THIS WEEKEND (OCT. 15-18)
Hibbert R. Roberts Lecture with Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou; 7 p.m. Oct. 15, ISU Capen Auditorium; Ferguson, Mo., activist on “A New Civil Rights movement? Ferguson, Black Lives Matter and the Future of Nonviolence”; free; 309-438-8638.
Baron's Bash; 7 p.m. Oct. 16, Eastland Suites, Bloomington; B-N Jaycees presentation of Bruegala proceeds to local charities, with silent auction, appetizers/desserts and cash bar; $10; 309-532-4117.
Dinner & a movie: We dread to think what the main course might be at a Zombie Fest party (skewered entrails?), but here it comes, 7-10 p.m. Friday at the Children's Discovery Museum in Normal. The 21-and-older event, with a walking-dead theme demanding creative attire, features the aforementioned food and wine, plus some related fun and games. For those seeking more, the movable feast shambles over to the Normal Theater for a 10:30 p.m. screening of the zombie comedy, Shaun of the Dead. Tickets for the party only are $15-$20; for the party AND the movie, $20-$25; and for the movie only, $5-$7. For more details, go to www.normalparks.org.
Downtown Bloomington Farmers Market; 7:30 a.m.-noon Sat., Oct. 17, downtown Bloomington square; fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, art, live music, more; free admission; 309-829-9599.
Fashion at the Mansion; 5-8 p.m. Oct. 17, David Davis Mansion, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington; exhibition of garments from Lois Jett Historic Costume Collection, with presentations by ISU design and apparel merchandising students; $5-$15; 309-438-5960.
Howl-O-Ween; 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Holiday Inn, 3202 E. Empire St., Bloomington; Humane Society of Central Illinois benefit, with costumes, live music, silent auction, more; $40; registration required at www.hscipets.org/howloweenpartyi.htm#content-full.
Whose Live Anyway?; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; improv comedy show with Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Joel Murray and Jeff B. Davis; $40-$55; 866-686-9541.
Rader Family Farms Fall Weekend Events:10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun., Oct. 17-24, Rader Family Farms, 1238 Ropp Road, Normal; 309-275-8765.
Third Sunday Market; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 18, Interstate Center, 2301 W. Market St., Bloomington; antiques, collectibles; $6, under 14 free; 217-202-2847.
An Evening with Troy Taylor; 7 p.m. Oct. 15, Lincoln College Johnston Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln; supernatural historian and author in presentation; $10; 217-735-7291.
Gail’s Pumpkin Patch; noon-5:30 p.m. Sun.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 15-31, 1709 2000th Ave., Beason; pumpkin patch, baked goods, crafts, toddler maze, displays, special weekend events, more; 217-447-3409.
Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; comedians; $49.40; 309-673-3200.
Downs Fright Fest; 6:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 16-17, 23-25 and 30-31; free "lights-on" event for kids, 1-3 p.m. Oct. 25; Franklin & Water streets, Downs; haunted house, laser tag, hayrack rides, Dooley Park activities; $5-$7; www.villageofdowns.org/module/events.
Haunted Infirmary at Bartonville Insane Asylum; 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 16-17 and 23-24 and 30-31;4500 Enterprise Drive, Bartonville; haunted house tours in former asylum, hayrack rides; $15; www.thehauntedinfirmary.org.
The Scream Haunted House & Warehouse; 7-11 p.m. Oct. 16-17, 23-24, 30-31, and 7-10 p.m. Oct. 26, Haunt Warehouse, 680 W. Eldorado St., Decatur; two haunted houses at one location; $10-$25; 217-423-4222.
Spider Hill; 6-11 p.m. Oct. 16-17, 23-24 and 30-31, Three Sisters Park, Chillicothe; four Halloween-themed attractions and tours; $10-$15; 309-274-8837.
Terror on Washington Street; regular tours 7-11 p.m. Oct. 6-17, 23-24 and 30-31; "ghost-friendly" lights-on tours 5-6 p.m. Oct. 17 and 24; 513 W. Washington St., Clinton; haunted house; $5-$20; 217-935-3364.
THIS WEEK (OCT. 19-21)
Ewing Manor Tours; 4-6 p.m. Mon., Oct. 19, 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.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari; 7 p.m. Oct. 20, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; showing of silent 1920 horror movie, with live organ accomaniment by Dennis Scott; $10-$15; 866-686-9541.
An Evening with International Peacemakers; 7 p.m. Oct. 20, ISU Bone Student Center Prairie Room; Jewish, Muslim and Christian peacemakers from Middle East on “Multi-Faith Activism When the Political Peace Process Stalls”; free; 309-438-2008.
THIS WEEKEND (OCT. 15-18)
Community Concert Band; 7 p.m. Oct. 15, Wesley United Methodist Church, 502 E. Front St., Bloomington; conducted by Michael Wallace; free; 309-962-2450.
ISU Symphonic Winds; 8 p.m. Oct. 15, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; $6-$10; 309-438-2535.
The SteelDrivers and Eric Lambert; 8 p.m. Oct. 15, Castle Theatre, Bloomington; Americana group and singer; $20-$25; 309-820-0352.
Local H, Drugs Delaney and Werepire Day; 8 p.m. Oct. 16, Castle Theatre, Bloomington; rock groups; $12-$15; 309-820-0352.
The line forms here: The Castle Theatre welcomes back for, what, the third or fourth time, MarchFourth, the 20-musician-strong group of high-stepping musicians/dancers who travel the country, year-'round, "stealing the festival wherever they appear." This time through, the party starts at 8 p.m. Saturday ($12-$15 at 309-820-0352. Let’s just say they aren’t your father’s or mother’s marching band ... unless your father’s or mother’s marching band sported stilt-walkers, purposely mismatched uniforms, dancing girls, clowns and a battery-powered electric bass. "Imagine Duke Ellington meets Sgt. Pepper in an international big-top Fantasia," goes one of the definitions.
Music at the Manor: Marc Boon; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Ewing Cultural Center, 48 Sunset Road, Bloomington; folk-Americana singer; free; 309-438-0772.
Warrant and X-Krush; 6 p.m. Oct. 15, Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair, Champaign; rock groups; $20-$50; 217-359-6960.
Bement Country Opry; 7 p.m. Oct. 16, Monticello Community Ballroom, 201 State St., Monticello; country music shows with Bement Country Opry band and guest Terry Smith; $10; 217-377-0550.
Audra McDonald with Peoria Symphony Orchestra; 8 p.m. Oct. 17, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; Tony-winning Broadway singer-actress; 309-671-1096.
Bellflower Country Opry; 7 p.m. Oct. 17, Bellflower Community Center, 202 Center St., Bellflower; Branson-style country-gospel music shows with Bellflower Country Opry band and guest Logan Kirby in Elvis tribute; $10, under 13 free; 309-722-3497.
Down Home Country Opry; 6 p.m. Oct. 17, Heyworth VFW, 203 E. Main St., Heyworth; country music shows with Terry Lynn & Down Home Country Opry Band and guests Ed Herschberger Family; $10, under 10 free; 217-949-5311.
Kentuckiana Opry; 8 p.m. Oct. 17, Kentuckiana Kampground, Hopedale; country music shows with Kentuckiana Opry Band and guest Kim Bolin; adults $8, children $2; 309-449-3274.
Sinfonia da Camera; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; conducted by Ian Hobson, with baritone Ricardo Herrera; $5-$40; 217-333-6280.
Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana (BACH): Oboefest; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, McKinley Presbyterian Church, 809 S. 5th St., Champaign; chamber group; $10-$20; 217-378-6802.
ICMA Chapter 617 Jam Session; noon Oct. 18, VFW Building, El Paso; potluck dinner, open mic; free; 309-564-0228.
THIS WEEK (OCT. 19-21)
Angelo Favis; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; faculty guitarist; free.
Wanting some more, please: No strangers to area venues are Red Wanting Blue, who fans keep wanting more, clearly. Most recently they helped headline Bruegala in its new Corn Crib location; this coming week, 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Ohio rock quintet is lording it over the Castle Theatre stage for the second time in as many years (2013 was their debut), continuing a long run of area appearances that began seven years ago Uptown Normal's late NV Ultra Lounge and continued through area venues like Kemp's Upper Tap in Lexington. Tickets for the Castle encore are $15 to $18 at 309-820-0352.
Mushroomhead, Mortiis, Unsaid Fate and Prey For Us; 8 p.m. Oct. 21, Limelight Eventplex, 1802 N. University, Peoria; rock groups; $20-$25; 309-693-1234.
THIS WEEK (OCT. 19-21)
Bullets Over Broadway; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, U of I at Springfield Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; national tour of musical; $62-$72; 800-207-6960.
THIS WEEKEND (OCT. 15-18)
Karaoke; 8:30 p.m. Oct. 15 and 18, Shooters Lounge; 8 p.m. Oct. 17, Bonker's Place; no cover.
Andrew Hedges; 6 p.m. Oct. 16, Maguire's; acoustic; no cover.
Cougar Bait; 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16, Treehouse Lounge; classic rock; no cover.
Jury's Out; 8 p.m. Oct. 16, Winners; '80s; no cover.
Kevin Stearns; 7 p.m. Oct. 16, Bonker's Place; acoustic pop; no cover.
Mark & Melisa; 7 p.m. Oct.16, Bloomington Eagles; country-rock; $5.
Adam Larson; 8 p.m. Oct. 16-17, Jazz UpFront; jazz.
J.B. and Tim Barnes; 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 17 (Barnes only), Shooters Lounge; DJs; no cover.
A.K.A.; 9 p.m. Oct. 17, Treehouse Lounge; classic rock; no cover.
Gay Neighbors; 10 p.m. Oct. 17, Maguire's; originals; $3 (CD release party).
Who Cares; 9 p.m. Oct. 17, Winners; classic rock; no cover.
The Nostalgics; 1:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Miller Park Pavilion; ballroom oldies; $8.
Open Mic Night; 7 p.m. Oct. 18, Bonker's Place; variety; no cover.
Cashmere Cat; Oct. 15, Canopy Club, Urbana; DJ; $20.
Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15, American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover.
Coldshot; 8:30 p.m. Oct. 17, TailGaters Pub, LeRoy; '80s; no cover.
Dan Hubbard; 9 p.m. Oct. 17, Kemp's Upper Tap, Lexington; rock; no cover.
Jury's Out; 8 p.m. Oct. 17, Diesel Dicks, Tremont; '80s; no cover.
Machine Gun Kelly; Oct. 17, Canopy Club, Urbana; rap; $31.
THIS WEEK (OCT. 19-21)
Karaoke; 8:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Shooters Lounge; no cover.
Tim Barnes; 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Shooters Lounge; DJ; no cover.
THIS WEEKEND (OCT. 15 -18)
Children's Discovery Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-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.
Aurora; 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 16-Nov. 14, ISU Planetarium; planetarium show on the Northern Lights; $2-$4; 309- 438-5007.
Reggie Redbird Day at Miller Park Zoo; 1-3 p.m. Oct. 18, Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington; free with regular paid zoo admission; 309-434-2250.
Gangsters & Grifters: Images from the Archives of the Chicago Tribune; through Nov. 1, ISU Milner Library second floor; Tribune archive photos; free; 309-438-3897.
Your Body, Your Canvas; through Oct. 31, ISU Milner Library sixth floor; tattoo art, including historical and contemporary images; free.
ISU University Galleries; noon-4 p.m. Mon., 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Tue., 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun., Uptown Station, 11 Uptown Circle, Normal; rotating exhibits in three galleries; free; 309-438-8321.
2015 Alumni Spectacular; through Oct. 17, ISU University Galleries, see above; art in various media by ISU alumni.
In Conversation; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, through Oct. 16; ISU Rachel Cooper Gallery; pictorial narratives on mental illness of women by Lexie Bragg; free; 309-438-2948.
IWU Merwin and Wakeley Galleries; school hours, noon-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 1-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 7-9 p.m. Tue.; 302 E. Graham St., Bloomington; rotating exhibits; free; 309-556-3391.
IWU Faculty Biennial Exhibit; through Nov. 5, IWU Merwin Gallery, see above; works by IWU School of Art faculty.
Still Crazy After All These Years; through Nov. 5, IWU Wakeley Gallery, see above; mixed-media/digital paintings by Spencer Sauter.
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.
Memory of Water; through Oct. 31, McLean County Arts Center, see above; paintings by Brian Frink.
Observance; through Oct. 31, McLean County Arts Center, see above; works by Bethany Carlson, Dawn Gettler and Ann Coddington Rast that reflect on loss and the balance of life.
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.
The Greening of the Prairie: Irish Immigration and Settlement in McLean County; through Jan. 16, McLean County Museum of History, see above; historic objects, photographs, maps and more.
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.
Attachment; through Dec. 12, U of I Krannert Art Museum, see above; works from Krannert permanent collection and loans examining critical scenes of attachment.
Nkata; through Dec. 23, U of I Krannert Art Museum, see above; installation by fiber artist/sculpture Nnenna Okore.
Tamarind Institute and the Rebirth of Lithography; through Dec. 23, U of I Krannert Art Museum, see above; lithographs from Tamarind collection.
Amity Township Museum; 1-3 p.m. first Sun. of month or by appointment, 510 Main St., Cornell; Amity Township Museum; 1-3 p.m. first Sun. of month or by appointment, 510 Main St., Cornell; displays and artifacts relating to history of Cornell and Amity Township; free; 815-358-2973.
Eureka College Burgess Hall Art Gallery; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays and by appointment on weekends, third floor of Burgess Hall, Eureka College, Eureka; rotating exhibits; free; 309-467-6866.
Prosaic Alchemy; through Oct. 30, Burgess Hall Art Gallery, see above; mixed-media assemblages by Wayne Bertola.
Simpkins Military History Museum; 1-5 p.m. Tue., Thu., Sat., or by appointment; 605 E. Cole St., Heyworth; permanent and rotating military history exhibits; free (donations accepted); 309-473-3989.
World War II: China-Burma-India Theater; through Nov. 30, Simpkins Military History Museum, see above.
Dickson Mounds Museum; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Road, Lewistown; displays, special exhibits; free; 309-547-3721.
Lincoln Heritage Museum; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 1-4 p.m. Sat., Lincoln Center at Lincoln College, 300 Keokuk St., Lincoln; Lincoln-era items, audio-visual displays, tours, exhibits, more; adults $5, children/seniors $3; www.lincolnheritagemuseum.org.
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.
Got Jazz; through Oct. 23, Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, see above; Fiber Artists Coalition show of textile arts inspired by jazz music.
Barbara Cooper/re:growth; through Oct. 23, Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, see above; wood sculptures from discarded furniture factory scraps.
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.
Well, this is awkward: The new exhibit at the Peoria Riverfront Museum celebrates fractured family funnies, via Awkward Family Photos: The Exhibition, currently on view through Nov. 15. Featured are "more than 200 unintentionally funny family vignettes frozen in time," curated by childhood pals Mike Bender and Doug Chernack, founders of the popular Awkward Family Photos website. The traveling exhibit debuted in 2014 at the California Heritage Museum to record-breaking crowds. "It is our hope that this exhibition will bring all our families a little closer together as we acknowledge those special times when we wished we were a lot farther apart," says Bender.
Museum of the Gilding Arts; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sun., April-Oct., and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sun., Nov.-March, 217 N. Mill St., Pontiac; displays, history and hands-on exhibits dedicated to the art of gilding and gold beating; free (donations welcome); 815-842-1848.
Pontiac Community Art Center; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 103 W. Madison St., Pontiac; rotating exhibits; 815-844-5831.
Something Wicked This Way Comes; through Oct. 31, Pontiac Community Art Center, see above; members show in various media.
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.