Entertainment listings, April 26-May 3, 2018

Entertainment listings, April 26-May 3, 2018

EVENTSThis weekend

ASIAFEST 2018

What: Family-friendly festival showcasing a variety of Asian cultures through food, art, performances and activities. Live performances highlighting cultures from China, India, Korea and more, hands-on arts and crafts, cultural booths, and food tasting to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month. Vendors selling a variety of Asian cuisine.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. April 29.

Where: Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada St., U.

Cost: Food tickets available for purchase. All activities and performances are free.

More info: https://oiir.illinois.edu/aacc/aacc-events/asiafest, email aacc@illinois.edu or call 217-333-9300.

Next week

URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS

What: Something different each month. Revelry Market at Lincoln Square Mall. Focused on local, handmade goods, this market will feature live music, cocktails, dancing, and more. Presented by Imbibe Urbana.

When: 5 to 8 p.m. May 4.

Where: downtown Urbana.

More info: Imbibe Urbana - Home | Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/ImbibeUrbanaIL, or email imbibeurbana@gmail.com.

PARKLAND MOTORSPORTS CAR SHOW

What:Classic and late-model custom cars, stock cars, trucks and other vehicles will be on display. Sponsored by Parkland Motorsport Club. Residents are invited to display their vehicles. Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge in Parkhill Applied Technology Center throughout the day.

When: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5, with registration, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Car show judging, noon. Student-choice and participant-vote awards, 3 p.m.

Where:M parking lots of Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free. Advance registration by April 27, $10; registration on the day of show, $15.

More info: Call 217-351-2209 or parkland.edu/carshow.

Future highlights

NEIGHBORHOOD SUMMER BLOCK PARTIESWhat: Block party fun. Inflatables, face painting, lawn games, live performances including CUperStars, interactive music by DJ Fireproof and many more activities.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. May 24.

Where: Countrybrook Apartments, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217- 819-3931, champaignparks.com or email zoe.stinson@champaignparks.com.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY ANNUAL GIANT GARAGE SALE

What: The area's largest treasure trove — returns Memorial Day Weekend, selling clothing, jewelry, housewares, small appliances, toys, tools, gardening, holiday decorations, books, sports equipment, animal-care items and more, plus treasures in our Antiques/Uniques Boutique.

When: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 25, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 26, 10 a.m. to noon May 27. Bag sale starts at 3 p.m. May 26. Giveaway on May 27.

Where: former County Market at 312 W. Kirby Ave., C.

Cost: $3 entrance donation until 3 p.m. May 25. $1 donation to enter the giveaway May 27.

More info:Call 217-344-7297 or cuhumane.org/NewsEvents/GIANTGarageSale.aspx

FARMER CITY HERITAGE DAYS

What: Community dinner and cake walks, May 24, and bags tournament, May 25; entertainment, Luke Perring, The Walkabouts, Blue Collar B, 6 p.m. May 25; all in beer garden. Free community movie, "Space Jam," dusk May 24, bring chairs. Plant sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 25, city park. Comic Laser Tag Adventures, 6 p.m. May 25. Face painting, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; car show, 1 p.m. May 26. Festival features Drake White with Darryl Worley concert, May 26. Music kicks off at 6 p.m. Worley at 7:30 p.m. followed by White.

When: 5 to 10 p.m. May 24, 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. May 25, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 26. Carnival and vendors, 5 to 10 p.m.

Where: downtown, city park, Monticello.

Cost:Featured concert is free with a limited number of VIP tickets available for purchase. Admittance to Beer Garden is free, however those wishing to enjoy an adult beverage must be 21 and purchase and armband for $5.

12TH ANNUAL CAR & TRUCK SHOW

What: Hosted by The Danville Area Community College Technology Division. Co-sponsored by Central Illinois Mustang Club. Open to all makes and models of cars and trucks. Dash plaques given to first 75 entries. Additional award categories: Top 25 cars, Top 20 trucks, Top 5 youth (16-21) and DACC Students' choice. Music, food and prizes. Raffling off $200 gift certificate to Omni-Kolor of Danville. Proceeds go to DACC scholarship. Rain or shine.

When: Registration is from 9 to 11 a.m.; Trophies at 3 p.m. May 26.

Where: Technology Center Parking Lot at DACC, 2000 E. Main St., Danville.

Cost: Registration fee of $10.

More info:Call 217-443-8787.

13 THURSDAYS: CHOW DOWN IN CAMPUSTOWN

What:13 Thursdays all new launch event featuring food samples, sidewalk sale shopping and family-friendly activities. Experience Campustown each Thursday this summer while the students are away, May 24 through Aug. 16.

When: 4 to 9 p.m. May 31.

Where: Campustown, Champaign.

Cost: Free. parking validation is included in the Campus Center Parking Deck.

More info: Call 217-352-2400, champaigncenter.com or info@champaigncenter.com.

FILMSThis weekend

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: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 27.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-344-0297.

Next week

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES

What:The movie centers around an F.B.I. Agent, and an Interpol Detective trying to track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances, and reward their audiences with the money Call to reserve a seat.

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

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

Cost: Free.

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

Future highlights

REEL DEALS

What: "The Help" (2011). Rated PG-13. 146 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. May 8 and 10.

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.

THE NEWS-GAZETTE FILM SERIES

What: "My Darling Clementine" (1946). Rated G. 97 minutes.

When: 1 and 7 p.m. May 12.

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.

MOVIES ON THE MAINSTAGE

What: "The Red Sparrow." Rated R. 142 minutes. Concessions available.

When:7 p.m. May 18, 2 and 7 p.m. May 19.

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.

MUSICThis weekend

KRANNERT UNCORKED

What: With Dewclaw (blues, rags, and swings). Come ready for jokes and improvised songs, as this group uses audience-suggested topics. Try a new wine.

When: 5:30 p.m. April 26.

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.

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.

UI JAZZ BAND IV

What: This group from the University of Illinois specializes in tunes from the Big Band era..

When: 7:30 p.m. April 26.

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

SINFONIA DA CAMERA

What: Sinfonia's 2017-2018 season ends with "A Suite Ending," featuring music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Stephen Taylor and Richard Strauss. Dmitry Kouzov, cello, featured soloist.

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.

UI CONCERT JAZZ BAND

What: The classic jazz ensemble is led by Chip McNeill.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

EIU CAMERATA SINGERS AND CONCERT CHOIR

What: "A Choral Montage." An evening of music that spans the globe..

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

Where: Recital Hall, Eastern Illinois University, Doudna Fine Arts Center, 1860 S. Seventh St., Charleston.

Cost: Free.

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

UI JAZZ GUITAR ENSEMBLE AND SAXOPHONE ENSEMBLES

What: University of Illinois School of Music groups.

When: 3 p.m. April 28.

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

DANVILLE BARBERSHOP CHORUS

What: Annual spring concert. Theme is Pop and the Musicals of Broadway.

When:3 and 7 p.m. April 28.

Where:St. James Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Cost:Tickets, $10, adults; $5, students in grades K-12.

More info: Call 217-497-3087.

VINO & VIBES

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

When:4 to 6 p.m. April 28.

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

Cost: Free music.

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

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.

UI LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE

What: The ensemble performs works with South American, Caribbean, Afro-Cuban, and traditional jazz influences.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

JOHN PRINE

What: Two time Grammy-winner, singer-songwriter, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and part of the Recording Academy's Grammy Hall of Fame. With special guests, the Milk Carton Kids.

When: 8 p.m. April 28.

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

Cost: Tickets $68-$108. Additional $6 processing fee applied (online only).

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

IN CONCERT: PRESSURE FIT

What: An afternoon of jazz with the post-rock inspired, hip-hop jazz band Pressure Fit! For all ages.

When: 2 to 3 p.m. April 29.

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

Cost: Free.

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

PHILHARMONIA AND ILLINI STRINGS WITH UNIVERSITY CHORUS AND ILLINI WOMEN

What: The versatile musicians of the UI Philharmonia Orchestra, Illini Strings, and University Chorus join forces to perform in this concert.

When: 3 p.m. April 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.

UI JAZZ BAND III

What: This group from the University of Illinois specializes in tunes from the Big Band era.

When: 3 p.m. April 29.

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

PARKLAND COLLEGE CONCERT SERIES

What: "Spring Awakening" concert by 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

UI CAMPUS AND UNIVERSITY BANDS

What: These traditional bands include strong players who perform music for large ensembles, historic works, transcriptions, and modern pieces.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 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.

UI JAZZ VOCAL ENSEMBLES

What: Jazz vocalists can perform a cappella, create their own vocal percussion, become entire orchestras unto themselves, or sing dense arrangements backed by rhythm musicians.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

Next week

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.

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.

UI JAZZ BAND II

What: This group from the University of Illinois specializes in tunes from the Big Band era.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 1.

Where: 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 SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND UI CHOIRS

What: Britten's War Requiem. The premier orchestra at the University of Illinois will combine with preeminent Illinois choral groups to perform a variety of works in this concert.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 1.

Where: 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 JAZZ COMBO II

What: University of Illinois School of Music.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 2.

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY IN MONTICELLO

What:Bement Country Opry Band with guest, Ron Devore. Dinner will be served before the show.

When: Dinner, 5 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. May 4.

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

Cost: Tickets $10; dinner usually $8 or $9.

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

HESSEL PARK CONCERTS

What:Champaign Park District concert, featuring Edison Middle School Bands.

When: 2 to 5 p.m. May 5.

Where: Hessel Park, 1400 Valley Road, C.

Cost:Free.

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

VINO & VIBES

What: Live Thru Wednesday. This trio acoustic group perform their original music with a rock, reggae unique sound.

When:4 to 6 p.m. May 5.

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

Cost: Free music.

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

THE CHORALE

What: The 26th Annual Young Artist Scholarship Concert will feature a variety of spiritual, sacred, and secular selections. This year's concerts theme, "Feel the Spirit." The Chorale will be joined by mezzo-soprano Sadie Cheslak, accompanied by guest soloists, Karen Raney, flute, Even Tamen, oboe, and Nikita Annenkov, cello, and a performance by the one of more of the winners of the 2018 Young Artist scholarship.

When:7 p.m. May 5.

Where: Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $15.

More info:Call 217-586-2970 or thechorale.org

MELVIN MUSIC SHOW

What: Featuring Battle Creek Country. Food for sale by Friends of the Library.

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

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

Cost: Admission $10; children age 12 and younger are free.

More info: Call 217-388-2853.

DANVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

What: "An Evening of Adventures."An interplanetary sonic adventure ensues with The Planets, narrated by a hometown NASA astronaut, in addition to the Quixotic adventures of the Richard Strauss opus.

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.

Future highlights

29TH ANNUAL PLAYATHON

What: A variety of solo and ensemble performances by students and faculty from the Conservatory of Central Illinois. Winning groups from the annual Faucett Memorial Chamber Ensemble Festival. East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra at 1 p.m. and Church Street Ramblers at 2:30 p.m. The marathon performance will raise money for the conservatory. Participants seek sponsorships for the time they are performing. Call to sponsor a performance

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6.

Where: Lincoln Square Village, Urbana.

Cost: Free to listen.

More info: Call 217-356-9812.

PARKLAND COLLEGE CONCERT SERIES

What: Parkland Concert Band and Parkland Orchestra in concert.

When: 3 p.m. May 6.

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 Guitar Ensemble in concert.

When: 6 p.m. May 9.

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

Cost: Free.

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

BECKMAN INSTITUTE'S THURSDAYS AT 12:20 CONCERT SERIES

What: Featuring Flute and Harp Duo with Jean Lee and Sydney Campen. 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. May 10.

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.

PARKLAND COLLEGE CONCERT SERIES

What: Parkland Pops in concert.

When: 1 p.m. May 12.

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

Cost: Free.

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

LOOKING BACK AND MOVING FORWARD: A JAZZ RECITAL

What: Featuring jazz vocalist Lara Semetko, a doctoral candidate in Voice Performance - Jazz in the School of Music at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

When:3 to 4 p.m. May 14.

Where:Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive

Cost: Free and open to the public (donations accepted).

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

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. May 14 (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.

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY IN MONTICELLO

What:Bement Country Opry Band with guest, Gary Osterhoff. Dinner will be served before the show.

When: Dinner, 5 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. May 18.

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

Cost: Tickets $10; dinner usually $8 or $9.

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

ANNUAL ROOTS WALK

What: Listen to live blues, roots, folk and Americana music, while strolling past the trees in the park. Features a selection of soloists and small combos scattered along the walks of the park. Musicians along the park road, close to the North Woods Pavilion. Brought to you by Urbana Park District and C-U Folk and Roots Festival.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. May 18.

Where: Crystal Lake Park, Urbana. Rain location: Anita Purves Nature Center.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-367-9575 or 217-367-1544.

PSYCHOSTICK, AIRACOBRA, THE VILLENS

What: Heavy metal concert. "We Couldn't Think of a Tour Name Tour."

Where: 8 p.m. May 18.

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

Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

More info: Call 217-213-5664 or https://www.facebook.com/vintagevillains/ or event.attendstar.com.

BIG GROVE CELLO ENSEMBLE

What:Join for a concert by the Big Grove Cello Ensemble! The Big Grove Cello Ensemble (BGCE) is a community music group in Champaign-Urbana, of amateur, professional, and student cellists. Led by Samuel Araya, BGCE plays a variety of music written and arranged for multiple cellos and performs throughout the academic year.

When: 3 to 4 p.m. May 19.

Where: Mahomet Public Library, 1702 E. Oak St., Mahomet.

More info: Call 217-586-2611.

SOUNDS AT SUNSET

What: Champaign Park District's 2018 Concert Series held throughout Champaign. Music by The Painkillers. Bring lawn chairs and refreshments.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. May 20.

Where: Clark Park, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

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

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.

SUMMER SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES AT TEMPLE PLAZA

What: 20th annual event, May 25 through Aug. 24, featuring Wreckless Whiskey on May 25. Food vendors and beer tents, and proceeds from the event's sales go to benefit Danville area charities.

When: 6 to 10 p.m. May 25.

Where: Temple Plaza, corner of North Vermilion and North streets, downtown Danville.

Cost: Free music.

More info: summersounds.org, http://www.facebook.com/SummerSoundsDanville/.

IN CONCERT AT CPL - KITTENS INCORPORATED

What:Enjoy the first sounds of Summer with the breezy, beachy tunes of Kittens Incorporated, featuring local musicians Bryan and Jolee Phelps. For families.

When:2 to 3 p.m. May 27.

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

Cost:Free.

More info: librarian@champaign.org, champaign.org or call 217-403-2070

SOUNDS AT SUNSET

What: Champaign Park District's 2018 Concert Series held throughout Champaign. Music by Cosmology. Bring lawn chairs and refreshments.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. May 27.

Where: Powell Park, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

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

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. May 28 (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.

NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHTS

What: Live, local music is the highlight of these weekly events in neighborhood parks. Each park features a different local band. May 30 is The Impalas featuring Kenna Mae (blues). Bring a lawn chair or even a picnic dinner. Free popcorn and lemonade. Meet city of Urbana officials. Rain date: May 31.

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 30.

Where:Carle Park, Urbana.

More info: urbanaparks.org.

SUMMER SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES AT TEMPLE PLAZA

What: 20th annual event, May 25 through Aug. 24, featuring Alex Jenkins & The Bombers on June 1. Food vendors and beer tents, and proceeds from the event's sales go to benefit Danville area charities.

When: 6 to 10 p.m. June 1.

Where: Temple Plaza, corner of North Vermilion and North streets, downtown Danville.

Cost: Free music.

More info: summersounds.org, http://www.facebook.com/SummerSoundsDanville/.

HESSEL PARK CONCERTS

What:Champaign Park District concert. Katie Flynn Hessel Park 100th Birthday Celebration.

When: 2 to 5 p.m. June 2.

Where: Hessel Park, 1400 Valley Road, C.

Cost:Free.

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

BAROQUE ARTISTS OF CHAMPAIGN URBANA

What: "BACH Shines - A Celebration of Life." BACH explores themes of life and death with unifying texts of a variety of sacred and secular traditions. Final program of our season.

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

Where: St. John Catholic Chapel, 604 E. Armory, C

Cost: Tickets $10-$20.

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

DANCINGThis weekend

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

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

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. April 27.

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.

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INTERNATIONAL DANCING

What: Sponsored by the Illini Folk Dance Society. Features mostly easy and intermediate dances from around the worldNo previous experience or partner is needed.

When: 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, April 31-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.

STARLITE BALL

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

When: 6:30 to 9 p.m. May 2.

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. Cinco de Mayo Celebration.Open dancing.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. May 4.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

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

HOOPESTON MULTI AGENCY SENIOR DANCE

What: A dinner and a dance with music by Yesterday's Country. Call to register for dinner.

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

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

Cost:$5 and includes meal.

More info:Call 217-283-5544.

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: 7 to 10 p.m. May 5.

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.

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FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

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

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. May 11.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

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

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. May 16.

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 at 7 p.m.Open dancing starts at 7:30 p.m.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. May 18.

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 with caller. No partner or experience needed. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. New dancer orientation at 7:30 p.m.

When: 8 to 11 p.m. May 18.

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.

When: 7 to 9:30 a.m. May 19.

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. Memorial Day casual. Open dancing starts at 7:30 p.m.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. May 25.

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 with caller. No partner or experience needed. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. New dancer orientation at 7:30 p.m.

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

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

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

More info: urbana-contra.org.

HOOPESTON MULTI AGENCY SENIOR DANCE

What: A dinner and a dance with music by Tex & The Tumbleweeds. Call to register for dinner.

When: Dinner, 5 to 6 p.m.; dance, 6 to 8 p.m. June 2.

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

Cost:$5 and includes meal.

More info:Call 217-283-5544.

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. June 6.

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

Cost: $10.

More info: Call 217-443-2999.

PERFORMING ARTSThis weekend

CELEBRATE NATIONAL POETRY MONTH WITH MICHAEL J. LA DUE

What: Drawing from his 30+ years as a poet, Michael J. La Due will talk about the art of poetry and read from his work at this National Poetry Month celebration. For adults.

When: 7 to 8 p.m. April 26.

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

Cost:Free.

More info: librarian@champaign.orgchampaign.org or call 217-403-2070.

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. April 27.

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

Cost: Admission is pay what you wish.

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

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'THE SLEEPING BEAUTY'

What:CU Ballet's production features its most elaborate costuming yet with over 160 costumes designed in the style of King Louis XIV. All performances include the full ballet.

When: 7 p.m. May 4 and 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. May 5.

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

Cost:Tickets $12-$24. Additional $3 processing fee applied (online only).

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

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FUNDRAISER COMEDY NIGHT

What: Starring headliner Stewart Huff, who has performed in comedy clubs nationally and internationally, and Charlie Hester, a musical stand up comic and Danville native.A fundraiser for the Fischer Theatre

When: 8 p.m. May 12. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Where: Fischer Theatre, 158 N Vermilion St., Danville.

Cost: Tickets go on sale April 25-$12 in advance, Limited tickets at the door night of performance for $15.

More info: Email charliehestercomedy@gmail.com , or check the Fischer Theatre facebook pag.

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.

THEATERThis weekend

'AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY'

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

When: 7:30 p.m. April 26-29, May 2-5, 3 p.m. May 6, 7:30 p.m. May 9-12.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$15.

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

'BROADWAY ON PROSPECT: A MUSICAL REVIEW'

What:Judah Christian High School Drama Department present their Spring Musical .

When:7 p.m. April 26-28.

Where:Judah Christian High School, 908 N Prospect Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $5, children, $8, adults, $25, family.

More info: Call 217-359-1701.'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.

'A DOLL'S HOUSE'

What: Presented by Creative Dramatics Workshop. By Henrik Ibsen. The first modern feminist play, and originally banned across Europe.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 27, 2:30 p.m. April 29.

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.

'INTO THE WOODS'

What:A musical that weaves together several classic fairy tale characters, presented byUrbana High School drama members. Tickets available at the box office, which opens 30 minutes prior to each performance.

When:7 p.m. April 26-28, 2 p.m. April 29.

Where:Urbana High School Cobb Auditorium, 1002 S. Race St.

Cost: Tickets $5 for students/children, $10 for adults.

More info:uhsdrama.blogspot.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.

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'DOUBLEWIDE, TEXAS'

What: Comedy. Monticello Theatre Association.

Where: 7:30 p.m. May 12, 2:30 p.m. May 13, 7:30 p.m. May 18 and 19, 2:30 p.m. May 20.

Where: Phoenix Theatre, 1406 N. Market St., Monticello.

Cost:Tickets $12.50.

More info: Call 217-762-2679, monticellotheatre.org or email tickets@monticellotheatre.org.

'JULIUS CAESAR'

What: Presented by Creative Dramatics Workshop. By William Shakespeare, but staged in modern dress and a lot of modern named Senators and political figures.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 18 and 19, 2:30 p.m. May 20, 7:30 p.m. May 25 and 26, 2:30 p.m. May 27.

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.

'MOMMY DEADEST'

What: A Mom's Day murder mystery dinner presented by Champaign Urbana Theatre Company's Seven Corpse Murder Mystery Dinners.Food by Encore Catering served buffet style.

When: 5:30 to 9 p.m. May 12.

Where: The Dragonfly event center at Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 North Road, Fairmount.

Cost: Tickets $40.

More info: Email events@sleepycreekvineyards.com or call 217-733-0330.

'THE MOUNTAINTOP'

What: Twin City Theatre Company presents a gripping re-imagination of events the night before the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

When: 7 p.m. May 11-12, 2 p.m. May 13, 7 p.m. May 17-19 and 2 p.m. May 20.

Where: Sodo Theatre, 114 S. Neil St., C.

Cost: Tickets $12-$15.

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

'SEUSSICAL KIDS'

What:Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called The Who's and he tries to save them. A story of friendship, loyalty, family and community.

When: 7 p.m. May 17 and 18, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. May 19.

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

Cost:Tickets $10-$12. Additional $1 processing fee applied (online only).

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

'SISTER ACT'

What: DLO Musical Theatre presents the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit film. Dinner performances on May 12 and 13.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 11, 6:30 p.m. May 12 and 12:30 p.m. May 13.

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

Cost: Tickets (May 11), $19, adults; $10, students. Dinner shows (May 12 and 13), $27-$37.

More info: dlomusicaltheatre.com, call 217-431-1660.

OUTDOORS / NATUREThis weekend

MIDDLEFORK AUDUBON PROGRAM

What: Todd Jones, U of I graduate student/PhD candidate, brings updates on his research of nesting birds. He is studying ground nesting bird activity at Kennekuk County Park and has been including bluebird nest box data in his research.his is a great learning opportunity for all nest box volunteers and anyone who wants to know more about nesting birds in our area.

When:7 p.m. April 26.

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

Cost: Free.

More info:DanvillePublicLibrary.org.

WILDERNESS LIVING SKILLS WORKSHOP

What:Spend three days camping in the hardwood forests of Illinois where you will learn to make use of the landscape around you, with lots of hands-on practice in the essential skills of wilderness survival. All this while still sleeping in the comfort of your own tent. We do not provide food in this course. Also, the showerhouse may not yet be open for the season. Adults only. Register by April 20.

When:6 p.m. April 27 until 2 p.m. April 29.

Where:Burr Oak Group Campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, near Penfield.

Cost: $200 per person.

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

SPRING FLOODPLAIN DISCOVERY

What: Learn about the land and wildlife at the reserve. Two hikes leave at 8 a.m. from the parking lot on Allerton Road, Monticello: David Enstrom, ornithologist, Illinois Natural History Survey, will lead a birding hike; Fran Harty, Nature Conservancy and LCF Advisor, will lead a hike that examines floodplain hydrology and plants. Master Naturalists can earn 1 hour of CE. Meet at 8 a.m. at the parking lot on Allerton Road or at 7:30 a.m. at the west edge of Schnuck's parking lot on Mattis Avenue.

When: 8 to 10 a.m. April 28.

Where: Sangamon River Corridor Reserve, Monticello.

More info: Email deanna@landconservationfoundation.org or call 217-725-5886.

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 28.

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.

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, April 29 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.

GIRLS ON THE RUN 5K

What:Run, walk or skip to the finish line. Girls on the Run celebratory spring 5K event. Also includes DJ, Bounce Houses, Face Painting, Happy Hair, and Energy Awards. Registration and fee required.

When: Celebration begins at 11:30 a.m., 5k at 1 p.m., until 2 p.m. April 29.

Where:Stephens Family YMCA, 2501 Fields South Drive, C.

More info: Call 217-239-2841, email nikki.mercer@girlsontherun.org or girlsontherunofchampaigncounty.org/race/654-spring-2018-gotr-5k.

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SUMMER FUN RUNS

What: Second Wind Running Club's timed 1-mile run, followed by a 3-mile run with a 15-minute break between. All abilities encouraged to attend; determine your own pace per mile.

When: 6 p.m. Tuesdays, April through October.

Where: North side of Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

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

WALK FOR WISHES CHAMPAIGN

What: Make-A-Wish fundraiser. A family-friendly event open to anyone who wishes to attend. The 1-mile walk raises funds for our mission by participants attending as individuals or as a part of a team. Cash and check donations can be turned in the morning of the event.

When: Registration at 9 a.m., walk starts at 10 a.m. May 5.

Where: West Side Park, 400 W. University Ave., C.

Cost: Registrations fees, adult walkers, $10; youth walkers, $5; virtual fundraisers and wish families, free.

More info: http://www.walkrunwish.org.

BACKYARD COMPOSTING

What:Representatives from the City of Urbana and the University of Illinois Master Gardener program will discuss ways in which you can create your own backyard compost bin, feed your garden's flowers and vegetables using compost, and highlight the types of compost available locally at the Landscape Recycling Center, Urbana.

When:10 a.m. to noon May 5.

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

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

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PACK THE PARK

What: Activities that the whole family can enjoy. Andrew's Family Magic Show, 7 p.m. May 11 at Amphitheater. Inflatable bounce houses by the Playground, canoe rides at the Boat Ramp, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bags Tournament, 3 to 6 p.m. at the Main Shower House Lot, music by ToneQuest at the Amphitheater, 7 to 10 p.m. May 12.

When:May 10-12.

Where: Coon Creek Campground, Lake Shelbyville.

Cost: Free camping during this event.

More info: Call 217-774-3951 ext. 2, email lakeshelbyville@usace.army.mil.

KIRBY DERBY

What:Annual 5k walk/run, 10k run, and kids race through Monticello. Packet pickup is May 11 at the Monticello Community Building.

When: 8 a.m. May 12.

Where: Forest Preserve Park 1411 N. Market St., Monticello.

Cost: $30 April 4-May 10; $35 May 11-race day.

More info: https://www.active.com/monticello-il/running/distance-running-races/kirby-derby-10k-run-5k-run-walk-kids-race-2018

ANNUAL PLANT SALE

What:The C-U Herb Society's annual herb plant sale is its only fundraising event 2018. They will be joining Grand Prairie Friends' annual native plant sale, and African Violet Society, Coyle Woodlands, Central Illinois Orchid Society and Twisted Twig Bonsai will be selling their plants too.

When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 12.

Where:Lincoln Square Mall), U.

More info: cuherbsociety.org/plantsale/plantsale.html, grandprairiefriends.org/plantsale2018.php

MODEL ROCKET WORKSHOP

What: Central Illinois Aerospace model rocket club will hold a workshop, "3, 2, 1, ... Blast Off!" for kids ages 8 and older. Kids will build a model rocket kit in the morning and then launch it in the afternoon at Dodds Park, weather permitting. Register with the Champaign Park District or at the door.

When: 9 to 11 a.m. May 12.

Where: Leonard Recreation Center, 2307 W. Sangamon Ave., C.

Cost: $24.

More info: CIARocketry.org/build_fly.html, call 217-359-8225 or email cia-info@ciarocketry.org.

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: 1 to 6 p.m. May 12.

Where: Dodds Park, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: ciarocketry.org, call 217-359-8225 or email cia-info@ciarocketry.org

GARLIC MUSTARD HUNT WORK DAY

What: Help the Land Conservation Foundation get rid of this invasive plant that quickly overruns our natural environment, eliminating the native plants that we enjoy and that support wildlife. Meet at the west edge of Schnuck's parking lot on Mattis Avenue at 1 p.m. to carpool or at 2 p.m. at Mettler Woods.

When: 2 to 4 p.m. May 12.

Where: Mettler Woods Nature Preserve, DeWitt County.

More info: Email deanna@landconservationfoundation.org or call 217-725-5886.

NATURE HIKES 101 FOR THE NEWBIE LEADER

What: Ages 18 and up. Explore the natural world and discover fun and engaging ways to share what we know with all ages. Hands on and largely outdoors so be ready to play, explore and ask questions. Take home a ready to use, tricks-of-the-trade pack as well as a renewed sense of awe.

When:6 to 8:30 p.m. May 16.

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

Cost: $30, resident, $45, non resident, by May 2;$33-$49 by May 14.

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

SPRING CRAFT AND PLANT SALE

What: Several vendors with handcraft items for sale. Variety of Plants will be for sale. Also, Bake Sale - homemade items. Sponsored by: Champaign County Home and Community Education (HCE).

When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19.

Where:Champaign County Farm Bureau, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C.

Cost:Entry fee: $1, children free.

More info: champaigncountyhce.wordpress.com, mfroesch@illinois.edu, 217-621-2724.

DAY AT THE FORK WITH PRAIRIE RIVERS NETWORK

What:Come celebrate the Middle Fork River at the Kickapoo State Recreation Area. Enjoy canoeing and kayaking, nature walks, Kids Fishing Derby, lawn games, food, acoustic jam session with local artists, and riding the Bike Trail.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19.

Where: Kickapoo State Recreation Area, outside Danville.

Cost: Free.

More info: https://prairierivers.org/day-at-the-fork

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: 1 to 6 p.m. May 26.

Where: Dodds Park, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: ciarocketry.org, call 217-359-8225 or email cia-info@ciarocketry.org

THE AMERICAN HERO CHALLENGE

What:A 5k obstacle course race to honor our police, fire, and military personnel. Proceed will benefit the Feed My Starving Children organization There will be a "hero heat" for the police, fire, and military (active or retired); and a heat for the general public. Awards issued for top "hero" finishers and age group awards for general public.

When:First heat begins at noon May 26.

Where:Independence Pioneer Village, Oakland

Cost: Registration fee $50. Spectators and parking are free. Donations are greatly appreciated.

More info:raceentry.com/races/american-hero-challenge/2018/register

UI MUSEUMSKrannert Art Museum

What: Opening night reception for "School of Art + Design Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition," through May 12. Spring 2018 exhibitions, "Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme: And Yet My Mask is Powerful" through July 14 ; "Allan deSouza: Through the Black Country..." through July 14 ; "Provenance: A Forensic History of Art" through June 9.

When: 5 to 8 p.m. May 5. Open 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: Artifact Encounters. Mini-tours of exhibits and collections, hands-on artifacts, and new multicultural board games. All ages welcome.

When: 1 to 3:30 p.m. April 29.

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: Opening day for "22nd Annual Paint Illinois Juried Exhibition."

When: May 4. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment. Closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday and holidays. Through June 8.

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 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: The museum which features Ford County history with the current temporary display celebrates the state of Illinois' bicentennial.

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through November.

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

Cost: Free.

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

I&I HISTORIC FARM MUSEUM

What: Established by I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club. Preserving the history of agriculture with antique farm machinery and tools, household exhibit, restored log cabin, blacksmith shop and church. Featuring Hart-Parr No. 3 and gas-powered turbine I-H HT-340 on loan from Smithsonian Institution.

When: 9 a.m. to noon May 12; or by appointment. Open second Saturday of each month, April through September.

Where: 309 E. Busey St., Penfield.

More info: Call 217-863-2681 or 217-493-3101, antiquefarm.org.

IROQUOIS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY OLD COURTHOUSE MUSEUM

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

What: Opening "Illinois Bicentennial in Iroquois County." May through June.

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

Where: 103 W. Cherry St., Watseka.

More info: Call 815-432-2215.

MUSEUM OF THE GRAND PRAIRIE

What: May Day. Celebrate May Day and the beauty of spring at the Museum of the Grand Prairie! Experience traditions connected with celebrating the first of May, including dancing around a May Pole with the Champaign Urbana English Country Dancers at 2 p.m., spring-themed crafts, music, and more.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. April 28.

What: Food From the Past: 1968. Preview our content from our upcoming exhibit "1968: A Time for Every Purpose" by sampling popular and new food trends from that year prepared by food history expert Meagan Glaser. Register by April 27.

When: 2 to 3:30 p.m. April 29.

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

Cost: Free.

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

ORPHEUM CHILDREN'S SCIENCE MUSEUM

What: Astronomy Day. Families can engage in fun activities from rockets to watersheds, craters and so much more. New space-themed exhibits will be unveiled. Some of our new additions include an interactive rocket launcher, lunar lander, asteroid claw machine, messages to extraterrestrials, and astronaut costumes!

When: 1 to 5 p.m. April 28.

Cost: Museum 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:"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.

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:"Prairie Skies, 7 p.m. Fridays, April 27 through July 27.

Main feature:"Out There!," 8 p.m. April 27 and 28. "Solar Superstorms," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, May 4-19.

Children's feature: "In My Backyard," 7 p.m. April 28. "Solar System Safari," 7 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, May 5-19.

Full dome lightshow: Pink Floyd's "The Wall," 9 p.m. May 4 and 5.

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

Cost: Admission, $5-$6.

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

EXHIBITS

ASIAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER

What: Group art exhibit, "Fighting for Visibility."

When:9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed holidays. Through May 12.

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.

BOOTH LIBRARY

What: "Designs of Duty," an exhibit featuring seven East Central Illinois veterans and their service-related tattoos. Related exhibits: Military flags; "Symbols of Service," featuring University of Illinois student veterans; aircraft nose art from World War II to today; Vietnam War helmet graffiti; and literature and poetry during wartime.

When:8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday. Through May 11.

Where:Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston.

Cost:Free.

More info: http://library.eiu.edu/exhibits/designsofduty/ or call 217-581-6072.

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: 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 "The Town and Country Amateur Art Show." This show has junior and adult divisions.

When: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Saturday. During the month of April.

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: "Parkland College Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition."

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Fridays and Sundays. Through May 5.

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, "From Rail to Rail."

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sunday.To visit on a Monday or in the morning, call ahead. Closed holidays. Through Dec. 28.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-896-2455 or email pleiter@ccfpd.org or http://www.ccfpd.org/education/interpretive-center-homer-lake).

ILLINI UNION ART GALLERY

What: "Untold" by Lori Fuller.

When: 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday; 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday. Through May 31.

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 at 10:30 a.m. April 28.

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: Opening day for "2018 Graduate Art Exhibition."

When: April 28. Open, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Mondays and holidays. Through May 20.

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

ALLEY GALLERY

What: Danville Area Community College Student Art Show.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Thursday. Through April 30.

Where: located in the rear of Crose Insurance, 113-1 / 2 Vermilion St., Danville.

More info: Email rjohnson@dacc.edu or call 217-497-2286.

CINEMA GALLERY

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

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; closed Sundays through Tuesdays. Through May 12.

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 fresh produce, baked goods, meats and cheeses, wines, arts and crafts, and more.

When: 7 a.m. to noon every Saturday, May 5 through Oct. 27.

Where: Corner of Illinois and Vine streets, downtown Urbana.

More info: urbanamarket.org.

SOLA GRATIA FARM

What:Annual spring plant sale. Many varieties of organically farm grown veggies, herbs, heirlooms and perennials plus locally sourced flowers including hanging baskets, potted and bedding.

When:9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, May 11-20.

Where:2200 S. Philo Road, U.

More info: Call 217-367-1189 or email solagratiacsa@gmail.com

CHAMPAIGN FARMERS' MARKET

What: Local farmers and food artisans bring fruits, veggies, flowers, meat, cheese, eggs, honey, baked goods, and more. Market Seedlings, kids' program, on the last Tuesday of the month, with special activities and tastings for kids, plus stories and book giveaways from the Champaign Public Library.

When: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 15 to Oct. 30.

Where: parking lot by Neil and Main streets, downtown Champaign (320 N. Neil).

More info:thelandconnection.org/market.

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, May 19-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.