Entertainment listings, Jan. 24-31
A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.
40th annual Winter War Gaming Convention. Gaming sessions all day starting 2 p.m. Jan. 25, 9 a.m. Jan. 26 and Jan. 27, Hawthorn Suites, 101 Trade Centre Drive, C. Variety of board games (from Alhambra to Settlers of Catan), miniatures (from historical recreations to Old West shootouts to modern tank battles) and role-playing events (from Call of Cthulhu to Star Wars), as well as open gaming, dealers and a live auction. Highlighted events include Pathfinder Society events throughout the weekend, the 15th annual Advanced Squad Leader Tournament and the 33rd annual Blind Sniper Tournament. For prices and schedules: Don McKinney at 202-2497, http://www.winterwar.org.
WWE Smackdown. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, University of Illinois Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C. Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio for world heavyweight championship. Tickets: $15-$95. Illinois student discount, $5 off on $25 ticket only. 333-5000.
Hobbico E-Fest. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 9 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 10, UI Armory, 505 E. Armory Ave., C. Make-it-take-it table, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for children. Open flying all day with scale micros, 3-D planes, helicopters and jets. Concessions and vendors. After 5 p.m. Feb. 9, an Indoor Scale Contest, "The Gauntlet," Freestyle Air Show, Combat and "Black Out" Night Fly. Admission $5; children under 12 years, free. http://www.hobbico-efest.com.
Middle Market. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 16, Lincoln Square Village, Urbana. Local gifts, baked goods and crafts. Third Saturday of each month, January through April. Urbana Business Association. Free.
Junior League of Champaign-Urbana Gala. 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 16, Champaign Country Club, 1211 S. Prospect Ave., C. Celebrating 80 years of service, sponsored by McGladrey. Dinner, dancing and both a silent and live auction. Tickets $80 per person, $150 per couple, $600 per table of eight. Proceeds used for community grants and programs benefiting children and families in the Champaign-Urbana area. http://www.juniorleaguecu.org/?nd=gala.
Music documentary and filmmaker. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31, Danville Public Library, first-floor meeting room, 319 N. Vermilion St., Danville. David Gracon, a communications studies professor at Eastern Illinois University, will present his documentary "Walls of Sound: A Look Inside the House of Records." Discussion after the film. Free and open to the public. 477-5220.
Film screening. "To Kill A Mockingbird" (1960), 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11, Danville Public Library, first-floor meeting room, 319 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Cast members from the Red Mask Players' production of the stage version will participate in a discussion after the film. Free. 477-5220.
Community Cinema Series. "The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights," 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 12, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. The film is followed by locally focused panel discussion. Includes closed captions. Free. 403-2070.
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.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Eric Gordon, 8 p.m. Jan. 25, 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" target="_blank">http://http://www.bementcountryopry.com" target="_blank">http://http://www.bementcountryopry.com.
Hayward Williams concert. 7 p.m. Jan. 26, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, tasting room, 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount. Folky Americana music with a Southern feel. Seats $12. Groups of six or more, $10 per seat. 733-0330, http://www.sleepycreekvineyards.com.
Cleveland Quartet Award winner: Jasper String Quartet. 3 p.m. Jan. 27, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $5-$39. 333-6280.
Jeri-Mae Astolfi, piano with electronics. Guest artist recital, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28, UI Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., U. From University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Free.
Stefan Milenkovich, violin. Faculty recital, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Jonathan Keeble, flute. Faculty recital, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Gracia Harrison, 8 p.m. Feb. 1, 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" target="_blank">http://http://www.bementcountryopry.com" target="_blank">http://http://www.bementcountryopry.com.
Philipp Blume, composer. Faculty recital, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Johannes Brahms' Instrumental Music with Piano: Ian Hobson, piano. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. With Edward Rath, piano, Stefan Milenkovich, violin, Csaba Erdelyi, viola, and Ko Iwasaki, cello. 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.
Krannert Uncorked with Almost "A" Quintet (jazz). 5 p.m. Feb. 7, lobby, Krannert Center, Urbana. 333-6280.
East Coast Chamber Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$38. 333-6280.
UI Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Susan Williams, 8 p.m. Feb. 8, 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" target="_blank">http://http://www.bementcountryopry.com" target="_blank">http://http://www.bementcountryopry.com.
Mardis Gras Party. Featuring the band Seventeen Sisters, 6 to 11:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Knights of Columbus, 301 Bryan Ave., Danville. Doors open, 6 p.m.; food and the band, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10; table of eight, $80. 443-0032, 260-1983, email@example.com.
Sweet Honey in the Rock: A 2013 Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation Event. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Grammy Award-winning singers transmit the legacy of African-American music through jazz, hip-hop, the blues, spirituals, rap, reggae and gospel hymns. Tickets $10-$20. 333-6280.
Philo Country Music Show. 3 p.m. Feb. 10, R.E. Franks Meeting Center, 803 Madison St., Philo. Branson-style, family-oriented stage show. Hosted by Ed Clem and Chrissy Rigsby. Special guest, Michele Osterbur Smith. Entertainers: Logan Kirby, vocals; Dyke Corson, lead and steel guitar, vocals; Dave Ohllson, drums, vocals; Jesse Francis, fiddle; Ed Clem, bass, vocals; and Chrissy Rigsby, piano, saxophone, vocals. Admission $8. Concessions available. 274-3888, 714-7394.
Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra. "Northern Lights," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $5-$31. 333-6280.
The Black Watch and the Band of the Scots Guards. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$38. 333-6280.
Krannert Uncorked. Featuring Theatre of Love, 5 p.m. Feb. 14, lobby, Krannert Center. A revue, featuring songs and dialogue based on works by the Viennese writer Arthur Schnitzler. Free. 333-6280.
The Paul Dresher Ensemble Production of Schick Machine. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$17. 333-6280.
Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives. 7 p.m. Feb. 16, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St. Dinner, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; opening act, 7 p.m.; start, 8:30 p.m. 815-993-6585, http://www.watsekatheatre.com.
Sinfonia da Camera: The Solar System. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. With the UI Women's Glee Club. Free student performance project at 6:40 p.m. Tickets $5-$34. 333-6280.
Jupiter String Quartet. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$20. 333-6280.
Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway in 'Boom!' 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 21 and 22, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. "Boom!" celebrates the childhood soundtrack of these Tony-nominated, Broadway-beloved sisters with unforgettable songs from the 1960s and 1970s, Tickets $10-$38. 333-6280.
Johannes Brahms' Instrumental Music with Piano: Ian Hobson, piano. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. With Csaba Erdelyi, viola. 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.
Illinois Modern Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Krannert Uncorked. Featuring Tom Cortese, ragtime/novelty, 5 p.m. Feb. 21, lobby, Krannert Center, Urbana. Free. 333-6280.
UI Wind Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Chorale. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Locked and Reloaded Tour 2013. Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley, with special guest Lee Brice, Feb. 22, UI Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C. 333-5000, http://www.LiveNation.com, uofiassemblyhall.com.
Swing Society weekly dance. 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. every Thursday, Jan. 24 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 kickoff 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.
Tango at KAM. Noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 26, Krannert Art Museum, Gelvin Noel Gallery, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Dance, watch or learn. Live music by Tangotta (Armand Beaudoin, bass/cello; Dorothy Martirano, violin; Chris Reyman, keyboard and accordion; and George Turner, guitar). 333-1861.
Tango Society of Central Illinois Lesson and Milonga. 7:30 p.m. to midnight Jan. 26, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Introductory tango lesson, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tango social dancing, 9 p.m. to midnight. Cost: $7; students, $5; $10 includes lesson. Free on-site parking. MTD #130 bus stops next to building. Registration: Tango.Society@gmail.com, http://www.centraltango.com, http://www.facebook.com/UCATango.
Country dancing. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Jan. 26, Sidney Town Hall, Sidney. Line and couples, singles welcome. Fourth Saturday of each month. Admission $5. 351-4110.
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. Feb. 6, CRIS Healthy Aging Center, 309 N. Franklin St., Danville. Music by Prairie Dogs. Cost $10. 443-2999.
Daddy Daughter Princess Ball. 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 8, Hilton Garden Inn, Banquet Hall, 1501 S. Neil St., C. Music, dancing and more. Option of buffet or table service dinner. Crafts, goody bag and special guests. Tickets $21 each for buffet or $26 for table service. http://www.champaignparkdistrict.com, 398-2550.
Daddy Daughter Date Night. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 9, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Dessert buffet, games, dance to music by a DJ, goody bag and a picture. Register by Jan. 26 for the early bird price, $22 per couple. Register by Feb. 2 for the regular price, $26 per couple. Additional child $5 early bird, $7 regular fee. 367-1544.
Destination Dance. 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 15, Hilton Garden Inn, Banquet Hall, 1501 S. Neil St., C. Dinner, dancing, door prizes and the chance to win a trip. The destination is a surprise, so pack for anything because you will leave during the event. Tickets $26 for Champaign residents, $39 for nonresidents; must be purchased by Feb. 8. 398-2550, http://www.champaignparkdistrict.com.
Singles/Couples Dance. 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 17, Decatur Knights of Columbus, 520 E. North St. Third Sunday each month. Live band, $10. 875-3090.
Russian National Ballet Theatre. Continues "Swan Lake," 7 p.m. Jan. 24, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$43. 333-6280.
Zoo Improv. 8 p.m. every Friday, SoDo Theatre, 114 S. Neil St., C. Improv comedy. A guest improv group performs before Zoo Improv each week. Participate or just watch. $3. 356-7805, http://www.zooimprov.com, email@example.com.
Shoe Stories and Dance. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 26, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U. 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, Feb. 1 and 2, Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$17. 333-6280.
'Africa: Cradle of Life.' African Cultural Association's Celebratory Event, 7 p.m. Feb. 2, Krannert Art Museum, 600 E. Peabody Drive, C. Evening of song, spoken word, dance and other forms of cultural expression celebrating the history and contemporary creativity of Africa and its diasporas. 333-1861.
Program of Bharatanatyam for New Audiences. Classical dance of south India by Jaan R. Freeman, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, The Living Yoga Center, 115 W. Main St., U. Program is designed to introduce this art to new audiences throughout the U.S. and has been touring since 2008. Items range from pure rhythmic dancing to dramatic storytelling drawing from Hindu mythology, puranas (ancient stories) and real-life situations. 351-8359.
Bebe Miller Company: A History. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center, Urbana. Duet for company members Angie Hauser and Darrell Jones, with incorporating video, and an accompanying video installation. Tickets $10-$25. 333-6280.
Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration Banquet and Performance. 5:30 p.m. Feb. 10, Lincoln Square Village, Urbana. A one-hour formal banquet, followed by two hours of cultural show performance by Chinese American Association of Central Illinois members and its invited guests. http://www.caaci.org.
SPEAK Cafe. 7 p.m. Feb. 14, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. An open mic space for hip-hop, activism and black power expression. Moderated by Aaron Ammons. 333-1861.
'Red Hot Winter ... the Decade!' 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23, Jupiter's at the Crossing, 2511 Village Green Place, C. Fast-paced variety show, featuring nationally and locally known performers, benefits the Eastern Illinois Foodbank. http://www.rodsickler.com, 403-1790.
'The Seasons.' Irish Dance and Contemporary Ballet, presented by Champaign Park District Dance Arts School, 7 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15, Vineyard Church, 1500 N. Lincoln Ave., U. Tickets $9-$12; available through Feb. 13 at the Springer Cultural Center or at the door before the show. 398-2550.
'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.' The Celebration Company, continues 8 p.m. Jan. 24-27, 30, 31, Feb. 1 and 2; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000, http://www.stationtheatre.com.
'Love, Loss and What I Wore.' Monticello Theatre Association, continues 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 and 26, and 2 p.m. Jan. 27; Phoenix Theatre, 1406 N. Market St., Monticello. Dinner theater on Jan. 26; seating at 6:30 p.m.; tickets $30. Tickets for play only, $15. One half of ticket price will be donated to breast cancer research. firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.monticellotheatre.org.
'Midsummer Jersey.' Danville High School Players, comedy, 7 p.m. Jan. 25 and 26; Dick Van Dyke Auditorium, Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St. Tickets $3-$5.
'A Celebration of African-American Theatre.' Hosted by EIU'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. 581-3110, email@example.com, http://www.eiu.edu/doudna.
'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.
'Drinking Habits.' Tri-County Players theater company, 7 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16, 2 p.m. Feb. 17, 7 p.m. Feb. 22 and 23, and 2 p.m. Feb. 24; Market Street Theater, 120 N. Market St., Paxton. Special Valentine's Day dinner theater. Tickets $12; at the door or leave a message, 379-7028.
'Les Miserables.' Feb. 22 to March 3; Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Tickets $35.40-$37.50. 728-7375, http://www.thelittletheatre.org.
'No Child ... .' Department of Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, 14, 15 and 16, and 3 p.m. Feb. 17; Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $9-$16. On Wednesday and Thursday, get two tickets for the price of one. 333-6280.
'Sons of the Prophet.' The Celebration Company, 8 p.m. Feb. 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, March 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 and 9; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000.
Student Playwrights Outreach Theatre (SPOT). 7 p.m. Feb. 13; Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. A collaborative effort between the UI Department of Theatre and Booker T. Washington Elementary School. Each year, fourth- and fifth-grade students write stories that the SPOT team adapts into short plays suitable for children and adults. Free.
'You Can't Take It With You.' Parkland College Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 22, 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
Howl of the Coyote: A Full Moon Hike. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26, Sangamon River Forest Preserve, 2797 County Road 600 E, Fisher. Discover what emerges when darkness falls. Dress for the weather. $2. Registration required; 896-2455 or email@example.com.
Nordic Walking Group. 5:15 to 6:30 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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 649-6861.
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.
Nature Play Pre-K: Great Groundhogs. 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 1, Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. What do groundhogs and other animals do in the winter? Learn as we play. For preschoolers ages 2-6 and their adults. Outdoor program; dress for the weather. $5. Register by Jan. 29. 896-2455 or email@example.com.
Growing Up Wild: Great Groundhogs. 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 5, Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. What do groundhogs and other animals do in the winter? Learn as we play. For preschoolers ages 2-6 and their adults. Outdoor program; dress for the weather. $5. Register by Feb. 1. 896-2455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bee-Friendly Environments for Native Bees. 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5, Common Ground Food Co-op, 300 S. Broadway Ave., Suite 166 (east side of Lincoln Square Village), U. Led by Maggie Wachter. $7, owners; $12, nonowners. email@example.com to register. 352-3347.
Owl Prowl. 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7, Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. This educational program begins indoors with a slide show about Illinois owls. Then hit the trails to call and search for owls. $4; children 2 and younger, free. Registration required. 896-2455 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Owl Prowl. 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 14, Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. This educational program begins indoors with a slide show about Illinois owls. Then hit the trails to call and search for owls. $4; children 2 and younger, free. Registration required. 896-2455 email@example.com.
Maple Sugar Day. 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 16, Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Learn to tap a maple tree. Explore the science and the history behind maple sugaring, and learn how to do it yourself. For all ages. $5. Register by Feb. 1. 586-2612, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Krannert Art Museum. 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Public opening reception, 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 24, for exhibitions: "Encounters: The Arts of Africa," "Blind Field," Jan. 25 through March 31; "Jacob Lawrence: Toussaint L'Ouverture Series" and "Processing the Everyday," Jan. 25 through April 28; "Counterpoints: Moshekwa Langa, In and Out of Africa," Jan. 25 through May 12. "Fashiong Traditions of Japan," through May 26. Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday; 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 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. "John Philip Sousa's 1912 Victor Recording Sessions," through July 15. "A Divided Musical Affair: Arthur Endres Kraeckmann's Love Letters to Mabel Roeher," through July 29. 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," through Feb. 15. "Works by Alice Baber" from the Paris Art Center's Permanent Collection, ongoing. 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, email@example.com.
Chanute Air Museum. 1011 Pacesetter Drive, Rantoul. The museum collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets aviation and aerospace artifacts. Special emphasis on the life and accomplishments of Octave Chanute, Chanute Field/Chanute Air Force Base and its technical training programs, history of Illinois aviation and Rantoul. Various exhibits including "Before the Wrights: The Dream of Flight." Winter hours, through March 10: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: adults, $10; seniors and active/retired military, $8; children K-12, $5; 4 and younger, free. 893-1613, http://www.aeromuseum.org.
Ford County Historical Society Water Tower Museum. Located in the remodeled city water tower and pump house, corner of Market and Center streets, Paxton. Display photos of the old Ford County jail/sheriff's residence, 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 27. Open 2 to 4 p.m. the fourth Sunday of the month, November through April; and by appointment. 379-3723, 379-4111 or 379-3217.
Orpheum Children's Science Museum. 346 N. Neil St., C. "Animal Encounters," 2 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Meet an animal up close and watch as it receives tasty enrichment. Exhibits, facility and programs are family- and science-centered. Regular hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission $3-$4, children under 2 and members free. 352-5895, http://www.orpheumkids.com.
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. "A British Tar: John Philip Sousa's Anglo-American Connections," through June 28. "The Musical Crossroads of John Jacob Mountz," through Sept. 9. "America and Sousa's Band Through the Photographic Lens of Charles Strothkamp," through Sept. 16. "John Philip Sousa's Jazz America," through Oct. 14. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vermilion County Museum and Fithian House. 116 N. Gilbert St., Danville. Two permanent exhibits of Lincoln-Lamon law office in Danville (1852-1856) and a one-room schoolhouse; natural history displays, a coal mine shaft. "Vermilion County in the Civil War," through 2015. Winter hours, through Feb. 28: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission: museum and Fithian House, $4; museum only, $2.50 for adults. $1 for teens ages 13-17, children 12 and younger, free. 442-2922, http://www.vermilioncountymuseum.org.
Vermilion County War Museum. 307 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Constructed in 1903, the museum displays memorabilia and artifacts from the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; closed Sunday and Monday. Admission: $2, adults; $1, ages 16 to 18; and free, younger than 16. 431-0034.
William M. Staerkel Planetarium. Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Admission $3-$5. 351-2568, 351-2446. — Sky show: "Winter Prairie Skies," 7 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 25 through March 15. — Main feature: "Odyssey," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 25 through Feb. 23. — Children's feature: "Solar System Safari," 7 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 26 through March 16. — "Celestrial Strings," 8:30 p.m. Jan. 26, in the dome. Classical concert under the stars, featuring harpist Ann McLaughlin, a musical performance student at the UI. $4 at the door. — World of Science talk. "DNA: Understanding the Code of Life," by Alvaro Hernandez, director of DNA Services at the Biotechnology Center at the UI, 7 p.m. Feb. 1. Admission $1 at the door.
Murphy Gallery. University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., C. Art @ the Y exhibition, "Artists on the Environment," paintings by Viktoria Ford, Molly Briggs and Glen Davies, opening reception, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 24, artists' talk at 7 p.m.; through Feb. 23. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. http://www.universityymca.org/art.
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. 21. 351-2485, http://artgallery.parkland.edu.
Tarble Arts Center. South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. "Martin Schoeller: Close Up," through Feb. 17. "19th Biennial Drawing/Watercolor: Illinois" exhibition, through Feb. 24. 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.
UI Library. 1401 W. Gregory Drive, U. "Honoring U of I Faculty," through Jan. 31, North-South Corridor; and "It's Not Because I'm LGBT, It's Because I'm Human," through Jan. 31, Main Library Marshall Gallery. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday. "Names Swallowed by the Cold: Hidden Histories of Arctic Exploration" opens Jan. 25, through April 8, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Opening reception, 3 p.m. Jan. 25, features a lecture by Gillen Wood, professor of English literature at the UI. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 333-2290.
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.
Indi-Go Artist Co-Op. 9 E. University Ave., C. "Motivated Portables: Usable experiments by imminent builders," through Jan. 27. Works by Brian Albrecht, Jay Alcantar, Nicholas Berchtold, Becca Bierbower, Meagan Calnon, Jonathan Davis, Donald Hickman, Dorian Janowicz, Zhewei Lin, Melissa Burgos, Milena Rostad, Norbert Schlotter, Milena Todorovic, Mulugeta Woldgeogis and Stefan Young. "Dead-ends" by Colin Patrick Mosely and Jacquelin Braemer, through Jan. 27. 898-4646, http://www.indi-go-art.com.
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.