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EVENTS

This weekend

BECKMAN INSTITUTE OPEN HOUSE

What: Biennial event, held in conjunction with the University of Illinois College of Engineering Open House. Our open house exhibits highlight the work taking place at one of the nation's leading centers for interdisciplinary research. Schools, clubs, and other large groups are welcome.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 8 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9.

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

More info: Call 217-244-7316 or beckman.illinois.edu/events/open-house or email communications@beckman.illinois.edu.

EOH 2019: OPEN HOUSE AT NCSA

What:Part of University of Illinois Engineering Open House. Fun hands-on activities, movies in 3D, free screenings of documentaries, "Seeing the Beginning of Time" and "Solar Superstorms," gravitational wave signals emitted by black hole collisions in real-time, and computer clusters being built on-site. Scavenger hunt. All ages. Register at facebook.com/events/1225433754278102/

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 8.

Where: National Center for Supercomputing Applications, 1205 W. Clark St., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: ncsa.illinois.edu/

EXPERIENCE THE HOPS PUB CRAWL

What:Visit six Downtown Champaign pubs and try specialty beers not usually available, and enter to win six raffle prizes. All proceeds benefit Community Choices, a nonprofit organization supporting adults with developmental disabilities.

When: 6 to 10 p.m. March 8.

Where: Kick-off at Collective Pour, 340 N. Neil St. #101, then tour remaining five bars — Barrelhouse 34, Pour Bros, Jupiter's, Quality and Seven Saints — at your leisure.

Cost: Raffle tickets, $5/one ticket; $20/five tickets. T-shirts for sale, $5.

More info: Call 217-621-1090, facebook.com/events/235385860748375/ or email communitychoices1@gmail.com.

EOH 2019: OPEN HOUSE AT NPCF

What:Part of University of Illinois Engineering Open House. Public tours to visit and learn all about supercomputers and how they help scientists make discoveries. See and touch components like motherboards, memory, and processors. All ages. Register at facebook.com/events/346618849273597/

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

Where: National Petascale Computing Facility, 1725 S. Oak St., C (corner of Oak St. and St. Mary's Road). Park free across Oak Street in parking lot E-14.

Cost: Free.

More info: ncsa.illinois.edu/ or email publicaffairs@illinois.edu.

THE 11TH ANNUAL PROM BENEFIT FOR EASTERN ILLINOIS FOODBANK

What: Every year, fun-loving folks come together to relive Prom night or experience it for the first time, all while helping fight hunger. This year's theme is Studio 54 and the event will feature raffle prizes, heavy hors d'oeuvres, desserts, dancing, an open bar, photo opportunities and crowning the Elite Bridal Prom King and Queen. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in the glamorous Studio 54 theme or re-live their Prom in formal wear.

When: 7 to 11 p.m. March 9.

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

Cost: Tickets $125 at prombenefit.com through March 2 or until sold out.

More info: prombenefit.com or call 217-328-3663.

36TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL DINNER AND PERFORMANCE NIGHT

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

When: 6 to 8 p.m. March 10.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$12 at the YMCA or online.

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

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2019 YOUTH LITERATURE FESTIVAL COMMUNITY DAY CELEBRATION

What: Fun for the whole family with author presentations, hands-on activities, performances, puppetry, live music, storytelling, and more.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30.

Where: I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: go.illinois.edu/youthlitfest, Facebook and Twitter

CUDO PLAYS GRAND EXHIBITION

What: A Board Game Expo showcasing locally-created board games and card games. CUDO Plays biggest event of the year, the end of Season 6 of competition, and a celebration of C-U creativity. Games for all ages and skill levels. Awards given to exceptional games in eight different categories. Food and drinks for purchase.

When:Noon to 5 p.m., opening games; awards at 6 p.m. March 31.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: facebook.com/cudoplays/.

HARRY POTTER MURDER MYSTERY DINNER

What: An evening of murder and mayhem. Can you solve "A Riddle at Hogwarts?" Multiple raffle items will be offered. Butter beer, magical wands, etc will be for sale. There will be a costume contest for the Murder Mystery attendees with a prize given out. Come as your favorite character or object from Harry Potter. Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

When: Door and cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m.; Dinner, 6:15 to 9 p.m. April 3.

Where: CU Elks, 903 N. Dunlap, Savoy.

Cost: $40. Use the app Venmo for an online payment. Or pay by check and cash.

More info: Email jill@champaignrelay.org with your name, e-mail and phone number once you've sent the money or call 217-979-1504.BONEYARD ARTS FESTIVALWhat: A four-day event showcasing the broad range of creative activity flourishing in the community. Presented annually every spring by 40 North | 88 West. The Boneyard, more than a traditional arts walk, is a unique countywide celebration showcasing the art of Champaign County. A variety of venues showcasing visual artists and performers.

When: April 4-7.

Where: Over 90 venues in Champaign, Urbana, University of Illinois campus, Rantoul, Homer, Mahomet, St. Joseph and Sidney.

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

URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS

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

When: 5 p.m. April 5.

Where: Downtown Urbana.

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

15TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF QUILTS

What: Cunningham's signature fundraiser and honors the tradition of the United Methodist Women, and the quilts they, and quilters from across Illinois, have donated for their kids for more than 123 years. Festival includes a collection of show quilts, a quilt auction, quilt boutique, bake sale, lunch at the Patchwork Café, and a gift shop. Featured speakers include Sally Dodge, a United Methodist Woman from Cache River, and Judy Gamble. Dodge's presentation, "Five Things You Need to Know to Change the Size of Your Quilt," at 11 a.m. April 5. Gamble will present "Color Theory and Uses in Watercolor" at 11 a.m. April 6.

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

Where: Spiritual Life Center, 1301 Cunningham Ave., U, on the Cunningham campus.

Cost: Admission, a suggested donation of $5.

More info: Call 217-367-3728 or cunninghamhome.org.

SCHLARMAN SPRING RAFFLE FINAL DRAWING PARTY

What: Join us or our one big drawing party featuring the Feudin' Hillbillys. Doors open at 7 p.m. and drawing is at 9 p.m. Band will perform from 8 p.m. until midnight. The grand prize of $100,000 will be drawn as well as 49 other cash prizes. Event is open to the public with no cover charge.

When: 7 p.m. to midnight April 12.

Where: Turtle Run Banquet Center, 332 E. Liberty Lane, Danville.

More info: Call 217-442-1184 or email jpicillo@schlarman.com.

PAINT NIGHT PARTY

What: A fun evening painting a sign and helping in the fight against cancer. Choose the flower (and you receive the stand); chick, strawberry or Hello Spring sign. Cash bar. Free snacks available. Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. April 17. Dragon Fire Pizza will take orders for their pizza from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Where: CU Elks, 903 N. Dunlap, Savoy.

Cost: $35 for each, or to paint two, the second is $20. Use the app Venmo for an online payment. Or email Jill Rannebarger to pay by check and cash.

More info: Email jill@champaignrelay.org with your name, e-mail and phone number once you've sent the money or call 217-979-1504.

FILMS

This weekend

MARCH REEL DEALS

What: "Big" (1986). Rated PG. 130 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. March 7.

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.

MOVIES ON THE MAIN STAGE

What: "Green Book." Stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. Rated R.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $5, adults; $3, children (under 13); at the door only.

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

MOVIES AT MCKINLEY

What: The 1961 socially conscious drama film, "A Raisin in the Sun," starring Sidney Poitier.Post-screening discussion features guest speaker, Desiree Y. McMillion, PhD, Instructor in the UIUC Department of African American Studies. Free parking at the parking garage across the street.

When: 7 p.m. March 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-344-0297 or mckinley-foundation.org.

THE NEWS-GAZETTE FILM SERIES

What: "Gaslight." (1944). Not Rated. 114 minutes.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $6, additional $1 processing fee (online only).

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

C-U JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

What: A film series exploring Jewish life, culture, and politics. Presented by The Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation."The Cakemaker," March 10. "Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema," March 31, and "Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas," April 7. Each showing will be followed by a discussion of the film, led by a specialist in the subject matter. Supported by the Dr. Samuel & Sadie Small Fund for Jewish Arts and Culture of the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Endowment Foundation.

When: 7 p.m. March 10 and 31; 4 p.m. April 7.

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

Cost: Single tickets, $10.

More info: Call 217-355-0068 or thearttheater.org.

Next week

FILM FESTIVAL

What: The documentary, "Jane," chronicling the work of conservationist Jane Goodall who was a leader in chimpanzee research and revolutionized this male dominated field. Sponsored by Danville Area Community College's Liberal Arts Division.

When: 6 p.m. March 11.

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

More info: Call 217-554-1537 or email: sdavis@dacc.edu.

ASIALENS

What: AEMS Documentary and Independent Film Series. "The Song Collector" (2016). In the Indian Himalaya, through the lives of three generations of the Namgyal family efforts were made to preserve the Ladakh's ancient tradition of folk singing. 54 minutes. Directed by Erik Koto. Introduction and post-screening discussion with Stefan P. Fiol, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.

When: 7 p.m. March 12.

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

Cost: Free.

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

MOVIES ON THE MAIN STAGE

What: "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald." The second installment of the "Fantastic Beasts" series includes stars Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law and Johnny Depp. Rated R.

When: 7 p.m. March 15, 2 and 7 p.m. March 16 and 2 p.m. March 17.

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

Cost: Tickets $5, adults; $3, children (under 13); at the door only.

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

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REWIND 92.5 FILM SERIES: BAD MOVIE MONDAYS

What: "Xanadu" (1980). Rated PG. 96 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. March 25.

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.

MARCH REEL DEALS

What: "Wonder Woman" (2017). Rated PG-13. 141 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. March 26 and 28.

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

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

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

MOVIE MATINEE

What:A friendly Yeti's world gets turned upside down when he discovers something that he didn't know existed — a human. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by a person over 13 years of age. Rated PG. Free popcorn.

When: 1:30 to 3:20 p.m. March 27.

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

Cost: Free.

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

THE NEWS-GAZETTE FILM SERIES

What: "Metropolis" (1927). Not rated. 153 minutes. This influential film portrays a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and city planners.

When: 1 and 7 p.m. April 6.

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

Cost: Tickets $6, additional $1 processing fee (online only).

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

ASIALENS

What: AEMS Documentary and Independent Film Series. "Finding KUKAN" (2017). 75 minutes. Filmmaker Robin Lung pieces together the inspirational tale of the two renegades behind the making of the "lost" KUKAN, a landmark color film that revealed the atrocities of World War II China Introduction and post-screening discussion to be determined.

When: 7 p.m. April 9.

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

Cost: Free.

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

MUSIC

This weekend

KRANNERT UNCORKED

What: With Almost "A" Quintet. Try a new wine.

When: 5 p.m. March 7.

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

Cost: Free.

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

BACH'S LUNCH CONCERTS

What: Music by Samba Soul Band (Brazilian / Latin Music). Bring a lunch or purchase a box lunch through the park district by noon on the Wednesday before the performance.

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

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

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

More info:Call 217-398-2376.

ART REMASTERED

What: Enjoy a series of live performances by local musicians as they respond to various artworks in the collection with original music.

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

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

Cost: Free, donations accepted.

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

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

What: "Terra Nostra," written by Stacy Garrop, CUSO Music Alive Composer-in-Residence. CUSO is joined by the University of Illinois Oratorio Society and the Central Illinois Children's Chorus to perform this moving music, which focuses on the relationship between our planet and mankind.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $5-$40.

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

PARKLAND COLLEGE CONCERT

What: Parkland College Orchestra and Band.

When: 3 to 4 p.m. March 10.

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

Cost: Free and open to public.

More info: Email parklandpresents@parkland.edu or faa.parkland.edu/music/ensembles.html.

SUNDAY HARMONY

What: Music performance with The Whiskey Charmers, a Detroit-based Americana band.

When: 3 to 5 p.m. March 10.

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

Cost: Free music.

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

BLACK SACRED MUSIC SYMPOSIUM CONCERT

What: The concert, presented by the University of Illinois Black Chorus, is the culmination of a four-day-long conference dedicated to the study of Black Sacred Music traditions.

When: 5 p.m. March 10.

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

Cost: Tickets $10.

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

Next week

OPEN TRADITIONAL SONG SESSION

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

When: 7 to 9 p.m. March 11 (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.

SONIC ILLINOIS: ILLINOIS MODERN ENSEMBLE AND UI PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

What: The Illinois Modern Ensemble comprises students dedicated to the performance of new chamber and electronic music. The UI Percussion Ensemble showcases percussion traditions from around the globe.

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

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.

KRANNERT UNCORKED

What: Kvn Tajzea presents Tetralogy. This rhythmic, dynamic, soulful mix of jazzy music with Kvn Tajzea, vocals/leader; Justin Brauer, keyboard; Andrey Goncalvo, bass; and Aaron "A-Train" Wilson, drums. Try a new wine.

When: 5 p.m. March 14.

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.

SUDDEN SOUND CONCERT

What: Featuring Trio Senza Rete. David Rothenberg, clarinet, laptop electronics; Gary Kelly, bass; and John Wieczorek, percussion, combine ambient, avant-world jazz improvisations with an eclectic assortment of chirps, trills, clicks, and whistles from the natural world.

When: 7:30 to 9 p.m. March 14.

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

Cost: Free, donations accepted.

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

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY IN MONTICELLO

What:Bement Country Opry Band with guest, Linda Thomas. A dinner will be served before the show.

When: Dinner, 5 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. March 15.

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

Cost: Tickets $10; dinner, $9.

More info: Call 217-377-0550 or 217-778-0990.

DOGS OF SOCIETY

What: The ultimate Elton John rock tribute. Get ready for a night of classic Elton John music.

When: 7 p.m. March 16. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Where: Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St.

Cost: Tickets, $30 general admission non-reserved seat.

More info: Call 815-993-6585 or watsekatheatre.com.

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VINO & VIBES

What: Music by Joe Asselin and the Moonlight Ramblers (original acoustic music/blues).

When:3 to 5 p.m. March 23.

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

Cost: Free music.

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

SEA CHANTEY SING

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

When: 7 to 9 p.m. March 25 (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.

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY

What: Marquee Great Hall Series. Featuring Alexander Kerr, violin.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$58.

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

BECKMAN INSTITUTE'S THURSDAYS AT 12:20 CONCERT SERIES

What: Featuring Black Chorus Chamber Ensemble. The series features performances by members of the University of Illinois School of Music. The Beckman Institute Café is open for lunch during the concerts.

When: 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. March 28.

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.

THE OK FACTOR

What: Cellist Olivia Diercks and violinist Karla Colahan perform folk-inspired music influenced by Americana and Irish fiddle styles as The OK Factor, a duo that's been described as "pure magic" by Wausau Pilot & Review.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $7-$17.

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

GLOBAL TRANSFER AFTERGLOW: STEVEN SOGO AND HOPE STREET

What: Sogo is a singer from the central African country of Burundi who sings about life, love, and peace in a style that mixes traditional Burundian music with jazz, blues, and pop. A virtuoso bass guitarist and a master of numerous traditional instruments, Sogo sings in Kirundi, Swahili, and French.

When: 9:30 p.m. March 29.

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

Cost: Free.

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

STYX AND LARRY THE CABLE GUY

What: "Get Your Rock & Git R Done: Laugh. Rock. Seriously." Tour. Two forces come together on stage for one unforgettable night of hits and jokes.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $36-$116.50 plus fees.

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

THE OTHER GUYS: 50TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION

What: Join the men's a cappella group alumni, performing by era, to celebrate half-a-century of music-making that crescendos to a massive all-Other Guys grand finale!

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

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

Cost: Tickets $5-$10.

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

LYNN O'BRIEN

What:A night of soulful, relevant, original songs with the award-winning singer/songwriter and Champaign native. Her powerful and unique voice and various accompanying instruments seamlessly integrate folk, blues, soul, jazz and improvisation. Register at facebook.com/events/352354335548435/

When: 7:30 to 9 p.m. March 30. Doors open, 7 p.m.

Where: The Upper Bout, 723 S. Neil St., C.

Cost: Tickets $20 at the door.

More info:Call 217-607-8132 or email andrew@theupperbout.com.

IN CONCERT AT CPL: TOAST OF CHAMPAIGN SWEET ADELINES CHORUS

What:Enjoy an afternoon of fun and popular music with a cappella choral group the Toast of Champaign Sweet Adelines. For all ages.

When: 2 to 3 p.m. March 31.

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

Cost: Free.

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

UI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

What: The premier orchestra at the University of Illinois will perform a variety of pieces.

When: 3 p.m. March 31.

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

Cost: Tickets $5-$10.

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

THE HUNTS

What: Hailing from Chesapeake, Virginia, this alt-folk band of seven siblings have been playing music together for nearly their entire lives and have honed an uplifting, joyous sound.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $7-$17.

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

KENNEY CHESNEY

What: Kenny Chesney's Songs For The Saints Tour. With David Lee Murphy and Caroline Jones.

When: 7 p.m. April 5.

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

Cost: Tickets $39.50 -$95.50 plus fees.

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

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY IN MONTICELLO

What:Bement Country Opry Band with guest, Mariah Henderson. A dinner will be served before the show.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $10; dinner, $9.

More info: Call 217-377-0550 or 217-778-0990.

MELVIN MUSIC SHOW

What:Featuring BattleCreek Country. Food for sale by the Melvin Youth Group.

When: 7 p.m. April 6. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for those wanting to purchase food).

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

Cost: Adults, $10; children ages 12 and younger, free.

More info: Call 217-388-2853.

CANADIAN BRASS

What: Marquee Classical Mix Series

When: 3 p.m. April 7.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$33.

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

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 8 (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.

DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER AND THE MEMPHIS SOULPHONY

What: Marquee Big Mix Series. Bridgewater and the band will perform her latest album, "Mempis... Yes, I'm Ready."

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

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$40.

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

CANADIAN BRASS WITH UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS WIND SYMPHONY

What: Canadian Brass present a school-day performance for area students through the Krannert Center Youth Series. With the UI Wind Symphony, they will perform the world premier of "Quintessence," a work written for the two ensembles by composer Dana Wilson.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

BECKMAN INSTITUTE'S THURSDAYS AT 12:20 CONCERT SERIES

What: Featuring Evans-Hartley Experience, with Ethan Evans, trombone, and Chris Hartley, electric guitar. The series features performances by members of the University of Illinois School of Music. The Beckman Institute Café is open for lunch during the concerts.

When: 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. April 18.

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.

JEFF TWEEDY

What:With special guest Jim Elkington. Tweedy has released, "Warm," a solo album of all new material via dBpm Records and is currently on a solo tour of North America.

When: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 18.

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

Cost: Tickets$39.50-$59.50, additional $4 processing fee (online only).

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

SEA CHANTEY SING

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

When: 7 to 9 p.m. April 22 (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.

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

What: "The Planet and Beyond." CUSO is joined by the University of Illinois Women's Glee Club.

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.

IN CONCERT AT CPL: THE DOUBLE DOTS

What:Enjoy an afternoon of rich harmonies and smart soulful pop by singer-songwriters Gloria Roubal and David Howie of The Double Dots. All ages.

When: 2 to 3 p.m. April 28.

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

Cost: Free.

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

PARKLAND COLLEGE CONCERT

What: Chamber Singers/Wind Ensemble.

When: 3 to 4 p.m. April 28.

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

Cost: Free and open to public.

More info: Email parklandpresents@parkland.edu or faa.parkland.edu/music/ensembles.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 29(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.

DANCING

This weekend

ILLINI SWING SOCIETY DANCE

What: Weekly swing social dancing. All are welcome. Usually DJ'd by a local dancer. No partner or special shoes needed.

When: 9 to 11 p.m. Thursdays, March 7-14.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: illiniswing.org or email events@illiniswing.org.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

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

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

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, Backsliders on the second, Battle Creek on the third and the Fabulous Hoedads on the fourth Saturday.

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

Where: Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C.

More info: Call 217-398-9527.

Next week

ILLINI FOLK DANCE SOCIETY

What: Features mostly easy and intermediate dances from around the world.No previous experience or partner is needed.

When: 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, March 12-Oct. 29.

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

Cost: Free.

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

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

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

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. March 15.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

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

ANNUAL MARCHFEST TRADITIONAL DANCE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

What: Central Illinois English Country Dancers and Urbana County Dancers. Featured band, Rare Privilege and guest caller, Nikki Herbst. Contra dance on March 15. Afternoon dance workshops and an evening English Country Dance Ball, March 16. Additional music by Flatland Consort. Farewell dance, March 17. Susan Burt, Jonathan Sivier, Martha Tyner, local dance leaders.

When: 7:30 to 11 p.m. March 15; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. March 16; 1 to 4 p.m. March 17.

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

Cost: Contra dance, $5-$10. Each workshop, $3-$5. Ball, $7-$15. All day workshops and ball, $15-$25. Farewell dance, $5-$10. All day Saturday and Sunday, $20-$33.

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

CONTRA DANCE

What: First evening of the Marchfest. Urbana Country Dancers' event featuring music by Rare Privilege. Tamara Lowenthal, 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. March 15.

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

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

More info: Call 217-359-8225 or urbana-contra.org.

WEST COAST SWING NIGHT CLUB DANCE

What: West Coast Swing Night Club provides a variety of music and decoration to have a special Saturday night out. Open dancing.

When: 7 to 9:30 p.m. March 16.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

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

Future highlights

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. March 22.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

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

TANGO AT KRANNERT ART MUSEUM

What: Tango dancing with music by Tangotta, featuring Armand Beaudoin, bass and cello; Dorothy Martirano, violin; Sam Gingher, keyboard and accordion; and George Turner, guitar. Open to dancers of all abilities, with or without a dance partner.

When: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 23.

Where Krannert Art Museum, Main Level, East Gallery, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

Cost: Free.

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

ILLINI SWING SOCIETY DANCE

What: Weekly swing social dancing. All are welcome. Usually DJ'd by a local dancer. No partner or special shoes needed.

When: 9 to 11 p.m. Thursdays, March 28, April 4-25.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: illiniswing.org or email events@illiniswing.org..

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

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

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. March 29.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

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

SNOWMELT 50/50 SWING/BLUES DANCE LESSON AND SOCIAL

What: Join bluesCENTRAL for the first event of its SnowMELT Blues Weekend. Beginner dance lesson, 8 to 8:30 p.m., with social dance to follow. All ages and experience levels welcome, no partner needed. Full weekend includes workshops and main dance with live music Saturday; workshops, farewell brunch, and practice dance Sunday.

When: 8 p.m. to midnight March 29.

Where: Urbana Dance Company, 122 W. Main St., second floor, U.

More info: bluescentral.org/

SNOWMELT BLUES DANCE WORKSHOP AND MAIN DANCE

What:A full day of blues dancing workshops with instructor Chris Dove. Main dance of the SnowMELT Blues Weekend with the Susan Williams band at Neil St. Blues. All ages and experience levels welcome, no partner needed..

When: Workshop 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; dance, 6 to 9 p.m. March 30.

Where: Neil Street Blues, 301 N. Neil St., Suite 106, C.

More info: bluescentral.org/

SNOWMELT BLUES WRAP-UP

What:Morning workshops with instructor Chris Dove, a farewell brunch, and a final practice dance. All ages and experience levels welcome, no partner needed.

When: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 31.

Where: Venue to be announced.

More info: bluescentral.org/

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

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

When: 7 to 10 p.m. April 5.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

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

CONTRA DANCE

What: First evening of the Marchfest. Urbana Country Dancers' event featuring music by Big Bluestem. Gail Hintze, 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. April 5.

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

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

More info: Call 217-359-8225 or urbana-contra.org.

PERFORMING ARTS

This weekend

'A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING'

What: Lyric Theatre at Illinois presents an intimate night of dinner, theatre, and song at the Allerton Mansion. Featuring masterpieces from the era of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. March 7 and 8.

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

Cost: $60.

More info: allerton.illinois.edu, call 217-333-3287, email allertoninfo@illinois.edu.

DANCE PERFORMANCE: FROM HAND TO HAND

What: Observe a unique performance inspired by art on view. Dancers from the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth will performance an original dance choreographed as a response to artwork in the museum.

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 7.

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

Cost: Free, donations accepted.

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

MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP AND MMDG MUSIC ENSEMBLE: PEPPERLAND

What: Mark Morris pays tribute to the iconic 1967 Beatles album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

BIG GROVE STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

What: Brought together by popular demand are four tellers who have entertained many nature center audiences over the years: Kath Brinkmann, Dan Keding, Kim Petzing, and Kim Sheahan. The fun will include crafts and contests. Concessions available, along with a booth where the tellers will sell their merchandise.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. March 9.

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

Cost:Free.

More info:Call 217-384-4062.

THE CHOIR OF MAN

What: A 90-minute upbeat musical stage show set in an Irish pub, with an all-Irish cast that sings, dances, and relates the stories found often in Irish pub culture. The show is full of high-energy dance, tap, live percussion, and popular tunes.

When: 7 p.m. March 10.

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

Cost: Tickets $29.50-$69.50, additional $4 processing fee (online only).

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

Next week

ZOO IMPROV OPEN REHEARSALS

What: If you ever wanted to catch the "Improv Bug" we have a net for you. Opening rehearsals to anyone who wants to stop by for some Improv training. From our favorite beginners to anyone who has performed with Harold, you are welcome to stop by. Rehearsals are run in a workshop fashion and we modify the plan to meet the needs of new improvisers, while offering an approachable challenge to those with experience.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, through March 11.

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

Cost: No registration fee, but donations are welcome.

More info: zooimprov.com or email Aubrey at workshops@zooimprov.com.

TALL STORIES: EMILY BROWN AND THE THING

What: London's Tall Stories is a charming theatrical company that uses puppetry and its unique style of physical storytelling to make warmhearted and witty productions for audiences of all ages. .

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

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$20.

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

DORRANCE DANCE: JUNGLE BLUES, THREE TO ONE, MYELINATION

What: Under the direction of Michelle Dorrance, "one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today" (The New Yorker), Dorrance Dance upholds the traditions of tap dance, a uniquely American art form, while propelling them forward rhythmically, technically, and conceptually.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$25.

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

ZOO IMPROV FRIDAY NIGHT IMPROV

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

When: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. March 15.

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

Cost: Admission is pay what you wish.

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

COMEDY MACHINE

What:An evening of dining and comedy. Three comedians that deliver. Larry Smith,Bob Jay (Man of 999 voices), Andy Kern. Dinner served prior to the show & is included with your ticket.

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

Where: Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St.

Cost: Tickets $40/person reserved seat dinner included.

More info: Call 815-993-6585 or watsekatheatre.com.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY BASH

What: C-U Comedy Club with Dwight Simmons, a regular at comedy clubs across the Midwest, comedy albums "Pacifist Aggressive" and "Sip and Pass," and produces a traveling web-series called BrewTube Comedy.

When: 8:30 to 10 p.m. March 16.

Where: C-U Comedy Club (inside of Soma Ultralounge), 320 N. Neil St., C.

Cost: Tickets, $12.

More info: Call 217-356-4784, cucomedy.com or email jesse@cucomedy.com.

Future highlights

KRANNERT UNCORKED

What: With a Lyric Theatre Showcase. Try a new wine.

When: 5 p.m. March 28.

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.

SPEAK CAFE

What: SPEAK (Song, Poetry, Expression, Art, and Knowledge) Café is creative space to share your craft, express thoughts, recite poetry, rap, or even show artwork. It is an open showcase for your stories and your experiences. Organized and moderated by Shaya Robinson.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. March 28.

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

Cost: Free.

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

'LES 7 DOIGTS DE LA MAIN: REVERSIBLE'

What: This Montreal troupe calls upon more than a collective century of performance experience to expand the horizons of movement and visual spectacle through imaginative, immersive, and athletic productions. Through a unique, riveting mix of theatre, circus, dance, music and acrobatics, "Reversible" is dedicated to a generation who forged the world that we live in today and whose stories might hold the key to a better tomorrow.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$35.

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

STYX AND LARRY THE CABLE GUY

What: "Get Your Rock & Git R Done: Laugh. Rock. Seriously." Tour. . Two forces come together on stage for one unforgettable night of hits and jokes.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $36-$116.50 plus fees.

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

PECHAKUCHA NIGHT

What: Volume 29 of Champaign-Urbana Design Organization's showcase for local creativity by discussing an array of topics. Presenters have 20 images and 20 seconds per image to share their ideas, works, and passions for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds flat.Theme: Making Space for Women.

When: 8:20 p.m. March 30.

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

Cost: Tickets: $10 in advance/$15 at the door

More info: Call 217-356-9063, pechakucha.org/night/champaign-urbana,facebook.com/pechakuchaCU or emailpechakuchacu@gmail.com.

CU POETRY READING

What: Listen to the poets of CU read what they've been working on in honor of National Poetry Month! Lead by poet Jim O'Brien, CU Poetry helps novice and pro poets improve their lines through an open mic setting and helpful criticism. Attendees may listen or read a poem of their own. For adults.

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 2.

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

Cost: Free.

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

ANDERSSON DANCE AND SCOTTISH ENSEMBLE

What: "Goldberg Variations —Ternary Patterns for Insomnia." A colloboration between the Stockholm-base contemporary dance company and Glasgow-based string orchestra.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$45.

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

ARTIST PERFORMANCE: AUTUMN KNIGHT "DOCUMENTS"

What: Following her 2017 solo exhibition In Rehearsal, and on the occasion of the release of the exhibition's catalog, New York-based performance artist Autumn Knight returns to KAM for "Documents," a public reading of documentation that serves to authenticate and legitimize citizenship. The reading is interactive in conversation with the audience. "Documents" underlines how different audiences and relationships to power may influence this reading.

When: 7 p.m. April 4.

Where: Lower Level, Hood Classroom, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

Cost: Free, donations accepted.

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

THEATER

This weekend

'THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME'

What: Illinois Theatre. Based on Mark Haddon's prizewinning 2003 novel. Most appropriate for audiences 14 and up. A sensory-friendly performance for adult and young adult audience members (and their families) who are on the autism spectrum or who otherwise need a less intense sensory experience will take place at 1 p.m. March 9, tickets $10.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 7-9, and 3 p.m. March 10. Dessert and Conversation, 6:30 p.m. March 1 and 9.

Where: Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U. Dessert and Conversation in the Krannert Room.

Cost: Tickets $10-$25. Dessert and Conversation, $10.

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

'A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2'

What: The Celebration Company. Directed by Rick Orr.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$15. $10 for everyone on the first Friday performance

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

'THE GRADUATE'

What:Charleston Alley Theatre. Play adapted by Terry Johnson, based on the novel by Charles Webb. Not appropriate for children.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 8, 9, 2 p.m. March 10, 7:30 p.m. March 15, 16, 2 p.m. March 17.

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

Cost: General admission tickets, $10.

More info: Call 345-2287 or charlestonalleytheatre.com.

'GUYS AND DOLLS'

What: Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School Chorus Department's spring musical. Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

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

Where:GCMS High School, gymnasium, 815 N. Church St., Gibson City.

Cost: Tickets, reserved, $7; at the door, $3-$5.

More info: Call 217-784-4292.

'I NEVER SAW ANOTHER BUTTERFLY'

What: Central High School's Acting class. Celeste Raspanti's adaptation of Hana Volavkova's book of the same title. The story is told through poetry and art made by actual children who were in concentration camps. Central's production will be accompanied by an aerial silk performance set to music.

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

Where: Central High School, 610 W. University Ave., C.

Cost: $5, students; $7, adults.

More info: Email wilsonla@u4sd.org or call 217-351-3911.

'STEEL MAGNOLIAS'

What: Darkhorse Theatre Company. An evening of drama and wine.Produced by special arrangement with the Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

When: 7 p.m. March 9 and 2 p.m. March 10. Doors open and cocktails, 6 p.m. March 9 and 1 p.m. March 10.

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

Cost: Tickets $20; drinks not included.

More info: Call 217-733-0330 or eventbrite.com/e/steel-magnolias-by-robert-harling-at-sleepy-creek-vineyards-march-9-2019-tickets-55845754154.

Next week

'DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST'

What: The Broadway Musical is a collaborative community production of Danville Symphony Orchestra and DLO Musical Theatre.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. March 16 and 3 to 5:30 p.m. March 17.

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

Cost: Tickets $20-$40.

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

'OUR TOWN'

What: The timeless classic by Thornton Wilder. Presented by Champaign Urbana Theatre Company.

When: 7 p.m. March 14-16, 2 p.m. March 17.

Where: Parkland's Second Stage Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $14 adults, $12 seniors, $10 students.

More info: http://cutc.org/ or call 217-352-4085.

Future highlights

'BECAUSE I AM YOUR QUEEN'

What: Illinois Theatre premieres this devised piece, created using Moment Work by Tectonic Theatre founding member Barbara McAdams and playwright Mina Samuels and further developed by our students. A fast, funny wicked take on femininity, power and pleasure.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 28-30, April 3-6, and 3 p.m. April 7.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$25.

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

'CRAZY FOR YOU'

What: Lyric Theatre7:30 p.m. April 25-27, and 3 p.m. April 28. Dessert and Conversation, 6:30 p.m. April 27 and 2 p.m. April 28.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$35. Dessert and Conversation, $10 (includes dessert and beverage).

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

'FINDING NEVERLAND'

What: 2018-19 WCIA 3 Broadway Series.

When: 8 p.m. May 1.

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

Cost: Tickets $39-$65 plus fees.

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

'KINKY BOOTS'

What: 2018-19 WCIA 3 Broadway Series.

When: 8 p.m. April 14.

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

Cost: Tickets $39-$65 plus fees.

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

'IT JUST TAKES ONE'

What: This original, one-woman musical, written by and starring Mezzo-Soprano Kate Tombaugh, is about a young woman struggling to balance her social life while also beginning a career in opera. Sponsored as part of Women's History Month.

When:7:30 p.m. March 21.

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

Cost: Tickets $5-$10.

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

'LET HIM SLEEP 'TIL IT'S TIME FOR HIS FUNERAL'

What: Tri-County Players.

When:7 p.m. March 29 and 30, 2 p.m. March 31, 7 p.m. April 5 and 6, and 2 p.m. April 7.

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

Cost: Tickets $12.

More info: Call 217-379-7028.

'MARISOL'

What: The Celebration Company. The play written by the Puerto Rican playwright José Rivera earned Rivera a 1993 Obie Award for playwriting.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 21-24, 27-31, April 4-6. One of the Sundays is usually at 3 p.m.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$15. $10 for everyone on the first Friday performance

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

'THE NEW MEL BROOKS MUSICAL: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN'

What: Parkland Theatre presents a hilarious musical adaptation of the beloved Mel Brooks movie, Young Frankenstein. Talkback immediately following the show on April 4. Director, Chelsea Collier Zych, the cast and crew discuss the show and answer audience questions.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 4-6, 12, 13, 3 p.m. April 14, 7:30 p.m. April 19 and 20, 3 p.m. April 21.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$16. Opening night is half-price night.

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

'SHREK THE MUSICAL JR.'

What: Featuring the students of the Future Stars Dance & Drama Program. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical.

When: 7 p.m. April 5, 2 and 7 p.m. April 6, 2 p.m. April 7.

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

Cost:Tickets $10.40-$12.50.

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

'STEEL MAGNOLIAS'

What: A hilarious and heartwarming story about life, love and loss presented by Charleston Community Theatre.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 5 and 6, 2 p.m. April 7, 7:30 p.m. April 11-13.

Where: The Charleston Elks Lodge #623, 720 6th St., Charleston.

Cost: Tickets $5-$10.

More info: charlestoncommunitytheatre.com or call 877-842-3267.

'TWO TOWERS'

What: Homer Opera House theater.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 22 and 23, 2:30 p.m. March 24, 7:30 p.m. March 29 and 30, 2:30 p.m. March 31.

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

Cost: Tickets $8-$12.

More info: homeroperahouse.com or call 217-493-6175.

'WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION'

What: Red Mask Players.

When:: 7:30 p.m. April 5 and 6, 2 p.m. April 7, 7:30 p.m. April 12 and 13, 2 p.m. April 14.

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

Cost: Tickets $18-$20.

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

OUTDOOR / NATURE

This weekend

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY AUDUBON PROGRAM

What:Mark E. Hauber, Professor of Animal Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, on "Never Trust a Cowbird: How Brood Parasitic Birds & their Hosts Recognize Each Other."

When:7 p.m. March 7.

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

Cost:Free.

More info:champaigncountyaudubon.org or email parieceet@gmail.com.

NATURE PLAY KIDS

What: For ages 3-6 with adult. Creative play time with guidance and additional supplies from a nature play facilitator. Weekly themes depend on current events in nature; announced the week before each program. Outdoors except in cases of severe weather. Drop-ins are welcome, but registration is encouraged to have enough supplies; call to register.

When:10 to 11 a.m. Fridays, March 8-April 12.

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

Cost:$4 per child; kids under 6 months, free.

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

BRUCE HANNON LEVEE TRAIL WORK DAY

What:Join Leslie Heath, the Land Conservation Foundation director and work day leader for a fun morning of working on the Bruce Hannon Levee Trail clearing debris to make hiking easier and safer. Wear appropriate clothing for working out doors, including gloves and boots — and bring water and snacks as needed. Meet in the parking lot at 802 Allerton Road, Monticello, at 9 a.m. Call if weather is questionable.

When:9 to 11 a.m. March 9.

Where:Sangamon River Corridor Reserve, near Monticello.

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

THE NEXT STEP IN LETTERBOXING: TIPS, TRICKS, AND TECHNIQUE

What: This program includes multiple sessions to help improve your stamp-carving, box hiding, logbook making, box preparation, box listing, and more. Bring a covered dish for a potluck style lunch. This training will give you the skills you need to attend our "Homerdoodle in the Woods" event in July. Bring a box to plant in the area for other avid letterboxers. Register by March 8 at ccfpd.org.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 9.

Where: Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet.

Cost: Free.

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

CENTRAL ILLINOIS ORCHID SOCIETY

What: Annual orchard show and sale, featuring blooming plants and displays from members, orchards for sale. Also repotting demos at noon and 2 p.m. and will raffle a nice blooming orchid.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9.

Where: Hessel Park Reformed Church, 700 W. Kirby Ave., C.

Cost: Free admission.

More info:Call 217-369-4086 or email Info@ciorchidsociety.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 p.m. March 9.

Where: Rantoul Aviation Center, Rantoul. Launching in the field south of the airport.

Cost: Free.

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

CUAS FAMILY SKYWATCH

What: Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society Inc. See astronomical objects through their telescopes. Use the newly refurbished primary dome instrument, a 16 primary diameter mirror Cassegrain telescope. Canceled in the event of bad weather, including cloudy skies.

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

Where: CUAS Prairie Winds Observatory, 926 County Road 700 E, C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email cuas@cuas.org or cuas.org or call 217-356-2567 if the weather is iffy..

SUNDAY MORNING BIRD WALKS

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

When:7:30 to 9 a.m. Sundays, March 10 through May 26.

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

Cost:Free.

More info: champaigncountyaudubon.org.

Next week

WINTER FUN RUNS

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

When: 6 p.m. Tuesdays, November through March.

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

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

WOODCOCK WALK

What:Join us in a search for the elusive wood snipe, AKA the American Woodcock, as the males perform their courtship display at dusk. A short presentation will be followed by a hike to look for the sky dancers. Meet at Buffalo Trace Prairie parking lot on Rt. 47 / N. Lombard across the street from the Museum of the Grand Prairie. Register by March 14 at ccfpd.org;

When:7 to 8 a.m. March 15.

Where:Buffalo Trace Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet.

Cost:Free.

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

Future highlights

FOREST PRESCHOOL

What: This pilot program for children who have not yet attended kindergarten, takes place entirely outdoors no matter the weather. Ages 4-6, must be toilet trained. Drop off is from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at Friendship Grove Nature Playscape. Kids will then head into Busey Woods for themed nature explorations. A snack is provided. Children must come dressed for the weather and bring a refillable water bottle daily.

When: 8 a.m. to noon March 18-22.

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

Cost:$68, C-U residents if registered by March 4 ($103 for non-residents).

More info:Call 217-367-1544.

WOODCOCK WALK

What:Discover the secret life of the bird with the upside-down brain during a guided twilight stroll. Watch its evening dance, visible only during the first few weeks of spring. Bring binoculars if you have them. The hike will begin on the accessible path but some groups may detour onto the unpaved prairie paths. Call by March 19 if you plan on attending.

When:6:30 to 8 a.m. March 20.

Where:Meadowbrook Interpretive Center, Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

Cost:Free.

More info:Call 217-384-4062 or urbanaparks.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 p.m. March 23.

Where: Rantoul Aviation Center, Rantoul. Launching in the field south of the airport.

Cost: Free.

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

INSECT PETTING ZOO

What:Interact with and learn about a variety of interesting and amazing insects. You might see Madagascar hissing cockroaches, Chilean rose hair tarantulas, blue death feigning beetles, eastern lubber grasshoppers, Arizona hairy scorpions and many more. For all ages. Presented in partnership with the UIUC Entomology Graduate Student Association.

When: 3 to 5 p.m. March 23.

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

Cost: Free.

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

EARLY BIRD HIKE

What: The earliest migratory birds are arriving and the resident birds are starting to sing. Chance to spot seven species of woodpeckers and early arriving eastern phoebes and golden-crown kinglets; maybe een some waterfowl species as they migrate through the Park. Hike is limited to 25 people. .

When: 9 to 11:30 a.m. March 28.

Where: Meet in the Visitor Center at Allerton Park & Retreat Center, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello.

Cost: $5.

More info: allerton.illinois.edu, call 217-333-3287, email allertoninfo@illinois.edu.

WOODCOCK WALK

What:Join us in a search for the elusive wood snipe, a.k.a. the American Woodcock, as the males perform their amazing courtship display at dusk. A short presentation will be followed by a hike to look for the sky dancers. Register by March 14 at ccfpd.org;

When:7 to 8 a.m. March 29.

Where:Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, Homer.

Cost:Free.

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

ILLINOIS RIVERWATCH WORKSHOP

What: Want to get involved in the stewardship of the state's rivers and streams? During this interactive workshop, learn to identify stream macro-invertebrates and practice proper monitoring techniques at a local stream. Bbring knee-high boots or waders, sun block, insect repellent, a water bottle and lunch. Other equipment provided. After completing the workshop, you may adopt a local stream site and monitor annually. Register at ccfpd.org/Museum-Education/Events/Event-Detail/illinois-riverwatch-full-workshop-5

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 30.

Where: Izaak Walton Cabin, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet.

Cost: $50, paid in advance.

More info: ngrrec.org, call 618- 468-2784, email cablake@lc.edu .

ESKIMO PIE RIDE

What: Join us at Lake of the Woods pavilion for a mid-winter afternoon of bicycle riding, food, and board games. Opportunity to ride your bike on road for a 10-mile loop out into the winter; also, a fat bike/mountain bike ride inside the park. Return to the pavilion for hot soup, hot drinks, and board games in front of the fire. Or skip the ride and just enjoy the games. Reps from The Prairie Cycle Club, Kickapoo Mountain Bike Club, Second Wind Running Club, Champaign Ski & Adventure Club and others will present additional recreational opportunities.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. March 31.

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

Cost: Free. Sponsored by Champaign Cycle and the forest preserve district.

More info:Call 217-352-7600.

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 p.m. April 13.

Where: Rantoul Aviation Center, Rantoul. Launching in the field south of the airport.

Cost: Free.

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

UI MUSEUMS

Krannert Art Museum

What: Spring special exhibitions, "From Hand to Hand: Painting and the Animation of History in Northern India," "Emphatic: American Painting from the Collection" and "Renaissance to Modern Remix: Highlights from the European & American Art Collection," through May 12. Continuing exhibitions, "Between the Buildings: Art from Chicago" through March 23, and "Blue & White Ceramics: An Enduring Global Obsession" through May 11.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and until 9 p.m. on Thursdays when University classes are in session; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays.

Where: 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

Cost: Free admission; suggested donation, $3.

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

Spurlock Museum

What:Exhibit,"From the Subcontinent to the Prairie: Stories of Immigration and Identity."

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays and university holidays. Through May 19.

What: Get to Know India Program Series. A different region of India featured each week with activities exploring the natural environment, arts, architecture, literature, language, and history specific to that area. March 10: The Diaspora, with a Fashion show of Indian clothing by SPICMACAY at 2 p.m. The series is part of the NEA Big Read community reading program.

When: 1 to 3:30 p.m. March 10. Series ends March 10.

Where: 600 S. Gregory St., U.

Cost: Free, suggested donation, $3.

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

OTHER MUSEUMS

BICENTENNIAL ART CENTER AND MUSEUM

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

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment. Closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday and holidays. Through March 15.

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

Cost: Free admission.

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

Champaign County History Museum

What: Four exhibits: "When We Went to War," "Champaign County Uncrated," "A Second Home, 150 Years of Living at the University of Illinois" and "The Art of Louise Woodroofe." The museum other highlights include a new community room, formal lobby and gift shop.

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays.

Where: 102 E. University Ave., C.

Cost: Suggested donation, $3.

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

FARMER CITY MUSEUM

What: Sponsored by the Farmer City Genealogical & Historical Society, the museum contains donated artifacts, pictures and documents telling the history of Farmer City's businesses, schools, churches, organizations, farm life and people

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.

GEORGETOWN HISTORICAL MUSEUM

What: The Georgetown Historical Society has reopened the museum. Unique antiques and collectables from the past.

When: 2 to 6 p.m. Thursdays through April 4, and 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays through March 31. For groups, call or text Betty Manning at 217-260-2475 or text the Georgetown Historical Society to arrange a private tour; call at least 24 to 48 hours in advance.

Where: 510 N. Main St., Georgetown.

More info: Call 217-260-2475 or Georgetown Historical Society/ Facebook.

IROQUOIS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY OLD COURTHOUSE MUSEUM

What: Works by Watseka Glenn Raymond Middle School and Watseka Community High School Art Students in the Art Gallery.

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

Where: 103 W. Cherry St., Watseka.

More info: iroquoiscountyhistoricalsociety.com or call 815-432-2215 or 815-432-3730.

MUSEUM OF THE GRAND PRAIRIE

What: Garden Speaker Series - Trees And Their Value To All. Susan McIntyre, an ecologist with the Prairie Research Institute, will discuss the cultural impact trees have had on wildlife and humans,offer suggestions to reduce your impact on the natural world and protect crucial natural resources. Visit the special outdoor exhibit, "Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat," created by The Morton Arboretum and The Global Trees Campaign.

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

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

Cost: Free.

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

Orpheum Children's Science Museum

What: DYI Saturday. A new topic with a special guest each session. Make, create and collaborate with an Do It Yourself science projects and experiments.

When: 2 to 4 p.m. second and fourth Saturday of every month.

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

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

What: Animal Encounters. The museum's education team will talk about the museum's animals, followed by animal feeding time.

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

Where: 346 N. Neil St., C.

Cost: Admission $4-$5.

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

SOUSA ARCHIVES AND CENTER FOR AMERICAN MUSIC

What:"Banjos, Mandolins, and John Philip Sousa America's Musical Paradox" through Aug. 2; "Samuel S. Stewart and America's Banjo" through Sept. 27.

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, UI holidays.

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: Exhibit, "Down on the Farm," highlights the agricultural history of Vermilion County and honors the 100th Anniversary of the Vermilion County Farm Bureau.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday, Monday and holidays. Through May.

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, March 8-April 26 (except March 22, April 5).

Main feature:"Secrets of the Sun" 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturday, March 8-16. Children's features:"Flight Adventures," 7 p.m. Saturdays, March 9-April 27 (except March 23).

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

Cost: Admission, $5-$6.

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

EXHIBITS

ANITA PURVES NATURE CENTER

What: Discover Illinois natural history both inside and outside the nature center. Indoors, explore the Field Station through hands-on displays that include new discovery drawers and seasonal exhibits. Watch wildlife in the center's habitat garden and feeding station or relax with a favorite nature book in the Observation Room.

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Where: 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U.

More info:Call 217-384-4062.

ARTISTS' ALLEY AT MCKINLEY

What: Exhibit, "Engage 4 Freedom," an interactive, rotating exhibition featuring the original Norman Rockwell works accompanied by community and student artwork and interactive expressions of freedom in the 21st Century. The McKinley Foundation is a partner of the For Freedoms 50 State Initiative.

When: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Through May.

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

More info: Call 217-344-0297 or mckinley-foundation.org/artists-alley.

ASIAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER

What: Art exhibit, "Can you Judge an Asian by its Cover?"

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

Where: 1210 W. Nevada St., U.

Cost: Free.

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

BOOTH LIBRARY

What: Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, a new exhibit, "On the Shoulders of Giants: The Moon and Beyond."

When: 8 a.m. to midnight 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 31.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: library.eiu.edu/exhibits/space 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 three Champaign schools: Josh Doniek, Centennial High School; Lucy Christianson, Franklin Middle School; and Amy Lozar, South Side Elementary School.

When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 12 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). Closed holidays. Through mid-May.

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

Cost:Free.

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

40 POINT ONE

What: "PAPER TRAIL | page 2," a juried show, featuring work from 30 local artists.

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Through April 15.

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.

HOMER LAKE FOREST PRESERVE

What: Exhibit, "Audubon Photography Awards." The 12 images on display were chosen from nearly 8,000 images submitted to the National Audubon Society in 2018 in the Amateur, Professional, and Youth categories.

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.To visit on a Monday or in the morning, call ahead. Closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Through March 27.

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

Cost: Free.

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

KENNEKUK COUNTY PARK EDUCATION CENTER

What: A collection of art by Julie Colbyon, a member of Danville Art League. Over 20 realistic and whimsical pieces on display.

When: Winter and spring hours are limited, call to make arrangements. Through April 30.

Where: 2296 Henning Road, Danville.

Cost: Free.

More info: vccd.org, call 217-442-1691 or email ldarling@vccd.org or thedanvilleartleague@gmail.com.

MURPHY GALLERY

What: Art at the Y exhibition, "The Distance Between Us," a book and exhibition by photojournalist Christopher Capozziello.

When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed Saturdays and Sundays. Through March 31.

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

Cost: Free.

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

PARKLAND COLLEGE

What: "Draped and Bundled: Paintings by Leeah Joo."

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Fridays, Sundays, Feb. 28, March 16-24. Through March 26.

Where: Giertz Gallery, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

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

SPRINGER CULTURAL CENTER

What: Art Exhibition, "The Art of Timing" by Patricia Monigold.

When: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Through March 9.

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: xhibition installation, "Come Wind, Come Weather," Brainard and eGallery. Sue de Beer presents two of her films in concert: The Blue Lenses (2015) and The White Wolf (2018). As the spring's signature exhibition, several programs will explore the themes presented in Come Wind, Come Weather.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Mondays and holidays. Through May 19.

Where: Brainard & eGallery, 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: Spring exhibition, "Making Mr. Darcy: Cultural Context for the Regency Gentleman." Curated by Lynne M. Thomas, Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Rare Book and Manuscript Professor.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed UI holidays. Through May 24.

Where:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 346 Library of the Main Library, 1401 W. Gregory Drive, U.

Cost: Free.

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

GALLERIES

CINEMA GALLERY

What: "As We See It," paintings by Preston Jackson and Joy Kessler.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; closed Sundays through Tuesdays. Through March 16.

Where: 120 W. Main St., U.

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

FARMS / MARKETS

WINTER VERSION — DANVILLE FARMER'S MARKET

What: This is a group of local vendors with a variety of products including baked goods, meat, eggs, coffee, crafts, produce (limited), plan ts, authored books and more. All vendor fees support the Fischer restoration.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 9.

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

More info: facebook.com/pg/DanvilleFM/events/ or call 217-474-2701.

PRAIRIE FRUITS FARM & CREAMERY

What:"Dote on the Does." Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or a coffee drink, meet the moms of the babies that will be born this spring and staff will be grooming and feeding the goats, as well as answering any questions. Come into the Farm Store for a cheese board and glass of wine or beer. The store will have a limited repertoire of cheese for sale, as well as other products.

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9 and 10.

Where: 4410 N. Lincoln Ave., C.

More info: Call 217-643-2314 or prairiefruits.com.

URBANA'S MARKET IN THE SQUARE

What: The market features produce, meats, baked goods, dairy, arts and crafts, and more. The second Saturday of each month will feature Art in the Square; musical performances from local artists.

When: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, March 16-April 27.

Where: Inside Lincoln Square, downtown Urbana.

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

ARTHUR THIRD SATURDAY MARKET BAZAAR

What: March 16 will be the first Market of the Year. It will be a March Madness. The vendors are back with lots of new and exciting products.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 16 (third Saturday of every month).

Where: Merchant Building on the Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, 220 Jurgens Parkway, Arthur.

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