Up for some fun?

Up for some fun?

CHAMPAIGN — VIP tickets are on sale now for "That's What She Said," a show in mid-October that will be anchored by a three-day She Said Lady Fest, with events for girls and women mainly in downtown Champaign.

The VIP tickets are $60 each. The general admission tickets are $40 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 21. Tickets may be purchased at the Virginia Theatre or via thevirginia.org.

"That's What She Said" show will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 17, but the She Said Lady Fest will take be Oct. 16-18 at the Virginia and other venues.

Kerry Rossow, a co-founder and organizer, said the entire weekend will have a festival atmosphere, with various organizations, businesses and venues part of the mix.

While most events will be in downtown Champaign, Maker Girls at the University of Illinois will lead two workshops Oct. 17 for girls ages 7 to 10 at the Illinois MakerLab on the UI campus.

The Lady Fest will kick off with a party Oct. 16, with the location in downtown Champaign to be announced later. That venue will give women a chance to perform and share their art.

The events Oct. 17 will include a roundtable discussion about the That's What She Said Soul Journey to Haiti, plus a "sister-city" effort closer to home, at the Crisis Nursery in Urbana.

Rossow said the Crisis Nursery component was added because women unable to travel to Haiti were asking what they could do here to help others.

Pre-registration is required for the Soul Journey to Haiti. There women work with Haitian nannies to care for the more than 150 children at God's Littlest Angels Orphanage, founded and operated by Monticello natives Dixie and John Bickel.

The festival also will include a Women in Film event Oct. 18 at the Virginia, and morning yoga sessions at Reflect Yoga Therapy.

At the "That's What She Said" show itself, seven women will each be given seven minutes on stage to tell their stories. The show, for adults only, will be followed by a party.

One speaker will be writer-humorist Leslie Marinelli of Atlanta, Ga., who spoke at the 2014 "That's What She Said" at Krannert Center. Also confirmed: Jan Seeley, race director and co-owner of the Christic Clinic Illinois Marathon. The other speakers will be announced in June.

Rossow and "That's What She Said" co-founder Jill Harlan will return as emcees.

The mission of "That's What She Said" is to give women a platform to share their stories with other women, though men are welcome to attend the show as well.

Rossow, Harlan and new "sho-conspirator" Anni Poppen of Mowgli Studio are organizing "That's What She Said" and the Lady Fest. Major sponsors this year are Christie Clinic, The Christie Foundation, and the Virginia Theatre.

For more about "That's What She Said" go to shesaidproject.com.

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