A listing of special events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.
This weekend University of Illinois Homecoming Parade. 6 p.m. Oct. 26, Campustown and Main Quad. Sponsored by Greeks Support Homecoming.
Kickapoo Karvers' Woodcarving Show. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 28; New Life Banquet Center, 1419 N. Bowman Ave., Danville. Carved wood figures, Noah's Ark with animals and soap-carving classes. Jim VanDuyn, 497-9859.
Second annual DeLand Weldon Vendor/Craft Fair. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27, DeLand-Weldon High School gym, DeLand. Vendors and many local crafters. Child care for $1 per child. Also, Avanti's sandwich meals for sale. Support the school. 309-337-4397.
Fall open house. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27, Japan House, 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., U. Taiko ensemble drumming by Ho Etsu Taiko, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tour of gardens by designer Jim Bier, noon and 2 p.m. Free. Tea ceremonies throughout the day, $5; bowl of matcha tea with a traditional sweet. 244-9934, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial car show. Oct. 28, O'Reilly Auto Parts, 1416 Lincoln Ave., Charleston. Registration, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $15. Judging, awards to follow. Bikes welcome, top 3. Raffle and 50/50 drawing, silent auction. Meal and drinks available. Proceeds go for Armstrong Program and Senior Activity Programs. 549-5288.
Kris Kringle Treasures Craft Show. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 4, Georgetown Community Center, 220 E. West St., Georgetown. Held by Georgetown Ladies Community Club during the first weekend of the townwide Holiday Gathering.
32nd annual Chris Cringle Arts & Crafts Show. 3 to 9 p.m. Nov. 2 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 3, UI Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C. Presented by Illinois Heartland Decorative Artists. Show features 150 booths of handcrafted items on three levels. Quilt raffle, door prizes and refreshment stands. $5 admission (free parking); children 6 and younger free. Turn in admission ticket for five free door prize tickets at the IHDA booth. http://www.ihda.us.
Shop for a Cure. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3, Mahomet-Seymour High School Fieldhouse, 302 W. State St., Mahomet. More than 35 vendors to meet holiday shopping needs. Lunch available to purchase. Child supervision for a donation. All proceeds go to American Cancer Society. Free admission.
Second annual Christmas Expo. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 3, Woodlawn Country Club, 901 E. Richardson, Farmer City. More than 25 vendors in one spot. email@example.com.
'The Wedding Reception.' 7:30 to 11 p.m. Nov. 3, Stone Creek Golf Club, Urbana. Fundraiser for the newly formed Stone Soup Theater Company. A full wedding reception with gifts, a dollar dance, cake and special guest, Champaign Mayor Don Gerard. Anyone in wedding attire will be entered to win prizes. $50; $90 per couple. Register by sending a check made out to Stone Soup Theater Company to Prue Runkle, 807 W. Clark St., Champaign, IL 61820. 356-0632.
Asia Lens Film Series. "When China Met Africa," 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25, the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. This film examines China's expanding footprint in Africa through the stories of three people in Zambia: a Chinese farmer, a Chinese multinational's road project manager and Zambia's trade minister. Free.
Freeky Creek Short Film Festival. 8 to 11 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, Fairmount. Presentation of freaky, creepy or darkly funny short films from around the world. The show is also part live theater as it is hosted by Bill Kephart, who hosts it in character. 733-0330, http://www.sleepycreekvineyards.com.
'The Versatile Gene Hackman.' Embarras Valley Film Festival honors Gene Hackman, Oct. 27, Nov. 1-3. Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. Film screenings and related events. Movies: "Bonnie and Clyde" (R, 1967), 3:30 p.m. Nov. 1, Lecture Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center; "Unforgiven" (R, 1992), 7 p.m., and "The Royal Tenenbaums" (R, 2001), 10 p.m., both Nov. 2 at The Theatre, Doudna Fine Arts Center; "Hoosiers" (PG, 1986), 2 p.m. Nov. 3, Atrium, Tarble Arts Center, and "The French Connection" (R, 1972), 7 p.m. Nov. 3, The Theatre, Doudna Fine Arts Center. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.eiu.edu/~evff.
Global Lens Film Series. "Qarantina," 7 p.m. Oct. 31, University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., C. Directed by Oday Rasheed (Iraq, 2010), 90 minutes. Arabic, with English subtitles. Free. http://www.universityymca.org/globallens.
Global Lens Film Series. "The Finger" (El Dedo), 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1, Parkland College, Room C118, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Directed by Sergio Teubal (Argentina, 2011). 93 minutes. Spanish, with English subtitles Presented by Parkland Art Gallery. Film and popcorn are free. 351-2485, http://artgallery.parkland.edu/.
GLOWfest. Featuring Hardwell, Bingo Players and Savoy, 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 25, UI Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C. Traveling college music festival, featuring a concert of electronica music. Tickets $30-$55. 333-5000.
UI Wind Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Illinois Japan Performing Arts Network Presents "9 Chains ..." concert and workshop. A new music and video composition by Gene Coleman, 8 p.m. Oct. 25, Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U. Coleman's pieces combine traditional Japanese and contemporary musical instruments into an original sound. Performed by the Ensemble N_JP, with musicians Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto; Naomi Sato, sho; Gene Coleman, bass clarinet; Toshimaru Nakamura, electronics; Teddy Rankin-Parker, cello; and Sean Harold, electric guitar. Free. Gene Coleman and Ensemble N_JP host a workshop, 3 p.m. Oct. 25, Music Building Auditorium. Free.
'John Philip Sousa and A. Austin Harding: America's Regimental and Collegiate Band Traditions Reflected at the University of Illinois.' 10:50 a.m. Oct. 26, Illini Union, Room B, 1401 W. Green St., U. Performance lecture features a short concert of 19th-century regimental band music performed on Civil War-era horns by members of UI band and faculty. Highlights the historical roots of America's collegiate band tradition which originated at the UI. For information on the UI's Morrill Act Sesquicentennial Celebration, visit http://www.morrillact.illinois.edu.
'Reaching Beyond the Walls of the Concert Hall.' Live improvisation concert, featuring the Sal-Mar Construction, 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 26, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 1103 S. Sixth St., C. Special telematic music performance brings together university faculty, musicians, archivists and special collections curators as well as performing musicians from around the world. A real-time streamed audio-visual performance that can be freely viewed by anyone with Internet access.
Traffic Jam: The Boat Drunks. 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26, lobby, Krannert Center, Urbana. Free. 333-6280.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Closing jam, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Kickapoo Landing, Oakwood. Live music. Dockside. 446-8399, http://www.kickapoolanding.com.
UI Percussion Ensemble. "Twists of Time and Rhythm," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Celebrating the centennial of John Cage's birth. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
MercyMe with guest Adam Cappa. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, UI Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C. American Christian rock band. Tickets $20-$75, $3 discount for Illinois students and groups of 15 or more. 866-455-4641.
Bellflower Country Opry. 7 p.m. Oct. 27, Bellflower Community Center, 202 Center St. Featuring the regular band members, along with Denny Kolota on lead, Kathy Brake on keys, Derrick Roy on drums and special guest Ray Prince. Tickets are $10 for adults; 12 and under are free. 898-7493, 309-722-3497.
Bement Country Opry Band. Featuring guest Amber Martin (classic country and gospel), 8 p.m. Oct. 26, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. Tickets $12.50-$15. 877-6499, http://www.bementcountryopry.com.
VA Illiana Health Care System annual Fall Music Festival. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27, grassy area outside of building between 101 Community Living Center and Building 58, Blue Star Highway, Danville. In case of inclement weather, the festival will be in Building 104 in the Social Activity Room. Music by Groove Avenue, Jim Mitchell's Bluegrass Group and DJ Larry Steven's Magic Light and Sound. Free lunch and entertainment. 554-5718, 554-5708.
Johannes Brahms' Instrumental Music with Piano: Ian Hobson, piano. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. With guest pianist, Timothy Ehlen. In a series of concerts, Hobson will present works by Brahms that feature the piano as a solo instrument or as part of an ensemble. Tickets $10-$20. 333-6280, 244-4350.
Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin and Brothers. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Theatre, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. The award-winning ensemble presents qawwali singing in various languages, including Arabic, Persian, Hindi and English. Tickets $10. http://www.eiu.edu/doudna, 581-3110.
'From Page to Stage: Volume II — The Spark of Creation' concert. 8 p.m. Oct. 27, Dick Van Dyke Auditorium, Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St. Family friendly concert, featuring Danville native Justin Vickers, the North Ridge Redcoats, soloist Christian Cunningham and a cast of singers and performers. Tickets $10-$20; available at Danville Public Library. VIP tickets $35-$75 (drinks, appetizers, performances at library, shuttle transport to the concert for reserved seating); 477-5223, ext. 114.
Parkland Wind Ensemble and Parkland Concert Band. "Autumn Serenade," 3 p.m. Oct. 28, Parkland Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Free.
UI Wind Orchestra and UI Philharmonia. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Gunny Sack Revue. 7 p.m. every Wednesday, Yoder Center on Illinois 133, Arthur. Listen to bluegrass and gospel music. Bring an instrument and join in. 800-722-6474, http://www.arthurfestivals.com.
The Beckman Institute's Thursdays at 12:20 Concert Series. Featuring Seybert Jazz Trio, 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. Nov. 1, atrium, Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U. The series features performances by members of the UI School of Music; Austin Seybert, jazz trombone, Erik Swanson, guitar, and Katie Blomarz, upright bass.
Krannert Uncorked. With Resonation Station (traditional and pop), 5 p.m. Nov. 1, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Free.
Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival. Nov. 1 to 3, various venues in Urbana, including the IMC, Buvons, The Iron Post, The Rose Bowl, Heartland Gallery and Black Rock Pizza. This year's festival will host more than 80 performers, artists and storytellers celebrating American-roots music, dance and stories. Festival activities will also include jam sessions, dances, workshops, singalongs, storytelling and family activities. http://www.folkandroots.org.
Pacifica Quartet with Menahem Pressler, piano. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$28. 333-6280.
Sinfonia da Camera. "No-Holds-Barred Beethoven," 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. With pianist Ian Hobson, vocalists Ollie Watts Davis, Viktoria Vizin, Humberto Rivera and Ricardo Herrera, with the UI Chorale and Oratorio Society. Tickets $5-$33. 333-6280.
Rose Duffy. Piper's Hut Concert, 9 p.m. Nov. 2, Heartland Gallery, 112 W. Main St., U. This concert is in partnership with the C-U Folk and Roots Festival. Tickets will be available at the venue before the start of the show, while supplies last.
Bement Country Opry Band. Featuring guest Una Belle Wertz, 8 p.m. Nov. 2, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. Tickets $5-$10. 877-6499, http://www.bementcountryopry.com.
All Jump Up/Silver Rose. 10:30 a.m. Nov. 3, the Urbana Free Library, Busey-Mills Room. Champaign Urbana Folk and Roots Festival. Free.
Illinois State Music Teachers Association: Premiere of Composer Commissioning Program. 3:30 p.m. Nov. 3, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. This free concert presents the premiere of a work from the Composer Commissioning Program. 333-6280.
The Chorale. Celebration of Life Concert, "A World of Tune — Music of the Spheres," 7 p.m. Nov. 3, Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C. Free. Donations to The Chorale's scholarship fund accepted. http://www.thechorale.org.
Illinois State Music Teachers Association Faculty Showcase Recital. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Faculty members from the UI School of Music present this free recital. 333-6280.
'Lee Haw.' Featuring WEEK-TV's Lee Hall, 7 p.m. Nov. 3, Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St. Adults $10, children 12 and younger, free. Sandwiches, pies and drinks sold.
National Circus of the People's Republic of China: Cirque Chinois. 7 p.m. Oct. 25, Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$32. 333-6280.
VOICE Reading Series. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Gelvin Noel Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Showcases readings by fiction writers and poets from the creative writing master of fine arts program. 333-1861.
Comedy show. With NBCUniversal's collegiate comedy tour, 9 p.m. Oct. 26, Illini Union, Rooms A, B and C, 1401 W. Green St., U. One of the UI homecoming activities. Sponsored by Illini Union Board.
Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi. 7 p.m. Oct. 27, Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$32. 333-6280,
African-American Talent Show. 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Foellinger Auditorium, 709 S. Mathews Ave., U. Part of the Illini Union Board African-American Homecoming tradition, this event features student performers showcasing a variety of talents.
Champaign-Urbana's Dancing with The Stars. Benefit for Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, 7 to 11:30 p.m. Nov. 2, The Refinery, 2302 W. John St., C. 403-4410, 403-4409.
Boneyard Morris Dance Group. 7:15 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3, Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center, Urbana. Traditional dance from England. Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival.
'Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story.' Oct. 26 to 28 and Oct. 31 to Nov. 4; The Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.; Saturday matinees at 4 p.m.; evening shows at 8 p.m. Special Halloween performance at 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 31; come in a Halloween costume; prizes for best costumes. 728-7375, http://www.thelittletheatre.org.
'A Dream Play.' UI Department of Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-27, 31; Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $9-$16. 333-6280.
'Move Over, Mrs. Markham.' Continues Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunch, Oct. 25 through Nov. 11; Conklin's Barn II dinner theater, Goodfield. Adult comedy. Tickets $32-$36 for full buffet performances. 309-965-2545, http://www.barn2.com.
'Arms and the Man.' Red Mask Players Inc., 8 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3, 2 p.m. Nov. 4, 8 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10, and 2 p.m. Nov. 11; Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Tickets $10-$15. 442-5858, email@example.com.
'Beauty and the Beast.' Westville Drama Club, 7 p.m. Nov. 3 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 4; Westville High School old gym. Tickets: Adults, $7; students and seniors, $5; available at the main office at the school.
'A Gospel Gathering.' 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 and 2 p.m. Nov. 4; Country Theatre Workshop, Cissna Park. A fundraiser for the CTW Building Fund. Presented by Country Theatre Workshop with A Natural High. Tickets $12. 815-457-2626.
'Hamlet.' The Celebration Company, 8 p.m. Nov. 1-4, 7-11, 14-17; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000.
'Merely Players.' Parkland Theatre's 22nd annual student production, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 to 3 and 3 p.m. Nov. 4; Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Tickets: dessert theater, Nov. 1, 3 and 4, $10; dinner theater, Nov. 2, $25. http://www.parkland.edu/theatre, 351-2528.
'Ragtime The Musical!' Champaign Central High School, 7 p.m. Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 4; Central High School, Decker Theatre, 610 W. University Ave., C.
Observatory open house. 8 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26, UI Campus Observatory, 901 S. Mathews Ave., U. Hosted by the UI Astronomical Society, in celebration of UI homecoming 2012. Use UI's historic telescope to explore the night sky.
Sunday morning bird walks. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Oct. 28, meet at Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. Participants under 15 must be with an adult. Search for birds in Busey Woods and Crystal Lake Park. 384-4062, http://www.urbanaparks.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bluebird Trail. 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 1, Urbana Free Library Auditorium, 210 W. Green St. Champaign County Audubon Society. Jim Smith will lead a talk on the development and maintenance of bluebird trails and habitat in Champaign and Vermilion counties. http://www.champaigncountyaudubon.org
Second annual 5K Zombie Chase. Registration 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Nov. 3, near the start line between the Education Building and the Natural Resources Building just off the south quad off East Peabody Drive on the UI campus, Urbana. Presented by the Wildlife Society. Race at 10 a.m. $25. Sign up at https://sites.google.com/site/illinois5kzombiechase/home.
19th annual 5K Road Race for Animals. Race kicks off at 8 a.m. Nov. 3, 2012, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2001 S. Lincoln Ave., U. Sponsored by Omega Tau Sigma, the professional veterinary fraternity at the UI. Runners and walkers welcome with or without pets. Registration fee $20 before the race and $25 the day of race. Proceeds benefit A Pet's Place and the UI Wildlife Medical Clinic. vetmed.illinois.edu/ots/roadrace, email@example.com.
Animal skull identification. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Nov. 3, Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. Participants will learn clues to help identify different animal skulls, with Joyce Hofmann, mammalogist from the Illinois Natural History Survey. $18 resident, $27 nonresident. by Oct. 27. 367-1544.
Bicentennial Art Center and Museum. 132 S. Central Ave., Paris, Ill. "58th Annual Fall Juried Exhibition," through Nov. 9. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment. 466-8130, http://www.parisartcenter.com.
Ford County Historical Society Water Tower Museum.Located in the remodeled city water tower and pump house, Market and Center streets, Paxton. Books written and published by members of the Ford County Historical Society and books written in Swedish, on display through Dec. 12. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28, and 2 to 4 p.m. the fourth Sunday of the month, November-April; and by appointment. 379-3723, 379-4111 or 379-3217.
Spurlock Museum. 600 S. Gregory St., U. Around the World Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 31. Crafts and activities from around the world for parents and kids; $2 donation each. 333-2360, http://www.spurlock.illinois.edu.
For a longer list of museums in East Central Illinois, go to http://www.news-gazette.com/calendar.
Asian American Cultural Center. 1210 W. Nevada St., U. "The Spirit of Brush & Ink," Chinese calligraphy exhibit by Jason Jianjun Xing, through Nov. 2. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 333-9300, go.illinois.edu/aacc.
Parkland Art Gallery. 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. "Beside the Point: An Exploration in Architecture and Identity Paintings by Morgan Craig," through Nov. 3. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. 351-2485, http://artgallery.parkland.edu.
UI Library. 1408 W. Gregory Drive, U. "Wealth of Notions: Economists in Conflict," through Dec. 14, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 346 Library. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. "Veterans Day 2012 Library Exhibit," Nov. 1 through 30, Main Library's north-south corridor (first floor). The library's annual Book and Print Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1, Marshall Gallery. "Theatre of the Air: Chicago's WGN Radio Series 1940-1956," Nov. 1 through 30, Marshall Gallery. Main Library hours: 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday. 333-3777, http://www.library.illinois.edu/rbx/.
Urbana Free Library. 210 W. Green St. "A Midwestern Childhood: Tom Sawyer at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library," ends Oct. 27. This display highlights a selection of the renowned Mark Twain holdings of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the UI. Library hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 367-4405, http://www.cureading.org.
Virgil H. Judge Learning Resource Center. Lake Land College campus, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon. The Lake Land College Foundation's 2012 Art Heritage Show, through Oct. 30. Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. 234-5445, http://www.lakeland.cc.il.us/foundation.
Indi Go Artist Co-Op. 9 E. University Ave., C. "Jim Graham: Fishing for Queens and Things," opening reception, 7 p.m. Oct. 26. Through Nov. 27. Hours: 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday; 4 to 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Kalarte Gallery. Inside Heartland Gallery, 112 W. Main St., U. "Masks V," fifth annual exhibit and sale of masks from around the world. The exhibit also includes figures related to the Mexican Day of the Dead festival of Nov. 2. Through Nov. 24. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. http://kalarte.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.