Entertainment listings, March 7-14

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

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 mjreilly@illinois.edu.

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.

Next week

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. Hosted by Urbana Business Association. Free.

Logan Moody Motorsports Race Party. 3 to 10 p.m. March 16, Catlin American Legion, 104 Commercial St., Catlin. Race T-shirts, Huggies and other race items for sale. Unveiling of the new Bob Pierce race car, weather permitting. Autograph session. Music with a DJ. Ribs dinner; $10 for dinner, $20 for a full slab. 224-406-2304.

Future highlights

Hospice Hearts Sanctuary French Market. 1 to 8 p.m. March 23, Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St. Benefit for Hospice Hearts Sanctuary, a nonprofit designed to provide care for dogs and cats with terminally ill owners. Vendors selling handcrafted and unique goods, gourmet food and drink and baked goods, plus music: Motherlode String Band, 1 p.m.; Caleb Cook, 4 p.m.; David Howie, 5 p.m.; Jammin' Jimmy Bean, 6 p.m. Admission $3; children under 18, with adult, free; a can of cat food may be donated to Catsnap. Le Smooch Le Pooch booth, 1 to 5 p.m. Raffle tickets for an assortment of gifts, $1 each, $5 for six. Cover With Love Facebook Auction on-site. Advance tickets, 417-9590. hospicehearts@yahoo.com.

Films

Next week

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.

Middle East Film Festival 2013. "20 Years Old in the Middle East" (2003), 7 to 8 p.m. March 14, Altgeld Hall, Room 245, 1409 W. Green St., U. Icarus, 52 minutes. First of a series of films on the Arab world and Iran hosted by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the UI. Filmed after the fall of Saddam Hussein, the film traverses the region from Jordan to Syria, Iran and Lebanon to take the pulse of Arab and Iranian youth. Free. 244-7331, http://www.csames.illinois.edu" target="_blank">http://http://www.csames.illinois.edu" target="_blank">http://http://www.csames.illinois.edu.

Future highlights

Middle East Film Festival 2013. "Goodbye, Mubarak!" (2011), 7 to 8 p.m. March 28, Altgeld Hall, Room 245, 1409 W. Green St., U. Icarus Films, 72 minutes. In Cairo, Alexandria and El-Mahalla El-Kubra, conversations with activists, politicians and ordinary Egyptians go beneath the surface of Egyptian society and explore what led to the revolution of Jan. 25, 2011. Free. 244-7331, http://www.csames.illinois.edu.

Middle East Film Festival 2013. "The Yacoubian Building" (2006), 7 to 9:45 p.m. March 30, Lincoln Hall, Room 1090, 702 S. Wright St., U. Egypt, 164 minutes. The film paints a vibrant but socially critical picture of contemporary Egypt. Based on the novel "Imarat Ya'qubiyan" by Alaa El Aswany. 244-7331, http://www.csames.illinois.edu.

AsiaLENS. "Witnesses to a Secret War" (2009), 7 p.m. April 9, Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory St., U; and 7 p.m. April 10, the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. Directed by Deborah Dickson. 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 May Xiong, curriculum and instruction, UI College of Education. Free.

Music

This weekend

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.

Prairie Breezes Presents: Jason Finkelman. 4:15 to 5 p.m. March 8, the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. For children and their families. Percussionist Finkelman performs, using African and Brazilian instruments, found objects, and interactive improvisation.

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.

Wine, Women and Song. 3 to 5 p.m. March 9, Milo's Restaurant, 2870 S. Philo Road, U. Champaign-Urbana Branch of American Association of University Women annual fundraiser. Wine tasting, appetizers and songs/entertainment. Award-winning performance artist Latrelle Bright, program coordinator of Inner Voices Social Issues Theatre at the UI, will perform "Women's Work." Music by Tania Coambs and George Turner. Tickets need to be purchased in advance: $20 for the first ticket; $18 for subsequent tickets. Donations for Parkland College and UI scholarships, AAUW fellowships and grants and AAUW's Legal Advocacy Fund also appreciated. 344-4806.

United We Jam — Metal for the Masses 2013. 6 to 11 p.m. March 9, VFW Post, Fourth Avenue and West Orange Street, Hoopeston. All-ages show, featuring metal bands: While Heroes Sleep, Degrade the Signal, Verdict, Behold the Masses, Airacobra and DraXsis. Presented by Rage the Stage Productions along with SCP Recording Studios. $5 at the door. http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/157989294351110, whileheroessleep@yahoo.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. "Moments with the Maestro" at 6:45 p.m., auditorium lobby; with Jeremy Swerling and Kang. Season tickets $50-$90. Single tickets $15-$30. 443-5300.

Parkland Chamber Singers, Chorus and Wind Ensemble. March concert, 3 p.m. March 10, New Horizon United Methodist Church, 3002 W. Bloomington Road, C. With accompanists Kristina Engberg and Sunny Choo. 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.

Next week

UI Harding Symphonic Band and UI Hindsley Symphonic Band. 7:30 p.m. March 12, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$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.

14th annual 21st Century Piano Commission Award Concert. 7:30 p.m. March 14, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. This year's winners, John Nichols, a doctoral student in composition, and Tatiana Shustova, a doctoral student in piano performance, present the world premiere of his work. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

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.

Biscuit Miller and the Mix. 5 p.m. to midnight March 15, Danville Moose Lodge, Interstate 74 and U.S. 150, Danville. Dinner served, 5 to 7 p.m. Band plays, 8 p.m. to midnight. $10 cover. Call for dinner reservations. 442-7339.

Dublin O'Neil's St. Patrick's Day Street Bash. 2 p.m. to midnight March 16 and 17, corner of Neil and Hill streets, Champaign. Food, drinks and music by Brushfire, 2 p.m.; Nickel and Dimes, 4:30 p.m.; The Sampson Jones Gang, 7 p.m.; Outbound Drive, 9 p.m. on March 16; X-Krush, 2 p.m.; The Sugar Prophets, 4;30 p.m.; and Red Rebel County, 7 p.m. on March 17. No cover charge. http://www.facebook.com/dublinoneils.

Ami Saraiya Show. 7 to 9:30 p.m. March 16, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, tasting room, 8254 E. 1425 N. Road, Fairmount. Folk punk and jazz cabaret with her sultry, jazzy voice, accordion, violin and guitars. Seats $12 each or $10 with six or more. Reservations recommended. 733-0330, http://www.amisaraiya.com.

Future highlights

Celtic music by Robin Kerton and Tom Faux. 2 to 4 p.m. March 17, Sylvia's Irish Inn, 312 W. Green St., U. During a St. Patrick's Day tea. Includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival and traditional tea sandwiches and desserts. $25. 384-4800.

'Dreamgirls.' Part of the WCIA 3 Broadway Series, 7 p.m. March 17, 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.

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.

Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artist: Naoko Yoshino, harp. 7:30 p.m. March 26, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour 55th Anniversary. 7:30 p.m. March 27, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tour 55th Anniversary features Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Benny Green, Lewis Nash, Chris Potter and Ambrose Akinmusire. Tickets $10-$40. 333-6280.

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.

Illinois Modern Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. March 28, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Chip Stephens, jazz piano. 7:30 p.m. March 28, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Ron Devore, 8 p.m. March 29, 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.

Sinfonia da Camera concert. "St. Matthew Passion," 1 p.m. March 30, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. With UI Oratorio Society and UI Chorale. Tickets $5-$34. 333-6280.

Kid Cudi in concert. 7:30 to 10 p.m. March 30, UI Assembly Hall, Star Theatre, 1800 S. First St., C. Tickets $32-$45. $5 UI student discount. 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.

'The Addams Family.' Part of the WCIA 3 Broadway Series, 7:30 p.m. April 3, UI Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C. Tickets $39-$54. UI student discount, $8. Group discount (10 or more), $4. 866-455-4641, 333-5000.

The Beckman Institute's Thursdays at 12:20 Concert Series. Featuring The Horn Belles Quartet: Sadie Glass, Christine Pelletier, Jancie Philippus and Julie Rochus, 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. April 4, atrium, Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U. The series features performances by members of the UI School of Music.

Krannert Uncorked. With The Divide (indie folk/roots), 5 p.m. April 4, Stage 5 in the lobby, Krannert Center. Free. 333-6280.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Lauren Marie Wadley, 8 p.m. April 5, 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.

Johannes Brahms' Instrumental Music with Piano: Ian Hobson, piano. 7:30 p.m. April 10, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Solo recital. 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.

The Beckman Institute's Thursdays at 12:20 Concert Series. Featuring UI Black Chorus, 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. April 11, atrium, Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U. The series features performances by members of the UI School of Music.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Rockin' Terry Lee, 8 p.m. April 12, 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.

The Beckman Institute's Thursdays at 12:20 Concert Series. Featuring Yi-Hsuan Lin, marimba, 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. April 18, 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 weekly dance. 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. every Thursday, March 7 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. 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. After-party at Dublin O'Neil's Irish Pub. daniel_flora@hotmail.com, illinifolkdance.s3.amazonaws.com/index.html.

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

Next week

Urbana Country Dancers' contra dance. 8 to 11 p.m. March 15, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music byTune 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, lewart3@gmail.com, http://urbana-contra.org" target="_blank">http://urbana-contra.org" target="_blank">http://urbana-contra.org.

Piatt County Trail Blazers dinner and dance. March 16, 1903 N. Old Route 47, Monticello. Chicken fried steak dinner, 5 to 7 p.m. Dance with music by the Melvin Jr. Band, 8 p.m. to midnight. Cost: dinner, $4-$7; dance, $2-$5; dinner and dance, $5-$10. 714-7313, 722-8044.

Future highlights

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.

Pride and Prejudice Ball. 7 to 10 p.m. March 22, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. The Central Illinois English Country Dancers will be holding a Jane Austen-themed dance in honor of the 200th year since the publication of "Pride and Prejudice." All dances taught and then danced to music by local musicians. Dancers of all ages welcome. Partners, costumes and experience not required, though you may dress up in modern or period clothes if you wish. Bring soft-soled, nonmarking, nonstreet shoes. Refreshments served. Admission $5; bring a snack to share and get a $1 off. 359-8225, ciecd-info@centralillinoisecd.org, http://www.centralillinoisecd.org.

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

Urbana Country Dancers' contra dance. 8 to 11 p.m. April 5, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Fried Potatoes. Jim Hemphill, caller. Workshop: Yiddish dancing with Mitch and Francis Harris, 7 p.m. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4; under 13, free. 359-8225, lewart3@gmail.com, http://urbana-contra.org" target="_blank">http://urbana-contra.org" target="_blank">http://urbana-contra.org.

Tango Society of Central Illinois. Milonga Sentimental, 7 p.m. to midnight April 6, McKinley Foundation, 809 S. Fifth St. (church basement), C. Tango lesson, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tango social dancing, 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Cost: $7, $10 with lesson; students $5, $7 with lesson. http://www.centraltango.com, Tango.Society@gmail.com, http://facebook.com/UCATango.

Performing arts

This weekend

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 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. Admission: adults, $3; ages 3-12, $2; 2 and younger, free. 597-3750.

30th annual UI International Dinner and Performance Night. 6 to 8 p.m. March 10, University YMCA, Latzer Hall, 1001 S. Wright St., C. Cultural cuisine and performances featuring food from over 30 countries and entertaining performances from local students and community members. Tickets: $10, available at the front desk of the Y. 337-1500, http://www.universityymca.org/international/dinner/.

Next week

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.

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.

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.

Future highlights

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

'The Urbana Dance Company Presents!' 8 p.m. March 29 and 30, Urbana Landmark Hotel, 210 S. Race St. A performance exploring the social, political and interpersonal dynamics of oppressive behavior. March 29, free; March 30, $5. http://www.urbanadancecompany.org.

Spurlock Museum WorldFest. 12:30 to 4 p.m. March 30, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U. Multiple performances celebrating the variety of performance arts practiced around the world and hands-on activities for everyone. Suggested donation $5. 344-3355, http://www.spurlock.illinois.edu.

'The Oracle.' 7:30 p.m. April 2, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Conceived and directed by Meryl Tankard and performed by dancer Paul White. Tickets $10-$32. 333-6280.

Phantom Limb's '69 S' (The Shackleton Project). 7:30 p.m. April 5, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Sir Ernest Shackleton and his comrades navigate a two-year journey of survival after their failed 1914 trans-Antarctic expedition. Above them hover master puppeteers as they travel through a harrowing landscape created by theatrical performance, photography, film, dance and contemporary music. Tickets $10-$25. 333-6280.

Theater

This weekend

'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 333-2870.

'Sons of the Prophet.' The Celebration Company, continues 8 p.m. March 7, 8 and 9; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000.

'Unnecessary Farce.' March 7 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.

Next week

'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.' Champaign Urbana Theatre Company, musical comedy, 7:30 p.m. March 14, 15 and 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.

'Mistakes Were Made.' Comedy, 7:30 p.m. March 15, 16, 2 p.m. March 17, 7:30 p.m. March 18, 7:30 p.m. March 22, 23, 2 p.m. March 24 and 7:30 p.m. March 25; Charleston Alley Theatre, 718 Monroe Ave., Charleston. Tickets $10. 345-2287, http://www.charlestonalleytheatre.com.

Future highlights

'Cloud 9.' Produced by Eastern Illinois University's Theatre Department, comedy, 7:30 p.m. April 10-13, and 2 p.m. April 14; 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.

'The Little Mermaid Jr.' April 5-7; Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Tickets $10.40-$15.65. 728-7375, http://www.thelittletheatre.org.

'Love, Loss and What I Wore.' Charleston Community Theatre, 2 p.m. March 24, 7:30 p.m. March 27, 28 and 30; atrium, Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. Admission $5-$10. 581-2787 or tarble@eiu.edu.

'The Normal Heart.' UI Department of Theatre Series, 7:30 p.m. March 28-30, April 3-6 and 3 p.m. April 7; Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $9-$16. 333-6280.

'Or,.' Comedy presented by The Celebration Company, 8 p.m. March 28-31, April 3-7 and 10-13; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000.

'Prometheus Bound.' Spurlock Gallery Theater, 7 p.m. March 28 and 29, Spurlock Museum, Central Core Gallery, 600 S. Gregory St., U. In collaboration with the UI Department of Theatre, the Spurlock Museum presents a modern adaptation, written and directed by Zack Ross, of this ancient Greek classic. Suggested donation: $5. 333-2360.

'Seusspeare: Meet the Macbeths.' Christ Lutheran High School Drama Department, March 17, high school, 201 W. Lincoln St., Buckley. Dinner at 4 p.m. Show at 5 p.m. Dinner and show, $10. Show only, $5. Dr. Seuss meets Shakespeare in this Seussified spoof of Shakespeare. 394-2547.

'Zara, Or Who Killed the Queen of the Silent Screen?' Red Mask Players mystery, 8 p.m. April 5 and 6, 2 p.m. April 7, 8 p.m. April 12 and 13 and 2 p.m. April 14; Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St., Danville. 442-5858, redmaskplayers@hotmail.com.

Outdoors / nature

This weekend

Woodcock Walk. 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 8, 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.

Observatory open house. 8 to 10 p.m. March 8, UI Observatory, 901 S. Mathews Ave., U. The Astronomical Society at the UI will open up the university's historic observatory to the public for a guided look at the night sky. Only open if it is clear. uias@illinois.edu.

Engineering Open House Solar Observing. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9, UI Observatory, 901 S. Mathews Ave., U. The Astronomical Society at the UI will open up the observatory to the public for an amazing, close and safe look at the sun. Only open if it is clear. uias@illinois.edu.

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.

Next week

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.

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.

Future highlights

Maple Syrup Open House. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 17, Pioneer Homestead Area, Forest Glen Preserve, east of Westville. Hosted by Vermilion County Conservation District. The Sugar Bush, the building in which maple syrup is made, and the Pioneer Cabin will be open. Interpreters will demonstrate the syrup-making process. Pancake and sausage dinner, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Gannett Outdoor Education Center; served with maple syrup. Adults $2.50-$5. 662-2142.

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 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. 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. "From Protest to Peace," opening reception, 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 8; refreshments, gallery exploration and a performance by Irish musician Laurence Nugent, master of the flute and whistle, and Irish singer and storyteller Tim O'Sullivan. Through June 16. New exhibit area, "First Impressions: Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals," featuring the museum's first digital multimedia interactive. 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. "Annual Town & Country Amateur Art Exhibition" and "Blackhawk Park Exhibition," through March 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. After March 10: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 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. The museum's education team will talk about the museum's animals, followed by animal feeding time. See aquatic turtles, land turtle, bearded dragons and corn snake. Exhibits, facility and programs are family- and science-centered. Toddler Tuesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday; sensory activities based on art, music, math and games. Free with admission, no registration. 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. "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. "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. 7. 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. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 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 includes the completion of the meeting room and a new section of veterans' scrapbooks, diaries and personal notes, updated displays in the library. 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. Closed March 22 and 23. 351-2568, 351-2446. — Sky show: "Winter Prairie Skies," 7 p.m. Fridays, March 8-15. — Main feature: "Dawn of the Space Age," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through May 18. — Children's feature: "Solar System Safari," 7 p.m. Saturdays, through March 16.

Exhibits

Anita Purves Nature Center. 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. "Nature Large and Small," photography show by Fred Delcomyn, through April 30. Regular hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. 384-4062.

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. The exhibit highlights significant milestones in the evolution of ground transportation in Champaign-Urbana. Ongoing. Free. Hours: all day, every day.

Illini Union Art Gallery. 1401 W. Green St., U. Fourth annual "The Eric Show," a countywide high school art exhibition, opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. March 8; refreshments, and music from The Conservatory: Veronika Sowers and George Ruan, both violin, and Kitty Schwartz, cello. On display through March 29. Juried show endowed by Dale and Peg Steffensen in memory of their son, Eric (1951-1970). Sponsored by 40 North 88 West. Regular hours: 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday. 333-3663, http://www.iuboard.uiuc.edu.

Murphy Gallery. University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., C. Art at the Y exhibition, "Garden of Verses," Arabic calligraphy paintings by Salma Arastu, through April 7. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. http://www.universityymca.org/art.

Parkland Art Gallery. 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. "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. "2013 Undergraduate All-Student Show," through March 30, Main Galleries. 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.

Urbana City Building. 400 S. Vine St. Urbana Public Arts Program's February through April "Artist of the Corridor" exhibit, "Identities," features photographs by fifth-grade students at Wiley Elementary School, through April 30. Free. Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 384-2311, http://urbanaillinois.us/artexhibits.

Urbana Museum of Photography. 122A W. Main St. "Photo-Secession" exhibit by local, regional and international contemporary photographic artists, March 7 through May 7. Opening reception, 7 p.m. March 9. Regular hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. lisa@silverluxphotography.com, http://www.facebook.com/UrbanaMuseumOfPhotography.

Virgil H. Judge Learning Resource Center. Lake Land College, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon. Lake Land College Foundation's 34th annual Photography Show, 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.

Galleries

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.

Art Coop Gallery. 150 Lincoln Square Village, Urbana. "Interpretations of Green" by The Artisan 10+, opening reception, 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 8. Through April 5. Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 352-4562, http://www.facebook.com/artcoop.

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 of 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. Through March 17, with gallery hours: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Mondays. 898-4646, indigo.coop@gmail.com.

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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