7 p.m. Friday, March 10
$10 / $5 for students with ID
Doors and Varsity Bar at 6
Spring is right around the corner, and so are the region’s best drag performers, who will be taking the stage at the Varsity on Friday, March 10. Join Blanche DuBois, the Godmother of drag in Southern Illinois, for the Spring Break Drag Show. Regular featured performers are Jodie Santana, Faim Lee Jewls, Leiyana Santana, Holly Haliwell, Kailey Santana and Christina Garnette, who will also be the evening’s hostess.
The show starts at 7 p.m. Doors and the Varsity Bar open at 6.
This is an all-ages show, and the venue welcomes young people; however, the show can be on the risqué side, and those 17 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Tickets are $10 for adults or $5 for students with ID. They are available in advance at Eventbrite (see link below). Tickets are not available in advance at the venue but will be available on the night of the show when doors open at 6.
Be sure to get tickets early; these shows almost always sell out.
Come early and enjoy special cocktails at the bar in the company of Christina and the Varsity staff.
7 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Saturday, March 18
$20 / $15
Doors & Varsity Bar at 6
Feb. The Varsity Center and Skyline Creek Productions present:
"THE ROOM: 20th Anniversary"
Live screening featuring Greg Sestero, star of “The Room” and New York Times best-selling author of the book turned Oscar-nominated film “The Disaster Artist" in- person.
Event will include an extended Q&A with Sestero, a live script-reading of the original unedited draft of “The Room” and a screening of the movie. Patrons will also have a chance to get autographs, photos and perhaps a surprise or two.
The event takes place on Saturday, March 18, with showings at 7 pm & 11 pm. Doors and the Varsity Bar will open at 6 pm and throughout the evening.
Tickets are $20 for general admission or $15 for students with valid ID. They are available in advance at Eventbrite (see link). They are not available in advance at the venue but will be available on the night of the show when doors open.
7 p.m. Saturday, April 15
Doors and Varsity at 6
When singer-songwriter Tom Irwin found an old book in his family’s Central Illinois farmhouse, he had no idea where it would take him. It was a diary, written in 1893 by Harry Glen Ludlam, a 16-year-old boy who lived on the farm that has been in Irwin’s family for the last 128 years.
The diary described events in the lives of the Ludlam family, from routine aspects of farm work to adventures like visiting the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, to a family crisis that forever changed their lives.
Reading the diary entries, Irwin got caught up in the boy’s story. The entries inspired him to write a series of interconnected songs, which were released as an acclaimed 2012 album, “Sangamon Songs.” The entries later became the outline for a full-fledged theatrical show, adapted by playwright John W. Arden, also called “Sangamon Songs.”
The folk/Americana musical, which debuted in 2019, will be presented at the Varsity on Saturday, April 15 at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 and are available at Eventbrite (see link). Tickets are not available in advance at the venue but can be purchased on the night of the show when doors and the Varsity Bar open at 6.