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Thursday, September 24, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, September 27, 2015 (All day)
Urbana, IL

On September 24-27th eight of the most sought-after, renowned West African drummers and dancers will come to Urbana, Illinois to perform and teach workshops as part of the second annual Midwest Mandeng, a festival celebrating the arts and culture of West Africa.

The artists hail from Guinea and Mali in West Africa and will include Youssouf Koumbassa, Marietou Camara, Djeneba Sako, and local dance master Djibril Camara teaching dance. Drummers will include Bolokada Conde, Fode Bangoura, Moussa Traore, and Abass Camara. Each of these artists have impressive resumes with extensive experience as performers and choreographers and are sought after to participate in workshops all over the world. These artists are to West African drumming and dancing what Michael Jackson and Katy Perry are to pop music.

On Thursday, September 24th Djibril Camara and Bolokada Conde will lead special workshops geared towards absolute beginners at the Channing-Murray Foundation in Urbana. Drumming and dance workshops on Friday, September 25th through Sunday, September 27th will be all-level classes appropriate for beginners and advanced students alike. These classes will be held at the historic Urbana Landmark Hotel.

Other festivities will include a free demonstration geared towards children and their families at the Urbana Free Library on Friday, September 25th at 4:00 p.m. and a “dundunba” dance party featuring live drumming at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 26th at Pizza M.

Last year the festivities attracted 127 attendees from as far away as Calgary, Canada and Santra Cruz, California. This year we are expecting even more visitors from near and far.

Visit www.cuwaddc.weebly.com for more information about the festival, including information about the schedule and rates for the workshops, our organization, and the artists.

Sunday, October 4, 2015 (All day)
Fluid Event Center

Come Join Fluid Events and the Sundowners Car Club for our 2nd annual indoor car show, Sunday October 4th, 10am to 5pm at the Fluid Event Center. 601 N. Country Fair Dr. Champaign, Il. 61821 Registration for the car starts is from 12:00 -2:00pm, Voting will be from 2:00 - 4:00pm, Then the Top 10 awards with specialty trophies will be awarded at 4:30pm.
For more info on the car show and how to participate contact: Gene Sheldon (217)637-2477

In addition to a great car show, the event will be having a Hot Wing Cook-Off, a Wing Eating Contest, a Hottest Wing Contest, a full day of bands including; The Bashful Youngens, New Riders of the Golden Maize and Cody Lee, lots of great vendors and more…

Vendor Application Form
Hot Wings & Hot Rods Sponsor Information
2nd Annual Hot Wings & Hot Rods Cook-Off Challenge

For more info on the event and how to become a vendor, participant or contestant contact:
Jeff@fluidevents.org or call (217)359-6960

Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 3:00pm
2000 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL

Matsuri is the Japanese word for festival. Join us for our first Matsuri and kick off the fall semester here at Japan House within the University of Illinois Arboretum. Come for an afternoon of Japanese and Asian inspired food, drinks, crafts, demonstrations, and performances. Purchase of tickets are needed for food and drink.They will be available at Japan House. There will be drum performances by Ho Etsu Taiko and tea ceremonies by Urbana-Champaign Association of Chado Urasenke Tankokai. There will be martial arts demonstrations, garden tours of the Japan House gardens, bonsai and ikebana displays and tea bowl making by Jason Armour. Some of our participating restaurants will be Cream & Flutter, Flying Machine Coffee, JT Walker's, Kona Ice, Michaels' Catering, Miga, Pandamonium Doughnuts and Pizza M.

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm
Spurlock Museum

A whole afternoon of performances! During WorldFest, the Museum celebrates the wonderful variety of performance arts practiced around the world and offers hands-on activities for everyone. This event is sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Suggested donation: $5.

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 8:00pm
111 Walnut St (2nd Floor), Champaign, IL

Institute 4 Creativity will be hosting a joint screening of Dither: The DIY Sound and Walls of Sound by local film makers Sam Geneser and David Gracon.

Dither (2013/38 min.) — A short form documentary project on do it yourself music; heightening our sense of community and stimulating positive social change.

Walls of Sound (2012/63 min.) — A Look Inside the House of Records is a feature length documentary video that explores the House of Records, a brick and mortar independent record store based in Eugene, Oregon. Read the full description at https://houseofrecords.wordpress.com/

Cover $3 // All-Ages!

Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 2:00pm
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8/15/2015
2pm & 6pm

PENS TO LENS Student Screenwriting Competition

Tickets: $12 pass/$8 ticket On Sale Now

A project of the Champaign Urbana Film Society, Champaign Movie Makers and Champaign Urbana Design Organization. Pens to Lens invites East Central Illinois K-12 students to write and submit original screenplays which are then made into short films by local filmmakers, while original movie posters are created by the local design community.

At this special 3rd annual gala screening, the whole community is invited to see the finished films, walk the red carpet, and celebrate student writing, with awards presented! The 2pm screening features films written by K-8th grade students, and the 6pm screening features films written by 8th-12th grade students.

For more information feel free to call our box office at 217-356-9063 or visit our website at http://www.thevirginia.org. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Arboretum - 2001 S Lincoln Ave

Le Jardin Music Festival - A celebration of Champaign Urbana's culture and creativity.

Performers include:
UIUC Opera & Dance Students
Le Chateau de la Voix Orchestra
Sketch Artists & Painters
Guest Instrumentalists
Spoken Word

 

Free Admission

Bring food, beverage, blankets, chairs, and join in a wonderful summer evening of inspired presentations by Champaign-Urbana finest artists. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Countrybrook Apts

We are bringing a party to your neighborhood! Join us at Countrybrook Apts. for Block Party fun! Inflatables, face painting, lawn games, live performances including CUperStars, Interactive music by DJ Fireproof, and many more activities will avaliable for all to enjoy!

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Dobbins Downs

We are bringing a party to your neighborhood! Join us at Dobbins Downs Park for Block Party fun! Inflatables, face painting, lawn games, live performances including CUperStars, Interactive music by DJ Fireproof, and many more activities will avaliable for all to enjoy!

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Human Kinetics Park

We are bringing a party to your neighborhood! Join us at Human Kinetics Park for Block Party fun! Inflatables, face painting, lawn games, live performances including CUperStars, Interactive music by DJ Fireproof, and many more activities will avaliable for all to enjoy!

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