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3 things to do this weekend: Art walk, Cody Jinks and three (yes, three!) theater shows

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Take a walk downtown—plus art! The 23rd annual Art Walk is an ideal chance to explore downtown Bloomington’s embarrassment of riches when it comes to art galleries and studios. Those visiting Friday evening will also bump into First Friday, with shop small deals at Crossroads Fair Trade, Red Raccoon Games, Bobzbay Books and more. The weekend also marks studio owner Mandy Roeing’s first year of operation, Threshold to Hope’s grand re-opening at the Fox & Hounds Building and a long-incubated new show at Angel Ambrose Fine Arts built with and about timepieces. 4-9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. View an interactive map of participating galleries at google.com/maps.

Three cheers for local theater: For theatergoers, there’s something for everyone this weekend. “Fiddler on the Roof” kind of family? L’chaim! Community Players has you covered. Is rock and roll is more your speed? Head to the Normal Theater for Coalescence Theatre Project’s “Airness,” about competitive air guitar hero Nina and the transformative power of music. Hopeless romantics should head to Heartland Theatre, which launches its three-week run of the James Joyce-inspired play “Bloomsday.” For schedule, details and tickets, click the link on each show title.

Outlaw country at the arena: Some critics called Cody Jinks’ 2021 album “Mercy” a step back for the next-gen outlaw country star who burst onto the scene in a big way in 2016. His brand-new single plays in the liminal space between Merle Haggard and Luke Bryan—blending old school and new school approaches—and is one of several reasons to head to Grossinger Motors Arena this weekend. Cleveland-bred, Dolly Parton sound-a-like Erin Viancourt opens. 7 p.m. Saturday; tickets $30-$78 on ticketmaster.com.

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Lauren Warnecke is a reporter at WGLT. You can reach Lauren at lewarne@ilstu.edu.
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