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A&E CALENDAR - SEPT. 27, 2018

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

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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. 

Paul Hahn 5K Memorial O'Hana Run; 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 29, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw; $20 advance, $25 race day; benefits CRC Life.


Donavan Smith, 4, of Bloomington carries a stack of breaking boards during a demonstration put on by Walker's Tae Kwon Do, of Bloomington, and Sharp's Tae Kwon Do, of Forsyth, as part of Worldwide Day of Play on Sept. 30, 2017, in uptown Normal. This year's event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in uptown Normal.

Worldwide Day of Play; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 29, uptown Normal.

Evergreen Memorial Cemetery Walk; 11 a.m, 2 p.m. Sept. 29-30, 11 a.m., 2 p.m. Oct. 6-7, Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington; costumed actors portray figures from McLean County history; advance tickets $5-$17. 

Cameron Esposito: Person of Consequence; 8 p.m. Oct. 1; Castle Theatre, downtown Bloomington; $20-$25. 

Newsboys; 7 p.m. Oct. 4; ISU Braden Auditorium, Normal; $25-$160.

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

Central Illinois

Jurassic Quest, large exhibit of life-size, moving, museum quality dinosaurs; 3-8 p.m. Sept 28, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 29-30; Peoria Civic Center exhibit halls; $18-$34.

Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair; Sept. 28-30; riverfront juried art show  with more than 130 nationally recognized artists; $10 Friday, $5 Sat. or Sun., or $7 Sat.-Sun. 


Crowds line up and down the many different vendors on Sept. 23, 2017, during the Apple 'n Pork Festival in Clinton. This year's event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the C.H. Moore Homestead, Clinton.

Apple and Pork Festival; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 29-30, C.H. Moore Homestead, Clinton; fall harvest fest with apple/pork foods, harvest demonstrations, crafts, more.

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. 

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



From Ashes to New; 7 p.m. Sept. 28; Castle Theatre, downtown Bloomington; $17 and $20.

"We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered"; 7 p.m. Sept. 28, Central Catholic High School auditorium; doors open 6 p.m.; fundraiser for Faith in Action; tickets at 309-827-7780.

From Music City to the Twin Cities; 7 p.m. Sept. 29, Nightshop, Bloomington; benefit for Benjamin and Mary Evelyn Moore Foundation; free but donations appreciated.

The Nostalgics; 1:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Miller Park Pavilion, ballroom oldies, $8.

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

Andy Grammer, The Good Parts Tour; 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. 

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Central Illinois

The Avett Brothers; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27; UI State Farm Center, Champaign; $45-$65

Luke Bryan Farm Tour; 6 p.m. Sept. 28; Atkins Farm, 930 County Road 300 North, Pesotum; $51 and up.

Gordon Lightfoot; 8 p.m. Sept. 29; UIS Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; $34-$79. 

Taikoza Drums; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29; Kirkland Fine Art Center, Millikin University; Decatur.

Kentuckiana Opry; 8 p.m. Sept. 29, Kentuckiana Kampground, Hopedale; country music shows with Kentuckiana Opry Country Classic Show; Hee Haw Show with guest Kim Bolin; adults $8, children $2; 309-449-3274.

Concert in the Vineyard-West Macqueen Street; 7-11 p.m., Sept. 29, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw; $5, children, free.  

Lucero; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30; Monarch Music Hall, Peoria; $20 and $25. 

The X-Fall Frenzy; Godsmack, Shinedown in concert, Sept. 30; Peoria Civic Center; $39.50 and up.

Dark Star Orchestra, Grateful Dead tribute band; 7 p.m. Oct. 1; Monarch Music Hall, Peoria; $25 and $35.

Drive-By Truckers; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2; Monarch Music Hall, Peoria; $28 and $33. 

Marcus Tardelli, guitarist, part of ELLNORA - The Guitar Festival; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3; Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana; $10-$30. 

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.

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.


Central Illinois

This Random World; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26-29, 2 p.m. Sept. 30, Eureka College Pritchard Theatre; by donation.

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



Karaoke; 7 p.m. Sept. 27, Eagles Aerie 527, Bloomington; no cover.

Jack Dup Duo; 6-9 p.m. Sept. 28, Gill Street Sports Bar and Restaurant, Bloomington; rock; no cover.

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Prince Night; 8:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

Patrick Campbell; 4 p.m. Sept. 28, Cadillac Jack's, Bloomington; no cover.

Jim & Tommy; 6 p.m. Sept. 28, Baxter's American Grille, Bloomington; acoustic rock.

Dexter O'Neal and Funk Yard; 7:30-10:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Legends Sports Bar and Grill, Bloomington; rhythm and blues; no cover.

Glenn Wilson Quartet; 8:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

Last Call; 7-11 p.m. Sept. 29, Cheeks Bar and Grill, 1206 Towanda Ave., Bloomington.

Femme Fatale; 6-10 p.m. Sept. 29, Gill Street Sports Bar and Restaurant, Bloomington; rock; no cover.

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

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

Central Illinois

Silver Fox band; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27, American Legion, Heyworth.

Natu Band; 8 p.m. Sept. 28, Clinton Eagles, Clinton; country rock, no cover.

Jury's Out; 8 p.m. Sept. 29, Tailgaters, LeRoy; ’80s band; no cover.

Silver Fox band; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4, American Legion, Heyworth, country, 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.

Jedi Academy; 2:30 p.m. Sept. 30; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Bloomington; $15.

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.


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