A listing of special events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie .
Mystery at the Museum. Oct. 19 to 27, Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 346 N. Neil St., C. Interactive adventure where Halloween legends will be demystified in a spooky but child-friendly scene. Members-only night with trick-or-treating, 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 19. Pirate Day, 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 20, with a family costume contest at 3 p.m. Pumpkin Night with a pumpkin-decorating contest, 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26; drop off entries, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; winner announced, 6 p.m. On Oct. 27, 1 to 5 p.m., with React Halloween Chemistry Show at 3 p.m. Admission $6 for members, $8 for nonmembers, $28 for family pack for four. 352-5895, http://www.orpheumkids.com .
Sullivan Oktoberfest. 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 19 and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 20, on the square, Sullivan. Food vendors, beer and wine tents, kids' activities, arts and crafts and more. Music: Slant 6 at 6 p.m. at wine-tasting tent, Dance Station at 6 p.m. at Hometown Stage and Still Kickn at 8 p.m. Oct. 19, beer tent; XKrush at 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at beer tent. Oct. 20, a 5K run/walk starts on the square, plus a chili cook-off, pet contest, Sullivan Street Machines Cruise-In and bags contest.
The Haunted Pavilion. 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27 and 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 28 and 31 at the Sportsman's Club of Urbana in Mahomet, 705 W. Hickory St. (U.S. 150 west behind Taylor Field). Admission $7 per person. Concessions also available. 586-9964.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Barnum Bash. 7 p.m. Oct. 19, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Oct. 20 and 1 p.m. Oct. 21; University of Illinois Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C. Circus party with outlandish thrills, hilarious high jinks and majestic animals. Opening night tickets, $11. All other performances, $15 and $25, $35 for VIP seating. Free pre-show party to all ticketholders. 333-5000, 866-455-4641, http://www.Ringling.com .
Haunted Halloween for St. Jude. 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 19-21, 26-28 and 31, 303 E. Evergreen, St. Joseph. Across from Hackler Park. Donations can be dropped off anytime to raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital. Walk through the graveyard and stop at witches' cafe for a bite to eat or a drink. 778-2372.
Gates of Delirium Haunted Attraction. Continues 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 19 to 27; 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 28 and 31; Gates of Delirium, 115 N. Central St., Gilman. General admission: $9. Storm the Gates (skip the line): $15. Tickets online at http://www.gatesofevil.com/tickets.html .
Midway of Madness Haunted Barn. Continues 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27, Champaign County Fairgrounds, Urbana. email@example.com .
Pirate's Den Haunted House. Continues 7 to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20, 26 and 27 and 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28 and 31; Saybrook Community Center. $8 for adults, $6 for children under 10. 309-287-3102, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Shotgun Manor Dark Eviction. Continues 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27, Shotgun Manor, 1600 E. Jackson St., Sullivan. Two different haunted houses: "Shotgun Manor 2012: Dark Eviction" and "Billybob's Shock-O-Rama Chainsaw Massacre." Fundraiser for Sullivan AMBUCS. 791-1385, email@example.com .
Champaign Sportsmen's Club Bazaar. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20, 302 N. Lake of the Woods Road, Mahomet. Many vendors and crafters. Concession stand. Door prizes with drawing at 2:30 p.m. Need not be present to win. Rain or shine.
Society for Hooved Animals' Rescue and Emergency Open House. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20, 2946 County Road 800 E, Dewey. Meet some horses up for adoption. Pony/horse rides, baked goods and fun activities. Monetary donations accepted. 897-1435, http://s-h-a-r-e.net/openhouse.php , http://www.facebook.com/events/500550913308105/ .
Tea ceremonies. 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Oct. 20, Japan House, 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., U. Two sessions at each time. Tea ceremony with a master level Urasenke tea practitioner. Fourteen practitioners and teachers from the International Chado Cultural Federation will be visiting Japan House, bringing the tea and sweets from Japan. $8. Reservations required. 244-9934, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Tolono Fire Protection District's Fall Fire Prevention Festival. 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 20, Unity West Elementary School, 1035 County Road 600 N, Tolono. Displays, exhibits and interactive public safety educational opportunities for adults and children. Fire apparatus, a medical helicopter and an ambulance on display. Children's games and activities such as a fire safety house. Door prizes; food served. 485-5533.
Haunted Happenings. 6 p.m. Oct. 20, Kennekuk County Park, Danville. Wiener roast, hayride, adult trail, kids' trail and kids' games. New scenes each year. Tickets $10; at Kennekuk Park visitor center, 442-1691; Forest Glen ranger station, 662-2142. http://www.vccd.org .
Ghost Train.Monticello Railway Museum, Monticello. Every 30 minutes starting at 7 p.m. with last run at 9 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27; every 30 minutes starting at 1 p.m. with final run at 2:30 Oct. 21 and 28; every half-hour, 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26. All ages can enjoy the train ride through Camp Creek Hollow with a stop at Cemetery Road, but only the brave should check out the Haunted Boxcar! Matinees on Sunday, recommended for younger children. Fare $7 for ages 2 and up. 877-762-9011.
Haunted Room. Noon Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 20 to Oct. 28, Dallas & Co. 101 E. University Ave., C. The last showings of the haunted room are 8 p.m. Oct. 20, 4 p.m. Oct. 21, 8 p.m. Oct. 27 and 5 p.m. Oct. 28. Free, fun and scary. See what is new for 2012. 351-5974.
Haunted House. 8 to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Heritage High School, 206 E. Diller Road, Broadlands. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Costs $5. Proceeds will go to support the Heritage High School drama and art clubs. 834-3392.
Harvest Festival. 6 p.m. Oct. 23, Prairieview-Ogden South, Ogden. Costume contest, door prizes, a raffle and a cake walk. All proceeds go to PVO PTO. 582-2520.
Seth Meyers Live! An Evening of Stand Up. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23, UI Assembly Hall, Star Theatre, 1800 S. First St., C. Tickets $30-$42. UI student tickets, $28 (excludes floor seats). 866-455-4641, http://www.uofiassemblyhall.com .
UI Homecoming Parade. 6 p.m. Oct. 26, UI Campustown and Main Quad. Sponsored by Greeks Support Homecoming.
Kickapoo Karvers' Woodcarving Show. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 28; New Life Banquet Center, 1419 N. Bowman Ave., Danville. See carved wood figures, Noah's Ark with animals and soap-carving classes. Jim VanDuyn, 497-9859.
Fall open house. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27, Japan House, 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., U. Taiko ensemble drumming by Ho Etsu Taiko at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tour of gardens by designer Jim Bier at noon and 2 p.m. Free. Tea ceremonies throughout the day, $5; bowl of matcha tea with a traditional sweet. 244-9934, email@example.com .
'Beauty Beneath the Dirt.' Noon and 7 p.m. Oct. 18, ARC auditorium, 201 E. Peabody Drive, C. A question-and-answer with director/thru-hiker Katherine Imp, producer Jason Furrer and cast/thru-hiker Matt Gill will follow the screening. http://beautybeneaththedirt.com .
Film screening. "The World" (2004), 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 18, Krannert Art Museum, Auditorium, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Director Jia Zhangke casts a compassionate eye on the daily loves, friendships and desperate dreams of the 20-somethings from China's remote provinces who come to live and work at Beijing's World Park, a bizarre cross-cultural pollination of Las Vegas and Epcot Center. Mandarin and Shanxi dialect with English subtitles. 333-1861.
Global Lens Film Series. "Craft" (Riscado), 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Parkland College, Room C118, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Directed by Gustavo Pizzi (Brazil, 2010), 85 minutes. Portuguese and French, with English subtitles. Presented by Parkland Art Gallery. Film and popcorn are free. 351-2485, http://artgallery.parkland.edu /.
The Dome Theater Experience. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Inflatable dome, surrounded by a state-of-the-art, high-definition digital presentation. Learn about science. Four shows presented in rotation — "The Dinosaur Prophecy," "The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket," "Earth's Wild Ride" and "Fantasy Worlds." Choose a show and reserve your place with free tickets. Register at the children's desk at the library. http://bit.ly/cpl_dome_theater .
Global Lens Film Series. "The Prize" (El Premio), 7 p.m. Oct. 24, University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., C. Directed by Paula Markovitch (Argentina/2012), 94 minutes. Spanish, with English subtitles. Free. http://www.universityymca.org/globallens .
Asia Lens Film Series. "When China Met Africa," 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25, Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. This film examines China's expanding footprint in Africa through the stories of three people in Zambia: a Chinese farmer, a Chinese multinational's road project manager and Zambia's trade minister. Free.
Freeky Creek Short Film Festival. 8 to 11 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, Fairmount. Presentation of freaky, creepy or darkly funny short films from around the world. The show is also part live theater as it is hosted by Bill Kephart, who hosts it in character. 733-0330, http://www.sleepycreekvineyards.com .
Krannert Uncorked. With The Freak Brothers, 5 p.m. Oct. 18, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Try a new wine and listen to acoustic roots and blues. Free.
Interval: Harpeth Rising. Noon Oct. 19, lobby, Krannert Center, Urbana. Hear Americana tunes with a twist when the four classically trained musicians mix in some bluegrass and folk. Free.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Featuring Len and Lois (country/dixie, pop), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Kickapoo Landing, Oakwood. Live music Tuesday and Friday nights all summer. Dockside Cafe offers dining by the lake with dinner specials every weekend. 446-8399, http://www.kickapoolanding.com .
Illinois Modern Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Bement Country Opry Band. Featuring guest Eddy Winters, 8 p.m. Oct. 19, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. Tickets $5-$10. 877-6499, http://www.bementcountryopry.com .
Champaign-Urbana Sweet Adelines. "That Champagne Feeling," fundraiser musical performances, 2:30 and 6 p.m. Oct. 20, SoDo Theatre, 114 S. Neil St., C. Matinee performance with music from the American Bandstand era. In evening, a dinner-theater performance with a buffet meal. Tickets $10-$12; dinner theater, $25; group discounts applied for groups over 20; available at the door or visit http://www.cusweetadelinesorg.weebly.com .
UI Chorale. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
John McMahon. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 21, Strawberry Fields, Urbana.
UFLive! Presents Costas. Music from the coasts of Colombia and Ecuador, 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 21, the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St.
Parkland Concert Band and Parkland Wind Ensemble. Fall concert, 3 p.m. Oct. 21, Parkland Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Free and open to the public.
Gunny Sack Revue. 7 p.m. every Wednesday, Yoder Center on Illinois 133, Arthur. Listen to bluegrass and gospel music. Bring an instrument and join in. 800-722-6474, http://www.arthurfestivals.com .
GLOWfest. Featuring Hardwell, Bingo Players and Savoy, 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 25, UI Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C. Traveling college music festival, featuring a concert of electronica music. Tickets $30-$55. 333-5000.
UI Wind Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Illinois Japan Performing Arts Network Presents "9 Chains ..." concert and workshop. A new music and video composition by Gene Coleman, 8 p.m. Oct. 25, Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U. Coleman's pieces combine traditional Japanese and contemporary musical instruments into an original sound. Performed by the Ensemble N_JP, with musicians Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto; Naomi Sato, sho; Gene Coleman, bass clarinet; Toshimaru Nakamura, electronics; Teddy Rankin-Parker, cello; and Sean Harold, electric guitar. Free. Gene Coleman and Ensemble N_JP host a workshop, 3 p.m. Oct. 25, Music Building Auditorium. Free.
'John Philip Sousa and A. Austin Harding: America's Regimental and Collegiate Band Traditions Reflected at the University of Illinois.' 10:50 a.m. Oct. 26, Illini Union, Room B, 1401 W. Green St., U. Performance lecture features a short concert of 19th-century regimental band music performed on Civil War-era horns by members of UI band and faculty. Highlights the historical roots of America's collegiate band tradition that originated at the UI. For more on UI's Morrill Act Sesquicentennial Celebration, visit http://www.morrillact.illinois.edu .
'Reaching Beyond the Walls of the Concert Hall.' Live improvisation concert, featuring the Sal-Mar Construction, 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 26, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 1103 S. Sixth St., C. Special telematic music performance brings together university faculty, musicians, archivists and special collections curators as well as performing musicians from around the world. A real-time streamed audio-visual performance that can be freely viewed by anyone with Internet access.
Traffic Jam: The Boat Drunks. 5 p.m. Oct. 26, lobby, Krannert Center, Urbana. Free. 333-6280.
Music at Kickapoo Park. Closing Jam, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Kickapoo Landing, Oakwood. Live music. Dockside Cafe offers dining by the lake with dinner specials every weekend. 446-8399, http://www.kickapoolanding.com .
UI Percussion Ensemble. "Twists of Time and Rhythm," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Celebrating the centennial of John Cage's birth. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
MercyMe with guest Adam Cappa. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, UI Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C. American Christian rock band. Tickets $20-$75, $3 discount for Illinois students and groups of 15 or more. 866-455-4641.
Bellflower Country Opry. 7 p.m. Oct. 27, Bellflower Community Center, 202 Center St. Featuring the regular band members, along with Denny Kolota on lead, Kathy Brake on keys, Derrick Roy on drums and special guest Ray Prince. Tickets are $10 for adults; 12 and under are free. 898-7493, 309-722-3497.
Bement Country Opry Band. Featuring guest Amber Martin (classic country and gospel), 8 p.m. Oct. 26, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Tickets $12.50-$15. 877-6499, http://www.bementcountryopry.com .
Johannes Brahms' Instrumental Music with Piano: Ian Hobson, piano. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. With guest pianist, Timothy Ehlen. In a series of concerts during the 2012-13 season, Hobson will present works by Brahms that feature the piano as a solo instrument or as part of an ensemble. Tickets $10-$20. 333-6280.
'From Page to Stage: Volume II — The Spark of Creation' concert. 8 p.m. Oct. 27, Dick Van Dyke Auditorium, Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St. Family friendly concert, featuring Danville native Justin Vickers, the North Ridge Redcoats, soloist Christian Cunningham and a cast of singers and performers. Tickets $10-$20; available at Danville Public Library. VIP tickets $35-$75 (drinks, appetizers, performances at the library, shuttle to the concert for reserved seating); 477-5223, ext. 114.
SPEAK Cafe. "Sankofa," 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. An open-mic environment for hip-hop, activism and black power expression. Organized and moderated by Aaron Ammons. 333-1861.
Grimm's Grimmest: The Darker Side of Fairy Tales. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U. Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Brothers Grimm by listening to their tales as they were meant to be heard: as stories intended for adults. Storyteller Judith Heineman and musician Daniel Marcotte provide a new, bloodier perspective on your childhood fairy tales. For audiences age 12 and above. Admission $8, adults; $6, students. 244-3355.
Zoo Improv. 8 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 19 through Nov. 30, SoDo Theatre, 114 S. Neil St., C. Improv comedy. Participate or just watch. $3. 356-7805, http://www.zooimprov.com , firstname.lastname@example.org .
Storytelling with Gladys Caines-Coggswell. 1:30 p.m. Oct. 22, Douglass Branch Library, 504 E. Grove St., C. Storyteller-in-residence at The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum will tell stories passed down to her by her great-grandmother. For school-age children.
Dante Marathon at the UI. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 23, Lucy Ellis Lounge, 4080 Foreign Language Building, 707 S. Mathews Ave., U. A public reading of the 100 cantos that compose Dante's "Divine Comedy." Faculty members, students and members of the community take turns reading the comedy in all the languages they can find. email@example.com .
National Circus of the People's Republic of China: Cirque Chinois. 7 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25, Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$32. 333-6280, //http://www.krannertcenter.com .
VOICE Reading Series. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Gelvin Noel Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Showcases readings by fiction writers and poets from the creative writing master of fine arts program. 333-1861.
Comedy show. With NBCUniversal's collegiate comedy tour, 9 p.m. Oct. 26, Illini Union, Rooms A, B and C, 1401 W. Green St., U. One of the UI homecoming activities. Sponsored by Illini Union Board.
Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi. 7 p.m. Oct. 27, Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$32. 333-6280, //http://www.krannertcenter.com .
African-American Talent Show. 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Foellinger Auditorium, 709 S. Mathews Ave., U. Part of the Illini Union Board African-American Homecoming tradition, this event features student performers showcasing a variety of talents.
'Dracula.' UI Department of Theatre, continues 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 to 20 and 3 p.m. Oct. 21; Krannert Center, Urbana. 333-6280, //http://www.krannertcenter.com .
'The Foreigner.'Monticello Theatre Association, continues 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20; Phoenix Theatre, 1406 N. Market St., Monticello. Dinner theater, Oct. 20. Play-only tickets, $13 in advance, $15 at the door. http://www.monticellotheatre.org .
'How I Learned to Drive.' The Celebration Company, continues 8 p.m. Oct. 18 to 20; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000.
'Move Over, Mrs. Markham.' Continues Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunch, Oct. 18 through Nov. 11; Conklin's Barn II dinner theater, Goodfield. Adult comedy. Tickets $32-$36 for full buffet performances. 309-965-2545, http://www.barn2.com .
'Reefer Madness, The Musical.' Continues 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20, 2 p.m. Oct. 21 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22; Charleston Alley Theatre, 718 Monroe Ave., Charleston. Band starts at 7 p.m., except Oct. 14 and 21, start at 1:30 p.m. Tickets $13. 345-2287, http://www.charlestonalleytheatre.com .
'A Shayna Maidel ('A Pretty Girl').' 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20; Sinai Temple, 3104 W. Windsor Road, C. Fundraiser for Sinai Temple. Reprise of a show the Creative Dramatics Workshops performed last March. Tickets $10-$18; $50, sponsors. 352-8140.
'A Dream Play.' UI Department of Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-27, 31; Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $9-$16. 333-6280, //http://www.krannertcenter.com .
Sunday Morning Bird Walks. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sundays, Oct. 20 to 28, meet at Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. Participants under 15 must be with an adult. Search for birds in Busey Woods and Crystal Lake Park. Join Champaign County Audubon Society leaders and learn bird-watching and identification techniques. Bring a pair of binoculars if you have one. 384-4062, http://www.urbanaparks.org , firstname.lastname@example.org .
Zombie Run! 4 p.m. Oct. 20, Dodds Park 3-Plex, Champaign. For ages over 16. Runners navigate this 2-mile-plus course while dodging zombies, checking in at safe points, and picking up survival supplies. At the end of the race, a post-race party in the safe zone. $12-$18. Register by Oct. 17. email@example.com , http://www.champaignparkdistrict.com .
NAMI-Champaign County Parade (Walk) and Picnic. 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 24, Sunnycrest Center and Crestview Park, Urbana. Put on a yellow T-shirt and help increase awareness of and support for mental health needs in the community. The walk is a parade and picnic. Information and registration fliers at Urbana, Champaign or Douglass Branch libraries. Email firstname.lastname@example.org  by Oct. 10 to register for picnic. Preregistration encouraged but not required for parade. 766-2460.
Observatory Open House. 8 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26, UI Campus Observatory, 901 S. Mathews Ave., U. Hosted by the UI Astronomical Society, in celebration of UI homecoming 2012. Use the university's historic telescope, located at the Campus Observatory, to explore the night sky. Free.
Bicentennial Art Center and Museum. 132 S. Central Ave., Paris, Ill. "58th Annual Fall Juried Exhibition," through Nov. 9. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment. 466-8130, http://www.parisartcenter.com .
Krannert Art Museum. 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. "Encounters: The Arts of Africa," "Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography," "Fields of Indigo: Installation by Rowland Ricketts with Sound by Norbert Herber," "Fashioning Traditions of Japan," "Expressions in Color: Selections from the Museum's 20th-Century Collection" and "Egungun! Power Concealed." All through Dec. 30. Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission free, but $3 donation suggested. 333-1860, http://www.kam.illinois.edu .
Orpheum Children's Science Museum. 346 N. Neil St., C. Grand opening of Orpheum Pirate Ship, pirate activities and guest appearances by the cast of "Peter Pan," 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 20. 352-5895, http://www.orpheumkids.com .
Spurlock Museum. 600 S. Gregory St., U. Around the World Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Oct. 24-31. Crafts and activities from around the world for parents and kids; $2 donation each. "A World of Shoes," through Feb. 10, 2013. "John Philip Sousa's 1912 Victor Recording Sessions," through July 15, 2013. "A Divided Musical Affair: Arthur Endres Kraeckmann's Love Letters to Mabel Roeher," through July 29, 2013. Regular hours: 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. Free, suggested donation $3. 333-2360, http://www.spurlock.illinois.edu .
For a longer list of museums in East Central Illinois, go to http://www.news-gazette.com/calendar .
William M. Staerkel Planetarium. Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Admission $3-$5. 351-2568, 351-2446. — Sky show: "Fall Prairie Skies," 7 p.m. Fridays, through Nov. 30. Except Nov. 2. — Main features: "Odyssey," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Nov. 17. — Children's feature: "Amazing Stargazing," 7 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 27.
Asian American Cultural Center. 1210 W. Nevada St., U. "The Spirit of Brush & Ink," Chinese calligraphy exhibit by Jason Jianjun Xing, through Nov. 2. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 333-9300, go.illinois.edu/aacc.
Cafe Kopi. 109 N. Walnut St., C. "Tandem: Bicycles and Artwork Poster Show & Sale," opening event, 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19. Sale of bicycle-inspired poster works of art by designers and artists at Tandem. Displayed for about one month afterward. Hours: 7 a.m. to midnight daily. http://www.tandemcu.org , http://www.facebook.com/TandemBicyclesAndArtwork .
Cross-campus exhibit. Designed by Ryan A. Ross of the University Library and titled "The Morrill Act at 150: Celebrating the Land-Grant Mission of a Global University," this exhibit will be installed in many campus facilities, including Altgeld Hall, the Architecture Building, Davenport Hall, the Illini Union and Noyes Laboratory, during the month of October. Selections from the exhibition have also been turned into a virtual exhibit and are found at http://morrillact.illinois.edu/exhibit.html .
Illini Union Art Gallery. 1401 W. Green St. "A Decade of Art: Paintings and Drawings by Michael Downs," through Oct. 26. Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. email@example.com .
Parkland Art Gallery. 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. "Beside the Point: An Exploration in Architecture and Identity Paintings by Morgan Craig," through Nov. 3. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. 351-2485, http://artgallery.parkland.edu .
Springer Cultural Center. 301 N. Randolph St., C. "Branching Out" opens Oct. 19, through Nov. 21. Opening reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 19. Artisans 10+, a group of women artists including Sandra Batzli, Lisle Casper, Judy Jones, Jamie Kruidenier, Jana Mason, Ann McDowell, Mary McDonald, Dot Replinger, Ann Rund, Bonnie Switzer. Hours: 8 am. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 398-2376.
University YMCA. Murphy Gallery, 1001 S. Wright St., C. " "Art for Empowerment: Healing Through Art," opens 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18, through Dec. 14. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. http://www.universityymca.org/art .
Urbana City Building. Lobby, 400 S. Vine St. Urbana Public Arts Program's "Artist of the Corridor" exhibit, featuring photographs of recent projects by Urbana Land Arts, through October. Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 384-2311, http://www.urbanaillinois.us/arts .
Urbana Free Library. 210 W. Green St. "A Midwestern Childhood: Tom Sawyer at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library," through Oct. 27. This display highlights a selection of the Mark Twain holdings of the library at the UI. Hours: 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. 367-4405, http://www.cureading.org .
Virgil H. Judge Learning Resource Center. Lake Land College campus, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon. The Lake Land College Foundation's 2012 Art Heritage Show, through Oct. 30. Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. 234-5445, http://www.lakeland.cc.il.us/foundation .
Amara Yoga and Arts. Suite 156B, Lincoln Square Village, Vine Street, Urbana. "Handmade Paper + Work" by Robert Chapman, Steve Kostell and Charles Wisseman. Through Nov. 15. Hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. 417-2591, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Cinema Gallery. 120 W. Main St., U. "Flights of Fancy," studio furniture by Urbana artist Thomas Skaggs; paintings by St. Louis artists Grace Lin and James Wu, through Nov. 24. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 367-3711, http://www.cinemagallery.cc .
Indi Go Artist Co-Op. 9 E. University Ave., C. "Carolina Rodrguez Exhibition," through Oct. 21. Hours: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday; 4 to 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. http://www.ind-go-art.com .
Kalarte Gallery. Inside Heartland Gallery, 112 W. Main St., U. "Masks V," fifth annual exhibit and sale of masks from around the world. The exhibit also includes figures related to the Mexican Day of the Dead festival of Nov. 2. Through Nov. 24. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. http://kalarte.com  or email email@example.com .
Sleepy Creek Vineyards. 3.5 miles south of Oakwood off Interstate 74 at Exit 206, Fairmount. "Pheasants Forever" show, through Nov. 3, with the auction at 7 p.m. Nov. 3. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. 733-0330, http://www.sleepycreekvineyards.com .