418 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, Illinois 62901, United States

(618) 457-5353

A historic visual and performing arts venue in downtown Carbondale, IL.


Bryan Miller Comedy


7 p.m. Thursday, March 5
Doors and Bar at 6:30

Bryan Miller grew up in Carbondale and started pursing his love for comedy at iconic Carbondale establishments such as Booby's, Gatsby's II and Mugsy McGuire's. Now, having spent his most recent decade honing his skills as a writer, performer and show runner in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Miller is returning to headline at The Varsity Center for one night only in March.

Miller plays comedy clubs all over the country, writes jokes for performer friends on “The Bob & Tom Show,” and has even logged some TV performances during his comedy career.

Catch Bryan at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5. Tickets are $5 and are available in advance at Eventbrite (see link.) Tickets are not available in advance at the venue but will be available when doors open on the night of the show at 6:30. That’s when the bar opens, too.

Varsity Drag: Love Is in the Air


7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1
$6 adults, $4 students with ID, $2 kids 10 and younger
Doors and Varsity Bar at 6


All you need is love, and The Varsity will have plenty of it for patrons when the first regular drag variety show of the new year takes place on the first Saturday of February. The Love Is in the Air Varsity Drag Variety Show will feature comedy, dancing, live singing, lip-synching, games and stories by queens and kings. The godmother of drag herself, Blanche DuBois, is the evening’s emcee.

Joining Blanche on stage will be Faim Lee Jewls, Jodie Santana, Idina Rimes, Rain Foxx, Will Kummings and Kailey Kreme, who also is the evening’s hostess. 

This is an all-ages show, and The Varsity 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 available in advance at Eventbrite. Tickets are not available in advance at the venue but will be available on the night of the show, when doors and the Varsity Bar open at 6. 

Come early and enjoy a special cocktail at the bar and the company of Kailey and the Varsity staff. Bartender Alex Socorro will be mixing special drinks for the evening.