Entertainment listings, May 8-15, 2014
A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.
Gordyville USA flea market and auction.4 to 9 p.m. May 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11; Gordyville USA Auction Arena, 2205 County Road 3000 N, Gifford. Auction, 10 a.m. May 10 and 11 a.m. May 11. Free admission. 568-7117.
Hobnob Spring Market. 5 to 8 p.m. May 9 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10, the Laury Barn at Bunker Hill inside Kennekuk Cove County Park, 22296 Henning Road, Danville. An outdoor, rain-or-shine event with over 80 vendors with vintage and hand-made items, live music, food and wine, and giveaways. May 9, ticketed first-look shopping, music by The Bankesters, cash bar, giveaways; tickets $10 in advance, $15 at gate. Market Day, May 10. Admission $5 at the gate. Children 12 and under, free both days. 765-366-2557, hobnobmarket.com.
Lone Point Campground Open House. May 9 and 10, Lone Point Campground at Lake Shelbyville. Free camping May 8-14. Live music by Battle Creek Band, 7 to 9 p.m.; glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt, 8:30 p.m. May 9. Kids' inflatables and games, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; wiener roast, compliments of the Lake Volunteers Association, 5 to 7 p.m.; family movie night, 7:30 to 9 p.m. May 10. tinyurl.com/lakeshelbyville, 774-3951.
National Train Day — Tuscola. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10, Tuscola Community Building at 122 W. North Central Ave. A designated train viewing and photo area, an HO model train layout, railroadiana vendors and locomotive horn exhibit. Rain or shine.
Karee Exclusive's Mother's Day Charity Fashion Show Extravaganza. 2 to 4 p.m. May 11, Hilton Garden Inn, Chief Illiniwek Ballroom, 1501 S. Neil St., C. Admission $10, includes complimentary facials, nails, food and fashion show. Fifty percent of all proceeds will go toward helping struggling mothers with rental assistance. Tickets at the door or at beingapartofchange.com.
The Experimental Aircraft Association's B-17 Flying Fortress. "Aluminum Overcast" will visit, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 15-18, University of Illinois' Willard Airport, south of Champaign. Ground tours and flights available for this historic World War II aircraft. Flights can be scheduled. Ground tours are free to active-duty military or for veterans as are children under 8 years when accompanied by a paying adult. Group tours available. b17.org/tour, 1-800-359-6217.
Clinton May Days Festival. 6 to 9:30 p.m. May 15, 5 to 9:30 p.m. May 16, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. May 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18; Mr. Lincoln's Square, downtown Clinton. Includes Luehrs' Ideal Rides Carnival each day, food and craft vendors open 5 p.m. May 16 and noon May 17 and 18, and lots of free entertainment, including an outdoor movie at dusk May 16 and music on stage at 7 p.m. May 17. Events on May 17 include First Christian Church's 2014 5K for 5K fundraiser, 8 a.m.; aMAYzing Scramble, 9 a.m.; waterball competition, 2 p.m.; Pro Wrestling Glory's MayDays Madness, 3 p.m.; American Legion's pork chop supper, 5:30 p.m. 935-3364, 866-433-9488.
Mental Health Awareness Expo. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. May 16, the Center for Children's Services, 702 N. Logan Ave., Danville. Various community organizations and information on mental health, an obstacle course, games, free Zumba lesson, free food, prizes and fun. Free. 446-1300.
22nd annual Building Fair. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17, outside, parking lot in front of Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 346 N. Neil St., C. Celebrate the community's rich heritage in architecture, historical preservation and the building trades, while getting hands-on experience in both the art and science of the "built" environment. Explore the community's "built" environment under the guidance of volunteer experts from more than 20 different disciplines. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 352-5895.
30th Champaign County Humane Society GIANT Garage Sale. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 23 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 24, Kesler Hall, Champaign County Fairgrounds, Urbana. Admission fee $2, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 23. $3 bag sale, 3 to 6 p.m. May 24. Giveaway of leftovers, 10 a.m. to noon May 25, $1 admission. All proceeds support the Champaign County Humane Society. Drop-offs, noon to 6 p.m. May 15, 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17, noon to 3 p.m. May 18. 344-7297, cuhumane.org.
Heyworth's HeyDays. May 29 to June 1, Heyworth. Family fun includes carnival rides, baking contests, 5K race, musical entertainment and a community church service. Carnival rides, 5 to 9 p.m. May 29, 6 to 11 p.m. May 30 and 1 to 11 p.m. May 31, with additional hours on June 1. heyworth-il.gov/heydays.
A Garden Party. 5:30 p.m. May 30, Peony Garden at Allerton Park, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello. Buffet dinner, silent auction items and music from the Vine Street Ensemble. Tickets $50; must be purchased by May 21. All proceeds go to the care and maintenance of Allerton's gardens. 333-3287, allerton.illinois.edu.
Second annual Homer Soda Fest. 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 31, downtown Main Street, Homer. Sample any of the showcased 250 glass-bottled sodas for 25 cents each or get a VIP pass (unlimited samples) for $10. Also, barbecue through the Brick Street BBQ Cook Off, featuring local eats competing for a trophy. Throughout the day, bluegrass and Americana bands will entertain the crowd. Check out the Sundowners Car Show and visit with a variety of local vendors. homersoda.com/fest.
Strawberry Jam. Arthur's annual spring festival opens 9 a.m. June 6 and closes 5 p.m. June 7, downtown Arthur. Merchants' sidewalk sales, craft vendors, flea market, kids' zone, commercial and food vendors, entertainment including games and music, fresh strawberries and lots of strawberry treats. 543-2242, arthurfestivals.com.
Brocton Spring Festival and Draft Horse Show. Events start at 5 p.m. June 6 and 6:30 a.m. June 7 and 8, various locations in Brocton, located between U.S. 36 and Illinois 133 on Illinois 49. Music by Lead Bottom Band, 6 p.m.; The Troy Stone Band, 7 p.m. June 6; Sawyer Brothers Band, 7 p.m. June 7; Crystal Valley Quartet, 10 a.m. June 8, under the tent uptown. Noon draft horse shows (June 7 and 8). Events include a pork chop meal, parade, kiddie tractor pull, magic, antique tractors exhibit, bingo, fish fry, pancake breakfast, gospel music, food vendors, crafts and collectibles, and petting zoo. 385-2473, 385-2450, broctonil.org/festival.
Raggedy Ann and Andy Rally.June 6-8, Arthur and Arcola. Theme: "Rekindling the Friendships." June 6: banquet and auction, 5:30 p.m. at Yoder's Kitchen, Arthur; reservations required, 251-7047, email@example.com. June 7, special events planned all day at Rockome Gardens,125 N. County Road 425 E, Arcola, including a story and art lesson, coloring contest, cookie tree activity and music. Vendors will set up with a variety of Raggedy dolls and goods in the Red Barn. Johnny Gruelle's original painted murals acquired by the gardens, displayed at Marcella's Raggedy Shop. Entry fee. June 8: business meeting to plan the 100th Birthday Celebration in 2015. 268-4106, rockome.com.
Film and performance. Screening of the PBS "American Masters" documentary, "Pete Seeger: The Power of Song," 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 14, the Lewis Auditorium, ground floor, Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. Also, live music by Urbana singer-songwriter Paul Kotheimer. Program is presented with support from Illinois Public Media/WILL TV. 367-4405.
Monday Matinees. 2 p.m. May 19, Danville Public Library, first-floor meeting room, 319 N. Vermilion St. Free movie series on the third Monday of every month. 477-5220.
Movie night. 6 p.m. May 23, Eli Field, 959 Iron Horse Place, Monticello. Enjoy a model-jet air show, followed by Disney's "Planes" on the big screen. Also, a craft for kids and concessions available. Movie sponsored by Kirby Medical Center. Rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be shown in the Eli Field hangar. Free. 762-2583.
The News-Gazette Film Series. "Night at the Opera," 1 and 7 p.m. May 24, the Virginia Theater, 203 W. Park Ave., C. One Saturday each month, classic films are screened in original 35 mm. Tickets $6. 356-9063, thevirginia.org.
Rantoul Movies in the Park. "Frozen," 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. June 6, Wabash Park, 500 E. Wabash Ave. Starts at dusk. Disney movie about two sisters and what true love means. Free. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. For weather cancellation, check rantoulchamber.com or call 893-3323.
2014 Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival. 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 9 and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 10, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Presented by the University of Illinois Bands and the School of Music. Over 30 of the finest middle school, junior high and senior high school concert bands in Illinois participate and present a performance on the Foellinger Great Hall stage, including Sullivan High School at 2:30 p.m., Champaign Centennial High School at 4:45 p.m. and Champaign Central High School at 8 p.m. May 9. Also concerts by the Illinois Wind Orchestra at 8:30 p.m. May 9 and the Illinois Wind Symphony at 7:45 p.m. May 10. Free.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Big Bluestem (traditional fiddle music with Irish influence), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 9, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
Allerton Jazz Concert. 5:30 to 9 p.m. May 9, Gatehouse Lawn in Allerton Park, Monticello. Mahomet-Seymour High School Jazz Band, 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the Chip McNeill Quartet, 7 to 9 p.m. Free.
Orchestral concert. 7:30 p.m. May 9, Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, 102 N. State St., C. Featuring a concerto for organ, choir and orchestra music by Poulenc, Mozart, Haydn and Salieri. Organist Michael Fisher, the church's choir conducted by Filippo Ciabatti and guest singers featured in addition to the orchestra. A festive reception will follow in the parish's Great Hall. 352-9827.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Marvin Lee, 8 p.m. May 9, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.
Parkland Chorus, Parkland Chamber Singers and the Parkland Concert Band. Joint concert, "A Twist of Fate," 7 p.m. May 10, Parkland College Theatre, Parkland College, Champaign. Free and open to the public.
The Prairie Ensemble. "Around the World in One Night," 7:30 p.m. May 10, McKinley Presbyterian Church, Fifth and John streets, Champaign. Concert conversation, 7 p.m. Program will travel from Japan to Eurasia to Italy and to an Africa-inspired Harlem. Featuring koto (traditional Japanese harp) virtuoso Yoko Reikano Kimura. Tickets $8-$18. 355-9077, firstname.lastname@example.org, PrairieEnsemble.org.
Delta Kings. 8 p.m. May 10, Villa Grove Star Theatre, 17 N. Main St., Villa Grove. 418-7858.
Music by Miles Nielsen. 8 p.m. May 10, Sleepy Creek Vineyards. 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount. Tickets $12 or $10 for group of six or more. 733-0330, sleepycreekvineyards.com.
Erisa Rei Kopp and Ashley Riley. 7 to 9 p.m. May 13, Indi Go Artist Co-Op, 9 E. University Ave., C. Riley opens for singer-songwriter Kopp (Americana). Donations taken at the door for the artists. 904-613-2623, indi-go-art.com.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Mitchells Bluegrass and Gospel, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 16, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
Roots Walk. 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 16, Crystal Lake Park, North Woods Pavilion, Urbana. Listen to live, local roots, folk and Americana music while strolling past the mature trees of Urbana's oldest park. The C-U Folk and Roots Festival will have a selection of soloists and small combos scattered along the candlelit walks of the park. Musicians will be centered around the North Woods Pavilion. Parking at Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center. Rain date: May 17; call 367-9575. 367-1544, urbanaparks.org.
Piper's Hut Concert Series. 8 p.m. May 16, The Upper Bout, 723 S. Neil St., C. Featuring Paddy Keenan and John Walsh. Traditional, acoustic Celtic music. Tickets $20 adults, $10 student/senior. email@example.com, pipers-hut.com.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Cindy Suttles-Moore, 8 p.m. May 16, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.
Bluegrass open jam session. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17, Market Street Resale, one block south of Illinois 49 and U.S. 150, Ogden. Parking available at the Pink House at that intersection. Outside, weather permitting.
Annual Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival. Noon to 7 p.m. May 17, Rockome Gardens, 125 N. County Road 425 E, Arcola. Music featuring nationally award-winning bands and local favorites: Balsam Range, James King Band, Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome, Mackville and Firebox Bluegrass Band. Bands will perform an afternoon and evening concert with Balsam Range doing one big show to close the festival at 7 p.m. Bluegrass jamming encouraged inside the park, but not in the concert area. Tickets at gate: $15, adults; $6, children. rockome.com, 268-4106.
Parkland Pops. "Disco!" choral concert, 1 p.m. May 17, Parkland College Theatre, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Flash back to the hits of the '70s. Free and open to the public.
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.
15th annual Salute to Veterans Concert. Featuring the Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School Band, 7 p.m. May 17, Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School gym, 700 W. Orleans, Paxton. Featured in the concert will be a color guard provided by American Legion Prairie Post #150. Special seating for veterans and their families. Freewill donation accepted. Lasagna dinner, 5 to 6:30 p.m., with music by the PBL Junior High jazz bands. Dinner $7. Proceeds go to fund the PBL Band Program. 379-4331.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Rodman Rail (songs from John Denver, Eagles, James Taylor and more), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 23, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. May 27: The Oakwood Boys (mix of blues, original and popular music). Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Janet Durham, 8 p.m. May 23, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.
Hessel Park Concert. 6 to 8 p.m. May 25, Hessel Park, 1401 Grandview Drive, C. Battle of the Bands second- and third-place winners. 398-2550, champaignparkdistrict.com.
Neighborhood Nights. 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 28, Carle Park, Urbana. Free, weekly concerts, featuring local bands playing a mix of tunes. May 28 features E.S.P. Bring a lawn chair or a picnic dinner. Free popcorn and lemonade, fun activities. Kids can get a close-up look at an Urbana police car and visit with an officer; adults can meet city of Urbana officials. Rain date, May 29; 367-9575 or check facebook.com/urbanaparkdistrict. 367-1544.
Sounds at Sunset. 6 to 8 p.m. May 30, Robert C. Porter Family Park, Rising and Windsor roads, Champaign. Music by Cody and the Gateway Drugs. Sounds at Sunset events held this summer throughout Champaign. Each event will include an array of activities such as live music and inflatables. Participants may bring lawn chairs and refreshments. Free. 398-2550, champaignparkdistrict.com.
Summer Sounds Concert. Featuring Hillbilly Deluxe (country), 6 to 9 p.m. May 30, Temple Plaza, corner of North Vermilion and North streets, downtown Danville. Food and drinks, 5 p.m. The Summer Sounds concert series is sponsored by AMBUCS. summersounds.org.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Chris Krause, 8 p.m. May 30, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.
Hands to Drum With Rocky Maffit. 3 to 4 p.m. May 31, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Maffit, percussionist, will share his unique way of the drum.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Strings Attached, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 1, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. June 3: August Crow (Americana and old and new folk music). June 6: New Riders of the Golden Maize (traditional country music and old rock 'n' roll). Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
Neighborhood Nights. 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 4, Wheatfield Park, Urbana. Free, weekly concerts, featuring local bands playing a mix of tunes. June 4 features High Cotton. Bring a lawn chair or a picnic dinner. Free popcorn and lemonade, fun activities. Kids can get a close-up look at an Urbana police car and visit with an officer; adults can meet city of Urbana officials. Rain date, May 29; 367-9575 or check facebook.com/urbanaparkdistrict. 367-1544.
Krannert Uncorked. With Rebecca Rego and The Trainmen (Americana), 5 p.m. June 5, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Linger for the music and try a new wine. Free. 333-6280.
Allerton Park Concert. 5:30 to 9 p.m. June 6, Allerton Park, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello. Featuring The Shanties, "New Irish" music. An opening act will be named later.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Kim Biehl, 8 p.m. June 6, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.
Tim Stephens in Concert. 3 to 3:45 p.m. June 7, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. A dog-howling, chicken-foot-stomping, alphabet-and-number-learning, folksy-fun, silly concert of songs and guitar music for families.
Melvin Music Show. Featuring Marvin Lee, 7 p.m. June 7, Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St., Melvin. Food available. Doors open at 6 p.m. 388-2853.
In Concert at CPL: 'The Book of Goddesses.' 2 to 3 p.m. June 8, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C. The Archaea Tree Ensemble will present a multimedia program with music written by award-winning composer Robert Paterson and inspired by the beautiful illustrations and text from "The Book of Goddesses" by Kris Waldherr. 403-2070, champaign.org.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring The Lowes (bluegrass, gospel and more), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 8, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. June 10: J.R. Country (old-fashioned country). June 13: Hoosier Daddy (country and popular). Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
An evening with Janis Ian. 7 p.m. June 12, Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University campus, Charleston. Tickets for dinner and show, $20. eiu.edu/doudna, firstname.lastname@example.org, 581-3110.
Summer Sounds Concert. 6 to 9 p.m. June 13, Temple Plaza downtown Danville at the corner of North Vermilion and North streets. Food and drinks, 5 p.m. Tonight, a classic rock band will provide the entertainment. The Summer Sounds concert series is sponsored by AMBUCS. summersounds.org.
Outside at the Research Park. Opening act Upshot, 6:30 p.m., and Davina and the Vagabonds, 7:30 p.m. June 13, UI Research Park,1816 S. Oak St., C. Held just southwest of the State Farm Center on First Street in the Research Park. Parking is available in the lot south of the Caterpillar building at 1901 S. First St. Free.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Paul Lewis, 8 p.m. June 13, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring a singalong with Hillbilly Valentine, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 15, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. June 17: Marvin Lee Band (old-fashioned country). June 20: State Line Band (traditional bluegrass). Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Bob Schifo and Friends (country and popular), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 22, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights, all summer. June 24: Country Gentlemen (old-fashioned country ). June 27: Joni Dreyer and The Maytags (mix of blues, pop and country). June 29: Timber Train (traditional, popular and bluegrass). Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.
Outside at the Research Park. Opening act, Candy Foster and Shades of Blue, 6:30 p.m., and Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, 7:30 p.m. July 18, UI Research Park, 1816 S. Oak St., C. Held just southwest of the State Farm Center on First Street in the Research Park. Parking is available in the lot south of the Caterpillar building at 1901 S. First St. Free.
Spring dinner and dance. 5 to 9 p.m. May 9, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 72, 8 Pine St., Danville. Swiss steak dinner served, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dance to music by the Hwy 341 Band, 6 to 9 p.m. Dinner and dance cost $9, dance without meal, $6. 442-1227.
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. Learn 2Step, 7:35 p.m. Mother's Day Dance, May 9. Saturday Novice & Night Club Dance, 6 to 10:30 p.m. May 17. $9. 359-5333, regentballroom.com.
Central Illinois English Country Dancers' Festival of the English May. 2 p.m. May 10, Andersons' barn. Workshops, a Maypole dance, Morris dancing and other activities, including English country dancing with music by The Flatland Consort and Friends, 7 p.m. Bring something to share at the potluck, 5:30 p.m., and snacks to share at the break in the dance. Free, though donations to help support dances accepted. email@example.com, 359-8225.
Country dancing. 7:30 to 10 p.m. May 10, Sidney Town Hall. Line and couples, singles welcome. Second Saturday of each month except June, July and August. Admission $5. 351-4110.
Country dancing. 7:30 to 11 p.m. every Saturday, Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C. Music by various country bands. Public welcome.
Country music and dancing. 6 to 8 p.m. May 14, 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.
C-U West Coast Swing Dancers' Sunday dance and workshops. May 18, Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Drive, C. Workshops: basics, 6 p.m.; intermediate, 6:45 p.m. Fee for workshops: one, $6; both, $10 per person. Dance, 7:30 p.m. Cost: general, $5; students/newcomers, $2. Door prizes. 708-794-6416, cuwestcoastswingdancers.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday Blues dance. 6 to 9 p.m. May 18, Memphis on Main, 55 E. Main St., C. Beginner lesson, 6 to 7 p.m. Free. DanceBluesCentral@gmail.com.
English Country Dancing. 7 to 10 p.m. May 24, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Music by local musicians. Dancers of all ages welcome. All dances taught. Partners, costumes and experience, not required. Bring soft-soled, nonmarking, nonstreet shoes. Admission $2. 359-8225 centralillinoisecd.org.
Country music and dancing. 6 to 8 p.m. May 28, 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. Friday, May 30, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Big Bluestem. Callers, Jonathan Sivier and Matt Turino. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4. New dancer orientation at 7:30 p.m. urbana-contra.org.
Heroes Ball. 6 to 10 p.m. May 31, Custom Smokehouse, south U.S. 45, in Mattoon. Hosted by Becky Guymon and Dana Drew of Mattoon to raise funds for the Illinois Chapter of Operation Homefront. Promlike event features musical entertainment by Rock Mobile DJ Service, complimentary formal photos, complimentary photo booth, raffles, door prizes, cash bar and more. Must be 21 years old. Tickets $25; $40 per couple. 294-3879, 294-0470, teamimps.com.
English Country Playford Ball. 7 to 10 p.m. June 7, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Music by local musicians. Dancers of all ages welcome. All dances taught. Partners, costumes and experience, not required. Bring soft-soled, nonmarking, nonstreet shoes. Admission $7. 359-8225, centralillinoisecd.org/playford.html.
Country music and dancing. 6 to 8 p.m. June 11, 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.
C-U West Coast Swing Dancers' Third Sunday Dance and workshop. June 15, Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Drive, C. Workshops: basics, 6 p.m.; intermediate, 6:45 p.m. Fee for workshops: one, $6; both, $10 per person. Dance, 7:30 p.m. Cost: general, $5; students/newcomers, $2. Door prizes. 708-794-6416, cuwestcoastswingdancers.com, 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. May 9: B minus and Funny Boo Boo. May 16: Aubrey Does It With Anybody with guest Nicholas Dietrich. Participate or just watch. Family-friendly, interactive kids' 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.
C-U Storytelling Guild event. 7 to 9 p.m. May 15, Institute 4 Creativity, 111 S. Walnut St. , C. This concert, "All in the Family," part of the Second Storey concert series, features stories old and new, told by master storytellers Dan Keding, Linda Wiss Dust, Sue Searing, Emily Bayci, Lesley Deem and Barbara Orden. Admission $10. Beverages available for a donation. email@example.com.
Civil War re-enactment demonstration. 5 to 7 p.m. May 16. Figure One, exhibition space of the UI School of Art + Design, 116 N. Walnut St., C. Juxtaposed against the portraiture of William Blake, living historian Dan Flora will discuss Champaign County's involvement in the Civil War while portraying a captain of the 20th Illinois Infantry. 333-0786, figureone.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana. 6:45 to 9 p.m. May 25, UI Round Barn, St. Mary's Road, Urbana. Semistaged performance of Purcell's opera of love and loss, "Dido and Aeneas," with costumed Baroque dance in a unique, rustic setting. 6:45 p.m. social time and 7:30 p.m. performance. baroqueartists.org.
PechaKucha Night Champaign-Urbana Volume 15. 8:20 p.m. May 31, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. 1980s prom theme. The PechaKucha format — 20 slides presented in 20 seconds each — gives each of eight to 12 presenters only six minutes and 40 seconds of fame. Free admission. thecudo.org/pkn, pechakucha.org.
'Boeing Boeing.' Continues May 8 to June 15; 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.
'Bugsy Malone Jr.' Musical comedy presented by Cerro Gordo Middle School Choir, 7 p.m. May 9 and 2 and 7 p.m. May 10; Cerro Gordo Middle School gym, Cerro Gordo. Admission $4, adults; $3,10 and younger.
'As You Like It.' Stone Soup Shakespeare, 6 p.m. May 17; Twin Lakes Park, on Illinois 1 (North Main Street) near the north edge of Paris, Ill. Outdoor performance of Shakespeare's pastoral comedy. In addition, before "As You Like It,'" director Eric Mercado will direct Stone Soup Shakespeare's first new work, a 10-minute newly written production created from the winner of a juried playwriting competition. Free. Bring nonperishable cans of soup to be donated to the local Compassionate Food Ministry. If raining, the performance will be under the pavilion. parispubliclibrary.org, 463-3950.
'The Hobbit.' Red Mask Players, spring 2014 children's show, 7 p.m. May 16 and 2 and 7 p.m. May 17; Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Tickets $3-$5. Box office hours, 6 to 8 p.m. May 14. Tickets at the door 30 minutes before the showtimes. 442-5858, email@example.com, redmaskplayers.com.
'Big River.' 2 and 8 p.m. June 18, 8 p.m. June 19 and 20, 4 and 8 p.m. June 21, 2 p.m. June 22, 8 p.m. June 24, 2 and 8 p.m. June 25, 8 p.m. June 26 and 27, 4 and 8 p.m. June 28, and 2 p.m. June 29; The Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Tickets $35.40-$37.50. 728-7375, thelittletheatre.org.
'The Brothers Size.' University of Illinois Department of Theatre, 7:30 p.m. May 29 to June 1, June 4-7; Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$20. 333-6280.
'Cinderella.' Theatre for Young Audiences, 10:30 a.m. June 6, 7, 10, 12, 13 and 14; The Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Tickets: children, $10.40; adults, $12.50; season tickets, $28.05. Royal Breakfast with Cinderella and Friends, 9 a.m. June 7, 10, 12 and 14; $10. 728-7375, thelittletheatre.org.
'Drop Dead!' Champaign Central High School, 7 p.m. May 20, 22 and 24; Central High School, 610 W. University Ave. Tickets $5.
'The New Short Play Festival.' University of Illinois Department of Theatre, 7:30 p.m. June 11 and 12, 7:30 and 10 p.m. June 13 and 7:30 p.m. June 14; Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Features lively theatrical works by young writers who explore the diverse nature of human experience. Tickets $5-$8. 333-6280.
'42nd Street.' 2 and 8 p.m. June 4, 8 p.m. June 5 and 6, 4 and 8 p.m. June 7, 2 p.m. June 8, 8 p.m. June 10, 2 and 8 p.m. June 11, 8 p.m. June 12 and 13, 4 and 8 p.m. June 14 and 2 p.m. June 15; The Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Tickets $35.40-$37.50. 728-7375, thelittletheatre.org.
'Putting It Together.' 8 p.m. June 5-8, 11-15 and 18-21; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. June 14, the Station's annual summer benefit with food and music at the home of the Station's artistic director, Rick Orr, followed by the play at the Station, with dessert and champagne at intermission; call for ticket information. 384-4000, stationtheatre.com.
'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.'7:30 p.m. June 12-14, 2:30 p.m. June 15, 7:30 p.m. June 19-21 and 2:30 p.m. June 22; Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. CUTC The ninth annual Kathy Murphy Student Production features talented area youths 18 and younger. Tickets $8-$16; at the door or cutc.org.
'Til Beth Do Us Part.' The Monticello Theatre Association, 7:30 p.m. May 31, 2:30 p.m. June 1, 7:30 p.m. June 6 and 7; Phoenix Theatre, 1406 N. Market St., Monticello. Tickets $12.50. monticellotheatre.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
'[Title of Show].' Champaign Central High School, 7 p.m. May 21 and 23 and 2:30 p.m. May 25; Champaign Central High School, 610 W. University Ave. Enchanting musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical. Tickets $5.
Plant sales. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 10, Lincoln Square Village, 201 Lincoln Square, Urbana. Champaign-Urbana Herb Society joined by Grand Prairie Friends, African Violet Society, Central Eastern Illinois Beekeepers Association and St. Joe Wetland Association. See variety of plants, learn about the environment, and get advice from and questions answered by the herb society members. Proceeds go toward book donations to area libraries, mini-grants to schools and community nonprofit organizations and toward educational public herb gardens. email@example.com, grandprairiefriends.org/plantsale.html.
Danville Garden Club plant sale. 8 a.m. to noon or until sold out, May 10, Lamon House, Lincoln Park, 1031 N. Logan Ave., Danville. Perennials, hostas, yard ornaments, houseplants, garden tools, magazines, pots, containers and compost.
The 23rd annual Human Kinetics Not Your Average Joe 5K Walk/5-Mile Run. 9 a.m. May 10, Crystal Lake Park, Urbana. Annual race to benefit local charities and honor the life of Joe Seeley. Four age divisions for 5K walk; eight categories for male and female runners in 5K and 5-mile events. Register online: $23 for adults and $15 for ages 18 or younger, with T-shirt. Also register: noon to 6 p.m. May 9, Human Kinetics, or 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. race day, Crystal Lake Park. notyouraveragejoerace.com, 403-7534.
Sixth annual Bird Migration Festival. 1 to 4 p.m. May 10, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Mist netting demonstration, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Interpretive Center. Main event and live raptors, 1 to 4 p.m., Salt Fork Center. 896-2455, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday Morning Bird Walks. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sundays through May 25; meet at Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. Search for birds in Busey Woods and Crystal Lake Park. Learn basic bird-watching and identification techniques from a leader of the Champaign County Audubon Society. Bring binoculars or call 384-4062 to inquire about borrowing a pair. urbanaparks.org.
'Lets Go Fly a Kite!' 2 to 5 p.m. May 11, Dodds Soccer Complex in Dodds Park, Champaign. Third annual kite festival. Show off your kite, send it high into the sky and enjoy the great outdoors together. 398-2550, champaignparkdistrict.com.
Nordic Walking Group. 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Race Street parking lot, Meadowbrook Park, Urbana. Weekly group. A 4-mile route around Meadowbrook Park. All Nordic walkers welcome. Walk in all seasons. No charge. email@example.com, 649-6861.
Second Wind Running Club Summer Fun Runs. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, North side of Meadowbrook Park, Urbana. A timed 1-mile run, followed by a 3-mile run with a 15-minute break between. All abilities encouraged to attend; determine your own pace per mile. Held during daylight savings hours only (April through October). Typically time changes to 6 p.m. in late September. secondwindrunningclub.org.
Bird hike. 9 to 10:30 a.m. May 16, Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Join a naturalist to look for migrating birds, including warblers, orioles, waterfowl and other species commonly found at Homer Lake. Novice and experienced birders alike are welcome. Binoculars provided or bring your own. Free. 896-2455, ccfpd.org.
Mental Health Awareness run/walk. 9 to 11 a.m. May 17, Winter Park, Danville. This event is for the Center for Children's Services, a division of Aunt Martha's for the programs in Vermilion County. Registration: $20, $10 for youths 18 and younger, $55 for groups of 4-10, by May 1; $30 on race day. Registration, 8:30 a.m. by the softball fields; pick up a packet. T-shirts provided to participants. 446-1300, NWilliams1@auntmarthas.org, auntmarthas.org.
Kennekuk Road Runners Memorial Day 5K Run and Walk. 9 a.m. May 26, on the campus of the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System, 1900 E. Main St., Danville. kennekuk.com.
Kaleidoscope: Dart for the Arts. 2 to 4 p.m. May 31, Wyman Park, Sullivan. Parking, registration, and dart start at 600 N. Washington St., Sullivan. Run, walk, hop, dance or scoot this 5K as you get sprayed with water and covered head to toe in splashes of color throughout the course. Meet the new cast and crew of the summer 2014 season of The Little Theatre on the Square. 728-2065, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growing Up Wild: Oh Deer! 10 to 11 a.m. June 3, Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. Outdoor program for preschoolers age 2-6, with their parents/grandparents. Learn about Bambi by searching for tracks, touching a pelt and feeling buck antlers. Dress for the weather. $5 per child. Register by May 30. 896-2455, ccfpd.org.
Kennekuk Road/Trail Runners Summer Fun Runs/Walks. 6:15 p.m. every Wednesday, June 4 through Aug. 20, Kickapoo State Recreation Area, cross-country course, Danville. Meet at the Meadow Shelter near Clear Pond. 1-, 2-, 3-mile runs/walks. Free entry to all. Do not have to be a member to participate. Ribbons and medals with cookouts on event nights, weather permitting. kennekuk.com.
Nature Play Pre-K: Oh Deer! 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. June 6, Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Outdoor program for preschoolers ages 2-6, with parents/grandparents. Learn about Bambi by searching for tracks, touching a pelt and feeling buck antlers. Dress for the weather. $5 per child. Register by June 3. 896-2455, ccfpd.org.
Take a Hike! 8:30 to 10 a.m. June 7, Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Celebrate National Trails Day and the start of Great Outdoors Week by searching for local wildlife that inhabits Homer Lake Forest Preserve. Free. 896-2455, ccfpd.org.
Hayride. 7 p.m. June 7, Forest Glen Preserve, 7 miles east of Westville on County Highway 5. Meet at the staff office parking lot. $1 per person. vccd.org/activities.html.
Krannert Art Museum. 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. "2014 Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition" opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. May 10, through May 18. "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. "Sacred Symbols in Sequins: Vintage Haitian Vodou Flags," 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. "18th Annual Paint Illinois Juried Exhibition," opens May 9, through June 13. Reception, 5 to 6:30 p.m. May 16. "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. 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.
Ford County Historical Society Water Tower Museum. Located in the remodeled city water tower and pump house, corner of Market and Center streets, Paxton. "Treasures from the Museum Attic" features items that have been in storage and some that date to the mid-19th century; through July 6. Summer hours: 2 to 4 p.m. every Sunday. 379-3723, 379-4111, rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilfchs.
I&I Historic Farm Museum. 309 E. Busey St., Penfield. Established by I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club. Preserving the history of agriculture with antique farm machinery and tools, household exhibit, restored log cabin, blacksmith shop and church. Featuring Hart-Parr No. 3 and gas-powered turbine I-H HT-340 on loan from Smithsonian Institution. Open second Saturday of each month, April through September, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 595-5413 or 863-2681, antiquefarm.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. Saturday and Sunday. 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. 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.
Historic Lamon House. Located in Lincoln Park, North Logan Avenue, Danville. Tour the home and on the first Sunday of each month meet Melissa Beckwith Lamon and her brother Hiram Beckwith, portrayed by Becky and Alan Woodrum. Hours: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Sunday, through Oct. 27. 442-2922, 442-9222, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, vcwm.org.
William M. Staerkel Planetarium. Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Admission $4-$5. 351-2568, 351-2446. — Sky show: "Spring Prairie Skies," 7 p.m. Fridays, through June 13. — Main feature: "The Planets," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through May 17. — Children's feature: "Coyote Explores the Earth, Sun and Moon," 7 p.m. Saturdays, May 10-17, 31 and Aug. 9-23.
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.
Asian American Cultural Center. 1210 W. Nevada St., U. "Women, Culture & Society," paintings and photography by a diverse group of Asian-American artists from the Champaign-Urbana community, through July 1. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. oiir.illinois.edu/aacc, 40north.org.
Figure One. Exhibition space of the UI School of Art + Design, 116 N. Walnut St., C. William Blake's portrait demonstration, 2 to 5 p.m. May 10. Installation piece, "(Re)Reticulation" by Laura Wennstrom, through May 17. "Between the States," through May 17. "Well-Loved" by Colleen Maynard and Cream and Flutter, through May 19. Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 1 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. 333-0786, figureone.org, email@example.com.
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. Exhibit, "CU on Board: A Skateboard Project," opening reception, 6 to 9 p.m. May 9, with music by Curb Service (Larry Gates solo) and Syd Davis. Features almost 100 skateboard decks designed by Champaign-Urbana students and adult artists. Many of the boards on sale to benefit 40 North's After School Art Program, ArtSpeak. Closing reception, noon to 5 p.m. May 24. Reception admission: $5-$10 suggested donation. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 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, "Passenger Pigeons," through Dec. 31. Special exhibit commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the passenger pigeon's extinction. Free. Hours (through May): 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 896-2455, email@example.com.
Mattoon Depot. 1718 Broadway Ave. (Lone Elm Room), Mattoon. A new traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution, "Hometown Teams: Sports in American Communities," through June 1. Free. Hours: noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; by appointment. For more information, contact the Mattoon Tourism and Arts Department, 800-500-6286, prairie.org.
Parkland Art Gallery. 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. "Parkland College Graphic Design Student Juried Exhibition," opens May 12, through June 7. Reception, 6 to 8 p.m., and awards ceremony at 7 p.m., and music by Ms. M and the Jokers, gallery lounge, May 14. Free. 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 May 26. 351-2485, artgallery.parkland.edu.
Tarble Arts Center. South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue, EIU, Charleston. Morning of Folk Arts, 10:30 a.m. to noon May 14, old-time music program with fiddle tunes by Gaye Harrison accompanied by Wendy Meyer on guitar (both members of the string band Motherlode), followed by the viewing of three folk arts exhibitions. "Global Threads: International Folk Art Textiles" through May 18; and "From Generation to Generation: Folk Arts of Illinois" and "Text & Textiles: Crafting the Lives of Guy and Irene Buzzard," both through June 29. 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. Closed May 26. 333-3777, library.illinois.edu/rbx.
University YMCA. Murphy Gallery, 1001 S. Wright St., C. "Inside/Outside," works by Laura Wennstrom, through May 17. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. 337-1500, universityymca.org/art.
Amara Yoga & Arts. Suite 156B, Lincoln Square Village, 300 S. Broadway Ave., U. "Thousand Dollar Quilts" and other works by Nina Paley, through June. Hours: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, during studio hours or by appointment. 417-2591, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cinema Gallery. 120 W. Main St., U. "An Avian Cabinet of Curiosities," photography by Michael Jeffords and Susan Post, through June 14. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 367-3711, cinemagallery.cc.
Cracked Glass. 202 S. First St., C. Work by local artists, including stained glass, fused-glass pieces, bead jewelry, 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, cracked-glass.com, email@example.com.
Indi Go Artist Co-Op. 9 E. University Ave., C. "Three Takes on Essence," a group show by Danielle Muzina, Christen Contario and Erica Young, through May 10; opening reception, 6 to 9 p.m. May 9. Hours: 5 to 8 p.m. May 8; 6 to 9 p.m. May 9; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 10. "Those Who Teach, Can" from Champaign Unit 4 school district art teachers, May 13-17. Opening reception, 6 to 9 p.m. May 16. Hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday (except May 16, 6 to 9 p.m.); 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 904-613-2623, firstname.lastname@example.org, indi-go-art.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.
Urbana's Market at the Square.7 a.m. to noon, rain or shine every Saturday, through Nov. 1, Illinois and Vine Streets, downtown Urbana. Local produce, meat, dairy, flowers, arts, crafts and more. urbanaillinois.us/market. May 10, includes Suminagashi printmaking workshop, 8 a.m. to noon, and West African drum and dance performance, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., both on Walnut Street near the city of Urbana tent at the northwest entrance; both free. urbanaillinois.us/artworkshops.