Entertainment listings, Jan. 16-23, 2014

Entertainment listings, Jan. 16-23, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

13th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Countywide Celebration. 4 p.m. Jan. 17, Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., C. The cities of Champaign and Urbana, Champaign County Board, Parkland College and the University of Illinois invite citizens to attend. Free.

Herb Day 2014. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 18, Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 1001 W. Killarney St., U. Educational sessions with speakers including Rosemary Gladstar of Sage Mountain Herbs, Holly Shimizu of the National Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., and chef Marcus Terhune from the Urbana Holiday Inn. First educational session begins, 9 a.m. Retail area selling a variety of herbs, spices and gardening products, books and products from the presenters. On-site registration ($60), 8 a.m. Jan. 18, does not include lunch. Linda Harvey at 244-1693 or harvey@illinois.edu.

Champaign Area Fish Exchange Winter Auction. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 18, Urbana Civic Center, 108 Water St., U. Doors open at 8 a.m. Auction at 10:30 a.m. Fish, plants, food, equipment, books may be offered for sale. 359-6707, champaignfishguy1@yahoo.com, champaignfish.com.

MLK Commemoration: A Service of Celebration Event. 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. A celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy begins with the Community Choir at 4:30 p.m., followed by speakers at 5 p.m. The theme is “Honoring the Civil Rights Movement as the Struggle Continues: Empowering the Dream ... Make It Your Own.” Free.

Next week

Kickoff for Champaign Relay for Life. 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 21, Inman Place, 17 E. University Ave., C. Drop-in event with prizes, raffles and information. Free parking behind the building off of Walnut Street. Team captains and members plus anyone interested in forming a team welcome to attend. The Relay for Life of Champaign County will be June 14 at Centennial High School. marti@champaignrelay.org, relayforlife.org/ChampaignIL.

Future highlights

Charleston Carnegie Public Library gala event. “Black, White and Read,” 6 p.m. Feb. 1, Unique Suites Hotel, Banquet Room, 920 W. Lincoln Ave., Charleston. An evening celebrating the library’s 110 years. Entertainment and a surprise or two. Tickets $45 and include dinner, entertainment and a special program that will recognize the career of Sheryl Snyder, library director from 1977 to 2009. 345-4913.

‘Monster Nite Out’ Winter 2014 Lucas Oil Monster Truck Nationals. 7 p.m. Feb. 8, State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., C. All-star lineup of America’s top monster trucks, including Bigfoot, Raminator, Rammunition and War Wizard. Free pit party and driver autograph session, rising country star Brandon Maddox performing during the party, and a Monster Money Booth. Tickets $15 and $23 in advance, $17 and $25 day of event. $5 discount for University of Illinois students, $3 discount for groups of 10, Scouts and schools. StateFarmCenter.com, 866-455-4641.

Orchid Show. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 15, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Display of many varieties of orchids grown by the Central Illinois Orchid Society members. Free door prizes awarded several times throughout the day. Members present to answer questions. Free admission. 840-7437, 967-1266.

Films

Future highlight

African American Film Festival. 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3, 10, 18, 25, Danville Public Library’s first floor Meeting Room, 319 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Four feature films with African-American themes during different eras of African-American filmmaking. “The Learning Tree,” Feb. 3. “Do the Right Thing,” Feb. 10. “The Five Heartbeats,” Feb. 18. “Undercover Brother,” Feb. 25. Discussion will follow each screening. Free. 477-522, DanvillePublicLibrary.org.

Music

this weekend

Music by Woody Pines. 7 p.m. Jan. 17, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount. Modern ragtime bluesy group. Seats $12; groups of six or more, $10. 733-0330.

Charlotte Martin. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17, Black Box Theatre, Doudna Fine Arts Center, South Ninth Street and Hayes Avenue on the EIU campus, Charleston. Tickets $10-$15; sold out. 581-3110, doudnatix@eiu.edu, eiu.edu/doudna.

Ryley Walker. 8 to 10 p.m. Jan. 17, Indi Go Artist Co-Op, 9 E. University Ave., C. Folk-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist from Chicago. 904-613-2623, windishagency.com/artists/ryley_walker.

Bement Country Opry Band. “Conway Twitty Salute,” with Eric Gordon and Rusty Cummins, 8 p.m. Jan. 17, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499.

Bellflower Country Opry. With guest, Simon Webb, 7 p.m. Jan. 18, gymnasium, Bellflower Community Center, 202 Center St. Doors open, 6 p.m. Tickets $10, adults; 12 and younger, free. 898-7493, 309-722-3497.

Queensryche starring Geoff Tate. “The 25th Anniversary of Operation Mindcrime Tour,” 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 19, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St. , Watseka. This outrageous rock band has sold over 20 million records. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and full bar. Show, 7 p.m. All ages. Tickets $65, VIP; first few rows, $55; and $40. 815-993-6585, watsekatheatre.com.

Next week

East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20, Recital Hall, Smith Music Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Free. conservatory.centralil.org.

Krannert Uncorked. 5 p.m. Jan. 23, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. “What is the Civil Rights Movement?” — a presentation and performance led by Ollie Watts Davis and Sundiata Cha-Jua, two experts in the field — focuses on the role of music in the civil rights movement. 333-6280.

Mark Moore, tuba. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guests, Pam and Polly “The Kilmers,” 8 p.m. Jan. 24, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499.

Winter Jam Tour Spectacular 2014. 6 p.m. Jan. 25, University of Illinois State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., C. Winter Jam is the No. 1 tour in the world for three consecutive years, attracting more than a half-million people last year and selling out multiple venues. The headliner for 2014 is Newsboys, along with Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North and seven other top names in Christian music. Tickets $10 at the door. 866-455-4641, StateFarmCenter.com.

Future highlights

A Well-Orchestrated Evening. 8 to 10 p.m. Jan. 26, Indi Go Artist Co-Op, 9 E. University Ave., C. The Prairie Ensemble’s fourth annual fundraising event involves dinner parties held in the homes of friends and volunteers — with all guests converging on this downtown gallery for coffee, dessert and a 30-minute performance of a variety of chamber music by members of The Prairie Ensemble. Each dinner starts at 6 p.m. Donation of $50 for dinner, dessert, coffee and concert. Or appear at Indi Go at 8 p.m. for dessert, coffee and concert, for $20. ensemble@soltec.net.

Darius Rucker: True Believers Tour. Featuring Eli Young Band with special guest David Nail, 7 p.m. Jan. 29, UI State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., C. Tickets $40-$46. 866-455-4641, StateFarmCenter.com.

Krannert Uncorked. 5 p.m. Jan. 30, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Musicians to be announced. Linger for the music and try a new wine. Free. 333-6280.

Jupiter String Quartet. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Concert by the UI quartet-in-residence. Tickets $10-$25. 333-6280.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Cindy Suttles-Moore, 8 p.m. Jan. 31, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499.

Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra. “Classics II: Classic Gems,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Guest artist, James Giles, piano. Tickets $5-$35. Performances by some of the young musicians receiving CUSO Guild scholarships to the Illinois Summer Youth Music camp from 6:40 to 7:10 p.m. at Stage 5, Krannert Center Lobby. 333-6280, cusymphony.org.

Labyrinth Installation Concertos: House of Solitude and Room No. 35. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1, Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. With Maya Beiser, cello, and Cornelius Dufallo, violin. Tickets $10-$25. 333-6280.

In Concert at CPL: Mike and Kayla. 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 2, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Variety of mostly modern covers mixed with favorites from the ’80s and ’90s and originals. 403-2070.

Elliot Chasanov, trombone. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Krannert Uncorked. With Emily Otnes and Megan Johns, singer/songwriters, 5 p.m. Feb. 6, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Linger for the music and try a new wine. Free. 333-6280.

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

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Chrissy Rigsby, 8 p.m. Feb. 7, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499.

The 55th annual Eastern Illinois University Jazz Festival. Features drummer Dennis Mackrel, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, South Ninth Street and Hayes Avenue, EIU campus, Charleston. The trio of Mackrel, musical director of the Count Basie Orchestra, along with Reggie Thomas, piano, and Jeffrey Campbell, bass, is the opening concert of the festival. Concert also features Mackrel as guest soloist with the EIU Jazz Ensemble. Tickets: $7-$15. 581-3110, doudnatix@eiu.edu, eiu.edu/doudna.

Kris Allen. 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 8, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and full bar. Multi-platinium recording artist and season 8 “American Idol” winner. Doors open 5:30 p.m. for dinner and full bar. Tickets $30, $35. 815-993-6585, watsekatheatre.com.

Jonathan Keeble, flute. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

American English — Beatles Tribute. 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 9, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St., Watseka. Come early for the restaurant and full bar. All ages. Tickets at 815-993-6585 or watsekatheatre.com.

Karen DeBauche, clarinet. Urbana Pops Orchestra recital series, 2 p.m. Feb. 9. Urbana Free Library, auditorium, lower level, 210 W. Green St. Urbana Pops Orchestra professional and student musicians showcased at recitals through May 17. March 9, Ai Yamaguchi, flute. Free. urbanapops.org.

Young Concert Artists winner: Julia Bullock, soprano. 4 p.m. Feb. 9, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $5-$42. 333-6280.

Choral Ensembles. “Songs of Love,” 4 p.m. Feb. 9, Concourse, Doudna Fine Arts Center, South Ninth Street and Hayes Avenue on the EIU campus, Charleston. Eastern’s Choral Ensembles present a “tour de force” celebrating the majesty of love. Featuring the EIU Choral Ensembles and Collegium Musicum (Early Music Ensembles). Tickets: $5-$12. 581-3110, doudnatix@eiu.edu, eiu.edu/doudna.

15th annual 21st Century Piano Commission Award Concert. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, composer, and Ya-Wen Wang, piano. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Krannert Uncorked. 5 p.m. Feb. 13, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Musicians to be announced. Linger for the music and try a new wine. Free. 333-6280.

Sinfonia da Camera. “From Russia with Love,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. With violinist Andres Cardenes. Tickets $5-$33. Student Performance Project at 6:40 p.m. at Stage 5. 333-6280.

Bement Country Opry Band. With guest, Linda Thomas, 8 p.m. Feb. 14, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Branson-style country music with house band and guest each week. Tickets $10. 877-6499.

The Flower Jax in concert. 8:30 p.m. Feb. 14, William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Local musicians Kenna Mae Reiss and Chris Strand come together as the Flower Jax to deliver a night of heartfelt songwriting, beautiful harmonies and intricate guitar and mandolin work. Tickets $5 at the door. 351-2446.

Marshall Tucker Band. 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 15, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St., Watseka. Come early for a Valentine’s Day dinner. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and full bar. Tickets at 815-993-6585 or watsekatheatre.com.

Eastern Symphony Orchestra: Rodeo. 4 p.m. Feb. 16, Concourse, Doudna Fine Arts Center, South Ninth Street and Hayes Avenue, EIU campus, Charleston. With guest artist, Rebecca Johnson, flute. Featuring the Eastern Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. Tickets: $5-$12. 581-3110, doudnatix@eiu.edu, eiu.edu/doudna.

Brass Chamber Music. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., U. Free.

Illinois Modern Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Rudolf Haken, five-string viola, with Alexander Zolotarev, piano. Faculty recital, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U. Free.

Krannert Uncorked. With the BR Quartet, jazz, 5 p.m. Feb. 20, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Linger for the music and try a new wine. Free. 333-6280.

UI Wind Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Vijay Iyer Trio. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 21 and 22, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$38. 333-6280.

Rochelle Sennet, piano. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

Global Transfer Afterglow: Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society. 9:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Krannert Center, Urbana. Free. 333-6280.

Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Great Hall Series. Tickets $10-$51. 333-6280.

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

Kevin Sanders, tuba. Guest artist recital, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., U. Tuba professor, University of Memphis. Free.

Ian Hobson, piano. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $4-$10. 333-6280.

The Flower Jax in concert. 8:30 p.m. March 1, William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Local musicians Kenna Mae Reiss and Chris Strand present a night of heartfelt songwriting, beautiful harmonies and intricate guitar and mandolin work. Tickets $5 at the door. 351-2446.

The Beckman Institute’s Thursdays at 12:20 Concert Series. Featuring Urban Brass Quintet, 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. March 6, atrium, Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U. The series features performances by members of the UI School of Music.

Ai Yamaguchi, flute. Urbana Pops Orchestra recital series, 2 p.m. March 9, Urbana Free Library, auditorium on the lower level, 210 W. Green St. Urbana Pops Orchestra professional and student musicians showcased at recitals through May 17. April 13, Lydia Tang, viola. May 17, Sara Sasaki, violin Free. urbanapops.org.

Lydia Tang, viola. Urbana Pops Orchestra recital series, 2 p.m. April 13, Urbana Free Library, auditorium on the lower level, 210 W. Green St. Urbana Pops Orchestra professional and student musicians showcased at recitals through May 17. May 17, Sara Sasaki, violin Free. urbanapops.org.

Sara Sasaki, violin. Urbana Pops Orchestra recital series, 2 p.m. May 17, Urbana Free Library, auditorium on the lower level, 210 W. Green St. Urbana Pops Orchestra professional and student musicians showcased at recitals through May 17. urbanapops.org.

Dancing

This weekend

Ballroom dance. 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday, the Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy. Social ballroom dancing, casual attire, no partner needed. $9. 359-5333, regentballroom.com.

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’ Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Jan. 17, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Billy Mathews and His Old Time Players (old Missouri tunes). Scott Meyer and Matt Turino, callers. No partner, costume or experience necessary. New dancer orientation at 7:30 p.m. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4. urbana-contra.org.

C-U West Coast Swing Dancers’ Third Sunday Dance. 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 19, Pizza M, 208 W. Main St., U. Third Sunday each month. $5 cash or credit/debit; $2, students/newcomers. cuwestcoastswingdancers.com, lessonscuwestcoastdancers@gmail.com.

Next week

Country music and dancing. 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 24, 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.

Future highlights

Urbana Country Dancers’ Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Jan. 31, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Mean Lids. Wade Pearson, caller. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Workshop, “Connection in Contra Dance,” 6:45 p.m.; led by Scott Meyer. New dancer orientation at 7:30 p.m. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4. urbana-contra.org.

Urbana Country Dancers’ Contra Dance. 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 7, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Music by Got Your Back Stringband. Kristi Emilsson, caller. No partner, costume or experience necessary. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $5; students and seniors, $4. New dancer orientation at 7:30 p.m. urbana-contra.org.

Tango at KAM. 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 8, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Afternoon of tango dancing. Music by Tangotta (Armand Beaudoin, Dorothy Martirano, Chris Reyman, George Turner). For experienced dancers as well as those trying tango for the first time. Organized by Melih Sener and Chantelle Hougland. Free. 333-1861.

Country dancing. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Feb. 8, Sidney Town Hall. Line and couples, singles welcome. Second Saturday of each month except June, July and August. Admission $5. 351-4110.

English Country Dancing. 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 9, Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U. Hosted by Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Music by local musicians. Dancers of all ages are welcome. All dances taught. Partners, costumes and experience not required. Bring soft-soled, nonmarking, nonstreet shoes. Admission $2. 359-8225, centralillinoisecd.org.

Starlite Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 12, CRIS Healthy Aging Center, 309 N. Franklin St., Danville. For ballroom dancers of all ages. Music by the band, Len and Lois. $10. 443-2999.

BluesCENTRAL monthly blues dance. 8:30 p.m. to midnight Feb. 14, 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.

C-U West Coast Swing Dancers’ Third Sunday Dance. 7 to 10 p.m. March 16, Pizza M, 208 W. Main St., U. Third Sunday each month. $5 cash or credit/debit; $2, students/newcomers. cuwestcoastswingdancers.com, lessonscuwestcoastdancers@gmail.com.

Performing arts

This weekend

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. Family-friendly show, 7 p.m. the last Friday of each month, followed by the regular features at 8. $5. 356-7805, zooimprov.com, contact@zooimprov.com.

Next week

Moscow Festival Ballet. “Swan Lake,” 7 p.m. Jan. 21; “Giselle,” 7 p.m. Jan. 22; and “Cinderella,” 7 p.m. Jan. 23; Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$45. 333-6280.

The Sleepy Creek Gong Show. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 24, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 N. Road, Fairmount. Show off your skills and have some fortified fun. Music, improv, sketch, comedy, magic, spoken word, poetry, impressions, dance — anything goes. Each performance has six minutes. Must be 18 or older to attend or perform. Free. Kayla@sleepycreekvineyards.com.

Lions in Winter 2014. 7 p.m. Jan. 24 and 9 a.m. Jan. 25, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University campus, Charleston. EIU’s English Department and College of Arts and Humanities’ annual literary festival features visiting writer and genre workshops, lectures, readings, book fair and more. Workshops, editors’ panel, Jan. 25; cost $40; lionsinwinter.org/registration/. Students may register and attend the visiting writer workshops for free; $10 to add the lunch. Readings by writers, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; free and open to the public. Keynote readings, Friday by Jami Attenberg; Saturday by Jason Koo, Alissa Nutting and Ryan Van Meter. lionsinwinter.org, information@lionsinwinter.org.

Future highlights

Chinese New Year Celebration. 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 1, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Join in the celebration at the library through a variety of cultural traditions, including arts and crafts activities and performances by local groups, including children from the Chinese Heritage School, the Chinese Student and Scholars Association and Japan Intercultural Network. Sponsored by the UI Asian American Cultural Center and the Champaign Public Library, and supported by a UI public engagement grant. 403-2070.

SPEAK Cafe. “Black Like Me: My African Memoirs,” 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 6, Krannert Art Museum, Palette Cafe, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Open-mic public space for hip-hop, activism and black power expression. Organized and moderated by Aaron Ammons. Free. 333-1861.

‘February Dance: Hybridity.’ Illinois Theatre Series, Dance at Illinois Series, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 to 8; Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$17. Dessert and conversation, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Krannert Room; tickets $7. 333-6280.

Winter Tales. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, U. Concert of American Indian tales, told during the winter months, the traditional time of telling. Sponsored by an endowment from Reginald and Gladys Laubin. 244-3355.

The Sleepy Creek Gong Show. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount. Show off your skills and have some fortified fun. Music, improv, sketch, comedy, magic, spoken word, poetry, impressions, dance — anything goes. Each performance has six minutes. Must be 18 or older to attend or perform. Free. Kayla@sleepycreekvineyards.com, 773-0330.

Theater

This weekend

‘The Paisley Convertible.’ 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday brunch, Jan. 16 through March 2; Conklin’s Barn II Dinner Theatre, Goodfield. Buffets at 6 p.m. for evening performances and noon Sunday. Full buffet performances. Tickets $33-$37. 309-965-2545, barn2.com.

‘Welcome to the Big Top: A Peek Behind the Curtain.’ Parkland College’s 23rd annual student production, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 and 18; Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Free. Donations accepted. Proceeds to benefit the Randall Millas Scholarship Fund and Bernard Works Technical Theatre Award. Reservations encouraged. Pre-show dinner, 6 p.m. Jan. 17; tickets $15; only available to those who reserve ahead. 351-2528, parkland.edu/theatre.

Next week

‘The Cemetery Club.’ 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25, 2:30 p.m. Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1; Phoenix Theatre, 1406 N. Market St., Monticello. Tickets $12.50. monticellotheatre.org.

‘Good Boys and True.’ 8 p.m. Jan. 23-26, Jan. 29 to Feb. 2 and Feb. 5-8; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000, stationtheatre.com.

Future highlights

‘The Demo.’ 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center, Urbana. Together with eDream and Krannert Center, innovative composer and genre-bending performer Mikel Rouse and his creative colleagues harness today’s latest digital media technology in the creation of a dynamic, new, hybrid theater form. Tickets $10-$30. 333-6280.

‘I Bet Your Life.’ Red Mask Players, 8 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2 p.m. Feb. 2, 8 p.m. Feb. 7 and 8 and 2 p.m. Feb. 9; Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St., Danville. 442-5858, redmaskplayers.com/reservations.htm.

‘9 to 5: The Musical.’ Danville Light Opera, dinner theater, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15 and 12:30 p.m. Feb. 16; Bremer Theater, Danville Area Community College, Danville. Doors open, 6 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15, noon Feb. 16. Tickets $22 and $34. $1 processing fee. danvillelightopera.com.

‘The Sullivan Project | Lost Lake.’ Illinois Theatre Series, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 to 7, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9; Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana. Tickets $10-$18. 333-6280.

‘Wait Until Dark.’ Parkland Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13-15, 20-22 and 3 p.m. Feb. 23; Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Romantic, comedy classic. Tickets $12-$14; $10 each for groups of 15 or more. “Pay What You Can Night,” Feb. 13. “Half-Price Night,” Feb. 20. In collaboration with Parkland College’s Hospitality Department, a combination dinner and show package is available on Feb. 21 for $30. 351-2528, parkland.edu/theatre.

Outdoors / nature

Recurring

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. 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. wachtel@comcast.net, 649-6861.

Next week

School’s Out: Bald Eagles. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 20, Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Learn all about the bald eagle. Try your hand at building an eagle’s nest outside, then come inside for hot chocolate or tea and fun family eagle crafts. Free. 896-2455, ehenson@ccfpd.org.

Owl Prowls. 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 25, Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. Explore Busey Woods at night and search for owls with Illinois Natural History Survey avian specialist Tara Beveroth. Learn owl calls and explore owl pellets. Meet Anita Purves Nature Center’s resident screech owls while you warm up with hot chocolate. 367-1544.

Future highlights

New Moon Hike. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30, Sangamon River Forest Preserve, 2797 County Road 600 E, Fisher. Guided hike during the new moon to explore the landscapes of the savanna and the stars. Dress for the weather. $2. Registration required. 896-2455, cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

Owl Prowls. 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 1, Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. Explore Busey Woods at night and search for owls with Illinois Natural History Survey avian specialist Tara Beveroth. Learn owl calls and explore owl pellets. Meet Anita Purves Nature Center’s resident screech owls while you warm up with hot chocolate. 367-1544.

Critter Care. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 3, Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. Have an up-close visit with resident wild animals. Get a behind-the-scenes look at their care and learn all about how these animals survive in the wild. Free. Registration required. 896-2455, ehenson@ccfpd.org.

Home School Program: Nature of Winter. 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 7, Elks Lake Pavilion, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 109 S. Lake of the Woods Road, Mahomet. Explore physical and behavioral adaptations that allow local flora and fauna to survive winter, and hike to observe these firsthand. For children 8 and up; parental accompaniment is not required. $3. Register by Feb. 3. 896-2455, sclementz@ccfpd.org.

Owl Prowl. 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7, Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. This program begins indoors with a slide show; then hit the trails to call and search for owls. $4; children 2 and younger, free. Registration required. 896-2455, cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

Owl Prowl. 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 13, Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer. This program begins indoors with a slide show; then hit the trails to call and search for owls. $4; children 2 and younger, free. Registration required. 896-2455, cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

Couples Valentine Hike. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U. A romantic hike through Busey Woods in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Anita Purves Nature Center staff will guide you on an evening winter woods hike where we will call for owls. Hot beverages and treats provided. 367-1544.

UI museums

Krannert Art Museum. 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Exhibitions starting Jan. 24, with a public opening reception, 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 23 are: “Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls” through April 6, “Art as Provocation” through May 4, and “Auto-Graphics: Recent Drawings by Victor Ekpuk” and “Mandala Flea Market Mutants” through July 27. “Encounters: The Arts of Africa,” permanent display. Winter hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday. Spring hours (beginning Jan. 23): 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 Monday. Admission free, but $3 donation suggested. 333-1860, kam.illinois.edu.

Spurlock Museum. 600 S. Gregory St., U. Continuing through Jan. 16, an innovative method for stopping infestations — a portable heating tent — will be in use and on public display in the museum. Special installation and demonstration, “Some Like It Hot!,” 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 16, America’s Gallery. “Inspired by ... Works of the C-U Spinners & Weavers Guild,” through March 9. Exhibit area, “First Impressions: Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals,” features 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, spurlock.illinois.edu.

Other museums

Bicentennial Art Center and Museum. 132 S. Central Ave., Paris. Exhibit, “Members Only,” opening reception, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17, through Feb. 14. “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, 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, 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. Regular hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: adults, $10; seniors and active/retired military, $8; children K-12, $5; 4 and younger, free. 893-1613, aeromuseum.org.

Orpheum Children’s Science Museum. 346 N. Neil St., C. “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. 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, 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. “How the Sousa Band Music Library Came to the University of Illinois,” through June 2. “A Musical Life: The Travels of Otto Mesloh,” through June 30. “Traveling America’s Early Highways: A Strothkamp Family Road Trip 1920-1930,” through July 7. “Celebrating the Harding-Hindsley-Begian-Keene Band Legacy at the University of Illinois,” through Aug. 18. “Live from the Crossroads: A Snapshot of Champaign-Urbana’s Local Music Scene 1980-2000,” through Sept. 29. 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, some holidays. Free, but donations accepted. For guided tours: 244-9309 or sousa@uiuc.edu.

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, 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 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. Admission $2; under 12, $1. 431-0034, vcwm@comcast.net, vcwm.org.

Planetarium

William M. Staerkel Planetarium. Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Admission $4-$5. 351-2568, 351-2446.
— Sky show: “Winter Prairie Skies,” 7 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 17 through March 14.
— Main feature: “Skywatchers of Africa,” 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 17 through Feb. 28.
— Children’s feature: “In My Backyard,” 7 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 18 through March 8.

Exhibits

Asian American Cultural Center. 1210 W. Nevada St., U. “Child of the World” art exhibit by Jessica Lee Rojas, through Jan. 28. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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 ninth display, “Railroad Lanterns,” through Jan. 31. 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.

Champaign Public Library. Second floor, 200 W. Green St., and Hillel — Cohen Center for Jewish Life, 503 E. John St., C. “Photo Exhibit of International Children Saved by Israeli Humanitarian Organization,” hosted by the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation and University of Illinois Hillel. On Feb. 9, David Litwack, U.S. executive director of Save a Child’s Heart, will visit discuss SACH at 4 p.m. at the library. The exhibit will be on display from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. and then will move to the Hillel Lounge at Cohen Center for Jewish Life. Litwack also will host a Skype session between children at Sinai Temple and SACH patients in Israel, and will be available for questions on the Quad on Feb. 10. Hillel hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. shalomcu.org, illinihillel.org, www.saveachildsheart.org.

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.

Illini Union Art Gallery. Northwest wing of Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. “Love Less Violently,” through Jan. 31, follows the summer’s show, “So Many Beasts of Burden.” University artists Maria Lux, Shayna Egan and Cherie Fanning will showcase new pieces, both wearable and for display only. Hours: 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. 300-7889.

Institute 4 Creativity. Second floor, 111 S. Walnut St., C. Photography exhibit, “People, Places & Things,” by local photographers Roger Inman, W. T. Payne and Jessica Lewis Watson, opening reception, 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 18, through Feb. 15. Gallery hours: 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. 417-1667, bill@institute4creativity.org.

Parkland Art Gallery. 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. “State of the Art 2013-2014: National Biennial Ceramics Invitational,” through Feb. 1. Art demonstration by exhibiting artist Don Pilcher, 1:15 p.m. Jan. 22, S building on the campus’ south side. 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 Jan. 20. 351-2485, artgallery.parkland.edu.

Tarble Arts Center. South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue, EIU, Charleston. “KIOSK” by Dan Devening, opens with a lecture, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16, followed by an informal reception and viewing. Through March 9, Brainard Gallery. Free. “The 2013-14 Tarble Humanities Exhibition: Kate Brooks In the Light of Darkness: A Photographer’s Journey after 9/11” and “Non-Text: Text as Image,” both through Feb. 23, 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 including Feb. 14. 581-2787, eiu.edu/~tarble/.

UI Library. 1401 W. Gregory Drive, U. “Babylon to Baseball: Recent Additions to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library,” opens Jan. 24, through May 16, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Room 346, north side of the Main Library. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 333-3777, library.illinois.edu/rbx/.

University YMCA. Murphy Gallery, 1001 S. Wright St., C. “Artwork to Support Local Efforts for Clean Water Resources” by Kim Curtis, ends Jan. 19. 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. “We Have Faith: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Clergy and People of Faith Speak Out,” opening reception, 5 p.m. Jan. 23, viewing and light refreshments, followed by curator talk. A traveling photography-text exhibition featuring well-known LGBTQ and allied clergy and people of faith from many traditions and denominations, including Christians, Jews and Muslims. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. 337-1500, 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, urbanaillinois.us/artexhibits.

Galleries

Cinema Gallery. 120 W. Main St., U. “The Potters of Mata Ortiz,” ends Jan. 18. Handmade, hand-painted pots from Mata Ortiz, Mexico. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Indi Go Artist Co-Op. 9 E. University Ave., C. “Forest to Table,” a show of furniture by Daniel Schneider and landscape photography by Michael Johnson, opening reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 24, through Feb. 3. Hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 904-613-2623, indigo.coop@gmail.com, 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. 762-8248, redhousegallery.net, redhousegallery@yahoo.com.

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, thewhitedovegarden.com, alisachapman@thewhitedovegarden.com.

 

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