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Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 3:30pm
Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., Champaign

Love to knit? Just learning? Meet Brooklyn-based knitting sensation Stephen West at a Knitting Circle at the library. Stephen will bring his knitting—bring yours!

Part of Boneyard Arts Festival and National Library Week celebrations. 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.

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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.

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

Boneyard Shawl free pattern to download:

Westknits on Ravelry – 217 knitwear designs:

Meet Stephen West, Knitting Instructor with Craftsy (2 min):

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 6:30pm
Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., Champaign

Stephen West uses his popular shawl designs to talk about shape, construction, and drape. Students will start a triangular shawl shape while exploring the garter tab cast on, increases, adding textures/colors, and learning about Stephen's favorite bind offs and finishing tricks. This workshop is suitable for adventurous beginners and beyond. A supply list will be provided to registered participants. Reserve your spot!

Only 20 spots available:
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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.

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Friday, April 7, 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 4:45pm, Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 9:00am to Monday, April 10, 2017 - 4:45pm
Cunningham Children’s Home - Spiritual Life Center, 1301 N. Cunningham Drive, Urbana, IL

Cunningham Children’s Home’s Festival of Quilts joins the Boneyard Arts Festival this spring as one of more than 90 galleries showcasing the arts in Central Illinois. This year Cunningham is excited to present a collection of show quilts that creatively blur the lines between conventional quilt making and fine art. The 13th annual Festival of Quilts will also include a silent auction and quilt boutique as well as a gift shop, bake sale and the Patchwork Café.

The Boneyard is a four-day event which brings together area businesses, organizations, and artists while promoting the cultural vibrancy of our community. As the Festival of Quilts has grown and the quilts submitted for viewing have evolved it became obvious to all who help with the event that many of our local artists are sharing their artwork through quilts.

We invite you to join us on Friday and Saturday, April 7th and 8th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to enjoy the colorful and diverse exhibit as well as the silent auction.

This year’s event features two guest speakers. Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m., Deborah Fell will present stories of hope that inspire her work. Fell, a full time studio artist committed to the art quilt medium, is a professional member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates and Art Quilt Network. Well-known quilt teacher and lecturer Sherry Fourez Sollers will present her miniature quilts on Saturday at 11 a.m. Sollers is a competitive quilter throughout the Midwest.

Tickets are available at the door and are a $5.00 donation. All proceeds benefit children and youth served by Cunningham.

Visit our website or find us on Facebook to learn more.
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Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 2:00pm to Monday, March 13, 2017 - 1:45pm
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
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.
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Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 12:00am to Friday, April 21, 2017 - 11:45pm
Larry Kanfer Gallery 2503 S Neil St Champaign, IL 61820

From the vibrant hustle and architectural patterns of the Hong Kong cityscapes to the colorful, rural waterways of Tai O, the intensity and depth of this Larry Kanfer photographic artwork collection can be enjoyed from April 6th to April 21st. Visit with artist during the opening April 6th and see Hong Kong through Larry Kanfer’s lens at the Larry Kanfer Gallery, South Neil Street in Champaign.
Show dates: April 6th – 21st
Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5:30pm
Special gallery hours Sunday, 4/9 12 - 4pm
Free admission, Kid friendly
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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!


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

Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 8:15pm
The Virginia Theatre

PechaKucha Night C-U returns for another night of captivating stories and unique perspectives! First devised by a pair of Tokyo architects in 2003, PechaKucha Nights have become international phenomena that use a simple concept to create big community exchanges. Presenters have 20 images and 20 seconds per image to share their ideas, works, and passions for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds flat.

Saturday, February 11th, 2017
The Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Avenue, Champaign
Doors open at 7:30 pm, show at 8:20 pm
Admission: $10 in advance/ $15 at the door
Tickets available online at the Virginia Theatre website
Possible Mature Content, 18+ recommended

Get ready for ten thought-provoking presentations:
Isaac Arms: Community & Culture Through Music: What We Find / What We Leave Behind
Ainslie Heilich: Living the Tuscola Dream
Kelsey Langley: Child's Play
Kate McDowell: Storytelling Thinking for Professionals
David Michael Moore: Design to Make a Difference
Hugh Monahan: The Empathy of Games
Nicole Musumeci: Growing Community
Kirby Pringle: Benefits of Creating Habitat for Pollinators
Candice Solomon-Strutz: Raising Children in an Interracial Family
Sierra Young: Blow-Up and Robot Stories

We are excited to welcome Ralph Roether to the stage as our emcee for the night!

Let your friends know you are coming by RSVPing on Facebook!

For additional info, or if interested in presenting at a future PechaKucha Night Champaign-Urbana, visit

Check out the global website to get a sense of the magnitude of the event as well as our city page,

Follow us on Twitter: @pechakuchaCU
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Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 5:00pm to Friday, January 27, 2017 - 6:45pm

Champaign-Urbana is facing a crisis in housing for low-income families and the under-sheltered. To bring this issue into sharper focus, the University Y's Art @ the Y program, in collaboration with the School of Art + Design and the School of Social Work, initiated BED SHOE HOME, a community-based art action organized by internationally renowned artist Jane Gilmor. Gilmor was in residence in CU for a month this fall working in community organizations serving homeless: the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, Courage Connection, and the Phoenix Center.AIR JORDAN

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 10:00am to Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 6:45pm
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College

Award-winning Parkland College Alumna Presents Solo Exhibit

Home: Works by Alicia Henry
Exhibit: Monday, Feb. 13–Tuesday, March 28, Giertz Gallery
Reception: Thursday, Feb. 16, 5–7 p.m., with gallery talk by Henry at 6 p.m. and music by Nathaniel and Friends
Additional artist lecture: Henry, Thursday, Feb. 16, 1:15 p.m., Harold and Jean Miner Theatre

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A solo exhibition of artwork by award-winning Parkland College alumna Alicia Henry will feature at the college's Giertz Gallery starting Feb. 13.

"Home: Works by Alicia Henry" will run in the gallery through March 28. An artist's reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m., with a gallery talk by Henry at 6 p.m. and music by Nathaniel and Friends. The same day, Henry will provide an additional lecture at 1:15 p.m. in Parkland’s Harold and Jean Miner Theatre.

The exhibition, lectures, and reception are free and open to the public, and the community is encouraged to attend.

Gallery Director Lisa Costello said Henry’s exhibit is a long-awaited event.

"We are delighted to have this Guggenheim Award-winning artist return home from Nashville to exhibit her work and share her experiences with our students and community," Costello remarked. "Hosting it this year, in celebration with Parkland College’s 50th anniversary, makes it an ideal time."

This exhibition includes work that explores issues of loss. Henry is interested in how cultural, gender, racial, and social differences affect both individual and group responses to loss. Using abstracted human figures, both in isolation or in interaction with others, Henry goes beyond mere representation of the figure and presents a psychological interpretation of her ideas.

Henry is an associate professor and the discipline coordinator in the Department of Arts and Language at Fisk. She received her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her MFA at Yale University School of Art. In addition to attending Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, she has received numerous awards, grants, and residencies, including a Ford Foundation Fellowship; a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant; Art in General, MacDowell Art Colony, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown residencies; and, most recently, the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Henry's works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are held in private and public collections.
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Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 2:00pm to Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 2:45pm
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) at The Urbana Free Library

Do you wish you had a cool, artful backpack? Bring a clean one and Juana will help you turn your backpack into a work of art. Art supplies will be provided.
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