2013 Midwest Winter Nationals Tractor Pull. 6 p.m. Jan. 3, noon and 7 p.m. Jan. 4, and noon and 7 p.m. Jan. 5, Gordyville USA, 2205 County Road 3000 N (1/2 mile west of Gifford on U.S. 136), Gifford. Tickets in advance $17.50, children under 10 years free; at the door, $20. All weekend, all five sessions, $75. http://www.whatssmokin.net.
Illini Farm Toy Show. 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 5 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 6, Holiday Inn, Urbana (just off Interstate 74 at the Lincoln Avenue exit). About 40 exhibitors from across Illinois, as well as neighboring states, will display and sell farm toys. Consignment auction at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 5 (contact Steve Huls at 202-4657 or bring toys to the hotel between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Jan. 4). 202-2730, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harlem Globetrotters 'You Write the Rules' World Tour. 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 10, University of Illinois Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C. Tickets $15-$80; discounts for groups. 866-455-4641, 333-5000, http://www.uofiassemblyhall.com.
Lucas Oil Monster Truck Nationals. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, UI Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C. Shelby Motors presents "Monsters & Magic." Monster trucks include Raminator, Star Marshal, Chalkboard Chuck, Lucas Oil Stabilizer. Pit party and autograph session, 5:30 p.m. Tickets $15-$25. 333-5000.
Community Cinema. "Soul Food Junkies," 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 15, Champaign Public Library, Robeson Pavilion Room A & B, 200 W. Green St. Filmmaker Byron Hurt's documentary traces soul food from its roots in Western Africa, to its incarnation in the American South, to its contribution to modern health crises in communities of color. Free. 403-2070.
Rachel Schiff, classical guitar. 7 p.m. Jan. 4, Indi-Go Artist Co-Op, 9 E. University Ave., C. Free. 898-4646.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Josh White, 8 p.m. Jan. 11, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. Tickets $5-$10. 877-6499, http://www.bementcountryopry.com.
Claude Delangle, saxophone. Guest artist recital, 2 p.m. Jan. 13, Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., U. With Casey Dierlam, piano; UI Large Saxophone Ensemble. Free.
In Concert at CPL: The Yellowjacket Stringband. 2 p.m. Jan. 13, Champaign Public Library, Robeson Pavilion Room A & B, 200 W. Green St. an eclectic mix of old-time, blues, Irish, and Cape Breton tunes! The Yellowjacket Stringband features Kate Fritz on fiddle and banjo, Claire Johnson on fiddle, and Tom Turino on guitar, banjo, and accordion. Free.
Bohola. Piper's Hut Concert Series, 8 p.m. Jan. 15, Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave., U. Irish music's accordion virtuoso, Jimmy Keane, and bouzar player and vocalist, Pat Broaders, comprise bohola. Tickets $10 and $20. email@example.com, http://www.pipers-hut.com/concerts.
Krannert Uncorked with Eclectiq Soul (R&B). 5 p.m. Jan. 17, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Free.
Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra: Musical Travels. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Featuring Adam Neiman, piano. Tickets $5-$31. 333-6280.
Bement Country Opry Band.With guests, Deb Schneider And Bob Weaver, 8 p.m. Jan. 18, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. Tickets $5-$10. 877-6499, http://www.bementcountryopry.com.
Sing the Truth! 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves and Lizz Wright and their musical ensemble. Tickets $10-$48. 333-6280.
Global Transfer Afterglow: Jeff Chan's Cultural Arts Quartet. 9:30 p.m. Jan. 19, lobby, Krannert Center, Urbana. Free. 333-6280.
Marlen Vavrikova, oboe. Guest artist recital, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Professor of oboe, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Mich. Free.
Johannes Brahms' Instrumental Music with Piano: Ian Hobson, piano. With guest performer, pianist Samir Golescu, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. In a series of concerts during the 2012-13 season, Hobson will present works by Brahms that feature the piano as a solo instrument or as part of an ensemble. Tickets $5-$10. 333-6280.
Cleveland Quartet Award Winner: Jasper String Quartet. 3 p.m. Jan. 27, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $5-$39. 333-6280.
26th annual Chambana Jan Jam. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Jan. 4 and 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Jan. 5, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U; and 11 p.m. Jan. 5 at Channing-Murray, 1209 W Oregon St., U. Callers Kathy Anderson, Anne Huber, Scott Meyer and Jonathan Sivier. Music by Mean Lids, Big Bluestem and Money Creek Boys. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m., contra dance to Mean Lids, 8 p.m. Jan. 4. Workshops, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., advanced contra, 2 to 4:30 p.m., contra dance, 7 to 10:30 p.m. More contra dancing, 11 p.m. at Channing-Murray. Workshops, $5. Full weekend, $40-$45. Fees $15-$30. 359-8225, http://www.urbana-contra.org.
Country dancing. 7:30 to 11 p.m. every Saturday, Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C. Music by various country bands. Public welcome.
Starlight Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 16, CRIS Healthy Aging Center, 309 N. Franklin St., Danville. Music by Captain's Three. Cost $10. 443-2999.
Swing Society weekly dance. 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. every Thursday, Jan. 17 through May 2, Illini Union, Room 314, 1401 W. Green St., U. Swing-era dances such as East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop and Charleston. Usually DJ'd by a local dancer. No special shoes or dress required. Spring kick-off dance, 9 p.m. Jan. 26 (beginner lesson, 8 p.m.), Ballrooms A/B/C. Free. http://www.cu-swing.org/dances, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mom Prom.6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 19, Hilton Garden Inn, Banquet Hall, 1501 S. Neil St., C. Moms get dressed up and bring your son(s). Music, dancing and a three-course meal (with vegetarian option). Fun activities and a goody bag. Photo packages available (cash required). Tickets $26 per person at the Bresnan Meeting Center or online at http://www.champaignparkdistrict.com. 398-2550.
Tango Society of Central Illinois Milonga. "Milonga del Corazon," 7 to midnight p.m. Jan. 26, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Tango music by DJ Ron. Introductory tango lesson, 7 to 8:15 p.m. Tango social dancing, 8:30 to midnight. Admission $10 (includes lesson); milonga only $7, $5 for students. 328-1309, u-cat.org, email@example.com.
Russian National Ballet Theatre. "Don Quixote," 7 p.m. Jan. 22; "Chopiniana/Romeo and Juliet," 7 p.m. Jan. 23; and "Swan Lake," 7 p.m. Jan. 24; Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$43. 333-6280.
Shoe Stories and Dance. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 26, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St. Family concert of Cinderella stories in celebration of the exhibit "A World of Shoes." Featuring Kim Sheahan, the museum's resident storyteller, who is joined by Shannon Epplett, performer/teller, and Tanya Picard, dancer/teacher, and her students. 344-3355.
February Dance 2013. Dance at Illinois, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 through Feb. 2, Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$17. 333-6280.
'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.' The Celebration Company, 8 p.m. Jan. 17 to 20, 23 to 27 and Jan. 30 to Feb. 2; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000, http://www.stationtheatre.com.
'A Celebration of African-American Theatre.' Eastern Illinois University's Theatre Department, continues 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2, 2 p.m. Feb. 3; Black Box Theatre, Doudna Fine Arts Center, South Ninth Street and Hayes Avenue on the EIU campus, Charleston. Two One-Act plays, "Dutchman" and "Florence." Tickets $5-$12. Information: 581-3110, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.eiu.edu/doudna.
'Love, Loss and What I Wore.' Monticello Theatre Association, Jan. 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27; Phoenix Theatre, 1406 N. Market St., Monticello. MTA will contribute $7.50 to support breast cancer research for each Saturday ticket sold. email@example.com, http://www.monticellotheatre.org.
'To Kill a Mockingbird.' Red Mask Players, Feb. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10; Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St., Danville. 442-5858, firstname.lastname@example.org.
'You Can't Take It With You.' Parkland College Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-23, 28, March 1 and 2, and 3 p.m. March 3; Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Tickets $12-$14. Groups of 15 or more, $10 each. 351-2528, http://www.theatre.parkland.edu.
Outdoors / Nature
Second Wind Running Club Winter Fun Runs. 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Indoor group uses the UI Armory Track. There is a fee to use this facility. The outdoor group runs 1 to 6 miles around campus. Meet at the southwest entrance (corner of Gregory Drive and Fourth Street). All abilities are encouraged to attend and participate at the pace and distance desired. http://www.secondwindrunningclub.org.
Nordic Walking Group. 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Race Street parking lot, Meadowbrook Park, Urbana. Weekly group. A 4-mile route around Meadowbrook Park. All Nordic walkers welcome. Walk in all seasons. No charge. email@example.com, 649-6861.
Krannert Art Museum. 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. "Encounters: The Arts of Africa," "Blind Field," Jan. 25 through March 31; "Counterpoints: Moshekwa Langa, In and Out of Africa," Jan. 25 through May 12; "Jacob Lawrence: Toussaint L'Ouverture Series" and "Processing the Everyday," both Jan. 25 through April 28. Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Starting Jan. 11, open until 9 p.m. Thursdays. Admission free, but $3 donation suggested. 333-1860, http://www.kam.illinois.edu.
Spurlock Museum. 600 S. Gregory St., U. "A World of Shoes," through Feb. 10, 2013. "John Philip Sousa's 1912 Victor Recording Sessions," through July 15, 2013. "A Divided Musical Affair: Arthur Endres Kraeckmann's Love Letters to Mabel Roeher," through July 29, 2013. Five permanent galleries, featuring the cultures of the world. Regular hours: noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays, holidays. Free, suggested donation $3. 333-2360, http://www.spurlock.illinois.edu.
Bicentennial Art Center and Museum. 132 S. Central Ave., Paris, Ill. "Photography by Doug Bibo," Jan. 15 through Feb. 15. Opening reception, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Regular hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment. 466-8130, http://www.parisartcenter.com.
Champaign County Historical Museum. In the historic Cattle Bank, 102 E. University Ave., C. Regular exhibits are four exhibit rooms, featuring turn-of-the-century (19th-century) items, plus the Victorian Room. Regular hours: noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Open for tour groups, by appointment. No admission charge for tours, but donations welcome. 356-1010, http://www.champaignmuseum.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Museum of the Grand Prairie. Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 600 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. Permanent exhibits include "Prairie Stories," "Blacksmithing on the Prairie" and "Champaign County's Lincoln." Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Free. 586-2612.
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. Harding Band Building, 1103 S. Sixth St., C. "The Forgotten Musicians of the Sousa Band," through June 3, 2013. "A British Tar: John Philip Sousa's Anglo-American Connections," through June 28, 2013. "The Musical Crossroads of John Jacob Mountz," through Sept. 9, 2013. "America and Sousa's Band Through the Photographic Lens of Charles Strothkamp," through Sept. 16, 2013. "John Philip Sousa's Jazz America," through Oct. 14, 2013. Regular hours: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Closed weekends and some holidays. Free, but donations accepted. For guided tours: 244-9309 or email email@example.com.
Parkland Art Gallery. 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. "Shift: Contemporary Photography Exhibition" by Bruce Checefsky, Dana Fritz, Richard Gray, Christa Kreeger Bowden, Joyce Lopez, Michael Sherwin, S. Gayle Stevens and Sonja Thomsen, through Feb. 2. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday; and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Jan. 3-6, and Jan. 21. 351-2485, http://artgallery.parkland.edu.
Tarble Arts Center. South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston."19th Biennial Drawing/Watercolor: Illinois" exhibition, through Feb. 24, Main Galleries. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays, holidays. 581-2787.
Urbana City Building. Lobby, 400 S. Vine St. Urbana Public Arts Program's November to January "Artist of the Corridor" exhibit, "Recent Work" by William Lawrence Deverell, through Jan. 31. Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 384-2311, http://www.urbanaillinois.us/arts.
Alley Gallery. 113 N. Vermilion St., Danville. "Intimate Treasures" by Steve Ingram of St. Joseph. Ongoing. Regular gallery hours: noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and noon to 4 p.m. Thursday. 497-2286.
Amara Yoga & Arts. Suite 156B, Lincoln Square Village, 300 S. Broadway Ave., U. "Canis Familiaris," artwork about animals, especially dogs, by Knut Bauer, Joan Stolz, Maria Lux, Susan Smith, Peggy Shaw, Lyosha Svinarski, Kathyrn Fitzgerald and Miriam Martincic, through Feb. 15. Open 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. 328-9642, http://www.amarayoga.com.
Cinema Gallery. 120 W. Main St., U. "Fins, Fur and Feathers II," a show of animal ceramics," through Jan. 19. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 367-3711, http://www.cinemagallery.cc.
Red House Gallery. 315 W. Washington St., Monticello. Featuring photographs by Michael Holtz; other artists periodically. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. first and third Saturdays of each month or by appointment. 762-8248. http://www.redhousegallery.net.