Entertainment listings, Feb. 21-28
A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.
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.
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.
Piatt County Antique Day. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 2, DeLand, Cisco, Cerro Gordo, Hammond, Mansfield, Monticello, Bement and Atwood. Visit 12 antique stores throughout Piatt County. Visit some of the stores, restaurants and galleries between antique stops. Get the map of participating locations online at http://www.cityofmonticello.net.
19th annual Farmer City antiques show. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 2 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 3, Blue Ridge High School, 411 N. John St., Farmer City. Admission $5. 369-1910.
Midwest Central Model Railroad Club N-gauge layout train show. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 2, auditorium near the Children's Department, the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. N-gauge trains running all day. No admission. 552-6514.
Beckman Institute Open House. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 8 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9, at the institute, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U. More than 30 scientific exhibits, featuring everything from a rare humanoid robot to the shooting of a basketball while wearing "drunk" goggles. Food available at Beckman Cafe. http://beckman.illinois.edu/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 the 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.
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 tickets 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, email@example.com.
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; at 1:45 p.m., they present a concert in the Ancient Mediterranean Gallery. Free. 244-3355.
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.
Rick Flessner and Friends. With guest, Lauren Wadley, 7 p.m. March 2, Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St., Melvin. Adults, $10; children 12 and younger, free. Food available; Italian beef sandwiches, chips, homemade pies and drinks. Doors open, 6 p.m. 388-2853.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 7:30 p.m. March 9, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Featuring Winston Choi, piano. Last of four music director finalists, Stephen Alltop, presenting Classics IV: Orchestral Masters. Tickets $5-$31. Free pre-show concert, 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. Season tickets $50-$90. Single tickets $15-$30. 443-5300.
Chorus and Wind Ensemble March Concert. 3 p.m. March 10, New Horizon United Methodist Church, 3002 W. Bloomington Road, C. Parkland Chamber Singers; Kristina Engberg, accompanist; Parkland Chorus; Sunny Choo, accompanist; and Parkland Wind Ensemble. Free.
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. email@example.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.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Eric Gordon, 8 p.m. March 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.
Winter Jam 2013 Tour Spectacular, featuring TobyMac. 6 p.m. March 23, UI Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C. The 44-city tour will also feature RED, Matthew West, Jamie Grace, Sidewalk Prophets and Royal Tailor, with a message from national speaker Nick Hall. In addition, the Youth Music Vault Pre-Jam Party will include performances from Jason Castro, OBB and Capital Kings. 333-5000.
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.
Sinfonia da Camera concert. "St. Matthew Passion," 5 to 9:30 p.m. March 30, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. With UI Oratorio Society and UI Chorale. Tickets $5-$33. 333-6280.
Kid Cudi in Concert. 7:30 to 10 p.m. March 30, UI Assembly Hall, Star Theatre, 1800 S. First St., C. 333-5000.
Johannes Brahms' Instrumental Music with Piano: Ian Hobson, piano. 7:30 p.m. March 31, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. With Andres Cardenes, violin, and 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Country dancing. 7:30 to 11 p.m. every Saturday, Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C. Music by various country bands. Public welcome.
Urbana Country Dancers' contra dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 22, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Too Old To Be Controlled. 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, email@example.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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.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 Ann Huber as caller, 8 p.m. 359-8225, email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, email@example.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. firstname.lastname@example.org, illinifolkdance.s3.amazonaws.com/index.html.
Urbana Country Dancers' contra dance. 8 to 11 p.m. March 15, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Tune Mountain Boys. Kristi Emilsson, 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, email@example.com, http://urbana-contra.org/.
Singles/Couples Dance. 5 to 8 p.m. March 17, Decatur Knights of Columbus, 520 E. North St. Third Sunday each month. Live band, $10. 875-3090.
English country dancing. 7 to 10 p.m. March 22, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.centralillinoisecd.org.
'Rod Sickler's 10th annual Red Hot Winter ... the Decade!' Continues 7:30 p.m. Feb. 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.
VOICE Reading series. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Featuring fiction writers and poets. 333-1861.
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, email@example.com.
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Bellies for Life 2013. 7 to 9 p.m. March 16, The High Dive, 51 Main St., C. Belly dance show benefits the Illinois breast cancer organization Network of Strength. $7 with student ID, pre-sale price $10, or $15 at the door. http://pangaea.fatcow.com.
VOICE Reading Series. 7:30 p.m. March 28, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Featuring fiction writers and poets. 333-1861.
'Adventures in Mating.' Continues 6:30 p.m. Feb. 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 $15, no meal, but you can bring your own. 733-0330, http://www.sleepycreekvineyards.com.
'Beer for Breakfast.' Continues Feb. 21 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.
'The Devil and Daniel Webster' and 'The Browning Version.' Two one-act plays, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 and 23, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. March 1 and 2, and 2:30 p.m. March 3; Creative Dramatics Workshop, 400 E. Byron St., Sidney. Cost $5. 688-2395.
'Drinking Habits.' Tri-County Players, continues 7 p.m. Feb. 22 and 23 and 2 p.m. Feb. 24; Market Street Theater, 120 N. Market St., Paxton. Tickets $12; at the door or leave a message at 379-7028.
'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.
'Noises Off.' Champaign Central High School, comedy, 7 p.m. Feb. 21-23 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 24; Decker Theatre, Central High School, 610 W. University Ave., C. 351-3911.
'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.
'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, email@example.com, http://www.eiu.edu/doudna.
'Unnecessary Farce.' Feb. 28 to April 14; 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.
'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.' 7:30 p.m. March 15, 16, 18, 22, 23 and 25 and 2 p.m. March 17 and 24; Charleston Alley Theatre, 718 Monroe Ave., Charleston. Tickets $10; group rates available. 345-2287, http://www.charlestonalleytheatre.com.
Outdoors / nature
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, firstname.lastname@example.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. email@example.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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Bicentennial Art Center and Museum. 132 S. Central Ave., Paris, Ill. "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, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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, through May 18. — Children's feature: "Solar System Safari," 7 p.m. Saturdays, through March 16. — "World of Science" talk: 7 p.m. March 1. "Agriculture in a Changing World" by Carl Bernacchi, professor in the UI's Department of Plant Biology. Admission $1.
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.
Illinois Terminal. 45 E. University Ave., C. "Getting to Champaign," photography exhibit, second floor and in the main stairwell. Ongoing. The exhibit highlights significant milestones in the evolution of ground transportation in Champaign-Urbana. Free. Hours: all day, every day.
Lincoln Square Village. 300 S. Broadway Ave., U. "Best in Show Photographic Print Competition," ends 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, ends 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. 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. 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. "19th Biennial Drawing/Watercolor: Illinois" exhibition, ends 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.
Virgil H. Judge Learning Resource Center. Lake Land College, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon. Lake Land College Foundation's 34th annual Photography Show, opens March 1, through March 31. Reception, 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 7, with presentation of awards and individual critiques for photographers who request one. Regular hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 10 to 2 p.m. Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. 234-5363, 234-5376.
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. "Colorful Spirit" by Lee Boyer, Michael Hoag, Evelyne Tardy and poet Natalie Kettleson, 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. "Bradshaw + Deller," 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 reimagined 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.