Entertainment listings, Aug. 14-21, 2014

Entertainment listings, Aug. 14-21, 2014

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

Special events

This weekend

58th annual Agronomy Day at University of Illinois. Aug. 14, Crop Sciences Research and Education Center, Urbana campus, off St. Mary's Road on South Wright Street Extended. Researchers will discuss a variety of topics in crop sciences. Field tours depart at 7 a.m. from the St. Mary's location, making stops at research plots and repeating every half-hour until noon. Lunch available for a nominal charge. The exhibition tent will feature ACES programs, commercial vendors, research posters and student clubs. agronomyday.cropsci.illinois.edu, Sue Overmyer at 217-300-3702 or overmyer@illinois.edu.

138th annual Fairbury Fair. Free gate until 1 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15, until 11 a.m. Aug. 16 and 17. Days begin 8 a.m. with exhibit judging (Aug. 14 and 15), 5K run or 2-mile walk (Aug. 16), flea market (Aug. 17). Carnival rides, petting zoo, pony rides on the midway, games, bags tournament, demo derby (Aug. 15), stock car racing (Aug. 16) and more. Music in beer tent nightly: Kitchen Picken, Aug. 14; Spring Creek Station, Aug. 15; Jury's Out, Aug. 16. fairburyfair.com.

Cissna Park's 127th annual Old Settlers Reunion. Aug. 14, 15 and 16, Village Park, Cissna Park. Sponsored by American Legion Post 527. Food and beverages every day at park pavilion and legion. Bingo every evening, plus Saturday afternoon at park. Amusements on the midway; unlimited rides $20 every night, plus Saturday afternoon. Free entertainment: talent show, 7 p.m. Aug. 14; Battle Creek Country, 8 p.m. Aug. 15; Breaking Storm, 8 p.m. Aug. 16, outdoor stage at park. Free dances with: Don Hays Classic Country, 9 p.m. to midnight Aug. 15; Back Paiges, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Aug. 16; Outbound Drive, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Aug. 16 at Legion. Firemen's pork chops, evening Aug. 15. 5K walk/run, Aug. 16; check-in, registration at Cissna Park Methodist Church; 815-867-6831. Parade at noon Aug. 16. Kiddie tractor pull, 3 p.m. Aug. 16, Route 49 east of park. Plain or barbecue pork or chicken supper, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at Legion.

21st annual Apple Dumpling Festival. 3 p.m. to midnight Aug. 15 and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 16, downtown Atwood. Food including hot apple dumplings and homemade ice cream, parade, music, kiddie tractor pull, car show, games and inflatables and a breakfast at United Church of Atwood. 578-2221.

Mansfield Homecoming. Aug. 15-17, downtown Mansfield. Begins Friday night with kiddie tractor pull at 6:30 p.m. and Elvis impersonator (Jimi Cochrane) and ends around 4 p.m. Sunday. Carnival, parade, talent show, lawn mower and tractor pulls, car show, bands, kiddie tractor pulls, rib cook-off, vendors. Flea market at park. 493-9254, 489-4481.

Taste of Champaign-Urbana. 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 15 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 16, West Side Park, downtown Champaign. This festival features food from some of Champaign-Urbana's best restaurants and local beers and wines from favorite breweries and wineries, music and entertainment, arts and crafts and children's activities. Run in the second annual Pie Run, a 3.14-mile event. champaignparkdistrict.com.

Midwest Reining Horse Association Midwest Extravaganza. 8 a.m. Aug. 16 and 17, Gordyville USA Auction Arena, 2205 County Road 3000 N., Gifford. 568-7117.

Architecture and art tour. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 16, Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, 102 N. State St., C. Art "Treasure Hunt" for children. Sample "A Taste of Baroque" by organist Michael Fisher in two family-friendly programs at 12:10 and 1:40 p.m. Enjoy the "Taste of Champaign" then cross State Street to "Take a Tour." 352-9827.

Historic Buildings at Kennekuk. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through Labor Day, Kennekuk County Park, west of Danville. Historic buildings, cabin and nature center open.

Next week

Mennonite Relief Sale. Aug. 22 and 23, Otto Center, half-mile south of Arthur. Food booths, 4:30 to 7 p.m., and auction, 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 22. Pancake breakfast, 6 to 10 a.m.; auction, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; silent auction, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; and children's auction, 10 a.m. Aug. 23. Auction features locally handcrafted Amish furniture and other items. 543-2994, 259-3467, arthurreliefsale.org.

Urbana Sweetcorn Festival. 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 22 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 23, on Main Street between Race and Vine streets, downtown Urbana. All the sweet corn you can eat; vendors with food, information and merchandise; Action Inflatables, a rock-climbing wall, indoor laser tag, pony rides and petting zoo; Motor Muster Car Show, a showcase of vintage automobiles; Urbana Free Library book sale; music on multiple stages; and beer tent. See list of entertainment under music category. 344-3872, urbanabusiness.com/events/urbana-sweetcorn-festival-2014, events@urbanabusiness.com.

University YMCA's 13th annual Dump & Run, a community recycling event. Sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 23 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24, at the UI Stock Pavilion, 1402 W. Pennsylvania Ave., U. Aug. 23, $2 admission and international UI students get in free. Aug. 24, $3 bag sale and half-price furniture, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and "free sale," 2:30 to 4 p.m. universityymca.org/dump_and_run.

WEIU Kids Day at the Castle. 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 23, Eastern Illinois University Old Main front lawn, Charleston. "Meet and Greet" with Daniel Tiger. Bounce houses, fun games and prizes, dance contest, free books, snacks and drinks, bike giveaway. Activity bags given to first 300 children. Local organizations offering free activities for children and families. 581-7193, weiu.net.

Future highlights

71st annual National Sweetcorn Festival and National Sweetheart Pageant. Aug. 28 to Sept. 1, McFerren Park, Illinois 1 and Penn Street, Hoopeston. Tons of free sweet corn, grand parade, musical entertainment, demo derbies, truck and tractor pulls, car shows, horse show, flea markets, local art show/competition, carnival rides, midway games and National Sweetheart Pageant. Presented by the Hoopeston Jaycees. 283-3873, hoopestonjaycees.org/festival.

Illinois Amish Country Cheese Festival. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 30, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 1, downtown Arthur. Two blocks dedicated to the children, with kids' zone, pony rides, inflatables, clowns, games and activities. Cheese games, sidewalk sales, crafts and other stands, car-truck-motorcycle, music and stage shows, buggy and stagecoach rides, street performers and food. Pre-festival activities: firemen's pancake and sausage breakfast at firehouse, 6 a.m. Aug. 30; communitywide church service, 11 a.m. Aug. 31; Lions Club breakfast at 6 a.m., Rat Race 5K and 10K Run/Walk registration at 6:30 a.m., 1-Mile Fun Run at 7:15 a.m., Rat Race 5K and 10K at 7:30 a.m., Rat Race 5K Pat Wood Memorial Recreational Walkers at 7:45 a.m., Kids' Chase the Cheese Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 1. 800-722-6474, arthurcheesefestival.com.

2014 Labor Day Parade. 10 a.m. Sept. 1, downtown Danville. Line up, 9 a.m. at Railroad Tracks by Big 4. Sponsored by The Vermilion County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO. 446-3300, 418-0944.

Mike Birbiglia. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Thank God for Jokes Tour. Award-winning comedian, author and filmmaker Birbiglia returns to the stage with more painfully awkward stories in a show about jokes, and how they can get you in trouble. Tickets $35-$45. 356-9063.

Savoy Orchard Days. 5 p.m. to midnight Sept. 19, 8 a.m. to midnight Sept. 20. Dana Colbert Park, Savoy. Carnival rides, beer tent, 5K, antique car and truck show, fishing derby, bags tournament, martial arts exhibition. Live music including Matt Poss Band, 7 p.m., and Ryan Ideus, 9 p.m. Sept. 19, and Outbound Drive, 7 p.m. and Clayton Anderson, 9 p.m. Sept. 20. savoy.illinois.gov.

Paxton Swine 'n Dine Barbecue Contest and Festival. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 20, downtown Paxton. Barbecue competition for ribs and chicken with cash prizes. Music includes Water Fowl, 10 a.m.; Back Paiges, noon; Live Karaoke Band, 2:30 p.m.; Hurricane Creek, 5 p.m.; 90's Daughter, 7 p.m. Beer tents, More than eight local antique stores and businesses, various food vendors, arts, crafts, children's activities and flea marketsn. Facebook for more details. paxtonswinendine.com.

Films

This weekend

Summer Afternoon Matinees. "The Muppets Most Wanted" (2014), 1 p.m. Aug. 13, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. Rated PG. Popcorn provided. Free. 893-3955, rantoul.lib.il.us.

'Free Movie for Kids.' 1 p.m. Aug. 14, first-floor Meeting Room, Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St. Blue macaws Blu and Jewel return to the screen in the animated adventure "Rio 2" (2014). Rated G. For kids ages 11 and younger; kids under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. 477-5225.

Reel Deals. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), 7 p.m. Aug. 14, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave. C. Tickets $4. 356-9063.

Teen movie. 1 p.m. Aug. 14, Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St. "Divergent." Rated PG-13. For kids ages 12-19. Snacks provided. 477-5225.

Next week

Monday Matinee. 2 p.m. Aug. 18, Danville Public Library, first-floor meeting room, 319 N. Vermilion St. "The Monuments Men." Refreshments, 1:30 p.m. Free movie series on the third Monday of every month. 477-5220.

Reel Deals. "Alien" (1979), 7 p.m. Aug. 19, 20, 21, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave. C. Tickets $4. 356-9063.

Monticello Movie Night. "The Goonies," 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 22, Allerton Park Gatehouse Lawn, Monticello. Bring chairs, blankets and your favorite movie-watching gear. Movie sponsored by Allerton Park Retreat Center. 762-2583.

Future highlights

Reel Deals. "Back to the Future" (1985), 7 p.m. Aug. 26, 27, 28, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave. C. Tickets $4. 356-9063.

The News-Gazette Film Series. Viewers' choice, 1 and 7 p.m. Sept. 27, Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Pre-show performance by David Schroeder, organist. Vote for your favorite at thevirginia.org. Tickets $6. 356-9063.

Music

This weekend

Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Joni Dryer and the Maytags (a mix of blues, pop and country music), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music, 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays/Fridays. Dave Coleman (ballads and traditional songs), 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 17. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.

Ryan Groff. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15, Prairie Fruits Farm, 4410 N. Lincoln Ave., C. Local musician and frontman from the band Elsinore will play an acoustic solo set. Pizza, antipasti, gelato and more for purchase.

Friday Night Live. Street-side performance series, 6 to 8 p.m. every Friday, Aug. 15-22, at three intersectionsin downtown Champaign. Walnut and Chester: Guido Sanchez-Portuguez (classical guitar), 6 p.m.; Cliff Stoker with Dody & Frazier and Jeff Arrigo (acoustic classics), 7 p.m. Neil and Park: Champaign School of Music (pop star and rock band), 6 p.m.; Pet Roxx (pop/rock), 7 p.m. Neil and Church (One Main Plaza): Church Street Ramblers — early jazz), 6 p.m.; Desafinado (Brazilian jazz), 7 p.m. Includes an eclectic mix of music and street performances, and a family activity. For the kids: Caricaturist Dan Wild will be on the corner in front of Guido's from 6 to 8 p.m. Free. 40North.org/FNL, FNLChampaign.com, Facebook.com/FNLChampaign.

Jack Russell's Great White. 7 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 15, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St. These MTV darlings have a rockin' show with multi platinium hits. All ages. Doors open 5:30 p.m. for dinner and full bar. Showtime, 7 p.m. 815-993-6585, watsekatheatre.com.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Bob Weaver, 8 p.m. Aug. 15, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10, children 12 and younger $5. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.

Bluegrass in the Gardens. Noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17, Rockome Gardens, 125 N. County Road 425 E, Arcola. Featuring The Bankesters; Tommy Brown and County Line Grass; Trinity River; Flat Mountain; Potters Wheel; Chris Talley Trio; Cornfields and Crossroads; Burie Family; and Dog 1. $15 for adults, two-day pass for $25; children 7-18, $8. 268-4106, rockome.com.

Bellflower Country Opry. Elvis tribute show, 7 p.m. Aug. 16, gymnasium, Bellflower Community Center, 202 Center St. Doors open, 6 p.m. Tickets $10; ages 12 and younger, free. 898-7493, 309-722-3497.

Next week

Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Country Gentlemen (old-fashioned country music), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music, 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. State Line Band (traditional bluegrass music from both sides of the state line), 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.

Marvin Lee Country Show. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19, Hale Park, Philo. Good ole country music with a stage full of entertainers, with guest, Becky Aimes of St. Joseph. Pork chop sandwiches and ice cream available for purchase. One of a series of Tuesday night shows being held through Sept. 9. Bring lawn chairs.

Music at Urbana Sweetcorn Festival. Aug. 22 and 23, Urbana: — Miller Main Stage — Candy Foster and the Shades of Blue at 6 p.m., 90's Daughter at 7:30 p.m. and Feudin' Hillbillys, 9:15 to 10:45 p.m. Aug. 22; Decadents at 6 p.m., Brushville at 7:30 p.m. and Eddie Money, 9:15 to 10:45 p.m. Aug. 23. — One Community Together — Traditional Jazz Orchestra at 6 p.m., Hathaways at 7 p.m., The Painkillers Blues Band at 8 p.m., Sun Stereo from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 22; Bow-Dacious String Band and BBL Fine Arts Jazz Ensemble at noon, Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre Joao Grande at 1 p.m., Champaign Park District Dance Arts School at 1:15 p.m., Classy Combinations at 1:30 p.m., Djibril Camara and Mara Giri Dance Ensemble at 2 p.m., Bones, Jugs and Harmony at 3 p.m., Killer Bee Honey at 4 p.m., Central, Centennial and Urbana high school marching bands, 5 to 6:15 p.m. Aug. 23. — CU Folk and Roots Stage — Bowdacious String Band at 6 p.m., Mae and the Dark Days at 7 p.m., The Ol' No. 7 at 8 p.m., The Curses at 9:15 p.m. Aug. 22; Urbana Hootenanny with Dustin Norder and Sam Payne at 6 p.m., Cretaceous String Band at 7 p.m., John Coppess and Friends at 8 p.m., The Strom Bros at 9:15 p.m. Aug. 23. 344-3872, urbanabusiness.com/events/urbana-sweetcorn-festival-2014, events@urbanabusiness.com.

Sangamon River Music Festival. 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 22 and 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 23, Main Street, Mahomet. Kicks off at 5 p.m. Aug. 22 in downtown Mahomet with a carnival, bingo, vendors, food and beer tents. Friday music includes Tons 'O' Fun Band at 5:30 p.m., Strung Out Band at 7:30 and classic rock band Head East headlining from 9:30 to 11. Parade at 10 a.m. Aug. 23, followed by carnival, vendors, food and bingo starting at 11 a.m. and beer tent at noon. Saturday music includes Citizen Way at noon, Outbound Drive at 6 p.m., Ryan Ideus and the Feudin' Hillbillys at 8 and Chris Cagle closing out the festival from 10 to 11:30 p.m. mahometchamberofcommerce.com. srmfestival@gmail.com, 586-3165.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Christopher Hawkins, 8 p.m. Aug. 22, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10, children 12 and younger $5. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.

Future highlights

Hessel Park Concert. Featuring a Gospel Jazz Fest, 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 24, Hessel Park, 1401 Grandview Drive, C. champaignparkdistrict.com.

Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Bones, Jugs and Harmony (high-energy jug band music), 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 24, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music, 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday/Fridays. The Uplifters (gospel and country music), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26. Timber Train (traditional, popular and bluegrass songs), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29. McMahon and Cassidy (a mix of traditional and popular songs), 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 31. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.

Marvin Lee Country Show. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26, Hale Park, Philo. Good ole country music with Marvin Lee Country Band with Marvin's old sidekick Cousin Hi (Gayle Bartell) from the old WCIA television show from the 1970s. One of a series of Tuesday night shows being held through Sept. 9. Bring lawn chairs.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Linda Thomas, 8 p.m. Aug. 29, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10, children 12 and younger $5. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.

Hessel Park Concert. Featuring New Orleans Jazz Machine, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 31, Hessel Park, 1401 Grandview Drive, Champaign. champaignparkdistrict.com.

Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring August Crow (Americana and old and new folk music), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2. Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music, 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday/Fridays. Rodman Ball (songs of John Denver, Eagles, James Taylor and more), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5. Augusti, McCabe and Payne (bluegrass musicians with eclectic tastes), 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 7. Big Bluestem (traditional fiddle music with Irish influence), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.

10th annual Meadowbrook Park Jazz Walk. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5, Meadowbrook Park, Urbana. Live, local jazz music while you enjoy the works of art on display at the Wandell Sculpture Garden. A selection of jazz soloists and small combos scattered along the candlelit paths of the park. Free. Parking at Race Street entrance; overflow parking at Stone Creek Church, corner of Race Street and Windsor Road. Rain date, Sept. 6, 367-9575.

Allerton Classical Concert. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 5, Allerton Gate House Lawn, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello. Food and drink for purchase, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Featuring: to be determined, 6 to 7 p.m.; and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Baroque Players, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $5; $10 per family. 333-3287.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guests, Wade and Teresa Landry, 8 p.m. Sept. 5, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.

Dinner and evening with Dave Bennett. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6, Danville Country Club, 2718 Denmark Road, Danville. Danville Symphony Orchestra fundraiser. Proceeds offset symphony production expenses. Tickets $75. 443-5300, danvillesymphony.org.

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. The Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. The winner of four Grammy Awards, he was recently named the Texas state musician. Tickets $39.50-$58.50, go on sale 10 a.m. Aug. 8. 356-9063.

Phases of the Moon Music and Art Festival. Sept. 11-14, Kennekuk County Park, Danville. Four-day camping event with 100 percent organic, guaranteed feel-good music, performed by world-renowned musicians on four unique outdoor stages. Featuring The String Cheese Incident as the second headliner performing for two nights; the legendary Widespread Panic will headline the other two evenings. phasesofthemoonfestival.com.

Krannert Center opening night party. 6 p.m. Sept. 12, lobby, Krannert Center, Urbana. With mariachi music by Sol De Mexico de Jose Hernandez, 6 p.m., Samba Soul, 7:45 p.m., and Tiempo Libre, 8:45 p.m. Marquee Big Mix Series. $5. 333-6280.

Clarke Buehling and The Skirtlifters. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 12, The Upper Bout, 723 S. Neil St., C. An evening of banjo, sponsored by Techline, C-U Folk and Roots and The Upper Bout. Buehling is recognized for his interpretations of late 19th century, classic finger-style banjo, earlier minstrel banjo style. $10 at the door. 607-8132.

Bement Country Opry Band. Band Night, 8 p.m. Sept. 12, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10, children 12 and younger $5. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.

The Association. 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 13, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St. One of the greatest rock vocal groups of the 1960s; "Windy," "Cherish" and "Never My Love." Doors open, 5:30 p.m. for dinner and full bar. Showtime, 7 p.m. Tickets $40. 815-993-6585, watsekatheatre.com.

John Winninger, cello. Guest artist, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Smith Memorial Hall, Memorial Room, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. With Diane Rivera, piano. Free.

Rosanne Cash. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and best-selling author's latest album, "The River & The Thread." Marquee Big Mix Series. Tickets $10-$48.333-6280.

St. Louis Orchestra. Featuring Yefim Bronfman, piano, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Marquee Great Hall Series. Tickets $10-$48.333-6280.

Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Sing-along with Hillbilly Valentine (bring your favorite songs to share in a singalong), 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 14, Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood. Live music, 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday/Fridays. Strings Attached (a mix of bluegrass, mountain gospel, old-time, other favorites and bad jokes), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Joni Dryer and the Maytags (a mix of blues, pop and country music), 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 21. The Young and the Fretless (traditional old-time string band music), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26. The Lowes (bluegrass, gospel and more), 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 28. Dockside Cafe offers dinner specials every weekend. Closing jam, Oct. 24. 446-8399, kickapoolanding.com.

Piper's Hut Concert Series. 8 p.m. Sept. 15, The Upper Bout, 723 S. Neil St., C. Featuring Niamh Dunne and Sen g Graham. Traditional, acoustic Celtic music. Tickets: adults, $20; student/senior, $10; 12 years and younger, free; at the door or online. pipers-hut.com/concerts.

Sudden Sound Concert. Featuring Joe McPhee | Survival Unit II, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18, Gelvin Noel Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. 333-1860, kam.illinois.edu.

Allerton Music Barn Festival 2014: Opening Night: Jupiter Plus. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18, Allerton Music Barn, south side of Allerton Park off Allerton Road near Monticello. The Jupiter String Quartet performs with Kim Uwate, viola, and Seungwon Chung, cello, the winners of the quartet's second annual Guest Artist Award. Tickets $25-$30. 333-6280.

Allerton Music Barn Festival 2014: On the Twentieth Century (Concert Version). 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19, Allerton Music Barn, south side of Allerton Park off Allerton Road near Monticello. This musical—part operetta, part farce, and definitely comedy. Tickets $25-$30. 333-6280.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Marvin Lee, 8 p.m. Sept. 19, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10, children 12 and younger $5. 877-6499, bementcountryopry.com.

Emerald Ball and 'Oz' concert preview. 7 p.m. Sept. 20, Danville Gardens, Danville. Food and drinks, classic big band music and dancing. Several auction items and raffles available and an "Oz" concert preview by Dorothy and some of her friends and foes. Tickets $100 for ball and concert. 477-5223, ext. 114, danvillepubliclibrary.org.

Allerton Music Barn Festival 2014: Bach. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21, Allerton Music Barn, south side of Allerton Park off Allerton Road near Monticello. The cantatas on this program, for Pentecost and for Trinity, are from Bach's Leipzig period at the Thomaskirche when he wrote a different cantata for each Sunday of the liturgical year. Tickets $25-$30. 333-6280.

'From Page to Stage Volume IV.' "Oz" concert, to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21, Dick Van Dyke Auditorium, Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St. A talented cast of performers brings this family-friendly, classic works to the stage. Benefit for the Danville Library Foundation. Tickets $15, adults; $5, students;at Danville Public Library, ext. 114, danvillepubliclibrary.org.

Illinois Modern Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Admission charge. 333-6280.Pygmalion Music Festival. Sept. 25-28, throughout Champaign-Urbana. Venues include the Bread Company, Blind Pig, Brass Rail, Canopy Club, Cowboy Monkey, Highdive, Krannert Art Museum, Krannert Center, Memphis on Main, Merry Ann's Diner, Mike 'n' Molly's and Velvet Elvis. Headliners include CHVRCHES, American Football, with support from Panda Bear, Real Estate, Tycho, Sun Kil Moon, Deafheaven and more. Two other festivals run simultaneously — Literary and a Handmade Craft Fair take place over four days, including two days of outdoor stages in downtown Champaign. thepygmalionmusicfestival.com.

University of Illinois Wind Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Foelllinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Admission charge. .333-6280.

University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Foelllinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Features David Harris, clarinet. Admission charge. .333-6280.

The Pygmalion Festival: Panda Bear and Sun Kil Moon. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$25. 333-6280.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$48. 333-6280.

Sinfonia da Camera: Rush Hour—Youthful Impressions. 5:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Sinfonia da Camera Series. The youth-focused Rush Hour concert features young talent from our community and showcases the college and high school winners of Sinfonia's first Student Concerto Competition. Tickets $12; youths 17 and younger, free. 333-6280.

Dancing

This weekend

Country music and dancing. 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 15, Moose Lodge 1001, U.S. 150, Danville. Music by Mike Ellis and the Midnight Sons. Held the third Friday of every month. $5 cover. 442-7339.

Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Aug. 15, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Too Old To Be Controlled. Caller, Kristi Emilsson. Workshop, "Triplets Revisited" with Scott Meyer, 6:45 p.m. No partner, costume or experience necessary. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4. urbana-contra.org.

Ballroom dance. 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday, the Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy. Social ballroom dancing, casual attire, no partner needed. $9. 359-5333, regentballroom.com.

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

Couples/Singles Dance. 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 17, Decatur Knights of Columbus, 520 E. North St. Third Sunday each month. Live band, $10. 875-3090.

Next week

Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 20, Harrison Park Clubhouse, West Voorhees Street, Danville. Music by the band Len and Lois. For ballroom dancers of all ages. Cost $10. 443-2999.

Western Wednesdays. 7 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday, Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Drive, C. Line dance lessons, 7 p.m., followed by open dancing. Dance instructor, Janet Mayol. For all ages. $5. 693-7225.

Country music and dancing. 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 22, Moose Lodge 1001, U.S. 150, Danville. Music by Tex and Friends. Held the fourth Friday of every month. Pass the hat. 442-7339.

Future highlights

Country music and dancing. 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 27, 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. Aug. 29, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by The Dead Beets. Caller, Jim Hemphill. 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.

Illini Swing Society Fall Kickoff Dance. 8 to 11:30 p.m. Sept. 6, Illini Union, Room 200, 1401 W. Green St., U. Biggest dance of the year. Free beginning lesson before almost three hours of dancing. No experience or partner needed. No special shoes or dress required. Free. illiniswing.org, questions@illiniswing.org.

Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 3, Harrison Park Clubhouse, West Voorhees Street, Danville. Music by the band Miscellaneous 3. For ballroom dancers of all ages. Cost $10. 443-2999.

English Country Dance.7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 6, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Hosted by Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Music by local musicians. All dances will be taught. Partners, costumes and experience not required. First hour will feature an introduction to English Country Dance. Free. 359-8225, ciecd-info@centralillinoisecd.org, centralillinoisecd.org.

Country music and dancing. 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 10, 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.

Moonlight Rendezvous. Fall ballroom dance sponsored by Bismarck Dance Club, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 13, Bismarck High School gym (driveway, east side), Bismarck. Music by Bev & Co. Evening of dancing, fellowship, refreshments and door prizes. $10; non-dancers, $5. luann.picklap@gmail.com.

Country dancing. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 13, Sidney Town Hall. Line and couples, singles welcome. Second Saturday of each month except June, July and August. Admission $5. 351-4110.

Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 17, Harrison Park Clubhouse, West Voorhees Street, Danville. Music by the band Bev Wolfe. For ballroom dancers of all ages. Cost $10. 443-2999.

Country music and dancing. 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19, Moose Lodge 1001, U.S. 150, Danville. Music by Mike Ellis and the Midnight Sons. Held the third Friday of every month. $5 cover. 442-7339.

Couples/Singles Dance. 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21, Decatur Knights of Columbus, 520 E. North St. Third Sunday each month. Live band, $10. 875-3090.

Country music and dancing. 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 24, 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.

Performing arts

This weekend

Zoo Improv. 8 p.m. Fridays, SoDo Theatre, enter at 111 S. Walnut St., C. Improv comedy. Zoo features other local troupes as an opening act each week. Aug. 15: Double Date. Aug 22: Hysterical & Guys? 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. $5. zooimprov.com, contact@zooimprov.com.

Next week

Move-in night comedy show. 9 to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 21, Illini Union I-Rooms, 1401 W. Green St., U. Join the fun for a hilarious show featuring Adam Grabowski, Erin Jackson and Nick Guerra. Illini Union Welcome Week activity. union.illinois.edu, 333-1545.

Future events

SPEAK Cafe. 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 11, Palette Cafe, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. "Passion Pleasure & Pain: The Making of a Poet." Open-mic public space for hip-hop, activism and black power expression. 333-1860, kam.illinois.edu.

Susan Marshall & Company: Play/Pause. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23, Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center, Urbana. Dance-theater. Marquee Big Mix Series. Tickets $10-$33. 333-6280.

Theater

This weekend

'Charlotte's Web.' Monticello Theatre Association, continues 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15; and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 16; Phoenix Theatre, 1406 N. Market St., Monticello. Tickets $7, adults; $3, children under 12 years old. monticellotheater@gmail.com.

'Is There Life After Fifty?' Continues Aug. 14 through Sept. 14; 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.

'Lincoln's Trial & Tribulations.' Dinner theater, 5 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 16 and 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 19; 1847 Dr. Hiram Rutherford home near the town square, Oakland, and the covered pavilion at Independence Pioneer Village, north Oakland. Evening starts with tours of the Rutherford home, followed by an 1847 meal. Then the 1847 Matson Slave Trial in Coles County story performed in the pavilion at Independence Pioneer Village. Tickets $30. Rain or shine. 508-9113, matsontrial1847.org.

Future highlights

'Chasing Charming.' Red Mask Players, fall children's show, 7 p.m. Sept. 5 and 2 and 7 p.m. Sept. 6, and 2 p.m. Sept. 7; Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St., Danville. 442-5858, redmaskplayers@hotmail.com, redmaskplayers.com.

'The Fox on the Fairway.' Sept. 18 through Nov. 2; 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 $35-$39; $10 discount off regular prices for children 12 and younger. 309-965-2545, barn2.com.

'Leading Ladies.' Parkland Theatre, musical, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-4 and 9-11 and 3 p.m. Oct. 12; Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Tickets $9-$15; $11 each for groups of 15 or more. "Pay What You Can Night," Oct. 2. "Half-Price Night," Oct. 9. 351-2528, parkland.edu/theatre.

Outdoors/nature

This weekend

Naturalist programs at the Middle Fork. Saturdays, through Aug. 30, campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 3485 County Road 2700 E, Penfield. Time varies each weekend. The campground naturalist offers a variety of programs and activities. Check schedule at ccfpd.org/Preserves/Attractions/MiddleForkCampground.html. 586-1268.

19th annual Mahomet Half-Marathon, 5K and Inaugural Youth Run. 7 to 10:05 a.m. Aug. 16. Races start and finish at Mahomet-Seymour High School, 302 W. State St., Mahomet. Registration accepted online through 2 p.m. Aug. 14 and 5:30 to 6:45 a.m. on race day on site. Packet pickup is Friday before the race. Register before July 28 to select size event T-shirt. All finishers receive medals. All proceeds benefit the Mahomet Area Youth Club. runmahomet.com, 586-6323.

Next week

Playscape Mondays. Continue 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Mondays, Aug. 18-25, Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. A naturalist will be on hand with exploratory tools and/or a live animal. Dress to get dirty. Free. 896-2455, ccfpd.org.

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. secondwindrunningclub.org.

Kennekuk Road/Trail Runners Summer Fun Runs/Walks. 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays, 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. Regular fun run/walk, Aug. 13. Medal and award night, pizza party, Aug. 20. kennekuk.com.

Bats at the Bridge. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 22, Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard, Mahomet. Learn more about these ecologically important mammals and how white-nose syndrome is affecting their populations. After a short presentation indoors, presentation moves to the covered bridge to look for the bats that roost there. $3; children 2 and under are free. Registration required 896-2455, ccfpd.org.

24th Giant Scale Fly-In. "Barnstormers Over Champaign," 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 23 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 24, RC airfield on U.S. 150, 2.5 miles west of Mattis Avenue, Champaign. Hosted by Champaign County Radio Control Club. Talk to the pilots and see the planes up close; information on how to fly RC planes. Free admission and parking. 898-9666, ccrcc.info.

Future highlights

Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society Family Skywatch. 8 to 10 p.m. Aug. 30, CUAS Observatory; take Interstate 57 south to Monticello exit, go 1.4 miles west to 700 E, turn left and the dome is 0.8 mile to the south, on the left, Champaign. Monthly observatory open house. Observe planets, star clusters and the moon through a 16-inch telescope. Free. Canceled if weather is unfavorable. cuas@cuas.org, 351-2567, cuas.org.

Sunday morning bird walks. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sundays, Sept. 7-Oct. 26, meet at Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. Search for birds in Busey Woods and Crystal Lake. 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.

Walk MS. Registration opens at noon; walk at 1 p.m. Sept. 7, Meadowbrook Park, West Windsor Road and South Race Street, Urbana. Those participating will explore a piece of Illinois' natural history in the re-created tallgrass prairies of the park. Participants will team up to walk 1-3 miles on one of the route options. Held by the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to raise funds for research, programs and services. 312-423-1138, meghan.melone@nmss.org, walkMSillinois.org.

Operation Honor Guard 5K Fun Run. Runners, 8 a.m. and walkers, 8:15 a.m. Oct. 11, Sunset Memorial Park, Danville. Adults and kids, $17; all active military and veterans, free. Registration must be completed by Sept. 6 to ensure a T-shirt. To help support Danville American Legion Post 210. All proceeds donated to Operation Honor Guard, which honors our military at their funeral services. OperationHonorGuard.us.

UI museums

Krannert Art Museum. 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. "Encounters: The Arts of Africa," permanent display. Summer hours through Aug. 24: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday Hours beginning Aug. 25: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; closed Sundays. Admission free, but $3 donation suggested. 333-1860, kam.illinois.edu.

Spurlock Museum. 600 S. Gregory St., U. Exhibit area, "First Impressions: Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals," features the museum's first digital multimedia interactive. Five permanent galleries, featuring the cultures of the world. Regular hours: noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays, holidays. Free, suggested donation $3. 333-2360, spurlock.illinois.edu.

Other museums

Bicentennial Art Center and Museum. 132 S. Central Ave., Paris. "Annual Midwest Photography Juried Exhibition," through Aug. 29. "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.

C.H. Moore Homestead and DeWitt County Museum. 219 E. Woodlawn St., Clinton. Museum's newest exhibit, "Fascinating Finds: A Collection of Found Artifacts," featuring a variety of items found in DeWitt County, on display and continuing to evolve through the end of December. Admission $1-$3, under 12 years old free. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 935-6066, chmoorehomestead.org.

Champaign County Historical Museum. In the historic Cattle Bank, 102 E. University Ave., C. Regular exhibits are four exhibit rooms — ballroom, grocery, military and toy rooms — featuring turn-of-the-century (19th-century) items, plus the Victorian Room. Regular hours: noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Open for tour groups, by appointment. No admission charge for tours, but donations welcome. 356-1010, champaignmuseum.org, director@champaignmuseum.org.

Chanute Air Museum. 1011 Pacesetter Drive, Rantoul. The museum collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets aviation and aerospace artifacts. Special emphasis on the life and accomplishments of Octave Chanute, Chanute Field/Chanute Air Force Base and its technical training programs, history of Illinois aviation and Rantoul. 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. "Doll Display," a life-size 1930 Effanbee doll, donated to the museum by the descendants of Ellen and Ruth Sandstedt, sisters who were raised in the Paxton area. Also, children's nursery items from the 1930s. Through Oct. 26. Hours: 2 to 4 p.m. every Sunday. 379-3723, 379-4111, rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilfchs.

Monticello Railway Museum. 992 Iron Horse Place, Monticello. Steam train rides, 11 a.m. Aug. 16 and 1 p.m. Aug. 17. Ride behind restored 1907 Southern 2-8-0 steam locomotive #401. Depart from museum site (Nelson Crossing) at 11 a.m., 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m., and downtown (Wabash Depot) at 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Aug. 16; 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m., and from downtown at 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Aug. 17. From downtown, 4 p.m., no return trip to downtown. Steam fares, $9-$14; children under 2, free with adult. mrym.org, 877-762-9011, info@mrym.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: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 586-2612.

Orpheum Children's Science Museum. 346 N. Neil St., C. DIY Weekend Wizard, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays. "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. Courtyard is open for the season, play outside: Dino Dig, Whisper Dishes, Playhouse, Rock Grotto and Butterfly Garden. 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. "Celebrating the Harding-Hindsley-Begian-Keene Band Legacy at the University of Illinois," through Aug. 18. "Professor Harding and the Illinois Bands During WWI," opens Aug. 19, through Aug. 3, 2015. "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. "Pogo Studio: Capturing the Sounds of the Champaign-Urbana Music Scene 1985-2014, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign," through June 24, 2016. Regular hours: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Closed weekends, some holidays. Free, but donations accepted. For guided tours: 244-9309 or sousa@uiuc.edu.

Vermilion County Museum and Fithian House. 116 N. Gilbert St., Danville. 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 5 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, vermilioncounty@att.net.

Vermilion County War Museum. 307 N. Vermilion St., Danville. D-Day exhibit, featuring items from the USS Harding. 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. Displays of the Gulf Wars, Spanish-American War, Korean War 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; active duty military personnel and their families, free (Memorial Day to Labor Day). 431-0034, vcwm@comcast.net, vcwm.org.

Planetarium

William M. Staerkel Planetarium. Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Admission $4-$5. 351-2568, 351-2446. — Sky show: "Summer Prairie Skies," 7 p.m. Fridays, through Aug. 22. — Main feature: "Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity," 8 to 9 p.m. Fridays, through Aug. 22; and Saturdays, through Aug. 23. — Children's feature: "Coyote Explores the Earth, Sun and Moon," 7 p.m. Saturdays, through Aug. 23.

Exhibits

Asian American Cultural Center. 1210 W. Nevada St., U. "#WeAreIllinois," photographs and quotes from the Intercultural Horizons Internship Program's social media initiative, #WeAreIllinois, through Oct. 17. The Intercultural Horizons interns of spring 2014 responsible for this initiative are Bryanna Charles, Ruby Chen, Lauren Colby, Mayank Kabra and Chelsea Lee. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. facebook.com/weareillinois, weareillinois.tumblr.com, 333-1300.

Figure One.116 N. Walnut St., C. Figure One's third annual Summer Artists in Residence program, featuring artists Jeff Horwat and Melonie Mulkey, through Aug. 26. Open studios with Horwat and Mulkey, 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15. "Self-care Sundays" with Jeff Horwat, 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 24.Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 1 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. 333-0786, figure1ne@gmail.com.

The Giertz Gallery at Parkland College. 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. "2014 Parkland College Art & Design Faculty Exhibition," opening reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21; through Sept. 20. Opening includes a dedication ceremony for naming of the Donna Hyland Giertz Gallery, a gallery talk by Kelly White and music by Ms. M and the Jokers. Free. Fall hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sept. 1. 351-2485, artgallery.parkland.edu.

Hoopeston Public Library. 110 N. Fourth St., Hoopeston. Vermilion County Conservation District traveling exhibit featuring "Archaeology," through Aug. 15. A program for families, especially school-age children, on archaeology will be given at 2 p.m. Aug. 15. Regular hours: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 9:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday. 283-6711.

Illini Union Art Gallery. Northwest wing of Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. Illini Union Board presents "Your Campus, Your Town," photography by Illinois student Rajat Saksena, through Aug. 20. Free. Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 333-3663, iuboard.uiuc.edu.

Illinois Terminal. 45 E. University Ave., C. "MTD Art: Moving Pictures Through Your Neighborhood," wall displays, across from the elevators on the first floor, by Stacey Gross, Kuldeepa Vartak-Mehta, Rajat Saksena and Kim Kissinger Marino, the artists chosen to be featured inside all MTD buses, through Nov. 31. "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.

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 (June through August): 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 896-2455, cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

UI Library. 1401 W. Gregory Drive, U. The Rare Book & Manuscript Library celebrates the acquisition of the Tennyson Library of Crochet. The exhibit, "Knot Forgotten: The Tennyson Library of Crochet at Illinois," will be on the first floor of Main Library, north-south hallway, until Aug. 31. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. All libraries closed 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 15. 333-3777, library.illinois.edu/rbx.

University YMCA. Murphy Gallery, 1001 S. Wright St., C. Art at the Y 2014 summer exhibition, "I Have Something to Say" by Marilynn Dean Cleveland, through Aug. 24. 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 Jill Stroberger," through Nov. 2. Free. Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 384-2311, urbanaillinois.us/artexhibits.

Galleries

Cinema Gallery. 120 W. Main St., U. "The Teapot Mystique: Don Frith and Eugenia Frith Meltzer," ceramic teapots by former University of Illinois Professor Don Frith and his daughter Eugenia Frith Meltzer, through Aug. 16. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 367-3711, cinemagallery.cc.

Cracked Glass. 202 S. First St., C. Stained glass, fused glass, wood sculpture, beadwork, jewelry, sun catchers and more. More than 30 local artists, including Mike Zachay, Judie Spencer, Rick Larimore and Dick Detzner. Hours: noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 359-6489, cracked-glass.com, contact@cracked-glass.com.

Indi Go Artist Co-Op. 9 E. University Ave., C. "The BARE Project," a photography series created by Emily Otnes, Anna Longworth and Alisa Greene, opening reception, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 15, through Aug. 27. Hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Silent art and jewelry auction, 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 23; cocktail reception and auction for the benefit of Walking With Angels. 904-613-2623, indigo.coop@gmail.com, 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. Regular hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. first and third Saturdays. Special appointments also available. 762-8248, redhousegallery.net, redhousegallery@yahoo.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, alisachapman@thewhitedovegarden.com.

Farms/markets

The CU Sunday Market. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday, Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Drive, C. Year-round "everything" market, welcoming a large selection of farmers, crafters, antique dealers, flea market sellers, not-for profits, community groups, entertainers, home-based businesses, and local and regional artists. 359-6960, cusundaymarket@gmail.com.

Curtis Orchard. 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 20, 3902 S. Duncan Road, C. The orchard this fall celebrates "The Wizard of Oz's" 75th anniversary with farm additions to honor the Hollywood classic. Thirty apple varieties, pressed cider, pumpkins, gourds, squash. Country store open every day, a bakery, and cafe open for lunch every day, Aug. 17 to Nov. 27. Kids' activities, daily through mid-November, include a free toddler area and petting zoo, a giant slide ($1) and miniature golf ($2). 359-5565, curtisorchard.com.

Downtown Danville Farmers' Market. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, through Oct. 4, south parking lot, of Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St. Fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, handmade crafts. Danville Public Library programs: Aug. 16, Danville Area Art League; music by Todd Gallagher; animals (rabbits); Aug. 19, Dr. G's Brain Works; Young Pup Yoga for ages 12 and younger, 4 p.m. 443-3886, info@downtowndanville.org, downtowndanville.org.

18th Street Farmers' Market. 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, through Oct. 4, parking lot of the Coles County Department of Human Services, 825 18th St., Charleston. Primary focus will be free food products; fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods; art/craft vendors accepted as space permits. 18thstfarmmark@consolidated.net.

Monticello Main Street Farmers' Market. 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 2, in front of the Community Building on North State Street (Allerton Library), Monticello. Seasonal fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, breads and more. 762-3661, 762-9318, info@monticellomainstreet.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.

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