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.
Every TuesdayCome join the fun with activities for toddlers that provide an opportunity to work on developing language, cognitive, and social skills.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to find out availability.
John Philip Sousa and his band joined Charles Dillingham’s extravagant Broadway-style revue, Hip! Hip! Hooray!, for its opening in New York’s Hippodrome on September 30, 1915 and performed two concerts, with the exception of Sundays, daily until June 3, 1916.
Every Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sustainable Student Farm on Anniversary Plaza behind the Illini Union, 1401 W Green St. on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The market will then be moved to the Student Farm cold storage area (Windsor and Race) and open for sales from 4:15- 6 p.m. A few pop-up locations will also be scheduled throughout the season with a “Folding Farm” produce cart.
Come out and shop from local farmers and vendors. Shopping, Music and food. 8am-4pm (EVERY Sunday, year round) Where: Fluid Event Center 601 N. Country Fair Dr. Champaign, IL
Join us for a morning of healthy and fun fitness activities incorporating cardio, strength training, and stretching in a friendly outdoor atmosphere. Close-toed shoes, sun protection, mat/towel, water bottle, and comfortable clothing are recommended. Meet at the showerhouse parking lot. Recommended for ages 16 and up. Program may be cancelled if there is inclement weather; please contact us if you have a question. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-1268 or email@example.com.
Pogo Studio was established in downtown Champaign, IL, in 1985 and quickly earned local, regional and national recognition for its finely crafted recordings and its owner’s easy-going nature. The studio remained a fixture of the community’s music scene and a valuable resource for regional recording artists for nearly thirty years.
Tours Every Wednesday
Walk back in time to 1921 with a tour of the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign! Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Virginia is now proud to offering weekly guided tours – free of charge – each and every Wednesday at 10:00 A.M.
The newly named Giertz Gallery at Parkland College is proud to present the Annual Art & Design Faculty Exhibition, opening Monday, August 18. The exhibit is an annual showcase of art created by faculty and includes sculpture, painting, photography, metals, ceramics, graphic design and digital media. An opening reception for the artists and a ceremony honoring the new name of the gallery in honor of Donna Giertz will take place Thursday, August 21. The exhibition runs through Saturday, Sept. 20.
As war enveloped much of Western Europe in 1914 and 1915 our country struggled to justify its involvement in this conflict and our national leaders overwhelmingly favored peaceful negotiation as the only logical way to end Europe’s war. However by 1916 Germany’s military had devastated large portions of Belgium and France, and presented a serious threat to Great Britain as well as commercial shipping across the north Atlantic.
Printmaking flourished in Japan during the Allied Occupation (1945–52), despite the devastation of the war, which had left its mark not only in the burnt ruins of Tokyo but also in the faces of a starving population. Woodblock prints—together with dolls, fans, silks, and sake cups—were sought after as souvenirs among the nearly half million American soldiers stationed in Occupied Japan in 1946.
This exhibition presents objects from two important university collections—the first consisting of 105 large lithographic posters made as propaganda in support of the French war effort, and the second comprised of approximately 4,500 photographs, in all likelihood commissioned by the French Ministry of War. The posters’ creators range from some of the best-known graphic artists of the day—such as Adolphe Willette and Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen—to illustrators now completely forgotten.
To complement "La Grande Guerre: French Posters and Photographs from World War I", the exhibition "After the Front Line" presents works by artists who served in various capacities during World War I (1914–18) and World War II (1939–45). Viewers gain a sense of how military conflict can profoundly influence one’s artistic practice, as well as how it can alter artists’ worldviews and attitudes toward society. Some of the exhibited works offer scathing social commentaries while others expose the atrocious aftermath of war.
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828) created eighty etchings that comprise Los Desastres de la Guerra (The Disasters of War) in reaction to the Napoleonic invasion of Spain and the political turmoil that followed. The exhibition reconsiders the artist’s endeavor within its historical context by presenting the etchings in five groups—Carnage, Atrocity, Martyrdom, Famine, and Emphatic Caprices—that reveal Goya’s stylistic evolution over the four years (1810–14) during which he etched these plates.
The Portraits Project: A Portrait of Cancer Across America will debut on Thursday, September 4th in the Illini Union Art Gallery. An opening reception will take place at 4:30pm.
Every Thursday at 3:00 p.m.
Enjoy the tranquility of the tea ceremony and a bowl of hand whipped green matcha tea with a traditional Japanese sweet.
Reservations are recommended. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation.
Bring some white socks to wear so you can get up on the tatami mats, although we have a few we can lend you if you forget. If you think you might have troubles kneeling for a long time that’s no problem—-we can just pull a chair up to the tatami mats.
Fridays September 5 through December 19
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 and how to find them. This show is updated seasonally and is intended for all ages. Admission: $5 adults; $4 students, seniors, children under 12. No shows on: October 3 October 31 November 7 December 5
Every Saturday afternoon drop in to make fused glass suncatchers, ornaments, pendants, tiles, bowls or plates. Children 6 and older are welcome—anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Prices vary by object made
This show highlights best of show and blue ribbon winners
from the county shows held in spring. Amateur artists
from towns across Illinois, including some from our own
Champaign County, will display their unique pieces at the
show. Original work from both youth and adult divisions
are displayed for public viewing. The show concludes with a
public critique by the juror on Saturday
This exhibit celebrates not only the artistry and endurance of the Maya weaving tradition but also the cultural intelligence and creative force of the weavers themselves. More than 90 textiles coming from 32 highland towns are presented, each textile woven in a style that identifies the town of its weaver and the wearer. Exhibit areas address the links between the living and ancient Maya, the weaver and the backstrap loom, textiles for daily wear, the art of the traditional Maya blouse, or huipil, ceremonial cloths and clothing, and evidence of evolution in textile designs.
See the new Chicago artwork collection from Larry's new book, Chicagoscapes. This collection captures the energy of Chicago with "the perfect mix of organic and industrial grit, sophistication and the down-home friendliness" of a city in the American midwest.
Each piece, shown on a variety of substrates makes you stop and relive your fondest memories.
It's hard to determine which has a greater effect on the soul—music or nature. Now, through a collaborative effort between the University of Illinois School of Music and the University's Allerton Park & Retreat Center, music and nature will become one with the creation of a world-class music venue—set amidst the beauty of an idyllic nine-acre historic farmstead.
Friday, September 19 - 5:00 p.m. to Midnight
Saturday, September 20 - 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The Savoy Orchard Days Festival is fun for the entire family!
For this year's Savoy Orchard Days, the Matt Poss Band will perform Friday night in the beer tent from 7-9 PM. Also on Friday night, back by popular demand, is Ryan Ideus & Feudin Hillbillys. Ryan Ideus & Feudin Hillbillys perform on the main stage from 9-11:30 PM on Friday night. all concerts are free!
Gordyville USA is the premier horse show arena in the Midwest. Boasting some of the largest breed shows in all of the Central United States, Gordyville can easily adapt to the different needs of all horse shows. It is a heated facility which can hold over 700 portable stalls and has two indoor arenas, an indoor make-up arena and an outside arena. Gordyville is home to NBHA, NRHA, POA, AQHA, NCHA, Miniature, Arabian, APHA, Appaloosa,and Palomino shows. We can adapt our ground and facility to meet your needs. We have also hosted many nationally know clinicians.
An evening hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County and Home Builders Association of East Central Illinois. Dinner, Drinks, cash bash, live and silent auction and more. Grand Prize of $5,000 will be given away. Additional cash prizes given away throughout the evening. Tickets are $100 per person and includes dinner, drinks, live and silent auction and chance to win prizes up to $5,000. Tickets available through Habitat; contact Kelly Hill email@example.com 819-5115, or Home Builders Association contact Terry Greene firstname.lastname@example.org 239-4663.
Allerton Music Barn Festival | On the 60th anniversary of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, the UI Jazz faculty represent the driving hard bop style of the 1950s with aggressive swing and powerful drumming. Chip McNeill leads the band in selections from the most famous Jazz Messengers’ recordings including At the Café Bohemia.
The Allerton Music Barn is located on the south side of Allerton Park off Allerton Road near Monticello and is approximately halfway between Decatur and Champaign.
Join us for a day of food, fun, and football! The University of Illinois football team will take on Texas State at Memorial Stadium. Catch the Illini Walk, enjoy yourself at the Illini Street Fest, and don't miss the Marching Illini Public Warm-up ... we'll see you there!
Spend the day biking from the Middle Fork River Forest Preserve to the Kickapoo State Park and back again. You can choose between a 67, 32, or 15 mile ride all day long. This event benefits the Kickapoo Rail Trail.
Are you in need of a special time to relax and reflect? Join us as we hike in nature and forget about the rest of the world. This program will start with some light stretching and breathing exercises to calm your mind and body. This program is for adults and mature teens only, please. Registration is not required. $5 suggested donation.
Join us for a full day of activities celebrating the artistry and endurance of Maya weaving traditions in Guatemala. From 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., meet Rafaela Godinez Apen and Edgar Apen, visiting artists from San Antonio Aguas Calientes, who will demonstrate the weaving style of their community in the Central Core Gallery.
From 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., enjoy the exhibit and a reception, including a presentation on weaving as an expression of identity given by guest curator Margot Blum Schevill with Rafaela and Edgar at 2:00 p.m. in the Knight Auditorium.
Experience a whole new type of health & job fair
at Douglass Park! Bring out the entire family for an
afternoon of excitement! At this fair you can browse
informational booths, sit for a presentation, apply for
a new job, or partake in one of the many games and
activities suited for every age group and designed to
keep you fit mentally, physically, and financially!
This musical—part operetta, part farce, and definitely comedy—takes place on the Twentieth Century Limited to New York and has it all: a temperamental actress, an egomaniacal impresario, a compromised Congressman, former lovers, protégées, and a religious lunatic.
In 1964, America was taken by storm by the greatest rock and roll group of all time, The Beatles! Fifty years later, the music of The Beatles still has the power to move audiences the world over. Celebrate this important golden anniversary at the Virginia Theatre with BritBeat – America's Premier Tribute to the Beatles. This theatrical live concert experience features the music from all the 'eras' of the Beatles, including the Ed Sullivan years, Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road.
Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society for an evening with the stars. Meet at the Activity Center at 8 p.m. for a short presentation by Staerkel Planetarium Director David Leake. Then drive to the North Waterfowl Management Area to view the stars, planets, and more! Weather-permitting, the program will go until midnight. No cloud date. FREE.
Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society 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!
The cantatas on this program, for Pentecost and for Trinity, are from Bach’s Leipzig period at the Thomaskirche when he wrote a different cantata for each Sunday of the liturgical year. The new director of choral activities leads the Allerton Bach choir, orchestra, and soloists.
Cheer on the Illinois Women's Soccer Team as they take on Purdue at the Illinois Soccer Stadium! For more information on Illinois Women's Soccer please contact the University of Illinois Athletic Department at 217-333-3630.
Asana, Acupuncture & Apple Pie
With Steve Willette, the Living Yoga Center and Jim Lorr, Urbana Acupuncture
This workshop is inspired by the benefits experienced from receiving acupuncture following a yoga practice.
Cheer on the Parkland Women's Soccer Team as they take on Trinity JV at Parkland College! For more information on Men's Soccer or Parkland Athletics, please contact Parkland College at 217-351-2200.
Ever thought about creating your own board game? Join us at the CUDO Plays Season 2 Kickoff! CUDO Plays is a board game design competition aimed at teaching teams how to bring their original cardboard creations to life. Come learn about the competition and how you can form a team to build your own game!
Cheer on the Parkland Men's Soccer Team as they take on Lincoln Land at Parkland College! For more information on Men's Soccer or Parkland Athletics, please contact Parkland College at 217-351-2200.
Apostolic Life & Lifeline-connect present: Understanding Addiction
Answering the Question:
“Why Do Addicts Do the Things They Do?”
Tuesday September 23 @ 7:00pm | 2107 N High Cross Rd Urbana, IL
We have all observed destructive addictive behavior and wondered, “Why do addicts to the things they do?” Or maybe you’ve even asked yourself the question, “Why do I continue to do the things I do?”
A subtle turn of the head, a quick stride, or a simple embrace: in the choreographic world of three-time New York Dance and Performance (”Bessie”) Award winner and MacArthur “Genius” laureate Susan Marshall, everyday movements become catalysts for poetic, abstract, charged dance-theatre pieces that couple structured choreography with seductive mystery.
The Illinois Modern Ensemble focuses on contemporary and experimental music. Concerts feature compositions by prominent artists such as Augusta Read Thomas and Steve Reich as well as new works by students and faculty members.
The Pygmalion Festival started out simply: a music festival that took place in a wide variety of small venues and clubs in Champaign-Urbana, spread throughout both cities and on the campus of the University of Illinois.
Mark your calendar to join us from 5 to 7pm almost every Thursday for Krannert Uncorked. Meet up with colleagues, collaborators, friends, and family for a free sampling of delectable selections from area beverage distributors—it’s the perfect way to unwind, reconnect, engage anew, or simply enjoy the complimentary cheese and crackers!
On the first and third Thursday of each month, you can also experience the best in local music, live on Stage 5 during Krannert Uncorked.
A preeminent ensemble in the world, the UI Wind Symphony premieres new works, travels to national and international events, and sets the standard for band performance and training. Its members are undergraduate and graduate students who excel at playing the traditional band repertoire, works for small chamber groups, and innovative new pieces. Since its inception, it has served as an ambassador for the historic Illinois Bands program and is an innovator in the wind band field.
Experience the fellowship of communal dance with instructors Marianne Jarvi and Kate Kuper of Dance at Illinois. If you or a loved one is living with Parkinson’s, join us to explore gentle movement in a safe, welcoming environment. Set to uplifting, familiar music, this 70-minute monthly class may assist with the preservation and improvement of balance, flexibility, and strength. Please dress comfortably for this full-body workshop.
Letterboxing combines treasure hunting and rubber stamp artistry in an exciting outdoor quest for the whole family! Join us for an introduction to the spirit and hobby of letterboxing, followed by a hike to find letterboxes in the preserve. $2 per person; children 2 and under FREE. Registration required; (217) 896-2455 or email@example.com.
Discount Code: TCRPARTY
The Color Run™ also known as The Happiest 5k on the Planet, we love chucking paint and making people smile. At more than 1,000,000+ Color Runners strong, The Color Run is on almost every single continent on EARTH!
Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer.
With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow:
The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. Now the single largest event series in the United States, The Color Run has exploded since our debut event. We have more than tripled our growth, hosting more than 170 events in 30+ countries in 2013.
Have you wanted to see if stained glass is your thing, but been afraid of the cost? Or been away from it a while and want to pick it back up? Come for this five-hour workshop and learn the basics of cutting and assembling. You will walk away with a completed 8” square of your own design.
Admission is $60.
Fun for the whole family. FREE magic shows both days, carnival games, face painting, favorite character mascots, prizes and giveaways and more!
Saving seed is a practice as old as agriculture itself and yet the practice of it has faded in recent years with the advent of hybrid seed and a decrease in home and small-scale production.
Cheer on the Parkland Men's Soccer Team as they take on Heartland at Parkland College! For more information on Men's Soccer or Parkland Athletics, please contact Parkland College at 217-351-2200.
Sal Nudo's third novel, The Millionaire's Cross, unfolds as uncomplicated copywriter Alex Neitzel is drawn into an increasingly complex scheme involving millions of dollars, lies, paranoia, and growing struggles with his own character and capabilities. Local readers will be drawn to the C-U setting and frequent references.
Sal has written another crime novel, Phantom Reunions; a personal rock and roll chronicle entitled Nevermind : It's Only Rock of Ages (featuring Def Leppard and Nirvana); and he contributed to the very popular Remembering Robeson's.
New day, but the same great show! Come out to see the seniors of Douglass
Annex strut their stuff down the runway — a guaranteed good time! This is an
event you do not want miss. As the seniors are modeling fashions for the style
show and looking lovely, we also want you to come out ‘Dressed to Impress.’
Tickets are required and can be purchased at the Douglass Annex.
Soul that glides, blues music that smokes, and Dixieland jams that positively pop have earned this troupe of jazz practitioners kudos as “the finest big band in the world today” (Daily Telegraph, United Kingdom). At the helm and behind the trumpet is Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, a Pulitzer Prize, Peabody Award, and nine-time Grammy Award winner.
Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society under the stars for our monthly observatory open house! We utilize our 16-inch telescope to observe planets, star clusters, and the Moon. This event is free and open to all ages!
Our observatory is located between Champaign and Sadorus along County Road 700E, 1.4 miles west of I-57 and 0.8 miles south of Monticello Rd. See a map here: https://goo.gl/maps/nNniS. This event lasts from 9-11pm.
Events at Refinery is excited to bring Randy Fenoli, star of TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress" as the featured guest at the Refined Weddings Showcase! The event will have the very best wedding industry vendors for you to visit, a cash bar, and great music!
Professor Mark Pohlad (DePaul University) examines how the 16th President has been portrayed in the movies. Most people’s conception of Lincoln derives from on-screen portrayals. Recent film treatments remind us how important these are, and how they reflect the preoccupations of their audience. Using film clips and discussing scripts, actors and production, Prof. Pohlad takes up Lincoln on film from silent movies to Spielberg’s recent award winner. FREE.
The youth-focused Rush Hour concert features young talent from our community and showcases the college and high school winners of Sinfonia’s first Student Concerto Competition. Ravel’s colorful and impressionistic Alborada del Gracioso adds to the excitement, and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture rounds out this hour-long concert. Stick around after the performance, because Ralph and Joe, the Flying Tomato Brothers, invite you to the Lobby to enjoy some complimentary slices courtesy of Garcia’s Pizza in a Pan!