Calendar of Events
The greater Champaign County area is a hotbed for fun, local events you can't find anywhere else in the region. From music festivals, to exhibition openings, to cultural events, there's always something going on.
Please note, masks are required in all indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status and encouraged in outdoor spaces where social distancing isn't possible.
Sun Ra Arkestra
The Virginia Theatre
203 West Park Avenue
Champaign, Illinois 61820
For much of his career, Sun Ra led the Arkestra—an ensemble with an ever-changing and flexible line-up. The legendary Sun Ra, born Herman Poole Blount in Alabama in 1914, was a jazz composer and improvisor, bandleader, visionary piano and synthesizer player, performance artist and poet known for his cutting-edge sound, cosmic philosophy, and avant-garde theatrical performances.
In his music, Sun Ra combined big-band swing with free jazz, the blues, electronics, and African musical and visual cultural practices, while also creating a performative style that combined Egyptian iconography and new futuristic worlds.
Claiming to be an alien messenger from Saturn sent to Earth to promote a politics of peace through art, Sun Ra is known as one of the leading figures of Afro-futurism.
On Thursday, August 26, 2021, Illinois Governor Pritzker announced an Executive Order that all individuals age 2 and up who are medically able are required to wear a face mask while indoors in public settings, regardless of vaccination status.
Please note that, per the Order, individuals may remove face masks while eating or drinking.