Entertainment listings, April 4-11
A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.
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, 2 to 9 p.m. April 6 and 1 to 5 p.m. April 7; McKinley Aquatic Center, 500 W. Church St., C. Opening night, entertainment, meet the artists, hors d'oeuvres; tickets $50. Proceeds benefit Greater Community AIDS Project. 351-2437, http://www.GCAPnow.com.
Arabian Springfest Horse Show. 8 a.m. April 5-7, Gordyville USA Auction Arena, 2205 County Road 3000 N, Gifford. 568-7117.
Brocton Red Barn Market. Noon to 5 p.m. April 5 and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 6, Red Barn, Illinois 49, Brocton. Antiques and crafts market. Juried show. More than 50 vendors. Demonstrations of whittling, basket weaving, chair caning, wood turning, pottery and rope making on Saturday. Food available. Admission $2, children under 12 free with adult. 385-2450, http://www.broctonil.org.
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.
Mary Mack Comedy Show. 8:30 p.m. April 5, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount. Mack and her mandolin singalongs have been featured on radio's "Bob and Tom Show" and Minnesota's "Polka Spotlight." She has been on Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham" and NBC's "Last Comic Standing." Seats $15; groups of six or more, $13 each. 733-0330, http://www.sleepycreekvineyards.com.
WCIA 3 Home & Garden Show. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 6 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 7, University of Illinois Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C. More than 140 exhibitors showcasing home improvement and landscaping products, including pools and hot tubs, sunrooms, painting tools, pest control, windows, cabinets and lawn care. How-to seminars on Saturday. Crafts and entertainment for kids. Free geothermal energy presentation and information by All Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning. Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System present with information for veterans on services and benefits. Free admission and parking.
Urbana-Champaign Comic Book Convention. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 7, Eastland Suites Urbana, 1907 N. Cunningham Ave., U. Comic books and related collectibles for sale. Dealers also looking to buy. Free admission. 309-657-1599, http://www.epguides.com/comics.
Boneyard Arts Festival. April 11-14. April 11, UI campus. April 12 and 13, Champaign-Urbana. April 14, out and about in Champaign County. Presented by 40 North 88 West. Countywide celebration in more than 100 venues, from galleries and museums to cafes and dress shops. Sculptors, weavers, painters, glassblowers, filmmakers, photographers and other visual artists join musicians, actors, dancers, poets and performers showcasing their creativity. http://www.40north.org, http://www.facebook.com/boneyardarts.
Get Up and Go! Family Expo. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13, Mahomet-Seymour Fieldhouse, 302 W. State St., Mahomet. Martial arts, Zumba and Warhawks demonstrations, bingo, a balloon artist, action inflatables, face painting, cookie walk, carnival games and more. Interactive booths, health screenings, samples and giveaways. Admission $1. Portion of the proceeds go to Mahomet Parks & Recreation. 586-3165.
'Lunch Upon a Time.' Fairy tale character luncheon, noon and 4 p.m. April 13, Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C. Hosted by the Champaign-Urbana Junior Woman's Club. Raffle prizes, a short skit and character autographs. All proceeds benefit the C-U community. Limited seating. Tickets $12. 353-5005, email@example.com.
The Virginia Theatre Open House. 1 to 5 p.m. April 13, Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Free tours of the restored theater every 30 minutes; also an exhibit of historic artifacts and video presentations of the "before" work in progress. Free popcorn and a performance on the Wurlitzer pipe organ as you tour the historic theater.
Spring Fling. 2 to 4 p.m. April 14, Eastland Suites Hotel and Conference Center, 1907 N. Cunningham Ave., U. Fundraiser for American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Champaign County. Twenty-five vendors from home-based businesses, raffles, door prizes and refreshments. 979-1504, http://www.relayforlife.org/ChampaignIL.
The Gargoyle Auction & Marketplace. Celebrating Uni teachers, 2 to 5 p.m. April 14, University Laboratory High School gym, 1212 W. Springfield Ave, U. Open to the public. Proceeds from auction will provide Uni High faculty support. $10, adults; $5, students. firstname.lastname@example.org, 300-1868.
Celebration: A Festival of the Arts. April 19 to 21, South Seventh Street between the Doudna Fine Arts Center and Buzzard Building, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. Starts 11:30 a.m. April 19 when the first band takes the stage and the food booths open. Variety of arts experiences for all ages. Musical performances, dance programs, an international fair, a children's art tent, and a fine arts fair on Saturday and Sunday. The art show features potters, jewelers, photographers, painters and sculptors. 581-2113, email@example.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.
'Support? System Down!.' A documentary about the Family Court System, 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 4, the Urbana Free Library, downstairs conference room, 210 W. Green St. For those interested in socially changing films, parental alienation, and divorce and custody issues in America. Discussion to follow the film. Sponsored by IllinoisFathers.org. 871-9273.
Portraits Gallery. 6 to 9 p.m. April 6, University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., C. Hosted by The Illini 4000 for Cancer. This event will include stories of how cancer has affected America in various forms of media, a number of them presented as videos. Special presentation from the directors of the Portraits Project, 7 p.m. http://illini4000.org/about-portraits.
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.
Urbana school district 116 Film Fest. 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 13, the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. Prairie Elementary School will showcase movies made by students and faculty. 367-4069.
Middle East Film Festival 2013. "Cairo 678" (2010, Egypt), 100 minutes, 7 p.m. April 13, Lincoln Hall, Room 1090, 702 S. Wright St., U. The story of three women and their search for justice from the daily plight of sexual harassment in Egypt. Hosted by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the UI. Free. 244-7331, http://www.csames.illinois.edu.
15th annual Roger Ebert Film Festival. April 17-21, Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. "Days of Heaven," 7 p.m. April 17. "Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent van Gogh" with short "To Music," at 1 p.m., "In the Family" at 4 p.m., "Bernie" at 9 p.m. April 18. "Oslo, August 31st" at 1 p.m. , "The Ballad of Narayama" at 4 p.m., "Julia" at 8:30 p.m. April 19. "Blancanieves" at 11 a.m., "Kumare" at 2 p.m., "Escape from Tomorrow" at 5 p.m., "The Spectacular Now" at 9 p.m. April 20. "Not Yet Begun to Fight," noon April 21. Festival pass $145 plus processing fees. Individual tickets $14, students/seniors $12.398-2550, http://www.thevirginia.org and http://www.ebertfest.com/
Middle East Film Festival 2013. "For My Father" (Israel), 96 minutes, 7 p.m. April 20, Lincoln Hall, Room 1090, 702 S. Wright St., U. Tarek, a young Palestinian man blackmailed into a suicide mission in Tel Aviv, is given a second chance at life when the fuse on his explosive vest fails to detonate. Hosted by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the UI. Free. 244-7331, http://www.csames.illinois.edu" target="_blank">http://http://www.csames.illinois.edu.
James Bond Film Festival. April 26-28, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, U. Features both films and discussion of Ian Fleming's iconic British secret service agent. John Cork, a noted Bond film historian, will lead the discussions. A schedule of titles, times and activities at http://www.spurlock.illinois.edu. 244-3355.
Middle East Film Festival 2013. Double feature, 7 p.m. April 27, Lincoln Hall, Room 1090, 702 S. Wright St., U. "Jerry and Me" (Iran and the U.S.), 2012, 38 minutes. "The Circle" (Iran), 2000, 87 minutes. Hosted by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the UI. Free. 244-7331, http://www.csames.illinois.edu.
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.
Sudden Sound Concert. Featuring Henry Grimes and Avreeayl Ra, 7:30 to 9 p.m. April 4, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. 333-1861.
UI Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. April 5, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
DoCha Chamber Music Festival: Mystere. 7 p.m. April 5, Orpheum Theatre, 346 N. Neil St., C. Free chamber music performance features selections by an Indonesian gamelan led by I Ketut Gede Asnawa and Ravel's Piano Trio. 333-6280.
Family Rock Jam. Featuring Hostyle Gospel, hip-hop group with a Christian twist, 5 to 7 p.m. April 5, Champaign School of Music, 1712 S. Duncan Road, C. Interactive rock workshop and all-out jam for all ages. Bring a rhythm instrument. Tickets: $5 per family in advance, $8 per family at the door; School of Music families free if reserved ahead and $5 at the door. 359-0541, http://www.ChampaignSchoolofMusic.org.
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.
Urbana Middle School fundraiser. 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 6, Barnes & Noble, 65 E. Marketview Drive, C. Book fair, with 15 percent of purchase contributed to the school. Performances by Urbana Middle School orchestra at 11 a.m., choir at 1 p.m. and band at 7 p.m. Picture taking with Curious George after Curious George Storytime and activities. 355-2264.
DoCha Chamber Music Festival: Musical Moods. 1 p.m. April 6, Orpheum Theatre, 346 N. Neil St., C. Comical and educational musical for the whole family. A group of talented musicians reveals how composers use the elements of timbre, dynamics and articulation to create works of art. Free. 333-6280.
DoCha Chamber Music Festival: Connections. 7 p.m. April 6, Orpheum Theatre, 346 N. Neil St., C. Chamber music concert. The DoCha String Ensemble (composed of students from the UI School of Music) with soloists Stefan Milenkovich, Dmitry Kouzov and Denise Djokic. Free. 333-6280.
Rick Roy Memorial Spring Concert. 7 p.m. April 6, Bellflower Community Building, Bellflower. Classic and new country performed by a live band. Presented by Illinois Country Music Association Inc.; 50/50 drawing, cake raffle, concessions. Pulled pork barbecue sandwich meal, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Meal by donation. Admission: $2-$9. http://www.ilcountrymusic.com.
Mike Porter, Marsha Banning and The Panther Creek Band. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 6, Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Adults, $10; children 12 and younger, free. Sandwiches, homemade pies and drinks will be sold.
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.
Civility Week kickoff concert. Featuring David Howie, singer-songwriter, and Lou DiBello, guitar, 2 to 3 p.m. April 7, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Premieres Howie's new song and music video, "Civility," in a concert for all ages. This event kicks off the library's Civility Week, April 7 to 13. 403-2048, http://www.champaign.org.
UI Wind Orchestra. 3 p.m. April 7, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Illinois Brass Quintet. 3 p.m. April 7, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
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.
DoCha Chamber Music Festival: City Lights. 5 p.m. April 7, Orpheum Theatre, 346 N. Neil St., C. Performance for all ages features the Larry Gray Trio, Yvonne Redman, Stefan Milenkovich, Dmitry Kouzov, Jasmine Arakawa and other guests. Free. 333-6280.
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; 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.
Krannert Uncorked. Boneyard Arts Festival opening night party, 5:30 p.m. April 11, lobby, Krannert Center. Marimba music from Jane Boxall. Tuscan Hills Winery will have beverage samples for this celebration of Champaign-Urbana's creative scene. 333-6280.
UI Percussion Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. April 11, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Prairie Breezes Presents: David Howie. 4:15 to 5 p.m. April 12, the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. Parents' Choice Award winner David Howie brings his guitar and shares original music and familiar tunes.
Traffic Jam: JD McPherson. 5 p.m. April 12, lobby, Krannert Center, Urbana. Free. 333-6280.
Awaken. Plus guests, Devin Shelton, While Heroes Sleep and Behold the Masses, 7 p.m. April 12, David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St., Danville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission $5 in advance, $10 day of show. 431-2444.
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.
Old Timers Country Reunion. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 13, Gunny Sack Event Center, 1061 Yoder Center, Arthur. Numerous bands: country, bluegrass, gospel, folk and more. The Gunny Sack Revue kicks it off around noon. No cover charge; donations accepted. Lunch at 11 a.m. Food and drinks available. 218-3327, 832-1030, 273-2969, 345-9746.
UI Women's Glee Club Moms Day Concert. 2 p.m. April 13, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Chris Vallillo and guest, Rocky Maffit. CD release concert, 3 p.m. April 13, the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. Celebrate "The Last Day of Winter," a unique recording of original and Americana roots. Vallillo is a singer/songwriter and folk musician. Maffit is a percussionist, singer/songwriter and author. http://www.urbanafreelibrary.org.
Music for a Cure. 7 to 11 p.m. April 13, Rose Bowl Tavern, 106 N. Race St., U. Featuring John Coppess, John McMahon, Anne Clements and Margaret Obrien. 50/50 raffle. Fundraiser for American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Champaign County. 979-1504.
UI Black Chorus Moms Day Concert. 7:30 p.m. April 13, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $8-$11. 333-6280.
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 emphasis on Cape Breton, early Scottish and Northumbrian, but including Scandinavian, medieval and original music. Tickets $10, $20. firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.pipers-hut.com/concerts.
Concert by Mike Droho and the Compass Rose. 8 p.m. April 13, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount. Funky pop with beat boxing, electric violin and acoustic guitar. Seats $12; groups of six or more, $10 each. 733-0330, http://www.sleepycreekvineyards.com.
Ace Hood. 8:30 p.m. April 13, David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St., Danville. Tickets $25-$60. 431-2444.
Philo Country Music Show. 3 p.m. April 14, R.E. Franks Meeting Center, 108 Madison St., Philo. Branson-style, family-oriented, live music stage show, hosted by Ed Clem and Chrissy Rigsby. Featuring Logan Kirby, vocals; Dyke Corson, lead and steel guitar, vocals; Dave Ohllson, drums, vocals; Jesse Francis, fiddle; Clem, bass, vocals; and Rigsby, piano, saxophone, vocals. $10. Concessions available. 274-3888, 714-7394.
UI Trombone Choir. 7:30 p.m. April 16, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Phillip Phillips. Recent winner of "American Idol," 8 p.m. April 16. Lantz Arena, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. Tickets $20, EIU students; $23, general public. 581-5122.
Johannes Brahms' Instrumental Music with Piano: Ian Hobson, piano. 7:30 p.m. April 17, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Guest artists 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 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.
Krannert Uncorked. With Sycamore Brass (eclectic brass music), 5 p.m. April 18, Stage 5 in the lobby, Krannert Center. Free. 333-6280.
Alison Balsom and the Scottish Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. April 18, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Classical Mix Series. Tickets $10-$38. 333-6280.
Bernhard Scully, horn. 7:30 p.m. April 19, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Gary Osterhoff, 8 p.m. April 19, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. $5-$10. 877-6499, http://www.bementcountryopry.com.
Centennial Bands Gala and Auction. 5 to 9 p.m. April 20, Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C. Fundraiser for Centennial High School's band program. Featuring Centennial's Concert Band, Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band and Centennial Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Ensemble. Possible guest performances by Jefferson Middle School Jazz Band and Franklin Middle School Jazz Band. Admission $5; children eighth grade and younger, free. Dinner tickets: lasagna, $8, or hot dog, $4; at the door. Yogurt for purchase for dessert. Silent auction and raffle tickets. 417-2227, email@example.com.
'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.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. April 20, Krannert Center, Urbana. Great Hall Series. Tickets $10-$53. 333-6280.
UFLive! presents Don't Ask. 2 to 3:30 p.m. April 21, the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. Klezmer music in the spirit of early Eastern Europe's village string bands, with Middle Eastern and Balkan influences and other surprises thrown in the mix.
Krannert Center Debut Artist. Moye Chen, piano, 3 p.m. April 21, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Sunday Salon Series. Tickets $5-$39. 333-6280.
Saving Abel. With guests, Hurt, Smile Empty Soul, Art of Dying, 7 p.m. April 21, Bryant Industries Theater, David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St., Danville. Tickets $20. 431-2444.
Rocky Maffit, percussionist and performer. "A Life of Rhythm," 11 a.m. to noon April 22, Lake Land College Theater on campus, Mattoon. As part of the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, Maffit will draw on body percussion, voice and a variety of world percussion instruments to draw out the "inner drummer" that lives in us all. Child-friendly, free program open to the public. Rescheduled from March 25. 234-5087.
'Sesame Street Live! Elmo Makes Music.'6:30 p.m. April 23, UI Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C. Monsters making music! Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all their Sesame Street friends are taking to the stage to share their love of music. Tickets $11, $16, $21. Limited $30 Gold Circle seats, $60 Sunny Seats. $3 facility fee added to all. Additional fees and special offers may apply. Discount: groups of 10 or more $3, military $5. 866-455-4641, 333-5000.
UI Jazz Band II. 7:30 p.m. April 23, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Jazz Trombone Ensemble.7:30 p.m. April 24, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI University Band and UI Campus Band. 7:30 p.m. April 24, Foellinger Great Hall. Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Bob Dylan and his band.With special guest, Dawes, 7:30 p.m. April 25, UI Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C. Tickets $42; $30, students with ID. 866-455-4641, 333-5000.
UI Harding Symphonic Band and UI Hindsley Symphonic Band. 7:30 p.m. April 25, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Jazz Vocal Ensemble.7:30 p.m. April 25, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Steel Band and I-Pan.7:30 p.m. April 25, Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Party at Dave's. Featuring Battery (Metallica tribute), X-Krush, Heel Dragger. 7 p.m. April 26, Bryant Industries Theater, David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St., Danville. Emceed by John Jansky. Tickets $10. 431-2444.
Johannes Brahms' Instrumental Music with Piano: Ian Hobson, piano. 7:30 p.m. April 26, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Guest artists Dmitry Kouzov, cello, and J. David Harris, clarinet. Final performance in the series. Tickets $5-$10. 333-6280.
UI Concert Jazz Band.7:30 p.m. April 26, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Eric Gordon, 8 p.m. April 26, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. $5-$10. 877-6499, http://www.bementcountryopry.com.
UI Latin Jazz Ensemble. 3 p.m. April 27, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Jazz Band III. 7:30 p.m. April 27, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Varsity Men's Glee Club. 7:30 p.m. April 27, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Pygmalion Afterglow: Grandkids and Sun Stereo. 9:30 p.m. April 27, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Free. 333-6280.
UI Jazz Combo Concert I. 3 p.m. April 28, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Philharmonia. 7:30 p.m. April 28, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Jazz Band IV. 7:30 p.m. April 28, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Wind Symphony. 7:30 p.m. April 30, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Jazz Saxophone Ensemble and UI Jazz Guitar Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. April 30, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. May 1, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Jazz Combo Concert II. 7:30 p.m. May 1, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Krannert Uncorked with the Olivia Flanigan Quintet, jazz. 5 p.m. May 2, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Free. 333-6280.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Kim Biehl, 8 p.m. May 3, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. $5-$10. 877-6499, http://www.bementcountryopry.com.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Halie W. Bagwell, 8 p.m. May 10, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. $5-$10. 877-6499, http://www.bementcountryopry.com.
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 200, 1401 W. Green St., U. April 4 in Ballroom C. 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.
Allerton Barn Dance. 5:30 to 8 p.m. April 5, Allerton Barn, 588 Allerton Road, Monticello. Country western music by Big Red Skillet. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at 5:30 p.m. Music and dancing from 6 to 8 p.m. $5 per person, $10 per family suggested. 333-3287.
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, email@example.com, http://urbana-contra.org.
Country dancing. 7:30 to 11 p.m. every Saturday, Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C. Music by various country bands. Public welcome.
An Evening of Celtic Dance. 7 to 11 p.m. April 6, Illini Union, Room 314, 1401 W. Green St., U. Evening of traditional dance hosted by the Illini Folk Dance Society, along with other local dance groups. Theme: Celtic dances. Assortment of dances will be taught, including Irish, Scottish and Welsh folk dances. Introductory workshop, 7 p.m. Partners, costumes and experience not required. Free. 359-8225, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://illinifolkdance.s3.amazonaws.com/index.html.
Tango Society of Central Illinois. Milonga Sentimental, 7 to 11:30 p.m. April 6, McKinley Foundation, 809 S. Fifth St. (church basement), C. Tango lesson, "Introduction to Tango," 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tango social dancing, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. 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, email@example.com, http://urbana-contra.org.
Blues dancing. 9 p.m. to midnight April 12, Channing-Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon St., U. Lesson, 8 p.m. BluesCENTRAL's Second Friday Blues. http://www.sites.google.com/site/dancebluescentral, DanceBluesCentral@gmail.com.
Tango at KAM. Noon to 4 p.m. April 18, 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.
English Country Dancing. 7 to 10 p.m. April 20, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Music by local musicians. For dancers of all ages. All dances taught. Partners, costumes and experience not required. Bring soft-soled, nonmarking, nonstreet shoes. Admission $2. 359-8225, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.centralillinoisecd.org.
Blues dancing. 8 p.m. to midnight April 20, Channing-Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon St., U. Hosted by bluesCENTRAL. Music by The Diva and The Dude, local duo of Kathy Harden and Andy Baylor. Beginner lesson, 8 p.m.; The Diva and The Dude, 9 p.m. Band breaks DJ'd by Jeff Mundinger. $10; students, $8. DanceBluesCentral@gmail.com.
Singles/couples dance. 5 to 8 p.m. April 21, Decatur Knights of Columbus, 520 E. North St. Third Sunday each month. Live band, $10. 875-3090.
'Under the Tuscan Sun' Daddy-Daughter Dance. 7 to 9 p.m. April 27, American Legion, Farmer. Hosted by Blue Ridge Educational Foundation. No age limit and stand-in dads or daughters are welcome. DJ, refreshments, raffles, door prizes and photographer. All proceeds benefit education and technology programs in Blue Ridge classrooms. Tickets $10, dad; $5, daughters. Kendra Shaffer, 390-7893; Darbi Buchanan, 714-1712.
Tango Society of Central Illinois. Milonga Sentimental, 7 to 11:30 p.m. April 27, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Tango lesson, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tango social dancing, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Cost: $7, $10 with lesson; students $5, $7 with lesson. http://www.centraltango.com, Tango.Society@gmail.com, http://facebook.com/UCATango.
Country dancing. 7:30 to 10 p.m. April 27, Sidney Town Hall, Sidney. Line and couples, singles welcome. Fourth Saturday of each month. Admission $5. 351-4110.
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.
DanceWorks Chicago. 7:30 p.m. April 5, Doudna Fine Arts Center Theatre stage, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. One of Chicago's newest and most engaging dance companies. Tickets $15, general admission; $12, seniors; $7, students. http://www.eiu.edu/doudna, 581-3110, email@example.com.
Mystery for a Cure. 8 p.m. April 5, SoDo Theatre, 114 S. Neil St., C. Presented by members of Zoo Improv and Thomas Nicol. Solve the mystery surrounding a convention — an interactive theatre production. Pay what you can. All proceeds go to American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Champaign County. 979-1504, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Imagination of Poe' presentation. Statewide Road Scholars Speaker Series, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 6, Westville Public Library, community room, 233 S. State St. Dan Haughey's first-person interpretation of a modern literary critic for a prominent metropolitan newspaper illuminates the life and work of Edgar Allan Poe. Hear some of Poe's poems, short stories and satires as Haughey performs them in the voice of Poe, and criticizes them in the guise of a skeptical literary critic. Free. 267-3170.
Memoir readings and music. 4 p.m. April 6 at Living Yoga Center, 115 W Main St., U, and 7 p.m. April 8 at the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. Andy Douglas, former yogic monk and author of "The Curve of the World: Into the Spiritual Heart of Yoga," will read from his memoir and perform Bengali devotional music. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Tickets $40, two for $70; discount for tables of 10. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life of Champaign County and American Cancer Society. 630-346-9525, 549-4416, 344-4720, 897-6286, email@example.com, http://www.dancingwiththestarschampaign.info.
10th annual Storytelling Festival. 7 to 9 p.m. April 6, 501 E. Daniel St., C. Join the Graduate School of Library and Information Science for an evening of student, alumni and faculty storytelling. Stories from near and far. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 p.m. ($3 with student ID; $5 public). Proceeds benefit the Center for Children's Books. Some material may not be suitable for children. firstname.lastname@example.org, 937-244-9331.
Students from Urbana schools. Performing as part of the Boneyard Arts Festival, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. April 11 and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. April 13, the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. Prairie Elementary School Dance, 3:30 p.m.; Leal Elementary School Chorus, 4:30 p.m. April 11. Yankee Ridge Elementary School Dance and Chorus, 1:30 p.m.; Leal Elementary School Dance, 2 p.m. April 13.
SPEAK Cafe. "Poetry in Motion: SPEAK Cafe as an Institution," 7 p.m. April 11, 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.
Gypsy Hips Belly Dance Troupe and other dancers. Belly dancing, 2 to 4 p.m. April 13, The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St., U. Part of the Boneyard Arts Festival. All proceeds donated to the Champaign County Humane Society. http://www.GypsyHips.com.
Studiodance II 2013. Dance at Illinois Series, 7 and 9 p.m. April 18, 19 and 20; Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $7-$14. 333-6280.
Indonesian World Fest Performance. Featuring Cudamani, a Balinese musical and dance ensemble, 11 a.m. April 24, Luther Student Center Theater, Lake Land College campus, Mattoon. Hosted by the college, in coordination with Arts Midwest World Fest and the Doudna Fine Arts Center. Free and open to the public. http://www.artsmidwestworldfest.org, 234-5270.
VOICE Reading Series. 7:30 to 9 p.m. April 25, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Featuring fiction writers and poets. 333-1861.
Poetry reading. 7 to 8 p.m. April 25, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Michael J. La Due will talk about the art of poetry and read from his own work at this National Poetry Month celebration.
'Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Complete World of Sports (Abridged).' 7:30 p.m. April 27, Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$30. 333-6280.
'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, continues 7:30 p.m. April 4, 5 and 6, and 3 p.m. April 7; Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $9-$16. 333-6280.
'Or.' Comedy presented by The Celebration Company, continues 8 p.m. April 4 to 7 and 10 to 13; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000.
'Unnecessary Farce.' Continues 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon Sunday, April 4 to 14; Conklin's Barn II dinner theater, Goodfield. Tickets $33-$37. 309-965-2545, http://www.barn2.com.
'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, email@example.com.
'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 to 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.eiu.edu/doudna.
'Hairspray.' Illini Union Board presents spring musical, 2 and 7 p.m. April 13, UI Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C. Tickets $12-$18 prior; $14-$20 day of show. 866-455-4641, 333-5000.
'Spring Awakening.'UI Department of Theatre, Broadway musical, 7:30 p.m. April 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 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.
'The Mystery of Edwin Drood.' Parkland Theatre, solve-it-yourself musical, 7:30 p.m. April 24 to 27, May 2 and 3, 2 and 7:30 p.m. May 4 and 3 p.m. May 5; Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Tickets $8-$14. 351-2528, http://www.parkland.edu/theatre, email@example.com.
'Next to Normal.' The Celebration Company, 8 p.m. April 25 to 28, May 1 to 5, 8 to 11; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000.
'Once Upon a Mattress.' Chrisman High School Drama Club, musical, 7:30 p.m. April 26 and 27, Chrisman High School, 23231 Illinois Highway 1 North, Chrisman. Adults, $6; youths, $3. 269-2823.
'Promises, Promises.' Danville Light Opera, 7:30 p.m. April 26 and 27 and 2 p.m. April 28; Danville Area Community College, Bremer Auditorium, Danville. Tickets $19, adults; $14, students. 431-1660, http://www.danvillelightopera.com.
'Spirits of Suspicion.' Romantic comedy mystery play, 7 to 9 p.m. April 20; VFW Post 2876 Hall, 9 S. Main St., Villa Grove. Presented by Camargo Township District Library. Tickets $5, includes food served during intermission. 832-5211, 832-8045.
'Story of a Rape Survivor.' Presented by performers from the Chicago-based sexual assault advocacy organization, A Long Walk Home Inc., 7:30 p.m. April 23; Lincoln Hall Theater. ALWH is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that uses art therapy and the visual and performing arts to end sexual violence. Free. http://go.illinois.edu/saam2013.
'Theatre de L'Oeil: 3-Legged Tale.' Krannert Center Youth Series performance, 4 p.m. April 24; Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $5. 333-6280.
'The Threepenny Opera.'UI School of Music Opera Program, 7:30 p.m. April 25, 26 and 27 and 3 p.m. April 28; Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $8-$26. Libretto: 6:30 p.m. April 27 and 2 p.m. April 28, Krannert Room; $6.50 (ticket includes dessert and a beverage). 333-6280.
Outdoors / nature
'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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Amazing Bike Race! 8 a.m. to noon April 6, Centennial Park Rotary Pavilion, Champaign. An adventure race that leads teams on an 8 to 10-mile course through and around Champaign Park District parks and facilities. Costumes encouraged; prizes awarded for best costumes and top three finishing teams. No on-site registration. Register online or at any park district facility. http://www.champaignparkdistrict.com, 398-2550.
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.
'Bugs Rule the World!' 3 to 4 p.m. April 7, the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. Hands-on program, hosted the UI Entomology Department. Whether it's a giant Madagascar hissing cockroach, a leaf-mimicking praying mantis or a tarantula named Cecil, here's a chance to turn any fear into fascination.
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.
Moms Weekend Observatory Open House. 8 to 10 p.m. April 12, UI Campus Observatory, 901 S. Mathews Ave., U. Hosted by UI Astronomical Society. Look through university's historic telescope to see the night sky. Only open if the skies are clear. firstname.lastname@example.org.
4-H Kids Helping Kids — One Step At A Time 5K Run/Walk. 8 a.m. April 13, Crystal Lake Park, Urbana. Sponsored by the Champaign County 4-H Federation. Registration, 7 a.m. Post-race party where prizes and awards will be announced. Registration fee $25 before April 5, $30 after April 5. http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/index.html, Blackford2@illinois.edu, 333-7672.
Illini Veterans Memorial 5K Run/Walk. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13, UI Arboretum, Urbana. Race day registration, 8 a.m.; $35/$20. 5K race and run/walk, 10:15 a.m. Join the Illini Veterans in supporting wounded veterans by raising donations for the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education soon to arrive on campus. 708-935-8147, http://www.illinivetsmemorial5k.com, email@example.com.
Green Yoga Hike. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 13, Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Hike highlights breathing and meditation techniques, and emphasizes therapeutic movements for walkers, hikers and runners. Rain date, May 18. $20, adults; $15, students/seniors. Registration required. firstname.lastname@example.org, 896-2455.
Fifth annual Bird Migration Festival. May 11, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Bird Language 101 workshop: 9 to 11 a.m., Interpretive Center. Mist Netting with Jason Fisher: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Interpretive Center. Main Event and Live Raptors: 1 to 4 p.m., Walnut Hill Shelter. Live raptors, crafts, hikes, live entertainment from 2 to 3 p.m. Free. 896-2455, email@example.com.
Saturday Morning Nature Hike for Kids. 9 to 10 a.m. May 11, Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. Join the Lake of the Woods naturalist for a fun hike through the Botanical Gardens and Rayburn-Purnell Woods. Learn to identify some trees, look for wildlife and get some exercise. Dress for the weather. $3. Registration required. 586-2612, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bird Language 101 Workshop. 9 to 11 a.m. May 11, Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Learn the keys to understanding bird voices and body language, and spend some time outside observing. $10. Register by May 10. 896-2455, email@example.com.
Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society Starwatch. 8 p.m. to midnight May 11, Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 3485 County Road 2700 E, Penfield. Meet at the Activity Center at 8 p.m. for a short presentation by Staerkel Planetarium Director David Leake. Then drive to the North Waterfowl Management Area to view the stars, planets and more. Weather permitting, the program will go until midnight. No cloud date. Free. 896-2455, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Krannert Art Museum. 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Opening reception of "The Petals & Paintings" celebration and museum fundraiser, 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 12; floral displays, music by Briggs Houchins Trio, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction; $75, 244-0516. The exhibition, open to the public for viewing, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13 and noon to 5 p.m. April 14. Docent-led tours on April 13, beginning 10 a.m. "School of Art+Design Master of Fine Arts Exhibition," opening reception, 5 go 7 p.m. April 13. "Jacob Lawrence: Toussaint L'Ouverture Series" and "Processing the Everyday," through April 28; "Fashion Traditions of Japan," through May 26; "Counterpoints: Moshekwa Langa, In and Out of Africa," through July 28. 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. "Unconventional Bond: The Strange Life of Casino Royale on Film" opens April 17, through June 13. "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 Edgar County Student Art Show," through April 28. Reception, 1 to 2 p.m. April 28. "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." 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.
Museum of the Grand Prairie. Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. Boneyard Arts Festival, 1 to 5 p.m. April 14. Discover emerging and established local artists. Hear live music, experiment with art and see the works of local artists. Free. 586-2612.
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 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. 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. More than 13,000 square feet of exhibits with items from the pre-Revolutionary War period through the current operations in Afghanistan. Recently remodelled areas include a new section on veterans' scrapbooks and diaries, Civil War display, a combat weapons display for all wars, plus additional items in the Vietnam and Spanish-American War displays. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; closed Sunday and Monday. Admission $2, under 12, $1. 431-0034, email@example.com, http://www.vcwm.org.
William M. Staerkel Planetarium. Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Admission $3-$5. 351-2568, 351-2446. — World of Science Talk. 7 to 8 p.m. April 5. Speaker chosen by an online poll asking people what they thought was the most significant astronomical discovery of past 25 years. $1. — Main feature: "Dawn of the Space Age," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through May 18. — Children's feature: "Flight Adventures," 7 p.m. Saturdays, through May 18. — Sky show: "Spring Prairie Skies," 7 p.m. Fridays, April 12 through April 26.
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, ends April 5. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 333-9300, go.illinois.edu/aacc.
Danville Art League. 320 N. Franklin St., Danville. "Veterans Experience 2013" art exhibit by veterans receiving services from the VA in Danville as well as VA outpatient clinics in Decatur, Mattoon, Springfield and Peoria, and West Lafayette, Ind. Through April 27. Presented by the Danville Art League and the Recreation Therapy Service at the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System. Hours: 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Saturday; closed Sunday. http://www.danvilleartleague.com
Illini Union Art Gallery. 1401 W. Green St., U. "The Hapa Project" by Kip Fulbeck, opens with a reception, 8 p.m. April 4, first-floor northwest wing; with a book signing and refreshments. Through April 26. Lecture by Fulbeck, 7 p.m., ballroom. Sponsored by the Illini Union Board and the Asian American Cultural Center. Free. 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.
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.
Interpretive Center. Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Boneyard Arts Festival, 1 to 5 p.m. April 14. Local artists will have one-of-a-kind works on display and for sale. Visitors can experiment creating their own works of art with items from nature. Bring your own camera and art supplies; wildlife and scenery provided. All ages will be entertained. Free. 896-2455, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Murphy Gallery. University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., C. Art at the Y exhibition, "Garden of Verses," Arabic calligraphy paintings by Salma Arastu, ends April 7. "Forms," a Boneyard Arts Festival event by emerging artists Heather Gode, Jessica Rojas and Kristina Sandefur, all from the UI School of Art + Design, opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. April 11. Through May 5. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. http://www.universityymca.org/art.
Parkland Art Gallery. 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. "Parkland College Art and Design Student Exhibition," opens April 8, through May 4. Opening reception, 6 to 8 p.m. April 11, gallery lounge, with awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Musical performance by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble. 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. 351-2485, http://artgallery.parkland.edu.
Tarble Arts Center. South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue, EIU, Charleston. "2013 Graduate Art Exhibition" opens April 6, through April 28, Main Galleries. Reception, 2 to 4 p.m. April 7, atrium. "Folk Arts of the Caribbean," 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 to May 17. "Experiences of the Illinois Civil War Soldier: Reflections through Art and Artifacts," April 13 to July 7, eGallery. Exhibition opening and Historical Administration Symposium reception:, 7 p.m. April 12, atrium. 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," ends April 8; "Casino Royale and Beyond: Sixty Years of Ian Fleming's Literary Bond" opens April 12, through July 12, 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. email@example.com, http://www.facebook.com/UrbanaMuseumOfPhotography.
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. "Color Of Cultures" by the Champaign-Urbana International Artist Group, opening reception, 1 to 3 p.m. April 13, through June 11. Performances at the opening include dance, music, face painting, henna arts and artist talks, 2 to 3 p.m. 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+, ends April 5. "abCU 2013" opens 6 to 10 p.m. April 12 as part of the Boneyard Arts Festival. Showcase of letterforms, words and wisdom crafted by artists, designers and anyone with a love for typography. All artwork will be for sale at affordable prices during the opening reception, and proceeds support programming for Champaign-Urbana Design Organization. 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.
Heartland Gallery. 112 W. Main St., U. "Nick Cragoe: Celtic and Norse Art and Design," April 12 through May 11. Opening reception, 6 to 8 p.m. April 12. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 337-4767, http://www.heartland-gallery.com.
Indi Go Artist Co-Op. 9 East University Ave., C. "Wavelength: CU's pulse as taken by Eric Frahm," ends April 7. Frahm's two passions of photography and live music have melded together in this exhibit. 898-4646, http://www.indi-go-art.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.