Entertainment listings, May 2-9
A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.
Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Flower Sale. Noon to 4 p.m. May 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3 and 9 a.m. to noon May 4, Indian Acres Swim Club, 1 Arrow Road, C. Net proceeds benefit the CUScholars Program through the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation. 352-9873, 384-5121.
Midwest Reining Horse Association Midwest Classic. 8 a.m. May 4 and 5, Gordyville USA, Gifford. 568-7117.
Kennekuk World War II Remembrance Days. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 5, Bunker Hill Historic Area, Kennekuk County Park, Danville. Features re-enactors representing Allied and Axis units and civilians from 1939-1945; living history displays, public battles and tactical skirmishes; demonstrations of messenger birds; and a program on the fashions and hairstyles of the period. Saturday, a flyover of vintage World War II warbirds; and from 7 to 11 p.m., a USO dance at White Oak Barn. Free to attend; donations appreciated. 621-9899, email@example.com.
Lake Land College Automotive Club's annual Car Show. Registration, 9 a.m. until noon May 4, Lake Land College campus, Mattoon. A family-friendly event. Door prizes, 50/50 drawing and music. Food and drinks offered. Stereo competition, 9 a.m. to noon; $20 initial entry fee with a $5 re-entry fee. Trophies awarded; winners announced, 3 p.m. Registration fee on day of the show, $15. Free admission. 234-5306, http://www.lakeland.cc.il.us/as/tec/Automotive/documents/prereg_form.pdf..
Third annual 18th Street Block Party. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4, Charleston. Local businesses celebrate spring with shopping specials, food vendors and live music. Acoustic music by The Black and Blue Band, featuring Jackie Lawson and Tad Freezland, noon to 2:30 p.m. at Home Again Consignment Shop, 830 18th St.
AsiaFest. 1 to 3:30 p.m. May 4, Japan House, 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., U. Asian American Cultural Center and Japan House cap off Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with this Asian celebration showcasing the diversity within Asian cultures. Traditional and modern performances include Bal Vihar, a children's singing group, the Philippine Student Association, RAAS team, Illini Awaazz A Capella and a Taiko performance by Wariki, a performing arts duo from Japan. Interactive kimono demonstration. Cooking demonstrations, interactive cultural educational booths. Free. 333-9300, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://go.illinois.edu/aapi.
Champaign-Urbana Herb Society's annual plant sale. 8 to 1 p.m. May 11, Lincoln Square Village, Urbana. Held in conjunction with plant sales of Grand Prairie Friends, Illinois Prairie Hosta Society, CU Business Women's Club, Central Illinois Orchid Society, Bonsai Society of Central Illinois, African Violet Society and Marlin's Woodland Plants. Proceeds go to book donations to area libraries, mini-grants to schools, and the society's educational public herb gardens at Meadowbrook Park and the Urbana Free Library.
Spring Anglo-Viking Gathering. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 12, Forest Glen Pioneer Cabin area, near Westville. Free.
'Throw Momma on the Train.' May 11 and 12, Monticello Railway Museum. 992 Iron Horse Place, Monticello. Mothers ride free when accompanied by their children. Trains depart from the museum every 1 hours, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 11 and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 12; and from the Wabash Depot, downtown, every 1 hours, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 11 and 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. May 12. 877-762-9011, http://www.mrym.org.
Heyworth HeyDays. 5 to 10 p.m. May 16, 6 to 11:30 p.m. May 17, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. May 18 and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19, downtown Heyworth. Fun for the entire family. Carnival, food, and entertainment all weekend. Community garage sales on Saturday. Entertainment includes: Joe Zaklan at 5:30 p.m., Jury's Out at 8 p.m. May 17; Ariel Petrie at 12:15 p.m., Quick Draw and Whiskers at 2:30 p.m., The New Rural Route 3 at 5 p.m., Tailgate at 8 p.m. May 18; gospel music, noon May 19. 309-473-2811, http://www.heyworth-il.gov/heydays, http://www.enjoyillinois.com.
21st annual Building Fair. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18, Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 346 N. Neil St., C. The free and award-winning event gives children an entertaining and educational introduction to the building trades and coincides with Historic Preservation Week. Participate in a rich heritage in the arts, building trades and community history, and get hands-on understanding of the built environment. 352-5895, email@example.com, http://www.orpheumkids.com.
A&E Duck Dynasty. 5 p.m. May 18 and 10:45 a.m. May 19, David S. Palmer Arena, Danville. Cellular One of East Central Illinois is bringing Jase and Si Robertson, stars of A&E's hit reality series "Duck Dynasty" for two appearances in Danville to benefit the Kennekuk Environmental Education Center. Portion of the proceeds will benefit Kennekuk Environmental Education Center. Tickets $30. 877-772- 5425, http://www.palmerarena.com.
Brocton Spring Festival and Draft Horse Show. 5 to 10 p.m. May 31, 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 1, 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2, Brocton, located between U.S. 36 and Illinois 133 on 49. May 31: Pork chop meal, bean bag toss tournament, and The Troy Stone Band. June 1: breakfast at community center, food booth in tent, parade, kiddie tractor pull uptown, draft horse show (noon), pony and camel rides, magic, antique tractors and engines exhibit, bingo, road rally, fish fry and Battle Creek Band under the tent. June 2: pancake and sausage breakfast, gospel sing at tent uptown, draft horse show (noon), Good Times Roll with various bicycles, raffle drawing and bingo. Also, action inflatable events, clown, food vendors, crafts and games. 385-2450, 385-2473, http://www.broctonil.org.
Community showing. "A Place at the Table," 7 to 9:30 p.m. May 3, The Vineyard Church, 1500 Lincoln Ave., U. In honor of the Eastern Illinois Foodbank's 30th anniversary, the food bank is teaming up with Junior League of Champaign-Urbana to hold a free viewing of this documentary. 328-3663, ext. 17.
Pecha-Kucha Night Champaign-Urbana. 8:20 p.m. May 18, Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Twenty slides, 20 seconds each. Possible mature content, ages 18 and over. Sponsored in part by Champaign-Urbana Design Organization and Krannert Art Museum. 244-0516, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday Matinees. 2 p.m. May 20, Danville Public Library, first-floor meeting room, 319 N. Vermilion St. "Lincoln." Free movie series on the third Monday of every month. 477-5220.
Movies in the Park. Dusk May 31, Wabash Park, 500 Wabash Ave., Rantoul. "WALL-E." Rated G. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. 893-3323. http://www.rantoulchamber.com.
Krannert Uncorked with the Olivia Flanigan Quintet, jazz. 5 p.m. May 2, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Free. 333-6280.
Westville High School Spring Concert. Featuring the Concert Band, Concert Chorus and the Singing Tigers, 7 p.m. May 2, Westville High School, new gym.
'Suono Mobile 81: Distant Counterpoint.' 7:30 p.m. May 2, Indi Go Artist Co-Op. 9 E. University Ave., C. Philipp Blume, voice and objects; Frank Horger, audio and video media; Nathan Mandel, saxophone; Aaron Romm, trumpet; Kyra Saltman, cello; Sun-Young Gemma Shin, violin; and Drew Whiting, saxophone. Free, donations welcome.
May Day at Allerton. 6 to 8 p.m. May 3, Brick Wall Garden, Allerton Park and Retreat Center, Monticello. First Friday Concert Series presented by the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union. Featuring the Spudhunters (traditional Celtic music). Rain location: Allerton Barn. Food and drink available. $5 per person or $1 per family suggested donation at the gate. 333-3287.
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.
Melvin Music Show. Featuring The Back Paiges, 7 p.m. May 4, Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St., Melvin. Doors open, 6 p.m. Food available for sale. Adults $10, children 12 and younger free. 388-2853.
Music from the Magellanic Clouds. 8:30 p.m. May 3, William M. Staerkel Planetarium, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Group consisting of Halim Beere, Ming-ching Chiu, Leon Harrell, Barry Morse, John Nichols and Allen Wu, all graduate music composition students at the UI, perform electronic and acoustic material using laptop computers to generate soundscapes. Admission $5, free for Friends of Staerkel Planetarium members. 351-2446.
The Prairie Ensemble. "Conductor's Choice," 7:30 p.m. May 4, McKinley Presbyterian Church, 809 S. Fifth St., C. Bernhard Scully, UI horn professor, featured soloist in the horn concerto. Concert conversation with music director Kevin Kelly, 7 p.m. Tickets $18; $8, children and students with ID. 355-9077, email@example.com, http://www.PrairieEnsemble.org.
Vermilion Festival Chorus. "Celebrate Music! A Collage of Choral Songs for Springtime!" 3 p.m. May 5, Holy Family Catholic Church, 444 E. Main St., Danville. Accompanied by Jill Prasse. Tickets: $5 veterans, $8 seniors and students, $10 adults; at the door.
Archaea Tree Ensemble. "After the Light," 3 p.m. May 5, Indi Go Artist Co-Op. 9 E. University Ave., C. The ensemble's inaugural concert, featuring Andy Miller, vibraphone and percussion; Erin Brooker, harp; Jennifer Shanahan, flutes; and Jeff Zahos, percussion. Cover: sliding scale $1-$7.
'Wheels and Sails: On the Move with Amasong!' Transportation-themed children's concert, 3 to 3:45 p.m. May 5, the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. Choral pieces about sailing and trains from their upcoming concert and then singalong fun with the classic "Wheels on the Bus." 367-4069.
Parkland Orchestra and Parkland Wind Ensemble. 7 p.m. May 6, Parkland Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave, C. Free and open to the public.
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.
Soft Spoken. 5 to 9 p.m. May 10, Eastland Suites, 1907 N. Cunningham Ave., U. In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, BackStage Access presents smooth jazz/neo-soul artists, Soft Spoken, performing chart-topping hits. $5 donation at the door.
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.
Parkland Chamber Singers and Parkland Chorus. Choral Spring Concert, 7 p.m. May 11, Parkland Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave, C. Free and open to the public.
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.
The Chorale. Young Artist Scholarship Concert, "World Class," 7 p.m. May 12, Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C. Celebrating their 30th season, The Chorale presents 2013 scholarship winners Caitlin Richardson and Celia Williams. Honorable mention awards to Samantha Wells, Kathleen Myers and Emily Margevich. Former scholarship winners Elizabeth Treat, soprano, and Davion Williams, tenor, will perform. Donations to the scholarship fund are welcome. http://www.thechorale.org.
Philo Country Music Show. 3 p.m. May 12, R.E. Franks Meeting Center, 108 Madison St., Philo. Branson-style, family-oriented live music stage show, hosted by Ed Clem and Chrissy Rigsby. Band members and other entertainers are Logan Kirby, vocals; Dyke Corson, lead and steel guitar, and vocals; Dave Ohllson, drums and vocals; Clem, bass and vocals; and Rigsby, piano, saxophone and vocals. Concessions available. Admission $10. 274-3888, 714-7394.
Krannert Uncorked. With the Painkillers (blues), 5 p.m. May 16, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. A sextet delivering bold tunes in traditional Chicago and Southern style — plus wine samples from Bacaro. Free. 333-6280.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guests, Pam and Polly (The Kilmer Sisters), 8 p.m. May 17, 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
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Rodman Rail, guitar, bass, percussion and vocals (songs from John Denver, Eagles, James Taylor and more), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 17, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 26. 446-8399, http://www.kickapoolanding.com.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guests, Polly and Pam, The Kilmer Sisters, 8 p.m. May 17, 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.
Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival. Noon May 18, Rockome Gardens, 125 N. County Road 425 E., Arcola. Music starting at noon, featuring Audie Blaylock and Redline, David Davis and The Warrior River Boys, The Brocks (C.W., Molly and Jesse) and Mackville. Bands start at noon and perform an afternoon and evening concert. Bring your instruments. Bluegrass jamming is welcomed and encouraged inside the park, except in the concert area. Bring lawn chairs. In case of inclement weather, music will be in the Big Red Barn. $15 adults, $6 children. 268-4106, 460-1439, http://www.rockome.com.
Parkland POPS May Concert. 1 p.m. May 19, Parkland Theatre, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave, C. Free and open to the public.
Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana. Performance of "Judas Maccabeus," 7:30 p.m. May 19, Recital Hall, Smith Music Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. The BACH chorus and orchestra will join guest soloists and the Chamber Chorus of the Central Illinois Children's Choir to perform a virtual hit parade of some of Handel's most famous airs and choruses. Adults, $20; students, $10; http://www.baroqueartists.org/tickets/.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Strings Attached (bluegrass, mountain gospel, old-time, other favorites and bad jokes), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 24, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 26. 446-8399, http://www.kickapoolanding.com.
Bement Country Opry Band.With guest, Eric Gordon, 8 p.m. May 24, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. May 31: Linda Thomas. $5-$10. 877-6499, http://www.bementcountryopry.com.
James King Band Bluegrass Concert with Mackville. 2:15 p.m. May 25, Rockome Gardens, 125 N. County Road 425 E, Arcola. Mackville, a local bluegrass/gospel band, at 2:15 p.m.; James King concert at 3 p.m. James King has been named the male vocalist of the year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America for the last eight years. Bring lawn chairs; in case of inclement weather, music will be in the Big Red Barn. 268-4106, 460-1439, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.rockome.com.
Hessel Park Concert. 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 26, Hessel Park, Champaign. Sit back, relax and listen to the sounds of great local bands. Free. 398-2550, http://www.champaignparkdistrict.com.
Danville Municipal Band. 11 a.m. May 27, Danville National Veterans Cemetery, 2000 E. Main St., Danville. Memorial Day Ceremony. 597-1955.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring The Oakwood Boys (blues, original and popular music), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 28, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 26. 446-8399, http://www.kickapoolanding.com.
Neighborhood Nights. 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 29, Carle Park, Urbana. Featured band: Crazy Johnny. Gather the family, bring your blankets and lawn chairs, and a picnic dinner. Join in games and activities for families and kids, see an Urbana fire truck or police squad car up close, and meet city of Urbana officials. In the event of rain, the event will be held the following night. http://www.urbanaparks.org.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Mitchells Bluegrass and Gospel, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 31, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. May 28: The Oakwood Boys (blues, original and popular music). Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 26. 446-8399, http://www.kickapoolanding.com.
Krannert Uncorked with High Cotton Bluegrass Band. 5 p.m. June 6, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. This week, Corkscrew Wine Emporium will hand out summery samples. Free. 333-6280.
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. 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. May 3, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Wade Pearson with The Young and the Fretless! 6:45 p.m. Free Lindy Hop workshop with Miriam Larson, 6:45 p.m. 359-8225, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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.
Blues dancing. 7 to 10 p.m. May 5, Emerald City Lounge, 118 N. First St., C. Beginner lesson, 6 p.m. DJ. BluesCENTRAL's first Sunday blues; through December. Free. DanceBluesCentral@gmail.com.
Urbana Country Dancers' Barn Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. May 10, The Anderson's Barn, 2206 N. Brownfield Road, U. Open calling and Community Band led by Laura Sleade and Ed Hawkes. email@example.com, http://urbana-contra.org.
Blues dancing. 9 p.m. to midnight May 10, Channing-Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon St., U. Intermediate lesson, 8 p.m. BluesCENTRAL's Second Friday Blues. http://www.sites.google.com/site/dancebluescentral, DanceBluesCentral@gmail.com.
Central Illinois English Country Dancers' Festival of the English May. 2 to 10 p.m. May 18, The Anderson's Barn, 2206 N. Brownfield Road, U. A dance to celebrate the coming of summer. Outdoor games, a maypole dance, Boneyard Morris Dancers performance, a potluck dinner and an evening of English dances from the 1600s. Music by The Flatland Consort and Friends. For dancers of all ages. All dances taught. Partners and experience are not needed. Costumes of any sort welcome, but not required. Free. 359-8225, 344-6802, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.centralillinoisecd.org/mayfest.html.
Singles/Couples Dance. 5 to 8 p.m. May 19, Decatur Knights of Columbus, 520 E. North St. Third Sunday each month. Live band, $10. 875-3090.
English Country Dancing. 7 to 10 p.m., May 25, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Music by local musicians. Dancers of all ages are welcome. All dances will be taught. Partners, costumes and experience are not required. Bring soft-soled, nonmarking, nonstreet shoes. Admission is $2. 359-8225, email@example.com, http://www.centralillinoisecd.org.
Country dancing. 7:30 to 10 p.m. May 25, Sidney Town Hall, Sidney. Line and couples, singles welcome. Fourth Saturday of each month. Admission $5. 351-4110.
'Cinderella.' Champaign Urbana Ballet, 7:30 p.m. May 3, 2 and 7:30 p.m. May 4 and 2 p.m. May 5, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Tickets $8-$24. 356-9063, 355-7317, http://www.cuballet.com.
'Myth and Magic.' 1 to 2:45 p.m. May 4, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U. Experience the museum through a tour based on dance, story and theater. Performer/teller Shannon Epplett and dancer/teacher Tanya Picard and students join storyteller Kim Sheahan for a journey into ancient Greek drama, American Indian storytelling and European Renaissance court performance. For visitors fifth grade and above. Free, but reservations required. 244-3355, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Japanese drumming and folk performance. 7 p.m. May 4, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U. The ancient legacy of taiko drumming and traditional arts of Japan performance by Wariki, a virtuoso father-son performing arts duo from Japan; Tiffany Tamaribuchi, Sacramento-based taiko artist and teacher; and Ho etsu Taiko, Chicago-based percussion ensemble. Free. http://cwm.illinois.edu.
The 36th annual Magic Get-Together. 7 to 8:45 p.m. May 4, SoDo Theatre, 114 S. Neil St., C. Hosted by the Central Illinois Magic Association, featuring performers Chris Bontjes, Jania Taylor, Dan Garrett, Markus Clegg and Andy Dallas. Tickets $10, adults; $8, children 12 and younger; available at the door. Kebram50@gmail.com.
Zoo Improv. "Fuzzy Fridays," 8 p.m. Fridays, SoDo Theatre, 114 S. Neil St., C. Improv comedy. No show, May 3. "Zoo Improv Celebrates 8 Years!" on May 10. A guest improv group performs before Zoo Improv each week. Participate or just watch. $3. 356-7805, http://www.zooimprov.com, email@example.com.
Magician: Myron the Magnificent. 4 to 4:45 p.m. May 24, the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. Performance of illusions and magical effects for audiences of all ages. 367-4069.
'HONK! A Musical Tale of the Ugly Duckling.' Urbana High School Theatre spring musical, 7 p.m. May 1 to 4 and 2:30 p.m. May 5; Cobb Auditorium, Urbana High School, 1002 S. Race St. Tickets $8, adult; $5, children under 12. Discounts available for groups of more than 20. 384-3505, firstname.lastname@example.org.
'The Mystery of Edwin Drood.' Parkland Theatre solve-it-yourself musical, continues 7:30 p.m. 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. May 2, all tickets half-price. 351-2528, http://www.parkland.edu/theatre, email@example.com.
'Next to Normal.' The Celebration Company, a rock musical, 8 p.m. May 2 to 5, 8 to 11; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000.
'Out of Order.' Continues 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon Sunday, May 2 to June 2; Conklin's Barn II dinner theater, Goodfield. Tickets $33-$37. 309-965-2545, http://www.barn2.com.
'Adult Entertainment.' 7:30 p.m. May 10 and 11, 2 p.m. May 12, 7:30 p.m. May 13, 17 and 18 and 2 p.m. May 19; Charleston Alley Theatre, 718 Monroe Ave., Charleston. Tickets $10. 345-2287, http://www.charlestonalleytheatre.com.
'Alibis.' Rantoul Theatre Group, a murder mystery whodunit, 7:30 p.m. May 10 and 11, 2 p.m. May 12, 8 p.m. May 17 and 18 and 2 p.m. May 19; Grissom Hall Theatre, 914 Arends Blvd., Rantoul. Tickets $7-$10. 892-1121, http://www.rtgonline.org.
'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' The World Stage Homeschool Theatre Company presents scenes from Shakepeare's comedy, 2 and 3 p.m. May 11, the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. Staged to delight children of all ages. 367-4069.
'The Ghost of Canterville Hall.' Red Mask Players, comedy, May 13-18; Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Spring 2013 children's show. 442-5858, firstname.lastname@example.org.
'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' The World Stage Homeschool Theatre Company, 1 and 7 p.m. May 31 and June 1; Stratford Park Bible Chapel, 2801 W. Kirby Ave., C. Free. Supported in part by the Urbana Arts Council. email@example.com.
Outdoors / nature
Spring Into Action 5K Run/Walk. 9 a.m. to noon May 4, Broadlands Community Park, Broadlands. Help Immanuel Lutheran Church in Broadlands fill local bellies this summer. All the proceeds will benefit the Eastern Illinois Foodbank that supplies area food pantries with food. 834-3289, 612-594-0975, http://immanuelspringintoaction.eventbrite.com.
'Growing Up Wild: Bird is the Word.' 10 to 11 a.m. May 7, Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. Learn about the birds while playing in nature. Outdoor program for preschoolers age 2-6 and their adults. Dress for the weather. $5. Register by May 3. 896-2455, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nordic Walking Group. 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Race Street parking lot, Meadowbrook Park, Urbana. Weekly group. A 4-mile route around Meadowbrook Park. All Nordic walkers welcome. Walk in all seasons. No charge. email@example.com, 649-6861.
Second Wind Running Club Summer Fun Runs. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, North side of Meadowbrook Park, Urbana. A timed 1-mile run, followed by a 3-mile run with a 15-minute break between. All abilities encouraged to attend; determine your own pace per mile. Held during daylight savings months only (April through October). Typically time changes to 6 p.m. in late September. http://www.secondwindrunningclub.org.
Warblers at Walnut Hill. 8 to 9:30 a.m. May 10, Walnut Hill Shelter, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Join a naturalist to look for migrating birds (warblers, orioles, waterfowl and more). For novice and experienced birders. Binoculars provided, or bring your own. Free. 896-2455, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kirby Derby. May 11, starts and ends at Forest Preserve Park, Monticello. Runs through State Street and downtown. 5K and 10K run, 5K recreational walk, 8 a.m. and kids' race (for 10 and younger), 10 a.m. Race day registration, 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. Entry fee $30 before May 9, $35 at packet pickup, 4 to 6:30 p.m. May 10 at Kirby Medical Center or on race day. Kids' race is free. 762-1513, http://www.KirbyHealth.org.
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. Learn the keys to understanding bird voices and body language, and spend time observing. $10. Register by May 10. 896-2455, email@example.com. — 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, 2 to 3 p.m. Free. 896-2455, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 preserve's naturalist for a hike through the Botanical Gardens and Rayburn-Purnell Woods. Learn to identify some trees, look for wildlife. Dress for the weather. $3. Registration required. 586-2612, email@example.com.
Second annual Race for the Warriors 5K Run/Walk. 10 a.m. May 11, starting and finishing at Danville Stadium, 401 Highland Blvd. Family-friendly 5K walk/run event. Registration and shirt/bib pickup, 9 a.m. This event will raise funds to bring back a group of wounded veterans from VETSports to Danville in August. $25 includes T-shirt; $80 for family (up to four) includes T-shirts; $15 race day, no shirt. Registration at http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2090267.
Model rocket launch. 1 to 6 p.m. May 11, Pick Dodds Park, Champaign. The Central Illinois Aerospace model rocket club. Fliers with rockets of all sizes welcome and spectators are invited. Free admission. In case of questionable weather, call Greg Smith at 840-1678 around 11 a.m. for status of launch.
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 8 p.m. at the Activity Center for a short presentation by Staerkel Planetarium Director David Leake. Then drive to the North Waterfowl Management Area to view the sky. Weather permitting, the program will go until midnight. No cloud date. Free. 896-2455, firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Let's Go Fly a Kite!' 2 to 5 p.m. May 12, Dodds Soccer Complex, Dodds Park, Champaign. Grab a kite and fly it at the second annual kite festival. Free. No registration. 398-2550.
Corgi-Con 2013. Noon to 4 p.m. May 18, Urbana Dog Park, 1501 E. Perkins Road, U. Join the second Corgi Convention. The convention gives Corgis a chance to run and play in a 10-acre fenced dog park with double-gated entrances for their safety. Bring your cameras. Daily admission passes are available at the park. Fill out the admission form and place it along with $5 per dog in the envelope provided. Dog park rules at http://www.urbanaparks.org/facilities/55.html, CORGICON@yahoo.com.
Fitness in the Forest. 8 to 9 a.m. Saturdays, May 25 to Sept. 1, Campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 3485 County Road 2700 E., Penfield. A fast-paced, heart-pumping program that includes hikes, strength and cardio training, and a variety of other healthy and fun fitness activities in a friendly outdoor atmosphere. Free. 595-5692, email@example.com, http://www.ccfpd.org.
Naturalist Programs at the Middle Fork Campground. Noon to 1 p.m. weekends, May 25 to Sept. 1, Campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 3485 County Road 2700 E., Penfield. Time varies. Each weekend, the campground naturalist offers a variety of programs and activities. Free. Check schedule at http://www.ccfpd.org.
Take Me Fishing. 9 to 11 a.m. May 25, Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 3485 County Road 2700 E., Penfield. Kids' awards, activities and more. Basic fishing instruction available to beginners. Illinois fishing license requirement waived; all fishing is catch-and-release. Cane poles and bait available, but you may bring your own. Adult supervision of children required. Free. 896-2455, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nature/Culture Hike. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 25, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville. Three miles through various ecozones with an archaeologist and a naturalist. Bring water and insect repellent and dress for the weather. Canceled in case of rain. Free. 618-346-5160.
Krannert Art Museum. 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. "School of Art + Design Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition," opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. May 4. "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 Exhibit," 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. "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.
I&I Historic Farm Museum. 309 E. Busey St., Penfield. Established by I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club. Preserving the history of agriculture with antique farm machinery and tools, household exhibit, restored log cabin, blacksmith shop and church. Featuring Hart-Parr No. 3 and gas-powered turbine I-H HT-340 on loan from Smithsonian Institution. Open second Saturday of each month, April through September, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 595-5413 or 863-2681, http://www.antiquefarm.org.
Museum of the Grand Prairie. Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard, Mahomet. May Day Festival, 1 to 5 p.m. May 4. Celebrate May Day and the beauty of spring at the museum. Experience traditions connected with celebrating the first of May, including puppet shows, maypole dancing, a May Day parade and energetic live music by Exorna. Free. 586-2612, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orpheum Children's Science Museum. 346 N. Neil St., C. Brain Awareness Day, 1 to 5 p.m. May 4. Expand your mind and unlock the secrets of the nervous system through demonstrations, activities and games with a little help from people from the University of Illinois' Neuroscience Program. Free. "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. "The James Bond Theme: Music to Live, Die, and Love Another Day," through March 14, 2014. 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@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. More than 13,000 square feet of exhibits with items from the pre-Revolutionary War period through the current operations in Afghanistan. Recently remodeled 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.vcwm.org.
William M. Staerkel Planetarium. Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Closed May 24 and 25. Admission $3-$5. Moms get in free with a paying child, May 10 and 11. 351-2568, 351-2446. — Sky show: "Spring Prairie Skies," 7 p.m. Fridays, through June 14. Except May 24. — Main feature: "Violent Universe," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, May 4 through June 8, then 8 p.m. Fridays, June 14-28. — Children's feature: "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure," 7 p.m. Saturdays, May 4 through June 8. "Flight Adventures," 2 p.m. May 8 (School Improvement Day).
Asian American Cultural Center. 1210 W. Nevada St., U. "Many Cultures, One Community," a group exhibit by Ian Wang, Selena Wang, Rashmi Kapoor, Vivia Tran, Hua Nian, Amrita Bamrah, Lei Shanbhag, Joy Yang, Jason Xing, Siti-Mariah Jackson, Cheryl Chau and Hermia Soo. Through July 1. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 333-9300, go.illinois.edu/aacc.
Bryant Cottage State Historic Site. 146 E. Wilson St., Bement. Twelve unusual displays examining kerosene technology of decades past, each lasting one month. The second display, "Everyday Household Lamps," through May 31. The collection is on loan from someone who has been collecting kerosene-era items for many years. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. 678-8184.
Danville Area Community College. Vermilion Hall, Room 306, 2000 E. Main St., Danville. "I Sing the Body Electric Arts and Health Festival," 1 to 4 p.m. May 5, Teens from 10 Vermilion County high schools, Kenneth D. Bailey Academy, College Express — DACC, and Young Women Aware will exhibit health-based art projects that will be critiqued by a panel of judges. Winners announced at 3:30 p.m. An outreach program of Presence United Samaritans Medical Center's Foundation. Free. 442-6594, http://www.presencehealth.org/ising.
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. Free presentations by local experts examining the exhibit, with insights, highlights and historical details: 1 p.m. May 5 at CityView, fourth floor, Illinois Terminal.
Murphy Gallery. University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., C. "Forms," by emerging artists Heather Gode, Jessica Rojas and Kristina Sandefur, all from the UI School of Art + Design, ends 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," ends May 4. 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.
Springer Cultural Center. 301 N. Randolph St., C. "Town and Country Art Show," through May 11. Public critique by the juror on the last day of the show. Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. 398-2376.
Tarble Arts Center. South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue, EIU, Charleston. "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," through July 7, eGallery. 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. "Casino Royale and Beyond: Sixty Years of Ian Fleming's Literary Bond," 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 "Artist of the Corridor" exhibit, "Photographs at Urbana's Market at the Square," through July 31. 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. "Color of Cultures" by the Champaign-Urbana International Artist Group, through June 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. "Something I Love," through May 12. More than 800 submissions. 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. New glass sculpture by Alexander Fekete, former UI glass professor, ends May 4. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 367-3711, http://www.cinemagallery.cc.
Heartland Gallery. 112 W. Main St., U. "Nick Cragoe: Celtic and Norse Art and Design," through May 11. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 337-4767, http://www.heartland-gallery.com.
Indi Go Artist Co-Op. 9 E. University Ave., C. "Finished Production Exhibition" by graphic design students at the UI, also showcasing a collaboration between UI students and the University of Iowa, through May 7. Opening reception, 5 p.m. May 3. 898-4646, http://www.indi-go-art.com.
Kalarte Gallery. Inside Heartland Gallery, 112 W. Main St., U. "Folk Art and Crafts from Around the World," through May 18. Folk paintings, votive paintings, woodcarvings, ceramics and other craft items from Mexico, Guatemala, South America, India, Indonesia, Africa and elsewhere. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. http://kalarte.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Larry Kanfer Gallery. 2503 S. Neil St., C. Spring Open House, May 2 to 5. Visit with the artist, see classic new Prairiescapes and the newest collection of Italy photographs. Discount on purchases. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. 398-2000, http://www.kanfer.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.