Entertainment listings, April 3-10, 2014
A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.
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 served a bowl of soup 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; $5, children under 12. Silent auction of "Girl with a Necklace" by Frank Gallo, displayed and available for bidding until 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, Spiritual Life Center on the Cunningham Children's Home campus, 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. Admission $5. 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. 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.
The seventh annual Fairy Tale Ball. 6 to 9 p.m. April 4, the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. Evening of fun, fantasy and frivolity. Puppets, medieval science, storytellers, dancers, musicians, magician, juggler, roving performers, fortune teller, visiting princesses, games, stories and crafts, special fairy tale refreshments for sale at the library cafe. 367-4058.
Camp Drake Yard Sale. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5, around the Dining Hall, Boy Scouts' Camp Drake, 9994 Camp Drake Road, Fairmount. Tents, cots, cooking gear, program supplies, watercraft, camping gear, hand tools, hardware, kitchen supplies, Scouting patches and memorabilia of all kinds. Door prizes, silent auction. Fundraising effort to provide funds for upgrading Camp Drake programs for older Scouts. campdrake.com, 531-0212, 356-7291.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 244-9934.
Illini Union Board Craft Fair. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 5, Illini Union, Main Level, 1401 W. Green St., U. Crafts, jewelry, handmade items, purses, home decor, more. union.illinois.edu.
R&R Spring Horse Fun Show. 10 a.m. April 5, Piatt County Trailblazers, Monticello. Hosted by the Piatt County Range Riders 4-H Club. Registration, 8:45 a.m. Open to all ages and experience levels. Details and show bill at PCTrailblazers.org. 417-4892, email@example.com, 493-3633.
Easter Bunny arrives at Village Mall. 11 a.m. April 5, Village Mall, Danville. Photos with children until April 19; danvillevillagemall.com. Free children's Easter craft corner, 10 a.m. April 5; crafts, snacks, bingo; email to register, firstname.lastname@example.org. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, 10 a.m. April 12; free; email to register, email@example.com.
Illinois Space Day. Noon April 5, 253 Mechanical Engineering Building, on the Engineering at Illinois campus, University of Illinois, Urbana. Hosted by the Illinois Space Society student organization. Elementary and middle school students treated to exhibits, projects and demonstrations of all things space and a keynote talk from space industry engineer Craig McGrath at 2:30 p.m. Kindergarten through eighth-grade students throughout the Champaign-Urbana area and Mahomet have been invited. Registrations can be completed online beforehand or on the day of the event in 253 MEB. 244-8671, iss.ae.illinois.edu/?id=isd.
Easter egg hunt. 1 to 3 p.m. April 5, Prairie Fields Park, Savoy. The hunt is for ages 2-10. Over 5,000 eggs; the Easter Bunny available for pictures; a magician and more. Free. Register at myioc.org. firstname.lastname@example.org, 419-6103.
Boneyard Arts Festival. April 10, UI campus; April 11 and 12, Champaign and Urbana; April 13, Out and About Champaign County. Countywide festival that takes place in a variety of venues and features hundreds of artists, musicians, actors, dancers, poets and performers of all kinds sharing their creativity throughout Champaign, Urbana, Rantoul, Homer, Mahomet and Fisher. 40north.org/programs/boneyard, email@example.com.
Easter Eggstravaganza. 10 a.m. to noon April 12, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. Bring your children 8 and under for stories, an Easter craft and an egg hunt. Register by April 9, 893-3955.
First Cancer Survivor Luncheon. Noon to 3 p.m. April 12, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall, 2101 S. Prospect Ave., C. Bingo, bag boards, card games or maybe a game of Twister. Twysters Balloons, noon to 1 p.m. Hosted by American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Champaign County. RSVP to Jill at 979-1504 or firstname.lastname@example.org by April 9.
The 11th annual Spores N More Mushroom Festival. April 18 and 19, Lake Shelbyville. The mushroom festival boasts a variety of activities sponsored by Heartland RC&D, Shelby County Office of Tourism and communities surrounding Lake Shelbyville, including Findlay, Shelbyville, Sullivan and Windsor. All activities are open to the public. Festival will kick off April 18 with a reception and mushroom soup dinner at American Legion, Findlay. Morel Championship Hunt, April 19; registration $20 by April 11, then $25. Registration also at 7 a.m. April 19 at Wyman Park, Sullivan. Mushroom auction, 1:30 p.m. April 19; registration, 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19; Wyman Park. lakeshelbyville.com, 774-2244.
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, 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.
Local Authors Fair. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 25 and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. Meet-and-greet session as authors display and sign books, April 25. Workshops by authors in morning and a tea from 2 to 4 p.m. April 26. Register by April 24. 893-3955, email@example.com.
Public program and documentary viewing. "Plight of the Monarch," 7 p.m. April 3, the Urbana Free Library, Lewis Auditorium, 210 W. Green St. Watch the new monarch butterfly documentary by photographers and writers Cindy and Kirby Pringle of Tuscola at the Champaign County Audubon Society meeting. Free.
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 Drasnin, co-producer, writer, interviewer and narrator. Free. 333-9597.
Public screening. "Bully," 6 to 8 p.m. April 10, Champaign Public Library, rooms A and B, 200 W. Green St. Hosted by the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana. Screening followed by a short public discussion about bullying. 356-5880, firstname.lastname@example.org.
16th annual Ebertfest. April 23-27, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. "Life Itself," 7:30 p.m. April 23. "Museum Hours," 1 p.m.; "Short Term 12," 4 p.m.; "Young Adult," 9 p.m. April 24. "He Who Gets Slapped," 1 p.m.; "Capote," 4 p.m.; "Do the Right Thing," 8:30 p.m. April 25. "Wadjda," 11 a.m.; "A Simple Life," 2 p.m.; "Goodbye Solo," 5 p.m.; "Born on the Fourth of July," 9 p.m. April 26. "Bayou Maharajah," noon April 27. Tickets $14 for each film; $12 for students and senior citizens. 356-9063.
Celebrate International Jazz Day. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Jazz Film Fantasy, 5 to 6:30 p.m. April 29, Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., C. Short films, featuring Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith. Introduction by Sam Reese. Traditional Jazz Orchestra, 7 to 9 p.m. at Esquire Lounge, 106 N. Walnut St., C.
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 Tribute to Dolly Parton," featuring Pam Kilmer and Stephanie Foster Cunningham, 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.
Mike Porter, Marsha Banning and The Panther Creek Band. With guest, Dennis Stroughmatt, 7:30 p.m. April 5, Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St. Adults, $10; children 12 and younger, free. Food available, 6 p.m. 388-2853.
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.
Parkland College Concert Band and Urbana High School Wind Symphony. Joint concert, "We Are the Music Makers," 7 p.m. April 9, Urbana High School Auditorium, 1002 S. Race St. Free.
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 for UI students with valid ID at box office only; 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.
DoCha (Downtown Champaign Chamber Music) Festival. April 11-13, Orpheum Theatre, Champaign. Young people's concert, "Classical Categories," a comical and educational musical field trip program for school children, 10 a.m.; chamber music performance, "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," features members of the Jupiter Quartet, 7 p.m. April 11. Young people's concert, "Classical Categories," a comical and educational musical, family-friendly and open to the public,1 p.m.; chamber music performance, "Americana," features an arrangement of Anton Dvorak's String Quartet Op. 96, The American Quartet followed by the University of Illinois Black Chorus, 7 p.m. April 12; open to all ages. Chamber music performance, "Some Like it Hot," features the Brahms Piano Quintet, 5 p.m. April 13; open to all ages. Free. docha.org.
gKrannert 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.
Kelly Holden, soprano, and Eric Simonson, piano. Recital of German lieder and piano works, 7 p.m. April 11, Bremer Conference Center, Danville Area Community College, 2000 E. Main St., Danville.
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 (classic country), 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.
Scholarship auditions. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 12, Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C. Presented by the Guild of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to audition to receive one of 10 $300 scholarships to the Illinois Summer Youth Music Camp. Auditions are open for the public to attend. Audition forms must be returned by April 4; email@example.com or 352-8868.
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.
Philo Country Music Show. 3 p.m. April 13, R.E. Franks Meeting Center 108 Madison, Philo. Hosted by Ed Clem and Chrissy Rigsby. Special guest, Gary Fairchild. Featuring Logan Kirby, Dyke Corson, Dave Ohlsson, Doug Greenlee, Ed Clem, Chrissy Rigsby. Showcases country music talent in a Branson-style live music stage show. Tickets $10. Concessions available. 274-3888, 714-7394, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
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, Erica Neal (country), 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.
Eastern Illinois University Wind Symphony. 7:30 p.m. April 24, Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University campus, Charleston. Tickets $5. eiu.edu/doudna, firstname.lastname@example.org, 581-3110.
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.
Eastern Illinois University Choral Ensembles and Percussion Ensemble. Multicultural concert, 7:30 p.m. April 25, Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University campus, Charleston. Tickets $5. eiu.edu/doudna, email@example.com, 581-3110.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Rockin' Terry Lee (Jerry Lee Lewis style), 8 p.m. April 25, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $12.50-$15. 877-6499.
Finish Line: Ryan Ideus and Feudin' Hillbillys. 4 p.m. April 26, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Free. Bar is 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.
Balkanalia. 7:30 p.m. April 26, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U.
Dr. Earl Boyd Celebration Concert. 7:30 p.m. April 26, Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University campus, Charleston. Honoring the legacy of Earl Boyd, former chair of the EIU Music Department and composer of the EIU fight song. Presentations, multimedia and musical selections. Part of the many activities surrounding EIU's annual Celebration: A Festival of the Arts. Proceeds to benefit the EIU Marching Band. Tickets $10. eiu.edu/doudna, firstname.lastname@example.org, 581-3110.
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.
Eastern Illinois University Concert Band. 7:30 p.m. April 29, Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University campus, Charleston. Tickets $5. eiu.edu/doudna, email@example.com, 581-3110.
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.
Illini Strings. 7:30 p.m. April 30, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Free.
Krannert Uncorked. With Lauren Turk and Friends (Motown/blues), 5 p.m. May 1, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Linger for the music and try a new wine. Free. 333-6280.
Nathan and Julie Gunn and Friends. 7:30 p.m. May 1, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$40. 333-6280.
UI Jazz Band IV. 7:30 p.m. May 1, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Concert Jazz Band. 7:30 p.m. May 2, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Eric Gordon, 8 p.m. May 2, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $12.50-$15. 877-6499.
UI Jazz Vocal Ensemble and UI Jazz Vocal Combos. 3 p.m. May 3, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Jazz Band III. 7:30 p.m. May 3, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Sinfonia da Camera: 'Three's a Charm.' 7:30 p.m. May 3, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. A trio of Beethoven number 3s, one of them features Ian Hobson on piano. Tickets $5-$34. 333-6280.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Marvin Lee, 8 p.m. May 8, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $12.50-$15. 877-6499.
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.
Illini Swing Society weekly dance. 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Thursdays through May 1, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ballroom dance. 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday, the Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy. Social ballroom dancing, casual attire, no partner needed. $9. Learn bachata at 7:35 p.m. April 4. Saturday Novice & Night Club Dance, 6 to 10:30 p.m. April 5. 359-5333, regentballroom.com.
Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. April 4, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by 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.
Country dancing. 7:30 to 11 p.m. every Saturday, Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C. Music by various country bands. Public welcome.
C-U West Coast Swing Dancers' workshops and dance. 6 to 10 p.m. April 6, Memphis on Main, 55 E. Main St., C. Instructor TBA (check the website; if no instructor, dance will start at 7 p.m.). Basic and intermediate workshops, 6 and 6:45 p.m. Workshops: one for $6 per person, both for $10 per person. Dance, 7:30 p.m. cuwestcoastswingdancers.com, 708-794-6416.
Country music and dancing. 6 to 8 p.m. April 9, Moose Lodge 1001, U.S. 150, Danville. Music by Mike Ellis and the Midnight Sons. Held the second and fourth Wednesday every month. No cover; donations accepted. 442-7339.
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. Hosted by Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Attend as your favorite character from her books. All dances taught, then dancing 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 served, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $5 per person; $10 per family; suggested donation at the door. The concert series will continue throughout the summer and fall with a different genre of music performed at each concert. 333-3287, email@example.com.
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.
Easter Fusion Saturday West Coast Dancers Dance. 7 to 11 p.m. April 19, Pizza M, 208 W. Main St. , U. CUWCSD DJ. Special blues workshop with Jennifer White, 7 p.m. $6. Dance, 7:45 to 11 p.m. General, $5; students, newcomers, $2. Door prizes including mini-privates. 708-794-6416, cuwestcoastswingdancers.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nightclub dance sampler. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 22, Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Drive, C. Dancers of all ages and skill levels. Light dinner, 5:30 p.m.; pros demo, 6 p.m.; drawings for private lessons, 6:10 p.m.; Workshops, 6:15 p.m.; door prize drawings, practice dance and grand prize mini private lessons, 8:15 p.m. Workshops, $10; newcomers dinner, $10 and workshops free; walk-ins welcome, $15 but no food. 708-794-6416, cuwestcoastswingdancers.com.
Country music and dancing. 6 to 8 p.m. April 23, Moose Lodge 1001, U.S. 150, Danville. Music by Mike Ellis and the Midnight Sons. Held the second and fourth Wednesday every month. No cover; donations accepted. 442-7339.
Country music and dancing. 7 to 9 p.m. April 25, 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.
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.
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, email@example.com.
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. April 4: The Walk-Ons. April 11: Duplicity. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Trikhala Bellydance Troupe. 1 to 2 p.m. April 12, Beads N Botanicals, 117 N. Broadway Ave, U. University of Illinois undergraduate and graduate students will perform their style of tribal fusion dance, a mixture of American tribal-style belly dance, traditional ethnic belly dance and contemporary dance styles such as hip-hop. Free.
Dance at Illinois Series: Studiodance II. 7 and 9 p.m. April 24-26, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $8-$15. 333-6280.
Full of Pepper and Light: Welcoming the Gwendolyn Brooks Papers to the University of Illinois. 7:30 to 9 p.m. April 24, University of Illinois, Lincoln Hall Theater, 702 South Wright St., U. Evening of poetry, song and appreciation. Poets, scholars, singers and dancers reading, discussing and expressing their appreciation for Brooks' art and inspirational legacy. Performers include the University of Illinois Black Chorus; Aurora, a troupe led by Brooks' daughter, Nora Brooks Blakely; poets, Janice Harrington and Laurence Lieberman; artist, Amos Kennedy; local high school students; and Haki Madhubuti, co-founder and director emeritus of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing. Free. 333-3777, email@example.com.
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.
VOICE Reading Series. 7:30 p.m. May 1, Gelvin Noel Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Showcases readings by fiction writers and poets from the creative writing master of fine arts program.
'The Sleeping Beauty.' Champaign Urbana Ballet, 2 and 7:30 p.m. May 3 and 2 p.m. May 4; the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Tickets $12-$24. 356-9063.
David Rousseve/Reality: Stardust. 7:30 p.m. May 3, Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$35. 333-6280.
'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.
'Another Round of Beer for Breakfast.' Continues April 3 through 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.
'Damn Yankees.' Centennial's spring musical, 7 p.m. April 3-5; Centennial High School, 913 Crescent Drive, C. 351-3951, firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Grease.' Unity Drama Department, 7:30 p.m. April 3-6; Polly Anderson Auditorium, Unity High School, 1127 County Road 800 N, Tolono. Tickets $7.50; $6, Unity students and staff for Thursday only. 485-6230.
'Night, Mother.' Eastern Illinois University's Theatre Department. Continues 7:30 p.m. April 3-5 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, email@example.com, 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.
'Rent.' Illini Union Board musical, 8 p.m. April 4 and 5; Lincoln Hall, 702 S. Wright St., U. Tickets at Illini Union Quad Shop and Illinois Ticket Office, 2141 S. Neil St. go.illinois.edu/renttix.
'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.' The Celebration Company, continues 8 p.m. April 3-6 and 9-12; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000, stationtheatre.com.
'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.
'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.
'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, firstname.lastname@example.org, eiu.edu/doudna.
'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.' 7 p.m. April 9-12 and 2:30 p.m. April 13; Champaign Central High School, 610 W. University Ave. Tickets $10, adults; $7, students; $5, students with activity card.
'Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine.' A Children's Theatre Production of the Eastern Illinois University Theatre Department, 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, email@example.com.
'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.
'Other Desert Cities.' The Celebration Company, 8 p.m. April 24-27 and 30, May 4 and 7-10; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000, stationtheatre.com.
Outdoors / nature
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
5K Run-Walk-Crawl-Roll. 9 a.m. April 5; begins behind the Cancer Center, 806 N. Logan Ave., Danville, head to Logan Avenue and eventually around Lincoln Park three times and back. Registration, 8:30 a.m. Runners, walkers and strollers of all ages are welcome. In lieu of an entry fee, donations to Presence United Samaritans Medical Center's Foundation will be accepted. Hosted by the Danville Area Community College Nursing Class of 2015. email@example.com, 304-8214.
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. Canceled if weather is unfavorable. firstname.lastname@example.org, 351-2567, cuas.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. email@example.com, 649-6861.
Second Wind Running Club Summer Fun Runs. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting April 8, 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 hours only (April through October). Typically time changes to 6 p.m. in late September. secondwindrunningclub.org.
Strides Against Hunger. 8:15 a.m. start for 1-mile race and 8:30 a.m. for 5K, April 12, Main Street, Arcola. Check-in, 7 a.m., in front of City Hall, downtown on Locust Street. Registration fee $20, $25 on race day. Benefit lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Community Center, Main Street. Tickets $10 adults, $5 children 5 and younger. Spring open house, downtown shops open after the race and lunch. Fundraiser for the Arcola Food Pantry. 871-4784, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ninth annual Boneyard Creek Community Day. 9 a.m. to noon April 12, meet at Scott Park, Champaign. This event brings together community and campus volunteers to clean-up litter and invasive plants at sites all over Champaign-Urbana. Lunch, music and educational displays at Scott Park follow the clean-up. Registration ends at 5 p.m. April 9. Free. boneyardcreek.org.
Egg-tastic. 1 to 3 p.m. April 12, Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. For ages 6 and up (under 15 with registered adult). Take part in a special egg hunt in Busey Woods and seek out different kinds of animal eggs. Participants take home their own decorated egg and basket. Register by April 5. 367-1544.
Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society Family Skywatch Dark-Sky Observing. 8 to 11 p.m. April 26, Middle Fork Forest Preserve, Penfield. Start at Middle Fork Forest Preserve Activity Center for a presentation about navigating the night sky, celestial objects and the effects of city lights. Following presentation, telescopes set up for viewing. Canceled if weather is unfavorable. email@example.com, 351-2567, cuas.org.
Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society Family Skywatch. 9 to 11 p.m. May 3, 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. Canceled if weather is unfavorable. firstname.lastname@example.org, 351-2567, cuas.org.
Krannert Art Museum. 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. The Petals & Paintings Gala and Exhibition, April 4-6. Gala and silent Auction, 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 4; preview the exhibition, music by the Briggs Houchins Trio, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres; raffle tickets $25 or three for $50; Gala tickets $75; 244-0516. Open to the public: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 5, with docent-led tours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and noon to 5 p.m. April 6. "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 opening celebration: "Sacred Symbols in Sequins: Vintage Haitian Vodou Flags," 7 to 9 p.m. April 10. Refreshments, gallery exploration, and a 7:30 p.m. performance of Haitian dance by the Tamboula Ethnic Dance Company in celebration of the spring Campbell Gallery exhibit. Free. Through Aug. 10. 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.
Bicentennial Art Center and Museum. 132 S. Central Ave., Paris. "Annual Edgar County Student Art Show," 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, email@example.com.
Chanute Air Museum. 1011 Pacesetter Drive, Rantoul. The museum collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets aviation and aerospace artifacts. Special emphasis on the life and accomplishments of Octave Chanute, Chanute Field/Chanute Air Force Base and its technical training programs, history of Illinois aviation and Rantoul. Winter hours (Jan. 5 through April 6): 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday. Regular 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, 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. Nano Days, 1 to 5 p.m. April 5; part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network. NanoDays with the Orpheum brings the staff of Nano-CEMMS together with science educators to create learning experiences for children to explore the minuscule world of atoms, molecules and nanoscale forces. "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. "World War I with America's March King," through March 20, 2015. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com, vcwm.org.
William M. Staerkel Planetarium. Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Admission $4-$5. 351-2568, 351-2446. — "World of Science" lecture. Toni Burkhalter, associate professor of biology and kinesiology at Parkland College, "Your Health: Myths and Misconceptions," 7 p.m. April 4. Admission $1 at the door; Friends of Staerkel Planetarium, free. — Main feature: "The Planets," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, April 4-26. — Children's feature: "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure," 7 p.m. Saturdays, April 5-26. — Sky show: "Spring Prairie Skies," 7 p.m. Fridays, April 11-25.
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.
Bryant Cottage State Historic Site. 146 E. Wilson St., Bement. Twelve unusual displays examining kerosene technology of decades past, each lasting one month. Displays continue through April. Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. 678-8184.
Channing Murray Foundation. 1209 W. Oregon St., U. "Carichina Women," photography collection documenting the activist work of women members of La Coordinadora de Mujeres Urbanas, the feminist organizing collective in the Andean community of Cotacachi in the Imbabura province of Ecuador. Opening reception, 7 to 9 p.m. April 10. 344-1176.
Figure One. Exhibition space of the UI School of Art + Design, 116 N. Walnut St., C. "Social Habitat: The Porch Project by Heather Hart," ends 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, ends April 5; closing reception, 5 to 8 p.m. April 5. 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.
Institute 4 Creativity. 111 S. Walnut St., C. "Signs of Life: National Printmaking Winners," a traveling exhibit of printmaking by young artists presented by the National Society for Arts and Letters, Central Illinois Chapter, through April 18. Closing reception, 6 to 9 p.m. April 18, with a performance by flutist Ashley Chanel Shank, NSAL intern for the woodwind competition and doctorate of musical Arts candidate at the UI, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. institute4creativity.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interpretive Center. Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Exhibit opening, "Passenger Pigeons," 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5; through Dec. 31. The Interpretive Center's first open Saturday of the season. Special exhibit commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the passenger pigeon's extinction. Fun activities offered throughout the day. Free. Hours (April, May): 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 896-2455, email@example.com.
Tarble Arts Center. South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue, EIU, Charleston. "2014 Graduate Art Exhibition," opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. April 8, through April 27, Main Galleries. 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. "Art and Music of the Spanish Civil War," presentation and flash exhibition includes Pete Seeger materials, 3 to 5 p.m. April 10. "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, ends April 6. Explore what dogs could possibly have to do with the borders we create and maintain. Free. "Inside/Outside, " works by Laura Wennstrom, opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. April 10; through May 17. 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.
Westville High School. Old gym, 918 N. State St. Vermilion Valley Conference art show, noon to 3:30 p.m. April 5. Ten high schools participating.
Women's Resources Center. 703 S. Wright St., U. Healing Works annual art exhibit opens April 6, through April 30. Features works about healing from sexual violence and abuse. Includes variety of mediums — painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, collage, writing, performance and film. Submissions are from students, staff, faculty and community members. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. 333-3137.
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. "Thousand Dollar Quilts" and other works by Nina Paley, art opening, film screening and open house, 7 to 9 p.m. April 11. Meet the artist and see the artwork, 1 to 4 p.m. April 12. Through the end of June. Hours: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, during studio hours or by appointment. 417-2591, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beads N Botanicals. 117 N. Broadway Ave, U. Paintings by Lee Boyer, April 11-13. "Meet the Artist" wine and cheese reception, 2 to 4 p.m. April 12. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 365-9355.
Cracked Glass. 202 S. First St., C. Work by local artists, including stained glass by Gary Worby and Richard Taylor, fused-glass pieces by Jo Duchene and Brenda Arteman, bead jewelry by Judie Spencer, paintings and prints by Dick Detzner and Dennis Roberts and wood sculpture by Rick Larimore. Hours: noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 359-6489, http://www.cracked-glass.com, email@example.com.
Indi Go Artist Co-Op. 9 E. University Ave., C. "The Art of Science 4.0," opening reception, 6 to 8 p.m. April 3; through April 7. Images from the Institute for Genomic Biology showcase some of the University of Illinois research addressing significant problems facing humanity. Hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. "abCU: Letters, Words, and Wisdom," 2014 typography exhibit and fundraiser, opening reception, 6 to 10 p.m. April 11, complimentary beverages and snacks, with music by the George Turner Trio. Hours: 6 to 8 p.m. April 10, 6 to 10 p.m. April 11, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 12 and 13, 6 to 8 p.m. April 14. 904-613-2623, firstname.lastname@example.org, indi-go-art.com.
Larry Kanfer Gallery. 2503 S. Neil St., C. Spring open house, April 3-6. Visit with the artist, view new floral artwork and get a discount on all artwork. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 3-5, noon to 4 p.m. April 6. 398-2000, kanfer.com.
Red House Gallery. 315 W. Washington St., Monticello. Photographs by Michael Holtz, paintings by Caroline Goldsmith, plus books on Monticello and Allerton Park. Special appointments also available. Regular hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. first and third Saturdays. 762-8248, redhousegallery.net, email@example.com.
The White Dove Garden and Gallery. 703 W. Hill St., C. Oil and watercolor paintings by Alisa Ramshaw Chapman, ongoing. Other area artists during special exhibits. Complimentary refreshments. Regular hours: noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment. 359-0675, thewhitedovegarden.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.