THIS WEEKEND (AUG. 8-11)
Spirits of Bloomington Ghost Walk, 7 p.m. Aug. 9, downtown Bloomington; $15; reservations, 309-846-4306.
Downtown Bloomington Farmers Market; 7:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 10, downtown Bloomington square; fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, art, live music, more; free admission; 309-829-9599.
Twin City Cruisers Cruise-Ins: Thunderbirds & Corvettes; 5-8:30 p.m. Aug. 10, Shoppes at College Hills parking lot, north of Von Maur, Normal; themed classic/modified vehicle gatherings, with awards, door prizes, DJ music, vendors, more; free; 309-827-8281.
West Side Block Party; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 10, First Christian Church parking lot, 401 W. Jefferson St., Bloomington; school kits for children in need, games, food, raffle, live music, entertainment, social service agency information, more; free; 309- 676-3028.
Cullom Homecoming and Junior Fair; Aug. 8-10, fairgrounds at Cullom; 217-621-7716.
Illinois State Fair; 7 a.m.-midnight Aug. 8-18 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield; carnival midway, nightly grandstand shows (see Music listings), more; adults $7, ages 5-12/seniors $3, under 5 free; 217-782-6661.
Cruisin' Nights on Eldorado; 6 p.m. Aug. 10, Eldorado Street strip, Decatur; classic car cruise along street, featuring car clubs and individual car owners; free; 217-972-9049.
Route 66 Cruise-In; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 10, downtown Atlanta; classic and vintage cars, bake sale, live music, more; free.
Twin City Amateur Astronomers Public Viewing Sessions; 8:30- 10:30 p.m. Aug. 10, Sugar Grove Nature Center at Funks Grove; "Meteors, Space Rocks and Comets," open telescope viewing; free; 309- 830-4085.
Grand Nationals TT Weekend; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 10, downtown Peoria riverfront, parade (10 a.m.), food, music (Dokken, Quiet Riot, Shooter Jennings and other groups), more; Aug. 11, Peoria Motorcycle Club, Bartonville, cycle races and events; $15-$20; www.grandnationalsweekend.com.
Washington Fine Arts Festival; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 10-11, Washington Park, Washington; juried fine arts fair, children's activities, live music, food; 309-444-4887.
Italian-American Society Summer Festa; noon-7 p.m. Aug. 11, Hickory Grove Park, Peoria; Italian heritage fest with food, games, dance, music, children's events and more.
THIS WEEK (AUG. 12-14)
Behind the Curtain BCPA Tours; 1:30 p.m. Aug. 12, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; guided tours of historic theater; free; 309-434-2785.
Ewing Manor Tours; 4-6 p.m. Aug. 12, Ewing Manor, Towanda Avenue and Emerson Street, Bloomington; monthly guided 45-min. tours of late-1920s home of Hazle Buck Ewing, donated to ISU; free, but donations welcome (reservations required for groups of 8 or more); 309-829-6333.
Uptown Normal Trailside Market; 3:30-6 p.m. Aug. 13, Trail East parking lot, College Avenue and Constitution Blvd., Normal ; locally grown produce, baked goods, entertainment, more; free; 309-454- 9556.
Whirling Bros. Circus; 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12, Livingston County Fairgrounds, 18142 4-H Park Road, Pontiac; touring circus; www.whirlingbroscircus.com.
Downs Village Market; 4-6 p.m. Aug. 14, southwest edge of Downs, off I-74; fresh local produce, baked goods, plants and flowers, crafts, live music, more; free admission; 309-378-4223.
Taste of Peoria; 4-11 p.m. Aug. 14, Riverfront Festival Park, downtown Peoria; food from more than 50 Peoria restaurants, two entertainment stages; $2, under 12 free; 309-681-0696.
Fairbury Fair; Aug. 14-18, fairgrounds in Fairbury.
THIS WEEKEND (AUG. 8-11)
Asking Alexandria, Motionless In White, Upon a Burning Body and Crown The Empire; 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; rock groups; $30-$32; 309-820-0352.
Brian Choban Jazz Quintet; 5:30 p.m. Aug. 8, Connie Link Amphitheater, Normal; jazz group; free; 309-454-9557.
Loungeabout the Roundabout: Two Dollar Ransom; 7 p.m. Aug. 8, Uptown Circle, Normal; country-roots group; free; 309-454-9557.
The Blaggards and The Shanties; 8 p.m. Aug. 9, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; Irish rock groups; $14-$16; 309- 820-0352.
Megan & Liz and Kalin & Myles; 7 p.m. Aug. 10, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; pop duos; $15-$20; 309-820- 0352.
Music Under the Stars: Cattle Bandits; 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11, Miller Park Bandstand, Bloomington; country group; 309-434-2483.
New & Slightly Used; 4 p.m. Aug. 11, Connie Link Amphitheater, Normal; rock group; free; 309-454-9540.
Illinois State Fair Grandstand Concerts; Aug. 8-18, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield; nightly concerts; 800-745-3000. Scheduled: Billy Currington and Lauren Alaina, 8 p.m. Aug. 9 ($15- $35); REO Speedwagon, Styx and Head East, 7 p.m. Aug. 10 ($20-$40); John Mayer and Phillip Phillips , 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11 ($40-$65); New Odyssey and Illinois Army National Guard Band, 7 p.m. Aug. 12 (free); The Band Perry and Randy Houser, 8 p.m. Aug. 13 ($40-$65); Toby Keith and Kip Moore, 8 p.m. Aug. 14 ($40-$65); Gary Allan, Thompson Square, The Farm, Frankie Ballard, Brushfire , 4:30 p.m. Aug. 16 ($15-$35); Ke$ha and Mike Posner, 8 p.m. Aug. 17 ($30-$50); Journey and Night Ranger, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18 ($40-$65).
Bement Country Opry; 8 p.m. Aug. 9, downtown Bement; country music shows with Bement Country Opry band and guest Daren Bettis; $5- $10; 217-877-6499.
Firehouse Concerts: Mark Dvorak; 6 p.m. Aug. 9, Mackinaw Firehouse, 104 W. Madison St., Mackinaw; folk singer; free; 309-359- 6281.
Kentuckiana Opry; 8 p.m. Aug. 10, Kentuckiana Kampground, Hopedale; country music shows with Kentuckiana Opry Band and guest Corey L; adults $8, children $2; 309-449-3274.
Nook Fest: Made in the Shade; noon-midnight Aug. 10, The Shady Nook, Saybrook; all-day outdoor music fest, with Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Matthew Curry & The Fury, Chicago Farmer, Edward David Anderson, Neon Moonlighters, Electroplated, Drew & Joe, Chris Corkery; $25 advance, $30 at gate; 309-820-0352.
PrimeTime Country Opry; 7 p.m. Aug. 10, Olympia High School Auditorium, rural Stanford; country music shows with PrimeTime Country Opry Band and special guest Debbie Schneider; adults $10, ages 3-12 $3, under 3 free; 309-449-5484.
Rick & Friends; 7 p.m. Aug. 10, Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main, Melvin; country group.
ICMA Jam Session; noon Aug. 11, VFW Building, El Paso; open mic country jam, with potluck dinner and 50/50 drawings; free; 309-564- 0228.
The Turtles with Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Mark Lindsay and Gary Lewis & The Playboys; 7 p.m. Aug. 11, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; '60s rock-pop performers; $36.50- $50.50; 309-673-3200.
THIS WEEK (AUG. 12-14)
Hinder, Devour The Day and Acidic; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; rock groups; $24-$24; 309-820-0352.
Popa Chubby; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; blues singer-guitarist; $8-$10; 309-820-0352.
Bellflower Country Opry; 7 p.m. Aug. 17, Bellflower Community Center, 202 Center St., Bellflower; Branson-style country-gospel music shows with Bellflower Country Opry band and guest Pam Kilmer; $10, under 13 free; 309-722-3497.
Down Home Country Opry; 6 p.m. Aug. 17, Clinton American Legion, 219 N. Elizabeth St., Clinton; country music shows with Terry Barton & Down Home Country Opry Band and guest Stephanie Foster Cunningham; $10,under 10 free; 309-831-8039.
Kentuckiana Opry; 8 p.m. Aug. 17, Kentuckiana Kampground, Hopedale; country music shows with Kentuckiana Opry Band and guest Sam Draper; adults $8, children $2; 309-449-3274.
The Outlaws; 7 p.m. Aug. 23, Watseka Theater, 218 E. Walnut, Watseka; country-rock group; $40-$55; 815-993-6585.
Kentuckiana Opry; 8 p.m. Aug. 24, Kentuckiana Kampground, Hopedale; country music shows with Kentuckiana Opry Band and open mic night; adults $8, children $2; 309-449-3274.
THIS WEEKEND (AUG. 8-11)
Illinois Shakespeare Festival: The Comedy of Errors; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8, The Theatre at Ewing, Towanda Avenue and Emerson Street, Bloomington; ISU Center for the Performing Arts; Shakespeare comedy; $27-$47; 309-438-2535. Special events: Glenn Wilson & Friends, 6:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat.; Green Shows, 6 p.m. before each show (free).
Illinois Shakespeare Festival: Macbeth; 8 p.m. Aug. 9, The Theatre at Ewing, Towanda Avenue and Emerson Street, Bloomington; Shakespeare drama; $27-$47; 309-438-2535. Special events: Glenn Wilson & Friends, 6:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat.; Green Shows, 6 p.m. before each show (free).
Illinois Shakespeare Festival: Failure: A Love Story; 8 p.m. Aug. 10, The Theatre at Ewing, Towanda Avenue and Emerson Street, Bloomington; Philip Dawkins comedy-drama; $27-$47; 309-438-2535. Special events: Glenn Wilson & Friends, 6:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat.; Green Shows, 6 p.m. before each show (free).
A Little Night Music; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9-10, 3 p.m. Aug. 11, IWU Memorial Student Center; Prairie Fire Theatre production of musical; $10-$18; 309-824-3047.
Les Miserables; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8-10, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 11, Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley, Champaign; Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company production of musical; $8-$16; 217-344-3884.
Monty Python's Spamalot; Aug. 8-11, Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan; musical; 217-728-7375.
The Odd Couple; 7:30 p.m. July 8-11, Chautauqua Park Pavilion, Pontiac; Vermillion Players production of comedy; $8-$10; 815-844- 3221.
The Odd Couple (Female Version); Thu.-Sat. eve., Sun. matinee, Aug. 8-25, Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre, Goodfield; comedy; $33- $35; 309-965-2545.
Stealing Home; Aug. 8-11, Country Theatre Workshop, Cissna Park; comedy; 815-457-2626.
Peter Pan; 8 p.m. Aug. 8-11, The Muni, East Lake Drive, Springfield; musical; 217-793-6864.
The Wiz; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8-10, Corn Stock Theater, Upper Bradley Park, Peoria; musical; $12-$18; 309-676-2196.
Little Women, the Musical; 8 p.m. Aug. 9-11 and 15-17, Theatre in the Park at New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg; musical drama; $8-$13; 800-710-9290.
Aladdin Jr.; 2 p.m. Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12-17, Engle Lane Theater, Ill. 18, Streator; Streator Community Players production of kids' musical; $10-$20; 815-672-4066.
THIS WEEKEND (AUG. 8-11)
Chuck Senrick; 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8, Jim's Steakhouse; piano bar; no cover.
Double Trouble; 7 p.m. Aug. 9, Bloomington Eagles; country-rock; $3-$5.
Five & Dime; 8 p.m. Aug. 9, Winners; classic rock; no cover.
Patrick Campbell; 6 p.m. Aug. 9, Sweet & Savory Grille; '80s; no cover.
Overdrive; 6 p.m. Aug. 9, Legends Sports Bar; 7 p.m. Aug. 10, Western Tap; rock; no cover.
Motown Junkies; 8 p.m. Aug. 10, Swingers Grille; Motown hits; no cover.
Aduki Quartet; 6 p.m. Aug. 10, Baxter's American Grille; jazz; no cover.
A.K.A.; 9 p.m. Aug. 10, Winners; classic rock; no cover.
Hindsight; 8:30 p.m. Aug. 10, Coppertop Lounge; classic rock; no cover.
Sextion 8; 8 p.m. Aug. 10, Bloomington Eagles; classic rock; no cover.
Tom Ricker; 7 p.m. Aug. 10, Schooners; acoustic; no cover.
Kevin Stearns; 7 p.m. Aug. 8, Gig's Place, Fairbury; acoustic pop; no cover.
Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8, Heyworth American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover.
Brushfire; 8 p.m. Aug. 9, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw; country-rock; $10 (under 13 free).
Karaoke/DJ; 9 p.m. Aug. 9, Pit Row, Heyworth; variety; no cover.
Blowin' Smoke and Chase The Giant; 9 p.m. Aug. 10, Circle II, Heyworth; variety; no cover.
Elliot Sedgwick & The Moonshine Pioneers; 8:30 p.m. Aug. 10, TailGaters Pub, LeRoy; rock; no cover.
Loose Shoes; 7 p.m. Aug. 10, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw; variety; $5 (under 13 free).
THIS WEEK (AUG. 12-14)
Kevin Stearns; 5 p.m. Aug. 13, DoubleTree Hotel; acoustic pop; no cover.
Kyle Yap; 9:30 p.m. Aug. 13, Drifters Pub; acoustic; no cover.
Chuck Senrick; 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14, Jim's Steakhouse; piano bar; no cover.
The Nostalgics; 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14, Miller Park Pavilion; ballroom oldies; $7.
Patrick Campbell; 6 p.m. Aug. 14, Schooners; acoustic; no cover.
Wil Maring and Robert Bowling; 7 p.m. Aug. 14, The Coffee Hound (Bloomington); folk; $15.
THIS WEEKEND (AUG. 8-11)
Children's Discovery Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Wed. and Sat., 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 1-5 p.m. Sun., 101 E. Beaufort St., Normal; exhibit gallery, paint wall, two-story climber, AgMazing exhibit, educational programs, more; $6 for ages 2 and over; under 2, free; 309-433-3448.
Dress-Up Movies: The Muppets; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9, Connie Link Amphitheater, Normal; movie showing, with audience invited to dress like characters in film; free; 309-454-9540.
The Magical Mind of Billy Shakespeare; 10 a.m. Aug. 10, Ewing Manor grounds, Towanda Avenue and Emerson Street, Bloomington; original interactive show for kids; 309-428-2535.
THIS WEEK (AUG. 12-14)
McKid's Day; 2-6 p.m. Aug. 13, McDonald's Restaurant, 2507 E. Oakland Ave., Bloomington; outdoor charity event, with free games, entertainment, pony rides, climbing wall, inflatable houses, more; free; 309-663-4181.
Prologue to Presidency: Abraham Lincoln on the Illinois Eighth Judicial Circuit; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sun, David Davis Mansion, 1000 E. Monroe St., Bloomington; permanent exhibit on Lincoln's experiences on the circuit; free; 309-828-1084.
Justine Amstrong; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-noon Sat., through Aug. 31, IAA Credit Union lobby, 808 IAA Drive, Bloomington; paintings; free.
ISU University Galleries; regular school hours, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Tue., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.-Mon., summer hours, noon-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. (through 7 p.m. Wed.), ISU Center for the Visual Arts; rotating exhibits in three galleries; free; 309-438-5487.
Rural Documentary Collection Exhibition; through Oct. 13, ISU University Galleries, see above; new documentary photography/video and historic McLean County photos (1918-26).
IWU Merwin and Wakeley Galleries; school hours, noon-4 p.m. Mon.- Fri., 1-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 7-9 p.m. Tue.; summer hours, noon-3 p.m. Fri.-Mon.; 302 E. Graham St., Bloomington; rotating exhibits; free; 309-556-3391.
Ground; through Aug. 10, IWU Merwin & Wakeley Galleries, see above; paintings by Robert Fifield and Doug Johnson, ceramics by Claire Hedden.
Melissa Wagner-Lawler: This Isn't Meant to Last and Recent Work by Brittney Hudgins & Alex Carlson; through Sept. 30, Jan Brandt Gallery, 1106 E. Bell St., Bloomington; prints/book art and paintings; free; www.janbrandtgallery.com.
McLean County Arts Center; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tue., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat.; 601 N. East St., Bloomington; rotating exhibits, sales, rentals, art classes and lectures; free; 309-829- 0011.
Define Drawing; through Aug. 17, McLean County Arts Center, see above; group exhibit with drawing theme.
Rover: Mobile Arts Center; through Aug. 17, McLean County Arts Center, see above; student/instructor works from MCAC rural community outreach workshops.
McLean County Museum of History; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. (until 9 p.m. Tue.), 200 N. Main St., Bloomington; permanent and rotating exhibits; adults $5, seniors $4, students, children under 12 and members free; 309-827-0428.
Fiesta! A Celebration of Mexican Popular Culture; through Aug. 30, 2014, McLean County Museum of History, see above; more than 150 pieces of Mexican folk art, hands-on kids' activities, more.
The Greening of the Prairie: Irish Immigration and Settlement in McLean County; through Aug. 9, 2014, McLean County Museum of History, see above; exhibit on Irish settlers in McLean County, with historic objects, photos and maps.
Prairie Aviation Museum; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thu.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun., 2929 E. Empire St., Bloomington; permanent and rotating exhibits and displays with aerial history themes; adults $5, ages 6- 11 $2, 5 and under free; 309-663-7632.
U of I Krannert Art Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. (until 9 p.m. Thu. during fall and spring semesters), 2-5 p.m. Sun., 500 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign; paintings, porcelain, historical artifacts, traveling art exhibits; $3 donation suggested; 217-333- 1861.
Burgess Hall Art Gallery; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and by apt. on weekends, third floor of Burgess Hall, Eureka College, Eureka; rotating exhibits; free; 309-467-6866.
Moment of Your Time; through Sept. 21, Burgess Hall Art Gallery, see above; photographs by David Zalaznik.
Simpkins Military History Museum; 1-5 p.m. Tue., Thu., Sat.- Sun., 605 E. Cole St., Heyworth; permanent and rotating military history exhibits; free (donations accepted); 309-473-3989.
Dickson Mounds Museum; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Road, Lewistown; displays, special exhibits; free; 309-547- 3721.
Contemporary Art Center of Peoria; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., Riverfront Arts Center, 305 S.W. Water, Peoria; rotating exhibits in two galleries; free; 309-674-6822.
Dwain Naragon and Christian Arrecis: Where Superstition Meets History; through Aug. 23, Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, see above; photograms and ceramics.
Terry Rathje and Jonah Ortiz: Metallic Contrivance; through Aug. 23, Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, see above; sculpture.
Peoria Art Guild; Foster Arts Center, Harrison and Washington streets, Peoria; rotating exhibits, gift shop; free; 309-637-2787.
Peoria Riverfront Museum; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Wed. and Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thu.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sun., downtown riverfront Peoria; permanent and rotating exhibits, planetarium shows, Giant Screen Theater and events; $8-$11; 309-686-7000.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.- Sun, 212 N. Sixth St., Springfield; Lincoln-themed exhibits, historical displays, special events, more; adults $12, seniors and students $9, ages 5-15 $5, under 5 free; 217-558-8844.
Illinois State Museum; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas; Spring and Edwards streets, Springfield; free; 217-782-7387.
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