International Arts Experience 2018: AFRICA Opening Cultural Event

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Event Date: 
June 1, 2018 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Madden Arts Center
Address: 
125 N. Water Street, downtown Decatur
Description: 

Visit all 3 floors of the Madden Arts Center for a lively evening of African culture!

Anne Lloyd Gallery

Enjoy the AFRICA exhibit featuring original art, crafts and artifacts:

Second Floor Studio

Hands-on art making - All ages invited:
weaving, masks, Ndebele huts & figures

Third Floor

A taste of African cuisine by Chef Nick at Bizou

AFRIKY LOLO, nationally acclaimed West African dance, drums, costumes
Audience participation - Learn African dance steps & expess the joy!

6 pm - IBIYINKA ALAO, Nigerian Ambassador of Art presents art of Africa followed by dance drama of "Ibi's Fireflies" with Afriky Lolo

Admission: 
admission free
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Summer Reading Kick-Off Party w/ Jean Rene Balekita and Bomoyi

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Event Date: 
May 26, 2018 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library
Address: 
210 W. Green Street, Urbana
Description: 

Reading Takes You Everywhere! Summer Reading Kick-Off Party

— Featuring —
Jean Rene Balekita and Bomoyi and
Spurlock Museum of World Cultures

Saturday, May 26 • 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) • For families

Join Jean Rene Balekita and Bomoyi for a world dance party to kick-off Reading Takes You Everywhere! Enjoy crafts with Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, coral reef activities with Brandon Rutherford, and ice cream and lemonade. Then, of course, sign-up for the Library’s Summer Reading Program!

The concert is generously sponsored by Larry and Margaret Jobe in honor of grandsons Arlin and Berk Orr.

The Summer Reading Program is generously supported by the Friends of The Urbana Free Library.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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UFLive! presents Schlomo and the Schleptet

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Event Date: 
May 20, 2018 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library
Address: 
210 W. Green Street, Urbana
Description: 

Come enjoy klezmer music--known as the mournfully happy music of the Jewish diaspora. Clarinetist Sol Baer will be joined by Frances Harris, Sam Gingher, Derick Cordoba, and Rob Sweedler.

UFLive! concerts are generously sponsored by The Urbana Free Library Foundation and are scheduled on the third Sunday of most months.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Timbalú - Iron Post Outside

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Event Date: 
May 12, 2018 - 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Venue: 
The Iron Post
Address: 
120 S. Race Street, Urbana
Description: 

Timbalú is a local, LIVE! salsa band that will make you dance!

Timbalú will perform outside if the weather's good enough - starts at 8 - don't be late. Can't go on all night as the neighbours would complain.

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Art at the Market | Timbalú and KOOP Adventure Play

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Event Date: 
May 12, 2018 - 8:00am - 12:00pm
Venue: 
Urbana's Market at the Square
Address: 
corner of Illinois and Vine Streets
Description: 

Join the City of Urbana Public Arts Program as we kick off Art at the Market this season with an adventure playscape with KOOP Adventure Play and performance from Timbalú on Saturday, May 12th, 2018!

From 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. KOOP will offer an open environment with raw materials for children to build their own kind of playground. A trained adult playworker would be on hand to assist and keep things safe, but the children are encouraged to lead and create!

From 9:30am-11:30am, enjoy a musical performance from Timbalú, a local LIVE! salsa band that will make you dance! "Percussion, horns, keys, bass, and vocals combine to produce amazing polyrhythms atop a wonderful groove."

All these events are free, open to all ages, and require no registration to participate. The workshop and performance will be held on Walnut Street near the City of Urbana tent at the northwest entrance to the Market at the Square, located in historic downtown Urbana on Illinois and Vine.

The City offers art programming during Urbana’s Market at the Square season. Workshops and performances will take place every second Saturday of the month at Urbana's Market at the Square!

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Amasong Concert - Nevertheless, She

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Event Date: 
May 19, 2018 - 4:00pm
Venue: 
McKinley Presbyterian Church
Address: 
801 S. Fifth St., Champaign
Description: 

Amasong will present ‘Nevertheless, She,’ a concert of music written by women, on May 19 and 20, at 4:00 pm at McKinley Presbyterian Church.

Women composers have long been viewed as less qualified or serious than male composers. Nevertheless, women continue to compose! Join Amasong as we honor these great musicians.

The concert will include a newly discovered piece from the Baroque era convents, Justice Choir protest music composed in 2017, and a variety of music from around the world. Other pieces include an Indian devotional song written by Amasong’s own Smitha Vishvishwara, an avant garde work by Meredith Monk, and a contemporary favorite by Imogen Heap.

A raffle of items donated from chorus members and the community will also be offered at both concerts.

Admission: 
$15, more if you can, less if you can't
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Science Salon with live music by Timbalu

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Event Date: 
April 18, 2018 - 5:30pm
Venue: 
Channing Murray Foundation
Address: 
1209 West Oregon Street, Urbana
Description: 

The 500 Women Scientists Champaign/Urbana Pod is inviting you to join our Science Salons for Puerto Rico Campaign. For the last year, our amazing women scientists have put their communication skills to use within our community. Now, we’re channeling that energy into a concerted campaign to raise money to support our amazing partners at CienciaPR as they work to transform science education in Puerto Rico and around the world.

Come learn about science and enjoy live salsa music by Timbalu at 500 WS CU's science salon.

This TED talk style event explores the digital divide, Portuguese shipwrecks, nanotechnology and more featuring Dr. Yemaya Bordain, Dr. Gloriana Gonzales Rivera, Alida de Flamingh, Dr. Assata Zerai and Dr. Shanondora Billiot.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door, with a suggested donation of $10.

For more information check out: https://500womenscientistscu.weebly.com/

Admission: 
$10 suggested donation
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AsiaFest 2018: APIDA Fighting for Visibility

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Event Date: 
April 29, 2018 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue: 
Asian American Cultural Center
Address: 
1210 W Nevada St, Urbana, IL
Description: 

The Asian American Cultural Center will be celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month with its annual AsiaFEST! Celebration on Sunday, April 29th from 1pm-4pm. It will be located at the Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada Street in Urbana!

This family friendly festival will showcase a variety of Asian cultures through food, art, performances, and activities. Food Vendors such as UI student organizations, will be selling a variety of Asian cuisine! There will also be many performances highlighting cultures from China, India, Korea, and more. Additionally there will be activities throughout the event where you can learn more about Asian and Asian American culture!

Please join us for an afternoon of live performances, hands-on arts & crafts, cultural booths, and food tasting to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month!

All performances and activities will be FREE and open to all!
Food tickets will be available for purchase at AsiaFEST!

This event was made possible in part by Student Cultural Programming Fee, Illinois International Programs Grant, Urbana Arts Grant, and Asian American Studies.

Admission: 
Admission Free, Open to all.
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DOCHA Chamber Music Performance: Journey East

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Event Date: 
April 15, 2018 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Orpheum Children's Science Museum
Address: 
346 North Neil, Champaign, IL
Description: 

Programming arranged by the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music featuring traditional Iranian and South Indian works plus dances of Bela Bartok. Join us for an evening of strings, vocals and percussion with Stefan Milenkovich, Michael Tilley, Vedhus Hoskere, Aravind Sagar, Sathwik Tejaswi , Soham Mujumdar, Parisa Karimi and Ardavan Ardeshirilajami.

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DoCha Schedule on Saturday, April 14th:

1 p.m. Young People’s Concert - Pondering Pulses

In Pondering Pulses, not-so-legendary composer Wolfgang Amadeus Schmutzinberry is very concerned when he finds he has no pulse—no musical pulse that is! Luckily DoCha artists are on hand to guide Wolfgang on his path to finding his rhythm and getting his groove back through a fun-filled concert of chamber music masterpieces.

Family friendly and open to the public. Featuring Rami Vamos and Natalie Monterastelli

7 p.m. Chamber Music Performance: Air B&B

DoCha artistic director Stefan Milenkovich will be joined by Bernhard Scully, Michael Tilley and the Music Academy string orchestra in performing Britten's Simple Symphony and the Brahms Horn Trio in E flat major. Please join us for an evening abundant in virtuosity!

* Open to people of all ages.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra

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Event Date: 
April 22, 2018 - 3:30pm - 6:30pm
Venue: 
Foellinger Auditorium
Address: 
709 S Mathews Ave, Urbana, Illinois
Description: 

Join the University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra, under the direction of Victor Gorodinsky, and the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music in a very special concert of music from Russia. Victor will provide a short pre-concert talk at 3:30pm to introduce the audience to the history of the Russian folk orchestra tradition in both Russia and the United States and discuss his experiences working with the legendary John Garvey. The concert will begin at 4:00pm and after the performance audience members will have an opportunity to meet with the musicians to talk about the nature of their unique folk instruments.

Both the concert and pre-concert talk are free and open to the general public. For further information about the April 22nd program please call 217-333-4577 or email at sousa@illinois.edu.

https://archives.library.illinois.edu/sousa/2018/03/21/university-of-wis...

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