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Celebration 2014 Schedule of Events

(as of 4/22/2014, 4 p.m.)

Friday, April 25 - EIU Student Day

The day's events/performances are subject to change.

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Celebrate Herpetology: Studying 
Amphibians & Reptiles in central Illinois
This exhibit allows visitors to experience these animal groups up close. Students will be "teaching" the general public several aspects about the biology and life-history traits of amphibians and reptiles. None of the species on display are venomous.
South 7th Street, east side of Life Science Building
(in the event of inclement weather, DFAC concourse)

11:30 a.m.
Food Booths Open
South side of Doudna Fine Arts Center on Hayes Street

 

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
EIU Jazz Lab Band
Three days of art, music and food kicks off with one of EIU's talented ensembles performing classic jazz tunes.
Outdoor Stage

12 – 2 p.m.
Holi
EIU welcomes the return of spring with its own "festival of colors." Celebrated all over India and Nepal since ancient times this event involves water and Gula(colored powder) and the participants are the canvas. (Participants are encouraged to wear a white t-shirt or other light-colored old clothing). Sponsored by the EIU Office of Study Abroad.
Library Quad

12 – 5 p.m.
Nathan Bassett Spray Paint Artist
South 7th Street

1 – 2:15 p.m.
The Ars Nova
Blues-rock jam band out of Champaign, IL.  Influenced by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Umphrey's McGee, et al.
Outdoor Stage

3 – 4:30 p.m.
Red Nothing
Influenced by rock, blues, jazz, folk, hip-hop, and reggae, Red Nothing brings a unique fusion between these genres to the ears of their listeners. The young group is developing a steady, dedicated following. Check out Red Nothing's debut single at www.facebook.com/RedNothing
Outdoor Stage

3 – 4 p.m.
Official Distribution of the Spring 2014 edition of The Vehicle and readings by the James K. Johnson Award Winners
Sponsored by the Vehicle and the English Department
Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall

4 p.m.
The Second Annual Graham Slam!
Hear the finalists of the Graham R. Lewis Memorial Poetry Award perform their works. Free admission. Sponsored by the EIU English Department, College of Arts and Humanities and the Tarble Arts Center
Tarble Arts Center Atrium

5 – 6:30 p.m.
CELLRS
Direct from Chicago this rock and roll band can be described as a lo-fi, avant-garde blues band that manages to sneak some souin their sets. CELLRS performs great original songs with positive, high-energy performances. Winner of the Hard Rock Café finals. Keep an eye on this band! www.facebook.com/cellrs
Outdoor Stage

7 p.m.
Theatre: Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine
A children's Theatre production
Beanie Boren may be a science whiz, but he's not too keen on reading books! He designs a reading machine for the science fair that, unfortunately, is neither user-friendly nor free of bugs. When Beanie turns it on – well, come to the show and see the chaos he creates! Fun for the whole family.
General Admission Tickets: $5
The Theatre

7:30 p.m.
Multi-Cultural Concert
EIU Choral Ensembles and Percussion Ensemble will perform an evening of music that spans the globe.
General Admission Tickets: $5
Dvorak Concert Hall

Saturday, April 26

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Celebration Art Fair

Featuring a variety of artisans selling their unique array of one-of-a-kind artwork.
South 7th Street

10 – 11 a.m.
Dance: The Littlest Dancer
Featuring pre-ballet and creative movement students from the DanceLife Center.
Doudna Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

10 – 11 a.m.
Tequila Mockingbyrd
Local Group of music lovers performing classic '50s, '60s and '70s favorites.
Outdoor Stage

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Nathan Bassett Spray Paint Artist
South 7th Street

11 a.m.
Food Booths open
South side of Doudna Fine Arts Center on Hayes Street

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Botany Club Plant Sale
Featuring various heirloom tomatoes and pepper plants, assorted garden vegetable species, and several flowering plants. The Botany Club will only be selling plants on Saturday (rain date will be Sunday).
Sponsored by the EIU Botany Club
South Seventh Street, near the Thut Greenhouse

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Celebrate Herpetology: Studying 
Amphibians & Reptiles in central Illinois
This exhibit allows visitors to experience these animal groups up close. Students will be "teaching" the general public several aspects about the biology and life-history traits of amphibians and reptiles. None of the species on display are venomous.
South 7th Street, east side of Life Science Building
(in the event of inclement weather, DFAC concourse)

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Desafinado
Based in Champaign-Urbana, IL, Desafinado is a seven piece ensemble that plays a combination of Samba, Bossa Nova, and MPB (Musica Poular Brasileira).  Sponsored by the International Center for Global Diversity.
Outdoor Stage

12 – 4 p.m.
Kids Art Activities
EIU Art Education students and Charleston High School Interact Club members will present hands-on art activities for preschoolers to pre-teens. Sponsored by the Tarble Arts Center.
South 7th Street

12 – 4 p.m.
International Fair
Meet members of EIU international community demonstrating henna tattooing and origami.
South 7th Street

1 – 1:45 p.m.
The Embarras Valley Haymakers
Woollen-Danner Brothers & Cliff Harrison old-time string band. Part of the Generation to Generation Illinois Folk Arts program. Sponsored by the Tarble Arts Center, Art Works, Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
Outdoor Stage

1-3 p.m.
Edna Patterson-Petty Fabric Delight Workshop
Hands-on fabric collage workshop presented by this noted southern Illinois quilter; limited seating and advanced registration recommended.
Tarble Arts Center

1 - 4 p.m.
Ascendent Instruments Demonstration with Tony Taylor
An amazing display of cigar box guitars, musicians gear and other inventions. This Potomac, Illinois artist is smack dab in the middle of the reuse recycle camp creating whatever can be dreamed up.  
South 7th Street

2-2:45 p.m.
White Mule
Genevieve & Smith Koester and Andy Gribble old-time string band.
Outdoor Stage

2 p.m.
Theatre: Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine
A children's Theatre production
Beanie Boren may be a science whiz, but he's not too keen on reading books! He designs a reading machine for the science fair that, unfortunately, is neither user-friendly nor free of bugs. When Beanie turns it on – well, come to the show and see the chaos he creates! Fun for the whole family.
General Admission Tickets: $5
The Theatre

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Quad City Ballet Folklorico
Mexican heritage dance performance. This performance is part of the From Generation to Generation: Illinois Folk Arts program. Sponsored by the Tarble Arts Center, Art Works, Company of Folk, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
Outdoor Stage

5 – 6:30 p.m.
The MoonDogs
Seven piece band blending roots, rock, and reggae. From The Band to Bonnie Raitt to Bob Marley the focus is on music from great songwriters who walked the earth in the days of vinyl.
Outdoor Stage

7 p.m.
Theatre: Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine
A children's Theatre production
Beanie Boren may be a science whiz, but he's not too keen on reading books! He designs a reading machine for the science fair that, unfortunately, is neither user-friendly nor free of bugs. When Beanie turns it on – well, come to the show and see the chaos he creates! Fun for the whole family.
General Admission Tickets: $5
The Theatre

7:30 p.m.
Dr. Earl Boyd Celebration Concert
Dr. Boyd was a former Chair of the EIU Music Department, and remembered most notably as the creator of the EIU Fight Song.  His influence on generations of musicians, the EIU and Charleston communities, and anyone attending an EIU sports event continues to this day.  EIU welcomes members of the Boyd family back to campus in order to take a musical walk down memory lane through presentations, multimedia, and musical selections. All proceeds benefit the Music Scholarship Fund.  
General Admission Tickets: $10
Dvorak Concert Hall

Sunday, April 27

11 a.m.
Food Booths open
South side of Doudna Fine Arts Center on Hayes Street

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Celebration Art Fair
Featuring a variety of artisans selling their unique array of one-of-a-kind artwork.
South 7th Street

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Rev. Robert Solo Show
A mix of American and roots music with influences from the Caribbean, Africa and India. Sponsored by the International Center for Global Diversity
Outdoor Stage

11:00 -11:45 p.m.
Workshop by the Capoeira Angola Centre of Mestre Joao Grande
Experience Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, drumming and dance.  Affiliated with Mestre Joao Grande, this east central Illinois Capoeira study group will present a workshop and demonstration. Participants are welcome to join in.  Sponsored by the International Center for Global Diversity
DFAC Black Box 

12 – 4 p.m.
Kids Art Activities
EIU Art Education students and Charleston High School Interact Club members will present hands-on art activities for preschoolers to pre-teens. Sponsored by the Tarble Arts Center.
South 7th Street

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago
Fast costume changes, ringing music and festive dancing have characterized the Company's performances for almost three decades. An extensive repertoire presented in lavish costumes, worn by young, energetic dancers make MFDC's program an exciting, colorful, educational experience. Sponsored by the International Center for Global Diversity
Outdoor Stage

1 – 2 p.m.
Dragon Flies Dance Demonstration
A demonstration of dance and movement methods customized for those with Autism and special needs. Featuring dancers ages 3 to 29. Sponsored by the DanceLife Center.
Doudna Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

1 – 4 p.m.
Decoy Woodcarving Demonstration with Pat Gregory and Tom Speight
A wide array of amazing displays coupled with demonstrations on how to hone your decoy carving skills. This demonstration is part of the From Generation to Generation: Illinois Folk Arts program. Sponsored by the Tarble Arts Center, Art Works, Company of Folk, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
South 7th Street

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Huck Fate
No nonsense rock with a rural attitude.  Performing songs from their latest release American Grift.
Outdoor Stage

2 p.m.
Theatre: Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine
A children's Theatre production
Beanie Boren may be a science whiz, but he's not too keen on reading books! He designs a reading machine for the science fair that, unfortunately, is neither user-friendly nor free of bugs. When Beanie turns it on – well, come to the show and see the chaos he creates! Fun for the whole family.
General Admission Tickets: $5
The Theatre

3 – 4:30 p.m.
A Band Called Honalee
A modern-day folk trio inspired by the music and legacy of Peter, Paul and Mary.  Musically accomplished and energetic, their shows allow audiences to experience this timeless music live.
Outdoor Stage

3:30 p.m.
Film: Dr Seuss's The Lorax
Presented free by the EIU Film Studies
DFAC Lecture Hall