visual arts

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 7:30pm
The Virginia Theatre

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 - 7:30pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Seating: Reserved Seating

Tickets: $18 - $45 (VIP)

The world’s #1 name in comedy is coming to C/U! Central Illinois gets in on the laughter as The Second City takes on all the news that’s fits to twist. The biggest headlines! The hot-button issues! And it’s all served up with a side of that famous Chicago-style improv. Don’t miss your chance to see the superstars of tomorrow live on stage now — when The Second City Hits Home!

When The Second City opened its doors on a snowy Chicago night in December of 1959, no one could have guessed that this small cabaret theatre would become the most influential and prolific comedy theatre in the world. The Broadway success of Mike Nichols and Elaine May – members of The Second City's predecessor, The Compass Players – put attention on the fledgling company. Soon, alumni of The Second City – such as Alan Arkin, Robert Klein, David Steinberg and Fred Willard – began to cement the theatre's reputation for developing the finest comedic voices of each and every generation. With the debut of NBC's Saturday Night Live, populated by Second City Alums John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radner, the theatre became internationally known for its ever increasing roster of comedy superstars. Since then, The Second City (and its Canadian sister-theatre) has launched the careers of Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Rick Moranis, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Bill Murray and many, many more.

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Friday, December 5, 2014 - 7:00pm
Armory Free Theatre, 505 East Armory Drive in Room 160

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students of nationally renown artist Deke Weaver are pleased to present Funny, Messy, Sad, an evening of performance art. Comprised of performances developed throughout the semester, Funny, Messy, Sad will have a limited run of two shows at the Armory Free Theatre on December 5th: one at 7pm and the other at midnight. Each show will run 90 minutes.

Funny, Messy, Sad takes audience members on a ride through musical theatre, church, foodie mysticism, workout routines, performative sculpture, and more. You can expect fireworks inside, full frontal nudity, misinformation, dances with seven veils, secrets and lies, and a guest appearance by Edward Snowden. Also, choreographed hamster dancing, live popcorn popping, wish fulfillment, and the meaning of life illuminated.

Audience members are encouraged to arrive early because seating is limited.

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Lincoln Square Mall, West Wing

Come and support local board games by participating in the first informal playtesting convention of CUDO Plays Season 2! Playtesting is one of the most important steps in the competition, giving valuable feedback to the teams for game mechanics, design, and many other aspects of final production. This is the first of several playtesting events focused on bringing new and exciting local board games to the community.
Join us for an afternoon of tabletop fun and delicious Silvermine Subs with Dr. G's Brainsworks and the stars of CUDO Plays!

Thursday, November 20, 2014 (All day) to Sunday, November 23, 2014 (All day)
Larry Kanfer Photography Gallery - 2503 S Neil St, Champaign

You’re invited to the Larry Kanfer Gallery for the Holiday Open House November 20th – 23rd. See the stunning collection of Chicago artwork, showcasing the grit and glamour of the Windy City, featured in Larry’s newest book,  “Chicagoscapes.”  Special Open House Hours: Thu – Sat 9:30 - 5:30, Sun 12-4.
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Friday, November 21, 2014 - 6:00pm, Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 6:00pm, Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 6:00pm

Artwork by Phil Strang, Cindy Sampson and Mary Ann Torri. Some is Big and some is Bigger and we are going to have a Blast sharing it with you. Paintings, posters, cards, sculptures and 2015 calendars (by Phil). And so much more. Some of these are HUGE!
Opening on Nov 21 (6-11PM) with music by Cody and the Gateway Drugs (record release party)
Phil's Birthday party on Nov 22 (6-11PM) with music by John Mcmahon and Micheal Felty.
Art-Food-Drinks-and Cool People...what more could you want.

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 2:00pm
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL

In celebration of the exhibit Artists of the Loom: Maya Weavers of Guatemala, guest curator Margot Blum Schevill and ethnographic photographer Jeffrey Jay Foxx will present a program of reflection upon images, memories, and knowledge gained in more than three decades of work among the Maya. As Jeffery states: "My mission has been to document the Maya and their way of life, not to turn them into my art form. That said, I tend to show the moments of beautiful light and gesture."

This event is sponsored by the Spurlock Museum Guild Performance and Lecture Series in honor of the World Heritage Museum Guild.

For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 2:00pm
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL

Hand-held fans are a very important accompaniment to many dances, and they often tell stories, celebrate traditions, express religious beliefs, and pass on histories. During this presentation by "fan fancier" Robin Goettel, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the geography and cultural use of fans, as we explore ethnic dances incorporating fans in their tradition. Beautiful dance videos will be shown, including Flamenco, Balinese, Korean, Eskimo, and many others. After the presentation, the audience can view fans from Ms. Goettel's collection.

For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or


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