The Sixth Annual Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival

Sixth Annual Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival celebrates American roots music, dance, stories and visual arts in Downtown Urbana


The Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival, funded in part by a grant from the Urbana Arts Commission and Urbana Business Association will celebrate its sixth year in Downtown Urbana, November 7th and 8th, 2014.

The festival will take place in venues in and around the Downtown area and will host over 80 performers, artists and storytellers celebrating American roots music, dance, stories and visual arts. Emphasizing community participation, organized workshops will be offered teaching fiddle, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, bass, drumming and more. Dance demonstrations will also give onlookers the opportunity to join in. This year’s festival activities will also include jam sessions and family activities such as a children’s parade, guided art activities and storytelling.
Musical artists will be announced as they are confirmed and will encompass many genres including Bluegrass, Blues, Jazz, Cajun, Texas Swing, Old-Time, Klezmer, Tango, Folk, Salsa and more. Spontaneous street performances will surprise and delight festival goers throughout the weekend.
For more information, visit or contact Ed Hawkes at . Phone 217-493-4654

The Station Theater’s 43rd Season


For tickets and more information see the Station’s site.

A Kid Like Jake
by Daniel Pearle
directed by Katie Baldwin Prosise

OCTOBER 2–18, 2014
All shows at 8:00 p.m.

On the eve of the admissions cycle for Manhattan’s most exclusive private schools, Alex and Greg have high hopes for their son Jake, a precocious four-year-old who happens to prefer Cinderella to G.I. Joe. But as the process continues, Jake’s behavior becomes erratic and perplexing, and other adults in his life start to wonder whether his fondness for dress-up might be cause for concern. The story of a husband and wife struggling to do right by their son, A Kid Like Jake is a study of intimacy and parenthood and the fantasies that accompany both.

Venus in Fur
by David Ives
directed by Gary Ambler


Thomas, a beleaguered playwright/director, is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the classic sadomasochistic tale Venus in Fur. Into his empty audition room walks a vulgar and equally desperate actress—oddly enough, named Vanda. Though utterly wrong for the sophisticated part, Vanda exhibits a strange command of the material, piquing Thomas’ interest with her seductive talents and secretive manner. As the two work through the script, they blur the line between play and reality, entering into an increasingly serious game of submission and domination that only one of them can win. A mysterious, funny, erotic drama that represents yet another departure for the multifaceted David Ives.

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Immersed In Ink Tattoo Arts & Horror Festival

Immersed In Ink Tattoo Arts & Horror Festival will be making our final stop on the 2014 Tour in Champaign, IL on October 10-12 at the Fluid Event Center. This show is a celebration of pop culture in tattoo arts and films and features some of the hottest tattoo artists from all over the US. Live tattooing, gut wrenching sideshows, costume contests, Ms. Tattoo Pageant, human suspension, insane body modification, tattoo contests, guest appearances by some of your favorite horror celebrities from Friday the 13th, Saw, Insidious, Sons of Anarchy, Hall-o-ween and so much more! visit http://www.tattoohorrorfest/ to see our celebrity and entertainment line-up. The Champaign Tattoo & Horror Expo is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!



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Fluid Event Center

Friday : 2pm-10pm
Saturday : 11:30am-11pm
Sunday : 12pm-8pm

$20 per day ($3 Service Charge for CC Transactions)
$35 for a weekend pass ($3 Service Charge for CC Transactions)
Kids under 5 get in FREE with paying adult. Discount tickets can be purchased online.
CASH ONLY at the door. There is an ATM on site, but we do recommend that you bring cash to avoid the transaction charges.

The Pygmalion Festival and MadeFest


September 25th – 28th
All over CU

The Pygmalion Festival started out simply: a music festival that took place in a wide variety of small venues and clubs in Champaign-Urbana, spread throughout both cities and on the campus of the University of Illinois. Please do check out our history to see who has performed over the past decade.

Now, in our tenth year, The Pygmalion Festival is growing. We’re expanding the scope of the event into a longer weekend, fewer stages, even more relevant artists, more accomplished authors, a lit crawl, a book fair, double the craft vendors at The Made Fest, community engagement, charitable efforts, unique restaurant partnerships, and with an eye towards a Tech Conference in 2015.

The Pygmalion Literary Festival was founded in 2013 thanks to the vision and the generous support of the University of Illinois’ award winning literary journal, Ninth Letter. Our goal today is the same as it was one year ago: to feature a diverse cross-section of established and emerging authors for The Pygmalion Festival audience in fun, approachable venues throughout Champaign-Urbana at no charge. In our second year, we’re proud to present a group of acclaimed authors whose contributions have been recognized by establishments such as the Lambda Literary Foundation, the NAACP, and the American Academy of Arts & Letters, to name a few. But the authors who appear as part of the Lit Fest are more than the awards they have won or the recognition they have received — they are writers whose work represents some of the most exciting and engaging in publication today.

The Made Fest was created in collaboration with The Pygmalion Festival. It is a two-day, outdoor curated marketplace featuring handmade artists, makers, and vintage sellers. It is not only exclusive to the 5,000+ Pygmalion attendees, but the 180,000+ community members in which it resides, and is free to attend.

Midwest Mandeng 2014: West African Drum and Dance

Midwest Mandeng 2014: September 12-14

Brace yourselves Central Illinois for the first ever Midwest Mandeng–a full weekend of dancing, drumming, partying, shopping, and community building. This year the festival will take place September 12-14 at the historic Urbana Landmark Hotel in the heart of downtown Urbana!

Midwest Mandeng will feature 9 drum workshops and 7 dance workshops led by some of the most talented instructors from Guinea, Senegal and Mali. The classes are “all levels” and will be open to people of all ages, races, sizes, classes and fitness ability. In fact, kids under 13 who are accompanying a paying adult attendee and senior citizens dance for free!

In addition to the workshops, there will also be a demonstration and Q&A session geared towards kids at the Urbana Free Library and a “dundunba” party which is an open dance party with live drumming. And to top it all off we are inviting vendors to participate in our African Marketplace to sell clothes, food, instruments or other small items.

Here is the tentative schedule for Midwest Mandeng 2014! Schedule is subject to change.