Entertainment listings, Aug. 1-8, 2013
A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.
Coles County Fair. Continues 11 a.m. Aug. 1, 8 a.m. Aug. 2, 9 a.m. Aug. 3 and 8 a.m. Aug. 4; Coles County Fairgrounds, Charleston. Livestock shows, 4-H shows, queen and little miss pageants, carnival, professional bull riding, arts and crafts, harness racing, truck and tractor pull, demolition derby and more. 856-3571, http://www.colescountyfair.com.
Georgetown Fair. Aug. 2-10, Mill Street, Georgetown. Georgetown. Carnival, exhibits, livestock shows, horse show, queen pageant, tractor and truck pull, and entertainment, including Rush of Fools concert, sponsored by First Church of Christ of Georgetown on Aug. 4, Jimmie Bussel and The Brothers of the Highway, sponsored by WITY on Aug. 7, Highway 341 on Aug. 9 and Battlecreek on Aug. 10. 662-6415, http://www.georgetownfair.com.
Villa Grove Car Show 2013. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 3, Harrison Park, Villa Grove. "Cars for the Cure" to support breast cancer awareness. Registration, 9 a.m. to noon. Trophies at 3 p.m. 100 dash plaques. 50/50 drawing to benefit breast cancer awareness. Free T-shirts to first 25 registrants. Free goody bags. Register: Stephen Akers at 832-9778, 621-3027.
Poker run for Alzheimer's. Sign-up starts at noon, ride leaves at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 3, The Ridge, 10 S. State St., Ridge Farm. $10 per hand for the ride. Food provided and raffle drawing after the ride. Bake sale starts at 7 a.m. All proceeds go to the Alzheimer's organization in Bloomington. 247-9904.
'A Touch of Arthur.' Aug. 3, downtown Arthur, the Route 133 businesses corridor and surrounding countryside businesses. Merchants and businesses will host open houses and special sales during the day, while others will have booths set up. Exhibitions, demonstrations, pony rides for the kids and Saturday morning golf carts available to take anyone interested around downtown or the neighborhoods around town. Also on display downtown, farm equipment and fire protection equipment. Free. http://www.arthurfestivals.com.
C-U Day Fashion Show and Dance. 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Aug. 9, Round Barn Banquet Centre, 1900 Round Barn Road, C. High fashion showcase with an after-party. Hosted by comedian Calvin Evans and Hooters calendar model Jenell Hendrix. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show at 8:30 p.m. Dance immediately after show, featuring DJ Nast-E. Cash bar, 50/50 raffle (all proceeds to scholarship fund), giveaways. VIP ticket, $25; general admission, $15. 721-0219, 721-9501, http://www.showclix.com.
Cheeseburgers and Fun. 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 10, Bunker Hill Historic Area at Kennekuk County Park, Danville. The Kennekuk Road Runners' Howl at the Moon 8-hour Run/Walk, 7 a.m. Annual Bunker Hill Run Car and Tractor Show, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; more than 225 vehicles on display (no entry fee to participate), featuring a cruise to the Illiana Healthcare System Medical Center. Food vendors begin, 11 a.m. Vermilion County Conservation District Foundation will serve the cheeseburger meal beginning at 4 p.m.; fundraiser for the foundation. Entertainment: Ben Jenkins Band, 1 to 3 p.m.; Hitmen and a Dame, 5 to 7 p.m.; Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets, 8 to 10 p.m. Displays at the buildings at Bunker Hill Historic area as well as a chainsaw carving demonstration. Tours of the Kennekuk Environmental Education Center in Kennekuk County Park; trolley rides given to the site. Free admission, donations accepted. 662-2142.
Champaign-Urbana Days. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 10, 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 11, Douglass Park, Champaign. Yearly tradition bringing generations of visitors to the park. Live entertainment, food vendors. Basketball and softball tournaments, plus live pro wrestling. Inflatables and Touch-a-Truck for the kids. Senior citizens take a break from the heat at the "Lifelong Commitment" luncheon and bingo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Donations accepted to help fill the Champaign Park District van with school supplies. Free. 398-2550, http://www.ChampaignParkDistrict.com.
137th annual Fairbury Fair. 8 a.m. Aug. 14-16, 7 a.m. Aug. 17, 9 a.m. Aug. 18. Exhibits, carnival rides, demolition derby, talent show, stock car racing, petting zoo and pony rides, live music in the beer tent every night, chili cook-off, antique farm equipment display and more. http://www.fairburyfair.com.
Whirling Bros. Circus. 4:30 and 7 p.m. Aug. 15, Piatt County Fairground, 523 S. Jefferson St., Cerro Gordo. See the Cossack Warriors on horseback, Motorcycle Nitro Cowboys in the Globe of Death, camels, elephants, clown comedy acts and more. Circus Street Team Parade comes to town before the circus. $9.75 adult tickets at http://www.WhirlingBrosCircus.com. Free tickets available at area businesses.
Cissna Park Old Settlers Reunion. Aug. 15-17, Cissna Park. Starts on Thursday and ends Saturday night with car giveaway. The park is filled with entertainment, including Outbound Drive at 9 p.m. Aug. 16, carnival rides and games, food stands, bingo, arts and crafts. Annual 5K run/walk, 8 a.m. Aug. 17. Registration cost $20 by Aug. 3, $25 after; 815-457-2469 or 595-5683; registration day at 221 W. Koplin St., Cissna Park. Proceeds donated to Cissna Park High School graduating class of 2014. Hosted by American Legion Post 527.
Half Century of Farm Progress. Aug. 22-25, Rantoul National Aviation Center, 6 Aviation Center Drive. A celebration of the history of farm progress in central Illinois. Tens of thousands of visitors (many international) flock to check out antique farm equipment displays, farm machinery demonstrations, and exhibits teaching about farm life from field to table. Each year, a big tractor is featured at the festival, which spans more than 300 acres. http://www.halfcenturyofprogress.org.
Arthur Mennonite Relief Sale. Aug. 23 and 24, Otto Center, Arthur. Barbecue pulled pork dinners and food booths, 4:30 to 7 p.m.; and auction, 6 p.m. Aug. 23. Pancakes and sausage, 6 to 10 a.m.; auction, 8 a.m.; silent auction and children auction, 10 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; School and Health Kit Assembly, 12:30 p.m. Aug. 24. Locally handcrafted Amish furniture. Large selection of handmade quilts, items from Ten Thousand Villages, train rides, bake sale, books. Free parking and admission. http://www.arthurreliefsale.org, http://www.mcc.org.
Urbana Sweetcorn Festival. 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 23 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 24, downtown Urbana on Main Street, between Race and Vine streets. All the local Illinois sweet corn you can eat is the main attraction. Live music both nights on two stages from both regional and national headliners, including Calynn Green on Aug. 23 and Kansas on Aug. 24. Motor Muster car show, a showcase of vintage automobiles. For children and families, there's Action Inflatables, a rock-climbing wall, indoor laser tag, pony rides and a petting zoo along with merchandise and food from vendors. 344-3872, http://www.facebook.com/urbanasweetcorn.
University YMCA 'Dump & Run' Sale. Aug. 24 and 25, University of Illinois Stock Pavilion, 1402 W. Pennsylvania Ave., U. Collection times: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 14-16 and 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 17. Sale times: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24, $2 admission, free admission for international students; and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25, $3 bag sale, half-price furniture, and free sale 2:30 to 4 p.m. http://www.universityymca.org/dump_and_run.
70th annual National Sweetcorn Festival and National Sweetheart Pageant. 5 p.m. to midnight Aug. 29 and 30, 6 a.m. to midnight Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, McFerren Park, Illinois 1 and Penn Street, Hoopeston. "Rumble in the Corn." Tons of free sweet corn, parade, musical entertainment, demo derbies, truck and tractor pulls, car shows, horse show, flea markets, local art show/competition, carnival rides, midway games and National Sweetheart Pageant. Presented by the Hoopeston Jaycees. 283-7873, http://www.hoopestonjaycees.org/festival.
Illinois Amish Country Cheese Festival. Aug. 31 through Sept. 2, downtown Arthur. Two blocks dedicated to the little ones, with kids' zone, pony rides, inflatables, clowns, games and activities. Cheese games include special divisions for just the kids, and other cheese games. Sidewalk sales, craft and other stands, a big car show on Saturday, music and stage shows, street performers and plenty of food. Free samples of cheese are served daily from the multiple 300-pound wheels; free cheese given to cheese game participants. More cheese available to purchase. http://www.arthurcheesefestival.com.
Danville Illinois Kennel Club AKC Conformation Dog Show. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, Georgetown Fairgrounds. The club's annual dog shows. Free admission. No unentered dogs allowed on grounds. 694-4759, 694-4517.
Fall Kick-off Festival. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 1, Centennial Park, Champaign. Float the river at Sholem while playing bingo, get your child's picture taken with Mr. Turtle, enjoy cotton candy, bounce on the inflatables. Dunk tank, baggo, face painting by the artists at Wild Style Design Company. Free concert by the Marching Illini. 398-2550, http://www.ChampaignParkDistrict.com.
78th annual Salute to Labor Day Parade. 10 a.m. Sept. 2, through downtown Danville. Old-fashioned parade organized by Vermilion County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.
Farmer City Heritage Days. 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 5 and 6, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 7, noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 8. Full carnival, food, entertainment, craft and flea market. Teen dance on main stage, carnival, armband night, Sept. 5. Carnival, band Chuck on Patrol from 7 to 10:30 p.m. on main stage, food, Sept. 6. Farmer City 5K, car/boat show, carnival, kids' show, firemen's waterball tournament, The Bygones from 7 to 11 p.m. on the main stage, Sept. 7. Old-fashioned gospel music, carnival armband matinee, ham and bean dinner, Sept. 8. 309-928-2676, 309-928-9382, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global Lens 2013. "Student," 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Aug. 1, Room C-118, Parkland Art Gallery at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Directed by Darezhan Omirbayev (Kazakhstan), 2012. 90 minutes. Kazakh and Russian, with English subtitles. The film series is a showcase of critically acclaimed narrative feature films. Free. 351-2485, http://www.globalfilm.org, email@example.com.
Movie night. "Oz the Great and Powerful," 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 2, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. Rated PG. Free popcorn and drink. 893-3955.
Movie matinee. "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey," 1 to 2:45 p.m. Aug. 14, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. Rated G. Free popcorn and drink. 893-3955.
Summer Quad Cinema Series. "The Great Gatsby," 9 p.m. Aug. 15, Anniversary Plaza (the formal space between the Illini Union and the Quad), Urbana. Sponsored by Illini Union Board. In case of inclement weather, movie will be shown in Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. Free admission.
Movies in the Park. Dusk Aug. 16, Wabash Park, 500 Wabash Ave., Rantoul. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Rated PG. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. 893-3323. http://www.rantoulchamber.com.
The News-Gazette Film Series. "The Long, Long Trailer" (1953), 1 and 7 p.m. Aug. 31, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Organist David Schroeder will be performing on the Virginia's historic Wurlitzer pipe organ before the screening. Tickets $6, additional $1 processing fee for online only. 356-9063, http://www.thevirginia.org.
Ellnora: Out of Nowhere: The Champaign Music Scene. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4, the Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., C. Relive the live music scene of Champaign-Urbana since the 1960s with Bob Zimmerman's "Out of Nowhere." The film includes rare and exclusive performance video as well as interviews with many of the region's prominent names in rock. Tickets $6-$9. 333-6280.
Global Lens 2013. "Shyamal Uncle Turns Off The Lights," 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Sept. 5, Room C-118, Parkland Art Gallery at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Directed by Suman Ghosh (India). In Bengali, with English subtitles. 65 minutes. The film series is a showcase of critically acclaimed narrative feature films. Free. 351-2485, http://www.globalfilm.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Hoosier Daddy (country and popular), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2, 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.
Downtown Danville Summer Sounds Concert Series. Featuring Duke Tomatoe and the Power Trio, 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 2, Temple Plaza, corner of Vermilion and North streets, Danville. Presented by Downtown Danville Inc. and Danville AMBUCS. 443-3886, http://www.summersounds.org.
Concerts in the Park. 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 2, Gatehouse Lawn, Allerton Park, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello. Bluegrass by Henhouse Prowlers with guests Frank F. Sidney's Western Bandit Volunteers. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Pork barbecue sandwiches and drinks for purchase. Concerts presented by the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union the first Friday of every month April through October 2013. Suggested donation $5, $10 per family. 333-3287, http://allerton.illinois.edu/event/allertonbluegras/.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guests, Simon Webb and Friends, 8 p.m. Aug. 2, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. $5-$10. 877-6499.
C-U in the Prairibbean IX. 6 p.m. to midnight Aug. 3, Jupiter's at the Crossing, 2511 Village Green Place, C. Presented by Eastern Illinois Parrot Head Club. Music by The Boat Drunks (Jimmy Buffet tribute band), along with Appaloosa and The Tons 'O' Fun Band. Silent and live auctions, raffles and giveaways. 356-9176, http://www.eiphc.org.
Party on Productions and Brat Pack at Run4Raley. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Aug. 3, downtown Main Street, Philo. This is a corresponding event to Run4Raley on the morning of Aug. 3. Listen to Clint McGraw from Party on Productions spin music from 7 to 10 p.m. and then the Brat Pack from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. http://www.run4raley.org, http://www.facebook.com/run4raley.
Sugar Creek Symphony & Song. A summer opera festival, featuring the Midwest premiere of "Cold Sassy Tree" by Carlisle Floyd, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3, and "American Tapestry: Scenes from Opera," 3 p.m. Aug. 4, Clifton Central High School auditorium, Clifton. Tickets at 815-432-3830. Also on Aug. 3, a bus tour of Iroquois County historic churches from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; bus will depart for the tour at Fourth and Cherry streets, Watseka, and a wine tasting, 4 to 6 p.m. at Inside Out, Gilman. http://www.sugarcreekfestival.org.
Jeanne Jolly Concert. 8 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 3, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, Fairmount. 733-0330.
Christian music artists Rush of Fools. With guests Matt Vollmar and The Great Romance, 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Georgetown Fair, fairgrounds, Georgetown. Advance tickets $10; day-of-event tickets $12 ($10 with a nonperishable food item benefiting the Georgetown FCOC food bank). Group ticket packages available. 260-6771, 260-4029, 274-9108, email@example.com.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring J.R. Country (old-fashioned country), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6, 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.
Sounds at Sunset. 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6, Douglass Park, Champaign. Featuring music by Candy Foster. Sounds at Sunset events held this summer throughout Champaign. Each event will include an array of activities such as live music, inflatables, games and crafts. Free. Bring lawn chairs and refreshments. Free. 398-2550, ChampaignParkDistrict.com.
Marvin Lee Country Show. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6, pavilion, Hale Park, Philo. Classic country. Stage full of entertainers, including Nathan Urban. Pork chop sandwiches and ice cream. One of a series of Tuesday night shows being held through Sept. 10, with a gospel show on Sept. 3. Bring a lawn chair.
Piper's Hut Concert Series. Featuring We Banjo 3, 8 p.m. Aug. 6, Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave., U. Enda and Fergal Scahill and Martin and David Howley are among the most celebrated young musicians in Ireland today. Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals and percussion. Tickets $10, $20. firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.pipers-hut.com/concerts.
Neighborhood Nights. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 7, Meadowbrook Park PrairiePlay, Urbana. Featured band: Surreal Deal. Bring blanket, lawn chairs and a picnic dinner. Games and activities for families and kids; meet city of Urbana officials. In the event of rain, the event will take place the next night. http://www.urbanaparks.org.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Black Ridge Road (traditional bluegrass), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9, 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, Darren Bettis, 8 p.m. Aug. 9, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. $5-$10. 877-6499.
Melvin Music Show. 7 p.m. Aug. 10, Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St. Featuring Rick Flessner and Friends. Doors open, 6 p.m. Food available for sale. Adults $10, children 12 and younger free. 388-2853.
Summer Garden Concert Series. Featuring David Howie, 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 11, Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. Howie plays original music and popular classic rock singalong covers. Free. 586-2612, email@example.com.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Len and Lois (country, Dixie, pop, gospel), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13, 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.
Tony Holt and The Wildwood Valley Boys. 7 p.m. Aug. 14, Rockome Gardens, 125 N. County Road 125 E, Arcola. Mackville, a local bluegrass/gospel band, at 6:15 p.m. Cost: $15 for adults and $6 for children at the gate. 268-4106, http://www.rockome.com" target="_blank">http://http://www.rockome.com" target="_blank">http://http://www.rockome.com.
Live music at Curtis Orchard. Noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 15, Curtis Orchard, 3902 S. Duncan Road, C. Toe-tapping country and standards with Denny K. Free. 359-5565, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.curtisorchard.com.
Concerts on the Lawn. Summer music series features Brad Darr (oldies, classics), 7 p.m. Aug. 15, Mason Point campus, 1 mile east of Sullivan on Illinois 121. Third Thursday evening of each month, May to August. Open to the public with free admission and refreshments. Bring a lawn chair. 728-4394, 728-4223, http://www.petersenhealthcare.net/mason-point.
Sounds at Sunset. 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 16, Toalson Park, Champaign. Featuring music by Crazy Johnny Band. Sounds at Sunset events held this summer throughout Champaign. Each event will include an array of activities such as live music, inflatables, games and crafts. Free. Bring lawn chairs and refreshments. Free. 398-2550, ChampaignParkDistrict.com.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Linda Thomas, 8 p.m. Aug. 16, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. $5-$10. 877-6499.
Bluegrass in the Garden Music Festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17 and 18, Rockome Gardens, 125 N. County Road 125 E, Arcola. 268-4106, http://www.rockome.com.
A Midsummer Night's Swing. 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 17, downtown Monticello, Charter and Main Streets. Music from the Jim Markham Swing Band. Downtown restaurants will be cooking out on the square and Monticello Main Street will be selling glasses of wine. 762-2583.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring The Oakwood Boys (mix of blues, original, popular, gospel), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20, 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.
Marvin Lee Country Show. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20, pavilion, Hale Park, Philo. Classic country. Full stage of entertainers, featuring Kim Buehl of Tolono. Food and ice cream available. One of a series of Tuesday night shows being held through Sept. 10, with a gospel show on Sept. 3. Bring a lawn chair.
Sangamon River Music Festival. 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 23 and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 24, Main Street, Mahomet. Free live music. Carnival rides, $20 armbands, 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 23 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 24. Booth vendors and food court, 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 23 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 24. Lions beer tent, 5 to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 23 and noon to 11 p.m. Aug. 24. Bingo at the community building, 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 23 and 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 24. Parade begins at Lincoln Trail School, 10 a.m. Aug. 24. Sampson Jones Gang, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Ryan Ideus and the Feudin' Hillbillys, 8 to 9:30 p.m.; Steel Magnolia, 10 to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 23. Big Daddy Weave (gospel), noon to 1:30 p.m.; "Radio Stations Live Feed" (WBGL and Illini Radio), 1:30 to 3:30/4 p.m.; winner of the "Battle of the Bands," 4 to 5 p.m.; UpShot (rock/funk), 5:30 to 7 p.m.; PopRocks (dance band), 7:30 to 9 p.m.; Matthew Curry and The Fury (blues band), 9:30 to 11 p.m. Aug. 24. http://www.mahometchamberofcommerce.com/pages/SangamonRiverMusicFestival.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Strings Attached (bluegrass, mountain gospel, old-time, other favorites and bad jokes), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23, 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.
Outlaws. 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 23, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St., Watseka. Southern rock band in concert. Doors open 5:30 p.m. for dinner and full bar. Showtime, 7 p.m. Tickets $40, $55. 815-993-6585, http://www.watsekatheatre.com
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Janet Durham, 8 p.m. Aug. 23, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. $5-$10. 877-6499.
Robert Cray. 7 to 11 p.m. Aug. 24, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Five-time Grammy Award winner. Opening for the Robert Cray Band will be Cody and the Gateway Drugs. Performance presented by the Champaign Park District. Tickets $21-$50. http://www.thevirginia.org" target="_blank">http://http://www.thevirginia.org" target="_blank">http://http://www.thevirginia.org, 356-9063. Tickets $21-$50.
Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers. 2 p.m. Aug. 25, Rockome Gardens, 125 N. County Road 125 E, Arcola. Mackville, a local bluegrass/gospel band, at 1:15 p.m. Cost will be regular park admission, $10 for adults, $8 seniors and $6 children. 268-4106, http://www.rockome.com" target="_blank">http://http://www.rockome.com" target="_blank">http://http://www.rockome.com.
In Concert at CPL. 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 25, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Featuring critically acclaimed Chicago indie rock quintet Brighton MA. 403-2070, http://www.champaign.org.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring The Kickapooligans (from Bob Dylan and the Beatles to Rolling Stones and Wilco), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27, 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.
Marvin Lee's Country Music. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27, Hale Park, Philo. Featuring the old-country four — Gayle Bartell, Denny Kolata, Michelle Osterbur Smith and Marvin Lee. Bring lawn chairs. Food and ice cream available. One of a series of Tuesday night shows being held through Sept. 10, with a gospel show on Sept. 3.
Collison Country Music. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 28, outside, next to Masonic Lodge, Collison. Featuring Highway 341 Band. Food served by the Masons starting at 5 p.m. Bring lawn chairs. 497-2291.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Joni Dryer and The Maytags (blues, pop and country), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30, 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.
Sounds at Sunset. 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 30 at Clark Park, Champaign. Music by Songbox, featuring David Howie. Sounds at Sunset events held this summer throughout Champaign. Each event will include an array of activities such as live music, inflatables, games and crafts. Free. Bring lawn chairs and refreshments. Free. 398-2550, http://www.ChampaignParkDistrict.com.
Saving Abel. 7 to 11 p.m. Aug. 30, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St. Watseka. American rock music group from Corinth, Miss. Doors open, 5:30 p.m. for dinner and full bar. Showtime, 7 p.m. Reserved seats $25. 815-993-6585, http://www.watsekatheatre.com.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Eric Gordon, 8 p.m. Aug. 30, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. $5-$10. 877-6499.
Music by Hathaways. 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 1, Sleepy Creek Vineyards. 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount. Siblings Kate and James Hathaway play a form of indie-pop with the unique influence of Andean folk music. Free. http://www.sleepycreekvineyards.com.
Opening Night Party 2013. 6 p.m. Sept. 5, Lobby's Stage 5 and Stage 6, Amphitheatre, and Southeast Terrace, Krannert Center, Urbana. Event kicks off Ellnora 2013 with Fiona Boyes and soulful blues. Stephane Wrembel regales with a jazz blend. Sacred steel tunes from The Lee Boys. Del McCoury melds with Sam Bush for jamming bluegrass. The howling vocals of Jonny Lang close the night. A free ticket is required for anyone 5 and younger; 6 years and older, $5. 333-6280.
Piper's Hut Concert Series. 8 p.m. Sept. 5, location to be announced. Features Mick Conneely, fiddle and bouzouki, and David Munnelly, accordion and melodeon. Tickets $10, $20. email@example.com, http://www.pipers-hut.com/concerts.
Ellnora Guitar Festival. Sept. 6, Krannert Center, Urbana. 333-6380: — Andreas Aase and Derek Gripper, noon, Stage 5. Free. Talkback with Aase and Gripper, 1:15 p.m. — Keynote event, classical guitarist Jason Vieaux will interview flamenco guitarist Paco Pena, 3 p.m., Foellinger Great Hall. Free. — Luther Dickinson and The Wandering, 4 p.m., Amphitheatre. Free. — Del Castillo, 5 p.m., Stage 5. Free. — J. Spaceman, 6:15 p.m., Foellinger Great Hall. Tickets $10-$40. — The John Scofield berjam Band featuring Andy Hess, Avi Bortnick, and Tony Mason, 7:30 p.m., Colwell Playhouse. Tickets $10-$48. — Buddy Guy, 9 p.m., Tryon Festival Theatre. Tickets $10-$48. — El Ten Eleven, 10:45 p.m. Stage 5. Free. — Buke and Gase, about 10:45 p.m. (immediately following Buddy Guy), Sonic Garden (Southeast Terrace). Free.
Ellnora Guitar Festival. Sept. 7, Krannert Center, Urbana. 333-6380: — Dan Zanes and Friends, 10 a.m., Tryon Festival Theatre. Tickets $5-$15. — Morning Raga: Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, 10 a.m., Stage 5. Free. — Ana Vidovic/Jason Vieaux, 11 a.m., Foellinger Great Hall. Tickets $10-$38. — Paco Pena, 1 p.m., Tryon Festival Theatre. Tickets $10-$38. — Dan Zanes: Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill Jr., 2:30 p.m., Colwell Playhouse. $5-$12. — Don Ross/Kaki King, 4 p.m., Foellinger Great Hall. Tickets $10-$38. — The Hendrix Electric Ladyland Project featuring Sheryl Bailey and Vic Juris, 5:30 p.m., Stage 5. Free. — Gyan Riley, 6:30 p.m., Sonic Garden (Southeast Terrace). Free. — Zappa Plays Zappa Roxy & Elsewhere 40th Anniversary Tour, 7:30 p.m., Colwell Playhouse. Tickets $10-$35. — Lucinda Williams, 9:30 p.m., Tryon Festival Theatre. Tickets $10-$48. — Kevin Breit's Sisters Euclid, 11 p.m. (immediately following Lucinda Williams), Stage 5. Free. — Evening Raga: Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, 11 p.m. (immediately following Lucinda Williams), Sonic Garden (Southeast Terrace). Free.Bement Country Opry Band. Band night with guest, Eric Gordon, 8 p.m. Sept. 6, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. $5-$10. 877-6499.
Melvin Music Show. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7, Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St. Featuring Mike Porter. Doors open, 6:30 p.m. Food available for sale. Adults $10, children 12 and younger free. 388-2853.
Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Aug. 2, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. The Lidlets, Miriam Larson and Matt Turino, play as a miniature version of the Mean Lids. Kristi Emilsson calling. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors $4. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m. http://www.urbana-contra.org.
Dance. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 3, Multi-Agency Center, Main Street and First Avenue, Hoopeston. Music by Bev Wolfe and Company band. $5 cover charge.
Country dancing. 7:30 to 11 p.m. every Saturday, Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C. Music by various country bands. Public welcome.
Ballroom dance. Social ballroom dancing, 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday, Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy. Casual attire, no partner needed. $9. Weekly classes or private lessons available. 359-5333 http://www.regentballroom.com.
Blues dancing. 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 4, 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.
Starlight Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 7, Harrison Park, Danville. Presented by CRIS Healthy Aging Center. Music by Captain's Three. Cost $10. 443-2999.
Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Aug. 16, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Old-time and Celtic music by The Yellowjackets Stringband. Karen Jackson, caller. Zydeco dance workshop, 6:45 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. http://www.urbana-contra.org.
Singles/couples dance. 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 18, Decatur Knights of Columbus, 520 E. North St. Third Sunday each month. Live band, $10. 875-3090.
Starlight Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 21, Harrison Park, Danville. Presented by CRIS Healthy Aging Center. Music by Captain's Three. Cost $10. 443-2999.
Country music and dancing. 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 23, Moose Lodge 1001, U.S. 150, Danville. Music by Tex and Friends (Tex Wynn, Al Waite, Ron Johnson, Terry Cottrel and Dave Coleman). Food served, 5 to 7 p.m. Held the fourth Friday every month.
Central Illinois English Country Dancers' Unity Dance. 8 to 10 p.m. Aug. 24, Illini Union, Room 314, 1401 W. Green St., U. Evening of contra, English and folk dancing. Workshop, 7 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outdoor Milonga. 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 25, Meadowbrook Park, Garden Pavilion, off Race Street, south of Windsor Road, Urbana. Bring picnic food to share. Free admission. Onsite parking. Tango.Society@gmail.com, http://www.centraltango.com.
Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by the Got Your Back Stringband, (honkin' old-time tunes). Scott Meyer, caller. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors $4. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m. http://www.urbana-contra.org.
Friday Night Live. Street-Side Performance Series presented by Bank Champaign. 6 to 8 p.m. every Friday, through Aug. 16, downtown Champaign. Free street-side performances. If you are interested in performing: 351-9841 or email@example.com. http://www.fnlchampaign.com, http://www.facebook.com/FNLChampaign.
Zoo Improv. 8 p.m. Fridays, SoDo Theatre, enter at 111 S. Walnut St., C. Improv comedy. A guest improv group performs before Zoo Improv each week. Participate or just watch. Kid-friendly shows at 7 p.m. the last Friday of each month. $5. 356-7805, http://www.zooimprov.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Vanishing Woman. 11 a.m. to noon Aug. 17, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. Learn how a slave couple escaped to the North and freedom in 1848. Jennifer Goran will be portraying Ellen Craft. Craft's story is fictionalized by Doug Peterson's novel "The Vanishing Woman." 893-3955.
Opening Night at the Virginia Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23, Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Sports and the arts converge in an evening of celebration when the Virginia Theatre launches its 2013-2014 season. Live music, dance, comedy and a world premiere performance of "The Galloping Ghost: Red Grange Visits the Virginia." http://www.thevirginia.org" target="_blank">http://http://www.thevirginia.org" target="_blank">http://http://www.thevirginia.org, 356-9063.
SPEAK Cafe. 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 5, Palette Cafe, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Open-mic public space for hip-hop, activism and black power expression. http://kam.illinois.edu.
'The Buddy Holly Story.' Continues noon Aug. 1, 6 p.m. Aug. 2, 3 and 10 and 1:30 p.m. Aug. 11; Beef House Dinner Theatre, Covington, Ind. 799-0001, 799-0004.
'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).' Side By Side Productions, 7 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3, and 2 p.m. Aug. 4; Father Kirk Memorial Hall, 534 N. Wood St., Gibson City. Dessert performance tickets $12. 260-782-4378, email@example.com.
'Freud's Last Session.' Continues 8 p.m. Aug. 1, 2 and 3; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000, http://www.stationtheatre.com.
'Les Miserables.' Champaign Urbana Theater Company, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1-3, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8-10 and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 11; Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Tickets $8-$16. 344-3884, http://www.cutc.org.
'Monty Python's Spamalot.' Continues 8 p.m. Aug. 1 and 2, 4 and 8 p.m. Aug. 3, 2 p.m. Aug. 4, 8 p.m. Aug. 6, 2 and 8 p.m. Aug. 7, 8 p.m. Aug. 8 and 9, 4 and 8 p.m. Aug. 10 and 2 p.m. Aug. 11; Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan. Tickets $35.40-$37.50. 728-7375, http://www.thelittletheatre.org.
'The Odd Couple.' Continues Thursday through Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches, Aug. 1 to 25; Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre, Goodfield. Tickets $33 on Thursdays; $35 on Fridays and Sundays; $37 on Saturdays. 309-965-2545, http://www.barn2.com.
'Snow White.' 10:30 a.m. Aug. 2, 3, 6, 8-10; Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. A 2013 Theatre for Young Audience Show. Stick around after the show to meet the entire cast and get autographs from your favorite characters. Tickets $10.40. 728-7375, http://www.thelittletheatre.org.
'Sympathy Jones, The New Secret Agent Musical.' Continues 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3, 2 p.m. Aug. 4; Paxton Market Theatre, 120 N. Market St. The Tri-County Players present a musical spoof of the 1960s spy world. Tickets $12. 379-7028.
'The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds.' 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10, 2 p.m. Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12, 16 and 17, 2 p.m. Aug. 18 and 2 p.m. Aug. 19; Charleston Alley Theatre, 718 Monroe Ave., Charleston. Tickets $10. 345-2287, http://www.charlestonalleytheatre.com.
'How I Became a Pirate.' Children's musical, 7 p.m. Oct. 3-5, 3 p.m. Oct. 6, 7 p.m. Oct. 10 and 11, 3 and 7 p.m. Oct. 12; Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. 351-2528.
'9 Parts of Desire.' Illinois Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3-5, 9-12 and 3 p.m. Oct. 12; Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$18. Illinois Theatre Series (four events) price per show, $8-$16. 333-6280.
'Romeo and Juliet.' Rantoul Theatre Group, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and 14, 2 p.m. Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and 21 and 2 p.m. Sept. 22; Grissom Hall Theatre, 914 Arends Blvd., Rantoul. Tickets $7-$10. 892-1121, http://www.rtgonline.org.
Outdoors / nature
Fitness in the Forest. 8 to 9 a.m. Saturdays, Aug. 3 to Sept. 1, Campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 3485 County Road 2700 E, Penfield. Join in for 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.ccfpd.org.
Run4Raley. 8 a.m. Aug. 3, Philo. 5K run/1-mile walk/kids' fun run. Registration starts at 7 a.m. Silent auction starts at the run and then continues into the night's festivities, plus a raffle with cash prizes. The Brat Pack will play downtown later that evening for a 21-and-older event. Register at http://www.run4raley.org, email@example.com.
Hayride. 7 p.m. Aug. 3, Forest Glen Preserve, near Westville. Meet at staff office parking lot. $1.
Micro-Tri. 8 a.m. Aug. 4, Centennial Park, Champaign. Ages 8-13. Kids-only event featuring a 50-yard swim in the lap pool at Sholem, a 1-mile bike ride and a half-mile run. Bring your bike and bike helmet (required). Cost: $10, resident; $20, nonresident. 398-2550, http://www.ChampaignParkDistrict.com.
Nano-Tri. Following Micro-Tri on Aug. 4, Centennial Park, Champaign. Ages 5-7. A chance for tots to "tri" a triathlon event. A 25-yard swim (lifeguard in water), a half-mile bike ride and a quarter-mile run. Tots should bring their bikes, bikes with trainers, or big wheels. Helmets required. Cost: $5, resident; $7.50, nonresident. 398-2550, http://www.ChampaignParkDistrict.com.
Playscape Mondays. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Mondays, to Aug. 26, Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. A naturalist will be on hand with exploratory tools and/or a live animal. Dress to get dirty. Free. 896-2455, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growing Up Wild: Incredible Insects. 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 6, Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. For preschoolers age 2-6 and their adults. Dress for the weather, as event will be outdoors. $5. Register by Aug. 2. 896-2455, email@example.com.
Nordic Walking Group. 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Race Street parking lot, Meadowbrook Park, Urbana. Weekly group. A 4-mile route around Meadowbrook Park. All Nordic walkers welcome. Walk in all seasons. No charge. firstname.lastname@example.org, 649-6861.
Second Wind Running Club 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.
Kennekuk Road/Trail Runners Summer Fun Runs/Walks. 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays, through Aug. 21, Kickapoo State Recreation Area, cross-country course, Danville. Meet at Meadow Shelter near Clear Pond. Featuring 1-, 2- and 3-mile runs/walks or 3-mile Clear Pond Trail. Free entry. Ribbons and medals, with cookouts to follow on event nights. http://www.kennekuk.com.
Sunset Paddle. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 8, Walnut Hill Boat Launch, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road. Explore aquatic life of Homer Lake via canoe. Previous canoe experience is required. All equipment provided; bring water to drink and bug spray. Minimum age, 8 years; adult must accompany children under 18. $8; bring your own canoe, $4. Registration by phone required. 896-2455.
Howl at the Moon 8 Hour Run/Walk. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 10, Kennekuk Cove County Park, Danville. Limited to 300 participants. No race-day entries. Party and bands to follow. 799-6432, email@example.com, http://www.kennekuk.com, http://www.active.com.
Annual Mahomet Half-Marathon and 5K. 7 to 10 a.m. Aug. 17, start and finish at Mahomet-Seymour High School, 302 W. State St., Mahomet. Half-marathon sponsored by Carle Physicians Group (Carle & Health Alliance) and 5K race sponsored by Walk Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center and Fisher National Bank of Mahomet. All proceeds benefit the Mahomet Area Youth Club. http://maycrace.home.mchsi.com. Register at http://www.signmeup.com/89989, 590-2860, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bats at the Bridge. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 23, Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. After a short presentation indoors, head over to the covered bridge to look for the bats that roost there. $3; children 2 and younger, free. Registration required. 896-2455 or email@example.com.
C-U Across the Prairie. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 24, main pavilion, Crystal Lake Park (off North Broadway), Urbana. Prairie Cycle Club's invitational bicycle ride through Champaign County. Coincides with Urbana Sweetcorn Festival. Families can do in-town riding on bike lanes over a 10-mile course; experienced cyclists can do rides of 29, 34 and 63 miles. Bagel breakfast, rest stops with food and roving vehicle support. http://www.prairiecycleclub.org. 344-3772.
Champaign Radio Control Club's 24th annual Giant Scale Airplane Fly-In. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 24 and 9 a.m. until around 1 or 2 p.m. Aug. 25. West Bloomington Road, 2 miles west of Mattis Avenue, Champaign. Open to all aircraft with a wingspan of 80 inches or more or true scale (most will be larger). Open for public viewing. Raffle. Concessions. Local hobby shops Advantage Hobby and Slot & Wing on-site. Free admission and parking. 377-7167, 898-9666, http://www.ccrcc.info.
Obstacle Mobstacle Dash. 4 p.m. Sept. 1, Centennial Park, Champaign. Register by Aug. 16 to be a part of this fun and innovative race. Register as a "mob" and then help each other through a 2-mile fitness challenge course that includes obstacles and activities. Cost $36 per mob of four. 398-2550, champaignparkdistrict.com.
ObMob Junior. 3 p.m. Sept. 2, Centennial Park, Champaign. For ages 3-12. Obstacle race designed just for kids. Parents are encouraged to run with their child, especially those small enough to need assistance. Cost $5 per junior. Price includes unlimited inflatable play. 398-2550, champaignparkdistrict.com.
School's Out: Nature Play for a Day. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 2, Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Fun-filled day of outdoor play. Try crafting toys for outdoor play, rent one of the nature kits, play outdoor family games, and bring home some fun activity ideas. Free. 896-2455, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growing Up Wild: Going Batty. 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 3, Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. Learn while playing in nature. Outdoor program for preschoolers age 2-6 and their adults. Dress for the weather. $5. Register by Aug. 30. 896-2455, email@example.com.
Home School Program: Branching Out With Trees. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 5, Elks Lake Pavilion, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet. Explore the world of trees. Learn about the layers of trees and what they provide, and use a dichotomous key to identify local trees around us. Designed for students 8-12 years old. $3. Register by Aug. 29. 896-2455, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nature Play Pre-K: Going Batty. 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 6, Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Learn while playing in nature. Outdoor program for preschoolers age 2-6 and their adults. Dress for the weather. $5. Register by Sept. 3. 896-2455, email@example.com.
Krannert Art Museum. 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. "Encounters: The Arts of Africa," permanent display. Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays. Admission free, but $3 donation suggested. 333-1860, http://www.kam.illinois.edu.
Spurlock Museum. 600 S. Gregory St., U. A portable heating tent for stopping insect infestations will be in use and on public display during museum hours Aug. 6-8, Central Core Gallery. Join the staff for "Bug Off!" (a session on pest prevention and artifact preservation for visitors of all ages), 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 8. 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. "Annual Midwest Photography Juried Exhibition," through Aug. 23. "Works by Alice Baber" from the Paris Art Center's permanent collection, ongoing. Regular hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment. 466-8130, http://www.parisartcenter.com.
Champaign County Historical Museum. In the historic Cattle Bank, 102 E. University Ave., C. Regular exhibits are four exhibit rooms, featuring turn-of-the-century (19th-century) items, plus the Victorian Room. Regular hours: noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Open for tour groups, by appointment. No admission charge for tours, but donations welcome. 356-1010, http://www.champaignmuseum.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chanute Air Museum. 1011 Pacesetter Drive, Rantoul. The museum collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets aviation and aerospace artifacts. Special emphasis on the life and accomplishments of Octave Chanute, Chanute Field/Chanute Air Force Base and its technical training programs, history of Illinois aviation and Rantoul. 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 St., Mahomet. See the newest art on display, featuring Sally Bliss Nolan and Derek Winstanely. Through Sept. 30. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 586-2612, email@example.com.
Orpheum Children's Science Museum. 346 N. Neil St., C. Family Engineering Nights at the Orpheum, 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 8. Hands-on activities geared around engineering. All admission fees are waived. "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 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 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 (1852-56) 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. D-Day exhibit. 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 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. Closed Aug. 30 and 31. Admission $4-$5. 351-2568, 351-2446. — Sky show: "Summer Prairie Skies," 7 p.m. Fridays, through Aug. 28. — Main feature: "Cosmic Colors," 8 p.m. Fridays, through Aug. 24. — Children's features: "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure," 10 a.m. Aug. 1; "Solar System Safari," 11 a.m. Aug. 1; "Amazing Stargazing," 7 p.m. Saturdays, starting Aug. 10, learn the sky-watching basics with the fun radio DJs from "Radio Aahs."
Alice Campbell Alumni Center. First level, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., U. "Handmade Paper" by Marjorie Roberts Alexander, through Dec. 15. Presented by the UI Almni Association. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 333-1471.
Bryant Cottage State Historic Site. 146 E. Wilson St., Bement. Twelve unusual displays examining kerosene technology of decades past, each lasting one month. The fifth display, "Household Utility: Part 2," a display of antique irons, opens Aug. 1, through Aug. 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.
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.
Parkland Art Gallery. 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. "Meredith Setser: Tunnel Vision," ends Aug. 1. Free. Summer hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 351-2485, http://artgallery.parkland.edu.
Tarble Arts Center. South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue, EIU, Charleston. "Looking at Lincoln," through Aug. 11. 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. "Marcel Proust: Writing Without End," through Aug. 23, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 333-2290.
University YMCA. Murphy Gallery, 1001 S. Wright St., C. "Identity, Activism and Youth," through Aug. 18. Exhibit for social justice by humanitarian designer and Chicana artist Nancy Guevara and the students of Urbana High School participating in Art, Media, and Design, a 21st Century Learning Center course. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. http://www.universityymca.org/art.
Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center. 202 S. Broadway Ave., U. "Reduce, Reuse, Renaissance Art Exhibition," artwork of participants in (Re)Making Matter(s), an Urbana Public Arts Grant Program, through Aug. 3. Reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 3. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 344-8820,
The Alley Gallery. 113 N. Vermilion St., Danville "Ethereal Enigmas" by Hayley Sutton and Louis Ballard, through Aug. 25. Free. Hours: noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, or by appointment. 497-2286.
Amara Yoga & Arts. Suite 156B, Lincoln Square Village, 300 S. Broadway Ave., U. "Joseph Gallo Mono Prints, Peyton Stewart Paintings and Celine Brousard Photographs," through mid-August. Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and during studio hours or by appointment. 328-9642.
Cinema Gallery. 120 W. Main St., U. "The Ledger Book" with new drawings by Ron Kovatch, recently retired from the UI School of Art + Design, through Aug. 10. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Indi Go Artist Co-Op. 9 E. University Ave., C. "Unrequited" by Quinn Koeneman, opening reception, 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 2, through Aug. 13. Hours: 7 to 9 p.m. daily. firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.indi-go-art.com.
Red House Gallery. 315 W. Washington St., Monticello. Paintings by Caroline Goldsmith, through Aug. 24. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. first and third Saturdays of each month or by appointment. After Aug. 24, normally open first and third Saturdays each month. 762-8248, http://www.redhousegallery.net.
Sleepy Creek Vineyards. 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount. Art quilts by Nina Paley, through Sept. 15, Hayloft Gallery. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. 733-0330, http://www.sleepycreekvineyards.com.
Sugar Creek Boutique. 118 S. Main St., Homer. Art and crafts, including sculpture by Rick Larimore, jewelry by Gail Williams, fused and stained glass by Jo Duchene and works by another 12 artisans, through Aug. 31. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 1 to 6 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 896-4012.
Curtis Orchard. 3902 S. Duncan Road, C. Open every day through Dec. 20. Apples, peaches, cider, doughnuts, pies and other goodies. Free admission. Fun kids' activities include the petting zoo (free), miniature golf (fee) and the giant slide (fee). 359-5565, http://www.curtisorchard.com.
Downtown Danville Farmers' Market. 7 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Saturdays, through October, Danville Public Library lawn, 319 N. Market St. Variety of local produce, home-baked goods and crafts. A parent-child activity every Saturday. http://www.downtowndanville.org/calendar.htm, 443-3886.
Urbana's Market at the Square. 7 a.m. to noon, rain or shine every Saturday, through Nov. 2, corner of Illinois and Vine Streets, downtown Urbana. A bounty of local produce, meat, dairy, flowers, arts, crafts and more. http://urbanaillinois.us/market.