, Eagle Performing Arts & Conference Center, Pontiac; ISU improvisational comedy troupe; $10; 815-844-1187.

Salt Creek Patchmakers Quilt Show: Not Just a Blanket ; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 20-21, Little Galilee Christian Camp, 7539 Little Galilee Road, Clinton; quilt displays and vendors, bed turning, door prizes, raffle; 765-426-1420.

Pottery Studio Open House; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 21, The Pottery Studio at Pontiac Community Art Center, 209 W. Madison St., Pontiac; grand opening of new studio, with demonstrations, refreshments and more; free. 



ISU Jazz Combos; 8 p.m. April 19, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; free.

IWU Symphonic Winds; 7:30 p.m. April 19, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; free.

Twin Peaks, Nectar, Wulfpac and Kachi; 8 p.m. April 19, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; Southern rock groups; $16-$18; 309-820-0352. 

Rock the Block; 4-9 p.m. April 21, Uptown Circle, Normal; United Way of McLean County event with live music, food, drinks and United Way staff on hand to sign up individuals interested in volunteering; free, but $5 donation requested; 309-454-9557. 

Habitat for Humanity of McLean County Love Thy Neighbor Choir Concert; 3 p.m. April 22, Wesley United Methodist Church, 502 E. Front St., Bloomington; more than 100 singers from church and civic choirs in Habitat fundraising concert; free-will offering; 309-827-3931.

Interdenominational Youth Choir Spring and Anniversary Concert; 4 p.m. April 22, ISU Metcalf School Hayden Auditorium; free.

ISU Saxophone Studio; 8 p.m. April 22, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; free.

Room 22, Parachute Day and No Robot; 7 p.m. April 20, Normal Theater, 209 W. North St., Normal; rock groups; $5-$7; 309-454-9720

Xiaorui Chu; 8 p.m. April 23, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; guest harpsichordist; $6-$10; 309-438-2535.

ISU Civic Chorale; 8 p.m. April 24, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; $6-$10; 309-438-2535.

Central Illinois

Lawrence Brownlee; 7:30 p.m. April 19, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; tenor; $10-$40; 217-333-6280.

The 90's Experience with Santeria: A Tribute to Sublime, Don't Speak: The No Doubt Tribute and St. Jimmy: A Green Day Tribute; 8 p.m. April 20, Monarch Music Hall, 8102 N. University, Peoria; rock tribute groups; $12-$15; 309-693-1234. 

Bellflower Country Opry; 7 p.m. April 21, Bellflower Community Center, 202 Center St., Bellflower; Branson-style country-gospel music shows with Bellflower Country Opry band and guest Marc Bubert; $10, under 13 free; 309-722-3497.

Trippin Billies; 8 p.m. April 21, Monarch Music Hall, 8102 N. University, Peoria; Dave Matthews tribute group; $12-$15; 309-693-1234.  

Illinois Symphony Orchestra Silver Screen Gala; 5:30 p.m. April 22, Crowne Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Springfield; formal attire movie-themed 25-year celebration, with ISU musicians, special guests, more; $100; 800-401-7222.

Nothing More, Eyes Set to Kill and To Whom It May; 8 p.m. April 21, Monarch Music Hall, 8102 N. University, Peoria; rock groups; $20-$25; 309-693-1234.   



Floyd Collins; 7:30 p.m. April 19-21, 2 p.m. April 21-22; Heartland Theatre Company, One Normal Plaza, Normal; Heartland Theatre production of musical; $10-$20; 309-452-08709. 

Balm in Gilead; 7:30 p.m. April 19-21, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; ISU Theatre production of Lanford Wilson drama; $12-$17; 309-438-2535.

Seven; 3 p.m. April 21, 7:30 p.m. April 22, Normal Theater, 209 W. North St., Normal; Coalescence Theatre Project premiere of of collaboration among seven award-winning women playwrights; $5-$7; 309-454-9720.

Smithsonian-Ruby Slippers

The sequin-covered ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in 'The Wizard of Oz.'

Central Illinois

The Wizard of Oz; 7:30 p.m. April 19, U of I State Farm Center, Champaign ($39-$58 at 217-333-6595); 7:30 p.m. April 25-26, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria ($40-$70 at 309-673-3200); national tour of musical fantasy.



Sarah Quah; 7 p.m. April 19, Jazz UpFront; jazz; no cover.

Karaoke; 7 p.m. April 19, Bloomington Eagles; free.

Jazz Upfront (copy)

Harry Tonchev Trio; 8 p.m. April 20, Jazz UpFront; jazz; $5.

Tyler Sweitzer; 6 p.m. April 20. Gill Street Sports Bar; rock; no cover.

Vinyl Tap; 7:30 p.m. April 20, Legends Sports Bar & Grill; classic rock; no cover.

90's Daughter; 6 p.m. April 21, Gill Street Sports Bar; ’90s rock; no cover.

Soft Spoken & Prince Tribute; 8 p.m. April 21, Jazz UpFront; R&B; $5.

Central Illinois

Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. April 12, American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover.

Jury's Out; 8 p.m. April 21, TailGaters Pub, LeRoy; ’80s rock; no cover.

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.


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