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Rock icons Cheap Trick and their legendary live act headline EIU Family Weekend 2013

If you’ve heard rock ’n‘ roll, you’ve probably heard one of the many popular songs by Cheap Trick. Their distinct blend of power pop, punk and sometimes metal are among some of the most recognizable songs from their era.

The Rockford, Ill. natives will make their mark on Charleston for Eastern’s Family Weekend on Sept. 28. Expect to hear the group’s rock classics like “I Want You to Want Me,” “The Flame” and “Surrender” at the Saturday Family Weekend performance.

Cheap Trick sold more than 20 million records, achieved 40 gold and platinum recording awards, had 5,000 performances and have been featured in 29 movie soundtracks.

Those who watch The Colbert Report may also recognize that the theme song is Cheap Trick’s work, which they wrote and performed.

They were honored in October 2007 by the Chicago Chapter of National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for their work in the music industry. The group was also featured in John Varvatos spring 2008 ad campaign.

Recently, they have performed their 1979 album “Dream Police” in its entirety accompanied by an orchestra in select venues, such as the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, across the U.S.

Their latest work, incidentally titled “The Latest,” was released on CD, vinyl and 8-track and has brought positive reviews across the world and shows Cheap Trick still has the energy they brought to the music industry more than 35 years ago.

Doors open at 7 p.m.

Cost: $25  – General public; Location: Lantz Arena

Friday, Sept. 27, Events

  • 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Student Recreation Center. Take advantage of all the workout opportunities the Rec has to offer. All you have to do is sign a waiver. You may also take a tour of the facilities and participate in activities. Cost: Free

  • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Family Friendly BBQ. Partake in BBQ pork sandwiches on a sesame buns, homemade macaroni and cheese, potato chips, gourmet Rice Krispie Treats, and wash it all down with iced tea or pink lemonade. Cost: $7.50 for adults and EIU students, $4 for kids and free for ages 5 and under; Location: University Ballroom, MLK, Jr. Union, second floor

  • 6 p.m.: Family Movie Night: Monsters University. Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn't always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met, they couldn't stand each other. "Monsters University" unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends. Cost: Free; Location: Buzzard Auditorium

  • 7 p.m.: Richard Aimes - Hypnotist. You’ve always thought about it, so why not try it? Take in Richard Aimes’s mentalist and hypnotism show, and be prepared to be amazed by how he can read his subjects’ minds and what funny situations they find themselves in. Aimes studied psychology and theater as an undergraduate and is a board-certified hypnotist with the National Board of Hypnotist Education and Certification. A trained stage and commercial actor, Aimes has appeared on all three US networks, many dinner theater productions and NHK Japanese TV, as well as local and national commercials. Cost: Free; Location: Union Grand Ballroom, MLK, Jr. Union

  • 8 p.m. to midnight: Rock ‘N’ Bowl.  Enjoy the neon light-filled cosmic bowling while eating snacks and rocking the night away with popular music from the ’70s and ’80s. Cost: $2 per game (free shoe rental); Location: University Union Bowling lanes, MLK, Jr. Union

  • 9 to 11 p.m.: Family Bingo Mania. Always a crowd pleaser, this Bingo Bonanza will have bigger and better games, prizes and locations than ever before. With celebrity EIU Bingo Callers running the show, families can be guaranteed a great time at this event. Refreshments are provided. The games are sponsored by University Board Special Events and EIU Parents Club. Cost: Free; Location: McAfee Gym

  • 9:30 p.m.: Observatory Open House. See the night sky like you’ve never seen it before. Tour the observatory facility and observe the moon and other celestial objects through the house’s 16” robotic telescope. Cost: Free; Location: Meet under the walkway at the MLK, Jr. Union

Saturday, Sept. 28, Events

  • 9 to 11 a.m.: Parent’s Club Continental Breakfast. All families attending Family Weekend are invited to enjoy the continental breakfast of bagels, assorted pastries, fresh fruit salad and choice of beverage. Cost: Free; Location: Vending Lounge, MLK, Jr. Union, first floor

  • 9:15 a.m.: “Run for a Reason: Run Red.” Join the EIU community for this seventh annual race with either the 2.5 or 5K run, walk or wheel on Panther Trail. Proceeds from the race will benefit the local American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Participants will receive a T-shirt and will also have the opportunity to win door prizes. Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. You will register at the race for which event you would like to participate. Cost: $20 entry fee; Location: Campus Pond and Panther Trail

  • 10 a.m.: Trombones. For this storytime, children will get a chance to hear about all kinds of musical instruments, including, you guessed it, trombones. Dr. Jemmie Robertson, a faculty member in the music department and the Trombone Studio, will play songs as library staff reads stories. Cost: Free; Location: Booth Library

  • 10 a.m. to noon: Face Painting. Be your own canvas! Show your EIU spirit, or choose whatever design you want when our staff artist paints your face to order -- perfect for kids of all ages. Cost: Free; Location: Bridge Walkway Lounge, MLK, Jr. Union, second floor

  • 10 a.m. to noon: Creative Stations. Show your artistic side by making Southwestern art. Layer colored sand in bottles to create eye-catching designs and patterns (while supplies last). Cost: Free; Location: Bridge Walkway Lounge, MLK, Jr. Union, second floor

  • 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: EIU Alumni Association Legacy Tailgate. The EIU Alumni Association is honoring legacy students (current students whose parent or grandparent attended EIU) and their families. The tailgate menu will include grilled chicken and pulled pork BBQ, country baked beans, macaroni salad, cornbread and brownies. Music will be played, and Eastern giveaways will be presented. Cost: $10.50 per person; Location: O’Brien Stadium Tailgate Area

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Celebrate the Arrival of Autumn at the Harvest Frolic. Get a feel for what it was like back in Lincoln’s time. Activities, including children’s games, craft and doll making and hearth cooking, will take place at both the Lincoln and Sargent farms. Artisans will be on site demonstrating woodcarving, flax processing, soap making, embroidery, pottery, basket weaving, blacksmithing, wheat weaving and tatting. Oxen pulling, 19th century doctoring and a puppet show will also take place. The Red Bank ReUnion Band will make a special appearance. Food from Backyard BBQ of Greenup will be available.  Cost: Free; Location: Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site (eight miles south of Charleston on Lincoln Highway Road)

  • 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Color Photo Buttons. This proves to be a crowd favorite! Have your family photo taken and then insert it into a button for you to proudly wear. Magnetic buttons will be available as well. Cost: $4 per picture; Location: Bridge/Walkway Lounge, MLK, Jr. Union, second floor

  • 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Student Recreation Center is open to visitors. Cost: Free

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Football Game Pick-Up-And-Go Lunch. Grab yourself a club sandwich, Miss Vicki’s Chip, Golden Delicious apple, blondie bar and choice of soda or bottled water. The University Food Court will be open as well. Cost: $7 per person; Location: Pick-up in the Commemorative Courtyard next to the Library Quad.

  • Noon to 1:30 p.m.: Billy’s Backyard: The EIU Tailgate. Join Billy Panther in his own backyard for festivities before the football game. The adventurous can test their luck on the mechanical bull, or attendees can just partake in the face painting, games, special guests and more. Cool off in the shade under the Parents Club tent, where you can meet other club members. Cost: Free; Location: O’Brien Stadium Tailgate Area

  • 1 to 2:15 p.m. and 3 to 4:15 p.m.: Wine Tasting. Learn how to identify the colors, aromas and flavors of wine at this year’s wine tasting event. Attendees must be at least 21 to attend, and no children will be allowed in the room during the vent. Participants must sign up at the door and will be asked to present a valid ID. Sign up begins at 12:30 p.m., and sheets will be able 15 minutes before each session.  Cost: Free; Location: University Ballroom - West End, MLK, Jr. Union

  • 1 to 4 p.m.: 2013 Alumni Sculpture Extravaganza. At this event, sponsored by the Art Department and the Tarble Arts Center, attendees can get make-and-take sculptures, have fun in the artist-made invisible inflatable spaceship, take a tour of the EIU alumni exhibition Skulptcher Werkz and the alumni outdoor sculpture on 7th Street. Refreshments will be provided. Cost: Free; Location: Arts Center (2010 9th Street)

  • 1:30 p.m.: EIU Panther Football. Join in the main event of homecoming and help cheer the Panthers to victory against Eastern Kentucky. The Panther Marching Band, Pink Panthers Dance Team and EIU Flag corps will perform. Cost: $20 adults, $18 faculty / staff, $7 high school students, $5 youth (ages 4 to 14); Location: O’Brien Stadium

  • 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Saturday Italian Dinner. Experience a real Italian dinner when we serve up chicken parmesan, spaghetti with marinara sauce, Tuscan salad, Italian green beans, Italian seasoned breadsticks, cheesecake with assorted toppings, iced tea, pink lemonade and coffee. Cost: $9.50 for adults and EIU students, $5 for kids ages 6 to 10; Location: Grand Ballroom, MLK, Jr. Union, second floor

  • 6 p.m.: Family Movie Night: Monsters University. Cost: Free; Location: Buzzard Auditorium

  • 8 p.m.: Cheap Trick performance. Cost: $25  – General public; Location: Lantz Arena

Sunday, Sept. 29, Events

  • 9 to 11:30 a.m.: Sunday Morning Breakfast. Cap off your weekend with a final meal as a family with an all-you-can-eat buffet of fresh fruit salad, freshly baked cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs, hashbrown casserole, biscuits and gravy, sausage links, orange juice, coffee and water. Cost: $10 for adults and EIU students, $5 for kids ages 6 to 10, free for ages 5 and under; Location: Grand Ballroom, MLK, Jr. Union, second floor

  • 10 a.m. to Noon: Color Photo Buttons. Cost: $4 per picture; Location: Bridge/Walkway Lounge, MLK, Jr. Union, second floor

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Celebrate the Arrival of Autumn at the Harvest Frolic. Cost: Free; Location: Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site (eight miles south of Charleston on Lincoln Highway Road)

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