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A&E CALENDAR - JUNE 14, 2018

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

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Harmonious Wail is the headliner Friday night for the kickoff of the Summer Solstice Concerts on the lawn of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. 

Special events

Bloomington-Normal

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

We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym; summer camp for kids; through June 29, 1717 Fort Jesse Road, Normal; (309) 386-1085.

Summertime Stories in the Park; themed storytelling entertainment from Twin City Tale Spinners; 10 a.m. June 19, 26, Connie Link Amphitheater, Normal. 

Epiphany Carnival; June 14-16, carnival rides, live music, games, food, beer tent, more; Epiphany School grounds, 1000 E. College Ave., Normal.

Tribute to Champions; 6-8 p.m. June 14, Special Olympics Illinois Tribute Park, 605 E. Willow St., Normal; kickoff to Summer Games.

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Tri-Valley's Megan Graf, center, competes in the 100-meter run during the 2010 Special Olympics Illinois State Summer Games at the Redbird Track and Field Complex in Normal. 

Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games; Olympic-style competition for disabled athletes, June 15-16; ISU Sports Complex, Normal.

Glorious Garden Festival Walk; self-guided tours of up to 10 private B-N gardens June 15-16, with festival and start point at David Davis Mansion, Bloomington. 

Special Olympics Street Dance; honors Special Olympic athletes; 7-9 p.m. June 16, Uptown Normal.

Open Cockpit Day; tours of open cockpits of various aircraft; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 16, Prairie Aviation Museum, Bloomington. 

Sunday Afternoon Lawn Concert; local performers; noon-2 p.m. June 17; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts lawn. 

3rd Sunday Market; 450 vendors; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 17, Interstate Center, Bloomington.

Relay for Life; fundraising event with relay, entertainment, more; 2 p.m. to 2 p.m. June 22-23; The Corn Crib, Normal.

77th Annual Chariot Festival; 1-5 p.m. June 24, Miller Park Bandstand; dance, music, kids' activities, more; free. 

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Royal Princess Coronation and Festival, produced by Holiday Spectacular; crafts, carriage rides, pampered princess boutique, sing-a-long, face-painting by the Zoo Lady, royal coronation of a princess guest and more; 2-4 p.m. June 24; Ewing Cultural Center, Bloomington; $40; pantagraph.com/princess.

Central Illinois

Quilted Keepsakes 2018; annual summer quilt show, through June 30, C.H. Moore Homestead, Clinton.

Downs Village Market; locally grown produce, meat, baked goods, more; 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays from June 6-Sept. 26, southwest edge of Downs, off I-74. 

7th Midwest Charity Horse Show; June 12-16, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield.

Chatsworth Heritage Days; June 14-16, carnival, entertainment, food, parade,more; downtown Chatsworth. 

Steamboat Days Festival; June 14-17, riverfront carnival, entertainment stages, contests, games, more; downtown Peoria riverfront.

WWE Live; pro wrestling tour; 7:30 p.m. June 15, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; 7:30 p.m. June 16, U of I State Farm Center, Champaign.  

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A fisherman casts his line shortly after sunset at Comlara Park's Evergreen Lake in April.

Conservation Family Day9 a.m. to noon June 16; Comlara Park, Evergreen Lake, McLean County SWCD/Prairielands Preservation Foundation event with fishing, archery, wildlife habitats and more, open to kids of all ages; ; 309-452-3848, ext. 3.

Taste of Minonk; entertainment, prizes; 5-7:30 p.m. June 16, Fifth and Chestnut streets, Minonk; $5.

Downtown Pontiac Cruise Night; classic and antique car cruise-in and activities; 5-8 p.m. June 16, downtown Pontiac square.  

DeWitt County Museum Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Show; antique tractors and gas engines of all makes, kiddie tractor pull, food, museum tours; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 16, C.H. Moore Homestead, Clinton. 

Jupiter: King of Planets; 8:45-10:45 p.m. June 16, Sugar Grove Nature Center, Shirley; sponsor: Twin City Amateur Astronomers.

East Peoria Levee District Car & Craft Show; classic cars, craft vendors along new levee district area; 4-8 p.m. June 16, 400 block East Washington Street, East Peoria.

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Visitors take a passenger train ride headed to downtown Monticello from the Monticello Railway Museum in 2014.

Monticello Railway Museum Father's Day Weekend; June 16-17, train shed tours and rides, with fathers accompanied by kids free; Monticello Railway Museum, downtown Monticello. 

Metamora Old Settlers Days; June 20-23, carnival, entertainment, food tents, crafts, more; downtown Metamora square.

Railroad Days; June 21-24, railroad heritage celebration, downtown Galesburg. 

Olde English Faire; medieval-themed festival; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 22-24, Wildlife Prairie Park, near Peoria. 

Independence Day 1860; pioneer-era July 4 celebration and activities; noon-4 p.m. June 23, Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur.

Let's Buzz the Gut Cruise Night; car cruise, auto-related vendors, food, music, more; 4-9 p.m. June 23, downtown Dwight. 

Pioneer Days; demonstrations of mid-19th-century pioneer life, children's games, more; 1-4 p.m. June 24, W.H. Sommer Park, near Peoria. 

Ford County Fair; June 24-30, with grandstand show (Travis Tritt and Craig Campbell, June 29); fairgrounds at Melvin.

Music

Bloomington-Normal

Lunchtime Concerts: Patrick Campbell; pop-rock singer; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 14, Withers Park, downtown Bloomington. 

Franklin Park Concerts and Ice Cream Socials; ice cream socials at 6 p.m. June 14, 21, 28, free Community Concert Band concerts at 7 p.m.; Franklin Park, Bloomington

BCPA Summer Solstice Concerts; outdoor concert with headliners, 6-10 p.m. June 15, Harmonious Wail; and Femmes of Rock, June 16, craft beer and food; CEFCU Outdoor Summer Stage at Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

Loungeabout the Roundabout, 6-8 .m. June 16, Uptown Circle, Normal; Chasing the Turn.

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BCPA Lawn Concert; noon-2 p.m. June 17, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts lawn, Bloomington.

Lunchtime Concerts; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 20, Withers Park, downtown Bloomington; Brian Choban (jazz).

Lounegabout the Roundabout; 6-8 p.m., June 20, Uptown Circle, Normal; Nicotine Poetic.

Community Band Concert; 7 p.m. June 21, Franklin Park, Bloomington; ice cream social, 6 p.m. 

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The ISU String Project is pictured at 2016's Make Music Normal.

Make Music Normal; free all-day summer solstice music fest featuring local musicians; noon-11 p.m. June 23, various locations around Normal. 

Central Illinois

Celtic Woman; 7 p.m. June 14; Virginia Theatre, Champaign; $45-$106.

Bement Country Opry; 5 p.m. June 15, Monticello Community Ballroom; artist: Rockin' Terry Lee; fish dinner, 5 p.m.; $10; 217-778-0990. 

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo: A Very Intimate Acoustic Evening; 7:30 p.m. June 15; Virginia Theatre, Champaign; $39.50-$79.50, VIP packages also available. 

Tailgate N' Tallboys Music Festival, series of concerts over three summer weekends, Peoria on the Riverfront, June 15-17, July 20-21 and Sept. 15, June featured acts include Nelly, Drew Baldridge, The Cadilliac Three, Sam Nichols and more; riverfront in downtown Peoria; single day tickets begin at $25, 3-day and 6-pack passes also available. 

Kentuckiana Opry; 8 p.m. June 16, Kentuckiana Kampground, Hopedale; country music shows with Kentuckiana Opry Band and guests Ron Devore and Kim Bolin; adults $8, children $2; 309-449-3274.

Gin Blossoms, Tonic and Vertical Horizon; rock groups; 6:30 p.m. June 16; BOS Center, Springfield.

Poco a Poco Festival Choir Community Concert; 7 p.m. June 16, Park Presbyterian Church, Streator.

Concerts in the Vineyard; 7-11 p.m. June 16, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw

Illinois Country Music Association Jam Session: noon to 4 p.m. June 17, El Paso VFW, open mic, potluck dinner (bring dish to share), for information call Bill Grubb, 309-564-0228.

Peoria Municipal Band concert; 7 p.m. June 17, Glen Oak Park Amphitheater, Peoria; free; adjacent parking.

Peoria Municipal Band concert; 7 p.m. June 20, corner of Water and State streets, Peoria; free; adjacent parking.

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Jacob Bryant 

Shake the Lake - Walker McGuire & Jacob Bryant; 6 p.m. June 22; Lakeshore Landing/Nelson Park, Decatur

Concerts in the Vineyard; 7-11 p.m. June 23, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard.

Bishop Hill Midsommar Music Festival; Swedish summer fest with music, maypole, family activities, barn dance, more; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 23, Bishop Hill State Historic Site. 

Peoria Municipal Band concert; 7 p.m. June 24, Glen Oak Park Amphitheater, Peoria; free; adjacent parking.

Theater

Bloomington-Normal

Heartland Theatre Company 10-Minute Play Festival: Magic!; annual short play fest, with eight winning entries tied to "magic" theme; June 14-16, 21-24 and 28-29, Heartland Theatre Company, Normal.

Little Shop of Horrors; High School Summer Theater production of musical; 7 p.m. June 14-17, June 21-24, Connie Link Amphitheater, Normal.  

Young at Heartland Summer Showcase; Heartland Theatre senior acting program performance; 1 p.m. June 22, Heartland Theatre Company, Normal.

Central Illinois 

Failure: A Love Story; Vermillion Players production of drama; 7:30 p.m. June 14-17, Chautauqua Park Pavilion, Pontiac. 

Nightlife

Bloomington-Normal

Karaoke; 7 p.m. June 14, Eagles Aerie 527.

VJ; June 14, Jazz Upfront.

Nicotine Poetic; 6-9 p.m. June 15, Gill Street Sports Bar and Restaurant; rock; no cover.

Steve "The Harp" Blues Band; 6-9 p.m. June 15, Castle Gardens, Lexington; gates open 5 p.m.; $10 online or $15 at gate.

Charlie Ballentine; 8:30-11:30 p.m. June 15, Jazz Upfront.

Mark & Melisa; 7 p.m. June 15, Eagles Aerie 527; rock and country; $5.

Lisa G and the Good Reasons; 4-7 p.m. June 16, Sunset Lake Vineyards and Winery; blues and rock; $5.

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The Bygones; 6-10 p.m. June 16, Gill Street Sports Bar and Restaurant; classic rock; no cover.

Dave Lumsden &  Wayne Carter; 8:30-11:30 p.m. June 16, Jazz Upfront.

Jury's Out; 6 p.m. June 16, Epiphany School carnival, Normal; no cover.

Back@Cha; 6-10 p.m. June 16, Baxter's American Grill; rock; no cover.

Old School Sunday; June 17, Jazz Upfront.

Karaoke; 7 p.m. June 21, Eagles Aerie 527.

VJ; June 21, Jazz Upfront.

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Singer-songwriter Sara Quah 

Sara Quah; 6-9 p.m. June 22, Gill Street Sports Bar and Restaurant; rock; no cover.

Wayward Son; 6-9 p.m. June 22, Castle Gardens, Lexington; gates open 5 p.m.; $10 online or $15 at gate.

Mark & Melisa; 7 p.m. June 22, Eagles Aerie 527; rock and country; $5.

Black Magic Johnson; 8:30-11:30 p.m. June 22, Jazz Upfront.

Friday Open Mic hosted by LA Joe’s Showband and Revue; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. June 22; Station Saloon, 1601 Morrissey Drive, Bloomington. 

Lisa G and the Good Reasons; 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 23, Relay for Life at the Corn Crib; blues and rock; no cover.

Retrofit; 6-10 p.m. June 23, Gill Street Sports Bar and Restaurant; '80s music; no cover.

Chip McNeill; 8:30-11:30 p.m. June 23, Jazz Upfront.

Old School Sunday; June 24, Jazz Upfront.

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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.

Summer Stories; 10 a.m., June 19, Connie Link Amphitheater, Normal; Lincoln stories.