Entertainment listings, Nov. 28 to Dec. 4, 2013
16th annual Les Nessman Memorial Turkey Drop. 6:45 am Nov. 28, Carlton Farm, Danville. Rubber chickens dressed up as a variety of strange and bizarre characters are dropped from hot air balloons onto a large "X" on the ground. Flying portion of event subject to good weather. All other wacky activities will be held regardless of weather. http://www.cazooee.com/maptofarm.pdf, 304-2365.
Urbana High School Thanksgiving Dinner. 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 28, Urbana High School, 1002 S. Race St. A warm meal for those in need. 384-3505.
Black Friday Fitness and Fun. 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 29, Leonhard Recreation Center, 2112 Sangamon Drive, C. Start off a healthy holiday season with an alternative to the shopping frenzy. Activities for the entire family. Register at https://registration.cparkdistrict.com/webtrac/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/wbsearch.html?xxactivitynumber=251708.
'My Favorite Things.' Candlelight tours, 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 29 through Dec. 27, C.H. Moore Homestead and DeWitt County Museum, 219 E. Woodlawn St., Clinton. The mansion will be decorated for the holidays. Entertainment during candlelight tours: the Daniel Sisters, Nov. 29; Wind Through the Woods, recorder group, Dec. 6; Nina Marshall, harpist, Dec. 13; Marcia Wise, vocalist, Dec. 20. People in period dress and demonstrations. Pictures in the Barn with Santa, Nov. 29. Admission: $3, adults; $1, ages 12-18. Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 935-6066.
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Story Time. 7 p.m. Nov. 29, by the Christmas tree, corner of State and Market streets, downtown Paxton. Music, crowning of Paxton Park District's prince and princess for the holiday season; winners of the essay and coloring contests and Christmas Award presented. Children's story time immediately following at The Vineyard Church. 379-4245.
VFW Post 5520 Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 30, VFW Post 5520, 609 Edgebrook Drive, C. Vendors, 50/50 raffle, raffles, breakfast and lunch served. Karaoke Christmas music. All vendors welcome; $10 registration fee per table. All donations go to the VA hospital. 356-2984, 390-4075.
Annual Downtown Paxton Christmas Parade. "A Red, White and Blue Christmas," 1:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Market Street, Paxton. Immediately after the parade, children may visit with Santa in downtown Paxton as he strolls through the business district. 379-4245.
Parade of Lights events. 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 30, downtown Champaign. Children can meet with Santa, 2 to 5 p.m. at Jane Addams Book Shop. Hour of music and activities in downtown businesses begins at 5 p.m.: Champaign Urbana Theatre Company's Dickensian Carolers stroll through downtown, holiday open house with caroling, organ performance, behind-the-scenes tours, theater concessions at the Virginia Theatre; Cream and Flutter hosts a kids' craft; Urbana High School Jazz band in lobby of Executive Center on Neil Street; Prince of Peace Choirchime Ensemble at Jos. Kuhn & Co.; Parkland College Wind Ensemble at Complete Care Pharmacy. 352-2400, http://www.champaigncenter.com.
The 13th annual Parade of Lights. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, downtown Champaign. Floats, marching bands and Santa Claus, concludes with the lighting of the downtown Christmas tree in the One Main Plaza immediately following the parade. Free hot chocolate before and during the parade as supplies last. 352-2400, http://www.champaigncenter.com.
Snow Globe Grand Opening after the Parade of Lights. 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30, Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 346 N. Neil St., C. During the opening, and each Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas, spend time in a winter wonderland featuring indoor sledding, snowman making, snowball throwing, ice fishing with prizes, and more. Sponsored by Busey. $5 nonmembers. 352-5895.
Men vs. Women Flag Football Contest for Local Charities. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1, Soccer Planet, 2310 N. Willow Road, U. A male vs. female flag football playoff and charity fundraiser, "Super Bowl Both." Sponsored by Parkland College's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society. Tickets $2 in advance (email@example.com), $3 at the event. firstname.lastname@example.org, 353-2131.
LeRoy Christmas Parade. 2 p.m. Dec. 1, starting at Mill and Center streets, LeRoy. Theme: "A Thankful Christmas." 309-962-9983, 309-962-7094.
Green Mill Village Holiday Walk. Dec. 2-14, Arcola. Carriage Crossing Senior Living and Best Western Plus transformed with displays of decorated trees and wreaths, and festivities with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Decorated trees showcase, Dec. 2-14 at Carriage Crossing; free. The trees will be auctioned off by silent auction; proceeds go to nonprofit organizations. Final day of the festival, 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 14, includes Breakfast with Santa at Carriage Crossing, $5; Santa's Workshop, cookie decorating, holiday crafts, story time with Mrs. Claus and mail a letter to Santa, $5; silent auction closes at noon. http://www.gmvdevelopment.com.
Country Christmas. 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 7, St. Joseph Township-Swearingen Memorial Library, 201 N. Third St., St. Joseph. Santa will read stories to the children and talk to them. At the same time, local author Letitia Moffitt will talk about her recently released first novel. Hosted by the library this year for the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce. 469-2159.
Christmas in Paris: House Walk and Mistletoe Marketplace. Dec. 7, Paris, Ill. Christmas in Paris, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cafe France HRC building, 118 E. Court St., Paris. More than 20 vendors with unique gifts. Freewill donation. Christmas walk, 3 to 7 p.m., features eight beautifully decorated homes. Pre-purchase tickets for $10 at Lori's Pins and Needles, Pearman Pharmacy, Shank's Paint and Glass. Maps at Edgar County Historical Society, 414 N. Main St.; light refreshments. Both events sponsored by Altrusa Club of Paris; proceeds help fund Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Edgar County. 385-2400.
Chris Farris and Eric Hill Benefit. Noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 7, American Legion Post 24, 705 Bloomington Road, C. St. Joseph-Ogden High School Class of 1981 is having the benefit for two of their classmates fighting cancer. Silent auction, live auction, music by TJ Red, raffles, food, cash bar. 377-9039, http://www.facebook.com/FarrisHillBenefit.
Douglass Community Center Holiday Party. 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 7, at the center, 512 Grove St., C. For children ages 3-10 and their parents. Join Santa for a holiday party with games, prizes and treats. Santa will bring his bag of toys to give to children. Free. 398-2573.
Coco and Carols. 3 to 4 p.m. Dec. 7, Douglass Park, 512 E. Grove St., C. Ring in the holiday season at Douglass Park's tree-lighting ceremony and caroling party. Have hot chocolate and cookies while riding the holiday express trolley around Douglass Park. Free. 398-2573.
GCAP Holiday Brunch-Celebrating 20 years of Champaign House. Noon to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Stone Creek Event Center, 2560 Stone Creek Blvd., U. The Greater Community AIDS Project of East Central Illinois celebrates 20 years of Champaign House. Holiday brunch by Classic Events, entertainment by the X-tension Chords, auction/raffle and cash bar. Tickets $30; reserve a table of eight, $250. 351-2437, email@example.com.
Holiday open house. 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 8, Bunker Hill Historic Area, Kennekuk County Park, located west off Henning Road, 6 miles north of U.S. 150, Danville. All Bunker Hill Area historic buildings will be open and decorated for the holidays with the sights, sounds and smells of a simpler time. Free admission. 442-1691.
Winter Festival 2013. 4 p.m. Dec. 8, lobby, Krannert Center, Urbana. Festive free event. 333-6280.
Holiday Lights at Bunker Hill. Lights displayed, 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Dec. 8 through 31, Bunker Hill Historic Area, Kennekuk County Park, 22296-A Henning Road, Danville. 442-1691.
Community Cinema. "The State of Arizona," 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory St., U. Monthly screening series of independent documentaries followed by a panel discussion. Presented by Illinois Public Media and the Independent Television Series in collaboration with the museum. First Tuesday every month. Free. will.illinois.edu/community/project/cinema, 333-2360.
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies. "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947), 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4, Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St. Call to reserve a seat. 267-3170.
Middle East Film Series. "Ajami" (Israel, 2010), 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8, Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory St., U. 120 minutes. Directed by Scandar Copti and Yaron Shanin. Arabic or Hebrew dialogue; English subtitles. Hosted by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois. Free. 244-5939, firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Past, Present, Future: Indian Cinema at 100' film screening. 7 p.m. Dec. 10, Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U. "Bombay," a 1995 Tamil film directed by Mani Ratnam, is set in December 1992 to January 1993 India, with special reference to the Babri Masjid controversy in Ayodhya. Free. http://publish.illinois.edu/pastpresentfuture2013.
Global Lens 2013. "Beijing Flickers" (You-Zhong), 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Dec. 12, Room C-118, Parkland Art Gallery at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Directed by Zhang Yuan. 96 minutes. China, in Mandarin, with English subtitles. The film series is a showcase of critically acclaimed narrative feature films. Free. 351-2485, http://www.globalfilm.org, email@example.com.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Terry Smith, 8 p.m. Nov. 29, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. $5-$10. 877-6499.
In Concert at CPL: compostQ. 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 1, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Champaign-Urbana-based music and dance collective. Dancer Kirstie Simson is joined by instrumentalists Dorothy Martirano, violin; Chris Reyman, accordion and keyboards; Armand Beaudoin, double bass; Erik Lund, trombone; and Yu-Chen Wang, gu-zheng (Chinese zither). 403-2070.
The Baroque Artists of Champaign Urbana. "Messiah Sing-Along," 4 p.m. Dec. 1, First Baptist Church at Savoy, 1602 S. Prospect Ave., Savoy. Audience members are invited to sing the choruses in the "Christmas portion" of Handel's oratorio, Messiah, joined by a quartet of soloists and organist Scott Montgomery. Bring your own score or borrow one at the door. Freewill donations at the door.
UI Jazz Combo Concert I. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Hindsley Symphonic Band and UI University Concert Band. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Wind Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Jazz Band 4. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Carols in the Concourse. Noon Dec. 5, Concourse, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University campus, Charleston. Scheduled performers include the EIU Concert Choir, Jolly Brass Quintet, Festive Flute Trio, and five pianos playing "Jingle Bells." Free. http://www.eiu.edu/doudna, firstname.lastname@example.org, 581-3110.
UI Jazz Vocal Combos I and II. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Takacs Quartet. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$38. 333-6280.
EIU Wind Symphony and Concert Band. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University campus, Charleston. Tickets $5. http://www.eiu.edu/doudna, email@example.com, 581-3110.
Bach's Lunch Concert Series. Features Prairie City, noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 6, Springer Cultural Center, 301 N. Randolph St., C. Free lunch concert series. Bring your lunch from home or one of downtown Champaign's restaurants.
The Tons O' Fun Band and Friends eighth annual Christmas Concert. 7 p.m. Dec. 6, the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Doors open, 6:15 p.m. Special appearances include a host of musician friends, including La Familia Aguirre, the PBS Band, Paul Sabuco and Gloria Roubal, Rena Day from the group Champaign, Dody Cosmedy, Tim Frazier, Drew Fredrickson, Chris Moors, the First United Methodist's Children's Choir and Tony Clements as master of ceremonies. Tickets $5-$15; $35 VIP includes pre-show reception and preferred seating. Net proceeds benefit DSC's Tree of Hope Campaign. 356-9063, http://www.thevirginia.org .
Lake Land College Community Choir. 7 p.m. Dec. 6, First Christian Church, 1600 Wabash Ave., Mattoon. The performance, part of the Celebrate Downtown Mattoon festivities, will highlight Christmas and holiday favorites along with family favorites. Celebrate Downtown Mattoon includes extended shopping hours at downtown businesses, holiday treats, a horse and wagon ride, a live Nativity scene and and crafting activities. 234-5464.
UI Wind Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Concert Jazz Band. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Eastern Symphony Orchestra and EIU Choral Ensembles. Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University campus, Charleston. Tickets $5-$12. http://www.eiu.edu/doudna, firstname.lastname@example.org, 581-3110.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Butch Sorenson, 8 p.m. Dec. 6, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. $5-$10. 877-6499.
Parkland Pops. Choral concert, "Goes to Hollywood," 1 p.m. Dec. 7, Parkland Theatre, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Free.
Balinese Gamelan Concert. 2 p.m. Dec. 7, Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., U. Features the Balinese Gamelan ensembles. Traditional works performed by the UIUC Student Ensemble and Community Gamelan. Balinese dance also featured in this program. Free.
UI Jazz Trombone Ensemble. 3 p.m. Dec. 7, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Champaign Central High School's 34th annual Madrigal Dinner. 5 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8, Champaign Central High School cafeteria, 610 W. University Ave. Festive music, wassail, dinner, kings, queens, boar's heads, jesters, lords and ladies, and other trappings of pre-Enlightenment Europe. $20 for full meal, in advance only; $12 children's meal (ages 10 and younger); $5 at the door (concert only). Massey.email@example.com, 649-9791, 352-0297, http://www.maroons.org.
The Other Guys. Annual holiday concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Lincoln Hall Theater, 702 S. Wright St., U. Holiday, classic and modern numbers, along with a collaborative dance number featuring the Illinettes, the University of Illinois dance deam. Tickets: general admission, $10; students and kids, $6 at http://www.otherguys.org/wp/tickets and at the door.
UI Jazz Band II. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Music by Charlie Parr. 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount. An American country blues musician, Parr plays a National resonator guitar, a fretless open-back banjo and a 12-string guitar in the Piedmont blues style. Seats $12; groups of six or more, $10. 733-0330.
UI Jazz Saxophone Ensemble and UI Jazz Guitar Ensemble. 3 p.m. Dec. 8, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Winter Concerts. Dec. 8, Parkland Theatre, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Joint concert, "Wintry Mix," by Parkland Wind Ensemble and the Parkland Concert Band at 3 p.m. Parkland In Your Ear Big Band at 7 p.m. Both concerts are free and open to the public.
Philo Country Music Show. With special guest, Michele Osterbur Smith, 3 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 8, R.E. Franks Meeting Center, 108 Madison St., Philo. Hosted by Ed Clem and Chrissy Rigsby. Featuring Logan Kirby, Dyke Corson, Dave Olsson, Clem and Rigsby. Showcases country music talent in a Branson-style live music stage show. Tickets $10 at the door. Concessions available. 274-3888, 714-7394.
Annual Carol Concert 2013. 3 p.m. Dec. 8, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Choruses, instrumentalists and audience members join in a celebration of the winter season. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Latin Jazz Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Jazz Vocal Ensemble and UI Jazz Band III. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Jazz Combo Concert II. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
UI Symphony Orchestra and UI Philharmonia. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.
Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert. "A Season of Joy," featuring the Central Illinois Children's Chorus and the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Choral classics, masterpieces of the season, holiday favorites and a visit from Old St. Nick. Tickets $5-$35. 333-6280, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shane Dwight with Timmy D and Blind Justice. 9 p.m. Dec. 13, Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Drive, C. Presented by Fluid Events & Smoky's House BBQ. Doors open, 8 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 day of show. 359-6960 extension 4.
Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Erica Neal, 8 p.m. Dec. 13, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. $5-$10. 877-6499.
'Under American Skies: Celebrating Our Musical Community on Granny's Porch.' 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Featuring the Central, Centennial and Urbana high school concert bands. Presented by the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. Tickets: $20, families; $5, individual. 356-9063.
UFLive! presents the New Orleans Jazz Machine. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 15, the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. Dixieland sextet, led by Carl Johnson on clarinet. UFLive! concerts offer a diverse lineup of local performers and are scheduled on the third Sunday of most months. 367-4405.
Danville Symphony Orchestra. "An Italian Christmas," 3 p.m. Dec. 15, Dick Van Dyke Auditorium, Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St. Tickets $15-$30. 443-5300, http://www.danvillesymphony.org.
'Baroque Christmas at Holy Cross.' 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Holy Cross Catholic Church, 405 W. Clark St., C. Featuring the University High School Madrigal Singers (in Elizabethan costume), the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana chorus and orchestra, and Central Illinois Children's Choir. After intermission, audience joins in singing traditional carols. Tickets $10-$20. http://www.baroqueartists.org, 378-6802, email@example.com.
Kenny Rogers Christmas & Hits Through the Years Tour 2013. With special guest, Linda Davis, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 22, UI State Farm Center Star Theater, 1800 S. First St., C. Tickets $38-$45. 866-455-4641, http://www.StateFarmCenter.com.
Ballroom dance. 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday, The Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy. No dance Dec. 27. Social ballroom dancing, casual attire, no partner needed. $9. 359-5333 http://www.regentballroom.com.
Danville Area Super Singles and Couples Dance. 7 to 11 p.m. Nov. 30, American Legion Post 210, 201 N. Jackson St., Danville. Music by Mike's DJ and Karaoke Service. $5 for the DJ. 267-3601.
Country dancing. 7:30 to 11 p.m. every Saturday, Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C. Music by various country bands. Public welcome.
English country dancing. 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 1, 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 not required. Bring soft-soled, nonmarking, nonstreet shoes. Admission $2. 359-8225, http://www.centralillinoisecd.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4, Harrison Park Clubhouse.West Voorhees Street, Danville. Presented by CRIS Healthy Aging Center. Welcoming ballroom dancers of all ages. Music by Bev Wolfe. Cost 410. 443-2999.
Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Dec. 6, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Big Bluestem. Caller, Scott Meyer. Workshop: Introduction to Blues Dancing with special guests from bluesCENTRAL, 6:45 p.m. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m. http://www.urbana-contra.org.
Holiday Dance (Latin, swing and tango). 7 p.m. to midnight Dec. 7, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Latin and swing dance, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Traditional Argentine tango milonga, 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Admission $7, students $5; includes holiday treats. Registration information at http://www.centraltango.com. Tango.Society@gmail.com, 377-2850.
Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Dec. 13, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by The Mean Lids. Callers John and Kathy Coffman. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m. http://www.urbana-contra.org.
BluesCENTRAL monthly blues dance. 8:30 p.m. to midnight Dec. 13, Channing-Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon St., U. Beginners welcome. Lesson, 8:30 p.m.; dancing, 9 p.m. $7; students, $5. DanceBluesCentral@gmail.com.
19th annual English Country Dance Christmas Ball. 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 14, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Music by The Flatland Consort. Dances led by Susan Burt, Jon Hanson, Scott Meyer and Jonathan Sivier. Fans and finery are encouraged. Bring soft-soled, nonmarking, nonstreet shoes. The ball is followed by a potluck dessert party with carol singing. Suggested donation $7 ($6 if you bring a dessert to share). 359-8225, http://www.centralillinoisecd.org, email@example.com.
Urbana Country Dancers' Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Dec. 20, Channing-Murray, 1209 W. Oregon St., U. Music by Acoustic Mayhem. Dances led by caller, Ann Huber. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m. http://www.urbana-contra.org.
Country music and dancing. 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 27, Moose Lodge 1001, U.S. 150, Danville. Music by Tex and Friends (Tex Wynn, Al Waite, Ron Johnson, Terry Cottrel and Dave Coleman). Food served, 5 to 7 p.m. Held the fourth Friday every month. No cover; donations accepted. 442-7339.
Country dancing. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Dec. 28, Sidney Town Hall. Line and couples, singles welcome. Fourth Saturday of each month except June, July and August. Admission $5. 351-4110.
Zoo Improv. 8 p.m. every Friday, SoDo Theatre, enter at 111 S. Walnut St., C. Improv comedy. Zoo will feature other local troupes as an opening act each week. Participate or just watch. Kids' performance, 7 p.m. the last Friday of each month, followed by the regular features at 8 p.m. $5. 356-7805, http://www.zooimprov.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Food For Funny.' 9 p.m. Nov. 29, Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Drive, C. This year, 92.5 The Chief is bringing in Mark Sweeney, who has been on HBO, Comedy Central and "The Bob and Tom Show." Special guest, Owen Thomas. The Fryman, host. Benefit for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank. Tickets $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Tickets are available at the Chief Studios, the Fluid Event Center, http://fluideventcenter.com.
VOICE Reading Series. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Gelvin Noel Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Showcases readings by fiction writers and poets from the University of Illinois creative writing master of fine arts program. 333-1861.
Pecha Kucha Night Vol. 14. 8:20 to 11 p.m. Dec. 6, the Highdive, 51 Main St., C. Doors open, 7 p.m. In addition to eight unique presentations, Vol. 14 will feature DJ Mertz spinning throughout the night. Topics and perspectives vary widely. Ralph Roether will be emcee. Tickets $5 in advance, $8 at the door. http://thecudo.org/events/pechakucha-night-vol-14/.
One People presents The Lounge: GIFTED (Giving Is For The Everyday). 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, The Hub, 912 W. Springfield Ave., U. Doors open, 7 p.m. A community event that provides a stage for local performers and raises awareness and support for local nonprofits and causes. One People will partner with Friends of Santa. Performers volunteer and represent a variety of art forms such as comedy, poetry, storytelling, spoken word and music. Visit onepeoplecu.org/ to register by Dec. 1. Free. email@example.com, onepeoplecu.org.
Stories of Giving. 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 14, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U. In celebration of the holiday season, resident storyteller Kim Sheahan will offer a family storytelling concert of multicultural folk tales highlighting giving and generosity. Free.
'Deck the Halls.' Music and comedy, continues Nov. 28 through Dec. 31; Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre, Goodfield. Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings and Sunday brunch. Wednesday evenings are added in December. Tickets $34-$38 for full buffet performances. 309-965-2545, http://www.barn2.com.
'Chess.' Musical, 8 p.m. Dec. 5-8, 11-15 and 18-21; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000, http://www.stationtheatre.com.
'Christmas Thieves.'Red Mask Players Inc., 7 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7, and 2 p.m. Dec. 8; Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Tickets $10 at the door; reservations not accepted. 442-5858, firstname.lastname@example.org.
'The Christmas Toyshop.' Rantoul Theatre Group, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7, 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 and 2 p.m. Dec. 15; Grissom Hall Theatre, 914 Arends Blvd., Rantoul. Tickets $7-$10. 892-1121, http://www.rtgonline.org.
'Miracle on 34th Street.' 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8; Charleston Alley Theatre, 718 Monroe Ave., Charleston. Produced as a mock radio broadcast. The Dec. 7 performance will be a traditional feature of the Christmas in the Heart of Charleston festivities. Tickets $8; free for children under 12. 345-2287, http://www.charlestonalleytheatre.com.
'The Nutcracker.' 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 8; Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U. Champaign Urbana Ballet performs this classic, accompanied by Sinfonia da Camera. Tickets $18-$38. 333-6280.
'Taming of the Shrew.' What You Will Shakespeare, 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7; University Place Christian Church, 403 S. Wright St., C. Cost $7. email@example.com.
'A Christmas Story.'7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 2 p.m. Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, noon and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 22; The Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Tickets $35.40-$37.50. 728-7375, http://www.thelittletheatre.org.
'Mamma Mia!' WCIA 3 Broadway Series, 7 p.m. Dec. 8, University of Illinois State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., C. 866-455-4641.
'Miracle on 34th Street.' Bah Humbug Productions, 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14, 3 p.m. Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20, 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 21 and 3 p.m. Dec. 22; Parkland College Theatre, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Tickets $8-$12; family group "5 for $50" is available; firstname.lastname@example.org, 621-8276 or at the door.
Outdoors / Nature
Turkey Trot. 9 a.m. Nov. 28, Crystal Lake Park, Urbana. Check-in, 8 a.m. A 1-mile fun run or walk for all ages. Free; stay after event for raffle that includes frozen turkeys. http://www.urbanaparks.org/features/1627.html.
Second Wind Running Club Winter Fun Runs. 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Indoor group uses the UI Armory Track. There is a fee to use this facility. The outdoor group runs 1 to 6 miles around campus. Meet at the southwest entrance (corner of Gregory Drive and Fourth Street). All abilities are encouraged to attend and participate at the pace and distance desired. http://www.secondwindrunningclub.org.
Nordic Walking Group. 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Race Street parking lot, Meadowbrook Park, Urbana. Weekly group. A 4-mile route around Meadowbrook Park. All Nordic walkers welcome. Walk in all seasons. No charge. email@example.com, 649-6861.
Outdoor Little School. 10 to 11 a.m. Dec. 4 and 18, Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. Discover easy ways to explore side-by-side with your preschooler through hands-on activities, hikes, songs and stories. 367-1544.
Polar Paws 5K Run/Walk. 10 a.m. Dec. 7, Centennial Park, Champaign. Kick off your howl-a-day season with a fun run. Water, hot chocolate and holiday and dog cookies available along the course. Only one dog per runner. All dogs must have current vaccinations and be under control on a leash at all times. Register by Dec. 5. registration.cparkdistrict.com/webtrac/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/wbsearch.html.
Nature Tales and Trails. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Dec. 13, Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. Bring your child out for nature story time. Each month, a story will be read on a different nature-related topic and brought to life during a nature hike. 367-1544.
Meet a Critter. 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 14, Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. Learn fascinating facts and meet the nature center animals up close. Make a fun animal craft. 367-1544.
Krannert Art Museum. 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Kids@Krannert, 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 7. Hands-on activities for parents and children (ages 3-8); art projects, family tours, demonstrations and other events. "School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition," "Return to Sender: Ray Johnson, Robert Warner and the New York Correspondence School," "Correspondents of Ray Johnson," "Hello World! Or: How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise" and "Yun-Fei Ji: Selected Works," all through Jan. 5, 2014. "Encounters: The Arts of Africa," permanent display. Fall 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; closed Mondays, and Nov. 28 and 29. Admission free, but $3 donation suggested. 333-1860, http://www.kam.illinois.edu.
Spurlock Museum. 600 S. Gregory St., U. "Inspired by ... Works of the C-U Spinners & Weavers Guild," through March 9, 2014. "Folk Art of Latin America," through Jan. 5, 2014. Exhibit area, "First Impressions: Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals," featuring the museum's first digital multimedia interactive. 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. "Zenith: Selections from Eastern Illinois University's Painting Program," through Dec. 27. "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. Thanksgiving Family Fun Days, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 29, Children's Activity Room, where everyone gets a small prize. A gift shop with lots of toys, vintage model airplanes and military books. Large inflatable sponsored by Action Rents. Flying time with the Wii. Hourly door prizes, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Admission $5; ages 4 and younger, free. 893-1613, http://www.aeromuseum.org..
Orpheum Children's Science Museum. 346 N. Neil St., C. Introducing After Dark Adult Series, 8 to 11 p.m. Nov. 29; an evening series held the fourth Friday of the month, exclusively for adults, that mixes cocktails, music and playful, innovative art and science events. Admission $9 members, $12 nonmembers, or two for $20; must be 21. "Animal Encounters," 2 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The museum's education team will talk about the museum's animals, followed by animal feeding time. Exhibits, facility and programs are family- and science-centered. Toddler Tuesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday; sensory activities based on art, music, math and games. Free with admission, no registration. 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 James Bond Theme: Music to Live, Die and Love Another Day," through March 14, 2014. "How the Sousa Band Music Library Came to the University of Illinois," through June 2, 2014. "A Musical Life: The Travels of Otto Mesloh," through June 30, 2014. "Traveling America's Early Highways: A Strothkamp Family Road Trip 1920-1930," through July 7, 2014. "Celebrating the Harding-Hindsley-Begian-Keene Band Legacy at the University of Illinois," through Aug. 18, 2014. "Live from the Crossroads: A Snapshot of Champaign-Urbana's Local Music Scene 1980-2000," through Sept. 29, 2014. 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, Nov. 28. Free, but donations accepted. For guided tours: 244-9309 or email@example.com.
Vermilion County Museum and Fithian House. 116 N. Gilbert St., Danville. Two permanent exhibits of Lincoln-Lamon law office in Danville (1852-56) 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. Regular hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. 442-2922, http://www.vermilioncountymuseum.org.
Vermilion County War Museum. 307 N. Vermilion St., Danville. D-Day exhibit. Exhibits with items from the pre-Revolutionary War period through the current operations in Afghanistan, a new section on veterans' scrapbooks and diaries, Civil War display, a combat weapons display for all wars, plus items in the Vietnam and Spanish-American War displays. Hours: Noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday, and Nov. 28. Admission $2, under 12, $1. 431-0034, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.vcwm.org.
William M. Staerkel Planetarium. Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Admission $4-$5. 351-2568, 351-2446. — Sky show: "Fall Prairie Skies," continues 7 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 29 through Dec. 13. Except Dec. 6. — Main feature: "Season of Light," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 29 through Dec. 14. — Children's feature: "Santa's Secret Star," 7 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 14. — "World of Science" lecture series. Professor emeritus James B. Kaler, "From Out of No Where ... Comets!" 7 p.m. Dec. 6. Admission $1 at the door; Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium admitted free.
Alice Campbell Alumni Center. First level, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., U. "Handmade Paper" by Marjorie Roberts Alexander, through Dec. 15. Presented by the UI Alumni Association. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 333-1471.
Asian American Cultural Center. 1210 W. Nevada St., U. "Child of the World" art exhibit by Jessica Lee Rojas, through Jan. 28, 2014. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed Nov. 28 and 29. 333-9300.
Bryant Cottage State Historic Site. 146 E. Wilson St., Bement. Twelve unusual displays examining kerosene technology of decades past, each lasting one month. The eighth display, "Commercial Lighting," ends Nov. 30, highlighting lanterns used for skating, bicycling, reading and more. No display in December; next one opens Jan. 1. The collection is on loan from someone who has collected kerosene-era items for many years. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. 678-8184.
Illini Union Art Gallery. Northwest wing of Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. "Reflections by Artisans 10," ends Nov. 29. Multimedia show by Artisans 10, sponsored by the Illini Union Board. Free. Hours: 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. 217-300-7889.
Illinois Terminal. 45 E. University Ave., C. "Getting to Champaign," photography exhibit, second floor and in the main stairwell. The exhibit highlights significant milestones in the evolution of ground transportation in Champaign-Urbana. Ongoing. Free. Hours: all day, every day.
Parkland Art Gallery. 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. "Coffee and Tea, Cups and Dessert," Parkland Art Gallery's biennial fundraiser, 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5, gallery lounge. Select from an array of handcrafted ceramic cups, enjoy desserts, coffee, music by the Chip McNeill Jazz Trio, special gallery talk about the current exhibition and a silent auction. Tickets $30 or two for $50; 351-2485. "State of the Art 2013-2014: National Biennial Ceramics Invitational," through Feb. 1, 2014. Free. 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 5 p.m. Nov. 28 through Dec. 2; Dec. 21 through Jan. 5; and Jan. 20. 351-2485, http://artgallery.parkland.edu.
Tarble Arts Center. South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue, EIU, Charleston. "Motion — Real & Implied: Selections from the Collection," ends Nov. 24, Brainard Gallery. "A Couple of Ways of Doing Something: Photographs by Chuck Close, Poems by Bob Holman," through Dec. 20, Main Galleries. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays, holidays. 581-2787, http://www.eiu.edu/~tarble/.
UI Library. 1401 W. Gregory Drive, U. "A Continuum of Pioneering Service: A History of Military Support at the University of Illinois," ends Nov. 30, Main Library. 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; 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday. "Archie Green and the Campus Folksong Club," through Dec. 31, Marshall Gallery, first floor at Main Entrance. "Life on the Moon: Literary and Scientific Reflections," through Dec. 13, Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Details at go.illinois.edu/moon. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed Nov. 28-30. 333-2290.
University YMCA. Murphy Gallery, 1001 S. Wright St., C. "Artwork to Support Local Efforts for Clean Water Resources" by Kim Curtis, through Jan. 19, 2014. The show, a collaboration between the artist and Prairie Rivers Network, features works from the artist's series, Thirtyseven, which documents the wetland area along the San Francisco Bay area's Highway 37. Paintings by Curtis available for purchase, with a portion of proceeds to benefit the network's advocacy for clean water. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. 337-1500, http://www.universityymca.org/art.
Urbana City Building.400 S. Vine St. Urbana Public Arts Program's "Artist of the Corridor" exhibit, "Elemental by Meredith Foster," through Jan. 31. Free. Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 384-2311, http://urbanaillinois.us/artexhibits.
Amara Yoga & Arts. Suite 156B, Lincoln Square Village, 300 S. Broadway Ave., U. "At the End, Before the Beginning" by Debra Domal, Aleksandra Sarnicka, Nathan Westerman and Nichole Sexton, through Dec. 19. Hours: during studio hours, 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, or by appointment. 417-2591, email@example.com.
Art Coop Gallery. 150 Lincoln Square, Urbana. "brilliance: 4 painters & 1 photographer," through Dec. 1. Enter Lincoln Square through the east doors next to Charter Fitness. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Broken Oak Gallery and Studio. 1865 N. 1225 E Road, White Heath. Works by glass artist Ian Duncan, fiber art by local artist Jane Barry, ceramics by Toni and Jay Mann, jewelry by Nora Swanson Arts and photographs by Judith Baker-Barrows, through Dec. 30. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday or by appointment. 762-4907.
Heartland Gallery. 112 W. Main St., U. New Art Showcase, featuring new work by local artists Shoshanna Bauer, Sharon Davie-Barrett, Ann McDowell and Barb Ryan, as well as Irish artist Honor Hales, through Dec. 24. Regular hours (through November): 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Holiday hours starting in December: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. 337-4767, http://www.heartland-gallery.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Illini Union Art Gallery. 1401 W. Green St., U. "Reflections," an Artisans 10 exhibit, ends Nov. 29. Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 333-3663.
Indi Go Artist Co-Op. 9 E. University Ave., C. "A Wave and A Particle" by Randi Stella, opens Nov. 29, through Dec. 9. Opening reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5. Regular hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. email@example.com, http://www.indi-go-art.com.
Red House Gallery. 315 W. Washington St., Monticello. Photographs by Michael Holtz, paintings by Caroline Goldsmith, plus books on Monticello and Allerton Park. Special appointments also available. Regular hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. first and third Saturdays. Holiday hours: every Saturday, Nov. 30 to Dec. 21, plus Dec. 20 and 23. 762-8248, http://www.redhousegallery.net, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The White Dove Garden and Gallery. 703 W. Hill St., C. Oil and watercolor paintings by Alisa Ramshaw Chapman, ongoing. Other area artists during special exhibits. Complimentary refreshments. Regular hours: noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment. 359-0675, http://www.thewhitedovegarden.com, email@example.com.
Farms / Markets
Curtis Orchard. 3902 S. Duncan Road, C. Open every day through Dec. 20. Apples, peaches, cider, doughnuts, pies and other goodies. Free admission. Fun kids' activities include the petting zoo (free), miniature golf (fee) and the giant slide (fee). 359-5565, http://www.curtisorchard.com.
Hardy's Reindeer Ranch and Christmas Tree Farm. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Dec. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 26-28; 1356 County Road 2900 N, Rantoul. Hardy's Reindeer Ranch has reindeer, 5 acres of Christmas trees, a barn gift shop and a Western-style banquet hall. Reindeer tours, $4. 893-3407, http://www.ReindeerRanch.com.