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A&E CALENDAR - OCT. 4, 2018

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

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Black Violin will perform at the BCPA on Oct. 12.

Special events


Downtown Bloomington Association Farmers Market; locally grown produce and more, entertainment, activities; 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Oct. 26, downtown square. 

Illinois Wesleyan University homecoming; Oct 5-7; IWU campus, Bloomington.

Central Illinois Poultry Club Show and Chicago Spirit Serama Club; 9 a.m. Oct. 6, Interstate Center, Bloomington.

Pages from Our Past; 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Bloomington Public Library Community Room; speaker: Bill Kemp, librarian and archivist, McLean County Museum of History.

Talk by author Judith Valente; 7 p.m. Oct. 11, Jacob's Well Church, Normal; "The Art of an Everyday Contemplative" available for purchase.

Jeanne Robertson, humorist; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Bloomington; $30 and $40.

Flatcon Gaming Convention; Oct. 12-14; Interstate Center, Bloomington; games, competitions, exhibits, more. Cost varies by package.


Representatives of the Illinois State University department of languages, literatures and cultures show their around-the-world pride during the homecoming parade Oct. 21, 2017 in uptown Normal. This year's parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Oct. 13.

Illinois State homecoming parade; 10 a.m. Oct. 13; begins  at College Avenue and University Street and travels through uptown Normal, ending on North School Street.

Twin City Cruisers cruise-in; 5-8:30 p.m. Oct. 13, 1210 Towanda Ave., Bloomington; awards, prizes, 50-50, music; theme: orange and brown.

Central Illinois

Castle Home and Garden Tour; 1 and 3 p.m. Oct. 4, Castle Gardens, Lexington; $20 at CastleGardens.US.

Decatur's  Smokin' BBQ Festival; Oct. 5-6, Central Park and Decatur Civic Center; competition, live music, vendors, kids' area, craft beer tasting; fundraiser for Richland Community College scholarship. 

Terror on Washington Street; 7:13-11 p.m. Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, and 7:13-9 p.m. Oct. 31, 513 E. Washington St., Clinton; $10. 


The “Whose Live Anyway?” gang is headed back to Central Illinois. The improv comedy show will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Bloomington.

Whose Live Anyway, featuring cast of TV show "Whose Line Is It Anyway";  8 p.m. Oct. 6; University of Illinois Springfield Sangamon Auditorium; $35-$69.

Joel Kim Booster, comedian; 9 p.m. Oct. 6; Kirkland Fine Arts Center; Millikin University, Decatur; $10-$20. 


Established in 1969, the Burgoo Festival is one of the longest-running and largest fall festivals in the area. This year's fest is Saturday and Sunday in North Utica.

Burgoo Festival; Oct. 6-7, downtown Utica; burgoo stew, craftsmen, flea market, entertainment, more. 

Downs Fright Fest; 6:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-28; 107 E. Franklin St., Downs.

Comedian Tim Bedore and The Animal Conspiracy; 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw; $25; call 309-359-9463.

Plein Air Event; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 13, Pontiac Community Art Center; all skill levels; indoors in case of rain; preregistration by Oct. 11; 815-419-2472.

4th Annual Family Farm Fest; 3-6 p.m. Oct. 13, Barickman farm south of Streator; hosted by state Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington. 

Oktoberfest; 5-8 p.m. Oct. 13, Main Street, Minonk; polka band: Ray Koncar & the Boys; music, vendors.

Globular Clusters; 8:45-10:45 p.m. Oct. 13; Sugar Grove Nature Center, Shirley; Twin City Amateur Astronomers event.

Michael J, music, comedy, impersonations; 7 p.m. Oct. 13; Melvin Community Hall, Melvin; $10 for 13 and older. 

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Castle Gardens Train Day; 1-4:45 p.m. Oct. 14, Castle Gardens, Lexington; kids 12 and under $5, adults $10; all tickets $15 at gate; CastleGardens.US; rides, 1-2 p.m.; seminar, 2:15-2:45 p.m.; rides, 3-4 p.m.; seminar, 4:15-4:45 p.m.; T-track layouts and collectibles display, HO and elevated G-scale layouts in second-floor toy room; in case of rain, rides offered following Sunday.



Newsboys United; 7 p.m. Oct. 4, Braden Auditorium, Illinois State University; Christian; $25 and up. 

Iron & Wine; 8 p.m. Oct. 5; Castle Theatre, Bloomington; $35 and $38.

Illinois District Barbershop Harmony Society convention and competition; Oct. 5-7, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts; $19 per session at the door.

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Andy Grammer, The Good Parts Tour; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7; Castle Theatre, Bloomington; $28.50 and $30.

Smile Empty Soul, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Castle Theatre show at Nightshop, 517 N. Main St., downtown Bloomington; $12 and $15. 

Chris Knight; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, Castle Theatre, Bloomington; $17 and $20.

Black Violin Classical Boom Tour, with violist and violinist Wil B. and Kev Marcus; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Bloomington; $26-$46. 

Mushroomhead; 7 p.m. Oct. 14; Castle Theatre, downtown Bloomington; $22 and $25.

Central Illinois

Jupiter String Quartet  and Jasper Quartet with Michael Cameron; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4; Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana; $10-$33.

Bement Country Opry; 5 p.m. Oct. 5, Monticello Community Ballroom; artist Mike Porter; fish dinner, 5 p.m.; $10; 217-778-0990.

The All-American Rejects; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5; State Farm Center, Champaign; $20-$35. 

Nathan and Julie Gunn and Friends: An Evening on Broadway; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6; Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana; $10-$48.

Wildfire concert series; 6-10 p.m. Oct. 6, Wildlife Prairie Park, Hanna City; Joe Stamm Band; $5; free parking.

Heyworth Down Home Country Opry; 6 p.m. Oct. 6, Heyworth VFW; doors open 4:30 p.m.; special guest: Ron Devore.

Kentuckiana Opry; 8 p.m. Oct. 6, Kentuckiana Kampground, Hopedale; country music shows with Kentuckiana Opry Country Classic Show and guest Eric Gordon; adults $8, children $2; 309-449-3274.

Blue October; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7; Monarch Music Hall, Peoria; $28-$38. 

Morgan Evans and Chris Young; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7; State Farm Center, Champaign.

Country Idol Contest; with 107.7 and 92.1 The Bull; 2-6 p.m. Oct. 7, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw; $5; kids under 12, free.

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Sons of Serendip; POSTPONED; Oct. 9, Pontiac Township High School auditorium; tenor, harp, cello, keyboard; 815-844-6394; Livingston County Concert Association, no new date set.

The Doobie Brothers; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10; State Farm Center, Champaign; $24-$146.

Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11; Virginia Theatre, Champaign; $39.95-$69.95.

10 Years & Tremonti; 7 p.m. Oct. 11; Monarch Music Hall, Peoria; $25-$28. 

Keith Urban, Graffiti U World Tour; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12; Peoria Civic Center arena; $69.50 and $95.50.

The O'Jays; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13; Virginia Theatre, Champaign; $69.50-$119.50.

Kentuckiana Opry; 8 p.m. Oct. 13, Kentuckiana Kampground, Hopedale; country music shows with Kentuckiana Opry Country Classic Show family night; adults $8, children $2; 309-449-3274.

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood; 8 p.m. Oct. 14; Monarch Music Hall, Peoria; $22.50-$30.

Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Mahler & Strauss; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14; Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana; $5-$40. 


Central Illinois

An American Daughter; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4-13, 3 p.m. Oct. 14; Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana; $8-$23.

Alice in Wonderland; 7 p.m. Oct. 11 and 13, 2 p.m. Oct. 14, Olympia High School, Stanford; 309-379-5941, Ext. 8330.



Karaoke; 7 p.m. Oct. 4, Eagles Aerie 527, Bloomington; no cover.

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Steve Plays the Drums; Oct. 4, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

Robert Sampson Blues Band; Oct. 5, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

Blue Hares; 7 p.m. Oct. 5, Eagles Aerie 527, Bloomington; no cover.

Second Wind; 7:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Legends Sports Bar and Grill, Blomington; classic rock; no cover.

Jury's Out; 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 5, Winners Lounge, Bloomington; no cover.

Ryan Byfield & Nucleus; Oct. 6, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

Karaoke; 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 6, Winners Lounge, Bloomington.

Karaoke; 7-11 p.m. Oct. 9, Winners Lounge, Bloomington.

Karaoke; 7 p.m. Oct. 11, Eagles Aerie 527, Bloomington; no cover.

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Shuga Beatz; 7-11 p.m. Oct. 12, Cheeks Bar and Grill, 1206 Towanda Ave., Bloomington.

Big on Blondes; 11:30 a.m. Oct. 13, ISU Homecoming Tailgate, Normal; party rock; no cover

Jesse's Birthday Bash; Oct. 13, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

Central Illinois

Silver Fox band; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4, American Legion, Heyworth, country, no cover.

Silver Fox band; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11, American Legion, Heyworth, country, 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.

Art Scavenger Hunt; 5-7 p.m. Oct. 5, downtown Bloomington; for ages 4-junior high; free; part of October First Friday event; forms at Three Square Gallery, 104 W. Monroe St., Bloomington.

YWCA McLean County Founder’s Day carnival; 2:30-4 p.m. Oct. 6, YWCA parking lot, 1201 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington; for all abilities and ages; 309-585-3613;

Yoga Fun for Kids; 2 p.m. Oct. 14, Bloomington Public Library Community Room; Laurel Halfar, children’s librarian and certified yoga instructor.


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