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Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 2:00pm
Orpheum Theatre 346 N. Neil St., Champaign

The Etherphonic Theremin Orchestra in Concert at the Orpheum Theatre, Champaign, IL

Contact: Barry R. Morse
Email: barryrmorse@hotmail.com
(217) 369-5328

Champaign-Urbana based Etherphonic Theremin Orchestra will perform improvised otherworldly soundscapes live at the Orpheum Theatre, 346 N. Neil St., Champaign, on Saturday, May 6 at 2:45 pm. Preceding the concert at 2:00 pm also at the Orpheum Theatre will be a lecture given by Barry R. Morse, founder and director of the ensemble, on the history, music and musical stylings of this strange instrument. Tickets are available at the door and all proceeds will benefit the refurbishing of the Orpheum Theatre.

The theremin is the world’s oldest electronic musical instrument still in use, having been invented in 1920. It is also the only instrument which is played without any physical contact: the player waves his/her hands in the air around two antennas to produce eerie, whistling sounds which rise and fall in smooth arcs of continuous pitch change. The sounds are then amplified and projected over loudspeakers. The theremin’s weird sound is famous for its use in 1950s era science fiction movies.

The Etherphonic Theremin Orchestra consists of nine (9) of these unique instruments, which is eight more than most people ever get to see in one place at the same time. The Orchestra is unique also in that the music is improvised but controlled by special hand signals given by Barry R. Morse, the director, who will sculpt sonic masses out of thin air in real time. All of the performers are local citizens who will train beforehand in two special workshops given by the director. This performance on May 6, will also be unusual in that it will be a performance-in-the-round: the whole orchestra will surround the audience which will be seated in the middle. This “surround sound” feature is the brainchild of sound and video artist Jake Metz.

Etherphonic Theremin Orchestra
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Orpheum Theatre, 346 N. Neil St., Champaign, IL
Lecture: 2:00 pm
Concert: 2:45 pm
Tickets: $5.00 available at the door
For more information: www.facebook.com/orpheummuseum

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 6:00pm
The Art Theater Co-op (126 W Church St., Champaign IL 61820)

The Illini Swing Society and The Art Theater Co-op are hosting a one-night special screening of the new swing dance revival documentary "Alive and Kicking"! Come see what swing dance is all about, and don't forget to bring some friends!

Born out of the Great Depression, swing dancing elevates the human spirit beyond one's circumstances as dancers can move to the beat for the sheer joy of it and disappear into something bigger, something dazzling, a space without a critic or a judge or an analyst. ALIVE & KICKING gives the audience an intimate, insider's view into the culture of the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern American society. (Susan Glatzer, 2017, US, 88 min, NR, DCP)

"It’s impossible to watch this film without a tapping toe and a smile." -The Seattle Times

"The dancers in Alive and Kicking all share a rapturous expression, and Glatzer makes the case for this Depression-era diversion as a modern tonic for isolation." -Village Voice

" ... the jaw-dropping improvisations and physical intimacy of the dancers make it an action film par excellence — joy-fueled and gravity-defying." -Los Angeles Times

Find the Facebook Event at: http://bit.ly/2oVLayT

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 4:00pm to Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 4:00pm
McKinley Presbyterian Church
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“And She Will Rise” is the Amasong Spring Concert, April 29 and 30, 4:00 p.m. at the McKinley Foundation, corner of Fifth and John.

https://www.facebook.com/Amasong/photos/a.393725089283.174423.1445585428...

Join us for songs of stepping up, joining in, surviving, and overcoming, including Milck's Quiet, an anthem from the Women's March.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 4:00pm
Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, 208 W. University Ave, Champaign, Illinois 61820.
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This musical offering features works of Stanford, Wood, and Morley performed by the Emmanuel choir under the direction of choirmaster Geoffrey Williams and accompanied by organist Michael Fisher. Come enjoy calm contemplation in inspiring spaces.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 11:15am to 11:45am
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor) at The Urbana Free Library

Bones Jugs presents an eclectic spin on American styles from bluegrass to ragtime. The band may feature xylophone, banjo, guitar, upright bass, jug, bones, clarinet, kazoos, whistles, horns, and washboard.... Good for listening, dancing, and foot tapping!

Prairie Breezes concerts are on the first Saturday of most months and are generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 6:00pm to 6:30pm
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) at The Urbana Free Library
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Celebrate Spring - bunnies, chicks, eggs, and more - with Ms.Teresa.

For children birth to 5 years old and their families.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 10:45am to 11:15am
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) at The Urbana Free Library
{ music, kids }

Celebrate Spring - bunnies, chicks, eggs, and more - with Ms. Teresa.

For children birth to 5 years old and their families.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., Champaign

Costumed in knitter Stephen West's creations, 20 musicians and dancers will perform in and around the library. The performers are students in COLAB, an interdisciplinary class at the University of Illinois, taught by Erik R. Lund, professor of composition-theory, and Kirstie Simson, associate professor of dance. Stephen West is based in Brooklyn and is known worldwide for his inventive and beautiful knitwear designs and patterns. Find out more about Stephen West and Westknits at http://www.westknits.com.

Dancers include:
Julianna Boylan
Abi Elliott
Jon Faw
Pinda Ho
Ben Joselyn
Skylar Lipman
Momar Ndiaye
Mitch Oliver
Catalina Hernandez
Elisandra Rosario
Diana Shepherd
Kirstie Simson
Sarah Stearn
Natalie Stehly

Part of Boneyard Arts Festival and National Library Week. Presented in partnership with Unit One/Allen Hall at the University of Illinois, Klose Knit Yarn Store, and Kirstie Simson. Made possible with support from the Library Friends.

For all events at the library:
http://www.champaign.org/events

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Who is Stephen West?
Knitwear designer Stephen West dreams up extravagently colorful, sometimes geometric, rule-defying, highly personal creations. His patterns are wildly popular on Ravelry and his Instagram has more than 75K followers. In recent months, Stephen has presented his work in Greenland, in Reykjavik, Iceland, and in England at his Stephen & Penelope Yarn Store. He's originally from the U.S. and studied dance at the University of Illinois. http://www.westknits.com

“I can't knit fast enough to keep up with these gorgeous patterns!”
—A Westknits fan

Boneyard Shawl free pattern to download:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/boneyard-shawl

Westknits on Ravelry – 217 knitwear designs:
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/stephen-west

Meet Stephen West, Knitting Instructor with Craftsy (2 min):
http://www.youtu.be/N7hTONsTUtI

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Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 2:00pm
Sylvia's Irish Inn. 312 W Green St, Urbana Ill, 61801

St. Patrick’s Day Tea
Sunday, March 12th, 2017
2-4 pm
Sylvia’s Irish Inn Bed & Breakfast, 312 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801
http://www.sylviasirishinn.com/
Join us for a relaxing afternoon tea at
Sylvia’s Irish Inn
Price $25.00 – This includes a glass Champaign
Punch on arrival and traditional tea sandwiches
and desserts.
Enjoy beautiful, live Celtic music
and storytelling.
Call 217-384-4800 for reservations as seating is limited

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 2:30pm
Champaign Central High School

When 52 members of the Little Sisters of Hoboken eat some bad vichyssoise soup prepared by their cook Sister Julia, Child of God, they all die instantly of botulism. It is up to the remaining sisters, who were off playing bingo, to raise the money to bury them! After raising enough money with a greeting card company and burying 48 of the 52 dead sisters, Mother Superior goes and buys a plasma TV, leaving the convent out of money and four sisters unburied in the convent freezer! It is up to a diverse and hilarious group of five of the remaining sisters to put on a talent show, proving that nuns are fun while raising enough money to get those four sisters out of the freezer and in the ground BEFORE the health inspector comes around. You might also learn a little something about each of the sisters too. And watch out, there’s going to be a quiz so you better listen up!

With energy-filled solos, crazy group numbers, and even a cooking show, Nunsense is a hilarious show that has a little something in it for people of every age!

Dates/Times:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 @ 7 PM
Thursday, March 2, 2017 @ 7 PM
Friday, March 3, 2017 @ 7 PM
Saturday, March 4, 2017 @ 7 PM
Sunday, March 5, 2017 @ 2:30 PM

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