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A&E CALENDAR - NOV. 8, 2018

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REO Speedwagon will perform at the Virginia Theatre Saturday.

Special events


Blessings of the Table: Thanksgiving at Clover Lawn; Nov. 7-17, David Davis Mansion, Bloomington; seasonal tours.

Area Arts Round Table Out of the Box award announcement; 4:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Satio, 306 N. Center St., Bloomington; social; announcement at 5:30 p.m.; open to public by RSVP at; nominees: Elaine Buxbaum Cousins, Pamala Eaton, John Fisher, James Keeran, Brian Simpson, Candace Summers.


The Naked Magicians, an R-rated magic show, will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

The Naked Magicians, R-rated magic show; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Bloomington; $40-$75, 18+ show.

Taste of the West, food, auction, 50/50 raffle; 5-8 p.m. Nov. 9; Grossinger Motors Arena, downtown Bloomington; pay what you can admission, fundraiser for WBRP. 

Uptown Normal Holiday Open House; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 10, uptown; Santa and Mrs. Claus, carriage rides, merchant specials, more. 

Fall Big Band Dance; 7-10 p.m. Nov. 10, New Lafayette Club, Bloomington; with Illinois State University Jazz Ensembles; proceeds support ISU jazz program; doors open at 5:45 p.m.; cash bar; appropriate dress required, no jeans or T-shirts; $15, cash, checks only.

Elf, The Broadway Musical; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Bloomington; $39-$71.

Holiday Treasures exhibit and sale; McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington; 5-8 p.m. beginning Nov. 15, free public reception.

Celebrating the Greater Reality with evidential medium Suzanne Giesemann; 7-9 p.m. Nov. 15, Normal Theater; $20 general admission, $10 students with ID; 309-663-5638.

The Tenderlions in "The Cranjis McBasketball World Comedy Tour," 8 p.m. Nov. 15; Grossinger Motors Arena, downtown Bloomington; $48 and $78, VIP meet and greet with James Murray, $100. 

Comedian Brian McDowell; 8 p.m. Nov. 17, Station Saloon, Bloomington; comedy showcase.


Christmas trees lined the halls during the 24th annual Baby Fold Festival of Trees last year at the Interstate Center's West Expo Building. This year's event is Nov. 16-18.

Baby Fold's Festival of Trees; Nov. 16-18, Interstate Center, Bloomington; custom-designed trees and centerpieces, silent auctions, entertainment, more.

Central Illinois

Monty Python's "Spamalot;" 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8; University of Illinois Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; $29-$89.

Jay Leno; 8 p.m. Nov. 9, Peoria Civic Center, downtown Peoria; $56.50 - $76.50

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9; Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana; $10-$25. 

Sister Act, musical: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9-10, 2 p.m. Nov. 11; Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Millikin University, Decatur; adults $18-$24, children, $10.

Wild Kratts Live; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12; Peoria Civic Center theater; $25-$55.

Cynthia Oliver/Coco Dance Theatre: Virago-Man Dem; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15; Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center, Urbana; $10-$25.



Lee Ann Womack, country singer; All The Trouble Tour; 8 p.m. Nov. 9; Castle Theatre, downtown Bloomington; $20-$35, VIP available. 

Illinois Symphony Orchestra; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington; Britten Simple Symphony - Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 - Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings

The Wonder Years with Have Mercy, Oso Oso and Shortly; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10; The Castle Theatre, downtown Bloomington; $23 and $25. 

Cheick Hamala Diabate and band; 5:30 p.m. Nov. 10, IWU Memorial Center Young Main Lounge; Grammy-nominated Mali musician; part of African Culture Week; free.

IWU Wind Ensemble; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, IWU Presser Hall Westbrook Auditorium, Bloomington; free.

ISU Percussion Ensemble, fall concert; 7 p.m. Nov. 11, ISU Kemp Recital Hall. 

The Get Up Kids with Remember Sports;  8:30 p.m. Nov. 14; Castle Theatre, downtown Bloomington; $22 and $25.

Cannibal Corpse with Hate Eternal and Harms Way; 7 p.m. Nov. 15; Castle Theatre, downtown Bloomington; $25. 

Waterparks; 6 p.m. Nov. 16; Castle Theatre, downtown Bloomington; $17 and $20. 

Liverpool Legends — the Complete Beatles' Experience; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington; $44-$64.

Marc Broussard, PhanieRae and the Soul Shakers; 8 p.m. Nov. 17; $20 and $22, Castle Theatre, Bloomington. 

The Nostalgics; 1:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Miller Park Pavilion, Bloomington; $8 at door; ballroom dance.

Central Illinois

Roseanne Cash with John Leventhal, She Remembers Everything; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8; Virginia Theatre, Champaign; ticket prices $39.50 to $69.50. 

Chicago; 8 p.m. Nov. 8; Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; $29.50 and up. 

Illinois Symphony Orchestra; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, First Presbyterian Church, Springfield.

Sinfonia da Camera with Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, The Pirates of Penzance; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9; Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana; $5-$45.

Itzhak Perlman with Rohan de Silva; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10; Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana; $10-$55.

PrimeTime Country Opry; 7 p.m. Nov. 10, Olympia High School auditorium, Stanford; doors open 6 p.m.; meal service 5:30 p.m.; special guest: Cindy Suttles-Moore; 309-449-5484.

REO Speedwagon, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10; Virginia Theatre, Champaign, rescheduled from Feb. 8, all tickets from that show will be honored; $59.50-$99.50, $199 VIP package also available.  

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul featuring Steven Van Zandt; 8 p.m. Nov. 10; Monarch Music Hall, Peoria; $40 and $49.50.

Eroica Trio; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13; Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana; $10-$38.

Turnpike Troubadours; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14; Monarch Music Hall; Peoria; $27.50 and $32. 

Colors for Trombone and Wind Ensemble by Bert Apermont; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15; Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Millikin University, Decatur. 

Bement Country Opry; 5 p.m. Nov. 16, Monticello Community Ballroom; artist Terry Smith; fish dinner, 5 p.m.; $10; 217-778-0990.

Third Friday Jamboree Country/Gospel; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16, Armington Christian Church; special guests: Cathy and John Rauch; love offering.

"Christmas Is..."; 2 p.m. Nov. 18, Eagle Performing Arts and Conference Center, Pontiac; Vermillion Valley Show Chorus; $15 at 309-747-2679 or



A Doll's House; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8-10, Nov. 15-16, 2 p.m. Nov. 11, 17; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Visit or call 309-452-8709.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Community Players Theatre, Bloomington; also 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Nov. 9-11, 16-18; $18, adults; $16, seniors, students, military; $8 children; or 309-663-2121.

Of Moss and Men; 7 p.m. Nov. 9-10, Central Catholic High School auditorium, Bloomington; $5 adults, $3 students and seniors, $20 family pass; free for children under 9.

Curtains; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14-17, 2 p.m. Nov. 18, IWU Jerome Mirza Theatre at McPherson Hall, Bloomington; musical mystery; $14 Fri.-Sat.; $12 Tue., Thu., Sun.; free Wed.; $2 for students with ID.

Central Illinois

The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1-10, 3 p.m. Nov. 11; Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana; $10-$25. 

Imprimatur; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7-10 and 2 p.m. Nov. 11, Eureka College Pritchard Theatre; by donation.

Jazz Upfront (copy)



Steve Plays the Drums; Nov. 8, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

Karaoke; 7 p.m. Nov. 8, Eagles Aerie, Bloomington; no cover.

Twin City Trivia; 7-9 p.m. Nov. 8, Ride the Nine/Shooters Lounge, Bloomington.

The Hurricane Project; Nov. 9, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

Patrick Campbell piano show; 7 p.m. Nov. 9, Cadillac Jack's, Bloomington; no cover.

Sundown; 7:30-10:30 p.m. Nov. 9, Legends Sports Bar and Grill, Bloomington; classic rock; no cover.

The Bygones (copy)

Bygones; 8 p.m.-midnight Nov. 9, Winners Lounge, Bloomington; nostalgic rock; no cover.

The Band Rio Grande; 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Nov. 9, Six Strings, Bloomington; outlaw country; $5 cover; $3 military/student ID.

Baaad Boys; Nov. 10, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

Jim and Tommy; 8-11 p.m. Nov. 10, Cadillac Jack's, Bloomington; acoustic rock.

Spider Jet; 8-11 p.m. Nov. 10, Winners Lounge, Bloomington; rock; no cover.

Old School Sunday; Nov. 11, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

Karaoke; 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Nov. 11, Ride the Nine/Shooters Lounge, Bloomington.

Karaoke; 7 p.m.-midnight Nov. 13, Winners Lounge, Bloomington.

Piedmont Country Blues & Brews with David Berchtold; Nov. 15, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

Karaoke; 7 p.m. Nov. 15, Eagles Aerie, Bloomington; no cover.

Dexter O'Neal and Funk Yard; Nov. 16, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

Mark and Melisa; 7 p.m. Nov. 16, Eagles Aerie, Bloomington; $5.

Groovement; Nov. 17, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

Old School Sunday; Nov. 18, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

Karaoke; 7 p.m. Nov. 22, Eagles Aerie, Bloomington; no cover

Central Illinois

Silver Fox band; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8, American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover.

Twang!; 6-8 p.m. Nov. 9, PK UnKorked, Pontiac; no cover.

Feudin' Hillbillies; 8 p.m. Nov. 9, Clinton Eagles; country; no cover.

She Said So; 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 10, PK UnKorked, Pontiac; no cover.

Silver Fox band; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15, American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover.

Greg Wolf; 5-8 p.m. Nov. 17, PK UnKorked, Pontiac; 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.





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