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3 things to do this weekend: Way Down Wanderers, a ‘90s throwback and an out-of-this-world interfaith holiday show

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Here are 3 things to do for the weekend of Dec. 16-17, 2023, curated by WGLT's Lauren Warnecke. You can find more coverage on our Datebook - Arts & Music page or by subscribing to WGLT's Weekend Scoop email newsletter, which goes out every Friday.

Ice, Ice, Baby!: Robert Matthew Van Winkle — better known as Vanilla Ice — takes a break from home improvement to go back on the road, headlining the “I Love the ‘90s” tour at Grossinger Motors Arena with fellow ‘90s luminaries Rob Base, Sugarhill Gang, Tone Loc, Color Me Badd and Young MC. 7:30 p.m. Friday (doors at 6:30 p.m.); tickets $29-$69 at grossingermotorsarena.com.

Season of Light: This is the final weekend for the ISU Planetarium’s final show of the year, a seasonal program exploring fun cultural traditions like kissing under mistletoe and spinning the dreidel, plus Celtic, Pagan, Hopi and Nordic practices bringing light to the coldest, darkest months. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; tickets $5 cash or check beginning 20 minutes before the show. Details at (309) 438-2496.

Wandering to the Castle: Peoria roots pop band the Way Down Wanderers celebrate 10 years by headlining the Castle Theatre, a special venue for them. Nouveau Americana starlets The Burney Sisters, Columbia, Missouri-based siblings mature far beyond their teenage years, open. 8 p.m. Saturday (doors at 7 p.m.); tickets $25-$43 at thecastletheatre.com.

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