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Vermilion River Fall Festival. Sept. 20-22, Ellsworth Park, 100 Ellsworth Ave., Danville. Arts and crafts, entertainment and concessions. The Illiana Antique Automobile Club will host its 51st annual Car Show and Swap Meet, Sept. 21. Registration, 9 to 11 a.m.; awards, 3 p.m. Also, 50/50 drawings, door prizes, music and food. 431-2272.
Savoy Orchard Days. 5 p.m. to midnight Sept. 20 and 10 a.m. to midnight Sept. 21, Dana Colbert Park, Savoy. Live entertainment on two stages; one of the two stages in the beer tent. The Brat Pack, 7 p.m. and Ryan Ideus & the Feudin' Hillbillies, 9 p.m. Sept. 20. Black N Blue Band, 6:30 p.m. and headlining the festival is Jason Michael Carroll, a country music singer and songwriter, 9 p.m. Sept. 21. Carnival food and arts and crafts vendors, and antique car and truck show. 5K run/walk and 1K youth fun run, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 21. Register early to receive a T-shirt. Fishing derby, noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 21; for ages 12 years and younger with a caregiver. 359-5894, email@example.com, 359-3550, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monticello Celebration 2013. 5 p.m. Sept. 20 and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 21, on the square, Monticello. Community celebration, hosted by Monticello Main Street. Entertainment and street party, Sept. 20. Children's activities and games, food and merchant booths, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; entertainment and attractions throughout the day, including a pet parade and Paint the Town; music and street party, 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 21.
Dare to Dream, Dream to Build. 7 to 11 p.m. Sept. 20, iHotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C. Charity event hosted by Habitat for Humanity and the Home Builders of East Central Illinois . Signature drinks and desserts, 30-plus live and silent auction items, music and dancing. Grand prize of $10,000 given away. Tickets $100. 819-5115, 239-4663, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paxton Prairie Days Fall Festival. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 21, downtown Paxton. Paxton Swine n' Dine Barbecue Competition, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; historic trolley tours, antiques, arts and vintage show cars on the courtyard, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; inflatables, activities at Majestic Park, food and product vendors, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; bands and entertainment (The Sugar Prophets, Up Shot and ESP), beer/alcohol gardens, noon to 10 p.m. 379-0292; http://www.paxtonprairiedays.com.
Special Olympics Family Festival. 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Sept. 21, grounds of Lake Land College, Mattoon. Registration, 7:30 a.m. Fun, food and noncompetitive games. Music, entertainment: All Kindz of Sounds and dancing led by Celeste Webb, 7:30 to 10:15 a.m.; Lake Land College cheerleaders' performance, noon; Elvis Himselvis, 1 p.m. Opening ceremony, 10:15 a.m., features a parade of colorful, costumed characters. All games and activities open at 10 a.m.
Kid's Arts in the Park. 9:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 21, Morton Park, Charleston. Sponsored by Coles County Arts Council. Artistic activities for children, local artists present programs and performances, a children's sing along, and performers roaming the grounds, making balloon animals and singing children's songs. http://www.colescountyartscouncil.org.
Revolutionary War Re-enactment. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22, Pioneer Homestead Area, Forest Glen Preserve near Westville. Presented by Northwest Territory Alliance, a Revolutionary War living history organization. Historical craftspeople and re-enactors demonstrate life in the 18th century. Battles re-enacted; tour the encampments. Food at Sugar Bush Concession Stand. Old-fashioned kids' afternoon games and historical crafts demonstrated and sold, Sept. 22. Free. 662-2142.
Urbana-Champaign Mini Maker Faire. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21, Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave., U. Family-friendly event that celebrates arts, crafts, engineering, music, science and technology projects and the do-it-yourself spirit. Share in the tinkering, hacking, creating and reusing materials and technologies. http://ucmakerfaire.com.
American Legion Day Block Party. 1 to 10 p.m. Sept. 21, Catlin American Legion, 104 Commercial St. Celebrate American Legion Day and support veterans, POWs and MIAs. American flag retirement ceremony, 1 to 3 p.m., parking lot. Blood drive, 4 to 7 p.m.; call 530-331 to schedule. Fish sandwich and chips, 5 to 8 p.m.; $5, free fish sandwich for being a blood donor. Beer garden, 6 to 10 p.m.; Jon Foley Band, 7 to 10 p.m. Free admission to the public.
An Inspired Evening. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21, The Donnelly's and Victorian Rose Bed and Breakfast, 409 and 411 West Hill Road, C. Presented by Walking With Angels, which supports grass-roots leaders who help vulnerable populations in Africa. Join us in the garden, or via an online auction. Fundraising event features an art exhibition, hors d'oeuvres, entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets $15 with a reservation, $20 at the door. Email email@example.com or text 377-8317.
Harlem Wizards Basketball. 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 22, Arcola High School gym, Arcola. Game featuring basketball talent combined with comedy. Free autographs will follow the show. All proceeds benefit Arcola Elementary School. Tickets, $8 for child; $10 for adult, in advance; $10 and $12 at the door. Available in advance at Arcola Elementary or through order form at http://www.arcola.k12.il.us. http://www.harlemwizards.com.
Oskee Bow Wow — Humane Connection. Benefit party for pets and people, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 25, the President's House, University of Illinois, 711 W. Florida Ave., U. This annual event raises funds for and awareness of the Humane Connection Fund at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Guests are encouraged to bring their four-legged friends to this Illini-themed event and participate in a pet parade, show off their pets' talents and get their photo taken. 333-2761.
Taste of Downtown Danville. 7 a.m. Sept. 27 and 28, 11 a.m. Sept. 29, downtown Danville. Sept. 27: barbecue competition cookout sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society with bands, beer tasting, children's square, food vendors, motorcycle show. Sept. 28: Farmers' market, 5K, arts and crafts vendors, People's Choice tasting and barbecue competition, music, children's square, beer and wine tastings, car show, free family movie. Sept. 29: church service, food vendors, gospel music, vendor square, children's square, United Wrestling coalition Show. http://www.downtowndanville.org.
Apple and Pork Festival. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29, C.H. Moore Homestead and DeWitt County Museum, 219 E. Woodlawn St., Clinton. Tram and bus transportation to various sites provided for a small fee. Free admission to the grounds. More than 300 dealers in the flea market, museum tours, pony rides, craft area and more than 30 food booths. Free entertainment from country bands to a Civil War band, plus strolling musicians and face painting. Food area features an array of harvest-time foods. 935-6066, Info@chmoorehomestead.org.
Vermilion County Civil War Days. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 28 and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Kennekuk County Park, 22296-A Henning Road, Danville. Re-enactments, presentations, music and food provided by Illiana Civil War Historical Society. Sutler Row open, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29; some may choose to have longer hours. Battle of the Peach Orchard — Gettysburg, 3 p.m. Sept. 28. Battle of Vicksburg — The Last Defenses, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 29. http://www.illianacivilwar.org/vccdays.html, 442-1691.
Dallas and Company's 25th Magic Weekend. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 28 and noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 29, Dallas and Company, Champaign. Face painting, animal balloons, free magic shows, carnival games and more. Bring trick-or-treat bags (or pick one up there). Free. 351-5974.
18th Street Fall Festival. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28, 18th Street, Charleston. Businesses and organizations on 18th Street celebrate fall. Shopping specials, food and craft/artisan vendors, music and kid-friendly activities. Appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog and acoustic music by Jackie and Tad Freezeland. 345-4700.
Salt Fork River Art Festival. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 28 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 North Road, Fairmount. More than 50 local artisans and craftspeople, music, food, wine tasting and art demos. Free admission. http://www.SleepyCreekVineyards.com, 733-0330, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hounds and Sounds Rescue and Pet Expo. Noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 28, Champaign County Fairgrounds, North Coler Avenue, Urbana. Sponsored by Mobile Mutts Rescue Transports. Features area rescues, pet services, vet clinics, spay/neuter and microchipping clinics. Music by local artists, quilt raffle and a Doggie Kissing Booth. Many vendors. The weekend transport by Mobile Mutts at the fairgrounds between 4 and 5 p.m. email@example.com, http://www.mobile-mutts.org.
Hooves of Hope Open House. 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 28, Hooves of Hope, 7757 U.S. 136, Potomac. Ever wanted to see what it would look like to use horses to impact kids? Tour facilities and meet horses. The Marvin Lee Band at 6 p.m. 987-6961, http://www.facebook.com/HoovesOfHope.
Fall Comedy: Featuring Retta. 8 to 10 p.m. Oct. 1, I-Rooms, west wing of the building, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. Comedian best known for playing Donna on the NBC' sitcom "Parks and Recreation." Tickets: students with an i-card, $10; general public, $20; available at the Quad Shop, southwest wing of the Illini Union. http://union.illinois.edu.
Illini Country Stitchers Quilt Show 2013. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6, Lincoln Square Village, Urbana. "Past Heritage New Traditions." More than 200 quilts, raffle, handmade items for sale, bake sale. 359-0810.
40th annual CUPEX Stamp Show. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6, Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St. Hosted by the Champaign-Urbana Stamp Club. Regional meeting of the American Topical Association. Stamp collectors and others welcome. Exhibits, top Midwest stamp dealers and the U.S. Postal Service. Food on-site. Free admission and parking.
Vet Med Open House. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6, the College of Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building, 2001 S. Lincoln Ave., U. Behind-the-scenes look at the only veterinary college in the state. More than 40 exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities, involving plenty of animals, for all ages. List of exhibits, event information and directions at vetmed.illinois.edu/openhouse or call 333-2761.
Global Lens 2013. "Life Kills Me" (La Vida Me Mata), 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Sept. 19, Room C-118, Parkland Art Gallery at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Directed by Sebastian Silva (Chile). In Spanish, with English subtitles. 92 minutes. The film series is a showcase of critically acclaimed narrative feature films. Free. 351-2485, http://www.globalfilm.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, http://www.thevirginia.org.
Film screening. "Mother Nature's Child," 2 p.m. Sept. 22, Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U. Explores nature's powerful role in children's health and development. One of many events celebrating Champaign County's first Take a Child Outside Week (Sept. 21-29). Week is a collaboration between Champaign County Forest Preserve District, Urbana Park District, University of Illinois and Champaign Park District.
Illinois Public Media's Community Cinema Series. 7 p.m. Oct. 1, 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.
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies. 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 2, Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St. "To Kill a Mockingbird" will be shown. Refreshments served. Call to reserve a seat. 267-3170.
'The Map Is the Territory: Documentary as Spatial Practice.' 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2, Krannert Art Museum, auditorium, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. This film by Bill Brown is presented as part of the School of Art + Design Placemaking Series. The series explores the act of "placemaking" as a practical and philosophical construct, invented and defined through communities, collaborations and modes of communication. 333-1861.
'Howl at the Harvest Moon.' 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5, Harvest Moon Drive-in, 1175 S. Sangamon Ave., Gibson City. Film will be "Epic." Annual, pet-friendly fundraiser to support the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic. Bring your dogs and family to the final drive-in movie of the season Rain or shine. Admission $6. Kids 5 and younger and dogs are free. 244-1195.
AsiaLENS Screening. "Tokyo Waka: A City Poem" (2012), 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 8, Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory St., U. Directed, produced by John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson. In Japanese with English subtitles. Film presents a lyrical portrait of the patterns of life found within a world city by focusing on its population of more than 20,000 crows. 63 minutes. Introduction and discussion by Elizabeth Oyler, director of UI Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies. Free. http://www.aems.illinois.edu/events/asialens.htm#film02.
Two films. "Ray Johnson Correspondence School" (1974), 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Krannert Art Museum, Auditorium, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. This campy, unreleased short film by John Orlandello documents a performance and exhibition that Johnson made as an artist-in-residence at Western Illinois University in the early 1970s. Followed by "How to Draw a Bunny" (2002), a 90-minute documentary by John Walter and Andrew Moore that explores Johnson's life and mysterious death. Shown as a part of the Return to Sender exhibition. 333-1861.
Global Lens 2013. "The Parade" (Parada), 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Oct. 10, Room C-118, Parkland Art Gallery at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Directed by Srdjan Dragojevi (Serbia). In Serbo-Croatian, with English subtitles. 115 minutes. The film series is a showcase of critically acclaimed narrative feature films. Free. 351-2485, http://www.globalfilm.org, email@example.com.
Sing-A-Long Grease Movie Event. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Fundraiser for the Center for Women in Transition. Tickets $20-$25; $75, includes reserved seating and pre-show reception with complementary appetizers and beverages. 356-9063, http://www.thevirginia.org.
Mattoon Charleston Paris Cabaret fundraiser. 7 p.m. Sept. 19, The Lifespan Center, 11021 E. County Road 800 N, Charleston. Proceeds benefit programming at The Little Theatre on the Square. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for drinks and food. Live and silent auction will follow. Featuring stars of the 2013 Little Theatre summer season performing songs from the upcoming shows at The Little Theatre. Tickets $40; $75 per couple; $200 for a table of six. 728-7375, http://www.thelittletheatre.org.
Allerton Music Barn Festival. Sept. 19-22, Allerton Music Barn, 588 Allerton Road, Monticello. Presented by the School of Music at the University of Illinois. "Jupiter Plus," 7:30 p.m.; pre-concert talk, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19. "Swing, Swing, Swing: Remembering Benny Goodman's Carnegie Hall Concert," 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20. "Bach and Schumann: Teacher and Poet," 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21. "Of Thee I Sing," 2 and 7 p.m. Sept. 22. Tickets $20-$27. 333-6280, 800-527-2849, firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.allertonmusicbarn.com.
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. email@example.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.
Johnny Winter. 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 20, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St. Blues guitar hero and his band. Tickets $40, $55. 815-993-6585, http://www.watsekatheatre.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.
Bellflower Country Opry Show. 7 p.m. Sept. 21, gymnasium, Bellflower Community Center, 202 Center St., Bellflower. Featuring regular band members, along with special guests Me-N-Him (Dan Basham and Dave Raymer). Doors open, 6 p.m. Tickets $10, adults; 12 and younger, free. 898-7493. 309-722-3497.
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, http://www.curtisorchard.com.
An Evening with Audra McDonald. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$52. 333-6280.
Foreigner with 38 Special. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21, U.S. Cellular Coliseum, 101 S. Madison St., Bloomington. The University High School Choir will sing with Foreigner on a performance of "I Want to Know What Love Is." Tickets $55.50, $45.50 and $35.50. Purchase a Foreigner CD/DVD for $20, before or after, and enter a drawing to win an autographed Foreigner guitar. Proceeds from the CD sale donated to the Grammy Foundation program. 309-434-2679.
C&C Records recording artist Bernard Allison with Timmy D and Blind Justice. 9 p.m. Sept. 21, The Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Drive, C. Doors open at 8 p.m. Sponsored in part by The Blind Man and WWHP-FM. Tickets $10 in advance at Exile on Main Street, Bacca Cigar Co. in the Old Farm Shops and The Blind Man, Champaign; $15 day of show. 359-6960.
WEFT Fest. 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 22, Mike 'n' Molly's beer garden, 105 N. Market St., C. WEFT-90.1 FM's annual birthday party. Kid-friendly event, featuring three bands, an eclectic mix of local groups. Sounds, dancing and maybe cake. 359-9338.
Blues in the School Day. Features Josh Spence of the Sugar Prophets and Jiggy & The Source, 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 23, Louie's Dixie Kitchen and BBQ, 1104 N. Cunningham Ave., U. The restaurant, open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., is donating a portion of its proceeds to the Blues in the Schools program at Thomas Paine School. Prairie Crossroads Blues Society members will give out brochures about the blues society and the educational program. 621-9417, prairiecrossroadsblues.org/event.html.
Illinois Modern Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280, 333-2620.
UI Wind Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280, 333-2620.
Pygmalion Music Festival. Sept. 26-28, Champaign and Urbana. Venues include the Art Theater, Canopy Club, Cowboy Monkey, Exile on Main, Highdive, Independent Media Center, Krannert Art Museum, Krannert Center, Memphis on Main, Mike 'n' Molly's and Velvet Elvis. Headliners include Major Lazer, The Breeders, The Head and The Heart, and Dawes. Notable acts include Foxygen, Youth Lagoon, Daughter, Chance the Rapper, METZ, Damien Jurado, Warpaint, Kishi Bashi, Murder By Death, Jenny Hval, Perfume Genius, Caveman, On An On and Psychic Twin. Opening night at Krannert Center, two major outdoor concerts Friday night in downtown Urbana and a two-stage, all-day show Saturday in downtown Champaign. Also, a Pygmalion Literary Festival in partnership with the UI Department of English and Ninth Letter, Sept. 27 and 28; kicks off early evening Sept. 27 at Cafeteria & Co., Urbana. Arts and crafts fair on Sept. 28; free admission. Festival passes $85, http://www.tinyurl.com/pygtix2013. http://www.pygmalionmusicfestival.com.
Pygmalion Music Festival: The Head and The Heart with Daughter and Damien Jurado. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$20. 333-6280.
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.
UI Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280, 333-2620.
Jazz Ensemble and 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. http://www.eiu.edu/doudna, firstname.lastname@example.org, 581-3110.
Marc Cohn. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter. Opening for Cohn will be Grammy-nominated British singer-songwriter Rebecca Pidgeon. Tickets $19-$40. Additional $2 processing fee per ticket applies for online purchases only. 356-9063, http://www.thevirginia.org" target="_blank">http://http://www.thevirginia.org.
The Downhill Strugglers with Flatville Ditch. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Techline Studio, 307 S. Locust St., C. Presented by C-U Folk and Roots Festival. 493-4654, 352-5570, http://www.folkandroots.org.
Effing Music Fest 'Country Style.' Gates open at noon Sept. 28, Funfest Amphitheater located on Mid America Motorworks Corporate Campus, Effingham. Drew Baldridge, 5 p.m.; Brushfire, 6:30 p.m.; Logan Mize, 8 p.m.; and headliner Brett Eldredge, 9:30 p.m. Lawn seating; bring chairs and blankets. No coolers. Food and drink vendors. Tickets $25, VIP $150, http://www.ticketweb.com. http://www.effingmusicfest.com, 800-774-8989, email@example.com.
It's Party Time with Julie K. 3 to 3:45 p.m. Sept. 28, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Jam with award-winning children's recording artist Julie K and her wonderful world of animals; an eclectic mix of melodies for young and old. 403-2030.
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club with opening act Roberto Fonseca. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$45. 333-6280.
UI Varsity Men's Glee Club. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280, 333-2620.
UI Wind Orchestra. 3 p.m. Sept. 29, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280, 333-2620.
Diane Mandle in concert. The Peace Tour, 7 to 8:15 p.m. Sept. 29, Living Yoga Center, 115 W. Main St., U. An intense transformational sound immersion with Tibetan bowls, bells, planetary gong and percussion. $30. Register and pay by Sept. 23, $25. firstname.lastname@example.org, 351-8359, heartsopening26.eventbrite.com.
Piper's Hut Concert Series. 8 p.m. Oct. 1, Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave., U. Featuring Sarah McQuaid. Tickets $10, $20. email@example.com, http://www.pipers-hut.com/concerts.
Casey James. 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3, Foellinger Auditorium, 709 S. Mathews Ave., U. Doors open at 7 p.m., concert at 8 p.m. The country star is performing on Taylor Swift's The Red Tour. Presented by Star Course. Tickets can be purchased through State Farm Center. Tickets: $15, students; $20, public. 333-0457, http://www.star-course.com.
Bach's Lunch. Featuring music by John McMahon, noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 4, Springer Cultural Center, 301 N. Randolph St., C. Lunch concert series. Bring a lunch. Free.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Grass Roots Revival (traditional bluegrass), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 26. 446-8399, http://www.kickapoolanding.com.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Lizzy Mladic, 8 p.m. Oct. 4, 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. Oct. 5, Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St. Featuring Back Paiges. Doors open, 6 p.m. Food available for sale. Adults $10, children 12 and younger free. 388-2853.
'Remembering Warren, An Evening with the Virginia Theatre's Historic Wurlitzer.' Featuring master organist Mark Herman, 7 p.m. Oct. 5, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Special concert honoring Warren York, who maintained and played the Virginia's pipe organ from 1989 until shortly before his death on June 27, 2011. Program also includes a short silent film, with additional vocal performance by Anthony Snitker. Co-sponsored by Central Illinois Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society. 356-9063, http://www.thevirginia.org.
Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra. "A World of Color," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. 333-6280, http://www.cusymphony.org.
Seattle rock 'n' roll band Candlebox.7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 5, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St., Watseka. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and full bar. Tickets $40, $55. VIP includes meet-and-greet. 815-993-6585, http://www.watsekatheatre.com.
Larry Gray, double bass. Faculty recital, "Chicago Connection with Ed Wilkerson and Avreeayl Ra," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Beckman 'Thursdays at 12:20.' Features Noel Wan, harp, 12:15 p.m. Oct. 10, Beckman Institute Atrium, 405 N. Matthews Ave., U.
UI Hindsley Symphonic Band. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Timber Train (traditional, popular and bluegrass songs), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 26. 446-8399, http://www.kickapoolanding.com.
Timothy Ehlen, piano. Faculty recital, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
An Acoustic Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Tickets $22-$50. 356-9063, http://www.thevirginia.org" target="_blank">http://http://www.thevirginia.org.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Samantha Baker Krepton, 8 p.m. Oct. 11, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. $5-$10. 877-6499.
Florida Georgia Line. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, University of Illinois State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., C. 866-455-4641, http://www.uofiassemblyhall.com.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$55. 333-6280.
Danville Symphony Orchestra. "Mancini and Moonlight," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Dick Van Dyke Auditorium, Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St. Tickets $15-$30. 443-5300. http://www.danvillesymphony.org.
Music by Laura Meyer. 8 p.m. Oct. 12, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount. 733-0330, http://www.sleepycreekvineyards.com.
Live Music at Curtis Orchard. Noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 13, Curtis Orchard, 3902 S. Duncan Road, C. Featuring: Cajun Cornstalkers, bringing sounds of the South to Curtis Orchard; and the swinging sounds of UI Big Band #3, Oct. 20. Free admission. 359-5565, http://www.curtisorchard.com.
In Concert at CPL: Chip McNeill and U of I Jazz. 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 13, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Afternoon of jazz with Professor Chip McNeill, chair of the UI jazz studies program, and one of the university's talented jazz bands.
UI Philharmonia. 3 p.m. Oct. 13, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Singles Dance/Karaoke. 7 to 11 p.m. Sept. 20, Gino's Lounge/Danville Days Hotel and Conference Center, 77 N. Gilbert St., Danville. Free. 765-299-7943.
Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Sept. 20, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by the Cosmic Otters. Jonathan Sivier, caller. Workshop, "Improve Your Dancing: Swing Variations" by Jonathan Sivier, 6:45 p.m. 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.
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.
Country dancing. 7:30 to 11 p.m. every Saturday, Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C. Music by various country bands. Public welcome.
Danville Area Super Singles and Couples Dance. 7 to 11 p.m. Sept. 21, American Legion Post 210, 201 N. Jackson St., Danville. Music by Mike's DJ and Karaoke Service. $5 for the DJ. 267-3601.
Milonga Sentimental. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Sept. 21, McKinley Foundation, church basement, 809 S. Fifth St., C. Tango Society of Central Illinois. Intro tango lesson, 7 to 8:15 p.m.; repeat of first class in tango beginner course starting Sept. 17. No partner or experience required. Tango social dancing, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Light refreshments served. Admission: $7, $10 with lesson; students $5, $7 with lesson. 328-1309, 377-2850, Tango.Society@gmail.com, http://www.centraltango.com.
Country music and dancing. 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 27, 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.
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.
Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 2, Harrison Park on Voorhees Street, Danville. For ballroom dancers of all ages. Music by Captain's Three. Presented by CRIS Healthy Aging Center. Cost $10. 443-2999.
Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Oct. 4, Anderson's Barn, 2206 N. Brownfield Road, U. Brenda Koenig and David Soucek will lead a community band made up of any and all who want to play. Jonathan Sivier will be hosting the open calling. No partner, costume or experience necessary. $5; students and seniors, $4. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m. http://www.urbana-contra.org.
Tango at KAM. 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 5, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Features live music by Tangotta. http://www.kam.illinois.edu.
Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 5, Kalyx Center, 442 E. 1300 N Road, Monticello, 762-9561 (see urbana-contra.org/directions.html). Barn dance. Music by Community Open Band with open calling. If you want to be in the band or call a dance, don't miss this event. Potluck, 5:30 p.m. Bonfire, 9 p.m. $5; $4 students. http://www.urbana-contra.org.
Latin Dancing Series: Forro & Samba. 7 p.m. Oct. 11, Illini Union, Courtyard Cafe, 1401 W. Green St., U. Dancing workshop, 7 p.m. Open dance floor, 8 p.m., with DJ. Presented by Illini Union Courtyard Cafe and La Casa Cultural Latina. $2, students with i-card; $3, public.
Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance.8 to 11 p.m. Oct. 11, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Ragged Robin from St. Louis. Bob Green, caller. Workshop, "Introduction to Hambo," with Jon and Sue Hanson, 6:45 p.m. 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.
BluesCENTRAL monthly blues dance. 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 11, Channing-Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon St., U. Beginners welcome. Lesson, 8 p.m.; dancing, 9 p.m. $7; students, $5. DanceBluesCentral@gmail.com.
19th Century Ball. 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 19, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Hosted by Central Illinois English Country Dancers. An evening of dances from the 1800s. From the Regency period to the Civil War to the Gay '90s. Costumes are encouraged. Admission $5, but bring a snack to share and get $1 off. Waltz workshop from 6 to 7 p.m. 359-8225, http://www.centralillinoisecd.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Singles/couples dance. 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 20, Decatur Knights of Columbus, 520 E. North St. Third Sunday each month. Live band, $10. 875-3090.
Allen Neff Memorial Poetry Reading. Featuring D. Nurkse, 6 p.m. Sept. 19, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Lecture Hall, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. Nurkse teaches courses in the Master of Fine Arts Writing Program at Sarah Lawrence College in New York and is the author of 10 books of poetry. 581-2428.
'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.
Blue Man Group. 2013-2014 WCIA 3 Broadway Series, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20, UI 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. Tickets $39-$62. 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.
Westville's Got Talent! 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Westville High School old gym. Talent show with performances of vocal music, piano solos, comedy and dance, featuring students at Westville schools. Doors open, 6:15 p.m. Admission $3. Profits from the show will support the WHS Drama Club and its upcoming fall musical, "The Wizard of Oz."
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, email@example.com.
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.
Pygmalion Literary Festival. Sept. 27 in Urbana, Sept. 28 in Champaign. Showcasing writers of national acclaim alongside Pygmalion's lineup of musicians. Held in partnership with the Department of English at the University of Illinois and its literary journal, Ninth Letter. Readings by Kathleen Rooney, Bayo Ojikutu, Chad Simpson and Lania Knight, 6 p.m. at Cafeteria & Co., Urbana, and Matt Bell, Roxane Gay and Kyle Minor, 8 p.m. at Buvon's Wine Bar, Sept. 27. Readings by Dan Chaon and Amelia Gray, 3 p.m. at Mike 'n' Molly's beer garden, and Lindsay Hunter, Aaron Burch, Elizabeth Ellen, Jensen Beach and Andre Perry, 7:30 p.m. at Memphis on Main, Sept. 28.
'MU: One Ocean, One World.' 7 p.m. Oct. 4, Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center, Urbana. MU weaves together Japanese theater, taiko, jazz and world dance. Tickets $10-$20. 333-6280.
'That's What She Said: 7 Women Who Will Blow You Away.' 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Presented by Krannert Center and Christie Clinic. Seven speakers, including four local women, share their unheard, remarkable stories in seven-minute increments. Adult themes and content. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local women's charities. Tickets $15-$25. Afterglow, 9:30 p.m., Stage 5; musical after-party featuring local singer-songwriters Angie Heaton and Kayla Brown with special guest Anni Poppen; free. 333-6280.
SPEAK Cafe. 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 10, Palette Cafe, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. SPEAK Cafe is an open-mic public space for hip-hop, activism and black power expression. http://kam.illinois.edu.
'Greater Tuna.' Thursday through Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches, continues Sept. 19 to 29; 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.
'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, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.eiu.edu/doudna.
'Menopause The Musical.' 3 p.m. Sept. 22, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Tickets $35-$55; $10 per ticket group discount. Additional $2.50 per ticket processing fee, online only. 356-9053, http://www.TheVirginia.org.
'The Odd Couple.' Monticello Theatre Association, continues 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and 21; 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.
'Romeo and Juliet.' Rantoul Theatre Group, continues 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.
'Bat Boy: The Musical.' 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12, 2 p.m. Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19, 2 p.m. Oct. 20 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21; Charleston Alley Theatre, 718 Monroe Ave., Charleston. Tickets $13. 345-2287, http://www.charlestonalleytheatre.com.
'Driving Miss Daisy.' Rantoul Theatre Group, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19, 2 p.m. Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26 and 2 p.m. Oct. 27; Grissom Hall Theatre, 914 Arends Blvd., Rantoul. Tickets $7-$10. 892-1121, http://www.rtgonline.org.
'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.' Champaign Urbana Theater Company, 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, and 3 and 7 p.m. Oct. 12; Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Tickets $8-$14; $10 each for groups of 15 or more. Pay-what-you-can night, Oct. 3. Half-price night, Oct. 10. 351-2528, http://www.parkland.edu/theatre.
'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.
'Nunsense.' 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 2 and 7;30 p.m. Oct. 19, 2 p.m. Oct. 20, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 2 p.m. Oct. 27; The Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. 35.40-37.50. 728-7375, http://www.thelittletheatre.org.
'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.
'White People.'8 p.m. Oct. 3-6, 9-13 and 16-19; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000, http://www.stationtheatre.com.
Outdoors / nature
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.
Into Trees: Tree Identification Walks. 1 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Sept. 21, Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. A guided walk that includes a discussion of basic vocabulary and techniques for identifying trees. Free. 896-2455.
Rain Garden Ramble. 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 21, 1902 Fox Drive, C. Learn more about rain gardens. Join Prairie Rivers Network on a free bike tour of Champaign rain gardens. Visit with homeowners who have installed rain gardens, and talk with Leslie Mitchell (city of Champaign) about the new stormwater utility fee and associated rain garden incentive program. Register at http://tinyurl.com/rain-garden-ramble.
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. email@example.com, 649-6861.
Second Wind Running Club Summer Fun Runs. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, north side of Meadowbrook Park, Urbana. A timed 1-mile run, followed by a 3-mile run with a 15-minute break between. All abilities encouraged to attend; determine your own pace per mile. Held during daylight savings months only (April through October). Typically time changes to 6 p.m. in late September. http://www.secondwindrunningclub.org.
I&I Firefighters Association's annual 9/11 Memorial Ride. 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Sept. 25, leaving from McDonald's at the Village Mall, 3195 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Ride registration, 8 a.m. at McDonald's. Stopping at the Paxton fire station for lunch, and ending at the Friendly Tavern, Danville. Open to all vehicles. $50/50 raffle. Ride T-shirts for sale. $10 donation. All ride proceeds benefit the Fallen Firefighters Fund. 474-5177.
Introduction to Letterboxing. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Letterboxing combines treasure hunting and rubber stamp artistry in an outdoor quest for the whole family. An introduction to the hobby, followed by a hike to find letterboxes in the preserve. $2; children 2 and younger, free. Registration required, 896-2455.
Home School Program: Prairie Adventures. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 27, Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. Multidisciplinary experience, incorporating settlers' harvesting, prairie animals and prairie plants. Outdoors, with significant walking. For children 8 years old and older, with parental accompaniment. No toddlers or strollers. $3. Register: firstname.lastname@example.org, 586-2612.
Dads Day 5K Run/2.5K Walk. 5 p.m. Sept. 27, Arboretum, Lincoln Avenue and St. Mary's Road, Urbana. This 5K race is a Road Runners Club of America, Illinois 5K Cross-Country Championship, held in conjunction with Dads Day activities at the UI. Race-day registration, 3 p.m. 5K race followed by 2.5K walk at 5:30 p.m. Fundraising event hosted by the Illinois Army ROTC to raise funds to build the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education. 480-6539, email@example.com, https://sites.google.com/site/dadsday20135krace.
Taste of Downtown Danville 5K Fun Run/Walk. 9 a.m. Sept. 28. Hosted by Vermilion Advantage's Leadership Tomorrow Class 25 with the Taste of Downtown Danville to raise money and awareness for the Lindley Sign Post Forest beautification project. Registration, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 and 7 to 8:30 a.m. Sept. 28. Registration $25, includes a free T-shirt until Sept. 10; $30 on race day. http://tasteofdanville5k.com/donations.
National Alpaca Farm Days. Noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29, Prairieview Alpacas, 3189 N. 1100 E Road, Mansfield. Experience these lovable, docile livestock from the Andes at Prairieview Alpacas. 778-3217, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.NationalAlpacaFarmDays.com.
Kaleidoscope: Dart for the Arts. 5 p.m. to midnight Sept. 28, registration/dart start at Sullivan Civic Center, 600 N. Washington St., Sullivan. The Little Theatre on the Square's first of what will be an annual fun run fundraiser. Run, walk, hop, dance or scoot this 5K as you get covered head to toe in splashes of color throughout the course. Live music, local food vendors and beverages. email@example.com.
Urbana High School Sundae 5K Run/Walk. 8 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 29, Urbana High School, 1002 S. Race St. Starts at Washington and Broadway, through the historic state streets of Urbana, ending on Urbana Athletic Complex track. At the end, celebrate with ice cream or frozen yogurt. Following the 5K, a kids' 1K race around the UHS track. Gear check, 7:30 a.m. 5K to raise money for the weight room. 384-3533.
Wild Wild Wilderness Trail Run. 10 a.m. Sept. 29, Kickapoo State Recreation Area, Danville. 7.45-mile trail run. Stay for the post-race party with food, drink, music and prizes. Final Grand Slam event. Grand Slam awards presented at the post-race party. $20 race, no shirt. 260-9898, 446-2386, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.kennekuk.com. Online registration at http://www.active.com.
Junior League of Champaign-Urbana's Stiletto Sprint. 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5, on Walnut Street between Main and Chester streets, Champaign. Check-in, 4:30 p.m. Three races: one for women, one for men and one for teams. Must wear at least 2-inch heels. Prizes. $15, individual runners; $55, teams Advance registration at http://www.juniorleaguecu.org.
Final hayride of the season. 6 p.m. Oct. 5, Forest Glen Preserve, near Westville. Meet at the staff office parking lot. http://www.vccd.org.
Krannert Art Museum. 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. "OPENSTUDIO 2," Renee Wadleigh's "Dance on Video" installation, ends Sept. 22. "Return to Sender: Ray Johnson, Robert Warner and the New York Correspondence School," "Correspondents of Ray Johnson," "Hello World! Or: How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise" and "Yun-Fei Ji: Selected Works," all through Jan. 5, 2014. "Encounters: The Arts of Africa," permanent display. Fall hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday; 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday. 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," through March 9, 2014. "Folk Art of Latin America," through Jan. 5, 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.
Bicentennial Art Center and Museum. 132 S. Central Ave., Paris. "Beware of the Old Woman" by Jan Kappes, 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, email@example.com.
Chanute Air Museum. 1011 Pacesetter Drive, Rantoul. The museum collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets aviation and aerospace artifacts. Special emphasis on the life and accomplishments of Octave Chanute, Chanute Field/Chanute Air Force Base and its technical training programs, history of Illinois aviation and Rantoul. 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.
Monticello Railway Museum. 992 Iron Horse Place, Monticello. Railroad Days, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 and 22. Ride three different trains including the vintage passenger and freight trains and a mixed train pulled by steam locomotive #401. Also motor car rides, children's area with activities and music by The River Ramblers Bluegrass Band. Stair Tower dedication at 2 p.m. Saturday, with the tower open for tours both days. Sunday only, take control of a 5,000-foot freight train in Norfolk Southern's locomotive simulator. Adults, $18; children ages 2-12, $10; children under 2, free. 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. Hours: 1 to 5 p.m. daily. 586-2612, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orpheum Children's Science Museum. 346 N. Neil St., C. "Animal Encounters," 2 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The museum's education team will talk about the museum's animals, followed by animal feeding time. 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 "John Philip Sousa's Jazz America," through Oct. 7. "The James Bond Theme: Music to Live, Die, and Love Another Day," through March 14, 2014. Regular hours: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Closed weekends and some holidays. Free, but donations accepted. For guided tours: 244-9309 or email@example.com.
Vermilion County Museum and Fithian House. 116 N. Gilbert St., Danville. Two permanent exhibits of Lincoln-Lamon law office in Danville (1852-56) 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.vcwm.org.
William M. Staerkel Planetarium. Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Admission $4-$5. 351-2568, 351-2446. — Sky show: "Fall Prairie Skies," 7 p.m. Fridays, through Dec. 13. — Main feature: "Cosmic Colors," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Sept. 28. — Children's feature: "Flight Adventure," 7 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 26.
Alice Campbell Alumni Center. First level, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., U. "Handmade Paper" by Marjorie Roberts Alexander, through Dec. 15. Presented by the UI Alumni Association. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 333-1471.
Asian American Cultural Center. 1210 W. Nevada St., U. Art Exhibit, "What Do You Care About?" through Nov. 1. Features the work of student leaders from more than 20 campus organizations. Once the exhibit concludes, new pictures will continue to be uploaded to the blog at http://www.apavoice.org. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Bryant Cottage State Historic Site. 146 E. Wilson St., Bement. Twelve unusual displays examining kerosene technology of decades past, each lasting one month. The sixth display, "Household Utility: part 3," looking at the early portable heaters and stoves that improved life in prairie cabins and farmhouses, through Sept. 31. The collection is on loan from someone who has collected kerosene-era items for many years. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. 678-8184.
Ford County Historical Society Water Tower Museum. Located in the remodeled city water tower and pump house, corner of Market and Center streets, Paxton. "1959 Centennial Costume Display," Sept. 22 through Nov. 3. Costumes women made and wore in 1959 for the Paxton centennial celebration that took place that year. Special tours can be arranged anytime by contacting one of the numbers below. Hours: 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays. 379-3723, 379-4111.
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," ends Sept. 21. "Defining Territory: Contemporary Drawing" opens Sept. 28, through Nov. 9. Reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 3, featuring a curatorial talk by Joan Stolz and Matthew Watt at 7 p.m. and music by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble. 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. 351-2485, http://artgallery.parkland.edu.
Springer Cultural Center. 301 N. Randolph St., C. "State Town & Country Amateur Art Show, through Sept. 28. Highlights best of show and blue ribbon winners from the county shows held in spring. Youth and adult divisions displayed. Show concludes at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 28 with a public critique by the juror. Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. http://www.champaignparkdistrict.com.
Tarble Arts Center. South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue, EIU, Charleston. "Skulpcher Werkz: EIU Sculpture Alumni Exhibition," through Oct. 20, Main Galleries. "Motion — Real & Implied: Selections from the Collection," through Nov. 24, Brainard Gallery. 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, http://www.eiu.edu/~tarble/.
UI Library. 1401 W. Gregory Drive, U. 333-2290. — "Life on the Moon: Literary and Scientific Reflections," through Dec. 13, Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Along with the exhibition, an event series called "See You on the Moon" will feature a host of events at various locations in Champaign-Urbana. Details on these and other events are at go.illinois.edu/moon. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. — "Unity in Diversity: Latin America and the Caribbean at the University of Illinois' Library," through Sept. 30, South Corridor, first floor, Main Library. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday.
University YMCA. Murphy Gallery, 1001 S. Wright St., C. "Speak Out — Works From the Yunnan School of Painting," through Nov. 8. Exhibition is a selection of artwork by a group of artists representing a variety of styles within the Yunnan School of Painting. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. 337-1500, 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.
Indi Go Artist Co-Op. 9 E. University Ave., C. "Kim Kissinger Marino: On-Site Mural Painting Project," through Sept. 29. Opening reception, 6 p.m. Sept. 27. Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19-27; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29. email@example.com, http://www.indi-go-art.com.
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.
The Great Pumpkin Patch. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31, 1749A County Road 1900 N, Arthur. A gourd artists' display tent. Mazes, food, entertainment, mums, pumpkins, squash and gourds. Restored one-room schoolhouse, Wanda's Haunted Crib, farm animals, a U-pick patch and more. Admission: weekdays, $2-$5; weekend, $4-$7. http://the200acres.com/thepatch/, 543-2394.
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.