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Go! calendar - May 18,2017

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Music,comedy, theater and more - in BloNo and beyond

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Special events


Books to Benefit Book Sale; preview, 5-8 p.m. May 18 ($5); regular sale, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 20, $5 bag sale, noon-4 p.m. May 21, Crossroads Center, 700 Wylie Drive, Bloomington; book sale to benefit STAR Adult Literacy programs; 309-531-8320.

Downtown Bloomington Farmers Market; 7:30 a.m.-noon May 20, downtown Bloomington square; fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, art, live music, more; free admission; 309-829-9599.

Gala at the Galleries; 6-9 p.m. May 20, ISU University Galleries in Uptown Station, Normal; ISU Friends of the Arts scholarship fundraiser, with silent/live art auctions, live entertainment, food and drink; $60; 309-438-8321.

Native Plant Sale; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20, Evergreen FS Building, 402 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington; Illinois Prairie Chapter of Wild Ones; 309-452-8700.

Open Cockpit Day; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 20, Prairie Aviation Museum building, 2929 E. Empire St., Bloomington; tours of open cockpits in various aircraft; $3-$5, under 6 free; 309-663-7632.

Under the Dome Knit-In; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 20, McLean County Museum of History, 600 N. Main St., Bloomington; open knitting event for charity (bring your own materials); free; 309-827-0428.

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Crowds flooded the grounds of the Interstate Center in Bloomington during the 2014 season of the Third Sunday Market.

Third Sunday Market; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. May 21, Interstate Center, 2301 W. Market St., Bloomington; antiques, collectibles; $6, under 14 free; 217-202-2847.

Rock the Runway; 6 p.m. May 21, DoubleTree Hotel & Conference Center Ballroom, 10 Brickyard Drive, Bloomington; Sewing Room sewing students fashion showcase of garments; $10; 309-530-5620.

Ewing Manor Tours; 4-6 p.m. May 22 (Mondays through Oct. except Memorial and Labor Day), Ewing Manor, Towanda Avenue and Emerson Street, Bloomington; guided 45-min. tours of late-1920s home of Hazle Buck Ewing, donated to ISU; suggested $5 donation; 309-829-6333.

Circus Pages; 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. May 22, Interstate Center, 2301 W. Market St., Bloomington; $16 adult (two free kids' ticket with each paid adult);

Garden Bros. Circus; 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. May 22, U.S. Cellular Coliseum, 101 S. Madison St., Bloomington; live elephants, Chinese acrobats, motorcycle daredevils, aerialists, more; $24 adult (free kids' ticket with each paid adult);

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Women Together Art Show; 5-8 p.m. May 23 and 3-7 p.m. May 24, Fox and Hounds Building lobby, 200 W. Monroe St., Bloomington; Women to Women Giving Circle of Illinois Prairie Community Foundation event featuring watercolors by Gayle Miller; 309-662-4477.

Central Illinois

Clinton MayDays Festival; 5-10 p.m. May 18-19, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. May 20 noon-5 p.m. May 21, downtown square, Clinton; carnival rides, entertainment, food, crafts, games and contests, more; free admission; 217-935-3364.

World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships; 6-10 p.m. May 19, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 20, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; public viewings of competition entries; $5-$10; 309-673-3200.

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

Food Truck Festival; noon-7 p.m. May 20, 200 block of Hickory Street, Streator; multiple gourmet food trucks, beer garden, live music and DJ, local crafters, vendors, more;

Plein Air Painting Event; 3 p.m. May 20, courthouse lawn, downtown Pontiac square; show of plein air works created earlier in day by Pontiac Community Art Center and area artists; free.

Old Capitol Art Fair; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 20-21, Old State Capitol square, downtown Springfield; juried fine arts fair with 150 artists, live bands, food, more; 217-321-7184.

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Dooley Park Car Show; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 21, Dooley Park, Downs; car-truck-cycle show, DJ music, food concessions, ice cream, more; 309-378-3221.



Justin Townes Earle and The Sadies; 8 p.m. May 18, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; alt country singer and group; $20-$23; 309-820-0352. 

Loungeabout the Roundabout: Velvet Groove; 6 p.m. May 18, Uptown Circle, Normal; rock group; free; 309-454-9557.

Dan Hubbard and Hot Sauce Universe; 8 p.m. May 19, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; rock singer and group; $12-$15; 309-820-0352.  

Loungeabout the Roundabout: Matthew Michael & Christina Marie; 6 p.m. May 20, Uptown Circle, Normal; vocal duo; free; 309-454-9557.

Shuga Beatz; 4 p.m. May 23, Connie Link Amphitheater, Normal; blues-R&B group; free; 309-454-9540. 

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Loungeabout the Roundabout: Tyler of Unemployed Architects; 6 p.m. May 23, Uptown Circle, Normal; rock singer; free; 309-454-9557.

Central Illinois

Olivia Newton-John; 7:30 p.m. May 18, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; pop singer; CANCELLED; 309-673-3200.

Bement Country Opry; 7 p.m. May 19, Monticello Community Ballroom, 201 State St., Monticello; country music shows with Bement Country Opry band and guest Terry Smith; $10; 217-377-0550.

Skillet, Alter Bridge, Starset and Sylar; 6:30 p.m. May 19, downtown Peoria riverfront; rock groups; $25-$30; 309-693-1234.

Jim Breuer and The Loud & Rowdy; 8 p.m. May 19, Limelight Eventplex, 1802 N. University, Peoria; comedy-rock group; $18-$23; 309-693-1234.

Bellflower Country Opry; 7 p.m. May 20, Bellflower Community Center, 202 Center St., Bellflower; Branson-style country-gospel music shows with Bellflower Country Opry band and guest Marc Bubert; $10, under 13 free; 309-722-3497.

Heyworth Country Opry; 6 p.m. May 20, Heyworth VFW, 203 E. Main St., Heyworth; country music shows with Scotty Lawless & Pride of the Prairie Band; $10, under 10 free; 217-949-5311.

Kentuckiana Opry; 8 p.m. May 20, Kentuckiana Kampground, Hopedale; country music shows with Kentuckiana Opry Band and guest Stephanie Foster Cunningham; adults $8, children $2; 309-449-3274.

Nelly, Juvenile and DJ McFly; 8 p.m. May 20, downtown Peoria riverfront; rock groups; $25-$35; rap singers; 309-693-1234. 

Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana (BACH): The Genius of Heinrich Schutz; 7:30 p.m. May 21, University Place Christian Church, 403 S. Wright, Urbana; BACH Orchestra and Chorus in Schutz showcase; $10-$20;

ICMA Chapter 617 Jam Session; noon-4 p.m. May 21, VFW Building, El Paso; potluck dinner, open mic; free; 309-564-0228.

Boston; 8 p.m. May 23, Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield; rock group; $29.50-$79.50; 217-788-8800.


Central Illinois

Animal Crackers; 7:30 p.m. May 18-20, Engle Lane Theatre, 1012 Columbus Road, Streator; Streator Community Players production of comedy; $10-$15; 815-672-3584.

The Three Musketeers; 8 p.m. May 19-21 and 25-27, Theatre in the Park at New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg; Ken Ludwig adaptation of Dumas tale; $10-$15; 800-710-9290.



Dave Lumsden & Friends; 7 p.m. May 18, Jazz UpFront; blues; no cover.

Karaoke; 7 p.m. May 18, Bloomington Eagles; 5 p.m. May 21, Jazz UpFront; 8 p.m. May 24, Dr. McKay's Bar & Grille; no cover.

Tyler from Unemployed Architects; 8 p.m. May 18, Windjammer Lounge; rock; no cover.

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Change Up; 8 p.m. May 19, Jazz UpFront; jazz; $5.

Frank Parker & Friends; 8 p.m. May 19, Jazz UpFront; jazz; $5.

Mary and Melisa; 7 p.m. May 19, Bloomington Eagles; country; no cover.

The Bygones; 7:30 p.m. May 19, Legends Sports Bar; 6 p.m. May 20, Gill St. Sports Bar; nostalgic rock; no cover.

Jack Dupp; 8 p.m. May 20, Dr. McKay's Bar & Grille; classic rock; no cover.

Legends Comedy Showcase; 8 p.m. May 20, Legends Sports Bar; stand-up comedy; no cover.

The Nostalgics; 1:30 p.m. May 21, Miller Park Pavilion; ballroom oldies; $8.

Open Stage with Marco Mendez; May 24, Jazz UpFront; jazz; no cover.

Central Illinois

Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. May 18, 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. Thu., 1-5 p.m. Sun.; 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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Dress-Up Movies: The Secret Life of Pets; 7:45 p.m. May 19, Connie Link Amphitheater, Normal; movie showing, with audience invited to dress as characters on screen; free; 309-454-79540.

Endangered Species Day; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 20, Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington; zookeeper talks on subject; free with paid admission; 309-434-2260.

Pushcart Derby Race; 11 a.m. May 20, Uptown Normal (old Amtrak parking lot); youth teams competing in self-designed "muscle carts"; free; 309-433-3448. 

The Last Book on Earth; 6:30 p.m. May 22, Bloomington Public Library; Prairie Fire Theatre children's opera production; free.



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