Entertainment listings, March 22-29, 2018

Entertainment listings, March 22-29, 2018

EVENTS

Park district Easter-egg hunts

This weekend

EGGS-PLORATION

What: A good, old-fashioned egg hunt for ages 0-13. Hunting in waves this year, with the first egg hunt starting at 12:15 p.m. for ages 0-4 years. At 12:30 p.m., 5-8 year olds, and 9-13 year olds at 12:50 p.m. Bring a basket.

When: Noon to 1 p.m. March 24.

Where: Douglass Park, 512 E. Grove St., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email katherine.hicks@champaignparks.com or call 217-819-3973.

FETCH! PET CARE HOPPIN' HOUND EGG HUNT

What: Bring the whole family to the only egg hunt your pup can enjoy too. All ages. Treats and refreshments for dogs and humans, activities for the kids, pet photography and prizes.

When: Noon to 1 p.m. March 24.

Where: Champaign Bark District Dog Park, Champaign.

Cost: Free for members, $5 nonmembers. Spectators are free.

More info: Email ashley.sims@champaignparks.com or call 217-819-3926.

NITE LITE EGG PURSUIT XXV

What: Bring your basket and flashlight and join Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS to hunt for eggs filled with prizes. For ages 18 and older. Be on the lookout for the bronze, silver and gold eggs for a chance to win prize packages.

When: Registration on-site, 7 p.m.; egg pursuit, 8:10 to 9 p.m. March 30.

Where: Hessel Park, Champaign.

Cost: $10.

More info: Email zoe.stinson@champaignparks.com or call 217-819-3931.

EGGSTRAVAGANZA

What: Annual egg hunt where thousands of eggs wait to be found. A special guest on-site for all the little egg hunters. For ages 10 and younger (adult supervision required). Bring a basket.

When: Hayrack rides, 10 a.m. to noon (weather permitting); hunt starts, 11 a.m. March 31.

Where: West Side Park, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email zoe.stinson@champaignparks.com or call 217-819-3931.

EGG HUNT WITH A SPLASH

What: Dive into the Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center and collect many surprise filled eggs. Wear your suit, bring a plastic bag and get ready for some 'eggstra' fun. Register by March 24.

When: 10 a.m. to noon March 31.

Where: Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center, 102 E. Michigan Ave., U.

Cost: Registration fee includes admissions to the Egg Hunt plus one daily admission pass to the pool.

More info: Call 217-367-1544 or https://www.urbanaparks.org/register/.

Next week

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 near the playground on the east side of Hessel Park in Champaign 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/

Future highlights

ART MART WINE TASTING

What: Presented by Art Mart. Receive a souvenir wine glass to taste wines from around the world, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and bid on silent auction items from wine vendors and a variety of local businesses. All proceeds benefiting Crisis Nursery.

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

Where: Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., C.

Cost: Tickets $40 in advance; $35 at the door.

More info: http://www.bidpal.net/winetasting18 or call 217-337-2731.

BROCTON RED BARN MARKET

What: The 18th annual Antiques and Crafts Show. A juried show. More than 50 vendors. Food available.

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6 and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 7.

Where: Red Barn, Brocton. Located on Illinois 49, 5 miles south of U.S. 36 or 5 miles north of Illinois 133.

Cost: Admission $3; free parking. Children under 12 free with adult.

More info: broctonil.org or call 217-385-2450.

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.

ELEVENTH ANNUAL DISABILITY RESOURCE EXPO

What:More than 100 exhibitors will share information and answer questions about available resources for all types of disabilities. Entertainment includes Charles Joseph Smith, classical pianist; Sounds of Music / Penguin Project; Kevin Elliott, guitarist; Charles Joseph Smith, classical pianist. The Expo also features drawings, and activities for children, including inflatables, balloon animals, face painting, games, books, and lots of prizes.

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 7.

Where:The Vineyard Church, 1500 N. Lincoln Ave., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-356-9176.

RoyalTEA 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, 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. Meet the drivers and see the trucks up close at the pre-event Autograph Pit Party. Ride 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 or statefarmcenter.com.

MCKINLEY HEALTH CENTER'S 25TH ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR

What: Held by Special Populations' Student Health Concerns Committee at the UI to promote general wellness among the diverse University of Illinois student population and the Champaign-Urbana community. Free screenings and services, informational booths, vendors, DJ, interactive performances, raffle and door prizes.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11.

Where:Room A, B, & C, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U.

More info:https://mckinleyspecialpopulations.wordpress.com/BONEYARD ARTS FESTIVALWhat: A four-day event showcasing the broad range of creative activity flourishing in the community. Presented annually every spring by 40 North | 88 West. The Boneyard, more than a traditional arts walk, is a unique countywide celebration showcasing the art of Champaign County. Visual artists join performers in sharing their creativity at a variety of venues.

When: April 12-15.

Where: Over 90 venues in Champaign, Urbana, University of Illinois campus, Rantoul, Homer, Mahomet, St. Joseph and Sidney. UI Campus, April 12; Champaign and Urbana, April 13 and 14; Out and About Champaign County, April 15.

More info: boneyardartsfestival.org/ or 40North.org.

DACC AG DAY 2018

What: A pork barbecue sandwich luncheon; a barnyard petting zoo, pedal tractor pulls for the children; tractors and farm equipment displays; and a tour through the DACC Greenhouse. Presented by the Danville Area Community College Ag Club, area agricultural organizations, businesses and individuals.

When: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 12. Luncheon, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Danville Area Community College campus, 2000 E. Main St., Danville. Luncheon served in the Mary Miller Gym.

Cost: Free admission. Luncheon served for 50 cents.

More info:Schools bringing classes should call 217-443-8768 to make reservations.

14TH ANNUAL CUNNINGHAM CHILDREN'S HOME'S FESTIVAL OF QUILTS

What:Festival of Quilts joins the Boneyard Arts Festival this spring. Collection of show quilts, silent auction and quilt boutique, gift shop, bake sale and Patchwork Cafe. Speakers: Marie Samuel on "A Trunk Show of Eco-Art Collage Quilts," 11 a.m. April 13; and Cynthia Cossu and Harris Gosselin, owners of Threads of Time in Danville, "Threads and Needles and Machines. Oh My!," 11 a.m. April 14. All proceeds benefit youths served by Cunningham.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13 and 14.

Where: Cunningham Children's Home Spiritual Life Center, 1301 N. Cunningham Ave., U.

Cost: Ticket, $5 donation, available at the door.

More info: Call 217-337-9074, cunninghamhome.org or email cch@cunninghamhome.org.

EIU COLLEGE OF ARTS & HUMANITIES' CELEBRATION: A FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

What: A multi-cultural event featuring a two-day Art Show, a wide array of arts activities, including outdoor and indoor stages with live music performances, theatre presentations, children's art activities, exhibitions, theatre, food vendors and more. Rain or shine.

When: April 20-22. Art Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22.

Where: Eastern Illinois University campus, Charleston.

Cost: Festival admission and parking are free.

More info:eiu.edu/festival/, call 217-581-8513 or email decrews@eiu.edu.

FILMS

This weekend

RACE AND CULTURE FILM SERIES

What: "Selena." (1997). Rated PG. A community conversation after 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 brings knowledge, love and understanding by showcasing 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.

COMEDY FILM SCREENING

What: Woodard's Computing Services presents the second screening of the locally produced feature film, "The Stripper Ripper," an all-ages slapstick comedy movie for the whole family.

Where:Doors open at 7 p.m., screening at 8 p.m. March 24.

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

Cost:Free with a suggested donation of $5 at the door. DVDs of the film available for purchase.

More info:facebook.com/ripper.theclown/videos or call 217-213-5664.

Next week

FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION

What:"Healing Neen," the "story of Tonier "Neen" Cain's emergence from drug addiction, multiple incarcerations and two decades of homelessness to become a tireless advocate and educator on the devastating impact of childhood abuse . . ." Discussion after the movie. Please indicate *Going* on our Facebook Event so we have an idea of how much food to order; https://www.facebook.com/events/230314557515903/

When: 6:30 p.m. March 27.

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

More info: email andrea@ywcauofi.org or call 217-344-0721.

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.

Future highlights

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES

What:The movie is a single man raising his spirited young niece, a child prodigy, in a coastal town in Florida. Call to reserve a seat.

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

Where:Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-267-3170 or email westvillepubliclibrary@gmail.com.

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.

20TH ANNUAL EBERT FILM FEST

What: Hosted by Chaz Ebert. "The Fugitive" (1993) . Guest directors include Ava DuVernay and her film, "The 13th" (2016), Amma Asante with her film "Belle" (2014), and Julie Dash with her film "Daughters of the Dust" (1991). At least eight additional films to be announced, along with additional guests and a schedule of screenings and other events. Festival guests appear onstage for Q&As after their respective films.

When: April 18-22.

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

Cost:Festival passes, $150. Tickets for individual movies will be available April 2, $13 and $15.

More info: ebertfest.com or call 217-356-9063.

MOVIE

What: The movie is 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.

RACE AND CULTURE FILM SERIES

What: "The Other Son." 2012 (France). English subtitled. Rated PG-13. 105 minutes. As he is preparing to join the Israeli army for his national service, Joseph discovers he is not his parents' biological son, and that he was inadvertently switched at birth with Yacine, the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank. A community conversation after the film.

When: 7 p.m. April 20.

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

Cost: Free and open to the public.

More info: Call 217-344-0297.

RACE AND CULTURE FILM SERIES

What:El Norte ('The North'). 1984 (USA). English subtitled. Rated R. 141 minutes. Drama. Mayan Indian teenage siblings manage to escape the massacre of their village by the Guatemalan army and decide to start a new life in El Norte — the USA. A community conversation after the film.

When: 7 p.m. April 27.

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

Cost: Free and open to the public.

More info: Call 217-344-0297.

MUSIC

This weekend

VINO & VIBES

What: Stone & Snow. Singer-songwriters Karen Bridges and Clint Thomson have been crafting their unique style of folk-influenced music since 2012.

When:3 to 5 p.m. March 24.

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

Cost: Free music.

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

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.

ANNUAL CHAMBANA CONCERT FOR EL SALVADOR

What: Piano guest artists Chia-Ying Chan, Samuel Gingher, Jiafeng Yan, and Tatiana Shustova. This recital will be the conclusion of the Chambana Music Competition for 2018. Any donations collected will help support our work with Habitat for Humanity International in El Salvador.

When: 3 p.m. March 25.

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

Cost: Free-will donation.

More info: Call 217-352-1732.

Next week

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.

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.

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 violinists 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. Presenting a unique series of programs in celebration of Beethoven's 250th birthday, also music by Mozart and Shostakovich.

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.

Future highlights

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.

LISTENING PARTY AND CONVERSATION

What: With Basel Abbas, Ruanne Abou-Rahme, with backgrounds in performance and underground music, and Maryam Kashani, assistant professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Asian American Studies, along with other faculty and invited guests. Paid in part by the Student Cultural Programming Fee.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. April 6.

Where: Channing Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon St., U.

Cost:Free.

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

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.

SUDDEN SOUND CONCERT SERIES

What:Larry Ochs Trio (Dave Rempis, alto saxophone, Darren Johnson, trumpet, and Larry Ochs, tenor and sopranino) .

When: 7:30 p.m. April 12.

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

Cost: Free.

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

DOCHA (DOWNTOWN CHAMPAIGN CHAMBER MUSIC)

What:World-class music in a casual environment. Young People's Concert, "Pondering Pulses," 10 a.m. April 13 and 1 p.m. April 14; featuring Rami Vamos and Natalie Monterastelli. Family friendly and open to the public. Comical and educational musical field trip program for school children, April 13. Chamber Music Performances, 7 p.m. April 14 and 5 p.m. April 15; open to all ages.

When: 10 a.m. April 13; and 7 p.m. April 14 and 15.

Where: The Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 346 N. Neil St., C.

Cost: Free. No tickets are required. Food and beverages will be sold at the 7 p.m. and 5 p.m. events.

More info: docha.org, orpheumkids.net.

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.

PRAIRIE BREEZES PRESENTS: KNIGHTS OF CABIRIA

What: a one-of-a-kind concert for families, featuring high-energy dance music from Latin American and Eastern European countries. For children and their families.

Where: 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. April 14.

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

Cost:Free.

More info: Call 217-367-4069, urbanafreelibrary.org or email childrens@urbanafree.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.

KRANNERT UNCORKED

What: With Ryan Byfield and Nucleus (reggae, soca, jazz, ska, R&B, neo-soul, and more.) Try a new wine .

When: 5:30 p.m. April 19.

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.

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.

VINO & VIBES

What: Chickadee Sermon (bluegrass/folk music). Their sound emphasizes vocal harmony and delicate instrumentation.

When:4 to 6 p.m. April 21.

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

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

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.

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. April 23 (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.

PIPER'S HUT CONCERT

What: David Power, uilleann pipes, and Willie Kelly, fiddler. House concert and potluck. Seating is very limited. Reservations are required.

When: 7 p.m. April 26.

Where: near downtown, Champaign.

Cost:Tickets $10 and $20.

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

SINFONIA DA CAMERA

What:"A Suite Ending."

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

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.

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

What: "Music of Titans." Exploration of Gustav Mahler's music continues. Also, the debut of pianist Sun Chang.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $5-$40.

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

PARKLAND COLLEGE CONCERT SERIES

What: Parkland Wind Ensemble and Parkland Chamber Singers.

When: 3 to 5 p.m. April 29.

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

Cost: Free.

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

PARKLAND COLLEGE CONCERT SERIES

What: Parkland Jazz Combo.

When: 7 p.m. April 30.

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

Cost: Free.

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

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 30 (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.

DANVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

What: "An Evening of Adventures."

When: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 5.

Where: Dick Van Dyke Auditorium, Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St., Danville.

Cost: Tickets $5-$35.

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

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

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.

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.

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. No previous experience or partner is needed.

When: 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, March 27-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.

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 29 through April 5.

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. 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: Pay what you can, $5-$10.

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.

Future highlights

STARLITE BALL

What: For ballroom dancers of all ages. With music by the band Captains 3. Presented by CRIS Healthy Aging Center.

When: 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 4.

Where: Harrison Park Clubhouse, West Voorhees Street, Danville.

Cost: $10.

More info: Call 217-443-2999.

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.

STARLITE BALL

What: For ballroom dancers of all ages. With music by the band Bev Wolf & Co. Presented by CRIS Healthy Aging Center.

When: 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 18.

Where: Harrison Park Clubhouse, West Voorhees Street, Danville.

Cost: $10.

More info: Call 217-443-2999.

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

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 at 7:20 p.m., show at 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.

Next week

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.

Future highlights

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.

'QUANTUM VOYAGES'

What: Science and art blend in a new performance piece created by Smitha Vishveshwara, an associate professor of physics and member of Beckman's Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-being Group, and Latrelle Bright, a clinical assistant professor of theatre. All are welcome.

When: 7:30 to 9 p.m. April 4.

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

More info: beckman.illinois.edu

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.

BIRTHDAY TREAT PUPPET SHOW

What: Puppet Show by Cheryl Prater, in honor of her birthday! The Clothespin Puppets, who have already visited our library, are invited back.

When:2 to 3 p.m. April 7.

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

Cost: Free.

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

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.

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. April 19.

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.

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.

ICE SKATING 2018 SPRING SHOW

What: Check out this fun family event sponsored by Campus Recreation and IllinoiSkating, one of our local Synchronized Skating teams. The Ice Cubes, another synchronized skating team, along with the Learn-To-Skate participants and other talented individuals, will also be performing.

When: 3 to 5 p.m. April 21.

Where: U of I Ice Arena, 406 E. Armory Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $3, students; $5, general; $7, reserved.

More info: Call 217-333-2212, email ui-icearena@illinois.edu or https://campusrec.illinois.edu/programs/ice-skating/

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

'GET OFF MY CABBAGE'

What: Tri-County Players. Comedy with plenty of cabbages, curmudgeons and crazies.

When: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: Twin City Theatre Company.

When:7 p.m. March 22-24, 2 p.m. March 25.

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

Cost: Tickets $15, adults; $12, students and seniors; at the door.

More info: Call 217-353-5282, twincitytheatreco.com or email twincitysquared@gmail.com.

PLAY BY MIKE BARTLETT

What: The Celebration Company. A comedy directed by Rick Orr.

When: 8 p.m. March 22-24, 3 p.m. March 25, 8 p.m. March 28-April 1, April 4-7.

Where: Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$15. March 23, $10 for all.

More info: Call 217-384-4000 or stationtheatre.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.

Next week

'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.

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.

'AUGUEST: OSAGE COUNTY'

What: The Celebration Company. This modern masterwork by Tracy Letts has earned multiple Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama..

When: 8 p.m. April 26-29, May 2-6, 9-12.

Where: Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$15.

More info: Call 217-384-4000 or stationtheatre.com.

'BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS'

What: Part one of Neil Simon's autobiographical trilogy. Directed by J. Kevin Doolen. Intended for adult audiences.

When:7:30 p.m. April 18-21 and 2 p.m. April 22.

Where: The Theatre, Doudna Fine Arts Center, 1860 S. Seventh St., Charleston.

Cost: Tickets $5-$13.

More info:Call 217-581-3110 or email doudnatix@eiu.edu.'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.

'CHARLEY'S AUNT'

What: Danville Area Community College Liberal Arts Division DACC Players' spring play.

When: 7 p.m. April 13 and 14 and 2 p.m. April 15.

Where:Bremer Theater, DACC, 2000 E. Main St., Danville.

Cost:Tickets, $5-$10, available at the door.

More info: Email gboling@dacc.edu or call 217-554-1536.

'GULLIVER'S TRAVELS'

What: Missoula Children's Theatre present a sci-fi spin of the timeless tale.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 13 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. April 14.

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

Cost: Tickets $5-$10.

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

'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; groups of 20 or more, $12 each; 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 LOVES ME'

What: Lyric Theatre at Illinois. This Tony-Award-winning musical is based on a play by Miklos Laszlo that inspired the films "The Shop Around the Corner" and "You've Got Mail."

When: 7:30 p.m. April 26-28 and 3 p.m. April 29. Dessert and Conversation, 6:30 p.m. April 28 and 2 p.m. April 29.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$35. Dessert and Conversation, $7.

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

'SHH! WE HAVE A PLAN'

What: Follow along on Cahoots NI's enchanting adventure filled with music, pantomime and puppetry to see if perhaps freedom and kindness win out over getting what you want. Marquee Big Mix Series.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 26-28 and 3 p.m. April 29. Dessert and Conversation, 6:30 p.m. April 28 and 2 p.m. April 29.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$25.

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

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 23-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.

MODEL ROCKET LAUNCH

What: Central Illinois Aerospace model rocket club. Fliers with rockets of all sizes will be welcome and all spectators are invited to come and watch. Dependent on weather. Call Greg Smith at 840-1678 around 11 a.m. for status of the launch.

When: Noon to 6 p.m. March 24.

Where: Rantoul Aviation Center, Rantoul. Launching in the field south of the airport. See website for directions.

Cost: Free.

More info: ciarocketry.org, call 217-840-1678 or email operations@ciarocketry.org.

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.

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 25 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 27.

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.

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.

MIDDLEFORK AUDUBON SOCIETY PROGRAM

What: Speakers from Protect the Middle Fork River with an update on how the IEPA is addressing the eroding coal ash pits along the Middle Fork River near Kickapoo State Park and how the public can be involved. In addition, a brief discussion on the upcoming kick-off of another bluebird nest box monitoring season.

When: 7 p.m. March 29.

Where:Danville Public Library, first-floor meeting room, 319 N. Vermilion St.

More info: middleforkaudubon.org/

SPRING OPEN HOUSE

What: Free garden seminars with Prairie Gardens Plant Experts and special guest speakers on topics including landscaping for bees, growing fruits, heirloom tomatoes, container combos, conifers, perennials, and more. Enter to win your favorite garden wish, and more. Register for free seminars.

When: 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. March 31 and April 7.

Where: Prairie Gardens, 3000 W. Springfield Ave., C.

More info: Call 217-356-6532, prairiegardens.com/garden-seminars-registration, prairiegardens.com/spring-open-house-2018.

Future highlights

GROWING UP WILD: BUGGY BASICS

What: An out program for preschoolers ages 2-6 and their parents/grandparents to learn as we play in nature. We'll sing and dance as we learn about bug bodies and habitats. Dress for the weather. Register by April 3.

When: 10 to 11 a.m. April 5.

Where: Education Center, Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet.

Cost: $5.

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

ALLERTON TRAILS HALF-MARATHON, 10K, AND 5K

What: The 6th Annual Allerton Races weekend at Allerton's trails. Friday, one-of-a-kind Trail-Glo 5K, and/or spend Saturday morning on the trails with the Half-Marathon or 10K.

When: 8:30 p.m. April 6 and 9 a.m. April 7. Packet pickup at Allerton Park Visitor Center 5 to 8:15 p.m. before the Friday 5K, and Saturday morning 7:15 to 8:45 a.m.

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

Cost: $25-$57

More info: athmdirector@gmail.com or http://allertonraces.com/races.html

NATURE PLAY PRE K: BUGGY BASICS

What: An outdoor program for preschoolers ages 2-6 and their parents/grandparents to learn as we play in nature. We'll sing and dance as we learn about bug bodies and habitats. Dress for the weather. Register by April 4 .

When: 10 to 11 a.m. April 6.

Where:Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, Homer.

Cost: $5.

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

HISTORY ALONG THE RAIL TRAIL

What:Want to learn about the rich cultural history that surrounds the Kickapoo Rail Trail area? Join us for an engaging 6.7 mile bicycle tour of the trail as we stop along the way to discuss local history. Tour begins at the access point near the northern end of Urbana Walmart's parking lot and ends near The Wheelhouse in St. Joseph. Dress for the weather; bring your own bike. Participants should make arrangements for return to Urbana. Registration required at ccfpd.org.

When: 10 to noon April 7.

Where:Kickapoo Rail Trail, Urbana Walmart Access Point, Urbana.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-586-2612 or email pcain@ccfpd.org.

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.

MODEL ROCKET LAUNCH

What: Central Illinois Aerospace model rocket club. Fliers with rockets of all sizes will be welcome and all spectators are invited to come and watch. Dependent on weather. Call Greg Smith at 840-1678 around 11 a.m. for status of the launch.

When: Noon to 6 p.m. April 14.

Where: Rantoul Aviation Center, Rantoul. Launching in the field south of the airport. See website for directions.

Cost: Free.

More info: ciarocketry.org, call 217-840-1678 or email operations@ciarocketry.org.

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. 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/

NATURE AT NIGHT: FOREST FORBS

What: Celebrate the emergence of the forest flowers. Find out what plants are just starting to bloom, what to look for soon, and learn useful identification techniques. Program begins with a brief presentation indoors, and then hike Flicker Woods Trail, to see what's blooming in the preserves and observe the forest at night. All ages. Register by April 18 at ccfpd.org.

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 20.

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

Cost: $3; children ages 2 and younger, free.

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

EARTH CARE EXPO

What:Nature Hike in Busey Woods from 1 to 2 p.m. EarthCare Expo from 2 to 4 p.m. Short film screenings at 2 and 3 p.m. All ages (under 15 with adult). Celebrate Earth Day as you meet Earth-friendly folks and engage with activities and displays from local Faith in Place partners. Additional fun outdoors at the adjacent Friendship Grove Nature Playscape. Co-sponsored by Urbana Park District and Faith in Place and C/U Interfaith Alliance.

When:1 to 4 p.m. April 21.

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

Cost: Free.

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

UI MUSEUMS

Krannert Art Museum

What:Spring 2018 exhibitions, "World on the Horizon: Swahili Art Across the Indian Ocean" through March 24; "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 Museums

What: Time Machine: American Indian Cultures, a family-friendly event exploring American Indian cultures past and present with hands-on activities. Learn about quillworking, powwow regalia, and indigenous tribes of Illinois; and presentations by experts in Native lifeways and history.

When: 1 to 3:30 p.m. March 25.

What: Exhibits, "Life in Amman" through March 30; "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 Edgar County Student Art Show."

When:10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment. Closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday and holidays. Through April 22.

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's 2018 Annual Meeting. This meeting is free and open to the public. Program during the meeting will be "Preserving Family Heirlooms." Up to 25 attendees will be selected for suggestions on the preservation and storage of an item. Any materials are fine including books, fabric items, documents, photos, etc.

When: 7 p.m. March 22.

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.

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 each day: Quill Writing, March 22; Civil War Craft & Activity Day, March 23.

When:2 to 4 p.m. March 22 and 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: "Animal Encounters." The museum's education team will talk about the museum's animals, followed by animal feeding time.

When: 11 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

What: DYI Weekend Wizard. A new topic each week. Do-it-yourself projects and science experiments.

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

What: Toddler Tuesdays. A new topic each week. Activities are based on art, science, games and other sensory activities.

When: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays.

Cost: Admission $4-$5.

Where: 346 N. Neil St., C.

More info: orpheumkids.com, email info@orpheumkids.com or call 217-352-5895.

SOUSA ARCHIVES AND CENTER FOR AMERICAN MUSIC

What:"From Russia with Love: John Garvey's Russian Folk Orchestra."

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 Sept. 3.

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 23 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

James B. Kaler Science Lecture Series: "Chasing Tornadoes!" by Meteorologist Andrew Pritchard, 7 to 8 p.m. March 30.

Main feature:"Out There!," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, March 30-April 28.

Children's feature: "In My Backyard," 7 p.m. Saturdays, March 31-April 7.

Sky show:"Spring Prairie Skies, 7 p.m. Fridays, April 13-27. Planetarium closed March 23 and 24 for spring break.

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

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: Veteran's Exhibit.

When: 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. Closed Fridays and Sundays, and March 17-25. Through March 27.

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: "Ninth Annual - The Eric Show" presented by 40 North.

When: 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.

MURPHY GALLERY

What: Art at the Y exhibition, "Dust In Their Veins: A Visual Response to the Global Water Crisis" by Candace Hunter.

When: 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:"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: 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: "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.

CITY OF URBANA

What:An Exhibition Celebration, a family-friendly closing reception for Urbana Public Arts Program's "Artist of the Corridor" exhibit, "HAUNTED HAMS," by Lydia Puddicombe. The reception features art-making stations, a show-and-tell and brief talk from the artist, and a visit from guinea pig muses, Neville and Tonks.

When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 26. Open, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at Urbana City Building; and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Urbana Free Library. Closed holidays. Through March 31.

Where: Reception held in Lewis Auditorium of the library. Exhibit in Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St.; and Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St.

Cost: Free.

More info: urbanaillinois.us/artexhibits, facebook.com/urbanapublicarts, call 217-384-2311 or email cmmcclelland@urbanaillinois.us.

VERMILION VALLEY CONFERENCE ART SHOW

What:Hundreds of artworks by high school students will be on display and an awards ceremony will be at 2:30 p.m. Among the schools participating will be Armstrong, Bismarck-Henning Rossville-Alvin Co-op, Hoopeston Area, Milford, Oakwood, Salt Fork, and Westville.

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

Where:Armstrong Township High School, gym, 30474 Smith St., Armstrong.

More info:Call 217-569-2122.

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 24-April 21.

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, April 21-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.