Entertainment listings, March 8-15, 2018

Entertainment listings, March 8-15, 2018

EVENTS

This weekend

EXPLORE ACES

What: A student-run event for prospective and admitted students to visit with ACES faculty and countless student organizations. All ages are welcome to join the college for a variety of activities on March 9. More than 100 exhibits will showcase academics, research, and innovative student projects. On March 10, admitted students spend the day learning about their majors or majors of interest.

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9 and 10. Experiences throughout the day, starting at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 and 2:15 p.m. March 9. ACES campus tours: March 9 only, every half hour starting at 9:30 a.m. Last tour at 2 p.m.; groups meet in atrium of ACES Library.

Where: University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, campus, Urbana. Free parking and a free shuttle service to the ACES campus are provided at parking lot F-23, just South of Florida Avenue Residence Hall.

More info: https://exploreaces.org/

2018 ENGINEERING OPEN HOUSE

What: An annual student-led event featuring exhibits and competitions that showcase the talent and ingenuity of the UI engineering students. Get a behind the scenes look at National Center for Supercomputing Applications's supercomputers at the National Petascale Computing Facility. Family friendly and fun for all ages.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 9 and 10.

Where: Visitor's booths at Grainger Library (quad side) and North Quad. Multiple locations Electrical and Computer Engineering Building, EOH Central Committee tent on Bardeen Quad, Talbot Laboratory, Kenney Gym Annex, National Center for Supercomputing Application, National Petascale Computing Facility, and more.

Cost:Free.

More info: https://www.eoh.ec.illinois.edu/

ELEVENTH ANNUAL FAIRY TALE BALL

What: For fairy tale lovers of all ages. Stories, crafts, games, and entertainment including royal and roving performers, puppet show, fortune teller, magician, juggler/storyteller, music. Don your shiny suit of armor or sparkly ball gown, or dress like your favorite fairy tale character and join in for an evening of fantasy and frivolity.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. March 9.

Where: Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St.

Cost:Free.

More info: Call 217-367-4069 or urbanafreelibrary.org/children/eleventh-annual-fairy-tale-ball.

RESIST 2.0

What: A collaborative effort of over 70 artists and makers, as well as four amazing bands. 50 percent of all sales will benefit the following local organizations: Black Lives Matter CU, Courage Connection, IMC, Three Spinners and R.A.C.E.S.

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 10.

Where: Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave., U.

More info: facebook.com/events/183696598857579/ or email katekatiekatee@gmail.com

PUTT-PUTT GOLF FUNDRAISER

What: "Challenger League Kids" guests at Indoor Putt-Putt Golf (Hot dogs, chips, and drinks provided). Members, friends and guests at Night-Putt-Putt "Glow" Golf (Hot dogs, chips, pizza and drinks available for purchase). Drawing at 8 p.m. Need not be present to win. Sponsored by Fraternal and Veteran Organizations Rally and Friends / AMBUCS. All proceeds go to local charities.

When: Indoor, 1 to 4 p.m.; night, 7 to 10 p.m. March 10.

Where: Knights of Columbus, 310 Bryan Ave., Danville.

Cost: Registration fee, $5. 50/50 Raffle, $1 each or six for $5.

More info: Call 217-260-1983 or email michaelpuhr@comcast.net.

TWIN CITIES COMIC BOOK CONVENTION

What: Dealers from three states specializing in comic books new and old, toys and related collectibles for sale, and are also looking to buy.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 11.

Where: Wyndham Garden Hotel, 1001 Killarney St., U.

Cost: Free admission.

More info: Call 309-657-1599 or epguides.com/comics.

CUDO PLAYS GRAND EXHIBITION

What: A Board Game Expo showcasing locally-created board games. CUDO Plays biggest event of the year, the end of Season 5, and a celebration of C-U creativity. Games for all ages and skill levels. Awards given to exceptional games in eight different categories. Food and drinks for purchase.

When:1 to 8 p.m. March 11.

Where:Broadway Food Hall, 401 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: cudoplays.com/event/grand-exhibition-3/ or email cudoplaysofficial@gmail.com.

35TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL DINNER AND PERFORMANCE NIGHT

What:Featuring food from all over the world and entertaining performances from community and campus members in celebration of the diverse cultures that make up Champaign-Urbana.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. March 11.

Where: University YMCA, Latzer Hall, 1001 S. Wright St., C.

Cost: Tickets $10-$15 at the YMCA or online.

More info: universityymca.org/international-dinner or call 217-337-1500.

Next week

MAKERSPACE URBANA PI DAY OPEN HOUSE

What: Tours of Makerspace, 3D printed pi swag, and pie eating, 6:28 to 9:42 p.m. Lightning talks - Makerspace members give lightning talk in only 3 minutes and 14 seconds, about projects they have worked on at Makerspace, 7 to 8 p.m. Soldering demonstrations, 8 to 9 p.m. Dance party, 9 to 9:30 p.m.

When: 6:28 to 9:42 p.m. March 14.

Where: Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1076315315841741/ or email makerspaceu@gmail.com.

Future highlights

'BRUNCH ON-STAGE'

What:The second in a quarterly series of brunches paired with musical entertainment and food. Presented by Champaign Park District with Big Grove Tavern, featuring musicians, Samuel Payne and Cody Jensen, multi-instrumentalists. Complimentary coffee in the theatre's lobbies and tours of the theatre are available. Brunch-on-stage presented by Chef Du Cuisine Raul Parada and the staff of Big Grove Tavern.

When: Coffee and tours at 10 a.m., and brunch, 11 a.m. March 18.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Cost:$39; additional $1 per ticket processing fee (online only).

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org or email virginia@cparkdistrict.com.

SCAVENGER HUNT FOR A CURE

What: Fundraiser for American Cancer Society. Clues lead you over Champaign, Urbana and Savoy. Participants are required to visit locations and take pictures. All members of the team in each picture. A prize for top three teams; bonus points for teams with team costumes, decorated cars and treats for the judges. Register by March 30.

When: 2 to 5 p.m. March 31. Winner announced at 5 p.m.; everybody must be back at the park and counted by 4:45 p.m.

Where: Meet at Hessel Park, Champaign, near the playground on the east side and return to same location — look for signs.

Cost: $15 each; total of four people on a team — four per car.

More info: Call 217-979-1504 or 217-714-4302 or email Jill@champaignrelay.org/

URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS

What: Something different each month. Live local, social culture. Family friendly — for everyone. Check online for details closer to the date.Presented by Imbibe Urbana.

When: 5 to 9 p.m. April 6.

Where: downtown Urbana.

More info: imbibeurbana.com, Imbibe Urbana - Home | Facebook or email imbibeurbana@gmail.com.

ROYAL TEA PARTY

What:Fundraiser for American Cancer Society. Magical and Memorable for your Little Princess and/or Prince, and all their friends. Refreshments, crafts, singing and dancing, a royal procession, picture taken with royalty for a keepsake, costume encouraged but not required, and more.

When:2 to 4 p.m. April 7.

Where:Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2101 S. Prospect Ave., C.

Cost:Children age 10 and younger, $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Adults, $4 in advance, $5 at the door. American Girl Dolls Raffle tickets, $1, $5 for six, $10 for 13.

More info:Call 217-979-1504, https://www.facebook.com/events/185613915374437/ or email jill@champaignrelay.org.

TRAXXAS MONSTER TRUCK TOUR

What: Amazing freestyle action. Monster Trucks: Skully, Crania, X-Maxx, General Hazzard and Mudy Girl. Plus, you can meet the drivers and see the trucks up close at the pre-event Autograph Pit Party! Get the ride of your life on-board a real Monster Truck during the Pit Party and Intermission.

When: 7 p.m. April 7. Pit party, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Where: State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., C.

Cost: advance tickets, adults starting at $26.50, kids 2-11 at $15.50. Additional fees may be applied. Children under 2 are free. Prices go up day of show.

More info: Call 866-455-4641, statefarmcenter.com.

FILMS

This weekend

SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE NIGHT+

What:Movies: "Westworld," March 9 in room 314 A, and "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," room 314 B, March 10. Also, a conversation with Elizabeth Bear (with Q&A), 2 to 3 p.m. March 9; Science Fiction Quiz, 12:30 p.m. March 10. Presented by Undergraduate Library at Illinois and Illini Union Board.

When:7 p.m. March 9 and 1 p.m. March 10.

Where: Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. Conversation with Bear at Grainger Commons, Grainger Engineering Library Information Center, 1301 W. Springfield Ave., U.

Cost:Free.

More info: facebook.com/events/141754966640153/

RACE AND CULTURE FILM SERIES

What: "Snow Falling on Cedars." (1999). Rated PG-13. A community conversation will follow the film.

When: 7 p.m. March 9.

Where: McKinley Foundation Living Room, 809 S. Fifth St., C.

Cost: Free and open to the public.

More info: Call 217-344-0297.

DOCUMENTARY AND DISCUSSION

What: "White Like Me." Based upon a book of the same name by anti-racist advocate Tim Wise. Discussion to follow

When: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 11.

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, 309 W. Green St., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-384-8862.

Next week

SCIENCE ON SCREEN: A SERIES

What: Movie and Post-Screening Discussion led by an expert in a field related to the film's themes! "Robot & Frank," featuring Amy LaViers, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. March 12.

Where: The Art Theater, 126 W. Church St.

More info: Call 217-355-0068, thearttheater.org/science-screen-series/ or email info@thearttheater.org.

ASIALENS FILM SERIES

What: "Guangzhou Dream Factory" (2016). Ghana / China. 65 minutes. Directed by Christiane Badgley. Produced by Erica Marcus.Introduction and post-screening discussion.

When: 3 p.m. March 13

Where: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: email aems@illinous.edu, call 217-333-9597 or aems.illinois.edu/events/asialens.htm

MOVIE

What: "Wonder, Vol 2." Open to any and all Melvin area residents. Bring a rug or blanket to sit on. Those attending will have the opportunity to vote on which show will be viewed at the next Free Movie.

When: 7 p.m. March 16.

Where: Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-388-2440 or melvinillinois.org.

MOVIES ON THE MAINSTAGE

What: "The Greatest Showman." Rated PG. Concessions available.

When: 7 p.m. March 16, 2 and 7 p.m. March 17 and 2 p.m. March 18.

Where:The Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan.

Cost:Tickets, $3-$5, only available at the door.

More info:Call 217-728-7375 or email theshow@thelittletheatre.org.

THE NEWS-GAZETTE FILM SERIES

What: "Gone With the Wind" (1939). Rated G. 238 minutes.

When: 1 and 7 p.m. March 17.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: $6. Additional $1 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

Future highlights

RACE AND CULTURE FILM SERIES

What: "Selena." (1997). Rated PG. A community conversation will follow the film.

When: 7 p.m. March 23.

Where: McKinley Foundation Living Room, 809 S. Fifth St., C.

Cost: Free and open to the public.

More info: Call 217-344-0297.

MOVIES ON THE MAINSTAGE

What: "The Shape of Water." Rated R. Concessions available.

When:7 p.m. March 23, 2 and 7 p.m. March 24 and 2 p.m. March 25.

Where:The Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan.

Cost:Tickets, $3-$5, only available at the door.

More info:Call 217-728-7375 or email theshow@thelittletheatre.org.

ART IN EQUALITY CONVENTION & FILM FESTIVAL

What: Focusing on equality for all: LGBTQ, all races, religions and sexes, the convention will bring knowledge, love and understanding by showcasing guest speakers, vendors, and films from independent filmmakers. Films: "Revealed," "Heaven's Rage," "Mute" and "Writing My Own Happy Ending." Guests, speakers: Actor/former Pro-Wrestler Bishop Stevens, Artist Philo Barnhart, Cosplay Entertainer Alexa Heart, comic book artist and writer, Charles Moisant of Silver Phoenix Entertainment, and author and artist, Ariana R. Cherry. The Stygian Sisters will perform at 4 p.m.

When:9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 24.

Where:Savoy Recreation Center, 405 W. Graham Drive, Savoy.

Cost:General admission tickets, $10.

More info:artinequality.com or call 217-359-3550.

REEL DEALS

What: "Shakespeare in Love" (1998). Rated R. 123 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. March 27 and 29.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: $5. Additional $1 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

MOVIE MATINEE SERIES

What: The Easter Bunny's teenage son heads to Hollywood to be a drummer in a rock 'n' roll band. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by a person over 13 years of age. Rated PG. Free popcorn.

When: 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. March 29.

Where: Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-893-3955 or rantoul.lib.il.us.

MOVIES ON THE MAINSTAGE

What: "The Ten Commandments." Rated G. Concessions available.

When: 7 p.m. March 30, 2 and 7 p.m. March 31.

Where:The Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan.

Cost:Tickets, $3-$5, only available at the door.

More info:Call 217-728-7375 or email theshow@thelittletheatre.org.

MOVIES ON THE MAINSTAGE

What: "The Prince of Egypt." Rated PG. Concessions available.

When:11 a.m. March 31.

Where:The Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan.

Cost:Tickets, $2-$3, only available at the door.

More info:Call 217-728-7375 or email theshow@thelittletheatre.org.

REWIND 92.5 FILM SERIES: PATRICK SWAYZE DOUBLE-CHESTED FEATURE

What: "Ghost" (1990). Rated PG-13. 127 minutes. "Road House" (1989). Rated R. 114 minutes.

When: "Ghost" at 1 p.m. and "Road House" at 7 p.m. March 31.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: $5, or $8 for both. Additional $1 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

ASIALENS FILM SERIES

What: "Drawing The Tiger" (2016). U.S./Nepal. 96 minutes. Directed and produced by Amy Benson, Scott Squire and Ramyata Limbu. Introduction and post-screening discussion.

When: 3 p.m. April 10.

Where: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: email aems@illinous.edu, call 217-333-9597 or aems.illinois.edu/events/asialens.htm

THE NEWS-GAZETTE FILM SERIES

What: "Singin' in the Rain" (1927). Rated G. 103 minutes.

When: 1 and 7 p.m. April 14.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: $6. Additional $1 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

MOVIE

What: Open to any and all Melvin area residents. Bring a rug or blanket to sit on. Those attending will have the opportunity to vote on which show will be viewed at the next Free Movie.

When: 7 p.m. April 20.

Where: Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-388-2440 or melvinillinois.org.

MUSIC

This weekend

KRANNERT UNCORKED

What: With The Jaybirds (jazz and blues standards, with a dash of pop), and try a new wine.

When: 5 to 6:30 p.m. March 8.

Where: Stage 5, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

BACH'S LUNCH CONCERTS

What: Music by Sam Gingher. Bring a lunch or purchase a box lunch through the park district by noon on the Wednesday before the performance.

When: Noon to 1 p.m. March 9.

Where: Springer Cultural Center, 301 N. Randolph St., C.

Cost: Performance is free. Lunches are $9; beverage, $1.25.

More info:Call 217-398-2376 or email michelle.Olden@champaignparks.com.

SINFONIA DA CAMERA

What:"Beethoven's Apotheosis of the Dance." An all-Beethoven concert, featuring Ian Hobson, piano.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 9.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $5-$40.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

PRAIRIE BREEZES PRESENTS THE TRANSIT BRASS TRIO

What: The group features Robert Sears (trumpet), Jessica Pearce (french horn), and Ben Carrasquillo (trombone). Performing new compositions and arrangements is a tradition of all Transit Brass concerts.

When:11:15 to 11:45 a.m. March 10.

Where:The Urbana Free Library, Children's Services, ground floor, 210 W. Green St.

Cost: Free.

More info:Call 217-367-4069.

CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES

What: Saturdays with Sebastian. Performed by Charlotte Mattax Moersch, professor of Harpsichord and Musicology. Music of Johann Sebastian Bach on period instruments. Sponsored in part by the UI School of Music and Krannert Art Museum.

When: 2 to 3 p.m. March 10.

Where: Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

Cost: Free, donations accepted.

More info: kam.illinois.edu or call 217-333-1861.

JOHN TIBBS

What: Christian music entertainer. A Hoopeston Save the Lorraine Foundation fundraising event. Help us save and restore the historic Lorraine Theatre.

When: 6 p.m. March 10.

Where:Lorraine Theatre, 324 E. Main St., Hoopeston.

Cost: Tickets $15 at the door.

More info:Email info@savethelorraine.com or call 217-304-7590 or http://www.facebook.com/SaveTheLorraine/.

'BROADWAY BACKWARDS'

What: Broadway Backwards is a fundraiser for Twin City Theatre Company and Broadway Cares. The male cast members sing Broadway show tunes originally performed by women, and the ladies perform songs traditionally sung by men. Silent auctions and more.

When:7 to 10 p.m. March 10.

Where: SoDo Theatre, 111 S. Walnut St., C.

Cost: Tickets $20, also at the door.

More info: Call 217-419-6058, twincitytheatreco.com or email twincitysquared@gmail.com.

STAATSKAPELLE WEIMAR

What:One of the oldest orchestras in the world and one of Germany's leading ensembles. They will be joined by violinist Valeriy Sokolov. Marquee Great Hall Series.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 10.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$49.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

'MOSTLY MOZART: A CONCERT IN MEMORY OF LOU MERVIS'

What: An intimate chamber music experience featuring the Danville Symphony Orchestra principal harp and flute players, and honoring the memory of one of DSO's founding fathers, Louis Mervis. Limited seating.

When: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 10.

Where: Ridgeview Baptist Church, 3838 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Cost: Tickets $5-$35.

More info: Call 217-443-5300 or danvillesymphony.org.

MITCH ALTMAN

What: The Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence. Altman, a San Francisco-based hacker and inventorpresents "Making way cool sounds & music: Basics of Digital Signal Processing" class and jam. Learn the basics, and understand how to make way cool noise, sound and music with microcontrollers. Bring a sound-making machine with you and demo and jam afterward. Open to anyone.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. March 11.

When: South Rec Room, Unit One/Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, U.

More info: Call 217-333-1100 or http://www.housing.illinois.edu/Living-Options/Living-Learning-Communities/Unit-One/guests-in-residence/mitch-altman-2018.

MUSIC SUNDAY

What: Featuring Stuart Smith Band (Americana).

When:2 to 4 p.m. March 11.

Where:Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount.

Cost:Music is free.

More info: Call 217-733-0330 or sleepycreekvineyards.com.

PARKLAND COLLEGE CONCERT SERIES

What: "Ides of March" Concert by Parkland Wind Ensemble and Parkland Chamber Singers.

When: 3 to 5 p.m. March 11.

Where: Harold and Jean Miner Theatre, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: faa.parkland.edu/music/calendar.html

Next week

OPEN TRADITIONAL SONG SESSION

What: Sing traditional songs (and new songs that are "in the tradition"). Irish rebel songs, Scottish love songs, Appalachian murder ballads, English drinking songs; cowboy songs, sailor songs, railroad songs; spirituals, protest songs, war songs, antiwar songs. Instruments welcome, but not required; Singing experience is not required.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. March 12 (second (and fifth) Mondays of every month).

Where:Meet in the hallway behind Common Ground Food Coop at Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana.

More info:Email cu_chanteys@maden.org.

BLUEGRASS ACOUSTIC JAM SESSION

When: 7 p.m. every Tuesday.

Where: Meet in the hallway near Spark Museum and Play Café at Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-621-2631 or email kleiss@illinois.edu.

ZAKIR HUSSAIN, TABLA

What:With Rakesh Chaurasia, bansuri (bamboo flute). Together, Hussain and Chaurasia will celebrate Indian classical music in a program of exquisite mastery. Marquee Big Mix Series.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 13.

Where: Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$40.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

UI STEEL BANDS

What: School of Music. This group performs calypso, soca, jazz, and global styles.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 13.

Where: Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

VAN CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION GOLD MEDALIST

What:A recital will be given by the Gold Medal winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition,Yekwon Sunwoo, the first Korean to win this prestigious competition. Marquee Classical Mix Series.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 14.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$38.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

BECKMAN INSTITUTE'S THURSDAYS AT 12:20 CONCERT SERIES

What: Featuring Matt Avery Trio (jazz standards). The series features performances by members of the University of Illinois School of Music. The Beckman Institute Café is open for lunch during the concerts.

When: 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. March 15.

Where: Atrium, Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U.

More info: Email communications@beckman.illinois.edu or http://beckman.illinois.edu/events/calendars/thursday-concerts.

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY IN MONTICELLO

What:Bement Country Opry Band with guest Eric Gordon. Dinner will be served before the show.

When: Dinner, 5 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. March 16.

Where: Monticello Community Ballroom above the library, 201 State St.

Cost: Tickets $10; dinner, $8.

More info: bementcountryopry.com, call 217-377-0550, 217-897-1662 or email brake4music@hotmail.com.

Future highlights

IN CONCERT AT CPL: BEN BEDFORD

What: An afternoon of folk music with musician and story teller Ben Bedford.

When: 2 to 3 p.m. March 25.

Where: Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-403-2070 or champaign.org.

SEA CHANTEY SING

What: Sing sea chanteys, the energetic work songs of the sailors, and other songs of the ocean, the inland waters, the fishers, dockworkers and the ports. Singing experience is not required.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. March 26 (fourth Monday of every month).

Where: Meet in the hallway behind Common Ground Food Coop at Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana.

More info: Email cu_chanteys@maden.org.

DWIGHT YOAKAM WITH BRANDY CLARK

What:Acclaimed singer-songwriter Dwight Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and is a 21-time nominated, multiple Grammy Award winner.

When:7:30 p.m. March 28.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: Reserved tickets, $49.50-$125. Additional $6 per ticket service charges (online only).

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

JUPITER STRING QUARTET

What: The group consists of violinist Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel, and cellist Daniel McDonough. They are Artists-in-Residence at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where they maintain private studios and head the string chamber music program.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 28.

Where: Dvorak Concert Hall,Doudna Fine Arts Center, 1860 S. Seventh St., Charleston.

Cost: Tickets $7-$16.

More info: eiu.edu/doudna, call 217-581-3110 or email doudnatix@eiu.edu.

KRANNERT UNCORKED

What: With the New Budapest Orpheum Society, and try a new wine. The eight-member ensemble from the University of Chicago juxtaposes songs unearthed from concentration camps and ghettos of World War II. With popular and political songs from the cabaret stage and Jewish cinema, this group commemorates one of the most powerful moments of modern music history.

When: 5 to 6:30 p.m. March 29.

Where: Stage 5, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

ROCHELLE SENNET, PIANO

What: University of Illinois School of Music faculty recital.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 29.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

'WEIRD AL' YANKOVIC

What:With special guest, Emo Philip. Yankovic brings his Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour to Champaign. For the first time, the musical satirist and four-time Grammy-winner foregoes his usual high-octane, big-production show for an intimate evening of music, focusing on original (non-parody) songs from his 14-album catalog.

When: 8 p.m. March 30.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $39-$89; VIP, $279. Additional $6 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

I-PAN STEEL DRUM BAND

What:Immerse yourself in the sunny sounds of Trinidad and Tobago (Calypso and Soca music), performed on steel drums by students from the University of Illinois School of Music. For kids and their families.

When:3 to 4 p.m. March 31.

Where:Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-403-2030 or champaign.org/

EILEEN GANNON AND BERNADETTE NIC GABHANN

What: Piper's Hut Concert. House concert and potluck. Seating is very limited. Reservations are required.

When: 7 p.m. March 31.

Where: near downtown, Champaign.

Cost:Tickets $10 and $20.

More info: pipers-hut.com/concerts or email pipers.hut@gmail.com.

JIM PUGH, JAZZ TROMBONE

What: University of Illinois School of Music faculty recital.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 31.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

ILLINOIS MODERN ENSEMBLE

What: University of Illinois School of Music ensemble focuses on contemporary and experimental music.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 31.

Where: Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

JOE DENINZON, ELECTRIC VIOLA

What: Deninzon has been hailed by critics as "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin," because of his innovative style and performance with an electric seven-string viola. He will perform original compositions and virtuosic jazz, hip hop, and rock viola solos.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 4.

Where: Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

KRANNERT UNCORKED

What: In celebration of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, Krannert Center is partnering with the Graduate College and Music Graduate Students Association (MUGS) for this week's Uncorked event. This week's music features Joey Glassman, marimba, Crystal Rebone Jazz Ensemble. Try a new wine.

When: 5 p.m. April 5.

Where: Stage 5, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

JUPITER STRING QUARTET

What: With Timothy Ehlen, piano. Marquee Classical.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 5.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$25.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY IN MONTICELLO

What:Bement Country Opry Band with guest Terry Smith. Dinner will be served before the show.

When: Dinner, 5 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. April 6.

Where: Monticello Community Ballroom above the library, 201 State St.

Cost: Tickets $10; dinner, $8.

More info: bementcountryopry.com, call 217-377-0550, 217-897-1662 or email brake4music@hotmail.com.

UI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

What: The premier orchestra at the University of Illinois will perform a variety of works in this concert.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 6.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

MELVIN MUSIC SHOW

What: Featuring Rick & Friends. Food for sale by Heartland Health Care.

When: 7 p.m. April 7. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for those wanting to purchase food).

Where: Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St.

Cost: Tickets $10.

More info: Call 217-388-2853.

SONGS OF FREEDOM

What: Featuring Theo Bleckmann, Alica Olatuja, and Joanna Majoko. Marquee Big Mix Series.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 7.

Where: Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$35.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

UI WIND SYMPHONY

What: Its members are undergraduate and graduate students who excel at playing the traditional band repertoire, works for small chamber groups, and innovative new pieces.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 7.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

GLOBAL TRANSFER AFTERGLOW: ASIAN AMERICAN JAZZ TRIO

What: Acclaimed interpreters Anthony Brown, percussion; Mark Izu, bass and sheng; and Masaru Koga, saxophones and shakuhachi.

When: 9:30 p.m. April 7.

Where: Stage 5, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

UI TROMBONE CHOIR AND UI TUBA/EUPHONIUM ENSEMBLE

What: More than a dozen brass musicians will blend their sounds in this concert..

When: 3 p.m. April 8.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

BAROQUE ARTISTS OF CHAMPAIGN URBANA

What: Emeritus music director Chester Alwes conducts "Story of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ" by Heinrich Schutz (op. 3, 1623), the first German oratorio. Also featured will be other works for the Easter season by Schutz and his pupils.

When: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 8.

Where: Grace Lutheran Church, 313 S Prospect Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $10-$20.

More info:baroqueartists.org or email info@baroqueartists.org.

OPEN TRADITIONAL SONG SESSION

What: Sing traditional songs (and new songs that are "in the tradition"). Irish rebel songs, Scottish love songs, Appalachian murder ballads, English drinking songs; cowboy songs, sailor songs, railroad songs; spirituals, protest songs, war songs, antiwar songs. Instruments welcome, but not required; Singing experience is not required.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. April 9 (second (and fifth) Mondays of every month).

Where:Meet in the hallway behind Common Ground Food Coop at Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana.

More info:Email cu_chanteys@maden.org.

UI PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

What: The versatile members of this group showcase percussion traditions from across the globe.

When: 3 p.m. April 10.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

ROBIN TROWER

What: Heralded as one of the most influential guitar players to come out of the 1960s British blues rock scene, Trower is known for both his incredible talent as a guitar player and his inspirational style of soloing.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 11.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: Reserved tickets, $49.50 and $69.50 . Additional $5 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

BECKMAN INSTITUTE'S THURSDAYS AT 12:20 CONCERT SERIES

What: Featuring Chip McNeill Jazz Quartet. The series features performances by members of the University of Illinois School of Music. The Beckman Institute Café is open for lunch during the concerts.

When: 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. April 12.

Where: Atrium, Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U.

More info: Email communications@beckman.illinois.edu or http://beckman.illinois.edu/events/calendars/thursday-concerts.

BACH'S LUNCH CONCERTS

What: Music by Carl Johnson’s New Orleans Jazz. Bring a lunch or purchase a box lunch through the park district by noon on the Wednesday before the performance.

When: Noon to 1 p.m. April 13.

Where: Springer Cultural Center, 301 N. Randolph St., C.

Cost: Performance is free. Lunches are $9; beverage, $1.25.

More info:Call 217-398-2376 or email michelle.Olden@champaignparks.com.

THE DUTTONS

What:Back for their first concert at the Virginia since the 90's! The Duttons are international touring and recording artists who perform in a variety of musical genres — everything from bluegrass to classical to contemporary — expertly, on many instruments.

When: 7 p.m. April 13.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $22.50-$33.50/$29.50; additional $3 per-ticket service charges (online only) .

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

UI WOMEN'S GLEE CLUB MOM'S DAY CONCERT

What: The UI Women's Glee Club will combine more than 60 voices to celebrate women at this special event.

When: 2 p.m. April 14.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

UI BLACK CHORUS MOM'S DAY CONCERT

What: Performance features spirituals, gospel anthems, jazz works, and R&B songs.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 14.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

MUSIC SUNDAY

What: Featuring Escaping Pavement (Americana).

When:2 to 4 p.m. April 15.

Where:Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount.

Cost:Music is free.

More info: Call 217-733-0330 or sleepycreekvineyards.com.

LAWRENCE BROWNLEE, TENOR

What: One of the most in-demand singers on the international scene, Brownlee was recently nominated for "Male Singer of the Year" by the International Opera Awards. Marquee Classical Mix Series.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 19.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$40.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY IN MONTICELLO

What:Bement Country Opry Band with guest Marvin Lee. Dinner will be served before the show.

When: Dinner, 5 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. April 20.

Where: Monticello Community Ballroom above the library, 201 State St.

Cost: Tickets $10; dinner, $8.

More info: bementcountryopry.com, call 217-377-0550, 217-897-1662 or email brake4music@hotmail.com.

GATHERING: A SESQUICENTENNIAL MUSICAL CELEBRATION

What: The University of Illinois Wind Symphony and Chamber Singers, will be joined by soloists Nathan Gunn, Todd Payne, and Yvonne Redman for the debut of a newly commissioned work titled Gathering.

When: 3 p.m. April 21.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$15.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

KRANNERT CENTER DEBUT ARTIST

What: As the winner of this competition, Lishan Xue, pianist, will present a recital to launch her professional career as part of Krannert Center's Marquee Sunday Salon Series.

When: 3 p.m. April 22.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $5-$53.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY AND ALISON KRAUSS

What: Together Live.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 22. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., C.

Cost: Tickets $26.50-$246.50 plus fees.

More info: statefarmcenter.com/events or call 866-455-4641 or 217-333-3470.

DANCING

This weekend

ILLINI SWING SOCIETY DANCE

What: Weekly swing dancing. All are welcome. Usually DJ'd by a local dance. No special shoes or dress is required.

When: 9 to 11 p.m. Thursdays, March 8 through April 5. Except March 22.

Where:Room 314, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: illiniswing.org.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Happy Hour Novice Dance.Open dancing.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. March 9.

Where: Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

Cost: Admission, $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 217-359-5333.

COUNTRY DANCING

What: Public dances. Bands include Broken Prairie on the first Saturday of the month, Caleb Cook Band on the second, Battle Creek on the third and Sparks and Crawford Band on the last Saturday.

When: 7 to 10 p.m. every Saturday.

Where: Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C.

Cost: $5; last Saturday of each month, $10.

More info: Call 217-398-9527.

Next week

INTERNATIONAL DANCING

What: Sponsored by the Illini Folk Dance Society. Features mostly easy and intermediate dances from around the world. Irish Night, March 13. No previous experience or partner is needed.

When: 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, March 13-Oct. 23.

Where: Room 314, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. Check schedule in north lobby because room assignments get changed without notice.

Cost: Free.

More info: https://illinifolkdancesociety.weebly.com.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. St. Patrick's Day Dance.Open dancing.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. March 16.

Where: Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

Cost: Admission, $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 217-359-5333.

CONTRA DANCE

What: Urbana Country Dancers' event featuring music by Rare Privilege with caller, Jim Hemphill. No partner or experience needed. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. New dancer orientation at 7:30 p.m.

When: 8 to 11 p.m. March 16.

Where: Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U.

Cost: $5; students and seniors, $4.

More info: urbana-contra.org.

TANGO AT KRANNERT ART MUSEUM

What: Tango dancing with music by Tangotta, featuring Armand Beaudoin, bass and cello; Dorothy Martirano, violin; Sam Gingher, keyboard and accordion; and George Turner, guitar. All levels of ability are welcome.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. March 17.

Where: Krannert Art Museum, Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

Cost: Free, donations accepted.

More info: Email kam@illinois.edu, call 217-333-1861 or kam.illinois.edu.

ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE

What: Annual Marchfest Traditional Dance Event, sponsored by the Central Illinois English Country Dancers, features afternoon workshops in English, American and Irish dances with an evening English Country Dance Ball with music by Rare Privilege. Costumes for the Ball are encouraged but not required. No partner or experience needed.

When: 1 to 10 p.m. March 17.

Where: Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U.

Cost: Ball $10, each workshop $2 suggested donation.

More info: Call 217-359-8225, centralillinoisecd.org/marchfest or email jsivier@illinois.edu.

Future highlights

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What: A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Class demos.Open dancing.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. March 23.

Where: Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

Cost: Admission, $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 217-359-5333.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Bachata Lesson at 7 p.m.Open dancing starts at 7:30 p.m.

When: 7 to 10 p.m. March 30.

Where: Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

Cost: Admission, $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 217-359-5333.

CONTRA DANCE

What: Urbana Country Dancers' event featuring music by Too Old to Be Controlled with caller, Kristi Emilsson. No partner or experience needed. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. New dancer orientation at 7:30 p.m.

When: 8 to 11 p.m. March 30.

Where: Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U.

Cost: $5; students and seniors, $4.

More info: urbana-contra.org.

NIGHT CLUB DANCE

What: Night Club Dance, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tango dance starts at 9:30 p.m.

When: 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. March 31.

Where: Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

Cost: Admission, $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 217-359-5333.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Happy Hour Novice Dance.Open dancing.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. April 6.

Where: Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

Cost: Admission, $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 217-359-5333.

CONTRA DANCE

What: Urbana Country Dancers' event featuring music by Meadowhawkwith caller, Gail Hintze. No partner or experience needed. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. New dancer orientation at 7:30 p.m.

When: 8 to 11 p.m. April 6.

Where: Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U.

Cost: $5; students and seniors, $4.

More info: urbana-contra.org.

HOOPESTON MULTI AGENCY SENIOR DANCE

What: A dinner and a dance with music by Dixie Flyer Band. Call to register for dinner.

When: Dinner, 5 to 6 p.m.; dance, 6 to 8 p.m. April 7.

Where:Hoopeston Multi-Agency Service Center, 206 S. First Ave., Hoopeston.

Cost:$5 and include meal.

More info:Call 217-283-5544.

LATIN DANCE NIGHT

What: Co-sponsored by La Casa Cultural Latina. Celebrate the fall semester with rhythms from Latin America and the Caribbean—reggaeton, bachata, cumbia, salsa, merengue, and more! Free garage parking. Cash bar available.

When: 9:30 p.m. April 6.

Where: Stage 5, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Waltz Lesson at 7 p.m.Open dancing starts at 7:30 p.m.

When: 7 to 10 p.m. April 13.

Where: Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

Cost: Admission, $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 217-359-5333.

ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE

What: Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Live music.Dancers of all ages are welcome. All dances will be taught. Partners, costumes and experience are not required. Bring soft-soled, nonmarking, nonstreet shoes.

When: 2 to 5 p.m. April 15.

Where: Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U.

Cost: Admission, $3.

More info: Call 217-359-8225, centralillinoisecd.org or email ciecd-info@centralillinoisecd.org.

CONTRA DANCE

What: Urbana Country Dancers' event featuring music by Big Bluestemwith caller, Scott Meyer. No partner or experience needed. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. New dancer orientation at 7:30 p.m.

When: 8 to 11 p.m. April 20.

Where: Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U.

Cost: $5; students and seniors, $4.

More info: urbana-contra.org.

NIGHT CLUB DANCE

What: Night Club Dance.

When: 7 to 9:30 a.m. April 21.

Where: Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

Cost: Admission, $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 217-359-5333.

PERFORMING ARTS

This weekend

MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP WITH SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE

What: Marquee Big Mix Series. Layla and Majnun," a classic story of love, re-amagined.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 8 and 9.

Where:Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$43.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

THE SECOND CITY

What: Presents "Look Both Ways Before Talking."Sit back and laugh at their latest comedy improv revue. The Second City is celebrating nearly six decades of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy's best and brightest.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 10.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Cost:Reserved tickets, $18.50-$32.50; additional $3 online processing fee applied.

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

Future highlights

PECHAKUCHA NIGHT

What: Volume 26 of Champaign-Urbana Design Organization's showcase for local creativity. Presenters have 20 images and 20 seconds per image to share their ideas, works, and passions for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds flat.Music by DJ Shane Canefield. Possible mature content, 18+ recommended.

When: Doors open, 6:30 p.m.; show, 8:20 p.m. March 24.

Where:The Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: Admission, $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Additional per-ticket service charges $2 (online only).

More info: http://thecudo.org/pecha-kucha-app/,facebook.com/pechakuchaCU, http://thecudo.org/portfolio/pechakucha-night/ or email pechakuchaCU@thecudo.org.

TAO: DRUM HEART

What:The performers who take the stage for TAO are both highly trained athletes and highly expressive artists. TAO's modern, high-energy performances showcase the ancient art of Japanese drumming combining ultra-physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, dynamic choreography, and innovative visuals.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 27.

Where: Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$35.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

VOICE READING SERIES

What: Live readings of new fiction and poetry by authors in the Creative Writing MFA program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 29.

Where: Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, main level, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

Cost: Free.

More info: kam.illinois.edu,email kam@illinois.edu or call 217-333-1861.

ZOO IMPROV FRIDAY NIGHT IMPROV

What: Kid-friendly interactive family show at 7 p.m. followed by the cage-free comedy for the rest of the family at 8:30.

When: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. March 30.

Where: SoDo Theater, 111 S. Walnut St., C.

Cost: Admission is pay what you wish.

More info: zooimprov.com or email contact@zooimprov.

POETRY READING WITH CU POETRY

What:Kick off National Poetry Month with a community poetry reading hosted by CU Poetry. Bring a poem you're working on to read to the group and gain valuable constructive criticism. For adults.

When: 7 to 8 p.m. April 3.

Where: Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St.

Cost: Free.

More info:Call 217-403-2070 or champaign.org.

SPEAK CAFE

What: SPEAK Cafe is an open-mic public space for Song, Poetry, Expression, Arts, and Knowledge. Organized and moderated by Shaya Robinson.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. April 5.

Where: Main Level, Espresso Royale Palette Cafe, Krannert Art Museum, main level, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email kam@illinois.edu or call 217-333-1860.

GEMS & JEWELS

What: Champaign Park District's Dance Arts program presents a new ballet, with music and choreographic themes taken from George Balanchine's ballet, "Jewels." Performance includes Irish, tap, and contemporary dance sections as well as ballet.

When: 7 p.m. April 7 and 2 p.m. April 8.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $10. Additional $2 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

STUDIO DANCE II

What: Dance at Illinois students present their dance-making investigations curated by a panel of faculty and students.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 19-21.

Where: Studio Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$17.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY

What: A mind-blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of five of the most incredible illusionists on earth.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 15. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., C.

Cost: Tickets $39-$58 plus fees plus fees.

More info: statefarmcenter.com/events or call 866-455-4641 or 217-333-3470.

THEATER

This weekend

DISNEY'S 'BEAUTY AND THE BEAST' MUSICAL

What:Presented by Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School chorus department. Beauty and the Beast is based on the Academy Award-winning Disney animated film and includes all the characters and songs from the film, in addition to new songs written for the Broadway show.

When:7 p.m. March 9 and 10.

Where:Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School, gymnasium, 815 N. Church St., Gibson City.

More info:Call 217-784-4278 or email walker-steidinger.cathy@gcmsk12.org.

'THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL'

What: A country-rock and blues musical about agoraphobia, adultery, '80s nostalgia, spray cheese, road kill, hysterical pregnancy, a broken electric chair, kleptomania, strippers, flan, and disco.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 8 and 9, 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 10, 2 p.m. March 11.

Where: The Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan.

Cost:Tickets $21.75-$37.50.

More info: Call 217-728-7375 or thelittletheatre.org.

'THE HOBBIT'

What: Presented by Creative Dramatics Workshop.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 9 and 10, 2:30 p.m. March 11, 7:30 p.m. March 16 and 17, 2:30 p.m. March 18.

Where: The Homer Opera House, 101 N. Main St.

Cost: Tickets $7-$10.

More info: homeroperahouse.com, call 217-688-2395 or 217-493-6175, facebook.com/The-Creative-Dramatics-Workshop-at-The-Homer-Opera-House-115194891847412.

'SHOW ME WHAT'S ON'

What: Stagestruck's children's production. The new theatre company produces shows for children ages 2nd grade to high school. Their first show, a collection of TV and movie parodies, is being dedicated in the memory of Dan Foss.

When: 2 and 7 p.m. March 10, and 3 p.m. March 11.

Where: Vintage Villains, 126 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Tickets: $5, at the door.

More info: Call 217-213-1571 or 217-213-4548.

'THE SOUND OF MUSIC'

What:Presented by The High School of St. Thomas More.

When:7 p.m. March 8 and 9, and 2 and 7 p.m. March 10.

Where:The High School of St. Thomas More, 3901 N. Mattis Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $7-$10, children 5 and younger are free.

More info:Call 217-352-7210 or https://stmmusicanddrama.ludus.com/

'TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL'

What: Presented by Illinois Theatre. A lively, timeless comedy by Shakespeare.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 8-10, and 3 p.m. March 11. Post-performance talkback, March 8. Dessert and Conversation, 2 p.m. March 11.

Where: Studio Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $8-$25. Dessert and Conversation, $7, includes dessert.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

Next week

'GET OFF MY CABBAGE'

What: Tri-County Players presents a comedy with plenty of cabbages, curmudgeons and crazies.

When: 7 p.m. March 16 and 17, 2 p.m. March 18, 7 p.m. March 23 and 24, 2 p.m. March 25.

Where: Paxton Market Street Theatre, 120 N. Market St., Paxton.

Cost: Tickets $12.

More info: Call 217-379-7028.

'NUNSENSE II: THE SECOND COMING'

What: Presented by Twin City Theatre Company.

When:7 p.m. March 16 and 17, 2 p.m. March 18, 7 p.m. March 22-24, 2 p.m. March 25.

Where: SoDo Theatre, 111 S. Walnut St., C.

Cost: Tickets $20, also at the door.

More info: Call 217-419-6058, twincitytheatreco.com or email twincitysquared@gmail.com.

'YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN'

What: Rantoul Township High School Theater Department.

When: 7 p.m. March 15, 16 and 17.

Where: cafetorium, Rantoul Township High School, 200 S. Sheldon St., Rantoul.

Cost: Tickets $5 for students K-12; $6 for adults.

More info: Call 217-892-2151.

Future highlights

'ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE'

What: The Beef House Dinner Theatre.

When: Evening shows April 6, 7, 13 and 14, doors open at 5 p.m., show at 7 p.m. CDT (6 p.m., show at 8 p.m. EDT); matinees April 8, 14, 15, doors open at 11:30 p.m., show at 1 p.m. CDT (12:30 p.m., show at 2 p.m. EDT).

Where: The Beef House, 16501 N. State Road 63, Covington, Ind.

Cost: Tickets $46, includes dinner.

More info:beefhouserolls.com or call 765-793-4770.

'BARBECUE'

What: Illinois Theatre. New comedy by Robert O'Hara. Directed by the Goodman Theatre's Chuck Smith. Post-performance Talkback on April 5.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 29-31, April 4-7, and 3 p.m. April 8.

Where: Studio Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $8-$25.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

'CABARET'

What: The fourth show in the annual Broadway series presented by WCIA 3.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 28. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., C.

Cost: Tickets $39-$58. Series subscriptions start at $156.

More info: statefarmcenter.com or call 866-455-4641 or 217-333-3470.

'MEMPHIS'

What: Parkland Theatre. Filled with high-energy numbers, this musical won four 2010 Tony awards, including Best Musical.

When:7:30 p.m. April 5-7, 13, 14, 3 p.m. April 15, 7:30 p.m. April 20 and 21; 3 p.m. April 22.

Where: Harold and Jean Miner Theatre, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $10-$16; group (20 or more), $12; opening night is half-price.

More info: Call 217-351-2528 or email theatre@parkland.edu.

'RABBIT HOLE'

What: Red Mask Players.A drama by David Lindsay-Abaire.

When:7:30 p.m. April 6 and 7, 2 p.m. April 8, 7:30 p.m. April 13 and 14, and 2 p.m. April 15.

Where: Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Cost: Tickets $18-$20.

More info: Call 217-442-5858, email redmaskplayers@hotmail.com or redmaskplayers.com.

'SHE KILLS MONSTERS'

What:Charleston Alley Theatre. By Qui Nguyen.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 22-24, 2 p.m. March 25, 7:30 p.m. March 29-31, and 2 p.m. April 1.

Where: Charleston Alley Theatre, 718 Monroe St., Charleston.

Cost: General admission, $10; free or reduced priced tickets for those financially unable to pay.

More info: Call 217-345-2287 or charlestonalleytheatre.com.'THE WIZARD OF OZ'What: The third show in the annual Broadway series presented by WCIA 3.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 19. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., C.

Cost: Tickets $39-$58. Series subscriptions start at $156.

More info: Call 866-455-4641 or 217-333-3470 or statefarmcenter.com.

OUTDOORS / NATURE

This weekend

BEAR AND THE UNRELIABLE BESTIARY

What:This one-man show is part storytelling, part cinematic documentation, part TEDtalk. BEAR, the fourth performance in Deke Weaver's life-long project, The Unreliable Bestiary, includes storytelling, interwoven videos of animals and habitats, researched data, music, dance, and visual arts installations. Weaver's pieces represent a tiny sliver of our current catastrophic loss of biodiversity.

When: 7 to 10 p.m. March 8.

Where: Allerton Park and Retreat Center, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello.

Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

More info: Allerton.illinois.edu or call 217-333-3287.

NATURE PLAY FOR KIDS

What:Ages 3 and up with adult. Naturalist-led themed activities outdoors except in cases of severe weather. Drop-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is encouraged to have enough supplies for everyone; call to let us know you are coming. Themes explored depend on what current events are happening in nature at the time and are announced the week before each program.

When:10 to 11 a.m. Fridays, March 9-April 13.

Where:Friendship Grove Nature Playscape, Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost:Donation, $5/child.

More info:Call 217-384-4062 or urbanaparks.org/programs/nature-programs.

WOODCOCK WALK

What:Join us in a search for the elusive wood snipe, AKA the American Woodcock, as the males perform their amazing courtship display at dusk. A short presentation will be followed by a hike to look for the sky dancers.All ages. Register by March 7.

When: 7 to 8 p.m. March 9.

Where:Meet at the Buffalo Trace Prairie parking lot on Rt. 47 / N. Lombard across the street from the Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-896-2455 or email jwick@ccfpd.org.

VERMILION COUNTY MASTER GARDENER 2018 GARDEN DAY

What:The annual Workshop and Spring Festival includes speakers, vendors, a hot lunch, silent auction and raffle baskets and door prizes. Spring Festival is open to the public at no charge. Fee for speakers and lunch.

When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10.

Where: Bremer Center Theater, Danville Area Community College, 2000 E. Main St.

Cost: Registration fee $25 for speakers, lunch and a bag filled with garden goodies.

More info: Call 217-442-8615, email jhanraha@illinois.edu or https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=17856.

WOODCOCK WALK

What:Join us in a search for the elusive wood snipe, AKA the American Woodcock, as the males perform their amazing courtship display at dusk. A short presentation will be followed by a hike to look for the sky dancers.All ages. Register by March 8.

When: 7 to 8 p.m. March 10.

Where:Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-896-2455 or email jwick@ccfpd.org.

SUNDAY MORNING BIRD WALKS

What:Walk with Champaign County Audubon Society leaders and search for birds in Busey Woods and Crystal Lake. All skill levels are welcome (under 15 years with supervising adult). Learn basic bird-watching and identification techniques. Bring binoculars or borrow one from the center with a refundable credit card deposit of $15 (pick up, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday).

When:7:30 to 9 a.m. Sundays, March 11 through May 27.

Where:Meet at Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost:Free.

More info: champaigncountyaudubon.org or call 217-384-4062.

Next week

WINTER FUN RUNS

What: Second Wind Running Club's outdoor group runs a 4- or 6-mile loop through campus and Urbana. All abilities encouraged to attend; determine your own pace per mile.

When: 6 p.m. Tuesdays through March.

Where: Meet at the southwest entrance to the UI Armory (corner of Gregory Drive and Fourth Street).

More info: secondwindrunningclub.org or email funruns@secondwindrunningclub.org.

SPRING SENSATIONS NIGHT HIKE

What:All ages (under age 15 with registered adult). Experience the sights, sounds and smells of spring's arrival during a nighttime hike through Busey Woods. Finish the night with hot chocolate and snacks around the campfire. In the event of rain, it may be rescheduled.

When:7 to 8:30 p.m. March 16.

Where:Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., and Busey Woods, Urbana.

Cost:$9, resident, $14, nonresident, by March 2, $11 and $17 by March 9.

More info:Call 217-367-1544 or 217-384-4062 or urbanaparks.org/programs/nature-programs.

MOUNTAIN GOAT HILL RUNS AND WALK

What:Kennekuk Road Runner's 32nd annual runner event. A 2.2-mile walk, 4.4-mile run and 8.8-mile run. A St. Patrick's Day Party at Turtle Run Banquet Room after the event.

When: 11 a.m. March 17.

Where: Kickapoo State Recreation Area, near Danville.

Cost: Entry fees, $15-$25 for walk/runs. Party, $10. Register at active.com.

More info: kennekuk.com or email krr@kennekuk.com.

CANADA GEESE: FRIEND OR FOE?

What:Age 15 and up. Once hunted to the brink of extinction, they have made an incredible rebound in the last 60 years. Join us to learn about their recovery, why they no longer migrate in the winter, and what communities and the Urbana Park District are doing to prevent them from overpopulating.

When:2 to 3 p.m. March 17.

Where:Lake House, Crystal Lake Park, Urbana.

Cost:Free.

More info:urbanaparks.org/programs/nature-programs.

Future highlights

WOODCOCK WALK

What: All ages (under 15 with adult). Discover the secret life of the bird with the upside-down brain during a guided twilight stroll. Witness why this bird has so many other intriguing names like Labrador Twister, Pop-eyed Shot Dodger and Mud Snipe. Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them. We will hike through muddy and non-paved surfaces. Please, no strollers.Call by March 20 if you plan on attending.

When: 7 to 8 p.m. March 21.

Where: Meadowbrook Interpretive Center, Meadowbrook Park, 2808 S. Race St., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-384-4062 or urbanaparks.org/programs/nature-programs.

CUAS FAMILY SKYWATCH

What: Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society Inc. See the stars and planets through their telescopes. A new observatory building was recently completed to accommodate the increasing number of guests. Use the newly refurbished primary dome instrument, a 16 primary diameter mirror Cassegrain telescope. Canceled in the event of bad weather, including cloudy skies.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. March 24.

Where: CUAS Observatory, southwest of Champaign, south of Monticello Road on County Road 700 E.; located about 2 miles south west of Willard Airport.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email cuas@cuas.org or cuas.org.

HUMMINGBIRDS AND BIRD BANDING

What: A Champaign County Master Gardeners' presentation on attracting hummingbirds to your garden and bird banding by Vern Kleen, a former Avian Ecologist for Illinois Department of Natural Resources, who now operates a full-time banding station five days a week during spring and fall at Lincoln Land Community College, typically banding between 2,000-2,500 hummingbirds each summer.

When: 7 p.m. March 27.

Where: University of Illinois Extension, Champaign County, Auditorium, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-333-7672 or web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv.

ANITA PURVES NATURE CENTER OPEN HOUSE

What:Visit the nature center, the Friendship Grove Nature Playscape and Busey Woods to learn about the programs and services offered to the community. Dive into educational Loan Box content; learn about programs for schools and other groups; guided nature play activities at the playscape; nature birthday party activities; meet the animals, and maybe "adopt" one.

When:2 to 4 p.m. April 7.

Where:Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost:Free.

More info:Call 217-384-4062 or urbanaparks.org/programs/nature-programs.

PROJECT LEARNING TREE (PLT) FOR NATURALISTS AND CAREGIVERS

What: Professional development opportunity for anyone who works in nonformal education including Master Naturalists, scout leaders, parents, volunteers. PLT is a collection of environmental education activity guides that improve children's environmental awareness and critical thinking skills. Come prepared to go outside in rain or shine.

When:1 to 5 p.m. April 14.

Where:Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost: Fee $40; includes PLT Nature Activities for Families activity guide and resources.

More info:Call 217-367-1544 or urbanaparks.org/programs/nature-programs/

UI MUSEUMS

Krannert Art Museum

What: Spring 2018 exhibitions, "Postwar Printmaking in the United States, 1945-1955"; "World on the Horizon: Swahili Art Across the Indian Ocean"; "Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme: And Yet My Mask is Powerful"; "Allan deSouza: Through the Black Country..."; "Provenance: A Forensic History of Art."

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; KAM After Hours — Thursdays open until 9 p.m. Closed Sundays.

Where: 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

Cost: Museum is free admission; suggested donation, $3.

More info: kam.illinois.edu or call 217-333-1860.

Spurlock Museum

What: Arts Explorations, themed art projects for adults and older kids. Faberge-inspired Easter eggs.

When: 1 to 3:30 p.m. March 11.

Cost: Free.

Exhibits, "Cahokia's Religion: The Art of Red Goddesses, Black Drink, and the Underworld" through May 20; and "Knowledge at Work: 150 Years of the University of Illinois" through Dec. 21.

When: 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 and university holidays.

Where: 600 S. Gregory St., U.

Cost: Free, suggested donation, $3.

More info: Email spurlock-museum@illinois.edu, call 217-333-2360 or spurlock.illinois.edu.

OTHER MUSEUMS

BICENTENNIAL ART CENTER AND MUSEUM

What: "Annual Town & County Amateur Art Exhibition & Blackhawk Park Exhibition."

When:10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment. Closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday and holidays. Through March 16.

Where: 132 S. Central Ave., Paris, Ill.

Cost: Free admission.

More info: parisartcenter.com or call 217-466-8130.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM

What: A new temporary exhibit, "Going for Gold," highlights Champaign County's connections with the Winter Olympics including in-depth looks at the careers of Champaign natives Bonnie Blair and Katherine Reutter.

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed holidays. Through April.

Where: 102 E. University Ave., C.

Cost: Suggested donation, $3.

More info: champaigncountyhistory.org, email President@ChampaignCountyHistory.org or call 217-356-1010.

DOUGLAS COUNTY MUSEUM

What: The museum celebrates the history of Douglas County and East Central Illinois by collecting, researching, preserving, and interpreting artifacts of historical and cultural interest. A large, private collection of Civil War Era firearms on long-term display.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; Sunday by appointment only. Closed holidays.

Where: 700 S. Main St., Tuscola.

Cost: Free; donations are welcome.

More info: douglascountymuseum.org or call 217-253-2535.

FARMER CITY MUSEUM

What: Sponsored by the Farmer City Genealogical & Historical Society. Current showcase exhibit honors Malcolm Clarno and his family's life in Farmer City. Clarno was the first Farmer City casualty of World War II. His transport ship, the USAT Dorchester, sunk from a German U-Boat torpedo with 672 soldiers dying.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays; or call to set up appointments.

Where: 224 S. Main St., Farmer City.

Cost: Free admission.

More info: Call 309-928-3488 or 309-928-7198, http://fcghsociety.org or email admin@fcghsociety.org.

FORD COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY WATER TOWER MUSEUM

What: An exhibit about the county poor house which became the Ford County Nursing Home before it was sold.The "history wall" on the north exterior wall of the museum is complete which includes four informational signs and a bronze plate about the wall itself.

When: Winter hours, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of each month, December through March. Museum tours can be arranged at other times by calling.

Where: 145 S. Market St., Paxton. In the remodeled city water tower and pump house, adjacent to Majestic Park, corner of Market and Center streets.

Cost: Free.

More info:Call 217-379-4111 or 217-379-3723.

IROQUOIS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY OLD COURTHOUSE MUSEUM

What:"Glen Raymond Middle School Student Art Exhibit." Art Instructor, Kay Devine.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; and first Sunday of each month, 1 to 4 p.m. Closed holidays. Through April.

Where: 103 W. Cherry St., Watseka.

More info: Call 815-432-2215.

MUSEUM OF THE GRAND PRAIRIE

What: Spring Break at the Museum. Fun-filled activities every day: Candle Dipping, March 19; Quilting, March 20; Butter Churning, March 21; Quill Writing, March 22; Civil War Craft & Activity Day, March 23.

When:2 to 4 p.m. March 19-23. Museum is open every day, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet.

Cost: Free.

More info:ccfpd.org, call 217-586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

ORPHEUM CHILDREN'S SCIENCE MUSEUM

What: Night at the Museum: Amazing Animals. A drop-off event for children ages 4-12 years old. Children get to spend time after-hours at the museum, playing in their favorite exhibits and enjoying staff-led activities. Activities with our resident reptiles and critters.! A pizza dinner will be provided.

Where: 5 to 8 p.m. March 10.

Where: 346 N. Neil St., C.

Cost: Admission, $25 per kid; $20, Orpheum members.Additional charges may apply for late pick-up.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/145410236088467/, orpheumkids.com, email info@orpheumkids.com or call 217-352-5895.

SOUSA ARCHIVES AND CENTER FOR AMERICAN MUSIC

What:"Illinois' Anti-Establishment Soundscapes: Troubled Waters in 1970."

When: 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. Through Oct. 29.

Where: Harding Band Building, 1103 S. Sixth St., C.

Cost: Free; donations accepted.

More info: For guided tours, call 217-244-9309 or sousa@uiuc.edu.

SPARK MUSEUM AND PLAY CAFÉ

What: A children's museum featuring five zones of exhibits including wiggle and giggle, build, discover, play, perform, and make and bake. Each area is full of exhibits that build off themes of creative problem solving, dramatic play, and creativity.

When:10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

What: Art Lab! A chance to explore with art. Different projects each week. All ages. Free for members and free with admission.

When: 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays, March 9 through Oct. 26.

Where: 142 Lincoln Square, U.

Cost: Admission, $5. Children under 2, free. Art Lab is free for members and free with admission.

More info:visitsparkmuseum.com, call 217-607-0524 or email sparkmuseumcafe@gmail.com.

VERMILION COUNTY MUSEUM AND FITHIAN HOUSE

What: The Vermilion County Museum Society is commemorating the 100th Anniversary of World War I with the exhibit, "Over There."

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Through April.

Where: 116 N. Gilbert St., Danville.

Cost: Museum admission, $1-$3. Museum and Fithian House admission, $1-$5. Children 12 years old and younger, free.

More info: vermilioncountymuseum.org or call 217-442-2922.

VERMILION COUNTY WAR MUSEUM

What: Two main floors covering wars for over 250 years. Constructed in 1903, The Illinois war museum displays memorabilia and artifacts from the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

Where: 307 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Cost: Admission, $2-$4; children under age 6 and active duty military personnel and their families are free.

More info: Call 217-431-0034, vcwm.org or email vcwm@comcast.net.

PLANETARIUM

WILLIAM M. STAERKEL PLANETARIUM

Sky show:"Winter Prairie Skies, 7 p.m. Fridays, March 9."Spring Prairie Skies, 7 p.m. Fridays, March 16, April 13-27.

Main feature:"Out There!," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, March 9-April 28.

Children's feature: "In My Backyard," 7 p.m. Saturdays, March 10-April 7.

Where: Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Admission, $5-$6. Presentation, $5. Lecture, $2.

More info: Call 217-351-2568 or 217-351-2446.

EXHIBITS

ARTISTS' ALLEY AT MCKINLEY

What: Exhibit, "Beyond the Landscape," paintings and colored pencil drawings by Lori Fuller. Artists' Alley is collaboration between The McKinley Foundation, McKinley Church and Presby Hall.

When: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Through March 15.

Where: in the corridor connecting the McKinley Foundation and Presby Hall, 405 E. John St., C.

More info: Call 217-344-0297, email lafullerlandscapes@gmail.com or mckinley-foundation.org/artists-alley.

ASIAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER

What: Art exhibit, "Drama of Black and White- Pen and Ink Drawings of Hua Nian."

When:9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed holidays. Through March 30.

Where: 1210 W. Nevada St., U.

More info: https://oiir.illinois.edu/aacc/our-programs/artist-showcase, email aacc@illinois.edu or call 217-333-9300.

CHAMPAIGN PUBLIC LIBRARY

What: Exhibition series, "The Art Connection: Schools to Library," featuring artwork by students and art teachers from four Champaign schools: Kenwood Elementary (Jill Kjorlien), Westview Elementary (Amy Johnson), and Centennial and Central High Schools (Rachel Kinney).

When: 3 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, first floor. And 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, FriendShop Bookstore (elevator to lower level). Through May. Closed holidays.

Where: Main library on the east wall of the children's area, and in the FriendShop Bookstore, 200 W. Green St.

Where: 200 W. Green St.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-403-2070 or champaign.org.

DANVILLE ART LEAGUE

What: Artist reception for the Veteran's Exhibit.

When: 1 to 3 p.m. March 10. Open, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Saturday. Through March 29.

Where: Paul Brumaghim gallery, 320 N. Franklin St., Danville.

More info: Call 217-442-9264 or email thedanvilleartleague@gmail.com.

40 POINT ONE

What: "PLURAL," a juried show that features work with more than one dimension, more than one medium, more than one part, or more than one artist.

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Through April 27.

Where:40 North's art space, 1300 S. Neil St., C (inside Consolidated Communications and across the street from Meatheads).

Cost: Free.

More info:Email kwhite@40north.org.

GIERTZ GALLERY AT PARKLAND COLLEGE

What: "The ART of Illustration," featuring the work of artists from around the world. Gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. by Liza Wynette and classical guitar music by Sami Issa.

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday; Feb. 12 through March 27. Closed Fridays and Sundays, and March 17-25.

Where: 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-351-2485, artgallery.parkland.edu or email giertzgallery@parkland.edu.

HOMER LAKE FOREST PRESERVE

What: Exhibit, "A Place for all People." Celebrate African American History Month by getting a taste of what you can find in the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This special Smithsonian exhibit features highlights from the national museum located in Washington, D.C.

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday. To visit on a Monday or in the morning, call ahead. Closed holidays. Through March 23.

Where: Interpretive Center, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-896-2455 or email pleiter@ccfpd.org.

ILLINI UNION ART GALLERY

What: Opening reception for "Ninth Annual - The Eric Show" presented by 40 North.

When: 4:30 to 7 p.m. March 8. Open, 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday; 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday. Through March 29.

Where: Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: union.illinois.edu.

ILLINOIS TERMINAL

What: Wall displays, "MTD Art: Moving Pictures Through Your Neighborhood": "Seckel Pears," oil on panel by Sara Jahn; "Improved (But Not New)," digital photograph by Melissa Mitchell; "Earth Scape," blockprint fabric, water based textile ink by Lara Orr; and "Phases," woodcut print by Erica Stark, the artists chosen to be featured inside all MTD buses.

When: All day, every day. Through April 30.

Where: Across from the elevators on the first floor, 45 E. University Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: 40north.org/programs/mtd-art or call 384-8188.

LINK GALLERY

What:8 to Create Live Art Event. A live art event with 8 featured artists who have 8 hours to create a piece of work. 8 artists. 8 hours. 8 pieces. 8 to create. Come stop by and watch artists at their craft.

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a reception at 6:30 p.m., March 10.

Where: Inside the Art & Design building, 408 E. Peabody Drive, C.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/482571848806178/, http://publish.illinois.edu/8tocreate/ or email emmasielaff@gmail.com.

MURPHY GALLERY

What: Opening reception for the Art at the Y exhibition, "Dust In Their Veins: A Visual Response to the Global Water Crisis" by Candace Hunter. Light refreshments served at 5 p.m., followed by an Artist Talk at 5:30 p.m.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. March 8. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed Saturdays and Sundays. Through May 6.

Where: University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., C.

More info: Call 217-337-1500, universityymca.org/art.

SPRINGER CULTURAL CENTER

What: Opening day of "Champaign County Town & Country Amateur Art Show 2018." Original works from both youth and adult divisions are displayed for public viewing. There will be a public critique by the juror on the last day of the show.

When: March 17. Open, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Through April 28.

Where: 301 N. Randolph St., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-819-3909, email michelle.olden@champaignparks.com or champaignparks.com/art-exhibits.

TARBLE ARTS CENTER

What: "2018 Undergraduate All Student Show," through March 18, Main Galleries; "On View: The Way We Were," Brainard Gallery; and "David Jien Time Will Tell," eGallery, both through May 20.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Mondays and holidays.

Where: Main Galleries, 2010 Ninth St. (South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue), Eastern Illinois University, Charleston.

Cost: Free.

More info: eiu.edu/tarble, call 217-581-2787 or email tarble@eiu.edu.

UI LIBRARY

What: Exhibition, "Designed, Displayed, & Discarded: Ephemeral Printing in Alton, Illinois, 1835-1855," 3 p.m., with guest speakers, Adam Doskey and Krista Gray.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed UI holidays. Through May 31.

Where:The Ellen and Nirmal Chatterjee Exhibition Gallery in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 1401 W. Gregory Drive, U.

Cost: Free.

More info: library.illinois.edu/rbx or call 217-333-3777.

GALLERIES

ART COOP INC.

What: Art exhibition, "Small Works by Artisans 10+."Exhibiting artists are Sandra Batzli, Cindy Carlson, Sandy Hynds, Judy Jones, Ann McDowell, Dot Replinger, Ann Rund, Bonnie Switzer, and Gayle Tilford.

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Through March 31.

Where: Art Coop Inc., 150 Lincoln Square, U.

More info: Call 217-417-1304 or 217-352-4562.

CINEMA GALLERY

What: "Ten Ways with Watercolor," watercolor paintings by Harold Boyd, Richard Boschulte, Rhea Edge, Harold Gregor, Ken Holder, Fred Jones, Cynthia Kukla, Don Lake, Robert Lee Mejer, and Ed Shay.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; closed Sundays through Tuesdays. Through April 21.

Where: 120 W. Main St., U.

More info:cinemagallery.cc, call 217-384-2253 or email baxley@baxleymedia.com.

FARMS / MARKETS

URBANA'S MARKET IN THE SQUARE

What: The market features produce, meats, baked goods, dairy, arts and crafts, and more. On top of vendors, Market at the Square will offer programs each Saturday morning, as well as live music.

When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. second and fourth Saturdays, March 10-April 21, 2018.

Where: Inside Lincoln Square, downtown Urbana.

More info: urbanamarket.org, call 217-384-2319 or email Natalie at urbanamarket@urbanaillinois.us.

ARTHUR THIRD SATURDAY MARKET BAZAAR

What: More than 30 crafters and vendors with creative crafts, antiques, bake goods and unique finds. Something new every month.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on third Saturday of every month, March 17-Dec. 15, 2018.

Where: Merchant Building on the Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, Arthur.

More info: Call 217-520-3349, 217-254-5010 or email dbissonett@gmail.com.