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Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm
Urbana Free Library - Lewis Auditorium

Enjoy a musical tale composed by Seymour Barab based on Norman Rockwell's story Willie Was Different, plus other musical treats performed by Mary Chapman (flute), Solomon Baer (clarinet), Sarah Schwartz (piano), and Ronald Hedlund (narrator).

Free for children and their families.

Prairie Breezes family concerts are generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.

Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 8:00pm
1401 West Green St. Urbana IL 61801
{ dance, music, kids }

The Illini Swing Society is hosting a free swing dance night at the Illini Union (1401 W Green St. Urbana IL) in room 200. We will have a free one-hour beginner swing dance lesson at 8pm followed by a free social dance from 9pm to midnight. There will be a raffle at the entrance for the chance to win 10 weeks of swing dance lessons!

Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 12:00pm to 9:00pm
133 W. Sale St. & 126 W. Sale St., Tuscola, IL

You are invited to the first Odd Market, an art, handmade and vintage one-day show in downtown Tuscola on June 3. Sponsored by Tuscola Odd Fellows Lodge #316, the event will raise funds for Douglas County Mental Health, a not-for-profit organization that offers counsling, crisis intervention, teen programs and other services. 

This event will be held in conjunction with the annual downtown car show in Tuscola!

FEATURING

Crass Stitching
Elzie Sexton
Nichole Sexton
Melissa Monsters Turner
ACME Elfworks
Kelly Hieronymus
Yellow Dog Studio
L & L Studio
Piper Pottery https://www.facebook.com/piperpottery/
Blackdogcircus
Jenny Shields Cowgill
Floyds Barber Shop
Jill McDevitt
Hello Dolly
Dizzy D
Cynical Redhead
Rachel Ray Photography
Laura Ann Tays
Krafts by Kelli
Sparrow's Journey by Heather Chism Santos
Bird & Thistle
Evelyne Tardy
Zac Atkinson
Vintage Karma
Rumours Hat Shoppe - Champaign, IL
R de•signs
The 28th Annual Wheel's Car Club Car Show
The Chuckwagon
Sundry Shadows
Live Music by Matt Berry
AND MORE!

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Independent Media Center

Come see what we've been up to at Open Scene, IMC's NEA-funded youth arts project on Saturday, May 6, 2-5 p.m. We'll be having an art auction to raise money for youth programming at IMC! 

At this culminating event, we'll hear from local youth about a new vision for IMC and Urbana. 

We'll be having an art auction with 8 new posters by Langston Allston, local muralist, among them the image attached. Bring a friend, and bring your check books! 

We're raising money to support more collaborations with Open Scene youth leaders, a new after school program with Janice Mitchell's Neighborhood Connections, and launch a new music studio with Jamie Gatson aka J.Tune. 

Make a donation now to support CU's youth!

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
{ music }

“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.
{ music }

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
{ music, kids }

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

For children birth to 5 years old and their families.

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