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Saturday, August 13, 2016 (All day)
The Urbana Free Library

Saturday, August 13

Join us for an all day Comic Con: from dungeon crawling D&Ders to Death Note loving otakus to gamers who just want one more hour of Minecraft or Super Smash Bros, and hardcore Supernatural fans who makes memes for every situation, we embrace all fandoms. So dress up in your favorite cosplay and prepare for a day full of all the pop-culture and geeky things you love.

Talkies

Comic Scholar, Carol Tilley, talks Wonder Woman & other Great Women in Comics 4 p.m. Auditorium. Teen/Adult

Animator, Nina Paley, on creating animation + clips of her latest work 1 p.m. Auditorium. Adult

Comic artist, Damian Duffy, on how to turn all kinds of stuff into comics 11 a.m. Auditorium. Teen/Adult

Comic Artist Panel q-and-a on drawing and getting published. 2 p.m. Busey Reading Room. All Ages

Game makers, Volition, on making video games 1 p.m. Busey Reading Room. Teen/Adult

Events

LARP – Medieval combat demonstration. After the demonstration there will be a chance to ask questions and try it yourself! 10 a.m. Cherry Alley. All Ages

Speed Drawing Contest – In a limited time, draw an original character or create your very own one page comic. Prizes for the winners! 3 p.m. Auditorium. All Ages

Costume Parade – What Comic Con would be complete without cosplay? Come dressed as your favorite character and strut through the library to show it off. Ends with the opportunity to parade on bikes through downtown Urbana. 5:00 p.m. meet in auditorium. All Ages

Fabulous with the Fablab – CU’s very own Fablab has crafts and tech for you to see how to build the cosplay of your dreams or just create something worthy of a hero (or villain). 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Children’s room. All Ages

Board Games – Play with the library’s collection of board games or set up your own RPG campaign with our D&D and other role playing guides. 11 a.m. -5 p.m. by Café. All Ages

Video Games – Smash Brothers and more. Replay your favorite games or discover new ones. Press Start to continue. 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Conference Room. All Ages

Offsite/Events at Large

Art Show – Come to the Art Coop in Lincoln Square Mall for a showing of local artists. Let us know which is your favorite. All Day. All Ages

Steve Bryant – Comic creator of Ghoul Scouts Night of the Unliving Undead will be signing at Action Jackson Comics. 1 p.m. All Ages

My Neighbor Totoro – Once the sun is down, the library and Urbana Love will be showing My Neighbor Totoro outside in the Busey Bank drive-through. 8:30 p.m. All Ages

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 9:00am to Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 4:00pm
Fluid Event Center, 601 N Country Fair Drive, Champaign, IL 61821
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The WCIA 3 Home and Garden Expo is a FREE community event hosted by WCIA-TV. We have brought together some of the finest home improvement and garden vendors in Central Illinois all so they can help you get your projects solved!

2016 WCIA HOME & GARDEN SHOW
FLUID EVENT CENTER
APRIL 2nd, 9:00am - 5:00pm
APRIL 3rd, 11:00am - 4:00pm
FREE ADMISSION

With thousands of square feet of exhibits you’ll find the latest in products and services for everything from builders, contractors, materials, decks, landscape displays/materials, kitchenware, and much more.

Get your yard ready and learn from the experts on how to prepare your garden for the spring. Check out the spring florals and plants, visit local landscapers’ booths to have your lawn and garden questions answered. Don’t forget your plans, pictures or blueprints!

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 5:00pm to Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 12:00am
Fluid Event Center, 601 N Country Fair Drive, Champaign, IL 61821

The Common Mind Art Collective is once again teaming up with the Fluid Events Center to create a massive one of a kind art event. The Common Mind Experience at Boneyard Arts Festival will be filling over 15,000+ sq. feet of Exhibition and Performance space!!

DATE: April 8th and 9th , 2016
LOACTION: Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Dr. Champaign, Il 61820
GALLERY HOURS:
- Friday April 8th, 5:00pm - 11:00pm
- Saturday April 9th, 12:00pm - 12:00am
PERFORMANCE HOURS:
GENERAL ADMISSION: (FREE ADMISSION, DONATIONS WILL BE TAKEN AT THE DOOR)

Saturday, May 28, 2016 (All day) to Monday, November 28, 2016 (All day)
Venice-Italy

CALL FOR ARTISTS (VENICE-ITALY)

Deadline: March 31, 2016

BORDERS - It’s LIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival (in Venice) It’s LIQUID Group, in collaboration with International ArtExpo, Ca’ Zanardi and Venice Art House, is pleased to announce the open call for BORDERS 2016, the International Art and Architecture Festival.
BORDERS festival, curated by Luca Curci and Andrea Chinellato, will be presented in Venice at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, Venice Art House, and other prestigious venues and historical buildings, from May to November 2016, in the same period of the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale.

Photography / Video Art / Video Mapping / Computer Graphics / Painting / Architecture / Installation / Sculpture / Performing Art

Further informations about BORDERS FESTIVAL contact us: giorgio.itsliquid@gmail.com

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

On Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm we will celebrate the traditional Japanese holiday of Hinamatsuri, or Girls' Day, with a craft session. Participants will have a chance to create cherry blossom stamped postcards, create an ikebana (Japanese floral design) arrangement, origami and more! Children (ages up to 12) can be dressed in yukata as well! The children can take pictures with the Prince and the Princess! The afternoon is geared toward girls, but participants of any age are welcome for the crafts. Anybody participating in the crafts and/or yukata must purchase a ticket for $5. Go to our Eventbrite profile page to purchase a ticket for this, or for any other upcoming Japan House ticketed events.

Here is the link to purchase tickets for our Girls' Day event!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/girls-day-crafts-at-japan-house-tickets-216...

Saturday, March 5, 2016 (All day)
Indepenedent Media Center - 202 S Broadway Ave, Urbana, Illinois 61801

FREE event! This is a day of Belly Dance Workshops, Shopping/Swap meet, Potluck, Dancing, drumming and an Evening Performance Show. Lots of talented instructors and dancers, both local and from surrounding cities. You won't want to miss this! Invite all of your friends and come have an amazing day full of camaraderie and community!

If you wish to partake of potluck goodies, please bring a dish to share.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS;
9:00am-12:00pm Workshops & Shopping
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch break & Shopping
12:00pm-1:00pm OPEN DRUMMING & DANCING
1:00pm-5:00pm Workshop & Shopping
5:00pm-6:00pm Last minute shopping/networking
Did we mention shopping?!?!

7:00pm-9:00pm PERFORMANCE SHOW
(Performers TBA)

Please check our Facebook event page for more details and to invite your friends!
https://www.facebook.com/events/196394400714151/

WORKSHOPS
(Schedule & Instructors TBA hours subject to change)
We are honored to have so many talented ladies instructing and performing!!

9:00-9:30am Megan - Improv - Reflections/Pangaea
9:35-10:05am Cristina - SambaBelly Dance - Trikhala
10:10-10:40am Kaitlin/Tish - Singapore flair - Trikhala
10:45-11:15am Tomika Thomas/Lincoln - Dance w Live drums
11:20-11:50am Amanda Garion - Metal Fusion - Stygian Sisters
Lunchbreak 12:00-1:00pm (shopping/networking!)
12:00-1:00pm OPEN DRUMMING & DANCING
1:00-1:30pm Arikah Peacock - Arms- Ees'aBella/Decatur
1:35-2:05pm Therese Wyatt - Daughters of the Dance
2:10-2:40pm Erin Lacox - Smooth & Locks - Tenth Muse
2:45-3:15pm Dawn Garret Perry-Create/Emotion " " Bloomgtn
3:20-3:50pm Angela Nation-Egypt/Zoe/Zils - Ala Nar/Springfield
3:55-4:25pm Heathe Voight - ATS (Lotus Fire/Springfield)
4:30-5:00pm Carrie - 3/4 Shimmies (Down to Earth/Peoria)

Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 6:00pm
University YMCA | Latzer Hall

The University YMCA and ISSS present
The 33rd Annual International Dinner & Performance Night

Enjoy an evening of great food and live performances in celebration of the diverse cultures that make up Champaign-Urbana.

Tickets are on sale now for only $15 for a sampling of food and performances from all over the world.

Purchase tickets at the front desk of the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign (checks payable to the University YMCA). Tickets sell out early and seats are limited; plan to purchase tickets as soon as possible.

At this event, you should expect to enjoy cuisines from over 20 countries and performances from members of the campus and community. Past International Dinner menus have included dishes from Vietnam, Hawaii, Korea, Brazil, Ukraine, Poland, Turkey, Romania, Ghana, Peru, Russia, Malaysia, Bulgaria, Bangladesh, Ecuador, Israel and several other countries. A finalized menu and performance program is To Be Announced. For more information and updates on the menu and performance schedule, visit: universityymca.org/global/dinner/

Saturday, November 7, 2015 (All day)
The Urbana Free Library

The Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival is an annual event that promotes the folk arts and contributes to the artistic vitality of central Illinois. As a venue sponsor, The Urbana Free Library is pleased to participate in this vibrant community event. All festival events at the Library are FREE and will take place in the Lewis Auditorium, Busey-Mills Reading Room, and Satterthwaite Conference Room.

Lewis Auditorium:
10:00 AM Bodhrán Workshop with Tim Mulvenna
11:15 AM: Prairie Breezes Family Concert with Barb Silverman and Colby Maddox
12:00 PM: Local Storytellers Showcase: Stories for Families featuring Camille Born, UFL Children's Librarian Elaine Bearden, and Linda Dust
1:00 PM: Featured Storyteller, Anne Shimojima
2:00 PM: Local Storytellers Showcase: More Stories for Families featuring Kim Sheahan and Kath Brinkmann
3:45 PM: U of I Press Panel with Phil Jamison and Marion Jacobson

This month's special Prairie Breezes concert is a collaboration of The Urbana Free Library and the C-U Folk & Roots Festival, and is generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.

Busey-Mills Reading Room:
10:30 AM: Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra
11:45 AM: Singer-Songwriter Lynn O'Brien
1:15 PM: Bluegrass & Country with Idea Garden
2:45 PM: Singer-Songwriter David Francey
4:00 PM: Singer-Songwriter, John Gorka

Satterthwaite Conference Room:
3:15 PM: Storytelling Workshop with Anne Shimojima, "You Can Tell a Story Too!."
Folk tales, stories of the human condition, trials and tribulations, love lost and found, and journeying on the quest, have been passed down through the generations from teller to listener. Join storyteller Anne Shimojima as she shares tips on how to learn and tell a folk tale. Anne brings 30+ years of storytelling experience to this fast-paced hour of both theory and practice.

To see a complete schedule of festival events, visit folkandroots.org

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 4:00pm to Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 4:00pm

This is the CU Spinners and Weavers Guild annual Show and Sale! Patrons can expect a variety of the highest quality handmade goods including handspun yarn, woven, knitting and crocheted garments, needle and wet felted garments and sculptures, handwoven baskets, dyed textiles and much more. The sale includes demonstration activities in additional to the sale of guild members’ work each fall. A small percentage of the profit goes to the guild in order to fund future programs. This years Show and Sale will take place:

Friday, Nov. 6, 4 to 9 p.m.

and

Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hessel Park Christian Reformed Church
700 West Kirby Avenue
Champaign

http://centralillinoisfiberguild.org/

https://www.facebook.com/events/421823128025552/

Sunday, October 4, 2015 - 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Art Theater Co-op

IT’S TIME, NAFF NATION! The New Art Film Festival is primed and ready to present its sixth annual cornucopia of locally made independent films from the region centered by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA, on Sunday, October 4, 2015, from 5 to 11 p.m. This year, we have on tap for you 38 shorts and two previews running the gamut from drama to comedy, from scientifically plausible to exuberantly fantastic, from straight-forward as they come to subversive as you might fear. Please follow this link for the complete film order and descriptions at the official NAFF Web site:

http://newartfilmfestival.com/naff-schedule/

This year, we not only hope you have a good time being impressed and inspired by these movies of Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond, but also choose to show the Art Co-op en masse that the fall season is the best new season during which they should play host to your New Art Film Festival! Admission is free to the community.

The NAFF is presented by C-U Confidential and sponsored by The Art Theater, ThirdSide, and Shatterglass Studios.

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