Entertainment listings, Jan. 31-Feb. 7

Entertainment listings, Jan. 31-Feb. 7

A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.

Special events

This weekend

Gordyville American Quarter Horse Association Horse Shows. 4 p.m. Feb. 1, 8 a.m. Feb. 2 and 3, Gordyville USA Auction Arena, 2205 County Road 3000 N, Gifford. Four shows. Trail classes begin 4 p.m. Feb. 1. 568-7117.

American Legion Comedy Show. 8 p.m. Feb. 2, American Legion Post 88, Mattoon. Features: Joe "The Animal" Lancey, Cathy Babis, Ryne Byrne, Tyrone Robinson, veteran Jim "The Dad" Keith and hosted by Mike McGuire. Tickets $10. http://www.legionpost88.com, 234-7155.

Next week

Gordyville USA flea market and auction. 4 to 9 p.m. Feb. 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 9 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 10; Gordyville USA Auction Arena, 2205 County Road 3000 N, Gifford. Auction, 10 a.m. Feb. 9 and 11 a.m. Feb. 10. 568-7117.

WWE SmackdownRoad to Wrestlemania. 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.

Future highlights

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. 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.

Gilbert Gottfried Live. 7 p.m. Feb. 23, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St. Night of hilarious, unpredictable humor. Mature content; parental discretion advised. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets $45. 815-993-6585, http://www.watsekatheatre.com.

Films

This weekend

Music documentary and filmmaker. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31, Danville Public Library, first-floor meeting room, 319 N. Vermilion St. David Gracon, a communications studies professor at Eastern Illinois University, presents his documentary "Walls of Sound: A Look Inside the House of Records," followed by discussion. Free. 477-5220.

Next week

Film."Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North," 7 p.m. Feb. 6. Lincoln Hall, Room 1092, 702 S. Wright St., U. Panel: featuring filmmaker Katrina Browne. 2013 sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation event. http://inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu/MLK/emanproc.html. Ron Bailey: rwbailey@illinois.edu.

Future highlights

Film screening. "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1960), 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11, Danville Public Library, first-floor meeting room, 319 N. Vermilion St. 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.

AsiaLENS. "Seoul Train" (2005), 7 p.m. Feb. 12, Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory St., U. Directed by Jim Butterworth, Aaron Lubarsky and Lisa Sleeth. In Korean, Mandarin Chinese, with English subtitles. Documentary film and discussion series organized by the Asian Educational Media Service at the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies. Guest scholars and members of the campus and community will introduce the films and lead post-screening audience discussions. Free.

Music

This weekend

Seo Hee Kang, piano. Doctor of musical arts project recital, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Free.

Jonathan Keeble, flute. Faculty recital, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Experimental music group Compost Q. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1, Doudna Fine Arts Center, South Ninth Street, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. With Dorothy Martirano, violin, Morgan Powell, trombone, Yu-Chen Wang, guzheng, Armand Beaudoin, bass and cello, Erik Lund, trombone, and dancer, Kirstie Simson; all are members of the UI music and performing arts department. Free.

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.

Bands for a Cure. 1 to 11:55 p.m. Feb. 2, SoDo Theatre, 114 S. Neil St., C. Sweet Adelines (women's barbershop), 1 p.m.; Suspicious Activity (classic rock, rock, blues, R&B, funk), 2 p.m.; Rick Kubetz and Terry Bush (folk, rock, jazz, pop), 4 p.m.; The Live Jukebox, featuring David Howie, 5 p.m.; Tusken Raiders (acoustic, folkish rock), 6 p.m.; Underscore and the Elitist Hipsters (indie rock, alternative), 7 p.m.; Elliot Sedgwick and the Moonshine Pioneers (country, rock, bluegrass), 8 p.m.; Don Gerard and guest, 10 p.m.; Tyler from The Unemployed Architects (indie, acoustic, ambient, rock), 11 p.m. Cash bar after 8 p.m. Other refreshments, all day. Raffles, 50/50 drawing. Tickets $10. Proceeds benefit American Cancer Society. 979-1504, jill@champaignrelay.org, http://www.relayforlife.org/champaignIL.

Philipp Blume, composer. Faculty recital, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Dave Day, trombone. Graduate recital, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, UI Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., U. Free.

Ilya Blinov, piano. Master of music in pedagogy recital, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, Urbana. Free.

Next week

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.

Kimberlee Uwate, Viola. Doctor of musical arts recital, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, Urbana. Free.

Ann McLaughlin, harp. Graduate recital, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Memorial Room, Smith Memorial Hall, Urbana. Free.

Prairie Breezes Mini Concerts for Children. Mo' Betta Music After School Academy, 4:15 to 5 p.m. Feb. 8, the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. Join the Mo' Betta Music all-twin-cities student jazz band as it plays jazz and popular tunes. For families.

UI Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Celebration: The Music of Peter A. Michalove. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, Indi Go Artist Co-Op, 9 E. University Ave., C. Performers: Samuel Araya, cello; Cara Chowning, piano; Barbara Hedlund, cello; Katherine Gunn, oboe; Igor Kalnin, violin; Brian Kilp, horn; Elaine Li, violin; Kelley Rogers Niiyama, clarinet; Chad Roseland, bassoon; Lydia Tang, viola; Joyce Wilson, flute; Ronald Hedlund, baritone; Bethany Stiles, mezzo-soprano; William Heiles, piano. http://www.indi-go-art.com.

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.

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, michaelpuhr@sbcglobal.net.

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.

Future highlights

Samuel Araya, cello. Artist diploma recital, 2 p.m. Feb. 10, Memorial Room, Smith Memorial Hall, Urbana. Free.

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.

Maciej Latawiec, violin. Master of music recital, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10, Memorial Room, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Free.

Parkland Community Concert Band and Monticello High School concert bands. Joint concert, 3 p.m. Feb. 11, Parkland Theatre, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Free and open to the public.

Chen-Yu Huang, harp. Artist diploma recital, 2 p.m. Feb. 11, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, Urbana. Free.

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.

Lawrence Gray, unaccompanied double bass. Faculty recital, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Free.

The Beckman Institute's Thursdays at 12:20 Concert Series. Featuring Seybert Jazz Combo, 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. Feb. 14, atrium, Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U. The series features performances by members of the UI School of Music.

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.

Elizabeth Thompson, soprano. Doctor of musical arts recital, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Free.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Erica Neal, 8 p.m. Feb. 15, 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.

Annual Bluegrass Jam. 1 to 6 p.m. Feb. 16, Fithian Community Center, Fithian. Acoustic only and no alcohol, just good friends and good pickin' and singing. 260-1582.

Benjamin King, trumpet. Senior recital, 5 p.m. Feb. 16, UI Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., U. Senior in trumpet performance at the UI. Free.

Tania Coambs, soprano. Doctor of musical arts recital, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Free.

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. Experience an interactive display of the galaxy through telescopes set up in the Amphitheatre, indoor displays, and video starting at 6:40 p.m. Tickets $5-$34. 333-6280.

Jasmine Henderson, voice. Senior recital, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Free.

Jupiter String Quartet. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$20. 333-6280.

Evan Tammen, oboe.Doctor of musical arts recital, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Free.

Simon Burke, jazz trumpet. Master of music recital, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18, UI Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., U. Free.

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. With UI Faculty Saxophone Trio, 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, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, UI Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C. Tickets $25-$49.75. $5 Illinois student discount on Fl—C; no CC discount. 333-5000, http://www.LiveNation.com, uofiassemblyhall.com.

Ya-Wen Wang, piano. Doctor of musical arts recital, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Free.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Eric Gordon, 8 p.m. Feb. 22, 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.

Carolyn Van De Velde, violin. Senior recital, 5 p.m. Feb. 23, UI Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., U. Free.

China National Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$48. 333-6280.

Seo Hee Kang, piano. Doctor of musical arts project recital, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Free.

UI Wind Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

2013 Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation: Culminating Celebration. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Myrlie Evers-Williams, a civil rights activist, former chair of the NAACP, and tireless champion of her husband's memory, gives the keynote address for this celebration that includes performances by the UI Black Chorus, the UI Women's Glee Club and the UI Wind Symphony. Free.

The Beckman Institute's Thursdays at 12:20 Concert Series. Featuring Ann McLaughlin, harp, 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. Feb. 28, atrium, Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U. The series features performances by members of the University of Illinois School of Music.

'My Fair Lady' (concert version). 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1 and 2 and 3 p.m. March 3; Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $8-$26. 333-6280.

Juilliard String Quartet. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$48. 333-6280.

Dancing

This weekend

Swing Society weekly dance. 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. every Thursday, Jan. 31 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, questions@cu-swing.org.

Urbana Country Dancers contra dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 1, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Lidlets. Scott Meyer, caller. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4. Free workshop, "Funny Contra Dance Figures," led by Scott Meyer, 6:45 p.m. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m. 359-8225, lewart3@gmail.com, http://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.

Urbana Country Dancers' Dancing with 'The Bear' Contra Dance. 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 3, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Euphor. Jim Hicks, Gail Hintze and Jonathan Sivier, callers. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4. New dancer orientation, 1:30 p.m. 359-8225, lewart3@gmail.com, http://urbana-contra.org/.

Next week

Starlight Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 6, CRIS Healthy Aging Center, 309 N. Franklin St., Danville. Music by The 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.

Future highlights

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.

Urbana Country Dancers' Dancing with 'The Bear' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 15, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by The Young and the Fretless. Dale Wilson, caller. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4. Workshop, "Have Fun, Be Safe You Crazy Kids," 7 p.m., led by Angela and Amanda. 359-8225, lewart3@gmail.com, http://urbana-contra.org/.

Tango Society of Central Illinois lesson and milonga. 7:30 p.m. to midnight Feb. 16, 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. Registration: Tango.Society@gmail.com, http://www.centraltango.com, http://www.facebook.com/UCATango.

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.

Urbana Country Dancers' Dancing with 'The Bear' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 22, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Too Old to be Controlled. Drew Phillips and Scott Meyer, callers. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4. 359-8225, lewart3@gmail.com, http://urbana-contra.org/.

Country dancing. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Feb. 23, Sidney Town Hall, Sidney. Line and couples, singles welcome. Fourth Saturday of each month. Admission $5. 351-4110.

English country dancing. 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 24, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Hosted by Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Music by local musicians. Dancers of all ages welcome. All dances taught. Partners, costumes and experience are not required, but bring soft-soled, nonmarking, nonstreet shoes. Admission $2. 359-8225, ciecd-info@centralillinoisecd.org, http://www.centralillinoisecd.org.

Performing arts

This weekend

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.

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, contact@zooimprov.com.

'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. Items range from pure rhythmic dancing to dramatic storytelling drawing from Hindu mythology, puranas (ancient stories) and real-life situations. 351-8359.

Next week

Staged reading celebrating Charles Dickens' birthday. 3 p.m. Feb. 7, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, UI Library, 1401 W. Gregory Drive, U. "The Frozen Deep," a play written by Wilkie Collinsin in collaboration with Charles Dickens, will be read by actors from the University of Illinois Department of Theatre, led by Thomas Mitchell. This play was based on Sir John Franklin's expedition to discover the Northwest Passage. 333-3777. http://www.library.illinois.edu/rbx/.

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.

Future highlights

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.

VOICE Reading series. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Featuring fiction writers and poets. 333-1861.

Theater

This weekend

'Beer for Breakfast.' Continues through Feb. 24; Conklin's Barn II dinner theater, Goodfield. Performances at 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon Sunday. Tickets $33-$37. 309-965-2545, http://www.barn2.com.

'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.' The Celebration Company, continues 8 p.m. Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and 2; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000, http://www.stationtheatre.com.

'A Celebration of African-American Theatre.' Hosted by EIU's Theatre Department, continues 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2 and 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, doudnatix@eiu.edu, 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, redmaskplayers@hotmail.com.

Next week

'Sayonara' and 'I, Worker.' 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 8, National Center for Supercomputing Applications auditorium, 1205 W. Clark St., U. Live broadcast of these two new plays being performed at the Japan Society of New York. Performed by the Seinendan Theater Company + Osaka University Robot Theater Project. Presented by the Illinois Japan Performing Arts Network. ijpan-webmaster@illinois.edu.

Future highlights

'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 ... .' UI 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.

'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.' Produced by EIU's Theatre Department, in conjunction with the Department of Music; 7 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28, March 1 and 2, and 2 p.m. March 3; Black Box Theatre, Doudna Fine Arts Center, South Ninth Street and Hayes Avenue on the EIU campus, Charleston. Tickets $5-$12. 581-3110, doudnatix@eiu.edu, http://www.eiu.edu/doudna.

'Sons of the Prophet.' The Celebration Company, 8 p.m. Feb. 21, 22, 23, 24, 27 and 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 and 28, March 1 and 2, and 3 p.m. March 3; Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Tickets $8-$14; groups of 15 or more, $10 each. 351-2528, http://www.theatre.parkland.edu.

Outdoors / nature

This weekend

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 you play. For preschoolers ages 2-6 and their adults. Outdoor program; dress for the weather. $5. 896-2455 or sdonovan@ccfpd.org.

Next week

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 you play. For preschoolers ages 2-6 and their adults. Outdoor program; dress for the weather. $5. Register by Feb. 1. 896-2455 or sdonovan@ccfpd.org.

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. lynn@champaignsurplus.com, 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.

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. events@commonground.coop to register. 352-3347.

Annual Eagle Day. 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Feb. 6, Mary Miller Gymnasium, Danville Area Community College, Danville. Displays include birds of prey, such as the peregrine falcon, and nocturnal birds such as screech or barn owls, with the appearance of the bald eagle. Handlers allow birds to fly free over the heads of audience members. Presented by the Office of Wildlife Learning World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis and the Middlefork Audubon Society. Free. 443-8805.

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. 896-2455m sdonovan@ccfpd.org.

Future highlights

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. 896-2455m sdonovan@ccfpd.org.

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, kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

Owl Prowl. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 3485 County Road 2700 E., Penfield. 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. 896-2455m sdonovan@ccfpd.org.

UI museums

Krannert Art Museum. 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. "Encounters: The Arts of Africa," "Blind Field," through March 31; "Jacob Lawrence: Toussaint L'Ouverture Series" and "Processing the Everyday," through April 28; "Counterpoints: Moshekwa Langa, In and Out of Africa," through May 12. "Fashion 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.

Other museums

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, director@champaignmuseum.org.

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.

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 sousa@uiuc.edu.

Vermilion County Museum and Fithian House. 116 N. Gilbert St., Danville. Lincoln Birthday Open House, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Feb. 10. Both buildings open. Birthday cake and punch. Awards ceremony for card contest at 3 p.m. 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. Memorabilia and artifacts from the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Phase one of museum renovations is nearing completion. The meeting room is completed and the library includes a new section of veterans' scrapbooks, diaries and personal notes, plus updated displays. Several new weapons were added from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, Spanish-American War and Vietnam. The museum reopens with regular hours Feb. 2. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; closed Sunday and Monday. Admission $1-$2; younger than 16, free. 431-0034.

Planetarium

William M. Staerkel Planetarium. Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Admission $3-$5. 351-2568, 351-2446. — 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. — Main feature: "Odyssey," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Feb. 23. — Children's feature: "Solar System Safari," 7 p.m. Saturdays, through March 16. — Sky show: "Winter Prairie Skies," 7 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 8 through March 15.

Exhibits

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, 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, ends 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. 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. "Names Swallowed by the Cold: Hidden Histories of Arctic Exploration," through April 8, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 333-2290.

Women's Resources Center. 703 S. Wright St., second floor, MC-302, C. "Petite Magnitude Exhibition" by Hali Ruth Linn, MFA, through mid-February. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. 333-3137.

Galleries

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. "Fleeting," opening reception, 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 1, with Sarah Beth Woods performing. Through Feb. 12. Curated by Christina McClelland, featuring works in the form of site-specific installation, performance, painting, photography, video, sculpture and participatory work by 14 artists based throughout the United States and abroad. Hours: 5 to 8 p.m. Monday; 4:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday; 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday; 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday; 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 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.

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