Entertainment listings, Feb. 7-14
A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.
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.
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., Watseka. Night of hilarious, unpredictable humor. Mature content; parental discretion advised. Doors open, 5:30 p.m. Tickets $45. 815-993-6585, http://www.watsekatheatre.com.
Middle Market. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 16, Lincoln Square Village, Urbana. Local gifts, baked goods and crafts. Third Saturday of each month, January through April. Urbana Business Association. Free.
Movie screening and discussion. "Good Hair," 2 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 8, Room C118, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. This documentary by comedian Chris Rock explores why African-American women spend countless hours and hundreds of dollars in salons to make their hair straighter and silkier.
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; and 7 p.m. Feb. 13, the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. 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.
Movie screening and discussion. "The Help," 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Room D105, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. This 2011 Academy Award-nominated film is based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name. Sponsored in conjunction with the Parkland Diversity Committee and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Post-screening discussion facilitated by Professor Matt Hurt.
Afternoon Movie. "Hotel Transylvania," animated comedy, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 18, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. Free popcorn. 893-3955.
Documentary screenings. "African-American Life in Central Illinois," 10:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 27, Flag Lounge, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. "Black and Proud" is a second episode in the WILL-TV series from the late '60s.
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; and William Heiles, piano. http://www.indi-go-art.com.
Eastern Illinois University's 54th annual EIU Jazz Festival. Guest artist Grace Kelly, jazz saxophonist, vocalist, songwriter, arranger and bandleader, and her quintet in concert with the EIU Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, EIU campus, Charleston. Tickets $7-$12. 581-3110, email@example.com, http://www.eiu.edu/doudna.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Samuel Araya, cello. Artist diploma recital, 2 p.m. Feb. 10, Memorial Room, Smith Memorial Hall, Urbana. Free.
In Concert at CPL: New Orleans Jazz Machine. 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 10, New Orleans Jazz Machine gets a jump on the Mardi Gras celebration!
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, Stage 5 in the 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.
All Out A Cappella. Two shows, 5 or 8 p.m. Feb. 16, Unity High School Auditorium, Tolono. Performers include Xtension Chords, No Comment, RipChords and No Strings Attached from the UI; Surreal Sound from Unity High School. Tickets $7-$14. Proceeds go to Unity Music Boosters. Tickets at http://www.unitymusicboosters.org or at Unity junior high and high schools.
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.
Bellflower Country Opry. With guest, Kyle Ripsch, keys, 7 p.m. Feb. 16, Bellflower Community Center, 104 W. Center St. Tickets $10; ages 12 and younger, free. Bellflower Lions Club serving an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage supper, 4 to 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. 309-722-3497 or 898-7493.
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.
UFLive! Presenting Desafinado (bossa nova, samba, and popular Brazilian music),2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 17, the Urbana Free Library, downstairs conference room, 210 W. Green St. A seven-piece ensemble, featuring vocals, classical guitar, flute, congas, mandolin, percussion and piano/melodica. Free.
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.
Urbana High School Choir. Noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 22, Flag Lounge, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Part of Parkland's "Local Black History," a monthlong celebration of African-American achievements and culture in February.
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 UI School of Music.
'My Fair Lady' (concert version). UI Opera Program, 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. Libretto, conversation before performance, 6:30 p.m. March 2 and 3, $6.50. 333-6280.
Juilliard String Quartet. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$48. 333-6280.
Sudden Sound Concert. Jazz avant-garde, featuring Douglas Ewalt and Wadada Leo Smith, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. 333-1861.
Interval: New Orleans Jazz Machine. Noon March 1, Stage 5 in the lobby, Krannert Center, Urbana. Free. 333-6280.
Young Concert Artists Winner: Andrew Tyson, piano. 3 p.m. March 3, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $5-$39. 333-6280.
Monty Python's Spamalot. Part of the WCIA 3 Broadway Series, 7:30 p.m. March 4, Assembly Hall Star Theatre, 1800 S. First St., C. Tickets $39-$54, $49. Illinois student discount, $8 Group (10 or more) discount, $4. 866-455-4641, 333-5000.
Krannert Uncorked. With Sherrika Ellison, cabaret, 5 p.m. March 7, Stage 5 in the lobby, Krannert Center. A revue, featuring songs and dialogue based on works by the Viennese writer Arthur Schnitzler. Free. 333-6280.
Swing Society weekly dance. 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. every Thursday, Feb. 7 through May 2, Illini Union, Room 314, 1401 W. Green St., U. Except Feb. 14, a free workshop hosted by Illini Swing Society before a night full of swing dancing, "A Vintage Affair Valentine's Day Dance," in Courtyard Cafe, 8 p.m. 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. Free. http://www.cu-swing.org/dances, email@example.com.
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.
Country dancing. 7:30 to 11 p.m. every Saturday, Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C. Music by various country bands. Public welcome.
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' 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://urbana-contra.org.
Tango Valentine Dance. 7 p.m. to midnight Feb. 16, McKinley Foundation, 809 S. Fifth St., C. For couples and singles: Bring your Valentine to learn to dance tango or meet new people at the dance. Intro tango lesson, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tango dancing, 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Lots of chocolate. Wear red. Cost: $10, $15 couples. Free parking in university garage across the street. http://www.centraltango.com, Tango.Society@gmail.com, 328-1309, 377-2850.
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' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 22, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Tune Mountain Boys. Drew Phillips and Scott Meyer, callers. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4. 359-8225, email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.centralillinoisecd.org.
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 UI 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.
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.
PechaKucha Night Volume 11. 8:20 to 11:59 p.m. Feb. 8, Parkhill Applied Technology Center, northwest corner of the Parkland College campus, Champaign. Watch as 10 local creatives each give a presentation consisting of 20 slides, each lasting 20 seconds. Stay after the show for a performance from Ryan Groff. Free admission. Register at http://thecudo.org/events/pechakucha-night-vol-11.
Improv and Comedy: The Titanic Players Series. 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 9, Illini Union Courtyard Cafe, 1401 W. Green St., U. Live improv by one of the largest collegiate improvisation organizations in the country. Viewer discretion advised. Admission: $2 students, $3 public. 244-8938.
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.
African-American Read-In. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 14, Parkland Library Reading Lounge, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. The campus and community is invited to read excerpts from available selections of African-American literature. Refreshments. Sponsored in conjunction with the Parkland College Library.
SPEAK Cafe. "No Struggle, No Progress: Honoring Frederick Douglass," 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.
Onarga Theater Variety Show. 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 17, Onarga Theater. Family event, all ages welcome; each performer given up to 10 minutes. Free, but donations accepted. Call or email to be put in the lineup. 815-383-5987, firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOICE Reading series. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Featuring fiction writers and poets. 333-1861.
The 24th annual African-American Read-In & Poetry Slam. "Come on Out, Grab a Book, and Read-In!" at 1 p.m. Feb. 23, Barnes & Noble, 65 E. Marketview Drive, C. Features a book written by a prominent African-American author followed by recitations of pieces composed by African-American poets. Speakers and poets include community members, authors, students representing Champaign and Urbana schools, members representing black Greek organizations and the National Council of Teachers of English. Audience will have an opportunity to share poetry. 355-2045, 355-2264.
Winter Tales. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U. Concert of American Indian tales with featured performer, award-winning storyteller and author Lloyd Arneach, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, telling the history of his people. Admission $5. 344-3355.
2013 Class Act Kids' Cabaret. "Where's My Spotlight?!" at 3 and 7 p.m. Feb. 23 and 3 p.m. Feb. 24, SoDo Theatre, 114 S. Neil St., C. Don't miss these impressive (and adorable) young performers! Tickets $5 at the door. email@example.com.
Studiodance I.Dance at Illinois Series, 7 and 9 p.m. March 7, 8 and 9, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $7-$14. 333-6280.
'Adventures in Mating.' 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9, 14, 15, 16 and 23; Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount. Interactive romantically hilarious play with over 40 different scene options; it's never the same show twice. Tickets $30 on Feb. 9, 14-16, includes meal; $15 on Feb. 23, no meal, but you can bring your own. 733-0330, http://www.sleepycreekvineyards.com.
'Almost, Maine.' Urbana High School Drama, continues 7 p.m. Feb. 7, 8 and 9, and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 10; Urbana High School, Cobb Auditorium, 1002 S. Race St. Nine short plays. 384-3505.
'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.
'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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
'To Kill a Mockingbird.' Red Mask Players, continues 8 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9, and 2 p.m. Feb. 10; Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St., Danville. 442-5858, email@example.com.
'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.
'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.
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.
'Les Miserables.' 8 p.m. Feb. 22, 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 23, 2 p.m. Feb. 24, 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 27, 8 p.m. Feb. 28, 8 p.m. March 1, 2 and 8 p.m. March 2 and 2 p.m. March 3; Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Tickets $35.40-$37.50. 728-7375, http://www.thelittletheatre.org.
'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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
'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
Bird Language Basics. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 7, the Urbana Free Library, Lewis Auditorium, 210 W. Green St. Learn more about how birds communicate. Join the Champaign County Audubon Society for a one-hour DVD with expert tracker Jon Young, who covers the five voices of birds, the 12 shapes of alarm and more, demonstrating how these can be dynamic indicators of predator-prey relationships. email@example.com.
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.
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. email@example.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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com.
School's Out: Cabin Fever. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 18, Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Fun family activities including a search of different types of animal homes on the Animal "Homer" Hike, then hot chocolate or tea, and family crafts and activities inside the Interpretive Center. Free. 896-2455, firstname.lastname@example.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. 896-2455, email@example.com.
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. Feature exhibit rededication, 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 10. The redesign of the "The Land between Two Rivers" exhibit includes artifacts not displayed since the World Heritage Museum and the new exhibit area "First Impressions: Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals," featuring the museum's first digital multimedia interactive. Talk, "Mini-Masterpieces: the Art of the Mesopotamian Cylinder Seal" by curator and museum director Wayne Pitard, 2 p.m. "A World of Shoes," ends 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, firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
Vermilion County Museum and Fithian House. 116 N. Gilbert St., Danville. Lincoln Birthday Open House, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Feb. 10. Both the museum building and the Fithian home will be open for viewing. Birthday cake and punch. The 384 entries from the Lincoln Birthday Card Contest will be on display. Awards ceremony for card contest at 3 p.m. Free admission during open house. 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. Admission: museum and Fithian House, $4; museum only, $2.50 for adults. $1 for teens 13-17, children 12 and younger free. Winter hours, through Feb. 28: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 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. 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.
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, Feb. 8 through March 15. — 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.
Lincoln Square Village. 300 S. Broadway Ave., U. "Best in Show Photographic Print Competition," opens Feb. 14, through Feb. 20. More than 500 prints from amateur photographers in the area. Hours: noon to 6 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Champaign County Camera Club, 356 3648.
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. Black History Month displays through Feb. 15, College Center Display Cases, and through Feb. 28, D Wing and Library Display Cases. "John Ekstrom in Retrospect: Paintings and Drawings," solo exhibition of works by retired art Professor John Ekstrom, opens Feb. 11, through March 26. Reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 14, Gallery Lounge; gallery talk, 7 p.m. 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 March 22 and 23. 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, 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.
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. "Colorful Spirit" by Lee Boyer, Michael Hoag, Evelyne Tardy and Poet Natalie Kettleson, opens with a reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16, through April 11. Hours: 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," 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.