Entertainment listings, Feb. 14-21

A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.

Special events

This weekend

Gordyville USA Winter and Land of Lincoln Quarter Horse Association/American Quarter Horse Association Horse Shows. 8 a.m. Feb. 14-17, Gordyville USA Auction Arena, 2205 County Road 3000 N, Gifford. Six AQHA/National Snaffle Bit Association/IQHA-approved horse shows. 568-7117, http://www.gordyvilleusa.com.

Middle Market. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 16, Lincoln Square Village, Urbana. Local gifts, baked goods and crafts. Third Saturday of each month, January through April. Urbana Business Association. Free.

Junior League of Champaign-Urbana Gala. 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 16, Champaign Country Club, 1211 S. Prospect Ave. Celebrating 80 years of service, sponsored by McGladrey. Dinner, dancing and both a silent and live auction. Tickets $80 per person, $150 per couple, $600 per table of eight. Proceeds used for community grants and programs benefiting children and families in the Champaign-Urbana area. http://www.juniorleaguecu.org/?nd=gala.

Next week

Gilbert Gottfried Live. 7 p.m. Feb. 23, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St., Watseka. Night of hilarious, unpredictable humor. Mature content; parental discretion advised. Doors open, 5:30 p.m. Tickets $45. 815-993-6585, http://www.watsekatheatre.com.

Future highlights

Hatch, A Creative-Reuse Art Festival. 5 to 8 p.m. March 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 2 and 1 to 5 p.m. March 3, various locations in Champaign. http://www.abouthatch.org. Locations: — Indi Go Artist Co-op, 9 E. University Ave., C. Art exhibition, opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. March 1. Additional hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 2 and 1 to 5 p.m. March 3. Gallery talk, 2 to 4 p.m. March 3. — McKinley Fitness Center, 500 W. Church St., C. Slide lecture with visiting artist-in-residence, Michelle Stitzlein, 7 to 8 p.m. March 1, yoga room, second floor; and juried art fair, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 2, gymnasium. — The IDEA Store classroom, 28 E. Springfield Ave., C. Workshop, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 2. Registration required.

Gordyville USA flea market and auction. 4 to 9 p.m. March 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 10; Gordyville USA Auction Arena, 2205 County Road 3000 N, Gifford. Auction, 10 a.m. March. 9 and 11 a.m. March 10. 568-7117.

Middle Market. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 16, Lincoln Square Village, Urbana. Local gifts, baked goods and crafts. Third Saturday of each month, January through April. Urbana Business Association. Free.

Films

This weekend

Movie screening and discussion. "The Help," 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Room D105, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. This 2011 Academy Award-nominated film is based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name. Sponsored in conjunction with the Parkland Diversity Committee and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Post-screening discussion facilitated by Professor Matt Hurt.

Next week

Afternoon Movie. "Hotel Transylvania," animated comedy, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 18, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. Free popcorn. 893-3955.

Future highlights

Documentary screenings. "African-American Life in Central Illinois," 10:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 27, Flag Lounge, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. "Black and Proud" is a second episode in the WILL-TV series from the late 1960s.

Community Cinema. "Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines," 6 to 9 p.m. March 12, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. The film is followed by locally focused panel discussion. Includes closed captions. Free. 403-2070.

AsiaLENS. "Bon: Mustang To Menri" (2011), 7 p.m. March 12, Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory St., U; and 7 p.m. March 13, the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. Directed by Tad Fettig. Documentary film and discussion series organized by the Asian Educational Media Service at the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies. Introduction and discussion by Alexander L. Mayer, University of Illinois associate professor, East Asian languages and cultures and religious studies. Free.

Music

This weekend

The Beckman Institute's Thursdays at 12:20 Concert Series. Featuring Seybert Jazz Combo, 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. Feb. 14, atrium, Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U. The series features performances by members of the UI School of Music.

Krannert Uncorked. Featuring Theatre of Love, 5 p.m. Feb. 14, Stage 5 in the lobby, Krannert Center. A revue, featuring songs and dialogue based on works by Viennese writer Arthur Schnitzler. Free. 333-6280.

The Paul Dresher Ensemble Production of Schick Machine. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$17. 333-6280.

Elizabeth Thompson, soprano. Doctor of musical arts recital, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Free.

Imani Winds. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, Recital Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. Tickets $7-$15. 581-3110, doudnatix@eiu.edu.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Erica Neal (new and classic country), 8 p.m. Feb. 15, 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

Annual Bluegrass Jam. 1 to 6 p.m. Feb. 16, Fithian Community Center, Fithian. Acoustic only and no alcohol, just good friends and good pickin' and singing. 260-1582.

Benjamin King, trumpet. Senior recital, 5 p.m. Feb. 16, UI Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., U. Senior in trumpet performance at the UI. Free.

All Out A Cappella. Two shows, 5 or 8 p.m. Feb. 16, Unity High School Auditorium, Tolono. Performers include Xtension Chords, No Comment, RipChords and No Strings Attached from the UI; Surreal Sound from Unity High School. Tickets $7-$14. Proceeds go to Unity Music Boosters. Tickets at http://www.unitymusicboosters.org or at Unity junior high and high schools.

Tania Coambs, soprano. Doctor of musical arts recital, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Free.

Bellflower Country Opry. With guest, Kyle Ripsch, keys, 7 p.m. Feb. 16, Bellflower Community Center, 104 W. Center St. Tickets $10; ages 12 and younger, free. Bellflower Lions Club serving an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage supper, 4 to 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. 309-722-3497 or 898-7493.

Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives. 7 p.m. Feb. 16, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St. Dinner, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; opening act, 7 p.m.; start, 8:30 p.m. 815-993-6585, http://www.watsekatheatre.com.

Sinfonia da Camera: The Solar System. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. With the UI Women's Glee Club. Experience an interactive display of the galaxy through telescopes set up in the Amphitheatre, indoor displays, and video starting at 6:40 p.m. Tickets $5-$34. 333-6280.

UFLive! Presenting Desafinado (bossa nova, samba and popular Brazilian music),2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 17, the Urbana Free Library, downstairs conference room, 210 W. Green St. A seven-piece ensemble, featuring vocals, classical guitar, flute, congas, mandolin, percussion and piano/melodica. Free.

Westville High School Concert Chorus and Singing Tigers. Sweetheart Concert, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Westville High School Old Gym. Dessert concert features traditional and contemporary love songs performed by a variety of soloists and ensembles. "Death by Chocolate," a variety of chocolate desserts and a beverage. Admission $2-$3.

Jasmine Henderson, voice. Senior recital, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Free.

Jupiter String Quartet. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$20. 333-6280.

Next week

Evan Tammen, oboe. Doctor of musical arts recital, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Free.

Simon Burke, jazz trumpet. Master of music recital, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18, UI Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., U. Free.

Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway in 'Boom!' 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 21 and 22, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. "Boom!" celebrates the childhood soundtrack of these Tony-nominated, Broadway-beloved sisters with unforgettable songs from the 1960s and 1970s, Tickets $10-$38. 333-6280.

Johannes Brahms' Instrumental Music with Piano: Ian Hobson, piano. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. With Csaba Erdelyi, viola. In a series of concerts during the 2012-13 season, Hobson will present works by Brahms that feature the piano as a solo instrument or as part of an ensemble. Tickets $5-$10. 333-6280.

Illinois Modern Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Krannert Uncorked. Featuring Tom Cortese (ragtime/novelty), 5 p.m. Feb. 21, lobby, Krannert Center, Urbana. Free. 333-6280.

UI Wind Symphony. With UI Faculty Saxophone Trio, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Urbana High School Choir. Noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 22, Flag Lounge, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Part of Parkland's "Local Black History," a monthlong celebration of African-American achievements and culture in February.

Family Rock Jam! 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 22, Champaign School of Music, 1712 S. Duncan Road, C. An interactive rock workshop, featuring Big Red Skillet band, followed by an all-out jam with the pros for families with children/adults at the facility. No experience necessary, but every participant who has an instrument should bring it. Tickets: school families are free if reserved ahead, $5 at the door. All others, $5 per family reserved ahead, $8 per family at the door. 359-0541, http://www.ChampaignSchoolofMusic.org.

UI Chorale. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Locked and Reloaded Tour 2013. Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley, with special guest Lee Brice, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, UI Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C. Tickets $25-$49.75. $5 Illinois student discount on Fl—C; no CC discount. 333-5000, http://www.LiveNation.com, uofiassemblyhall.com.

Ya-Wen Wang, piano. Doctor of musical arts recital, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Free.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Eric Gordon, singer/songwriter, 8 p.m. Feb. 22, 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

Third annual Indoor Bluegrass Festival. 4:30 to 11 p.m. Feb. 23, Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave., U. Featuring Bluegrass Biscuits, Black Coffee Fridays, High Cotton and Grass Roots Revival. Presented by UCIMC and C-U Folk and Roots, Admission $10, $8 for students, $25 for families; children under 12 free. 493-4654, oltime1@att.net.

Carolyn Van De Velde, violin. Senior recital, 5 p.m. Feb. 23, UI Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., U. Free.

China National Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$48. 333-6280.

Songs for Scooter. 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Feb. 23, Mike 'N' Molly's, 105 N. Market St., C. Scooter lost his two hind legs as a result of abuse. Five local bands will perform to raise funds for the prosthetic wheels that will help increase the cat's mobility and his chances for adoption. Gloria Roubal and Paul Sabuco with Dawna Nelson open the show at 8:30 p.m., followed by Evil Tents at 9:20 p.m., Steakmen at 10:10 p.m., Susie and the Shy Guys at 11 p.m. and The Acme Principle at 11:50 p.m. 355-1236, http://www.catsnap.org.

Music performance by Costas. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 24, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U. Melodies of Colombia and Ecuador. At 1 p.m., band members discuss their musical instruments in the South American exhibit, and at 1:45 p.m. perform a concert in the Ancient Mediterranean Gallery. Free. 244-3355.

Future highlights

Seo Hee Kang, piano. Doctor of musical arts project recital, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Free.

UI Wind Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

2013 Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation: Culminating Celebration. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Myrlie Evers-Williams, a civil rights activist, former chair of the NAACP, and tireless champion of her husband's memory, gives the keynote address for this celebration that includes performances by the UI Black Chorus, the UI Women's Glee Club and the UI Wind Symphony. Free.

The Beckman Institute's Thursdays at 12:20 Concert Series. Featuring Ann McLaughlin, harp, 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. Feb. 28, atrium, Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U. The series features performances by members of the UI School of Music.

'My Fair Lady' (concert version). UI Opera Program, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1 and 2 and 3 p.m. March 3; Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $8-$26. Libretto, conversation before performance, 6:30 p.m. March 2 and 3, $6.50. 333-6280.

Juilliard String Quartet. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$48. 333-6280.

Sudden Sound Concert. Jazz avant-garde, featuring Douglas Ewalt and Wadada Leo Smith, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. 333-1861.

Interval: New Orleans Jazz Machine. Noon March 1, Stage 5 in the lobby, Krannert Center, Urbana. Free. 333-6280.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Stephanie Foster, 8 p.m. March 1, 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

C-U Folk and Roots Presents Lou and Peter Berryman. With local folk singer/songwriter Margaret O'Brien opening, 7 to 9:30 p.m. March 2, Techline Studio, 307 S. Locust St., C. The Berrymans have been performing since the 1960s and appeared on such programs as "A Prairie Home Companion" and National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition." 493-4654, http://www.folkandroots.org.

Young Concert Artists Winner: Andrew Tyson, piano. 3 p.m. March 3, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $5-$39. 333-6280.

Parkland Concert Band and Parkland Orchestra. March concert, 3 p.m. March 3, Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C. Free.

The Hathaways Peruvian Trio. 3:30 p.m. March 3, Fireplace Room, Creekside Prairie, 510 Prairie Lane, Cissna Park. The trio, consisting of siblings Kate and James Hathaway, with Tom Turino, infuse American pop music with Peruvian soul. Sponsored by Art Up Close, a central Illinois arts council. Tickets $3-$7; children 12 and younger, free; available at the door, but seating is limited. 815-457-2453, artupclose@yahoo.com.

Monty Python's Spamalot. Part of the WCIA 3 Broadway Series, 7:30 p.m. March 4, Assembly Hall Star Theatre, 1800 S. First St., C. Tickets $39-$54. UI student discount, $8. Group discount (10 or more), $4. 866-455-4641, 333-5000.

Krannert Uncorked. With Sherrika Ellison, cabaret, 5 p.m. March 7, Stage 5 in the lobby, Krannert Center. A revue, featuring songs and dialogue based on works by the Viennese writer Arthur Schnitzler. Free. 333-6280.

Johannes Brahms' Instrumental Music with Piano: Ian Hobson, piano. 7:30 p.m. March 8, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. With Andres Cardenes, violin, and Bernhard Scully, French horn. In a series of concerts during the 2012-13 season, Hobson will present works by Brahms that feature the piano as a solo instrument or as part of an ensemble. Tickets $5-$10. 333-6280.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Linda Thomas, 8 p.m. March 8, 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

Battle of the Bands. 2 to 6 p.m. March 9, Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Local teenage musical groups were encouraged to enter. Among its prizes, first-place winner will play at summer festivals and local venues with other top performers. Audience members also get a chance to win prizes. Tickets $5-$8; at the door. 398-2550, http://www.champaignparkdistrict.com.

Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra: Orchestral Masters. 7:30 p.m. March 9, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Winston Choi, piano. The CUSO season finale. Tickets $5-$31. Free preshow concert at 6:30 p.m. at Stage 5. 333-6280.

Danville Symphony Orchestra. "Titans: Mahler's Symphony No. 1 and Beethoven's Violin Concerto," featuring Clara-Jumi Kang, 7:30 p.m. March 9, Danville High School Auditorium, 202 E. Fairchild St., Danville Season tickets $50-$90. Single tickets, $15-$30. 443-5300.

Black Sacred Music Symposium Closing Concert. 7:30 p.m. March 10, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. UI School of Music. Tickets $10. 333-6280.

FullSet. Piper's Hut Concert Series, 8 p.m. March 12, Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave., U. FullSet includes Michael Harrison, fiddle; Sean McCarthy, uilleann pipes; Janine Redmond, button accordion; Eamonn Moloney, bodhran; Andy Meaney, guitar; and Teresa Horgan, vocals. Tickets $10 and $20. pipers.hut@gmail.com, http://www.pipers-hut.com/concerts.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Chris Krause, 8 p.m. March 15, 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

The Beckman Institute's Thursdays at 12:20 Concert Series. Featuring Tom Cortese, pianist, 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. March 28, atrium, Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U. The series features performances by members of the UI School of Music.

Dancing

This weekend

Swing Society dance. 9 p.m. Feb. 14, Courtyard Cafe, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. A free workshop hosted by Illini Swing Society before a night full of swing dancing, "A Vintage Affair Valentine's Day Dance." http://www.cu-swing.org/dances, questions@cu-swing.org.

Destination Dance. 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 15, Hilton Garden Inn, Banquet Hall, 1501 S. Neil St., C. Dinner, dancing, door prizes and the chance to win a trip. The destination is a surprise, so pack for anything because you will leave during the event. Tickets $26 for Champaign residents, $39 for nonresidents; must be purchased by Feb. 8. 398-2550, http://www.champaignparkdistrict.com.

Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 15, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by The Young and the Fretless. Dale Wilson, caller. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4. Workshop, "Have Fun, Be Safe, You Crazy Kids," 7 p.m., led by Angela and Amanda. 359-8225, lewart3@gmail.com, http://urbana-contra.org.

Tango Valentine Dance. 7 p.m. to midnight Feb. 16, McKinley Foundation, 809 S. Fifth St., C. For couples and singles: Bring your valentine to learn to dance tango or meet new people at the dance. Intro tango lesson, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tango dancing, 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Lots of chocolate. Wear red. Cost: $10, $15 for couples. Free parking in university garage across the street. http://www.centraltango.com, Tango.Society@gmail.com, 328-1309, 377-2850.

Country dancing. 7:30 to 11 p.m. every Saturday, Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C. Music by various country bands. Public welcome.

Danville Area Super Singles and Couples Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 16, American Legion Post 210, 201 Jackson St., Danville. Music by Mike's DJ and Karaoke Service. $5 for the DJ. 759-7872, 267-3601.

Singles/Couples Dance. 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 17, Decatur Knights of Columbus, 520 E. North St. Third Sunday each month. Live band, $10. 875-3090.

Next week

Swing Society weekly dance. 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. every Thursday, Feb. 21 through May 2, Illini Union, Room 314, 1401 W. Green St., U. Swing-era dances such as East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop and Charleston. Usually DJ'd by a local dancer. No special shoes or dress required. Free. http://www.cu-swing.org/dances, questions@cu-swing.org.

Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 22, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Tune Mountain Boys. Drew Phillips and Scott Meyer, callers. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4. 359-8225, lewart3@gmail.com, http://urbana-contra.org/.

Country dancing. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Feb. 23, Sidney Town Hall, Sidney. Line and couples, singles welcome. Fourth Saturday of each month. Admission $5. 351-4110.

Future highlights

English country dancing. 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 24, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Hosted by Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Music by local musicians. Dancers of all ages welcome. All dances taught. Partners, costumes and experience are not required, but bring soft-soled, nonmarking, nonstreet shoes. Admission $2. 359-8225, ciecd-info@centralillinoisecd.org, http://www.centralillinoisecd.org.

Urbana Country Dancers' contra dance. 7:30 to 11 p.m. March 1, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m., and contra dance with music by Yellow Jackets and caller, Ann Huber, 8 p.m. 359-8225, lewart3@gmail.com, http://urbana-contra.org/.

Waltz party. 7:30 to 11 p.m. March 2, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Intermediate waltz workshop with Jonathan Sivier, 7:30 p.m.; and waltz party with Big Bluestem String Band, 8 p.m. 359-8225, lewart3@gmail.com, http://urbana-contra.org/.

Tango at KAM. Noon to 4 p.m. March 2, Krannert Art Museum, Gelvin Noel Gallery, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Dance, watch or learn. Music by Tangotta (Armand Beaudoin, bass/cello; Dorothy Martirano, violin; Chris Reyman, keyboard and accordion; and George Turner, guitar). 333-1861.

Urbana Country Dancers' contra dance. 8 to 11 p.m. March 8, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by The Nashville Ceili Band. Ken Gall, caller. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4. 359-8225, lewart3@gmail.com, http://urbana-contra.org/.

Marchfest Day of Irish Music and Dance. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 9, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. Workshops in Irish set and ceili dancing to live music, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Workshop in Irish music, 10 a.m. to noon. Evening ceili dance, 7 to 10 p.m. Music by the Nashville Ceili Band. Dance instruction by Donna Killen and Mary Carmody. Admission $7 for each two-hour workshop; $15 for evening dance; $35 for the day; pay at the door. Free to UI students with ID. daniel_flora@hotmail.com, http://www.illinifolkdance.s3.amazonaws.com/index.html.

Performing arts

This weekend

African-American Read-In. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 14, Parkland Library Reading Lounge, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. The campus and community are invited to read excerpts from selections of African-American literature. Refreshments. Sponsored in conjunction with the Parkland College Library.

SPEAK Cafe. "No Struggle, No Progress: Honoring Frederick Douglass," 7 p.m. Feb. 14, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. An open-mic space for hip-hop, activism and black power expression. Moderated by Aaron Ammons. 333-1861.

'The Seasons.' Irish Dance and Contemporary Ballet, presented by Champaign Park District Dance Arts School, 7 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15, Vineyard Church, 1500 N. Lincoln Ave., U. Tickets $9-$12; available through Feb. 13 at the Springer Cultural Center or at the door before the show. 398-2550.

'Rod Sickler's 10th annual Red Hot Winter ... the Decade!' 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23, Jupiter's at the Crossing, 2511 Village Green Place, C. Variety show, featuring nationally and locally known performers of music, dance, comedy, hair, and lingerie fashion. Featuring acts such as The Brat Pack, The Sugar Prophets, Christacy, Mike Ingram, Vicious Professional Dance Group, Stigma, DJ Bob Bass, and the debut set of Rod Sickler's new Radio 6 Band. Benefits the Eastern Illinois Foodbank. http://www.rodsickler.com, 403-1790.

Zoo Improv. 8 p.m. every Friday, SoDo Theatre, 114 S. Neil St., C. Improv comedy. A guest improv group performs before Zoo Improv each week. Participate or just watch. $3. 356-7805, http://www.zooimprov.com, contact@zooimprov.com.

Onarga Theater Variety Show. 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 17, Onarga Theater. Family event, all ages welcome; each performer given up to 10 minutes. Free, but donations accepted. Call or email to be put in the lineup. 815-383-5987, movies@onargatheater.com.

Next week

VOICE Reading series. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Featuring fiction writers and poets. 333-1861.

The 24th annual African-American Read-In & Poetry Slam. "Come on Out, Grab a Book, and Read-In!" at 1 p.m. Feb. 23, Barnes & Noble, 65 E. Marketview Drive, C. Features a book written by a prominent African-American author followed by recitations of pieces composed by African-American poets. Speakers and poets include community members, authors, students representing Champaign and Urbana schools, and representatives of black Greek organizations and the National Council of Teachers of English. Audience will have an opportunity to share poetry. 355-2045, 355-2264.

Winter Tales. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U. Concert of American Indian tales with the featured performer, award-winning storyteller and author Lloyd Arneach, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, telling the history of his people. Admission $5. 344-3355.

Future highlights

2013 Class Act Kids' Cabaret. "Where's My Spotlight?!" at 3 and 7 p.m. Feb. 23 and 3 p.m. Feb. 24, SoDo Theatre, 114 S. Neil St., C. A lineup of impressive (and adorable) young performers! Tickets $5 at the door. manager@sodotheatre.com.

Studiodance I.Dance at Illinois Series, 7 and 9 p.m. March 7, 8 and 9, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $7-$14. 333-6280.

Circus Oz: From the Ground Up. 7 p.m. March 8 and 1 and 7 p.m. March 9, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Power-packing aerialists, knock-about jugglers and live-wire musicians. Tickets $8-$32. 333-6280.

Second annual Magic and Other Nonsense. 7:30 p.m. March 8 and 9, SoDo Theatre, 114 S. Neil St., C. Featuring magical entertainer Markus Clegg with feats of juggling by Brian Pankey, master magician David Casas of Davenport, Iowa, and the amazing visual artistry of John Jansky. Pre-show close-up entertainment from local magician and UI student Alejandro Remigio. Tickets: $12 in advance at Exile on Main Street, Champaign, or online at http://magicandnonsense2.eventbrite.com; $15 at the door. Markus@MarkusClegg.com.

Danville's Got Talent Show. 3 to 5 p.m. March 10, Vermilion Regional Airport, Cloud 9 Banquet Hall, 22633 N. Bowman Ave., Danville. Ages 3-12. Talents include instrumental, drama, dance and vocal. Entry fee $10; register by Feb. 22. Admission: adults, $3; ages 3-12, $2; 2 and younger, free. 597-3750.

Mark Morris Dance Group. 7:30 p.m. March 13 and 14, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$40. 333-6280.

SPEAK Cafe. "Killing Me Softly," 7 p.m. March 14, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. An open-mic space for hip-hop, activism and black power expression. Moderated by Aaron Ammons. 333-1861.

VOICE Reading Series. 7:30 p.m. March 28, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Featuring fiction writers and poets. 333-1861.

Theater

This weekend

'Adventures in Mating.' Continues 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 15, 16 and 23; Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount. Interactive romantically hilarious play with more than 40 different scene options; it's never the same show twice. Tickets $30 on Feb. 14-16, includes meal; $15 on Feb. 23, no meal, but you can bring your own. 733-0330, http://www.sleepycreekvineyards.com.

'Beer for Breakfast.' Continues Feb. 14 through Feb. 24; Conklin's Barn II dinner theater, Goodfield. Performances at 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon Sunday. Tickets $33-$37. 309-965-2545, http://www.barn2.com.

'Drinking Habits.' Tri-County Players, 6 p.m. Feb. 14, 7 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16, 2 p.m. Feb. 17, 7 p.m. Feb. 22 and 23 and 2 p.m. Feb. 24; Market Street Theater, 120 N. Market St., Paxton. Special Valentine's Day dinner theater, catered by the Tin Pan, Feb. 14. Tickets $12; at the door or leave a message, 379-7028.

'No Child ... ' UI Department of Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, 14, 15 and 16 and 3 p.m. Feb. 17; Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $9-$16. On Wednesday and Thursday, get two tickets for the price of one. 333-6280.

Next week

'Les Miserables.' 8 p.m. Feb. 22, 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 23, 2 p.m. Feb. 24, 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 27, 8 p.m. Feb. 28, 8 p.m. March 1, 2 and 8 p.m. March 2 and 2 p.m. March 3; Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Tickets $35.40-$37.50. 728-7375, http://www.thelittletheatre.org.

'Sons of the Prophet.' The Celebration Company, 8 p.m. Feb. 21, 22, 23, 24, 27 and 28, March 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 and 9; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000.

'You Can't Take It With You.' Parkland College Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 22, 23 and 28, March 1 and 2 and 3 p.m. March 3; Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Tickets $8-$14; groups of 15 or more, $10 each. 351-2528, http://www.theatre.parkland.edu.

Future highlights

'How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.' Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company, musical comedy, 7:30 p.m. March 14-16, and 2:30 p.m. March 17, Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Tickets $8-$16. 344-3884, http://www.cutc.org.

'Jack and the Beanstalk.' University of Illinois Laboratory High School, musical, 7 p.m. March 7, 4:30 and 7 p.m. March 8, and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 9; Uni High North Attic Theatre, 1212 W. Springfield Ave., U. Tickets $5; available at the school's main office or call 244-2870.

'Mistakes Were Made.' March 15-18, 22-25; Charleston Alley Theatre, 718 Monroe Ave., Charleston. Tickets: 345-2287, http://www.charlestonalleytheatre.com.

'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.' Produced by Eastern Illinois University's Theatre Department in conjunction with the Department of Music; 7 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28, March 1 and 2, and 2 p.m. March 3; Black Box Theatre, Doudna Fine Arts Center, South Ninth Street and Hayes Avenue on the EIU campus, Charleston. Tickets $5-$12. 581-3110, doudnatix@eiu.edu, http://www.eiu.edu/doudna.

Outdoors / nature

This weekend

Owl Prowl. 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 14, Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. This educational program begins indoors with a slide show about Illinois owls. Then hit the trails to call and search for owls. $4; children 2 and younger, free. Registration required. 896-2455, sdonovan@ccfpd.org.

Maple Sugar Day. 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 16, Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Learn to tap a maple tree. Explore the science and the history behind maple sugaring, and learn how to do it yourself. For all ages. $5. 586-2612, kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

Next week

School's Out: Cabin Fever. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 18, Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Fun family activities including a search of different types of animal homes on the Animal "Homer" Hike, then hot chocolate or tea, and family crafts and activities inside the Interpretive Center. Free. 896-2455, ehenson@ccfpd.org.

Nordic Walking Group. 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Race Street parking lot, Meadowbrook Park, Urbana. Weekly group. A 4-mile route around Meadowbrook Park. All Nordic walkers welcome. Walk in all seasons. No charge. lynn@champaignsurplus.com, 649-6861.

Second Wind Running Club Winter Fun Runs. 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Indoor group uses the UI Armory Track. There is a fee to use this facility. The outdoor group runs 1 to 6 miles around campus. Meet at the southwest entrance (corner of Gregory Drive and Fourth Street). All abilities are encouraged to attend and participate at the pace and distance desired. http://www.secondwindrunningclub.org.

Owl Prowl. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 3485 County Road 2700 E., Penfield. This educational program begins indoors with a slide show about Illinois owls. Then hit the trails to call and search for owls. $4; children 2 and younger, free. Registration required. 896-2455, sdonovan@ccfpd.org.

Future highlights

Walk on the Wild Side. 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 9, I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C. A dinner and auction benefit for the Wildlife Medical Clinic. Auction items will include artwork by the clinic's resident raptors. General admission, $85. VIP tickets, $125. 333-2907, ope@vetmed.illinois.edu.

Woodcock Walk. 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 14, Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Short presentation followed by a hike. Meet at the Buffalo Trace Prairie parking lot on Illinois 47/North Lombard across the street from the Museum of the Grand Prairie. $2; children 2 and younger, free. Registration required. 896-2455, sdonovan@ccfpd.org.

Woodcock Walk. 7 to 8 p.m. March 21, Buffalo Trace Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 775 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. Short presentation followed by a hike. Meet at the Buffalo Trace Prairie parking lot on Illinois 47/North Lombard across the street from the Museum of the Grand Prairie. $2; children 2 and younger, free. Registration required. 896-2455, sdonovan@ccfpd.org.

UI museums

Krannert Art Museum. 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. "Encounters: The Arts of Africa," "Blind Field," through March 31; "Jacob Lawrence: Toussaint L'Ouverture Series" and "Processing the Everyday," through April 28; "Counterpoints: Moshekwa Langa, In and Out of Africa," through May 12. "Fashion Traditions of Japan," through May 26. Kids at Krannert, 10 a.m. to noon March 2; hands-on fun for children ages 3-8 and their families; art projects, family tours, demonstrations. Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday; 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission free, but $3 donation suggested. 333-1860, http://www.kam.illinois.edu.

Spurlock Museum. 600 S. Gregory St., U. Around the World Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, through March 6; Children and their parents are invited to drop in for culture-based crafts and activities; $2 donation per participant. New exhibit area, "First Impressions: Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals," featuring the museum's first digital multimedia interactive. "John Philip Sousa's 1912 Victor Recording Sessions," through July 15. "A Divided Musical Affair: Arthur Endres Kraeckmann's Love Letters to Mabel Roeher," through July 29. Five permanent galleries, featuring the cultures of the world. Regular hours: noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays, holidays. Free, suggested donation $3. 333-2360, http://www.spurlock.illinois.edu.

Other museums

Bicentennial Art Center and Museum. 132 S. Central Ave., Paris, Ill. "Photography by Doug Bibo," ends Feb. 15. "Annual Town & Country Amateur Art Exhibition" and "Blackhawk Park Exhibition," opening Feb. 22, through March 22. Reception, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22. "Works by Alice Baber" from the Paris Art Center's Permanent Collection, ongoing. Regular hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment. 466-8130, http://www.parisartcenter.com.

Champaign County Historical Museum. In the historic Cattle Bank, 102 E. University Ave., C. Regular exhibits are four exhibit rooms, featuring turn-of-the-century (19th-century) items, plus the Victorian Room. Regular hours: noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Open for tour groups, by appointment. No admission charge for tours, but donations welcome. 356-1010, http://www.champaignmuseum.org, director@champaignmuseum.org.

Chanute Air Museum. 1011 Pacesetter Drive, Rantoul. The museum collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets aviation and aerospace artifacts. Special emphasis on the life and accomplishments of Octave Chanute, Chanute Field/Chanute Air Force Base and its technical training programs, history of Illinois aviation and Rantoul. Various exhibits including "Before the Wrights: The Dream of Flight." Winter hours, through March 10: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: adults, $10; seniors and active/retired military, $8; children K-12, $5; 4 and younger, free. 893-1613, http://www.aeromuseum.org.

Orpheum Children's Science Museum. 346 N. Neil St., C. "Animal Encounters," 2 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Meet an animal up close and watch as it receives tasty enrichment. Exhibits, facility and programs are family- and science-centered. Regular hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission $3-$4, children under 2 and members free. 352-5895, http://www.orpheumkids.com.

Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. Harding Band Building, 1103 S. Sixth St., C. "The Forgotten Musicians of the Sousa Band," through June 3. "A British Tar: John Philip Sousa's Anglo-American Connections," through June 28. "The Musical Crossroads of John Jacob Mountz," through Sept. 9. "America and Sousa's Band Through the Photographic Lens of Charles Strothkamp," through Sept. 16. "John Philip Sousa's Jazz America," through Oct. 14. Regular hours: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Closed weekends and some holidays. Free, but donations accepted. For guided tours: 244-9309 or email sousa@uiuc.edu.

Vermilion County Museum and Fithian House. 116 N. Gilbert St., Danville. Two permanent exhibits of Lincoln-Lamon law office in Danville (1852-1856) and a one-room schoolhouse; natural history displays, a coal mine shaft. "Vermilion County in the Civil War," through 2015. Admission: museum and Fithian House, $4; museum only, $2.50 for adults. $1 for teens 13-17, children 12 and younger free. Winter hours, through Feb. 28: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 442-2922, http://www.vermilioncountymuseum.org.

Vermilion County War Museum. 307 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Memorabilia and artifacts from the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Phase one of museum renovations is nearing completion. The meeting room is completed and the library includes a new section of veterans' scrapbooks, diaries and personal notes, plus updated displays. Several new weapons were added from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, Spanish-American War and Vietnam. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; closed Sunday and Monday. Admission $1-$2; younger than 16, free. 431-0034.

Planetarium

William M. Staerkel Planetarium. Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Admission $3-$5. 351-2568, 351-2446. — Sky show: "Winter Prairie Skies," 7 p.m. Fridays, through March 15. — Main feature: "Odyssey," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Feb. 23. "Dawn of the Space Age," opens 8 p.m. March 1. — Children's feature: "Solar System Safari," 7 p.m. Saturdays, through March 16. — "One World, One Sky: Big Birds Adventure," 10 a.m. Feb. 18.

Exhibits

Asian American Cultural Center. 1210 W. Nevada St., U. Art Exhibit: "Vibrant Colors of Lunar New Year" by students from Hua Nian Art Studio. Through April 5. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 333-9300, go.illinois.edu/aacc.

Lincoln Square Village. 300 S. Broadway Ave., U. "Best in Show Photographic Print Competition," opens Feb. 16, through Feb. 24. More than 500 prints from amateur photographers in the area. Professional critique of images at 1 p.m. Feb. 24 in center of mall. Sponsored by the Urbana Park District, the Champaign County Camera Club and The News-Gazette. Hours: noon to 6 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Champaign County Camera Club, 356-3648.

Murphy Gallery. University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., C. Art at the Y exhibition, "Artists on the Environment," paintings by Viktoria Ford, Molly Briggs and Glen Davies, through Feb. 23. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. http://www.universityymca.org/art.

Parkland Art Gallery. 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Black History Month displays through Feb. 15, College Center display cases, and through Feb. 28, D Wing and Library display cases. "John Ekstrom in Retrospect: Paintings and Drawings," solo exhibition of works by retired art Professor John Ekstrom, through March 26. Reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 14, Gallery Lounge; gallery talk, 7 p.m. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday; and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed March 22 and 23. 351-2485, http://artgallery.parkland.edu.

Tarble Arts Center. South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue, EIU, Charleston. "Martin Schoeller: Close Up," through Feb. 17. "19th Biennial Drawing/Watercolor: Illinois" exhibition, through Feb. 24. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays, holidays. 581-2787.

UI Library. 1401 W. Gregory Drive, U. "Names Swallowed by the Cold: Hidden Histories of Arctic Exploration," through April 8, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 333-2290.

Women's Resources Center. 703 S. Wright St., second floor, MC-302, C. "Petite Magnitude Exhibition" by Hali Ruth Linn, through mid-February. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. 333-3137.

Galleries

Alley Gallery. 113 N. Vermilion St., Danville. "Intimate Treasures" by Steve Ingram of St. Joseph. Ongoing. Regular gallery hours: noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and noon to 4 p.m. Thursday. 497-2286.

Amara Yoga & Arts. Suite 156B, Lincoln Square Village, 300 S. Broadway Ave., U. "Canis Familiaris," artwork about animals, especially dogs, by Knut Bauer, Joan Stolz, Maria Lux, Susan Smith, Peggy Shaw, Lyosha Svinarski, Kathyrn Fitzgerald and Miriam Martincic, ends Feb. 15. "Colorful Spirit" by Lee Boyer, Michael Hoag, Evelyne Tardy and Poet Natalie Kettleson, opens with a reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16, through April 11. Hours: 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. 328-9642, http://www.amarayoga.com.

Cinema Gallery. 120 W. Main St., U. Watercolor collages by UI Professor Emeritus Glenn Bradshaw and ceramic sculpture by Southern Illinois University Professor Harris Deller. Through March 16. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 367-3711, http://www.cinemagallery.cc.

Indi Go Artist Co-op. 9 E. University Ave., C. Exhibition opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. March 1; through March 17. Art and functional design by creative-reuse artists and designers, ranging from assemblage, collage, jewelry, fiber and paper arts to re-imagined objects for home and garden. During the Hatch festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 2 and 1 to 5 p.m. March 3. Continues March 5-17, with gallery hours: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Mondays.

Red House Gallery. 315 W. Washington St., Monticello. Featuring photographs by Michael Holtz; other artists periodically. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. first and third Saturdays of each month or by appointment. 762-8248. http://www.redhousegallery.net.

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