Entertainment listings, March 20-27, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

Companion Animal Resource and Education Center's annual 'CARE for a Taste?' fundraiser. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 22, Hendrick House, Urbana. Proceeds benefit the center's Helping Paw Fund, which supports veterinary care for pets of people facing financial hardship. Tasting of locally grown food paired with Napa Valley wines. Complimentary nonalcoholic beverages. Silent auction with a variety of items, many from local artisans. Tickets $40. 417-3160, info@carecentercu.org.

Future highlights

Ninth annual Edible Book Festival. April 1, University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., C. Public viewing, 11:30 a.m.; welcome and the local celebrity judges' commentary, 12:15 p.m.; consumption of entries, 12:45 p.m. Edible art entries have a connection to books as shapes or content. Prizes awarded for the best culinary creations. All entries will be displayed, judged, then eaten. library.illinois.edu/ediblebooks, dtracy@illinois.edu.

Champaign-Urbana Empty Bowls' benefit for Daily Bread Soup Kitchen. 4 to 6 p.m. April 3, Silvercreek Restaurant, 402 N. Race St., U. Participants are served a bowl of soup and breadsticks and take home a hand-crafted bowl donated by the Champaign-Urbana Potters' Club, Parkland College ceramic faculty and students, and local potters. Tickets $15, adults; $5, children under 12. Silent auction of "Girls with a Necklace" by Frank Gallo, displayed and available for bidding March 24 to April 2 at Art Coop, Lincoln Square. Raffle tickets $10 or two for $15 for three bowls. Facebook/cuemptybowls.

10th annual Festival of Quilts. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 4 and 5, Cunningham Children's Home, 1301 N. Cunningham Ave., U. View the show quilts, bid on an auction quilt, shop for one-of a kind gifts or have a treat from the bake sale. The quilts are created by United Methodist Women and other members of the quilting community throughout Illinois who care about Cunningham youths. cunninghamhome.org/giving/benefit-events/festival-quilts, 337-9074.

14th annual Brocton Red Barn Market. Noon to 5 p.m. April 4 and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5, Red Barn, Brocton. Located on Illinois 49, 5 miles south of U.S. 36 or 5 miles north of Illinois 133. An antiques, collectibles and crafts market. Demonstrations of wood turning, whittling, chair caning, pottery, rope making on April 5. More than 50 vendors inside and on barn grounds. Several new vendors this year. Admission $2. Free parking. Food available. broctonil.org, 385-2450.

Japan House Spring Open House. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5, Japan House, 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., U. Hiromi Matsushita, a Tendai sect monk, discusses his journey toward the priesthood and the role of Buddhism in his life, 1 p.m. Tour of the gardens by Jim Bier, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Free. Tea ceremonies, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.; $5; purchase a ticket when you arrive. probst@illinois.edu, 244-9934.

Middle Market. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19, Lincoln Square Village, Urbana. Local fresh produce, handmade jewelry and accessories, bath and body care products, candles, gifts and more. Third Saturday of each month, January through April. Urbana Business Association. Free. urbanabusiness.com.

Compagnia T.P.O. Virtual Playground. 5, 5:30 p.m., 6 and 6:30 p.m. April 24, Colwell Playhouse Stage, Krannert Center, Urbana. Explore life below the blue waters of the Mediterranean and experience the stagecraft of Bleu! in this demonstration and tour. Free, tickets required. 333-6280.

Films

This weekend

Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival. Continues through March 20, Eastern Illinois University, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Charleston. "Stories We Tell" (2013), 7 p.m. March 20, Coleman Auditorium. eiu.edu/~filmmnor, cifff.wikispaces.com, rlmurray@eiu.edu, 581-2428.

Next week

Afternoon Matinee. "Frozen," 1 p.m. March 26, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. Rated PG. Comedy adventure by Walt Disney Animation Studios. Free popcorn. 893-3955.

Future highlights

Community Cinema Screening. "Medora," 7 to 9 p.m. April 1, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U. Illinois Public Media's free screening and discussion of issues raised by the documentary. 333-7300, will.illinois.edu/community/screening.

Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies. "Gravity," 2 to 4 p.m. April 2, Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St. Rated PG-13. Call to reserve a seat, 267-3170,

Film showing. "Xu: A Facetious Chinese," 6 to 9 p.m. April 4, Indi Go Artist Co-Op, 9 E. University Ave., C. An independent comedy film produced by the Chinese Independent Film Society, a registered student organization at UI. 904-613-2623, facebook.com/events/750819198264588.

Classic Monday Matinee. "Rebecca," 2 p.m. April 7, Danville Public Library, first-floor meeting room, 319 N. Vermilion St. 477-5224, danville.lib.il.us.

AsiaLENS screening. "The Revolutionary" (2012), 7 p.m. April 8, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U. A film by Irv Drasnin, Lucy Ostrander and Don Sellers. Documentary about the Maoist era and Sidney Rittenberg, an American who assumed an unprecedented role for a foreigner in Chinese politics. 92 minutes. In English. Introduction and discussion by Irv Drasnin, co-producer, writer, interviewer and narrator. Free. 333-9597.

Music

This weekend

Krannert Uncorked. Featuring saxophonist Clark Gibson and his "old style" jazz sextet, 5 p.m. March 20, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Linger for the music and try a new wine. Free. 333-6280.

North American Saxophone Alliance Conference: Opening/Concerto Concert. With UI Wind Symphony and UI Symphony Orchestra, 7 p.m. March 20, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Featuring internationally known saxophonists Frederick Hemke, Clifford Leaman, Timothy Roberts, Eugene Rousseau, Donald Sinta and Debra Richtmeyer. Tickets $12-$18. 333-6280.

North American Saxophone Alliance Conference: Nightcap. 9 p.m. March 20, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Featuring jazz combos. Free. 333-6280.

Porchapalooza. 5 to 8 p.m. March 21, Figure One, 116 N. Walnut St., C. Musicians, singers and music lovers invited to bring your instrument of choice and join in for an old-school jam session. 333-0786, figure1ne@gmail.com.

North American Saxophone Alliance Conference: Jazz Concert. 7 p.m. March 21, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Features the UI Concert Jazz Band with Chip McNeill, Brad Leali and David Bixler. Tickets $12-$18. 333-6280.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Terry Lynn Barton, 8 p.m. March 21, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499.

North American Saxophone Alliance Conference: Nightcap. 9 p.m. March 21, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Featuring jazz combos. Free. 333-6280.

Fithian acoustic jam. 1 to 6 p.m. March 22, Fithian Community Building, 201 N Main St. All acoustic styles and instruments. No mics or amps. 260-1582.

North American Saxophone Alliance Conference: Jazz Competition Winners' Recital. 4:30 p.m. March 22, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Free. 333-6280.

North American Saxophone Alliance Conference: Chamber Music Concert. 7 p.m. March 22, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $12-$18. 333-6280.

North American Saxophone Alliance Conference: Nightcap. 9 p.m. March 22, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Featuring jazz from Jeff Coffin, with Roy "Futureman" Wooten and conference co-hosts J. Michael Holmes and Debra Richtmeyer. Free. 333-6280.

Lake Land Community Choir. Spring concert, 3 p.m. March 23, Lake Land College Theater, Mattoon. Community Choir is a choir of mixed voices including students from the college as well as members of area communities including Arthur, Arcola, Charleston, Mattoon, Neoga. Free. 234-5464.

Next week

Eastern Illinois University Wind Symphony. 7:30 p.m. March 28, Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University campus, Charleston. Tickets $5. eiu.edu/doudna, doudnatix@eiu.edu, 581-3110.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Ron Devore, 8 p.m. March 28, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499.

The Classics and Hymns Tour with Twila Paris and Steve Green. 7 p.m. March 29, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Tickets $15, additional $2.50 processing fee for online only. 356-9063, thevirginia.org.

Danville Symphony Orchestra. "Americana," 7:30 p.m. March 29, Dick Van Dyke Auditorium, Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St. Tickets $15-$30. 443-5300, danvillesymphony.org.

Future highlights

Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Youth Concerts. 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. April 1 and 2, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. "It's All About Style." Registration, tickets required. 333-1580, 333-6280, cusymphony.org.

Junghwa Lee, piano. Guest artist recital, featuring compositions by guest composer Frank Stemper, 7:30 p.m. April 1, Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., U. Lee is professor of piano, Southern Illinois University; Stemper is professor of composition at SIU. Free.

An Evening of Carnatic Violin Music. 5 to 7 p.m. April 1, University of Illinois, International and Area Studies Library Reading Room, 321 Main Library, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, U. Performers include Dr. M. Lalitha and M. Nandini, who will be accompanied by a tabla player. Reception as part of the campuswide International Week. 333-1501.

Styx with guests Head East. 7:30 p.m. April 2, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Tickets $49-$69; VIP tickets $99. Additional per-ticket processing fees of $5 apply (online and by phone only). 356-9063, thevirginia.org.

The Beckman Institute's Thursdays at 12:20 Concert Series. Featuring Mikel Combs Jazz Duo, 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. April 3, atrium, Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U. The series features performances by members of the UI School of Music.

Krannert Uncorked. With The Young and the Fretless, old-time mountain music, 5 p.m. April 3, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Linger for the music and try a new wine. Free. 333-6280.

Pinchas Zukerman, violin and viola, and Yefim Bronfman, piano. 7:30 p.m. April 3, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Great Hall Series. Tickets $10-$50. 333-6280.

Bement Country Opry Band. "A Real Live Dolly!" featuring Pam Kilmer and Stephanie Foster, 8 p.m. April 4, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499.

UI Women's Glee Club Moms Day Concert.2 p.m. April 5, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Central Illinois Children's Chorus. 3 to 4 p.m. April 5, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. The chorus will perform selections from their diverse repertoire of music, languages and composers. All ages are welcome.

UI Black Chorus Moms Day Concert. 7:30 p.m. April 5, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $8-$11. 333-6280.

In Concert at CPL: Hungrytown. 2 to 3 p.m. April 6, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Musical and married duo of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson. Americana/folk music. 403-2070.

Concert by Alash, Tuvan throat singing ensemble. 2 to 3 p.m. April 6, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U. Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xoomei), a technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. One can find complex harmonies, Western instruments and contemporary song forms in Alash's music, but its overall sound and spirit are decidedly Tuvan. Part of UI International Week. 333-9597.

Sunday Salon: Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko. 3 p.m. April 6, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $5-$42. 333-6280.

Rodman Rail. 5 to 7 p.m. April 6, the Knights of Columbus, 310 Bryan St., Danville. Tickets $10. Portion of proceeds donated to the Fogelberg Foundation of Peoria for prostate cancer research. Food available for purchase and open bar. 474-1970, 260-1983, steverodmanmusic.com.

Computer Music Project 30th Anniversary Concerts. 7:30 p.m. April 8, Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., U. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Computer Music Project, a part of the UIUC Experimental Music Studios, founded in 1984. Features works realized by faculty and students using software developed by current and alumni CMP users. This concert will also be accompanied by a round-table discussion during a "Composers Forum" the same day at 3 p.m. in Room 1201 of the Music Building. Free. 333-6689, 333-3691.

UI Wind Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. April 9, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Phantogram. 7:30 p.m. April 9, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Tickets $26; $18 UI student discount at box office only with valid ID; additional $3 processing fee online and phone only. 356-9063, thevirginia.org.

The Beckman Institute's Thursdays at 12:20 Concert Series. Featuring I-Pan (steel drums), 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. April 10, atrium, Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U. The series features performances by members of the UI School of Music.

Krannert Uncorked. With The Afrikania Cultural Troupe featuring Midawo Gideon Foli Alorwoyie, Ghanaian music and dancing, 5 p.m. April 10, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Linger for the music and try a new wine. Free. 333-6280.

Interval: Brasstastic. Noon April 11, lobby, Krannert Center, Urbana. New Orleans brass music. Free. 333-6280.

UI Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. April 11, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. 333-6280.

Guest vocalist Kelly Holden and faculty member Eric Simonson. Faculty and guest recital, 7:30 p.m. April 11, Bremer Conference Center Theater, Danville Area Community College. Evening of German songs. Free. 443-8728.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Jason Gentry, 8 p.m. April 11, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499.

Peter Nero. 7:30 p.m. April 12, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. In this performance, he draws from the American songbook and music of his friend Marvin Hamlisch. Tickets $10-$42. 333-6280.

Pygmalion Afterglow: Bones Jugs N Harmony. 10:30 p.m. April 12, Krannert Center, Urbana. Free. 333-6280.

UI Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. 1 p.m. April 13, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U.

Lydia Tang, viola. Urbana Pops Orchestra recital series, 2 p.m. April 13, Urbana Free Library, auditorium on the lower level, 210 W. Green St. Urbana Pops Orchestra professional and student musicians showcased at recitals through May 17. Sara Sasaki, violin, May 17. Free. urbanapops.org.

Charlotte Mattax Moersch, harpsichord. Faculty recital, 3 p.m. April 13, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Young Baroque Artists Competition winners and Messiah singalong, parts 2 and 3. 7:30 p.m. April 13, McKinley Presbyterian Church, 809 S. Fifth St., C. BACH 2014 competition winners will be featured in this showcase concert. Singalong of parts 2 and 3 ("The Easter portion") of Handel's Messiah. Bring your own score or borrow one at the door. $10. baroqueartists.org, 378-6802, info@baroqueartists.org.

Amicizia Trio. Guest artist recital, 7:30 p.m. April 14, Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., U.

UI Steel Band. 7:30 p.m. April 15, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. 333-6280.

The Beckman Institute's Thursdays at 12:20 Concert Series. Featuring The Archaea Tree Ensemble (harp, flute, percussion), 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. April 17, atrium, Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U. The series features performances by members of the UI School of Music.

Krannert Uncorked. With Sherrika Ellison and Jeuse (R&B/soul), 5 p.m. April 17, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Linger for the music and try a new wine. Free. 333-6280.

Sudden Sound Concert Series. Featuring Chicago Underground Duo, 7:30 p.m. April 17, Gelvin Noel Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Cornetist Rob Mazurek and percussionist Chad Taylor. Their signature acoustic sound of cornet, drums and vibraphone is now often combined with electronics, drum machines and African mbira. kam.illinois.edu.

UI Percussion Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. April 17, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Marc Bubert, 8 p.m. April 18, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499.

Brass Chamber Music. 7:30 p.m. April 20, UI Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., U.

Illinois Modern Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. April 22, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

UI Hindsley Symphonic Band, UI University Concert Band and UI Campus Concert Band. 7:30 p.m. April 22, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra. "A Russian Festival," 7:30 p.m. April 25, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Featuring Igor Kalnin, violin. Tickets $5-$35. 333-6280, http://www.cusymphony.org.

Finish Line: Ryan Ideus and Feudin' Hillbillys. 4 p.m. April 26, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Free. Bar open and the food ready at 4 p.m. Band takes the stage at 4:45 p.m. Bring new or gently used shoes for infants through adults and drop them off at the shoe drive donation booth hosted by the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana. 333-6280.

UI Varsity Men's Glee Club. 7:30 p.m. April 26, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Danville Symphony Orchestra. "Two Times the Fun," 7:30 p.m. April 26, Dick Van Dyke Auditorium, Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St. Tickets $15-$30. 443-5300, danvillesymphony.org.

UI Trombone Choir. 7:30 p.m. April 27, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

UI Philharmonia. 7:30 p.m. April 29, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

UI Jazz Combo Concert I. 7:30 p.m. April 29, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

UI Jazz Band II. 7:30 p.m. April 30, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

UI Wind Orchestra Chamber Concert. 7:30 p.m. April 30, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Sara Sasaki, violin. Urbana Pops Orchestra recital series, 2 p.m. May 17, Urbana Free Library, auditorium on the lower level, 210 W. Green St. Urbana Pops Orchestra professional and student musicians showcased at recitals through May 17. urbanapops.org.

Dancing

This weekend

Illini Swing Society weekly dance. 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Thursdays through April 17, Illini Union, Room 314, 1401 W. Green St., U. Swing-era dances such as Lindy Hop, Charleston and more. Usually DJ'd by a local dancer. No special shoes or dress required. Free. illiniswing.org, questions@illiniswing.org.

Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. March 21, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Celador from Asheville, N.C.; Ann Huber, caller. Workshop, "Contra Triplets," led by Scott Meyer, 6:45 p.m. No partner, costume or experience necessary. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors $4. urbana-contra.org.

Ballroom dance. 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday, the Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy. Class demo, March 21. Tango Practice, 7:35 p.m. March 28. Social ballroom dancing, casual attire, no partner needed. $9. 359-5333, regentballroom.com.

Irish dancing for St. Patrick's Day. 7 to 10 p.m. March 22, Room 314, Illini Student Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. The Illini Folk Dance Society is celebrating the holiday with a traditional Irish dance. Dancers of all ages welcome. All dances taught. Introductory workshop, 7 to 8 p.m. Partners, costumes and experience are not required. Free. 359-8225, illinifolkdance.s3.amazonaws.com/index.html.

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

Next week

C-U West Coast Swing Dancers. Bluesday Tuesday classes and dancing, Tuesdays, March 25 to April 15, Fluid Events Center, 601 N. Country Fair Drive, C. Intermediate class, 6:30 p.m. West Coast swing basics 1 and 2, 7;15 p.m. Practice dance, 8 p.m. Registration, $40-$45; $50, walk-ins. cuwestcoastswingdancers.com, lessonscuwestcoastdancers@gmail.com.

Country music and dancing. 7 to 9 p.m. March 28, Moose Lodge 1001, U.S. 150, Danville. Music by Tex and Friends. Food served, 5 to 7 p.m. Held the fourth Friday every month. No cover; donations accepted. 442-7339.

Future highlights

Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. April 4, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music Euphor. Jo Mortland, caller. No partner, costume or experience necessary. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors $4. urbana-contra.org.

Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. April 11, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music Big Bluestem. Kean Gall, caller. No partner, costume or experience necessary. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors $4. urbana-contra.org.

BluesCENTRAL monthly blues dance. 8:30 p.m. to midnight April 11, Channing-Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon St., U. Beginners welcome. Lesson, 8:30 p.m.; dancing, 9 p.m. $7; students, $5. DanceBluesCentral@gmail.com.

Jane Austen Ball. 7 to 10 p.m. April 12, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Come as your favorite character from her books. All dances taught and then danced to music by local musicians. Dancers of all ages welcome. Partners, costumes and experience not required. Bring soft-soled, nonmarking, nonstreet shoes. Refreshments served. Admission $5 ($1 off if you bring a snack to share). 359-8225, centralillinoisecd.org.

Country dancing. 7:30 to 10 p.m. April 12, Sidney Town Hall. Line and couples, singles welcome. Second Saturday of each month except June, July and August. Admission $5. 351-4110.

Allerton Barn Dance. 5:30 to 9 p.m. April 18, Allerton Park and Retreat Center, Monticello. UI Credit Union Concert Series at Allerton. Featuring: BowDacious String Band, 6 to 7 p.m.; Sam Payne and Friends, 7 to 8 p.m.; The Curses, 8 to 9 p.m. Food and drink will be served, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $5 per person; $10 per family; suggested donation at the door. 333-3287.

Latin Dancing Series. Latin American Dance Party, 7 p.m. April 18, Courtyard Cafe, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. Dancing workshop, 7 p.m. Open dance with DJ, 8 p.m. $2, students with i-card; $3, general public. Presented by the Illini Union Courtyard Cafe and La Casa Cultural Latina.

C-U West Coast Swing Dancers' Third Sunday Dance. 7 to 10 p.m. April 20, Pizza M, 208 W. Main St., U. $5; $2, students and newcomers. Dances held third Sunday each month. cuwestcoastswingdancers.com, lessonscuwestcoastdancers@gmail.com.

Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. April 25, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music Too Old To Be Controlled. Paul Watkins, caller. No partner, costume or experience necessary. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors $4. urbana-contra.org.

Performing arts

This weekend

Zoo Improv. 8 p.m. Fridays, SoDo Theatre, enter at 111 S. Walnut St., C. Improv comedy. Zoo will feature other local troupes as an opening act each week. Participate or just watch. Family-friendly show, 7 p.m. the last Friday of each month, followed by the regular features at 8 p.m. $5. 356-7805, zooimprov.com, contact@zooimprov.com.

Comedy by Zan. 7 p.m. March 22, Sleepy Creek Vineyard, 8254 E. 1425 N. Road, Fairmount. $15 per seat or $13 for six or more. 733-0330, sleepycreekvineyards.com.

Pocket Vinyl. 7 to 9 p.m. March 23, Indi Go Artist Co-Op, 9 E. University Ave., C. A melodic mesh between a piano and a painting. The unique show includes a man who hits, beats and slams a piano with his blistered fingers, while a woman creates a brand-new painting each night. 904-613-2623, facebook.com/events/710372152318135.

Future highlights

Dancin' on the Porch. 5 to 8 p.m. April 4, Figure One, 116 N. Walnut St., C. The Porch Project concludes with an evening of improvisational dance with in2improv's Sandra Paola Lopez and Chris Reyman. 333-0786, figure1ne@gmail.com.

SPEAK Cafe. "A Brain Storm in Spring," 7 to 9 p.m. April 10, Krannert Art Museum, Palette Cafe, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Open-mic public space for hip-hop, activism and black power expression. Organized and moderated by Aaron Ammons. Free. 333-1861.

Third annual Magic and Other Nonsense. 7:30 p.m. April 11 and 12, Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Drive, C. Magic by Markus Clegg and James the Magician, ventriloquism by Hannah Leskosky and high-energy acts by Leaders for Life Martial Arts Demo Team. Tickets $12 in advance at Exile on Main St., Champaign, Fluid Event Center; $15 at the door. etix.com/ticket/online/venueSearch.jsp?venue_id=9868.

Dance at Illinois Series: Studiodance II. 7 and 9 p.m. April 24-26, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $8-$15. 333-6280.

Compagnia T.P.O.: Bleu! The Mediterranean. 7 p.m. April 25, and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 26, Colwell Playhouse Stage, Krannert Center, Urbana. Through immersive tricks of technology and with spectator interactions, the stage becomes a world of falling stars, faraway islands and underwater creatures. Tickets $10-$30. 333-6280.

Diavolo. 7 p.m. April 30, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Exploration of movement by the theatrical athletes of Diavolo. Tickets $10-$38. 333-6280.

Theater

This weekend

'Another Round of Beer for Breakfast.' Continues March 20 through April 19; Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre, Goodfield. Performances at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday brunch. Buffets at 6:30 for evening performances and noon Sunday. Tickets $33-$37 for full buffet performances. 309-965-2545, barn2.com.

'Hankerin' Hillbillies.' Musical comedy presented by Bement schools, 7:30 p.m. March 21 and 22; Bement High School, 201 S. Champaign St. General admission seating; doors open at 6:45 p.m. $4 for adults, $3 for students or senior citizens. 678-8230.

Next week

'Other Worlds.' 7 p.m. March 28 and 29 and 2 p.m. March 30; Charleston Alley Theatre, 718 Monroe Ave., Charleston. The play is a special reader's theater dedicated to science fiction and fantasy. Tickets $8. 345-2287, charlestonalleytheatre.com.

'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.' The Celebration Company, 8 p.m. March 27-30, April 2-6 and 9-12; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000, stationtheatre.com.

'You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Revised).' 7:30 p.m. March 27-29 and 2:30 p.m. March 30; Parkland College Theatre, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Tickets $8-$16; at the door or cutc.org.

Future highlights

'Amateurs.' Red Mask Players, 8 p.m. April 4 and 5, 2 p.m. April 6, 8 p.m. April 11 and 12 and 2 p.m. April 13; Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St., Danville. 442-5858, redmaskplayers.com/reservations.htm.

'Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine.' A Children's Theatre Production, 7 p.m. April 25, 2 and 7 p.m. April 26 and 2 p.m. April 27; The Theatre, Doudna Fine Arts Center, EIU campus, Charleston. Tickets $5. 581-3110, doudnatix@eiu.edu.

'Disney's Aladdin Jr.'7:30 p.m. April 11, 2 and 7:30 p.m. April 12, 2 p.m. April 13; Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Tickets $35.40-$37.50. 728-7375, thelittletheatre.org.

'Les Miserables.' Danville Light Opera, dinner theater, May 3 and 4; Danville High School, Dick Van Dyke Auditorium, 202 E. Fairchild St., Danville. Tickets: 431-1660. danvillelightopera.com.

'Monty Python's Spamalot.' Parkland Theatre, musical, 7:30 p.m. April 17-19, 25 and 26, 3 p.m. April 27, 7:30 p.m. May 1-3; Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Tickets $8-$14; $10 each for groups of 15 or more. "Pay What You Can Night," April 17. "Half-Price Night," May 1. 351-2528, parkland.edu/theatre.

'Much Ado About Nothing.' Illinois Theatre Series, 7:30 p.m. April 10-12, 3 p.m. April 13, 7:30 p.m. April 15, 17-19; Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$18. Dessert and conversation, 2 p.m. April 13 and 6:30 p.m. April 19; $7. 333-6280.

'Night, Mother.' Eastern Illinois University's Theatre Department. 7:30 p.m. April 2-5 and 2 p.m. April 6; the Black Box Theatre, Doudna Fine Arts Center, South Ninth Street and Hayes Avenue on the EIU campus, Charleston. Tickets $5-$12. 581-3110, doudnatix@eiu.edu, eiu.edu/doudna.

'O Beautiful.' Illinois Theatre Series, 7:30 p.m. April 3-5, 9-12 and 3 p.m. April 13; Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$18. Before the performance on April 3, enjoy a special buffet dinner service at Intermezzo beginning at 5:30 p.m. 333-6280.

'Other Desert Cities.' The Celebration Company, 8 p.m. April 24-27, 30-May 4, 7-10; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000, stationtheatre.com.

'The Threepenny Opera.' Music Theatre Opera by Eastern Illinois University's Music and Theatre Arts departments. 7:30 p.m. April 11 and 12; the Black Box Theatre, Doudna Fine Arts Center, South Ninth Street and Hayes Avenue on the EIU campus, Charleston. Tickets $5. 581-3110, doudnatix@eiu.edu, eiu.edu/doudna.

Outdoors / nature

This weekend

Woodcock Walk. 7 to 8 p.m. March 21, Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer.Join in a search for the elusive wood snipe, aka the American woodcock, as the males perform their courtship display at dusk. Short presentation followed by a hike to look for them. $2; children 2 and younger, free. Registration required. 896-2455, cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

Next week

Second Wind Running Club Winter Fun Runs. 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Indoor group uses the UI Armory Track. There is a fee to use this facility. The outdoor group runs 1 to 6 miles around campus. Meet at the southwest entrance (corner of Gregory Drive and Fourth Street). All abilities are encouraged to attend and participate at the pace and distance desired. secondwindrunningclub.org.

Nordic Walking Group. 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Race Street parking lot, Meadowbrook Park, Urbana. Weekly group. A 4-mile route around Meadowbrook Park. All Nordic walkers welcome. Walk in all seasons. No charge. wachtel@comcast.net, 649-6861.

Future highlights

'Growing Up Wild: Excited About Eggs.' 10 to 11 a.m. April 1, Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard, Mahomet. For preschoolers age 2-6. Learn about different animals that hatch from eggs. Parents/grandparents actively engage with children in this outdoors program. $5 per child. Register by March 28. 896-2455, cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

Nature Play Pre-K: Excited About Eggs. 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. April 4, Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. For preschoolers age 2-6. Learn about different animals that hatch from eggs. Parents/grandparents actively engage with children in this outdoor program. $5 per child. Register by April 1. 896-2455, cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

Illini Veterans' second annual Memorial 5K Run/Walk. 10 a.m. to noon April 5, UI South Quad. Race day registration and shirt pickup, 8 a.m. Help raise donations for the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education soon to arrive on campus. Registration entry fees: adult/child, $30/$20 (includes T-shirt), early; $35/$25 (T-shirt availability not guaranteed), race day. illinivetsmemorial5k.com.

Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society Family Skywatch. 7 to 9 p.m. April 5, CUAS Observatory, located between Champaign and Sadorus along County Road 700 E., 1.4 miles west of Interstate 57 and 0.8 mile south of Monticello Road. Observe planets, star clusters and the moon. Free. Held monthly on Saturday evening nearest to first quarter moon. Canceled if weather is unfavorable. cuas@cuas.org, 351-2567, cuas.org.

UI museums

Krannert Art Museum. 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. "Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond," through April 6; "Art as Provocation," through May 4; and "Auto-Graphics: Recent Drawings by Victor Ekpuk" and "Mandala Flea Market Mutants," through July 27; "Encounters: The Arts of Africa," permanent display. Spring 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, kam.illinois.edu.

Spurlock Museum. 600 S. Gregory St., U. Exhibit area, "First Impressions: Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals," features 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, spurlock.illinois.edu.

Other museums

Bicentennial Art Center and Museum. 132 S. Central Ave., Paris. "Annual Town & Country Amateur Art Exhibition and Blackhawk Park Exhibition" and "Works by Thelma Sturgeon," ends March 21. "Annual "Edgar County Student Art Show" opens March 26, through April 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, 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, 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. Winter hours (Jan. 5 through April 6): 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday. Admission: adults, $10; seniors and active/retired military, $8; children K-12, $5; 4 and younger, free. 893-1613, aeromuseum.org.

Museum of the Grand Prairie. Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. Exhibit, "Homegrown: Gardening Yesterday & Today," through Dec. 31. Permanent exhibits: "Prairie Stories," "Blacksmithing on the Prairie" and "Champaign County's Lincoln." Discovery room, interactive stations and a gift shop. Free, donations appreciated. Hours: 1 to 5 p.m. daily. 586-2612.

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. 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, orpheumkids.com.

Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. Harding Band Building, 1103 S. Sixth St., C. "How the Sousa Band Music Library Came to the University of Illinois," through June 2. "A Musical Life: The Travels of Otto Mesloh," through June 30. "Traveling America's Early Highways: A Strothkamp Family Road Trip 1920-1930," through July 7. "Celebrating the Harding-Hindsley-Begian-Keene Band Legacy at the University of Illinois," through Aug. 18. "Live from the Crossroads: A Snapshot of Champaign-Urbana's Local Music Scene 1980-2000," through Sept. 29. 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, 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. An exhibit, "Lincoln in Illinois," photographed by Ron Schramm of Chicago, on display through March as part of the Vermilion County Museum Society's 50th anniversary celebration. 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. Regular hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. 442-2922, 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. Displays for the Civil War, combat weapons for all wars and items in the Vietnam and Spanish-American War. Remodeled displays of the Gulf Wars and Spanish-American War, a new Korean War display area and an enlarged World War I area. Hours: noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday. Admission: Adults $4; under 18 years, $2; under 6, free. 431-0034, vcwm@comcast.net, vcwm.org.

Planetarium

William M. Staerkel Planetarium. Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Closed March 28 and 29.Admission $4-$5. 351-2568, 351-2446. — Sky show: "Spring Prairie Skies," 7 p.m. Fridays, March 21 through April 25; except March 28. — Main feature: "The Planets," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, March 21 through April 26; except March 28 and 29. — Children's feature: "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure," 7 p.m. Saturdays, March 22 to April 26; except March 29.

Exhibits

Alice Campbell Alumni Center. 601 S. Lincoln Ave., U. "Sojourn" by Sylvia Arnstein, University of Illinois alumna, through June 25. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Saturday hours only when classes are in session, not over breaks or holidays. 333-1471, uiaa.org.

Anita Purves Nature Center. 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. "Winging It," through April 30. Exhibition that draws upon themes of nature, collecting, life and death, and found objects. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 384-4062.

Aroma Cafe. 118 N. Neil St., C. Works by employees of Weiskamp Screen Printing, through March 31. Artists include Warren Bensken, RW Foster, Thomas Frye, John Han, Lindsey Keeter, Katie Latona and Michael Morgan. Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to midnight Friday; 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. 356-3200.

Asian American Cultural Center. 1210 W. Nevada St., U "This Voice of Mine," photography by Puja Patel, through March 31. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 333-9300, pujacpatel.weebly.com.

Bryant Cottage State Historic Site. 146 E. Wilson St., Bement. Twelve unusual displays examining kerosene technology of decades past, each lasting one month. The 11th display, "Fire Suppression Devices," through March 30. Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. 678-8184.

Figure One. Exhibition space of the UI School of Art + Design, 116 N. Walnut St., C. "Social Habitat: The Porch Project by Heather Hart," through April 5. Conversations, entertainment, interdisciplinary arts happenings, learning opportunities, networking and more, 5 to 8 p.m. every Friday; film screenings for teens and children, 2 p.m., and films for adults, 6 p.m., every Saturday. "Here (M-cife) + Material, 2013" by Sara Alsum-Wassenaar, through April 5; closing reception, 5 to 8 p.m. April 5. Porch Recreations, 5 to 8 p.m. March 28; bring a game (or use one of theirs) during classic game night. Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 1 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 333-0786, 244-0342, art.illinois.edu.

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.

Illini Union Art Gallery. Northwest wing of Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. "Fifth Annual Eric Show," through March 28. Juried high school art show established in 2010 is endowed by Dale and Peg Steffensen in memory of Dale's son Eric (1951-1970). Hours: 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. 300-7889.

Parkland Art Gallery. 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Solo art exhibit, "Outlandish Adventures," figurative ceramic works by Benjie Heu, professor of ceramics at Southeast Missouri State University, through April 1. Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday; and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed March 28 and 29. 351-2485, artgallery.parkland.edu.

Tarble Arts Center. South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue, EIU, Charleston. "2014 Undergraduate All-Student Show," through March 30, Main Galleries and eGallery. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays, holidays. 581-2787, eiu.edu/~tarble/.

UI Library. 1401 W. Gregory Drive, U. "Babylon to Baseball: Recent Additions to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library," through May 16, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Room 346, north side of the Main Library. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 333-3777, library.illinois.edu/rbx/.

University YMCA. Murphy Gallery, 1001 S. Wright St., C. "Invisible Fences," works by Maria Lux, through April 6. Explore what dogs could possibly have to do with the borders we create and maintain. Free. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. 337-1500, universityymca.org/art.

Urbana City Building.400 S. Vine St. Urbana Public Arts Program's "Artist of the Corridor" exhibit, "Artwork by Jason Patterson," portraiture, with American cultural, political, social and historical themes, through May 4. Free. Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 384-2311, urbanaillinois.us/artexhibits.

Virgil H. Judge Learning Resource Center. Lake Land College campus, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon. "35th annual Photography Show," sponsored by the General Electric Mattoon Lamp Plant, through March 31. Theme, "Street Photography." Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. 234-5363, 234-5445.

Galleries

Amara Yoga & Arts. Suite 156B, Lincoln Square Village, 300 S. Broadway Ave., U. "Corporeal Spirit" by Angela Lovell, Alexandra Lock, Maria Ludeke, Becky Daniels and Claire Reynes, through April 9. Hours: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, during studio hours or by appointment. 417-2591, info@amarayoga.com.

Indi Go Artist Co-Op. 9 E. University Ave., C. "FIGURATION" exhibit by Veronica Pham, Mason Pot, Kinsey Fitzgerald, Maddie Wolfe, Will Blake, Jay Pahre and the Life Drawing Club at UI, opens March 20, through April 1. Reception, 7 to 9:30 p.m. March 29. Hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday (except March 29, 7 to 9:30 p.m.) and Sunday. 904-613-2623, indigo.coop@gmail.com, indi-go-art.com.

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