4th Annual Roots Walk

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Event Date: 
May 19, 2017 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Crystal Lake Park
Description: 

Listen to live, local bluegrass, folk and Americana music while strolling past the mature trees of our oldest park. This sunset event brought to you by the Urbana Park District, the C-U Folk and Roots Festival and WEFT will have a selection of soloists and small combos scattered along the walks of Crystal Lake Park.

This year's lineup:
Grass Roots Revival- Traditional Bluegrass, Old-Time
Rainbow Flag- Folk/Soul
John Coppess- Country/Folk/Cowboy
Sam Payne & Cody Jensen- Roots/Americana
John McMahon & Alyssa Gambill- Traditional Americana
Strings Attached- Bluegrass/Traditional Gospel
Reverend Robert- Blues

Parking is available at the Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center; the musicians will be centered around the North Woods Pavilion. Musicians will move in to the Anita Purves Nature Center at 1505 N. Broadway in case of severe weather. Check our Facebook page Urbana Park District or call the Park District Rainout Line for postponement information: 217-367-9575.

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2017 Cultural Summer Camp at the Capoeira Angola Center Illinois

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Event Date: 
June 19, 2017 - 8:30am - 1:00pm
Venue: 
Capoeira Angola Center Illinois
Address: 
122 West Main Street, Urbana, IL
Description: 

2017 Cultural Summer Camp at the Capoeira Angola Center Illinois
Session One - June 19-23
Session Two - July 17-24

Ages: 4-7 (max 15 kids)

Spanish Language
Latin American Arts & Crafts
Capoeira Martial-Arts Dance
Field Trip to the IDEA Store
Art with Local Artist Casey Lowery
Cooking With Latin Flavor
Playtime in the Park

Contact: Aisha Chiaramonte

**PLEASE NOTE**
as of this posting on 5/15, session two was full.

Admission: 
Cost: $125.00
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Goran Ivanovic Trio

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Event Date: 
May 14, 2017 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Venue: 
Iron Post
Address: 
120 S Race St, Urbana
Description: 

Goran Ivanovic

One of the most versatile, skilled, and curious musicians in Chicago, guitarist Goran Ivanovic has built a career built upon exploration. Born and raised in Croatia, he was in the midst of studying at the prestigious Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria with masters like Elliot Fisk and Joaquin Clerch when his parents (his father is a Serb, his mother a Bosnian Croat) were expelled in the late 90s; the family was granted asylum in the US and they settled in Chicago. Since his arrival he’s displayed a deep interest in collaboration, steadily expanding his stylistic range well beyond the European classical music and Balkan sounds he was fluently versed in when he arrived. These days his repertoire not only incorporates those disciplines, but jazz and flamenco as well. He’s recorded duet albums with the great Pakistani-Chilean jazz guitarist Fareed Haque as well as Greek-American musician Andreas Kapsalis. He’s a key member of the quartet Eastern Blok with Matt Ulery, Doug Rosenberg, and Michael Caskey, a combo that deftly surveys the folk music of Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Serbia in a distinctly jazz-oriented context, embroidering timeless Balkan melodies and rhythms with sophisticated improvisational gambits. Most recently, Ivanovic released an eponymous trio album with bassist Ulery and percussionist Pete Tashjian where he’s achieved a stunning assimilation of his many influences, creating a hybrid all his own. Reviewing the new album for All About Jazz, Budd Kopman wrote, “It is easy to get lost in Ivanovic's technique, especially if one plays (or attempts to play) Classical style guitar, in a jazz style or not.” The trio’s agility has also been noted. As Jeff Elbel wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times, “The trio are recognized for their individual virtuosity, but they show particular excellence as a unit able to stop on a dime and twist gracefully through the trickiest hairpin turns together on local stages.”

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Abhisek Lahiri and Subrata Bhattacharya

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Event Date: 
May 4, 2017 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Independent Media Center
Address: 
202 S. Broadway, Urbana
Description: 

the virtuosity and synergy of

Abhisek Lahiri, sarod
Subrata Bhattacharya, tabla

on their 2017 U.S. tour

Admission: 
admission $15 or what you can pay
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Children's Day at Japan House

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Event Date: 
May 6, 2017 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Venue: 
Japan House at the University of Illinois
Address: 
2000 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana
Description: 

We'll celebrate the Japanese holiday of Children's Day in a big way this year, on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm. We will have not only origami and hands on activities, but performances by UIUC TASC Special Ops (incredible Chinese yo-yo) and GRMD - Gah Rahk Mah Dahng, Korean Traditional Percussion.

Admission: 
Free and open to the public.
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The Sky's the Limit! Summer Reading Blast Off!

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Event Date: 
May 21, 2017 - 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Venue: 
Champaign Public Library
Address: 
200 West Green Street, Champaign
Description: 

Six Bands. One Afternoon.

We’re ready to read together all summer long with The Sky’s the Limit Summer Reading Club (May 21–Aug 21). Join the Champaign Public Library for an all-ages, all-afternoon community celebration—with live music, juggling, face painting, storytimes, magic tricks, and more!

The Sky's the Limit! Summer Reading Blast Off
Sunday, May 21

1-6 pm

Front porch presentations:
1:00 Rocky Maffit & Chad Dunn Percussion Duo
3:00 Michael Moxie & Satina, Juggling & Hoops
5:00 Noah I. Brown Gospel Group

In Concert at CPL:
2:00 Cielito Lindo Family Folk Band
3:00 Schlomo & The Schleptet Klezmer Band
4:00 Mo’ Betta Music Jazz Band

Nate & Lillie Story Room
Kindie Concerts:
1:30 Babies Love Books Storytime
2:30 & 3:30 David Howie Kindie Concerts
4:30 Star Wars Storytime

Roving
J.R. Thomas, Magician
Michael Moxie, Juggler

Plus:
Face Painting
Sidewalk Chalk Art

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Sonita

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Event Date: 
May 9, 2017 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
The ART Theater Co-op
Address: 
126 W. Church St., Champaign
Description: 

Sonita (Iran)

This screening is part of: THE SEVENTH ART STAND

Two-time Sundance Film Festival award winner Sonita tells the inspiring story of Sonita Alizadeh, an 18-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran, who thinks of Michael Jackson and Rihanna as her spiritual parents and dreams of becoming a big-name rapper. For the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls in a Tehran shelter. And her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she’s worth $9,000. Iranian director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami (Going Up the Stairs) poignantly shifts from observer to participant altering expectations, as Sonita’s story unfolds in this personal and joyful portrait. An intimate portrait of creativity and womanhood, Sonita highlights the rarely seen intricacies and shifting contrasts of Iranian society through the lens of an artist who is defining the next generation. (2015, Iran, Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, 90 min, NR, English subtitles)

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CAIRO IN ONE BREATH

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Event Date: 
May 2, 2017 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
The ART Theater Co-op
Address: 
126 W. Church St., Champaign
Description: 

CAIRO IN ONE BREATH
(2016, Anna Kipervaser, US/Egypt, 80 min, NR, Eng subtitles)

This screening is part of: THE SEVENTH ART STAND

Post-show discussants: Dr. Ahmed Taha (Muslim-American Society), Amani Ayad (UNESCO Center for Global Citizenship)

The adhan is the Muslim call to prayer, an invitation to sacred space traditionally performed by a muezzin at a mosque five times each day. Cairo has thousands of mosques, and with countless muezzins chanting the call simultaneously there is a holy cacophony that reverberates through the city’s soundscape. Enter the Ministry of Religious Endowments with the concept of a unified adhan, a single call from one muezzin broadcast from a central studio to a network of mosques, each relaying the adhan through its own sound system. This beautiful and timely film is full of rich details of everyday life and maintains a quiet respect for the range of opinions voiced on either side of this somewhat unpopular edict. In a culture still unsettled by recent revolution, the idea of any kind of unification is controversial, and the loss of local traditions and individual voices is deeply felt. Featuring a post-show conversation.

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Brad Wheeler & Friends - Congolese Jam

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Event Date: 
May 1, 2017 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Iron Post
Address: 
120 S. Race Street, Urbana
Description: 

Brad Wheeler - sax
Jean Rene Balekita - guitar and percussion
Ricardo Flores, perc.
*Congolese Jam*

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Super Mazumzum

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Event Date: 
April 29, 2017 - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Iron Post
Address: 
120 S. Race Street, Urbana
Description: 

Super Mazumzum is back with new originals and classic covers of African pop music and world beat. Good times.

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