Friday, April 11, 2014 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

It's time to Turn It UP! C-U! The UP Center presents it’s Fifth Annual Turn it UP! fundraising event. We will have the event at Guido's in downtown Champaign in the Basement party room.  Turn it UP! includes a wide variety of musicians, spoken word artists, comedians, and more. Tickets are $7.50 before April 11th or $10 at the door.  Please contact Tom Miebach at for questions.

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

All submissions must be received by March 28th!  Please email Peggy at

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 7:00pm

The UP Center of Champaign County would like to invite you to our Fourth Annual Turn It UP! variety show supporting The UP Center and local LGBTQA efforts within our community!

The event will be held on Friday April 12, 2013 from 7-11pm at 88 Broadway, which is located at 142 Lincoln Square, Urbana, IL. Tickets will be sold to students and youth for $5 dollars in advance and $7 dollars at the door. Adult tickets will be sold for $7 in advance and $10 at the door. We will be raffling off an IPOD as well as a 50/50 raffle!

We are excited to announce our line up for Turn It UP!*

7pm– Intro and Tusken Raiders
7:30pm – Brendan Summers
7:45pm – Moonlighting Heavy Metal Dance Troupe
8pm – Crystal Champagne
8:10pm – Tierney Reed
8:25pm – Awesome Ally Award Presentation (Megan Paceley)
8:30pm – STIGMA
8:35pm – Isaac Arms
8:50pm – Kia Sharealike
9pm – Jamie Marlow
9:10pm – Monique
9:15pm – Leiloni Stars
9:25pm – Mike and Kayla
9:45pm – Nebraska Jones
10pm – Janelle James
10:20pm – Leiloni Stars
10:30pm – Megan Johns
10:50pm – Kia Sharealike
11pm – Jesse Long
11:15pm – Steamwhistle Hollow
11:45pm – Outro (DJ Craig)

*Times are subject to change

We are really looking forward to this year's event!

Friday, February 8, 2013 (All day)

A special evening of dinner and entertainment at Silvercreek Restaurant, in honor of Valentine's Day featuring elegant performances.  The dinner from 5:30PM-7:30PM includes the premier performance of a new local theater company: Stone Soup. Seating from 8:30PM-11:00PM features entertainment in the art of male and female impersonation. Proceeds benefit The UP Center of Champaign County.

Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Stop in 88 Broadway Sunday morning, Sept 9th and put the final touches on your C-U Pride Fest weekend!! We will be providing a fabulous PIATO CAFE brunch hosted by the Champaign-Urbana UP Center. Start your day with a delicious meal and drag performances by 5 of our favorite queens!  Doors will be open and food will be ready at 10am!

*Fresh Fruit Salad
*Assorted Pastries
*Sausage Patties
*Biscuits and Gravy
*Omelet Station

Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 12:00pm to Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 2:00am

The Uniting Pride (UP) Center of Champaign County, presents the Third Annual Gay Pride Festival on September 8 from Noon until 2:00 a.m. at Lincoln Square Mall in Downtown Urbana.

Friday, September 7, 2012 - 5:30pm

CUTC Presents
"Date with Death: A Queer Encounter"

The latest RealiTV show "Date A Hunk" comes to town, and you are invited to the live filming of the final episode where the handsome bachelor will make his choice between the two finalists, a drag queen and a gay-lister (i.e., an Anderson Cooper-type). Will there be wedding bells? Will the disgruntled heterosexual, a formerly well-known reality TV star get his way and shut the show down? Or will the outcome be more...?

Dine with us, participate in the fun, & guess the murderer and you will have a chance to win one of these fabulous prizes.

  (HOTEL: Le Meridien in downtown SF)
  (FLIGHT Thanks to - 2 $450 Vouchers)

* 2 Pairs of Season Tickets to CUTC Theatre Company
* 2 Shares for 1 Week from Piato's Organic Food Nanny
* Common Ground Gift Certificates
* Wine & Cheese Tray From Art Mart
* 2 Three-Month Passes to Charter Fitness
* 20 Car Washes from Triple-T
* 2 Five-Class Passes from Amara Yoga
* 3 Three-Free Visit Gift Certificates to Urbana Acupuncture
* 2 $15 Gift Certificates from Wind, Water, & Light
* Movie Passes

A Seven Corpse Dinner is an audience-interactive murder mystery event. The actors mingle with the guests through cocktails and dinner, having conversations with the guests and with each other. Watch and listen closely! We encourage ALL guests to snoop, eavesdrop, and be nosy!! There may be arguments, secret liaisons, notes passed, deals done, loves lost and found, agreements made and broken! After dinner, one (or maybe more) of the characters "die". An investigator character takes charge to question suspects and find the murderer, with the help of the audience. Guests may become as involved as they like, and are encouraged to invent their own roles and relationships to the cast.


  • Mixed Greens Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Carrots, Croutons and Dressings
  • Homemade Olive Bread
  • Fresh Steamed Green Beans
  • Garlic and Rosemary Infused Mashed Potatoes
  • Crown Breasted Chicken
  • White Wine Marinated Chicken Breasts stuffed with Mushrooms, Swiss and Parsley in a Almandine Cream Sauce
  • Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna
  • Dessert Table: Banana Cream Pies, Mixed Berry Shortcakes and Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Friday, April 13, 2012 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Turn it UP! is a benefit concert and variety show. It showcase performers in the area in music, comedy, spoken word, and more.

The spring season is upon us, which means it’s almost time to Turn It UP! On Friday, April 13th the third annual Turn It UP! fundraiser event will take place at 88 Broadway from 7pm to 11pm. The past two years, Turn It UP! has brought together a diverse group of performers for a night of entertainment and festivities, with all proceeds benefiting the UP Center of Champaign County. While this event has been a tremendous success in the past, we are planning for this year’s Turn It UP! to be the best to date!

This year’s show has a wide range of performers lined up.

Live Music:
Isaac Arms
Angie Heaton
Megan Johns
Lance Keene
Tom Miebach and Justin Powell
Tusken Raiders
Trapstar Stevenson
Brendan Summers

Spoken Word:
Jamie Marlow

Abe Froman Project
Jesse Long

Crystal Champagne
Kelasia Karmika
Leiloni Stars

This year’s show will be hosted by Josh (from radio station 96.1) and DJ Craig will be spinning all night! This should be another exciting night of performances that you will not want to miss!

Not only will there be an amazing lineup of performers, but Turn It UP! has much more to offer! The third annual Awesome Ally Award will be presented to a nominee from the community. There will be catering available courtesy of Piato’s, drinks available through 88 Broadway, and a raffle will award one lucky winner with a cash prize! And after the show there will be a private screening of ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ at 88 Broadway for all adult attendees of Turn It UP!

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

A special evening of dinner and entertainment at Silvercreek Restaurant, in honor of Valentine's Day featuring elegant performances in the art of female impersonation. Proceeds benefit The UP Center of Champaign County.