GO! on the town: If it's the first Friday of the month, it must be time for downtown Bloomington's First Friday fete, with special after-work and early-evening doings at galleries, eateries and shops.
GO! starry-eyed: Look! Up in the sky! It's the new ISU Planetarium offering, "Daughters of the Stars," with heavenly sights at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.
GO! dig it: They're thinkin' Lincoln at this year's edition of the "Evergreen Cemetery Discovery Walk," in its first grave-digging weekend at the historic Bloomington resting place.
GO! 1, 2, 3-D: A special double-feature re-release of "Toy Story" and" Toy Story 2" is returning to cinemas everywhere this weekend, revamped for 3-D to boot (make that cowboy boot, pardner).
GO! on truckin': Spectators will be seeing red, big-time, at the annual Chief Del Thomas Fire Truck Parade, starting at 1:30 p.m. Sunday around Bloomington's Franklin Park.
GO! slam it: Heartland Community College has rounded up two Chicago Poetry Slam champs for a special B-N edition at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in room CCD 1406.
GO! wine & dine The Easter Seals' Grape Soiree returns Saturday night to the Bloomington Country Club with wine tasting, dinner, art auction and more.
This Weekend (Oct. 1-4)
First Friday; 5-8 p.m. Oct. 2, various downtown Bloomington restaurants, shops and galleries; extended hours, live entertainment, gallery events and more; www.downtownbloomington.org.
Downtown Bloomington Farmers Market; 7:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 3, downtown square, Bloomington; produce, meats, cheese, baked goods, art, live music, more; free admission; (309) 829-9599.
Daughters of the Stars; 7:30 p.m. Fri., 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 2-Nov. 21 (no shows Oct. 23-24), ISU Planetarium; planetarium show on Native American legends about the night sky; $2-$4; (309) 438-5007.
Ewing Park Bird Walks; 8 a.m. Oct. 3, Ewing Park, Bloomington; guided 90-minute walk; free; (309) 829-9985.
Grape Soiree; Oct. 3, Bloomington Country Club, Bloomington; Easters Seals fund-raiser with wine tasting, art auction, dinner, raffle more; (309) 663-8275 Ext. 218.
** BEST BET ** Autumnally yours: Illinois State University's Horticultural Center has some amazing things planned for this fall's edition of the Autumnal Festival, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday -- chief among them, a straw bale maze and a 3-acre corn maze. Not to mention a guided bird walk, scarecrows, cooking demonstrations, kids' stuff, pumpkin patch and other crop-type goodies. Admission is free. Call (309) 438-3496 for more details.
McLean County India Association Garba Night; 6 p.m.-midnight Oct. 3, Interstate Center, 2301 W. Market St., Bloomington; Indian food, dancing to garba music; MCIA members free, non-members $3; (309) 662-4327.
Rader Family Pumpkin Farm Corn Maze and Fall Events; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends, Oct. 3-31, 1238 Ropp Road, Normal; 5-acre corn maze, pumpkin barn, fall foods and produce, hayrack rides, Zoo Lady/Zoo Crew face-painting and scarecrows, more; (309) 452-3889.
Voices From the Past: Evergreen Cemetery Discovery Walk; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 3-4 and 10-11, Evergreen Cemetery, Bloomington; Lincoln-themed walk, with Illinois Voices Theatre actors portraying related characters; $4-$10 advance, $2 more at gate; (309) 827-0428.
Chief Del Thomas Fire Truck Parade; 1:30-3 p.m. Oct. 4, Franklin Park to State Farm north parking lot at Washington & Veterans Parkway, Bloomington; antique and modern fire trucks, firefighter visits, door prizes, more; free.
Thunderbird Rendezvous; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 4, The Chateau parking lot, 1601 Jumer Drive, Bloomington; all-T-Bird car show; free; (309) 452-6481.
Gail's Pumpkin Patch; 1-5:30 p.m. Sun.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 1-31, 1709 2000th Ave., Beason; pumpkin patch, baked goods, crafts, toddler maze, displays, special weekend events, more; (217) 447-3409.
Jason Bishop; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, Virginia Theater, Champaign; illusionist; $12-$18; (217) 356-9063.
** BEST BET ** Lincolnsville: Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site near Petersburg is wrapping up the fall season this weekend with a pair of special free events. First up, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday are the annual Candlelight Tours at New Salem, with after-dark tours and interpreters festooned in period clothing. During daylight hours, it's Historic Surveying at New Salem, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with a re-creation of an 1830s surveying party using period instruments. Call (217) 632-4000 for more information on both events.
Decatur Jaycees Haunted House; 7-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wed.-Thu., 5-9 p.m. Sun., Oct. 2-31; "friendly" children's tours, 1-4 p.m. Oct. 25 and 31; Hickory Point Mall, Forsyth; adults $6, 12 and under $4; (217) 413-0990.
Peoria Rib Fest & Chili Cook-Off; 5-9 p.m. Oct. 2 (live music only), noon-4:30 p.m. Oct. 3, downtown Peoria riverfront; live bands, Saturday rib & chili cook-off, vendors, classic car show and cruise-in, more; (309) 681-0696.
Spider Hill; 6-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Oct. 2-31, Three Sisters Park, Chillicothe; Halloween tours and attractions; $8 per attraction, $20 unlimited attractions; (309) 274-8837.
Collections from the Heartland Cemetery Walk/Presentation; Oct. 3, Gridley; cemetery walk (2 p.m.) and presentation (4 p.m.) at Gridley Library, 320 N. Center St.; free but donations accepted; (309) 747-2284.
Family Nature Exploration Day; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 3, Sugar Grove Nature Center, Funks Grove; guided hike, animal feeding, craft activities, more; free; (309) 874-2174.
Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours: Abraham Lincoln's Friends & Rivals; 2 and 4 p.m. Oct. 3-4 and 10-11, Springdale Cemetery, 3014 N. Prospect, Peoria; cemetery tour with Prairie Folklore Theatre portrayals of Lincoln-related figures; adults $10, children $5; reservations at (309) 689-8000.
Rock, Gem & Fossil Show; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 3-4, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield; vendors and displays; (217) 622-3484.
** BEST BET ** Gone Spoonin': A longstanding autumn ritual returns Saturday and Sunday for the first of its two-weekend stands: the annual Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive, the epic fall colors odyssey that wends its way through around 15 quaint towns and villages in Edgar Lee Masters country -- specifically, Fulton County, with Farmington the main portal out of Peoria. On tap: festivals, entertainment, food, music and more. Hours each day are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., more or less. The drive resumes Oct. 10 and 11. More information can be had at (309) 647-8980 or www.spoonriverdrive.org.
This Week (Oct. 5-7)
Hannah Free; 7 p.m. Oct. 6, Normal Theater, Normal; Advocacy Council for Human Rights screening of film, with director Wendy Jo Carlton and star Ann Hagemann attending in person; free, but donation accepted; www.hannahfree.com.
Poetry Slam All-Stars; 12:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Heartland Community College Room CCB 1406, 1500 Raab Road, Normal; performance by Chicago Poetry Slam champs Gregory Pickett and Iggy Mwela; free; (309) 268-8636.
Next Weekend (Oct. 8-11) & Beyond
Twin City Cruisers Cruise Nights: Truck Night; 5:30-9 p.m. Oct. 10, Shoppes at College Hills parking lot, north of Von Maur, Normal; themed classic/modified vehicle gatherings, with awards, door prizes, DJ music, more; free; (309) 827-8281.
West Bloomington Community Garden Fall Festival; 1-4 p.m. Oct. 10, corner of West Mulberry and North Roosevelt, Bloomington; games, sidewalk chalk painting, zoo animals, prizes, garden produce, more; free; (309) 557-0039.
Fall Into the Arts; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 10-11, IWU Eckley Quad; juried fine art and craft festival; free admission; (847) 726-8669.
Miller Park Fall Festival; 2-5 p.m. Oct. 11, Miller Park, Bloomington; hayrack rides, games, entertainment, face painting, contests, refreshments, more; free; (309) 434-2260.
Love to Love You Bradys; 2 p.m. Oct. 13, ISU Milner Library Main Floor; presentation by "Brady Bunch" biographer with live conference call with actress Susan (Cindy Brady) Olsen; free; (309) 438-3481.
Eureka College Homecoming Weekend Events; Oct. 8-10, Eureka College, Eureka; talent show, 8 p.m. Oct 8, Cerf Center; book sale, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 9 and 8:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 10, Melick Library; pep rally, 9 p.m. Oct. 9, Reagan Center; parade, 10 a.m. Oct. 10, downtown; Red Devils vs. Westminster College Blue Jays, 1 p.m. Oct. 10, McKinzie Field; steel drum band OD TAPO IMI, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Rinker Open Air Theatre; (309) 467-6407.
Jerry Seinfeld; 7 p.m. Oct. 9, U of I at Springfield Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; comedian; (800) 207-6960.
Hunter Oaks Horse Trails/USEA Area IV Championships; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 9-10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 11, Hunter Oaks Equestrian Center, four miles west of Carlock; free to spectators; equestrian trails and competition in various classes; www.HunterOaksFarm.com.
Terror on Washington Street; 7-11 p.m. Oct. 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 and 30-31, with "friendly ghost" tour, 5-6 p.m. Oct. 24, 513 E. Washington St., Clinton; haunted house tours; (217) 935-3364.
Duryea Days; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 10, Heritage Square, 4400 N. Prospect, Peoria Heights; celebration of Peoria Heights-made Duryea Bros. car, with antique auto parade (noon) and show, entertainment, fall produce, food, displays, cruise, local author book fair, more; free; (309) 691-1500.
Havana Wine Festival; 1-7 p.m. Oct. 10, downtown Havana; wine from four area wineries, wine recipe contest, food, live bands, more; free (309) 543-3528.
Jeff Dunham; 8 p.m. Oct. 10, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; comedian-ventriloquist; $43.50; (309) 673-3200.
Meadows Mennonite Fall Festival; 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community Fellowship Center, Meadows; auction, petting zoo, face painting, children's activities, food, Civil War-era band, more; free admission; (309) 747-3643.
A Walk Through Woodlawn Cemetery; 1-3 p.m. Oct. 10, Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton; costumed actors portraying characters buried in cemetery; $5; (217) 935-6066.
Barn Quilt Tour; 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Oct. 10, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Oct. 11, Kankakee County; guided three-hour bus tours barn quilts at various locations; $10; (815) 935-7390.
Fall Color Walk; 2 p.m. Oct. 11, Forest Park Nature Center, Peoria; walks to view fall colors; free; (309) 686-3360.
This Weekend (Oct. 1-4)
ISU Symphony Orchestra; 8 p.m. Oct. 1, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; conducted by Glenn Block; $4-$6; (309) 438-2535.
Great Big Sea; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; Celtic rock-folk group; $21.80-$33; (866) 686-9541.
** BEST BET ** Happy new ear What's one of the oldest continuing musical traditions in B-N? Would you believe IWU's Symposium of Contemporary Music, returning for its 55th session this weekend? Past guests have included the likes of Aaron Copland and Arvo Part. This year's residency Friday and Saturday is being taken by Mexico's internationally hailed new-music ensemble ONIX. Free concerts are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Westbrook Auditorium on campus.
Michelle Vought; 8 p.m. Oct. 3, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; ISU faculty soprano; $4-$6; (309) 438-2535.
Evening of Brass; 7 p.m. Oct. 4, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; ISU brass ensembles; $4-$6; (309) 438-2535.
ISU Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band; 3 p.m. Oct. 4, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; $4-$6; (309) 438-2535.
Bement Country Opry; 8 p.m. Oct. 2, downtown Bement; country music shows with Bement Country Opry band and guest Ron Devore; $4-$8; (217) 877-6499.
Baka Beyond; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Millikin University Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Decatur; world-fusion music group; $6-$16; (217) 424-6318.
Kentuckiana Opry; 8 p.m. Oct. 3, Kentuckiana Kampground, Hopedale; country music shows with Kentuckiana Opry Band and guest Wayne Johnson; adults $7, children $1; (309) 449-3274.
New Salem Country Opry; 8 p.m. Oct. 3, 14305 Ill. 97, Petersburg; country music shows with New Salem Country Opry Band & Singers and guest Rick Lukehart; adults $7, under 12 $3; (309) 244-8894.
Ronnie Baker Brooks and South Side Cindy & The Sliptones; 6 p.m. Oct. 3, CEFCU Stage, Riverfront Festival Park, Peoria; blues-rock singer-guitarist and group; $10; (800) 514-ETIX.
This Week (Oct. 5-7)
Elliott Frank; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; classical guitarist; $5.
Gene Martin & Friends; 3 p.m. Oct. 6, Westminster Village, 2025 E. Lincoln St., Bloomington; big band-country group; free but reservations recommended at (309) 663-6474.
Roque Cordero Memorial Concert; 8 p.m. Oct. 6, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; concert honoring memory of late ISU composer and teacher; free.
Nicole Gabell; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; soprano; $26-$46; (217) 333-6280.
Next Weekend (Oct. 8-11) & Beyond
Keith Zimmerman and William West; 3 p.m. Oct. 8, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; IWU faculty saxophonist and pianist; free.
Baroque'n Consort; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9, Unitarian Universalist Church, 1613 E. Emerson St., Bloomington; chamber ensemble; free; (309) 827-4534.
IWU Civic Orchestra; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; conducted by Steve Eggleston; $2-$10; (866) 686-9541.
Duke Ellington Orchestra; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; $20.20-$31; (866) 686-9541.
A Night of Music Therapy; 7 p.m. Oct. 10, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; ISU music program; $4-$6; (309) 438-2535.
Andy Rummel; 8 p.m. Oct. 13, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; ISU faculty tuba player; $4-$6; (309) 438-2535.
The Temptations; 8 p.m. Oct. 8, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; R&B group; $34-$60; (309) 673-3200.
Bement Country Opry; 8 p.m. Oct. 9, downtown Bement; country music shows with Bement Country Opry band and guests Mike & Marsha Porter; $4-$8; (217) 877-6499.
Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Jam; 9 a.m.-dusk Oct. 10, Dorothy Jurgens Park, downtown Arthur; acoustic bluegrass-gospel musicians in open jams and performances, BBQ competition, more; free; (217) 543-2242.
Emerson Drive and Hazard County; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Ottawa High School Auditorium, Ottawa; country groups; $25-$37; (815) 433-1327.
Kentuckiana Opry; 8 p.m. Oct. 10, Kentuckiana Kampground, Hopedale; country music shows with Kentuckiana Opry Band, family night; adults $7, children $1; (309) 449-3274.
Metamora Parade & Field Invitational; noon-10 p.m. Oct. 10, Metamora Township High School; parade (noon, downtown), followed by high school marching band field show (2 p.m.) and competition; $2-$5; (309) 367-4151 Ext. 570.
New Salem Country Opry; 8 p.m. Oct. 10, 14305 Ill. 97, Petersburg; country music shows with New Salem Country Opry Band & Singers and guest Chris Krause; adults $7, under 12 $3; (309) 244-8894.
Peoria Symphony Orchestra; 8 p.m. Oct. 10, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; with guest conductor Sarah Hatsuko Hicks; $36-$72; (309) 673-3200.
Umphrey's McGee; 7 p.m. Oct. 10, Riverfront Festival Park, Peoria; jam rock group; $22; (800) 514-ETIX.
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; jazz group; (217) 333-6280.
Orquestra de Sao Paulo with Dame Evelyn Glennie; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; orchestra conducted by Kazem Abdullah and solo percussionist; $28-$48; (217) 333-6280.
This Weekend (Oct. 1-4)
A Nice Family Gathering; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1-3, 2 p.m. Oct. 4; Heartland Theatre Company, One Normal Plaza, Normal; Phil Olson comedy; $6-$12; (309) 452-8709.
** BEST BET ** In the saddle: The Illinois State University School of Theatre production of Peter Shaffer's harrowing psychological drama, Equus, is in its closing weekend in the Center for the Performing Arts Theater on campus, with three performances left, at 7:30 p.m. tonight through Saturday. Pantagraph theater critic Patricia Stiller calls it "one of the finest theatrical experiences of this (or any recent) season." No less. Tickets are $10-$15 at (309) 438-2535.
What the Butler Saw; 8 p.m. Oct. 1-3, 2 p.m. Oct. 4, IWU McPherson Theatre; IWU Theatre production of Joe Orton dark comedy; $10-$12; (309) 556-3232.
Rumors; Thu.-Sat. eve. and Sun. matinee, Oct. 1-Nov. 8, Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre, Goodfield; Neil Simon comedy; $31-$35; (309) 965-2545.
Lend Me a Tenor; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-3 and 8-10, 3 p.m. Oct. 11, Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley, Champaign; Parkland Theatre production of Ken Ludwig comedy; $6-$12; (217) 251-2528.
This Week (Oct. 5-7)
Clue: The Musical; 7 p.m. Oct. 6-10, 2 p.m. Oct. 11, Eureka College Pritchard Theatre, Eureka; Eureka College Theatre production of interactive musical; $3-$7; (309) 467-6363.
Next Weekend (Oct. 8-11) & Beyond
The Wedding Singer; 2 p.m. Oct. 11, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; national tour of musical comedy; $43-$49; (866) 686-9541.
The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; ISU Theatre reading of new Tectonic Theatre epilogue to original play; audience discussion; free.
Menopause the Musical; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13-14, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; national tour of musical comedy; $41-$46; (866) 686-9541.
This Weekend (Oct. 1-4)
Buck Stevens; 9 p.m. Oct. 1; Six Strings; country DJ; $3 cover.
HoneyDawgs; 8 p.m. Oct. 1, Winners; classic rock; no cover.
Eva Hunter; 7 p.m. Oct. 1, Borders Books & Music; pop-rock; free.
Karaoke; 8:30 p.m. Oct. 1 and Oct. 4, Shooters Lounge; 9 p.m. Oct. 1, Show-Me's; 8 p.m. Oct. 4, Illinois Brewing Co.; no cover.
Crazy Time DJ; 9 p.m. Oct. 2, Show-Me's; dance; no cover.
Double Trouble; 7 p.m. Oct. 2, Bloomington Eagles Aerie; rock; members $1, non-members $5.
Girls' Night Out with Lisa Goeken; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2, Mr. Beez at Parke Hotel; variety; no cover.
Kevin Stearns; 4 p.m. Oct. 2, Swingers Grille; 9 p.m. Oct. 2, Pub II; acoustic pop; no cover.
Lucky Town; 10 p.m. Oct. 2, Six Strings; country; $3.
Plain Jane; 9 p.m. Oct. 2, Illinois Brewing Co.; rock; no cover.
16 Candles; 10 p.m. Oct. 2, Daddios; '80s retro; $5.
Squidd; 9 p.m. Oct. 2, Winners; rock; no cover.
Tim Barnes; 5:15 p.m. Oct. 2 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Shooters Lounge; DJ; no cover.
Brittany Clarke & Phaze II; 10 p.m. Oct. 3, Six Strings; country; $5.
Captain Ron; 7 p.m. Oct. 3, CII East ; pop-oldies; no cover.
FNR; 10 p.m. Oct. 3, Daddios; rock; $5.
The Werks; 9 p.m. Oct. 3, Illinois Brewing Co.; rock; no cover.
Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1, Heyworth American Legion; country; no cover.
Patrick Campbell; 7 p.m. Oct. 2, Gig's Place, Fairbury; '80s review; no cover.
HoneyDawgs; 7 p.m. Oct. 3, Kelly's Merna Bar & Grill, Merna; classic rock; no cover.
Kevin Stearns; 8:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Wild Willie's; acoustic pop; no cover.
Youth Group; 7 p.m. Oct. 4, Canopy Club, Urbana; rock; $10-$12.
This Week (Oct. 5-7)
Karaoke; 8 p.m. Oct. 5, Illinois Brewing Co.; 8:30 p.m. Oct. 6, Shooters Lounge; 9 p.m. Oct. 6, Show-Me's; no cover.
DJ; 8 p.m. Oct. 6, Winners; variety; no cover.
Crazy Time DJ; 9 p.m. Oct. 7, Show-Me's; dance; no cover.
DJ Alex; 9 p.m. Oct. 7, Six Strings; salsa DJ; $3.
jazzchocolat'; 5:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Fat Jacks; jazz; no cover.
Tim Barnes; 8:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Shooters Lounge; DJ; no cover.
This Weekend (Oct. 1-4)
So You Think You Can Dance! Tour; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4, U of I Assembly Hall, Champaign; national tour of show featuring 10 finalists of TV dance competition series; $38.50-$56; (217) 333-5000.
This Week (Oct. 5-7)
Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7, U of I at Springfield Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; $32-$37; (800) 207-6960.
Just For Kids
This Weekend (Oct. 1-4)
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) 433-3444. Special events: Prairie Thunder hockey team visit, 1-3 p.m. Oct. 3; Reggie Redbird Rocks the Red, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 10.
Dress-Up Movie Night: Monster House; dusk Oct. 2, Connie Link Amphitheater, Normal; movie showing with audience invited to dress up as characters; free; (309) 454-9540.
Gibbon feeding; 4 p.m. Oct.3, Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington; zookeeper presentation; free with zoo admission; (309) 434-2250.
Hayrides and Hotdogs; 5-7 p.m. Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Sommer Park, Peoria; hot dog meals, hayrack rides, sack races, fortune telling live music, more; $4-$6; (309) 691-8423.
Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery; through Dec. 11, Bloomington Public Library, Bloomington; traveling exhibit on 400th anniversary of first use of telescope by Galileo.
Abstraction ... The Language of Art: one teacher + one student + 35 years; Oct. 2-23, Eaton Gallery, 411 N. Center St., Bloomington; drawings and paintings by Ron Jackson and Herb Eaton; reception, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 2; talk by artists, 6 p.m. Oct. 14; (309) 828-1575.
R. Douglas Frazier; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-noon Sat., through Oct. 31, IAA Credit Union lobby, 808 IAA Drive, Bloomington; photography; free.
John Adams Unbound; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun, through Oct. 16, ISU Milner Library; traveling panel exhibit on Adams' personal 3,500-book collection; free; (309) 438-7402. Special events: lecture, "John Adams and the Illinois Country: The Influence of a Gentle Nationalist," by Junius Rodriguez, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Eureka College Melick Library.
ISU University Galleries; regular school hours, 9:30 a.m.-9 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. and weekends by appointment, ISU Center for the Visual Arts; rotating exhibits in three galleries; free; (309) 438-5487.
Stephen Lack: Autonation; through Nov. 8, ISU University Galleries, see above; auto-themes sculptures, ink drawings and paintings.
Fantastic LA; through Nov. 8, ISU University Galleries, see above; works by Los Angeles-based painters.
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.
Specimen Collections; through Oct. 1, IWU Merwin Gallery, see above; compositions by Michael Mapes.
Food Court; through Oct. 1, IWU Wakeley Gallery, see above; compositions by Camm Rowland.
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.
Amelia and Josephine: Recent Work by Matt Pulford; through Oct. 10, McLean County Arts Center, see above; paintings, drawings and sculpture.
Head on Horizon: Redux; through Oct. 24, McLean County Arts Center, see above; installation by Gary Justis; artist talk, 7 p.m. Oct. 6.
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.
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.
U of I Krannert Art Museum; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri. (until 8 p.m. Wed. during fall and spring semesters), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., and 2-5 p.m. Sun., 500 E. Peabody Dr., Champaign; paintings, porcelain, historical artifacts, traveling art exhibits; $3 donation suggested; (217) 333-1861.
On-Screen: Global Intimacy; through Jan. 3, Krannert Art Museum, see above; 10 international artists exploring globalization.
Gestures in Space and Light; through Jan. 3, Krannert Art Museum, see above; works by seven photographers.
Effacement: Huang Yanj's China in the 21st Century; through Jan. 3, Krannert Art Museum, see above; photographs and porcelain works.
The Morrill Act: The Land Grant Roots of a Great University; Oct. 1-31, Krannert Art Museum, see above; installation on 1862 historical document.
Eureka Magnolia BookEnviron; through Oct. 15, Burgess Hall Art Gallery, see above; installation by artists Meda Rives and Veda Rives.
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.
Lakeview Museum; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun., University & Lake, Peoria; permanent and rotating exhibits, planetarium shows and events; adults $6, ages 3-17 4; (309) 686-7000.
Peoria Art Guild; Foster Arts Center, Harrison and Washington streets, Peoria; rotating exhibits, gift shop; rotating exhibits, gift shop; free; (309) 637-2787.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sun., and until 8:30 p.m. Wed.; 212 N. Sixth St., Springfield; Lincoln-themed exhibits, historical displays, special events, more; adults $10, seniors and students $7, ages 5-15 $4, 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.
From Humble Beginnings: Lincoln's Illinois 1830-1861; through Jan. 10, 2010, Illinois State Museum, see above; interdisciplinary exhibit exploring Illinois that Lincoln knew.
Come & Get It! The Way We Ate 1830-2008; through Aug. 6, 2011, McLean County Museum of History, see above; exhibit on McLean County food ways since 1800s.
A Turbulent Time: Perspectives of the Vietnam War; through Aug. 7, 2010; McLean County Museum of History, see above; exhibit on ways McLean County perceived and responded to U.S. involvement in Vietnam.
Prairie Aviation Museum; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun., 2929 E. Empire St., Bloomington; permanent and rotating exhibits and displays with aerial history themes; adults $4, ages 6-11 $2, 5 and under free; (309) 663-7632.
DOWN THE ROAD
Cook's tour: A reminder that tickets for 2008 "American Idol" champ David Cook, coming Nov. 19 to the Peoria Civic Center, go on sale this weekend. Seats for the 7:30 p.m. show are priced at a flat $32.50, and are available starting at 10 a.m. Saturday via the Civic Center box office and area Ticketmaster locations.
Trip-hop: A trio of opening acts has been appended to the previously announced Jay-Z concert at the U of I Assembly Hall in Champaign. Joining the headliner at 8 p.m. Nov. 12 will be N.E.R.D., Wale and J. Cole. Tickets, now on sale, are $35 to $75 at the A-Hall box office and area Ticketmaster locations.
Letting the 'Dogs' out: Though the new Broadway at Braden subscription series' tickets went on sale a month ago, single-event sales are being conducted one event at a time. Tickets for the first show, Tap Dogs, at 7 p.m. Oct. 25, are priced from $35 to $45 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via the Braden Auditorium box office in Illinois State University's Bone Student Center and area Ticketmaster outlets.
Reggae down: Reggae/hip hop/rock performer Matisyahu will play the U of I's Foellinger Auditorium at 8 p.m. Nov. 4, with tickets priced at $22 for students and $24 for the rest of us. They go on sale via the Assembly Hall box office at 10 a.m. Oct. 12. The singer, born Matthew Paul Miller, adopted his Hebrew name for his stage moniker, one befitting the world's only major American Hasidic Jewish reggae-hip hop singer.