Entertainment listings, March 14-21
A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.
Palm Terrace of Mattoon's fourth annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner. 4 to 8 p.m. March 15, Mattoon VFW, 1220 S. 19th St. Fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Movin & Groovin DJ booth, photo booth, kids' tables, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, prize raffles. Tickets $5 for corned beef or Polish sausage dinner. 234-7403.
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bowl for the Cure. 1 to 4 p.m. March 24, GT's Western Bowl, 917 Francis Drive, C. Prizes for top donations, contests, raffles and giveaways. All proceeds benefit American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Champaign County. Five-person teams bowl three games. $15 per bowler minimum entry fee. Register and confirm your team, 352-5288. http://www.relayforlife.org/ChampaignIL.
Eighth annual Edible Book Festival. 11:30 a.m. April 1, University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., C. Participants create an "edible book," which can be inspired by a favorite tale, involve a pun on a famous title, or simply be in the shape of a book (or scroll, or tablet, etc). All entries exhibited, documented, then eaten. http://www.library.illinois.edu/ediblebooks, email@example.com.
The Greater Community AIDS Project's Artists Against AIDS 22nd annual Art Sale and Show. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 4, 6 to 9 p.m. April 5 and 6 and 1 to 5 p.m. April 7, McKinley Aquatic Center, 500 W. Church St., C. Opening night, $50 per ticket. 351-2437, http://www.GCAPnow.com.
Middle Market. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20, Lincoln Square Village, Urbana. Local gifts, baked goods and crafts. Third Saturday of each month, January through April. Hosted by Urbana Business Association. Free.
Middle East Film Festival 2013. "20 Years Old in the Middle East" (Icarus Films, 2003), 7 to 8 p.m. March 14, Altgeld Hall, Room 245, 1409 W. Green St., U. 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 University of Illinois. 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.
Middle East Film Festival 2013. "Goodbye, Mubarak!" (Icarus Films, 2011), 7 to 8 p.m. March 28, Altgeld Hall, Room 245, 1409 W. Green St., U. 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. Hosted by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the UI. Free. 244-7331, http://www.csames.illinois.edu.
Middle East Film Festival 2013. "The Yacoubian Building" (Egypt, 2006), 7 to 9:45 p.m. March 30, Lincoln Hall, Room 1090, 702 S. Wright St., U. 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. Hosted by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the UI. Free. 244-7331, http://www.csames.illinois.edu.
Middle East Film Festival 2013. "The Death of Fear" (Al Jazeera, 2011), 7 to 8 p.m. April 4, Altgeld Hall, Room 245, 1409 W. Green St., U. 48 minutes. A general overview journeys from the death of a penniless fruit seller in Tunisia to the fall of the Tunisian dictatorship and the inspiration it brought to Egypt and beyond. Hosted by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the UI. Free. 244-7331, http://www.csames.illinois.edu.
Middle East Film Festival 2013. "Ali Zaoua" (Morocco, 2000), 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 6, Lincoln Hall, Room 1090, 702 S. Wright St., U. 95 minutes. The film captures the power of dreams and presence of hope in the harshest of circumstances. Hosted by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the UI. Free. 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.
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. Dinner reservations. 442-7339.
Good Time Rock-n-Roll Dinner and Concert. 12:30 p.m. March 16, Mattoon Middle School, 1200 S. Ninth St. Sloppy Joe sandwich, chips, drink and dessert starting at 12:30 p.m. Concerts by the Mattoon Middle School Band at 2 and 5:30 p.m. Silent auction items also available. Proceeds benefit the band students. Tickets $7. 238-5800.
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: 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 groups of six or more. Reservations recommended. 733-0330, http://www.amisaraiya.com.
Bellflower Country Opry. With guest, Polly Sampson (good ole' country), 7 p.m. March 16, Bellflower Community Center, gymnasium, 202 Center St. Tickets $10; ages 12 and younger, free. 898-7493, 309-722-3497.
Celtic music by Robin Kearton 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.
UFLive! presents Yellow Jacket Stringband. 2 to 3:30 p.m. March 17, the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. Eclectic mix of old-time, blues, Irish and Cape Breton tunes. Features Kate Fritz, fiddle and banjo; Claire Johnson, fiddle; and Tom Turino, guitar, banjo, and accordion.
'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.
Gunny Sack Revue. 7 to p.m. every Wednesday, Gunny Sack Event Center, 1061 Yoder Center, Arthur. No cover. Donations accepted. Lunch at 11 a.m. Finger foods and soda. Philo Schrock, 273-2969.
C4A Live at Indi-Go Concert Series. Features Matt Croisant, performing his personal blend of acoustic folk, blues, old-time music and classic rock, 7 p.m. March 21, Indi-Go Artist Co-op, 9 E. University Ave., C. Concert series is held on the third Thursday of every month. Musicians from the Community Center for the Arts, Urbana. Free. http://www.c-4a.org.
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 also features 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.
Kara Huber, piano. Guest Artist Series, 8 p.m. March 23 Recital Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University campus, Charleston. Huber, originally from Oakland, is completing a residency at the Banff Centre in Canada. Free and open to the public.
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.
Dustin Norder and Sam Payne. Bluegrass jam and potluck benefit, 5 to 10 p.m. April 7, Techline, 307 S. Locust, C. Bring a side dish, donation and beverage. Italian beef provided. Donation $10 or more at the door. Benefit for the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen. Techline will be doing jams in 2013 to help individuals and groups. 352-5570.
Sinfonia da Camera. "Rush Hour-Romance," 5:30 p.m. April 9, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. With violinist Stefan Milenkovich, trumpeter Ronald M. Romm and Ian Hobson on piano. Tickets $10; ages 17 and younger, free. With free pizza; enjoy additional music in the lobby after the performance. 333-6280.
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.
Awaken. Plus special guest Devin Shelton, While Heroes Sleep and Behold the Masses. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. April 12, David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St., Danville. General admission $5. 431-2444.
Old Timers Country Reunion. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 13, Gunny Sack Event Center, 1061 Yoder Center, Arthur. Numerous bands will perform: country, bluegrass, gospel, folk and more. The Gunny Sack Revue will kick it off around noon. No cover charge; donations accepted. Lunch at 11 a.m. Food and drinks available. Konnie Crist, 218-3327; John Dawkins, 832-1030; Philo Schrock, 273-2969; Bill Levitt, 345-9746.
Piper's Hut Concert Series. 8 p.m. April 13, Heartland Gallery, 112 W. Main St., U. Features Dick Hensold on Northumbrian smallpipes, reel pipes, seljefloyte, sackpipa, pibgorn and other instruments. Music in several traditional and historical styles, with particular emphasis on Cape Breton, early Scottish and Northumbrian, but also including Scandinavian, medieval and original music. Tickets $10 and $20. firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.pipers-hut.com/concerts.
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.
Cirque de la Symphonie. Presented by Danville Symphony Orchestra, 6:30 p.m. April 20, David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St., Danville. Artists include aerial fliers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers and strongmen. Each artist's performance is professionally choreographed to classical masterpieces and popular contemporary music. Tickets $15-$20. 431-2444.
Danville Symphony Orchestra. "My Paris, A Tribute to Maurice Chevalier," featuring Tony Sadler, 7:30 p.m. May 11, Danville High School auditorium, 202 E. Fairchild St. Tickets $15-$30. 443-5300.
Swing Society weekly dance. 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. every Thursday, 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, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://urbana-contra.org.
Piatt County Trail Blazers dinner and dance. 5 p.m. to midnight 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.
Country dancing. 7:30 to 11 p.m. every Saturday, Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C. Music by various country bands. Public welcome.
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. Hosted by Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Jane Austen-themed dance. For dancers of all ages. All dances taught. Music by local musicians. Partners, costumes and experience not required, though you may dress up in modern or period clothes. Bring soft-soled, nonmarking, nonstreet shoes. Refreshments. Admission $5; $4 if you bring a snack to share. 359-8225, email@example.com, 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.
Zumbathon for Relay for Life — Douglas County. 1 to 4 p.m. March 30, Tuscola Fitness Center, 109 W. Pembroke St. Come dance away with a great team of Fitness Center zumba instructors. Raffles, luminaries and lots of fun. Backup location: Forty Martyrs Church, 109 E. Van Allen St., Tuscola. $10 at the door. 369-5044.
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. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4; under 13, free. 359-8225, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://urbana-contra.org" target="_blank">http://urbana-contra.org" target="_blank">http://urbana-contra.org.
Unity Dance. 7 to 10 p.m. April 6, Illini Union, Room 314, 1401 W. Green St., U. An evening of contra, English and folk dancing. Workshop, 7 p.m.; dancing, 8 to 10 p.m. 359-8225, email@example.com, http://http://www.centralillinoisecd.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.
Urbana Country Dancers' contra dance. 8 to 11 p.m. April 12, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Big Bluestem String Band. Gail Hintze, caller. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4; under 13, free. 359-8225, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://urbana-contra.org" target="_blank">http://urbana-contra.org" target="_blank">http://urbana-contra.org.
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.
Mark Morris Dance Group. Continues 7:30 p.m. March 14, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$40. 333-6280.
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.
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, $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.
'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.
Castle Magic with Andy Dallas! 5:30 to 9 p.m. April 5 to 8, Busboom Castle, Mahomet. Hickory River serving dinner at 6 p.m., but arrive a little early to explore Busboom Castle and have appetizers. Dallas' full-stage "Chamber Magic" show follows the cheesecake dessert. Free valet parking. Tickets $50 at Dallas & Co., 101 E. University Ave., C, or call 351-5974. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Urbana Free Library Fairy Tale Ball. 6 to 9 p.m. April 5, the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. Evening of fantasy and frivolity includes medieval science, fables of yore, courtly crafts, castle juggler and a labyrinth. Entertainers include: Central Illinois English Country Dancers and Flatland Consort, Champaign-Urbana Dulcimer Society, Ginger Lozar Puppet Show and fortune teller Madame Zitron. 369-4069.
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.
Dances With the Stars! 6 p.m. April 6, Hawthorn Suites, 101 Trade Center Drive, C. Presented by Sisters With Attitude. Cash bar, 6 p.m. Dinner and dance competition, 7 p.m. Dancers compete for trophy; attendees can vote for fan favorite. Emcee Mike Sola. Tickets $40 each or two for $70; discount available for tables of 10. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life of Champaign County and the American Cancer Society. 630-346-9525, 549-4416, 344-4720, 897-6286, email@example.com, http://www.dancingwiththestarschampaign.info.
'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 and 16, 2 p.m. March 17, 7:30 p.m. March 18, 7:30 p.m. March 22 and 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.
'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.
'Unnecessary Farce.' Continues March 14 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.
'Dames at Sea.' St. Joseph-Ogden High School musical, 7:30 p.m. March 23 and 2:30 p.m. March 24, St. Joseph-Ogden High School, 301 N. Main St., St. Joseph. Tickets $6-$8 before March 23; $1 more at door. 469-2332.
'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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Barefoot in the Park.' Side by Side Productions, 7:30 p.m. April 12 and 13 and 2 p.m. April 14; Father Kirk Memorial Hall, 534 N Wood St., Gibson City. Dessert performances. Tickets $12. 260-782-4378.
'Cloud 9.' Comedy produced by Eastern Illinois University's Theatre Department, 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, email@example.com, http://www.eiu.edu/doudna.
'The Little Mermaid Jr.' 7 p.m. April 5, 2 and 7 p.m. April 6 and 2 p.m. April 7; Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Tickets $10.40-$15.65. 728-7375, http://www.thelittletheatre.org.
'The Normal Heart.' UI Department of Theatre Series, 7:30 p.m. March 28-30 and 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.
'Spring Awakening.'UI Department of Theatre, 7:30 p.m. April 11-13 and 3 p.m. April 21; Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center, Urbana. Meet the cast and the production, after the performance April 11, in the lobby. Free talkback after the performance, April 13. Tickets $9-$16. 333-6280.
'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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outdoors / nature
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.
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. 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, email@example.com.
27th annual Mount Goat Hill Runs and Walk. 11 a.m. March 23, Kickapoo State Recreation Area, Danville. 5K walk, 10K run, 15K run. Race day registration, 9:30 a.m. $15-$25. Party to follow at Spanky's Banquet Hall, Danville. 474-7259, firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.kennekuk.com for entry and results.
'Boinks, Peeps, & Twangs: How to ID Frogs By Their Calls.' 6 to 8 p.m. April 5, Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Learn how to identify frogs by the sounds they make. For adults and kids age 10 and older. A multimedia presentation indoors, followed by a hike to look for frogs. Receive a complimentary CD of local frog calls. Mud-stomping shoes and bug spray recommended. $4. Registration required. 896-2455, email@example.com.
Run for Wildlife. A benefit run to raise money for the Wildlife Medical Clinic, 8 to 11 a.m. April 7, Homer Lake, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road. A 10-mile, 90 percent trail course and a 6K course. Early bird special $35 until March 31; on-site registration $45 on or after April 1. Timing and race scoring provided by the Second Wind Running Club. 333-2761.
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 July 28. "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," 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.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." Hours: 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 email@example.com.
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.
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. March 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. March 16.
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, 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. "Folk Arts of the Caribbean," opens March 16, through May 19, Brainard Gallery. This exhibition serves as the basis for the Tarble's spring 2013 fifth-grade enrichment program for area schools, March 20-May 17; presented in cooperation with the EIU Art Education program and underwritten by First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust. 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-graders 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. 122-A W. Main St. "Photo-Secession" exhibit by local, regional and international contemporary photographic artists, through May 7. Regular hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. 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.
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+, 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, ends 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, ends March 17. Hours: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Mondays. 898-4646, email@example.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.