Entertainment listings, Aug. 15-22, 2013

A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.

Special events

This weekend

137th annual Fairbury Fair. Continues 8 a.m. Aug. 15 and 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 Fairgrounds, 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's 126th annual Old Settlers Reunion. Aug. 15-17, village park, Cissna Park. Entertainment, carnival rides and games, food, bingo, arts and crafts. Free entertainment: Old Settlers Talent Show, 7 p.m. Aug. 15, Jake's Boys, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16, and Spring Creek Station, 8 p.m. Aug. 17, outdoor stage. Free dances, 9 p.m. at the Legion home, with music by DJ Sound Explosion on Aug. 15, Outbound Drive on Aug. 16, and Triple Ot Buck on Aug. 17. Annual 5K run/walk, 8 a.m. Aug. 17. Registration cost: $25; 815-457-2469 or 595-5683; check-in and registration at Cissna Park Methodist Church. Parade, lawn mower races and kiddie tractor pull on Aug. 17. Reunion ends Saturday night with car giveaway. Sponsored by American Legion Post 527.

WEIU Kids Day. 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 17, Kiwanis Park, Charleston. Free, family event. Games and activities focusing on children's curiosity. Tent to meet and greet Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat. Free children's books, door prizes and a bicycle giveaway. 581-7193, http://www.weiu.net.

Next week

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's 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. 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, on Main Street, between Race and Vine streets, Urbana. All the local Illinois sweet corn you can eat. 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; Action Inflatables, a rock-climbing wall, indoor laser tag, pony rides and a petting zoo; plus 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, admission $2, free for international students; and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25, $3 bag sale, half-price furniture, and free sale from 2:30 to 4 p.m. http://www.universityymca.org/dump_and_run.

Future highlights

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. 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 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 divisions for just kids, and other cheese games. Sidewalk sales, craft and other stands, a big car show on Saturday, music and stage shows, street performers and 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 Kickoff 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, msv101985@yahoo.com.

Homer Kraze Daze. 5 p.m. Sept. 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 7, downtown Homer. Hometown festival. Details to come. 202-0618, homerfestivals@gmail.com.

Films

This weekend

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.

'House of Thaddeus.' 5 p.m. Aug. 18, the Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., C. Locally made independent movie with actors from Champaign-Urbana and Danville. Also features an original score by John Toenjes, composer for the Dance Department at the University of Illinois. The film is a new take on the haunted house genre. Admission $5. https://www.facebook.com/events/396208787152428/permalink/397280627045244/.

Documentary. "The Entertainers," 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18, Chancellor Ballroom, I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C. The awarding-winning film features six piano players from across the country (and Mexico), including Faye Ballard of Champaign, vying for the title of world's best ragtime piano player at the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest, which takes place each year in Peoria. The film's co-director, Nick Holle, will introduce the screening and conduct an audience question-and-answer session; Ballard and 2012 Junior World Champion Daniel Souvigny will play the piano live and answer questions. Tickets $15; children under 10, free. Tickets available before the show or email eballard@illinois.edu to reserve tickets.

Future highlights

Movies by Design Summer Film Festival. Film screening, "Died Young Stayed Pretty," 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29, Shatterglass Studios, 309 S. Neil St., C. The film synopsis states: "This unique documentary examines the creative spirit that drives indie graphic artists engaged in the underground poster culture as they pick through the dregs of America's schizophrenic culture and piece them back together." Seating limited. Reserve a seat by emailing MoviesByDesign@thecudo.org. http://thecudo.org/events/died-young-stayed-pretty-movies-by-design-summer-film-festival.

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 perform on Virginia's Wurlitzer pipe organ before the screening. Tickets $6, additional $1 processing fee for online only. 356-9063, thevirginia.org.

Illinois Public Media's Community Cinema Series. 7 p.m. Sept. 3, Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory St., U. Monthly screening series of independent documentaries followed by a panel discussion. Presented by Illinois Public Media and the Independent Television Series in collaboration with the museum. First Tuesday every month. Free. will.illinois.edu/community/project/cinema, 333-2360.

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, parklandartgallery@parkland.edu.

Intersection of Dance and the Visual Arts. 5 p.m. Sept. 9, East Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Video screening and gallery conversation with Renee Wadleigh, professor of dance, as a part of the Krannert Art Museum exhibition OPENSTUDIO 2. Features excerpts from the compilation "Dance On Video Installation." http://www.kam.illinois.edu.

Global Lens 2013. "Cairo 678," 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Sept. 10, Room C-118, Parkland Art Gallery at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Directed by Mohamed Diab (Egypt). In Arabic, with English subtitles. 100 minutes. The film series is a showcase of critically acclaimed narrative feature films. Free. 351-2485, http://www.globalfilm.org, parklandartgallery@parkland.edu.

AsiaLENS: AEMS Documentary Film and Discussion Series. 7 p.m. Sept. 10. Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory St., U. Series of public film screenings and lecture/discussion programs. Organized by Asian Educational Media Service at the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies. Guest scholars and members of the campus and local communities will introduce the films and lead post-screening audience discussions. Free. http://www.aems.uiuc.edu, 333-2360.

The News-Gazette Film Series. "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962), 1 and 7 p.m. Sept. 21, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Organist David Schroeder will be performing on the Wurlitzer pipe organ before the screening. Tickets $6, additional $1 processing fee for online only. 356-9063, thevirginia.org.

Music

This weekend

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, info@curtisorchard.com, 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.

'Music for Maverick.' 7 to 11 p.m. Aug. 15, Mike 'n' Molly's, 105 N. Market St., C. Local bands play to support care for Maverick, a kitten thrown from a car. Colonel will open the show at 7 p.m., followed by Isaac Arms at 7:50 p.m., Megan Johns at 8:40 p.m., The Thin Souls at 9:30 p.m. and The Acme Principle at 10:20 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Maverick's care. http://www.catsnap.org.

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.

Champaign/Urbana Singer-Songwriter Festival. 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17, 1 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 18, Urbana Historic Landmark Hotel, Grand Hall and Library Lounge, 210 S. Race St., U. Presented by the Champaign/Urbana Singer-Songwriter Collective, Nightjar Productions and C-U Folk & Roots Festival. Aug. 17 at 6 p.m., "Dylan Redux," a special reprise of a Bob Dylan tribute concert first performed in May, features several new songs and performers, and a medley of Dylan songs by Big Bluestem. Multiple showcases of local musicians playing original music on Aug. 16 and 18. Aug. 16 is free; $10 cover charge at the door, Aug. 17 and 18; purchase a wristband for $15 Friday night for the entire weekend.

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.

Bellflower Country Opry. Tribute to Elvis Presley, 7 p.m. Aug. 17, Bellflower Community Center, 202 Center St. With Pam Kilmer. Doors open, 6 p.m. Tickets $10, 12 and younger free. 309-722-3497, 217-898-7493.

Next week

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, 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.

Ruby Velle and The Soulphonics. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Easter Illinois University, Charleston. Show kicks off 2013-2014 season of Premier Events, featuring music, dance and theater performances. Tickets $7-$15. eiu.edu/doudna, doudnatix@eiu.edu, 581-3110.

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, 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. thevirginia.org, 356-9063.

Future highlights

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 for seniors and $6 for children. 268-4106, 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, 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, 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. pipers.hut@gmail.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 Uberjam 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.

Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Rodman Rail (songs from John Denver, Eagles, James Taylor and more), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 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, kickapoolanding.com.

Concerts in the Park. 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 6, Gatehouse Lawn, Allerton Park, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello. Swing Music performed by University of Illinois Concert Jazz Band directed by Chip McNeill. 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. 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.

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.

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.

Concert by Victor and Penn.8 to 10 p.m. Sept. 7, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount. A Kansas City-based duo singing music they call antique pop on ukulele and a lovely old guitar. $10, plus reserved seating. All seats must be paid for in advance. 733-0330.

Live music at Curtis Orchard. Noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 8, Curtis Orchard, 3902 S. Duncan Road, C. Featuring Derick Cordoba (jazz). Free admission. 359-5565, curtisorchard.com.

In Concert at CPL: Gurinder and Manpreet. 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 8, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. The duo plays classical Indian music on guitar and tabla. 403-2070.

Jupiter String Quartet with the Jasper String Quartet. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$35. 333-6280.

Pokey LaFarge. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. Tickets $7-$15. eiu.edu/doudna, doudnatix@eiu.edu, 581-3110.

Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Big Bluestem (traditional fiddle music with Irish influence), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. Closing jam, Oct. 26. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Stephanie Foster, 8 p.m. Sept. 13, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. $5-$10. 877-6499.

Live music at Curtis Orchard. Noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 14, Curtis Orchard, 3902 S. Duncan Road, C. Featuring Corn Desert Ramblers (Americana and bluegrass). Free admission. 359-5565, curtisorchard.com.

Dr. Lonnie Smith's "In the Beginning" Octet. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$40. 333-6280.

Sinfonia 30th Season Gala. 6 p.m. Sept. 15, Krannert Center, Urbana. cocktail reception and piano music. After a formal dinner, Sinfonia members perform classical and Broadway favorites. Evening ends with dessert and a live auction. Tickets $150. 333-6280.

Allerton Music Barn Festival. Sept. 19-22, Allerton Music Barn, 588 Allerton Road, Monticello. Jupiter Plus, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Swing Swing Swing, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Bach and Schumann: Teacher and Poet, Sept. 21. Of Thee I Sing, 2 and 7 p.m. Sept. 22. Tickets $20-$27. 333-6280, 800-527-2849, depetrsn@illinois.edu

Piper's Hut Concert Series. 8 p.m. Sept. 19, Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave., U. Features Open the Door for Three. Tickets $10, $20. pipers.hut@gmail.com, http://www.pipers-hut.com/concerts.

Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring The Young and The Fretless (traditional old-time string band music), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 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, kickapoolanding.com.

Bement Country Opry Band. '50s and '60s show, 8 p.m. Sept. 20, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. Get your poodle skirts and slick back your hair for a trip to the '50s and '60s. $5-$10. 877-6499.

Live music at Curtis Orchard. Noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 and noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 22, Curtis Orchard, 3902 S. Duncan Road, C. Featuring: GTO & the Glasspaks ('50s, '60s, '70s), Sept. 21; Big Bluestem (folk and bluegrass), Sept. 22. Free admission. 359-5565, curtisorchard.com.

Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Big Creek Guitar Band (blues), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 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, kickapoolanding.com.

Jazz Ensemble & Wind Symphony: Life in the Groove. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. Tickets $5. eiu.edu/doudna, doudnatix@eiu.edu, 581-3110.

Dancing

This weekend

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

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.

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.

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.

Starlite 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.

Next week

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.

An Evening of Traditional Dance. 7 to 11 p.m. Aug. 24, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. Hosted by Illini Folk Dance Society, along with other local dance groups. An assortment of dances will be taught, including American contra and square dances, English country dances and international folk dances. Dancers of all ages welcome. Introductory workshop, 7 to 8 p.m. Partners, costumes and experience not required. Free admission. 359-8225, http://illinifolkdance.s3.amazonaws.com/index.html.

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. jsivier@uiuc.edu.

Future highlights

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. Aug. 30, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by 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.

Cajun Dance and Dance Workshop. 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 31, Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave., U. Presented by Spurlock Museum and C-U Folk & Roots Festival. Learn how to do the Cajun two-step and Cajun waltz. Cajun dance workshop, 7 to 8 p.m.; Cajun dance, 8 to 10 p.m. Music by Cornstalkers Cajun Band. 493-4654, http://www.folkandroots.org.

BluesCENTRAL monthly blues dance. 8 p.m. to midnight Sept. 13, Channing-Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon St., U. Beginners welcome. Lesson, 8 p.m.; dancing, 9 p.m. $7; students, $5. DanceBluesCentral@gmail.com.

Singles/couples dance. 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15, Decatur Knights of Columbus, 520 E. North St. Third Sunday each month. Live band, $10. 875-3090.

Country dancing. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 28, Sidney Town Hall. Line and couples, singles welcome. Fourth Saturday of each month except June, July and August. Admission $5. 351-4110.

Performing arts

This weekend

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 kwhite@40north.org. 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, contact@zooimprov.com.

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.

Next week

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." thevirginia.org, 356-9063.

Future highlights

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 Lounge.' 7 p.m. Sept. 6, The Hub, 912 W. Springfield Ave., U. Community event to raise awareness about violence against women. Presented by One People. Theme: "Survivor." Performers represent a variety of art forms such as poetry, storytelling and musical performance. Registration deadline, Aug. 30. Registered performers will be notified Sept. 3. http://www.onepeoplecu.org, onepeople.cu@gmail.com.

Dance performance: 'Sister.' 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, East Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Choreographed by Tere O'Connor, professor of dance, and presented as a part of the Krannert Art Museum exhibition OPENSTUDIO 2. Third work in O'Connor's Bleed project. Features Cynthia Oliver, professor of dance, and dance artist David Thomson. Conversation with the artists follows the performance. kam.illinois.edu.

Deke Weaver's 'Wolf.' Bus departs at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 12-16, Krannert Center, Urbana, to Allerton Park. Pick up free tickets beginning at 5:30 p.m. outside tour buses parked on Goodwin Avenue. Park rangers guide a bus trip "over the river and through the woods," where a barn awaits for videos, dances, music and stories from a range of cultures. "Wolf" will examine the history, scientific study and myths surrounding this untamed creature and our relationship with the wild. Free, tickets required. 333-6280.

Blue Man Group. 2013-2014 WCIA 3 Broadway Series, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19, University of Illinois State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., C. Group's popular theatrical shows and concerts combine comedy, music and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. Cost for series, $126-$190. 866-455-4641, http://www.UofIAssemblyHall.com.

Dance performance. "Live Dancing Archive," 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Performance by UI dance Professor Jennifer Monson as a part of the museum's OPENSTUDIO 2 exhibition. A gallery conversation will follow. 333-1861.

'Not What Happened.' 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Ain Gordon and projected images from Forrest Holzapfel transport you to a deteriorating rural historic site in the preindustrial northeastern United States, where a theatrical duet plays out between a historical re-enactor and the historic figure whom she portrays. Tickets $10-$30. 333-6280.

Armitage Gone! Dance: Fables on Global Warming World Premiere. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center, Urbana. Surrounded by scenery of global fables, the performers transform through props and puppets inspired by diverse traditions. Tickets $10-$36. 333-6280.

Theater

This weekend

'The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds.' Continues 7:30 p.m. Aug. 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.

'The Odd Couple.' Continues Thursday through Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches, Aug. 15 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.

Future highlights

'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.' Red Mask Children's Theater, 7 p.m. Sept. 6, 2 and 7 p.m. Sept. 7 and 2 p.m. Sept. 8; Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Tickets $5, adults; $3, children under age 12; available at the door 30 minutes before showtimes. 442-5858, redmaskplayers@hotmail.com.

'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.' Champaign Urbana Theater Company, continues 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-19 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 20; Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Tickets $8-$16. 344-3884, http://www.cutc.org.

'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.

'I Don't Have to Show You No Stinking Badges!' Eastern Illinois University's Theatre Department, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and 21, 2 p.m. Sept. 22; Black Box Theatre, Doudna Fine Arts Center, South Ninth Street and Hayes Avenue on the EIU campus, Charleston. Tickets $5-$12. 581-3110, doudnatix@eiu.edu, eiu.edu/doudna.

'9 Parts of Desire.' Illinois Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3-5 and 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.

'The Odd Couple.' Monticello Theatre Association, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14, 20 and 21 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 15; Phoenix Theatre, 1406 N. Market St., Monticello. Tickets $12.50; http://www.monticellotheatre.org or mail a check to MTA, P.O. Box 81, Monticello, IL 61856. 762-2679, 762-9249.

'Rent.' Danville Light Opera, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 2 p.m. Oct. 28; Danville High School, Dick Van Dyke Auditorium, Danville. 431-1660, http://www.danvillelightopera.com.

'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.

'White People.'8 p.m. Oct. 3-6, 9-13, 16-19; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000, http://www.stationtheatre.com.

Outdoors / nature

This weekend

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, maycrace@mchsi.com.

Fitness in the Forest. 8 to 9 a.m. Saturdays, 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, hq@ccfpd.org, http://www.ccfpd.org.

Seventh annual 'Uncle Joe' Cannon Base Ball Jamboree. Noon Aug. 17, Kennekuk ball fields, located across from the Lake Mingo Access Parking Area. Hosted by Vermilion Voles Vintage Base Ball Club. Four vintage base ball clubs: the Belleville Stags, the Indianapolis Hoosiers, the Deep River (Hobart, Ind.) Grinders and the Voles. Games played by 1858 rules. Players wearing replica uniforms and using replica equipment from the late-19th-century era. Free. Bring lawn chairs. http://www.volesvbbc.org.

Relay for Life of Vermilion County. 6 p.m. Aug. 17 to 6 a.m. Aug. 18, Catlin High School, 701 W. Vermilion St., Catlin. http://www.relayforlife.org/vermilionil, relayforlife.vermilion@yahoo.com.

Pollination Fascination. 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 18, University of Illinois Pollinatarium, 606 W. Windsor Road, U. Talk will be on honey bee genetics and epigenetics — how environmental stressors affect gene expression. 265-8302.

Next week

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, sclementz@ccfpd.org.

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. wachtel@comcast.net, 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.

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 under, free. Registration required. 896-2455 or sdonovan@ccfpd.org.

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.

Prairielands Classic Sporting Clays Shoot. 8 a.m. Aug. 24, Old Barn Sporting Clays, Route 133, Oakland. Fundraising event benefits Boy Scouts. Open to shooters of all ages. Teams of five. Registration fee includes lunch. Shooters under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 356-7291, tim.manard@scouting.org.

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.

Future highlights

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, ehenson@ccfpd.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, sdonovan@ccfpd.org.

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, sclementz@ccfpd.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, sdonovan@ccfpd.org.

36th annual ABC 10,000 Arcola Broom Corn Festival 10K and 5K Road Races. 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 7, Kelley Moore Park Pavilion, Illinois 133, Arcola. Check-in: 7 a.m. No entrants after 7:30 a.m. Registration fees: $2 on or before Sept. 2; $25 after Sept. 2. 6.2 miles, on brick and hard surfaces, through and north of Arcola. Finish in downtown Arcola. 3.1 miles, all in town. 621-1370, butlerjc72@gmail.com, http://www.arcolachamber.com/arcola-broomcorn-festival/#Broomcorn5K.

Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis. 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 7, Lincoln Park, Danville. A 5K walk to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Walkers will obtain donations to support themthis event. No entry fee at this event. 765-299-5369.

Wings of Wonder. 3 to 3:45 p.m. Sept. 14, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. See magnificent tropical birds from Wings of Wonder Avian Rescue, a nonprofit based in Mahomet. Learn about adopting and caring for these exotic pets that need new homes.

Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's. Check-in and festivities at 8 a.m., walk kickoff at 10 a.m. Sept. 21, Centennial Park, 2202 W. Kirby Ave., C. Approximately 3-mile walk. To learn about volunteer opportunities, go to alz.org/Illinois. To start or join a team, go to alz.org/walk or call 309-662-8392.

UI museums

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. "Inspired by ... Works of the C-U Spinners and Weavers Guild" opens Aug. 20, through March 9, 2014. Exhibit area, "First Impressions: Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals," featuring the museum's first digital multimedia interactive. Five permanent galleries, featuring the cultures of the world. Regular hours: noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays, holidays. Free, suggested donation $3. 333-2360, http://www.spurlock.illinois.edu.

Other museums

Bicentennial Art Center and Museum. 132 S. Central Ave., Paris. "Annual Midwest Photography Juried Exhibition," through Aug. 23. "Beware of the Old Woman" by Jan Kappes, opening reception, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30, through Sept. 27. "Works by Alice Baber" from the Paris Art Center's permanent collection, ongoing. Regular hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment. 466-8130, http://www.parisartcenter.com.

Champaign County Historical Museum. In the historic Cattle Bank, 102 E. University Ave., C. Regular exhibits are four exhibit rooms, featuring turn-of-the-century (19th-century) items, plus the Victorian Room. Regular hours: noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Open for tour groups, by appointment. No admission charge for tours, but donations welcome. 356-1010, http://www.champaignmuseum.org, director@champaignmuseum.org.

Chanute Air Museum. 1011 Pacesetter Drive, Rantoul. The museum collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets aviation and aerospace artifacts. Special emphasis on the life and accomplishments of Octave Chanute, Chanute Field/Chanute Air Force Base and its technical training programs, history of Illinois aviation and Rantoul. 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.

Monticello Railway Museum. 992 Iron Horse Place, Monticello. Steam train rides, Aug. 17 and 18. Ride behind restored 1907 Southern 2-8-0 steam locomotive #401. Depart from museum site at 11 a.m., 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m., and downtown at 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Aug. 17; 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m., and from downtown at 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Aug. 18. Steam fares, $9-$14; children under 2 free with adult. http://www.mrym.org, 877-762-9011.

Museum of the Grand Prairie. Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. 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, kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

Orpheum Children's Science Museum. 346 N. Neil St., C. Family Engineering Nights at the Orpheum, 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 22. 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 sousa@uiuc.edu.

Vermilion County Museum and Fithian House. 116 N. Gilbert St., Danville. Two permanent exhibits of Lincoln-Lamon law office in Danville (1852-56) 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, vcwm@comcast.net, http://www.vcwm.org.

Planetarium

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: "Amazing Stargazing," 7 p.m. Saturdays, starting Aug. 10, learn the sky-watching basics with the fun radio DJs from "Radio Aahs."

Exhibits

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, 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.

Danville Public Library.319 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Russian porcelain exhibit, "Reading Around the World in Vinogradoff Porcelain: Russian Folk Tales by the Masters of Palekh," through Aug. 31, second floor. Includes folk tales in both English and Russian. Each plate illustrates a different folk tale. Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sundays and major holidays. 477-5220.

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. "Parkland Art and Design Faculty Exhibition," opens Aug. 19, through Sept. 21. Reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 22, with music by Briggs Houchin Jazz; a gallery talk by faculty artist Steven Hudson at 7 p.m. Free. Summer hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Fall hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sept. 3. 351-2485, http://artgallery.parkland.edu.

Tarble Arts Center. South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue, EIU, Charleston. "Skulpcher Werkz: EIU Sculpture Alumni Exhibition" opens Aug. 17, through Oct. 20, Main Galleries. "Motion — Real & Implied: Selections from the Collection," through Nov. 24, Brainard Gallery. A reception to honor the Summer Sculpture Residency participating artists, 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 29, Atrium. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays, holidays. 581-2787, eiu.edu/~tarble/.

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," ends 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 City Building.400 S. Vine St. Urbana Public Arts Program's "Artist of the Corridor" exhibit, "From the Surface by Steve Kostell," through Oct. 31. Free. Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 384-2311, http://urbanaillinois.us/artexhibits.

Galleries

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.

Heartland Gallery. 112 W. Main St., U. Jewelry show with Anita Hejtmanek, a Fayetteville, Ark.-based stained-glass artist, 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17. Two receptions: 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15 with music by Margaret O'Brien, singer/songwriter and dulcimer player music and refreshments; and 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 16 with refreshments. 337-4767.

Indi Go Artist Co-Op. 9 E. University Ave., C. "Unrequited" by Quinn Koeneman, through Aug. 13. Hours: 7 to 9 p.m. daily. "Tandem: Bicycles and Artwork" opens 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 16, through Aug. 21. The bicycle-inspired posters and works of art will be sold and donated to The Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign. Hours: 6 to 9 p.m. daily. indigo.coop@gmail.com, 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.

Farms/markets

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, 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.

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