Entertainment listings, Sept. 26-Oct. 3

Entertainment listings, Sept. 26-Oct. 3

A listing of events, provided by the venues. 

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Special events

This weekend

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, including The Live Jukebox Show at 11 a.m., 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, gospel music, food vendors, blues music featuring Alex Jenkins and The Bombers at 2 p.m., 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. Country crafts and arts, art show, flea market, Parade of Pigs contest, antique tractor exhibit, old-fashioned country food, demonstrating craftsmen, free entertainment, museum gift shop and crafts in "The Barn," pony rides, petting zoo. Victorian mansion tour, $3. Shuttle buses, $2. Free admission to festival. 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 N Road, Fairmount. Live music all day, wine and beer, and local artisans and crafts folk. More than 50 different booths of handmade products. This event also helps raise money to support the health of local rivers and streams. Free admission. http://www.SleepyCreekVineyards.com, 733-0330, info@sleepycreekvineyards.com.

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. mobilemutts@fastmail.fm, 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.

Next week

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; 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.

17th annual National Solar Tour. Oct. 5: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Geil Homestead, 2060B County Road 125 E, Mahomet; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Colonial Solar House, 1017 W. White St., C; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3001 Brickhouses Road, U. Hosted by American Solar Energy Society. A number of solar enthusiasts are opening their homes to visitors who want to explore, discuss and learn about the costs, incentives, installation, benefits and upkeep of solar energy systems. Several of the sites also incorporate passive solar housing, geothermal heating and wind energy systems. http://www.ases.org/solar-tour/find-a-tour/.

23rd annual Pet Fair Extravaganza. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6, Prairieland Feeds, U.S. 45 (303 Dunlap St.), Savoy. Family-friendly event showcases many animal rescue organizations. See two tiger cubs; ride draft horses and ponies for a donation; free petting zoo; see hawks, owls and other native wild birds; adoptable pets from the Champaign County Humane Society. Free balloon artist. Free. http://www.prairielandfeeds.com, 352-2232.

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.

Barktoberfest: A Purrfect Pet Celebration. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5, Savoy Recreation Center, 402 Graham Drive. Join Hospice Hearts Sanctuary seeking to provide care to dogs and cats with terminally ill owners. Activities include a Barket (market of over 40 vendors), Barkery (bake sale), Kid Kennel (activity tent for kids), Pawction (live auction, 4 p.m.), Ruffle (tickets $1 each or $5 for six), Cat Cafe (lunch or snack), Pet-vilion (presentations on pet-related topics, interactive pet booths). Admission $1-$3. hospicehearts@yahoo.com.

Downs Haunted House. 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 5, 12, 19, 25 and 26, 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 27, 107 E. Franklin St., Downs. Haunted house, hayrack ride, graveyard entertainment. $3 per person. 309-212-5003.

Future highlights

Vet Med Open House. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6, 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. Free. Exhibits, event information and directions at vetmed.illinois.edu/openhouse or call 333-2761.

Prairie Rivers Network annual dinner. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 11, I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C. Reception, 6 p.m., with music by Tom Turino and kayak and rain barrel raffle. Dinner, 7:30 p.m.; speaker, Robert McChesney. After-party at Houlihan's. Tickets $50; $400 for a table of 10. Register by Oct. 2 at http://www.prairierivers.org/dinner. info@prairierivers.org.

Illinois Public Media's PBS Kids Open House with Mr. Steve. 2:15, 3:15 and 4:15 p.m. Oct. 12, Illinois Public Media, Campbell Hall, 300 N. Goodwin Ave., U. Mr. Steve, who blends participatory songs with clever stories, will perform and talk to kids. Kids can also explore the PNC Mobile Learning Adventure traveling exhibit outside Campbell Hall; interactive learning activities, storytellers and educational games. Free.

Unite and Fight Cancer Benefit. Poker run, noon Oct. 12 starting at Longbranch Tavern, 301 Spelter Ave., Tilton. Registration, 11 a.m. Hosted by Danville/Vermilion County 911 Dispatchers to support director Maurice "Tommie" Withers in his fight against stage 4 pancreatic cancer. $20 per bike, $10 each additional ride, $30 per couple. Benefit, 1 p.m. to 1 a.m., Tilton Ball Park, 398 Fairfield Ave., Tilton. Activities: dinner, bake sale, live auction, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, live music, adult beverages and corn hole. 772-137, compton05@hotmail.com.

Fire prevention festival. 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 12, Unity West Elementary School, Tolono. Hosted by Tolono Fire Protection District. Displays, exhibits and interactive public safety educational opportunities for both adults and children. Fire apparatus, a medical helicopter and an ambulance on display. Live fire demonstration, a K-9 demonstration and a booth from the bomb squad. Children's games and activities.

A Symphony of Micro-Urban Elegance. Noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 13. House walk, featuring five urban dwellings at two locations: 804 N. Neil St. and 202 W. Hill St., C. Presented by Guild of the C-U Symphony Orchestra. Tickets $15 on sale at Art Mart, Milo's, Corkscrew Wine Emporium, Villardo's, Spritz Jewelry, Victorian House (Mahomet) and Winter Wheat Antiques (St. Joseph). Proceeds support youth music education in the community. 351-9139.

Funny Man Jim Gaffigan and the 'White Bread Tour.' 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, University of Illinois State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., C. Tickets $32-$45. http://www.UofIAssemblyHall.com. 866-455-4641.

Films

Next week

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.

Future highlights

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 and 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. Filrm 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, parklandartgallery@parkland.edu.

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.

Global Lens 2013. "The Fantastic World of Juan Orol" (El Fantastico Mundo De Juan Orol), 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Oct. 29, Room C-118, Parkland Art Gallery at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Directed by Sebastian del Amo (Mexico). In Spanish, with English subtitles. 90 minutes. The film series is a showcase of critically acclaimed narrative feature films. Free. 351-2485, http://www.globalfilm.org, parklandartgallery@parkland.edu.

Music

This weekend

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.

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.

Marc Cohn. Sept. 27, Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Concert has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. Tickets will be refunded. 356-9063, http://www.thevirginia.org.

UI Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280, 333-2620.

Eastern 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, doudnatix@eiu.edu, 581-3110.

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, ham@effingmusicfest.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.

Marvin Lee Country Show. 5 p.m. Sept. 28 at Hooves of Hope, held on the Stan and Mary Remole farm on U.S. 136, east of Potomac. If bad weather, it will be next door at Potomac Grade School gym. There will be a hog roast and hot dogs, then country music, and learn how horses and young children can relate to each other. Music starts at 6 p.m. Bring chairs. marvinleecountry@hotmail.com.

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. With the Parkland College Wind Ensemble. 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. heartsopening@gmail.com, 351-8359, heartsopening26.eventbrite.com.

Next week

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. pipers.hut@gmail.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 the 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.

Mahomet-Seymour 24th annual Marching Bulldog Festival. 1:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Mahomet-Seymour football field, Mahomet. Performances continue throughout the afternoon. Awards ceremony, 5:45 p.m. Mahomet-Seymour does not compete, but will appear in exhibition. Bands include: Dwight Township, St. Joseph-Ogden, Galesburg, Champaign Central, Unity, Urbana, Okaw Valley, Heritage, Paris and Mahomet-Seymour. Food and refreshments for purchase. Admission $5, adults; $3, children K-12 and seniors; $20 maximum for a family. 586-6683, mstevens@ms.k12.il.us.

Danville Show Chorus of Sweet Adelines. "Cruises To Go," 3 and 7 p.m. Oct. 5, Bremer Center, Danville Area Community College, Danville. Tickets $10, adults; $5, children under 12. 474-0473.

Melvin Music Show. Featuring The Back Paiges, 7 p.m. Oct. 5, Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St. 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.

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.

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.

Future highlights

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. The series features performances by members of the UI School of Music.

UI Hindsley Symphonic Band. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Ritmos Unidos. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. Tickets $5. http://www.eiu.edu/doudna, doudnatix@eiu.edu, 581-3110.

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, UI 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 to 10 p.m. Oct. 12, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount. Meyer alternates between folk and blues. Purchase six or more seats and receive a reduced rate of $10 per person, plus reserved seating. 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, chairman 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.

EIU Concert Band. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. Tickets $5. http://www.eiu.edu/doudna, doudnatix@eiu.edu, 581-3110.

Beckman 'Thursdays at 12:20.' Features UI Black Chorus Chamber Choir, 12:15 p.m. Oct. 17, Beckman Institute Atrium, 405 N. Matthews Ave., U. The series features performances by members of the UI School of Music.

Music at Kickapoo Park.Featuring Plain Ol' Ed (country and bluegrass ), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 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.

'American Idol' winner David Cook. 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 18, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St. Doors Open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and bar. Showtime, 7 p.m. All ages. Tickets $35. ($50 limited VIP tickets include meet-and-greet). 815-993-6585, http://www.watsekatheatre.com.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guests, Wade and Teresa Landry, 8 p.m. Oct. 18, 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. Oct. 20, Curtis Orchard, 3902 S. Duncan Road, C. Featuring the swinging sounds of U of I Big Band #3. Free admission. 359-5565, http://www.curtisorchard.com.

UI Symphony Orchestra. 3 p.m. Oct. 20, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Illinois Modern Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Hungarian State Folk Ensemble: Gypsy Romance. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$35. 333-6280.

Sudden Sound Concert — William Parker Quartet. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. The Sudden Sound Concert Series presents leading artists in improvised music and the jazz avant-garde. 333-1861, kam.illinois.edu.

Kacey Musgraves. 8 p.m. Oct. 24, Foellinger Auditorium, 709 S. Mathews Ave., U. Doors open, 7 p.m. Tickets $25, students; $30, public. http://www.star-course.com, http://www.kaceymusgraves.com.

UI Chorale. 3 p.m. Oct. 25, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Dancing

This weekend

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.

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.

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.

Next week

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.

Tango Society of Central Illinois Milonga del Corazon. 7:30 p.m. to midnight Oct. 5, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Intro tango lesson, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tango social dancing, 9 p.m. to midnight. Light refreshments served. Cost: $7, $10 with lesson; students $5, $7 with lesson. Tango.Society@gmail.com, http://www.centraltango.com, facebook.com/UCATango.

Future highlights

Latin Dancing Series: Forro and 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.

Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16, Harrison Park on Voorhees Street, Danville. For ballroom dancers of all ages. Music by The Prairie Dogs. Presented by CRIS Healthy Aging Center. Cost $10. 443-2999.

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, ciecd-info@centralillinoisecd.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.

Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Oct. 25, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by The Young and the Fretless. Dale Wilson, caller. Workshop, "Irish Set Dancing," with Daniel Flora, 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.

Country dancing. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26, 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

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.

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: DeBono & Zoo, and Spicy Clamato, The Walk-Ons, Oct. 4. 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.

Next week

'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.

Future highlights

SPEAK Cafe. 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 10, 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.

Theater

This weekend

'Greater Tuna.' Thursday through Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches, continues Sept. 26 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.

'An Evening in The Twilight Zone.' St. Thomas More High School fall play, 7 p.m. Sept. 26, 27 and 28; the High School of St. Thomas More, 3901 N. Mattis Ave., C. Presents The Monsters are Due on Maple Street, The Obsolete Man, Time Enough at Last and Nothing in the Dark. Adults, $7; students/seniors, $5. jbplanken@comcast.net.

Next week

'Harvey.' Classic comedy starring Bob Lane Jr. and Mary Simon, Thursday through Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches, Oct. 3 through Nov. 10; Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre, Goodfield Tickets $33-$37 for full buffet performances. 309-965-2545, http://www.barn2.com.

'How I Became a Pirate.' Children's musical, 7 p.m. Oct. 3-5, 3 p.m. Oct. 6, 7 p.m. Oct. 10 and 11, 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.

'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.

Future highlights

'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.

'Music Theatre Opera: Little Shop of Horrors.' Eastern Illinois University's Theatre Department, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23-26 and 2 p.m. Oct. 27; 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, http://www.eiu.edu/doudna.

'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.

'The Tempest.' Illinois Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24-26, 31, Nov. 1 and 2 and 3 p.m. Nov. 3; Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $8-$18. Illinois Theatre dessert and conversation, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 3 p.m. Nov. 3, Krannert Room; $7. 333-6280.

Outdoors / nature

This weekend

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: sosborne@ccfpd.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, akim81@illinois.edu, 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; $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, info@prairieviewalpacas.com, 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. malloryerinmurphy@gmail.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, krr@kennekuk.com, http://www.kennekuk.com. Online registration at http://www.active.com.

Next week

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). http://www.secondwindrunningclub.org.

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.

Future highlights

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. Oct. 6, Hessel Park, Champaign. Registration at 9 a.m. Walk starts at 10 a.m. Walkers secure donations from family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors. Proceeds benefit the Diabetes Association to fight diabetes. Register at diabetes.org/stepoutchampaign.

Make-A-Wish Illinois Walk & Run for Wishes. 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 12, Zahnd Park, Champaign. Registration, 8 a.m., followed by a program and children's parade, 9 a.m. 5K fun run and a leisurely 1-mile walk around the park area in a cross-country setting, 9:30 a.m. Dress as your favorite character. Refreshments, music and other entertainment, prizes awarded for top fundraisers, best youth and adult costumes. General registration: $25, adults; $10, children ages 12 and under; $30 and $15, after Oct. 1. Register by Oct. 7 for a T-shirt. http://www.walkrunwish.org.

UI museums

Krannert Art Museum. 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Kids@Krannert, 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 5. Hands-on activities. Parents and children (ages 3-8) are invited for art projects, family tours, demonstrations and other events. "School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition," Oct. 6 through Jan. 5, 2014. Opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 5."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. Spurlock Museum Guild Performance and Lecture Series, "New Age Looping and Cordage," with fiber artist Donna Kallner, 7 p.m. Oct. 4. "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.

Other museums

Bicentennial Art Center and Museum. 132 S. Central Ave., Paris. "Beware of the Old Woman" by Jan Kappes, ends Sept. 27. "58th Annual Fall Juried Exhibition" opens Oct. 4, through Nov. 8. Reception, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11. "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.

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, kriopelle@ccfpd.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. "How the Sousa Band Music Library Came to the University of Illinois," through June 2, 2014. "A Musical Life: The Travels of Otto Mesloh" through June 30, 2014. "Traveling America's Early Highways: A Strothkamp Family Road Trip 1920-1930" through July 7, 2014. "Celebrating the Harding-Hindsley-Begian-Keene Band Legacy at the University of Illinois" through Aug. 18, 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. 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. Sept. 27 and 28. "Secrets of the Sun," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 4 through Nov. 23. — Children's feature: "Flight Adventure," 7 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 26. — "World of Science" talk. "Quantum Revolution," 7 p.m. Oct. 4; Paul Kwiat, UI physics professor. Admission $1 at the door.

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 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 seventh display, "Entertainment/Transportation" opens Oct. 1, through Oct. 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.

Figure One. Exhibition space of the UI School of Art + Design, 116 N. Walnut St., C. "Summer Artist Residency: Debora Fell and Nicki Werner," opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27. Through Oct. 12. Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 4 to 9 p.m. Friday; 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday. 333-0855, http://www.art.illinois.edu.

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," 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. "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, ends 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. "Bronze Sculpture by Kyle Hanton" through Oct. 27, eGallery; presented in conjunction with the Tarble's EIU alumni sculpture exhibition Skulpcher Werkz. "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," ends 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.

Virgil H. Judge Learning Resource Center. Lake Land College campus, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon. Lake Land College Foundation Art Heritage Show, through Oct. 30. Reception, 7 to 8:15 p.m. Oct. 10, with presentation of awards. Regular hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. 234-5445.

Galleries

The Alley Gallery. 113 N. Vermilion St., Danville. "Celebrating Ancient Civilization," pastel on paper artworks of Pam Hulvey, opens with a reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5, through Nov. 12. Hours: noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays or call for appointment. 497-2286.

Heartland Gallery. 112 W. Main St., U. Seventh anniversary party, 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 28. A celebration of seven years in business, featuring live music with Robin Kearton, fiddle, and Tom Faux, accordion; cake and other refreshments. 337-4767, http://www.heartland-gallery.com.

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. 26 and 27; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29. "A Geologist's Life — Part III: The Photography of Dr. William W. Shilts" opens Oct. 2, through Oct. 8. Opening reception, 6 p.m. Oct. 4. indigo.coop@gmail.com, http://www.indi-go-art.com.

Farms/markets

Autumn Berry Inspired. 2314 N. High Cross Road, U. Champaign-Urbana Herb Society October meeting, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 2. Tour of the farm, and Dustin Kelly talk about the autumn berry. Nonmembers welcome to participate in the tour and the meeting. http://www.cuherbsociety.org.

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.

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