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New Orleans musician, songwriter and recording artist Karen Waldrup performs as an opener for Casey James at the BCPA Summer Lawn Concert, starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on the Lincoln Park lawn of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. Starting out the evening is local group Stone & Snow.

Special events

Bloomington-Normal

Downtown Bloomington farmers market; produce, music, art, more; 7:30 a.m. to noon May 25-Oct. 26; courthouse square, downtown Bloomington.

Tours of The Manor at Ewing Cultural Center in Bloomington; 4-6 p.m. Mondays through October except Labor Day; last tour leaves at 5:30 p.m and tours take about one hour; free but donations accepted; 309-438-6333.

Franklin Park Concerts and Ice Cream Socials; July 11, 18, 25, Franklin Park, Bloomington; ice cream socials at 6 p.m.; free Community Concert Band concerts at 7 p.m.

"Monet in Poetry and Paint"; 7 p.m. July 11, Jacob's Well, Jersey Avenue, Normal; speaker: poet Michael Escoubas; meeting of Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal; books, $14, on site.

Twin City Cruisers Cruise-In; 5-8:30 p.m. July 13, Towanda Plaza, Bloomington; free; awards, prizes, drawings, music; ’60s. 

Sugar Creek Arts Fest, juried arts fair; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 13-14; uptown Normal; free. 

Twin City Cruisers; ’60s Night; 5-8:30 p.m. July 13, Towanda Plaza Shopping Center parking lot, Bloomington.

BCPA Summer Lawn Concert with Casey James; 6:30 p.m. July 13, Lincoln Park, lawn of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts; openers: Stone & Snow, Karen Waldrup; pop-up food stalls; gates open at 6 p.m.; indoors in case of rain; $15, www.artsblooming.org or 309-434-2777.

Medici Craft Beer and Jazz Festival, music, entertainment and more than 50 craft beers; 4-10 p.m. July 20; uptown Normal; $5 includes commemorative glass.

Lincoln's Festival on Route 66; July 19-21, downtown Bloomington, David Davis Mansion, IWU quad, and McLean County Museum of History; Civil War re-enactors, walking tours, crafts, children's activities, more.

Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66 – Cruise In, classic cars, live music; 2-6 p.m. July 20; downtown Bloomington.

Recording of a Play: The Pantagraph Presents: “Lincoln's in Town”; 10 a.m.-noon July 20, Bloomington Public Library Community Room; part of Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66; lincolnsfestival.net.

Dale Evans on the Dulcimer; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. July 20, Bloomington Public Library Patio; part of Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66; lincolnsfestival.net.

Abraham Lincoln: Railroad Man; 1-2:30 p.m. July 20, Bloomington Public Library Community Room; speaker: Don Chamberlain; part of Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66; lincolnsfestival.net.

From Log Cabin to White House; 1-4 p.m. July 20, Bloomington Public Library Story Room; children of all ages; part of Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66; lincolnsfestival.net.

Mary Lincoln's Photograph Album; 3-4:30 p.m. July 20, Bloomington Public Library Community Room; speaker: Laura Keyes; part of Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66; lincolnsfestival.net.

Wheels Through Time: A Historic Bike Exhibit; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 20, David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, Bloomington.

Open Cockpit Day; tours of open cockpits of various aircraft; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 20, Prairie Aviation Museum, Bloomington.

3rd Sunday Market; 450 vendors; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. July 21, Interstate Center, Bloomington.

Lincoln on Leadership; 1:30-2:45 p.m. July 21, Bloomington Public Library Community Room; Lincoln portrayed by Kevin Wood; part of Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66; lincolnsfestival.net.

Music of Lincoln and the Civil War; 3:15-4:30 p.m. July 21, Bloomington Public Library Community Room; Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra; part of Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66; lincolnsfestival.net.

Central Illinois

Quilted Keepsakes 2019; June 1-30, C.H. Moore Homestead, Clinton; annual summer quilt show.

Downs Village Market, produce, meat, baked goods and more; 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays, June 5-Sept. 25; southwest edge of town, just off Interstate 74; 309-378-4396 or marketmaster610@gmail.com.

Fisher Community Fair; July 9-13, fairgrounds at Fisher.

DeWitt County 4-H Fair; July 12-15, fairgrounds in Clinton.

Champaign StreetFest; live bands, food, drinks, more; 7 p.m.-midnight July 13, Walnut and University streets, Champaign.

Tazewell County Fair; July 16-20, Mineral Springs Park, Pekin.

Heart of Illinois Fair; nightly concerts, carnival midway, more; July 16-21, Exposition Gardens, Peoria.

Farmer City/DeWitt County Fair; July 16-20, fairgrounds in Farmer City.

Livingston County 4-H Fair; July 17-20, fairgrounds in Pontiac.

Central Illinois BBQ Throwdown; BBQ cooking contests, live music, crafters, kids' activities, more; July 19-20, Riverfront Festival Park, downtown Peoria.

Stanford Good Old Days; arts and crafts, food, fireworks, more; July 19-21, downtown Stanford.

Champaign County Fair; July 19-27, fairgrounds in Urbana.

Inside Out Arts Fair; art displays, demonstrations, music, more; July 20, Sugar Grove Nature Center, Funks Grove.

Downtown Pontiac Cruise Night; classic and antique car cruise-in and activities; 5-8 p.m. July 20, downtown Pontiac square.

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Art and Wine Festival; local and regional artists displaying/selling work, live music, wine tastings; noon-6 p.m., July 21, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, near Mackinaw.

Tom Segura, comedian; 7:30 p.m. July 26; Peoria Civic Center; $35-$99.

Great Balloon Race; 30 hot air balloons in various events; July 26-28, Lake Storey Park, near Galesburg.

Music

Bloomington-Normal

Concerts on the Quad; 7 p.m. Mondays in July, east side of Cook Hall, ISU quad, Normal; July 15, Good Morning Bedlam, innovative folk; July Tom Marko and the Inner Light, contemporary jazz; July 29, Singing under the Stars, ISU faculty and guests sing favorites from operas and Broadway shows; parking at Bone Student Center and visitors parking lot off University Street, south of State Farm Hall.

Bluegrass and Brass summer concert; 4-6 p.m. July 13, lawn of Broadview Mansion, 1301 S. Fell Ave., Normal; Illinois Rail, 4-5 p.m.; Twin Cities Brass Quintet, 5-6 p.m.; tours, food; free parking, IWU east parking lot; bring chair or blanket; free.

An Evening with Dawes; 8 p.m. July 13; Castle Theatre, downtown Bloomington; $30 and $33. 

Tuesday Music Under the Stars: The Fabulous Hoedads; Americana; 7 p.m. July 16, Miller Park Bandstand, Bloomington.

Perforated; 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 17, Bloomington Public Library Patio; all ages; indie rock covers and originals.

Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s Concerts Around Town; 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 24, Bloomington Public Library Patio; all ages.

Opera and Song at University Galleries; 12:30 p.m. July 26 and July 30, University Galleries, Normal; recitals include opera, art song and classical Broadway; by performers in the MIOpera summer productions; free.

Conor Oberst with Joanna Sternberg; 8 p.m. July 26; Castle Theatre, downtown Bloomington; $30 and $33.

Black Dirt Music Festival; 5 p.m. July 27; Castle Theatre rock lot, downtown Bloomington; $20 and $23; VIP available.

Central Illinois

Pontiac Municipal Band Summer Concerts; outdoor pops concerts; 7 p.m. July 12, 19, 26, Humiston Riverside Park, Pontiac.

Illinois Chamber Music Festival; faculty and student concerts; various times July 7-27, IWU Westbrook Auditorium.

Diana Ross; 7:30 p.m. July 11; State Farm Center Theatre; Champaign; $43.50 to $144.50.

Concert in the Vineyard; Jammsammich; 7-11 p.m. July 13, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, near Mackinaw.

Kentuckiana Opry; 8 p.m. July 13, Kentuckiana Kampground, Hopedale; country music shows with Kentuckiana Opry Country Classic Show and guests Tim Harr, Kim Bolin and Jason Gentry; adults $8, children $2; 309-449-3274.

Gary Osterhoff; 7 p.m. July 19, Bement Country Opry, Monticello.

Abe Fest; 6 p.m. July 19; 3 p.m. July 20, main stage at Fifth and Adams streets, Springfield; The BoDeans (July 19); The Smithereens with Marshall Crenshaw (July 20); with local bands opening.

Concert in the Vineyard: Bubblegum Jack; 7-11 p.m. July 20, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, near Mackinaw.

Kentuckiana Opry; 8 p.m. July 20, Kentuckiana Kampground, Hopedale; country music shows with guest Cindy Moore; adults $8, children $2; 309-449-3274.

Concert at the Vineyard, Brushville; 8-11 p.m. July 26; Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, near Mackinaw.

Kentuckiana Opry; 8 p.m. July 27, Kentuckiana Kampground, Hopedale; country music shows with guests Kim Bolin and Nicholos Cummins; adults $8, children $2; 309-449-3274.

Theater

Bloomington-Normal 

"As you Like It," Illinois Shakespeare Festival; performances 8 p.m. July 19, 27, Aug 3 and 9, and 7:30 p.m. July 17, 24, 25, Aug 1 and 6; Ewing Manor, Bloomington; $40-$110; 309-438-2535.

"Pride and Prejudice," Illinois Shakespeare Festival; performances 8 p.m. July 20, 26 and Aug. 2 and 7:30 p.m. July 11, 16, 30, 31, Aug 7, 8; Ewing Manor, Bloomington; $40-$110; 309-438-2535.

"How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying"; High School Summer Theatre production of musical; 7 p.m. July 11-14 and 18-21, Connie Link Amphitheatre, Normal.

"Caesar," Illinois Shakespeare Festival; preview 8 p.m. July 12, performances 2 p.m. July 14, 21, 28, Aug 3 and 10, and 7:30 p.m. July 18 and 23; Ewing Manor, Bloomington; $40-$110; 309-438-2535.

Mike Dobbins Memorial New Plays From the Heartland; 7:30 July 12 and 13, 2 p.m. July 14; three new winning one-act plays; Heartland Theatre Company, Normal.

"The Addams Family"; July 12-14, 18-21, 25-28; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday; Community Players Theatre, Bloomington.

Godspell, musical performance by Miller Park Theatre; 7:30 p.m. July 25-28; Miller Park, Bloomington; free.

Central Illinois 

"Willy Wonka Jr."; Vermillion Players; 7:30 p.m. July 10-14, Chautauqua Park Pavilion, Pontiac.

"G.I. Jukebox"; Thurs., Fri. and Sun. July 11-Aug. 4; Conklin Players dinner theater at Barn III, Goodfield; 309-965-2545.

"Thoroughly Modern Millie"; 8:30 p.m. July 12-14 and 17-21, Muni Opera, Springfield.

Nightlife

Bloomington-Normal

Daisy Chains; July 11, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

Conversation Over; 7 p.m. July 11, Nightshop, Bloomington; rock, blues, soul; fundraiser for ABC Counseling & Family Services; $10; all proceeds to ABC; all ages until 10 p.m.

Karaoke; 7 p.m. July 11, Eagles Aerie 527, Bloomington.

Twin City Trivia; 7-9 p.m. July 11, Ride the Nine/Shooters Lounge, Bloomington.

Grant Milliren; July 12, Keg Grove Brewing Company, Bloomington.

Patrick Campbell Piano Show; 6-9 p.m. July 12, Crawford's Pub, Bloomington; no cover.

Mank & Sass; July 12, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

Double Shot; 6-10 p.m. July 12, Ride the Nine/Shooters Lounge, Bloomington; DJ Alex, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

Mark & Melisa; 7 p.m. July 12, Eagles Aerie 527, Bloomington; $5.

Full Circle; 7-11 p.m. July 12, Windjammer Lounge, Bloomington; $3.

Tim 'Magic Man' Barnes; July 13, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

The Bygones; 8 p.m. July 13, Cadillac Jacks, Bloomington; nostalgic rock; no cover.

Dirty Rotten Revenge, Rough Dreams; 8 p.m. July 13, Nightshop, Bloomington; punk rock, rock and roll; $5; all ages until 10 p.m.

DJ Alex; 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. July 13, Ride the Nine/Shooters Lounge, Bloomington.

Karaoke; 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. July 14, Ride the Nine/Shooters Lounge, Bloomington.

Music Bingo; 7-9 p.m. July 16, Ride the Nine/Shooters Lounge, Bloomington; Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Karoke; 7 p.m. July 16, Nightshop, Bloomington; no cover; all ages until 10 p.m.

Open Stage with C James; July 18, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

Karaoke; 7 p.m. July 18, Eagles Aerie 527, Bloomington.

Losers Club, Bury Thy Wicked, Fat Harvester; 7 p.m. July 18, Nightshop, Bloomington; emo, indie rock, punk rock, metal; $7; all ages until 10 p.m.

Willdermore; 7 p.m. July 19, Nightshop, Bloomington; rock and roll, funk, soul; $7; all ages until 10 p.m.

Baaad Boyz; July 19, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

The Blue Hairs; 7 p.m. July 19, Eagles Aerie 527, Bloomington.

Soft Spoken; July 20, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

Karaoke; 6 p.m. July 20 Eagles Aerie 527, Bloomington; no cover.

Open Stage with C James; July 25, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

Karaoke; 7 p.m. July 25, Eagles Aerie 527, Bloomington.

Jive Bag; July 26, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

Mark & Melisa; 7 p.m. July 26, Eagles Aerie 527, Bloomington; $5.

Con Alma; July 27, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

Karaoke; 6 p.m. July 27, Eagles Aerie 527, Bloomington; no cover.

Central Illinois

Silver Fox; 6:30 p.m. July 11; American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover.

Jim & Tommy; 6 p.m. July 11, Kicks, Towanda; acoustic rock; no cover.

Jim & Tommy; 5:30 p.m. July 12, PK Uncorked, Pontiac; acoustic rock; no cover.

Silver Fox; 6:30 p.m. July 18; American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover.

Silver Fox; 6:30 p.m. July 25; American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover.

For kids

Bloomington-Normal

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.

Terrific Tuesdays: Philip & Henry Magician; entertainment for children of all ages; 10 a.m. July 16, Connie Link Amphitheater, Normal.

Zookeeper Olympics; Noon–3 p.m. July 20, Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington.

Terrific Tuesdays: Cirquemania; entertainment for children of all ages; 10 a.m. July 23, Connie Link Amphitheater, Normal.

Dress Up Movie: Madagascar 3; 7:45 p.m. July 26, Connie Link Amphitheatre, Normal.

Terrific Tuesdays: NPRD Children's Theatre; entertainment for children of all ages; 10 a.m. July 30, Connie Link Amphitheater, Normal.

Central Illinois

Take a Kid Fishing Derby; July 20, Evergreen Lake at Comlara Park, near Hudson.

 

 

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