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April 2014

April 2014

  • March 6, 2013 - December 31, 2014

    Animal Encounters at the Orpheum

    Wednesdays & FridaysCome learn about the Orpheum’s animals! The Orpheum Education Team will talk to visitors about our animals, followed by an animal feeding time. Participants will take a closer look at our aquatic turtles, land turtle, bearded dragons, and corn snake. 

    Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Location: 346 N. Neil St, Champaign , IL
    Website: orpheumkids.org
  • June 1, 2013 - June 2, 2014

    How the Sousa Band Music Library Came to the University of Illinois

    Victor August Herbert (1859-1924) was an American composer, cellist, and conductor who is most frequently remembered for his popular Broadway operettas Babes in Toyland (1903) and Naughty Marietta (1910) and the founder of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1914. ASCAP protected the copyrights of compositions of its members which initially included Irving Berlin, Otto Harbach, James Weldon Johnson, Jerome Kern, and John Philip Sousa.

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 1103 S. Sixth Street, Champaign, IL
    Website: www.library.illinois.edu/sousa/
  • August 30, 2013 - July 7, 2014

    Traveling America’s Early Highways: A Strothkamp Family Road Trip 1920-1930

    Charles Strothkamp played clarinet with the John Philip Sousa Band between 1926 and 1932, and when he wasn’t performing with the band he took countless candid photographs of the band as they traveled from town to town on America’s bustling railroad network. During America’s roaring 1920s the allure of traveling to new exotic destinations by automobile on the country’s developing byways had captured the imagination of many urban adventurers, like the Strothkamp family, who sought escape from the forests of brick and concrete that surrounded their city-dwelling lives.

    Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Location: 1103 S. Sixth Street, Champaign, IL
  • October 1, 2013 - December 30, 2014

    Orpheum Toddler Tuesday

    Every TuesdayCome join the fun with activities for toddlers that provide an opportunity to work on developing language, cognitive, and social skills.

    Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
    Location: 346 North Neil , Downtown Champaign , IL 61820, IL
    Website: orpheumkids.org
  • October 7, 2013 - September 29, 2014

    Live from the Crossroads: A Snapshot of Champaign-Urbana’s Local Music Scene 1980-1986

    Each generation is defined by the popular music that it listens to, and during the 1960s and 1970s the hard-edged sound and message of America’s psychedelic rock and roll -- Purple Haze, Somebody to Love, and Black is Black -- was shaped by the unrest of the country’s involvement in the Vietnam War and its unrelenting demand for equal civil rights for all citizens.

    Time: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Location: 1103 S. Sixth Street, Champaign, IL
  • October 24, 2013 - June 30, 2014

    A Musical Life: The Travels of Otto Mesloh

    Like most musicians and music ensembles that toured throughout the United States at the end of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Sousa Band traveled over 1,272,000 miles by railroad. Before the age of the inexpensive automobiles and the development of America’s interstate road system, reliable and efficient long-distance transportation between cities and states was only possible by rail.

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 1103 S. Sixth Street, Champaign, IL
  • January 14, 2014 - April 29, 2014

    Campus Open Mic Stand Up Comedy Night

    Every week in 2014 on Tuesday Night the Canopy Club and Champaign-Urbana Comedy (www.cucomedy.com) are having an Open Mic Stand Up Night. U of I Students... ever wanted to try stand up in front of a crowd? Now is your chance to do it! Each show will have a few traveling Comedy Club feature acts mixed in with local performers and possibly YOU!

    No Cover - 9pm - Doors at 8 - $2 Real Long Islands at the bar

    Time: 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Location: 708 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL
    Website: canopyclub.com/
  • January 15, 2014 - December 17, 2014

    Weekly Stand Up Comedy Showcase

    Voted Best Place to See Comedy in C-U for 2012 and 2013! This weekly Stand Up Comedy Showcase helps feature some of the best performers in the area. Often we have traveling comics from St Louis, Chicago, Peoria, ect coming in, as well as C-U Comics who are feature acts at Comedy Clubs in the Midwest. Mixed in are showcase performers and new comers to stand up.

    Not an open mic. All performers have been on stage prior.

    No Cover - 9pm - $2 You Call It Rails and $2.50 Corona's at the bar.

    Time: 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Location: 55 E Main Street, Champaign, IL
    Website: memphisonmain.com/
  • January 16, 2014 - December 18, 2014

    Comedy Karaoke - Open Mic Stand Up Night

    Every other Thursday Night Champaign-Urbana Comedy allows you a chance to get on stage and try your hand at Stand Up Comedy. Perform along side feature acts from Comedy Clubs across the Midwest, as well as local performers and even first timers (that could be you!)

    Only so many spots a show, so sign ups are done in advance. This is an Open Mic, so anyone can sign up. Want to get on stage and tell some jokes or a funny story? E-mail jesse@cucomedy.com to find out availability.

    Time: 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Location: 207 W Clark, Champaign, IL
    Website: www.theclarkbar.com/
  • January 17, 2014 - June 13, 2014

    Prairie Skies

    Fridays through June 14
    A live-narrated tour of the wonders of tonight's sky, accompanied by some of the legendary stories of the ancient sky. Find out what constellations and planets are visible tonight from your backyard. This show is updated seasonally and is intended for all ages. Our winter show gives way to spring on March 21. Tickets are $5 adults; $4 students, seniors, & kids, all sold at the door.

    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Location: 2400 W. Bradley, Champaign, IL, IL
  • February 3, 2014 - May 26, 2014

    Comedy Soup

    Join the Fluid Event Center for Comedy Soup "just for schticks and giggles!" Every Monday night at 8pm.

    NO COVER!!

    Time: 8:00 pm - 11:15 am
    Location: 601 N. Country Fair Drive, Champaign, IL 61821, IL
    Website: fluideventcenter.com
  • February 4, 2014 - June 24, 2014

    BluesDay Tuesday

    Bluesday Tuesday, a FREE open blues jam hosted by Champaign bands Johnnie Mae & The Surreal Deal - every Tuesday night 8:00pm at the Fluid Event Center.

    Time: 8:30 pm - 12:00 am
    Location: 601 N. Country Fair Drive, Champaign, IL 61821, IL
    Website: fluideventcenter.com/
  • March 7, 2014 - April 26, 2014

    The Planets

    Fridays & Saturdays through April 26
    Join us for a breathtaking tour of our own planetary system, including some of the latest discoveries. See how our solar system may have formed and then visit planets in other star systems far beyond our own. The show originally written and distributed by the Southeastern Planetarium Association and is narrated by Kate Mulgrew of “Star Trek: Voyager” fame. Tickets are $5 adults; $4 students, seniors, & kids, all sold at the door.

    No shows March 28-29

    Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Location: 2400 W. Bradley, Champaign, IL, IL
    Website: www2.parkland.edu/planetarium/
  • March 15, 2014 - April 26, 2014

    One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

    Saturdays through April 26

    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Location: 2400 W Bradley, Champaign, IL, IL
    Website: www2.parkland.edu/planetarium/
  • April 6, 2014 - August 10, 2014

    Exhibit: "Sacred Symbols in Sequins: Vintage Haitian Vodou Flags"

    For many Americans, the term Vodou brings up unfortunate, Hollywood-inspired imagery involving hexes and curses, but visitors to Sacred Symbols in Sequins will gain new insights to the beauty and sanctity of Haitian Vodou. This exhibit features 16 vintage Haitian Vodou flags (drapo Vodou) from a rarely seen private collection. Six sparkling Vodou libation bottles and eight portraits of contemporary Vodou practitioners by renowned photographer Phyllis Galembo provide a context for these dazzling sequin- and bead-encrusted ceremonial banners.

    Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Location: 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL
    Website: spurlock.illinois.edu
  • April 7, 2014 - April 28, 2014

    Japan House Presents: Calligraphy Workshops with Shozo Sato

    Mondays from April 7-28

    Professor Emeritus Shozo Sato has once again graciously offered to teach a series of calligraphy workshops, to be held every Monday evening in April this spring! No previous experience is needed. Each workshop is $20 for Tomonokai members or students, $25 for all others. If you need to use our brushes and ink it is an additional $5 for each evening. Paid reservations required...and this will fill up fast! Please call 217-244-9934 with your credit card information to make a reservation.

    Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 am
    Location: 2000 S. Lincoln Avenue , Urbana, IL
    Website: japanhouse.art.illinois.edu/en/
  • April 14, 2014 - May 3, 2014

    2014 Parkland College Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition

    The 2014 Parkland College Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition will be held April 14 through May 3 in the Parkland Art Gallery. Audiences will enjoy an impressive body of student work in photography, painting, drawing, metals, sculpture, three-dimensional design, two-dimensional design, color theory, and ceramics. Many of these earn artistic awards, which will be announced during the exhibit’s reception from 6 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 17.

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL
    Website: parkland.edu/gallery
  • April 17, 2014 - May 3, 2014

    Monty Python's Spamalot

    edy Monty Python’s SpamalotApril 17–May 3.

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL
    Website: parkland.edu/theatre
  • April 23, 2014 - April 27, 2014

    16th Annual Roger Ebert Film Festival

    Founded in 1999 by the late Roger Ebert, University of Illinois Journalism graduate and Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic, Roger Ebert’s Film Festival (Ebertfest) celebrates films that haven’t received the recognition they deserved during their original runs. The festival gives these films and their filmmakers a well-deserved second look.

    Ebertfest takes place in Urbana-Champaign each April. Chaz Ebert, Roger’s beloved wife, business partner and fellow film-lover, is the festival host. 

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign, IL
    Website: ebertfest.com
  • April 24, 2014 - April 26, 2014

    6th Annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon

    The 6th Annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon will take over Champaign County April 24-26! This flat and fast course offers a beautiful, scenic tour of Champaign's revitalized downtown streets, tree-lined residential neighborhoods and awesome, paved park trails.

    Thousands of friendly, fun fans and volunteers from around the community will exemplify Midwest Hospitality. Participants will receive first-class race shirts, medals, food and fanfare.

    Time: (All day)
    Website: illinoismarathon.com
  • April 24, 2014 - April 26, 2014

    JLCU Shoe Drive

    The Junior League of Champaign-Urbana is once again proud to partner with Body N Sole, organizing a shoe drive during the Illinois Marathon to benefit local charitable partners. The Junior League will be collecting new or gently used shoes – Sizes needed: infant through adult sizes -- at the Body N Sole Booth during the Health and Fitness Expo on Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25 during registration hours. The final collection will take place on Saturday, April 26 at the “27th Mile” and the post-race concert at Krannert.

    Time: 11:45 am - 6:00 pm
    Location: 201 E Peabody Dr, Champaign, IL
    Website: www.juniorleaguecu.org
  • April 24, 2014

    "Gwendolyn Brooks: Beyond the Word Maker, a Black Poet and Activist" A Lecture by Haki R. Madhubuti

    Haki R. Madhubuti is the Founder and President of Chicago's Third World Press.

    Poet, publisher, editor, educator, and one of the architects of the Black Arts Movement, he has been a pivotal figure in the development of a strong Black literary tradition.

    Among Madhubuti’s latest books are "Honoring Genius: Gwendolyn Brooks: The Narrative of Craft, Art, Kindness and Justice" (2011) and "By Any Means Necessary, Malcolm X: Real, Not Reinvented" (co-edited with Herb Boyd, Ron Daniels and Maulana Karenga, 2012).

    Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Location: 1408 W. Gregory Dr., Room 346, Urbana, IL, IL
    Website: www.library.illinois.edu/rbx/
  • April 24, 2014

    "Land of Plenty" Documentary Premiere at Allerton Park

    Allerton Park & Retreat Center is pleased to host the premiere of "Land of Plenty: Robert Allerton and His Gift to Illinois" on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the movie will show at 7:00 p.m. in the Retreat Center Library, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello, IL.

    Enjoy an intimate evening at Allerton as Yeoman Filmer Productions presents this original documentary, followed by an exclusive presentation and Q & A with the film’s Writer and Director, Tory Dahlhoff.

    Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Location: 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello, IL
    Website: allerton.illinois.edu/
  • April 24, 2014

    Full of Pepper and Light: Welcoming the Gwendolyn Brooks Papers to the University of Illinois

    To celebrate acquiring the papers of poet and writer Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), the University of Illinois Rare Book & Manuscript Library and numerous campus partners have organized an evening of poetry, song, and appreciation called: Full of Pepper and Light: Welcoming the Gwendolyn Brooks Papers to the University of Illinois. The event will take place in the newly-renovated Lincoln Hall Theater (702 S. Wright Street, Urbana) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Admission is free.

    Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Location: 702 South Wright Street, Urbana, IL
    Website: www.library.illinois.edu/rbx/
  • April 25, 2014 - May 4, 2014

    Jodi Adams: Art of Intention

    Opening Reception: April 26th, 6pm-8pm

    Saturday, April 26 marks the debut of the most recent work by photographer Jodi Adams.  Art of Intention combines word with image, offering an introspective glimpse of our own inner landscape in the sublime context of nature.

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 9 E. University Ave., Champaign, IL
    Website: www.indi-go-art.com
  • April 25, 2014

    7th Annual Local Authors Fair

    "Meet & Greet"— Hear the local authors read excerpts from their own workswhile enjoying snacks at our literary café. They will also be signing books.

    Starting at 7:00 these authors will share from their works:

    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Location: 106 W. Flessner Ave., Rantoul, IL
  • April 25, 2014

    Daniel Bachman: American Primitive Acoustic Guitarist

    For an early-twentysomething, Daniel Bachman has roots buried deep. His approach to the American Primitive style of acoustic guitar — a sonically vivid fingerpicking technique developed by John Fahey and expanded by the likes of Robbie Basho and, later, Jack Rose and Glenn Jones — is conversational and uplifting, much like the man himself. Born and raised in Fredericksburg, VA, he has been playing what he describes as "psychedelic appalachia" since he was a teenager, with a sound that evolved from drones and banjos to a now guitar centered focus.

    Time: 8:00 pm
    Location: 9 E. University Ave., Champaign, IL
    Website: www.indi-go-art.com
  • April 26, 2014

    Springtime Herb Garden for Kids

    Your child will first learn some science related to seeds and germination. Then we will plant a variety of herb seeds in special pots to take home. These herbs will grow and produce flavorful things to add to your meals. Children can help mom or dad with the home cooking. $3 per child. Registration required; (217) 586-2612 or cbarnard@ccfpd.org.

    Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Location: 950 N. Lombard, Mahomet, IL
    Website: ccfpd.org
  • April 26, 2014

    Promise Healthcare Progressive Dinner

    Progressive Dinner to Benefit Promise Healthcare!

    Stroll from room to room in the historic McKinley Aquatic Center while you enjoy a glass of wine and four course dinner (appetizer, salad, entree, and dessert). Proceeds will be used to help provide medical, dental, and mental health care for residents of Champaign County, who might overwise go without.

    Saturday, April 26
    6:00 to 8:00 PM
    McKinley Aquatic Center
    500 W. Church St., Champaign

    $40 per person
    Tickets available in advance or at the door

    For more information
    Please call (217) 403-5427
    info@promisehealth.org

    Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Location: 500 W. Church St., Champaign, IL
  • April 26, 2014

    CUAS Dark-Sky Observing

    Join the CUAS under the darkest skies in Champaign County! We’ll start off at the Middle Fork Forest Preserve Activity Center for a presentation about navigating the night sky, celestial objects we can see that night, and the effects of city lights on our starry skies. Following the presentation we’ll have telescopes set up for viewing!

    This event will be cancelled if weather is unfavorable. Contact us for details and updates at cuas@cuas.org, call us at (217) 351-2567, or visit our website at www.cuas.org.

    Time: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Location: 3433 County Road 2700 E, Penfield, IL
    Website: www.cuas.org
  • April 27, 2014

    C-U Autism Network 2014 Autism Walk

    Join the C-U Autism Network for the 6th Annual Autism Walk at Hessel Park in Champaign.

    Register individuals or teams online at cuautismnetwork.kintera.org/2014

    Adults: $20 | Students $10 | Children under 12: $5

    Questions? E-mail teresa@autismillinois.org

    Time: 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Location: Hessel Park, Champaign, IL
    Website: cuautismnetwork.kintera.org/2014
  • April 27, 2014

    Kelly Miller Circus

    The Circus is coming to Mahomet on Sunday, April 27, 2014!  Get your advance tickets at any Mahomet Bank or the Mahomet IGA.  A Childs advance ticket is $6 each and an Adult advance ticket is $10 each.  Performances: 2:00 pm  & 5:00 pm. If you have any questions, please call the Mahomet Chamber of Commerce at 217-586-3165

    Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Location: 302 State St., Mahomet, IL
    Website: www.mahometchamberofcommerce.com/
  • April 27, 2014

    Archaeological Investigations

    There were a range of settlement types in East Central Illinois in the early 19th century, and while domestic archaeological sites are relatively abundant, sites representing commercial and industrial activities are less common. Recent investigations at the Meneley Mill site (founded ca. 1837) in Vermilion County near Potomac, Illinois, provide a glimpse of an early to mid-nineteenth-century industrial site. Results of recent field and archival investigations at the mill site will be presented, and the role of mills during the early settlement period will be discussed. FREE.

    Time: 2:00 pm
    Location: 950 N. Lombard, Mahomet, IL
    Website: ccfpd.org

April 2014