Family Picks: Boneyard Arts and more!
Whew! Prepare for the busiest weekend in months as C-U celebrates the Boneyard Arts Festival, Brain Awareness Day at the children’s museum and Moms Weekend on campus. Music, art, theater and science to boot!
Boneyard Arts Festival: Friday through Sunday, downtown Champaign, downtown Urbana and venues throughout the county. Most events free.
The ninth annual festival will feature a range of performing and visual artists at more than 100 different venues in downtown Champaign (Friday), downtown Urbana (Saturday) and throughout the county (Sunday) — Mahomet, Rantoul, Sidney, St. Joseph and Homer Lake. It is presented annually by 40 North 88 West Arts Council of Champaign County and sponsored by The News-Gazette and Krannert Center.
For information: Visit www.40north.org or check out the “E3” cover story in Thursday’s News-Gazette.
Also: Pick up free maps and schedules distributed in Wednesday’s News-Gazette or at information tents during the festival, or download a free guide-to-the-arts iPhone App by OJCtech.com — keyword ‘40N’ in the App Store.
Some family highlights:
- Class Act/Orpheum Children’s Science Museum. Class Act is hosting street art and puppet-making from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday. At 5:30, guests will then march in a parade from Class Act to the Orpheum, 346 N. Neil St., C., where a “Punch and Judy” puppet show with Ginger Lozar will take place at 5:45 p.m. Visitors at the Orpheum will also paint catapaults, make buttons and stained-glass art in the courtyard from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday. (The open house and parade are free; admission for the puppet workshop at Class Act and the puppet show at the Orpheum is $5, or $10 for a family of four plus $2 for additional guests.) Call 352-5895 or 378-2942 or visit www.orpheumkids.com or www.classactinteractive.com.
- Hip-Hop: 8 p.m. Friday, jim gould, 1 E. Main St., C. Floor Lovers will perform hip hop-style break dancing. At 8:30, light up the night with glowstick art.
- Homer Lake: 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Boneyard Arts Festival at the Homer Lake Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S Homer Lake Road, Homer. Local artists will have one-of-a-kind works on display and for sale, from sculpture to photographs and handcrafted furniture. Create your own works of art with items from nature or take a guided hike. You can bring your own camera and art supplies. The duet Road Song (Ann Schuldt & John McMahon) will perform from 2 to 5 p.m. Call 896-2455 or visit http://www.ccfpd.org.
- Battle of the Books: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St., U. Yankee Ridge and Leal Elementary Schools have teamed up this year to hold a Battle of the Books. Almost 50 students in grades 3 - 5 will battle today. Call 367-4069 or visit www.urbanafreelibrary.org.
Japan House: Open House, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., U. Free.
Watch a presentation on wagashi, the art of making traditional Japanese sweets, by Boston-based Glenn A. Sorei Pereira, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Enjoy tea ceremonies throughout the day, guided garden tours at 1 and 3 p.m., and Japanese floral arrangements on display.
For information: Visit http://japanhouse.art.uiuc.edu/en/
Brain Awareness Day: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, 346 N. Neil St., C. Free.
Enjoy demonstrations, activities, games and a little help from some brainy individuals from the UI’s Neuroscience Program. You can put on gloves and hold a real brain, make your own brain model and take it home, or put on a special headband and elevate the balls on a platform with your thoughts.
For information: Call 352-5895 or visit www.orpheumkids.com or http://neuroscience.illinois.edu/program/highlights
Gotta dance! Urbana elementary dance and chorus performances, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Urbana Free Library, Lewis Auditorium, 210 W. Green St., U. Free.
At 1 p.m. Yankee Ridge Chorus and Dance groups will perform songs and dances that they have learned during after school enrichment classes; at 2 p.m., Leal School kindergarten through second-grade dance students will perform: and at 2:30 p.m.Leal's third-through fifth-graders will perform.
For information: Visit www.usd116.org/finearts
Easter Egg Hunt: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Prairie Fields Park, Prairie Rose Lane, Savoy. Free.
Find special eggs for a chance to win prizes including a $100 Best Buy card, a $75 Wal-Mart card and a $50 Toys R Us card. Free for ages 2 to 10. Bring your camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny.
Register in advance at www.urbanafwc.com or 2-2:30 p.m. at the park. Sponsored by: First Wesleyan Church, Urbana.
For information: Call 367-4566 or visit www.urbanafwc.com
UI Women’s Glee Club: Mom’s Day Concert, 2 p.m. Saturday, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U. Admission charge.
Tickets are $4 to $10.
For information: Call 333-6280
UI Black Chorus: Mom’s Day Concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U. Admission charge.
The celebrated chorus will perform “Ovation: Mom, Take a Bow.” Tickets are $8 to $11.
For information: Call 333-6280 or visit this website
‘The Little Prince’: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Admission charge.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's fable of love and loneliness involving a downed pilot in the Sahara Desert and a little prince. Tickets are $6 to $12. A post-performance talkback with the director and cast will be held after Friday night's performance.
For information: Call 351-2528 or visit www.parkland.edu/theatre
‘Pirates of Penzance’: Spring musical, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, the High School of St. Thomas More, 3901 N. Mattis Ave., C.
Gilbert and Sullivan's popular comic opera. Tickets are $7 to $10.
For information: Call 819-5721
‘Grease’: 7 p.m. Friday and 1:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Centennial High School, Aldridge Auditorium, 913 Crescent Drive, C.
The musical about two lovers in a 1950s high school is best-suited for older children. Tickets are $5 to $8.
Check the Are We There Yet? blog every Friday for upcoming family friendly events, pulled from our News-Gazette online calendar, e3 magazine and other sources. To submit an item, e-mail me at email@example.com, or use the calendar on the News-Gazette home page, www.news-gazette.com.
Photos: Large Scale Painting artist Brian Sullivan puts the finishing touches on a sculpture in front of his studio on Grandview Drive in Champaign on Thursday in preparation for the Boneyard Arts Festival this weekend. Robin Scholz/The News-Gazette
Bottom: UI Professor Roberto Galvez holds a preserved human brain, used for educational purposes, at the Orpheum Children's Museum, which will host a brain-awareness event on Saturday. John Dixon/The News-Gazette