Entertainment listings, Dec. 7-14, 2017

Entertainment listings, Dec. 7-14, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

HOOPESTON'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW

What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: Light displays, 5 to 11 p.m. every evening, Dec. 7 until Jan. 2, 2018.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info:Call 217-495-2800 or 217-274-2956.

HOLIDAY WONDERLAND

What: View one of the biggest Christmas Village display in the Midwest. Over 500 Department 56 lighted houses and accessories. There will be an interactive village for children. American Cancer Society fundraiser.

When 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 9, noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 10, 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13, 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 15, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 16, noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 17, 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 20, 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 22, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 23, noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 24.

Where:Lincoln Square, in the Art Mart Cafe on the south end of the mall, Urbana.

Cost: View for free. All donations go to American Cancer Society.

More info:Call 217-979-1504 or email jill@champaignrelay.org.

'CRISIS NURSERY HOLIDAY SHOP'

What: Volunteers assist children, toddlers through 12 years of age, in choosing holiday gifts for their family and friends. Proceeds from this fundraiser help fund our Strong Families and Safe Children Programs.

When: 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 9.

Where: Lincoln Square, Urbana.

Cost: All items under $10.

More info: Call 217-337-2731 or crisisnursery.net.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT BUNKER HILL

What: The historic buildings will be lighted for the public to enjoy.

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7-31.

Where: Bunker Hill Historic Area, Kennekuk County Park, 22296-A Henning Road, Danville.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-442-1691 or vccd.org.

HOLIDAY SHOWCASE

What:The Kirby Winter Wellness Walk (free) kicks-off during All is Bright opening night event (tickets required). Tour the decorated mansion, festive performances throughout the day, shop for gifts from area businesses and artisans and make reservations (advance purchase required) for a buffet lunch. End the day with a carriage ride around the estate.

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10. Tours at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Lunch buffet, 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10.

Where: Allerton Park and Retreat Center, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello.

Cost: Showcase, $10. Showcase plus lunch, $28. Ages 5 and younger free.

More info: Allerton.illinois.edu or call 217-333-3287.

Next week

A MAGICAL DAY WITH SANTA AND FRIENDS

What: Santa and his friends are visiting Carnival Land inside Dallas & Company. This is a family event and all ages are welcome. Santa visits from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with holiday magic shows at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. Bring your cameras.

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 16 and 23.

Where: Dallas & Company, 101 E. University Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-351-5974 or Dallasandco.com.

'HOLIDAY WHODUNIT'

What: Holiday murder mystery. Solve the crime at the Ugly Sweater Shindig. Lunch games, prizes and more as you sift through clues to find the culprit.

When: Noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 16.

Where: Douglass Community Center, 512 E. Grove St., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-398-2573 or email tiffany.white@champaignparks.com.

Future highlights

ILLINI FARM TOY SHOW AND AUCTION

What: Hosted by Champaign County Farm Bureau Young Ag Leaders and Vermilion County Farm Bureau Young Leaders. lots of farm toy vendors and collectible items with featured items available at a live consignment auction. The Farm Bureau Learning Barn will be available for hands-on agricultural play time. Kids scavenger hunts will be available again with small prizes for completed hunts.

When: 3 to 7 p.m. Jan. 5 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 6. Auction, 10:30 a.m. Jan. 6.

Where: Wyndham Garden Hotel, 1001 W. Killarney St., U.

Cost: Adults, $3; kids (6-12), $2; under 6 years old, free.

More info: Email lynnann85@gmail.com or call 970-420-4765.

URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS

What: Presented by Imbibe Urbana. Something different each month. Live local, social culture. Family friendly — for everyone. Check online for details closer to the date.

When: 4 to 11:45 p.m. Jan. 5.

Where: 100 S. Race St., U.

More info: imbibeurbana.com, Imbibe Urbana - Home | Facebook or email imbibeurbana@gmail.com.

PAULA POUNDSTONE

What: Heralded as one of our country's foremost comics. Presented by Exceptional Artists in partnership with Champaign Park District.

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $49.50-$58.50.

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

What:The Harlem Globetrotters are legendary worldwide, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills for the past 91 years.

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 19.

Where: State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., C.

Cost: $20-$85 plus fees.

More info: Call 866-455-4641, 217-333-2923 or statefarmcenter.com/events.

FILMS

Next week

THE NEWS-GAZETTE FILM SERIES: THE BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIES EVER

What: "Home Alone" (1990). Rated PG. 103 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 11.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: $6. Additional $1 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

THE NEWS-GAZETTE FILM SERIES: THE BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIES EVER

What: "White Christmas" (1954). Rated G. 120 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 12.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: $6. Additional $1 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

THE NEWS-GAZETTE FILM SERIES: THE BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIES EVER

What: "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946). Rated PG. 130 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: $6. Additional $1 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

MOVIE

What: Open to any and all Melvin area residents. Bring a rug or blanket to sit on.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 15.

Where: Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-388-2440 or melvinillinois.org.

Future highlights

HOLIDAY IN WHOVILLE

What: Watch Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (with Jim Carrey), followed by pictures with Santa, crafts, caroling and hot chocolate. After the show, enjoy the holiday lights and trolley rides around West Side Park.

When: 1 p.m. Dec. 17.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: $3, free for children 2 years and younger.

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

JANUARY REEL DEALS

What: "Rocky." Rated PG. 120 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 2 and 4.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: $5; additional $1 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

REEL DEALS: SPECIAL FEATURE

What: "Find Nemo," 1 p.m. Rated G. 100 minutes. "Finding Dory," 7 p.m. Rated PG. 97 minutes.

When: 1 and 7 p.m. Jan. 6.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: $5; additional $1 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

JANUARY REEL DEALS

What: "Braveheart." Rated R. 180 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 9 and 11.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: $5; additional $1 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

MUSIC

This weekend

KRANNERT UNCORKED

What: This week's music features Faye Ballard, ragtime music. Wine samples selected and served by Southern Distributing.

When: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7.

Where: Stage 5, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

DANVILLE HIGH SCHOOL MADRIGAL DINNER

What: Step back into medieval times, with period decorations and costumes, music and of course delicious food. Pick up tickets at Will Call at the entrance of church on night of reservations.

When: 6 p.m. Dec. 7.

Where: St. James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Cost: Tickets $15-$25.

More info: https://secure.affinipay.com/pages/danvillehighschoolvocalmusicboosters/madrigals or call 217-213-2590.

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

What: "Music of the Season," holiday concert also includes soloists Josefien Stoppelenburg, soprano, and Kate Tombaugh, mezzo-soprano, joined by the Central Illinois Children's Chorus.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $5-$40.

More info: cusymphony.org, krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

UI WIND SYMPHONY

What: The symphony premieres new works, travels to national and international events, and sets the standard for band performance and training. Its members excel at playing the traditional band repertoire, works for small chamber groups, and innovative new pieces.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info: krannertcenter.com, sinfonia.illinois.edu or call 217-333-6280.

MADRIGAL DINNERS

What: The High School of Saint Thomas More Music and Drama present their Annual Madrigal Feast! A three-course meal, Wassail Toast, and entertainment.

When: 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9.

Where: The High School of St. Thomas More, 3901 N. Mattis Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $30.

More info: Call 217-352-7210 or stmmusicanddrama.ludus.com/

PARKLAND COLLEGE CONCERT SERIES

What: Parkland Pops will perform hit tunes from the 1980s.

When: 1 p.m. Dec. 9.

Where: Parkland College, Second Stage, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free and open to the public.

More info: faa.parkland.edu/music/ensembles.html.

PRAIRIE BREEZES PRESENTS ALMOST "A" TRIO

What: Join musicians Sam Gingher, Armand Beaudoin and Dorothy Martirano for an eclectic mix of gypsy jazz, classical, and other instrumental music. Piano, didgeridoo, accordion, piccolo bass, and violin will all be presented in this family concert.

When:1:30 to 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

When:The Urbana Free Library, Lewis Auditorium, ground floor, 210 W. Green St.

Cost: Free.

More info:Call 217-367-4057 urbanafreelibrary.org.

CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES

What: Program of classical guitar music,featuring Classical Guitar with Guido Sanchez-Portuguez, lecturer in guitar at the University of Illinois School of Music.. Sponsored in part by the UI School of Music and Krannert Art Museum.

When: 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 9.

Where: Krannert Art Museum, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

Cost: Free.

More info: kam.illinois.edu or call 217-333-1861.

AMASONG CHORUS

What: Winter concert, "A Concert of Songs that Soar." Music by women who look to the skies for inspiration, strength and comfort.

When:4 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10.

Where: McKinley Presbyterian Church, 809 S. Fifth St., C.

Cost: Suggested donation, $10-$20.

More info:Call 217-328-6828 or http://amasong.org/.

THE CHORALE

What: "Music in the Air." Special guests, the Sycamore Brass, a quintet of brass instruments that will showcase their classic and toe-tapping selections. The evening will end with a carol sing, accompanied by the brass and members of The Chorale.

When:7 p.m. Dec. 9.

Where: Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $15 at the door.

More info:Call 217-586-2970 or thechorale.org

DANVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

What: "Home for Christmas." Enjoy all of your favorite Christmas tunes with Chicago cabaret duo Menzie & Michael along with the award-winning Danville High School Show Choir.

When: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 9.

Where: Dick Van Dyke Auditorium, Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St.

Cost: Tickets $5-$35.

More info: Call 217-443-5300 or danvillesymphony.org.

ANDREW PETERSON PRESENTS BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD

What:Presented by Gather Round Productions. Peterson has created a long line of songs that ache with sorrow, joy, and integrity, and that are, at the end of the day, part of a real, ongoing, human conversation.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 9.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $25-$40; additional $3 per-ticket service charges (online only).

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

SLEEPY CREEK MUSIC

What: Free Music Sunday event features The Bashful Youngens, an Americana band out of Champaign, featuring Carrie Chandler and Aaron Short.

When: Food by Rosati's Pizza Catering, noon to 4-ish p.m.; music, 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 10.

Where:Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount.

Cost:Music is free.

More info: Call 217-733-0330 or sleepycreekvineyards.com.

ANNUAL CAROL CONCERT

What: UI School of Music. A festive tradition, this concert joins choruses, instrumentalists, and audience members in a celebration of the winter season.

When: 3 p.m. Dec. 10.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info: krannertcenter.com, sinfonia.illinois.edu or call 217-333-6280.

PARKLAND COLLEGE CONCERT SERIES

What: "Gaudete," a joint winter concert by Parkland Concert Band and Parkland Orchestra .

When: 3 p.m. Dec. 10.

Where: Harold and Jean Miner Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free and open to the public.

More info: faa.parkland.edu/music/calendar.html

COLES COUNTY BARBERSHOP CHORUS

What: Concert to benefit Moultrie County Beacon, featuring secular and sacred music. South of Normal Quartet, winners of the Illinois District Quartet Championship in early October, will be guest performers.

When: 5 p.m. Dec. 10.

Where: Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan.

Cost: Free admission, however, a donation will be taken.

More info: thelittletheatre.org or call 217-728-7375.

Next week

OPEN TRADITIONAL SONG SESSION

What: Sing traditional songs (and new songs that are "in the tradition"). Irish rebel, Scottish love, Appalachian murder ballads, English drinking songs; cowboy, sailor and railroad songs; spirituals, protest, war and anti-war songs. Instruments welcome; no singing experience required.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11 (second and fifth Mondays of every month).

Where: Meet in the hallway behind Common Ground Food Co-op at Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email cu_chanteys@maden.org.

BLUEGRASS ACOUSTIC JAM SESSION

When: 7 p.m. every Tuesday.

Where: Meet in the hallway near Spark Museum and Play Café at Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-621-2631 or email kleiss@illinois.edu.

ILLINI STRINGS

What: UI School of Music. This string orchestra performs music from the classics to music written in the 21st century. Musicians in the orchestra are comprised of non-music majors from all across the Illinois campus.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info: krannertcenter.com, sinfonia.illinois.edu or call 217-333-6280.

UI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

What: The premier orchestra at the University of Illinois will perform a variety of works in this concert.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info: krannertcenter.com, sinfonia.illinois.edu or call 217-333-6280.

BECKMAN INSTITUTE'S THURSDAYS AT 12:20 CONCERT SERIES

What: Featuring Concert Jazz Band quartet featuring Chip McNeill. The series features performances by members of the University of Illinois School of Music. The Beckman Institute Café is open for lunch during the concerts.

When: 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. Dec. 14.

Where: Atrium, Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U.

More info: Email communications@beckman.illinois.edu or http://beckman.illinois.edu/events/calendars/thursday-concerts.

MARTINA MCBRIDE

What: "The Joy of Christmas." Fourteen time Grammy nominee Martina McBride brings everything to get you in the Christmas spirit with her Joy Of Christmas Tour. Martina's fans, and anyone who wants to help get clean diapers to babies in need, can drop off diaper donations at Bottom Line Diaper Bank's Stuff the Truck diaper drive anytime between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 14, directly in front of The Virginia Theater.

When: 8 p.m. Dec. 14.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: $49.50-$125; additional $6 processing fee applied (online only).

More info: Call 356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY IN MONTICELLO

What:Bement Country Opry Band's Christmas Show. Monticello Masonic Lodge will have a dinner before the show.

When: Dinner, 5 p.m.; doors open, 6 p.m.; show at 7 p.m. Dec. 15.

Where: Monticello Community Ballroom above the library, 201 State St.

Cost: Tickets $10; dinner, $10.

More info: bementcountryopry.com, call 217-377-0550, 217-897-1662 or email brake4music@hotmail.com.

Future highlights

UFLIVE! PRESENTS CARL JOHNSON AND THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ MACHINE

What: The library's annual holiday concert with the local Dixieland sextet, led by Carl Johnson on clarinet. Your spirits will be lifted and your toes will be tapping as you listen to swinging New Orleans-style jazz.

When: 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 17.

Where: Urbana Free Library, 200 W. Green St.

Cost:Free.

More info: Call 217-367-4405.

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY IN MONTICELLO

What: New Year's Celebration with the Bement Country Opry Band. Potluck dinner will be served before the show. Bring a dish to share. Ham and table service and drink will be provided.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 29.

Where: Monticello Community Ballroom above the library, 201 State St.

Cost: Tickets $10.

More info: bementcountryopry.com, call 377-0550, 897-1662 or email brake4music@hotmail.com.

OPEN TRADITIONAL SONG SESSION

What: Sing traditional songs (and new songs that are "in the tradition"). Irish rebel, Scottish love, Appalachian murder ballads, English drinking songs; cowboy, sailor and railroad songs; spirituals, protest, war and anti-war songs. Instruments welcome; no singing experience required.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 8 (second and fifth Mondays of every month).

Where: Meet in the hallway behind Common Ground Food Co-op at Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email cu_chanteys@maden.org.

SEA CHANTEY SING

What: Sing sea chanteys, the energetic work songs of the sailors, and other songs of the ocean, the inland waters, the fishers, dockworkers and the ports. Singing experience is not required.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 22 (fourth Monday of every month).

Where: Meet in the hallway behind Common Ground Food Coop at Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana.

More info: Email cu_chanteys@maden.org.

MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA

What: Marquee Great Hall Series. The evening includes Pianist Inon Barnantan joining the Grammy Award-winning orchestra for Tchaikovsky's "Piano Concerto No. 1."

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$53.

More info: krannertcenter.com, sinfonia.illinois.edu or call 217-333-6280.

JIJI, GUITAR

What: Sunday Salon Series, featuring the Concert Artists Guild Winner.

When: 3 p.m. Jan. 28.

Where: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $5-$53.

More info: krannertcenter.com, sinfonia.illinois.edu or call 217-333-6280.

OPEN TRADITIONAL SONG SESSION

What: Sing traditional songs (and new songs that are "in the tradition"). Irish rebel, Scottish love, Appalachian murder ballads, English drinking songs; cowboy, sailor and railroad songs; spirituals, protest, war and anti-war songs. Instruments welcome; no singing experience required.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 29 (second and fifth Mondays of every month).

Where: Meet in the hallway behind Common Ground Food Co-op at Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email cu_chanteys@maden.org.

JOEL FAN

What: Fan re-invents the piano recital by illuminating the rare and unexpected. Sponsored by the EIU Classical Music Artists Series New + Emerging Arts program.

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31.

Where: Recital Hall,Doudna Fine Arts Center, 1860 S. Seventh St., Charleston.

Cost: $7-$16.

More info: eiu.edu/doudna, call 217-581-3110 or email doudnatix@eiu.edu.

DANCING

This weekend

ILLINI SWING SOCIETY WEEKLY DANCE

What: Weekly swing dancing. All are welcome. No special shoes or dress required.

When: 9 to 11 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 7 and 14.

Where:Room 314, YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., U.

Cost: Free.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Bachata lesson, 7 p.m. Open dancing, 7:30 to 10 p.m.

When: 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 8.

Where: Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

Cost: Admission, $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 217-359-5333.

CONTRA DANCE

What: Urbana Country Dancers' event featuring music by The Young and the Fretless, with caller, Jonathan Sivier. No partner or experience needed. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. New dancer orientation at 7:30 p.m.

When: 8 to 11 p.m. Dec. 8.

Where: Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U.

Cost: $5; students and seniors, $4.

More info: urbana-contra.org.

HOOPESTON MULTI AGENCY SENIOR CHRISTMAS BALL

What: Join us for a fun Christmas party with gifts and music by the Dixie Flyer Band.

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 9.

Where:Hoopeston Multi-Agency Service Center, Community Room, 206 S. First Ave., Hoopeston.

Cost:$5.

More info:Call 217-283-5544 or email director@hoopestonmultiagency.com.

DINNER AND DANCE

What: Dance, featuring country and rock 'n' roll music by Logan Kirby and the Stone Creek Band. Goulash dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Bar food available.

When: 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 9.

Where: Veterans of Foreign Wars Jewell Whyte Post 728, 8 Pine St., Danville.

Cost: $7. Dinner, $5.

More info: Call 217-442-1227.

COUNTRY DANCING

What: Public dances. Bands include Broken Prairie on the first Saturday of the month, Caleb Cook Band on the second, Battle Creek on the third.Champaign Country Opry, featuring Chrissy Sparks Band with guests, on the last Saturday.

When: 7 to 10 p.m. every Saturday except on Country Opry Night (7 to 9 p.m.).

Where: Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C.

Cost: $5; last Saturday of each month, $10.

More info: Call 217-398-9527.

Next week

BLUES DANCING

What:Open to general public. No dance experience required. No partner required.

When: Beginner lessons, 6:30 to 7 p.m.; dancing, 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11.

Where: Pizza M, back room, 208 W. Main St., U.

Cost: Lessons and dancing are free.

More info: join the facebook group BluesCENTRAL.

More info: illiniswing.org.

INTERNATIONAL DANCING

What: Sponsored by the Illini Folk Dance Society. Features mostly easy and intermediate dances from around the world.No previous experience or partner is needed. Nordic / Germanic Night, Dec. 12.

When: 8 to 10 p.m. Dec. 12.

Where: Room 314, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. Check schedule in north lobby because room assignments get changed without notice.

Cost: Free.

More info: https://illinifolkdancesociety.weebly.com/

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Holiday dance. Open dancing.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Dec. 15.

Where: Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

Cost: Admission, $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 217-359-5333.

CONTRA DANCE

What: Urbana Country Dancers' event featuring music by Meadowhawk, with caller, open calling. No partner or experience needed. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. New dancer orientation at 7:30 p.m.

When: 8 to 11 p.m. Dec. 15.

Where: Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U.

Cost: $5; students and seniors, $4.

More info: urbana-contra.org.

ENGLISH COUNTRY CHRISTMAS BALL

What: Central Illinois English Country Dancers. Music by local musicians. Dancers of all ages are welcome. All dances will be taught. Partners, costumes and experience are not required. Bring soft-soled, nonmarking, nonstreet shoes.

When: 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 16.

Where: Illini Student Union, second-floor ballroom, 1401 W. Green St., U.

Cost: Admission, $7.

More info: Call 217-359-8225, centralillinoisecd.org/xmas.html or email ciecd-info@centralillinoisecd.org.

TANGO AT KRANNERT ART MUSEUM

What: Tango dancing with music by Tangotta, featuring Armand Beaudoin, bass and cello; Dorothy Martirano, violin; Chris Reyman, keyboard and accordion; and George Turner, guitar. All levels of ability are welcome.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16.

Where: Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email kam@illinois.edu, call 217-333-1861 or kam.illinois.edu.

Future highlights

INTERNATIONAL DANCING

What: Sponsored by the Illini Folk Dance Society. Features mostly easy and intermediate dances from around the world.No previous experience or partner is needed. Winter / Holiday Dances, Dec. 19.

When: 8 to 10 p.m. Dec. 19.

Where: Room 314, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. Check schedule in north lobby because room assignments get changed without notice.

Cost: Free.

More info: https://illinifolkdancesociety.weebly.com/

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Win a Present. Open dancing.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Dec. 22.

Where: Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

Cost: Admission, $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 217-359-5333.

NEW YEAR'S EVE DANCE

What: Come see our ballroom decorated for welcoming 2018 and start your year out dancing. Hors d'oeuvres and desserts, 10 p.m. and champagne at midnight.

When: Doors open at 8 p.m., dancing begins at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31.

Where: Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

Cost: $60. Reservations only.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 359-5333.

ANNUAL CHAMBANA JAN JAM

What: A weekend of music and dance presented by The Urbana Country Dancers, featuring music by The Mean Lids and Sassafras Stomp. Callers Jo Mortland, Scott Meyer, Jonathan Sivier. Friday night dance. Workshops, afternoon and evening dancing, potluck and after-danceparty on Saturday. This year dancing and other activities on Sunday.

When: Jan. 5-7.

Where: Most events at Illini Student Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. Food and after-dance party at Channing-Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon, Urbana

Cost: $5-$55, fees range for workshops, individual dances, all day and full weekend.

More info: urbana-contra.org, call 217-359-8225 or email ucd-info@urbana-contra.org.

INTERNATIONAL DANCING

What: Sponsored by the Illini Folk Dance Society. Features mostly easy and intermediate dances from around the world. No previous experience or partner is needed. Stamping & Clapping Night, Jan. 16.

When: 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 9-Oct. 23.

Where: Room 314, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. Check schedule in north lobby because room assignments get changed without notice.

Cost: Free.

More info: https://illinifolkdancesociety.weebly.com/

PERFORMING ARTS

This weekend

SHOPKINS LIVE!

What:The Shoppies and Shopkins characters will take to the stage, featuring an all new storyline, original pop music and video highlights. The live show features Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint and friends as preparations get underway for Shopville's annual "Funtastic Food and Fashion Fair."

When: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $21.50-$39.50; $100 VIP; Additional $3 per-ticket service charges (online only).

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org.

NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS PUPPET PARTY

What: Get in the holiday spirit. Bring the entire family for the Clothespin Puppets show, refreshments, and a special visitor (bring your cameras). Register by Dec. 6.

When: 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8.

Where: Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave.

More info:Call 217-893-3955.

'THE NUTCRACKER'

What:The traditional holiday performances of Peter Tchaikovsky's ballet by Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and the Champaign Ballet Company.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 2 p.m. Dec. 10.

Where:Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $21-$45.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

Next week

'FROM PRINCE IGOR TO BLACK SQUARE'

What: As a part of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center and the university-wide symposium 10 days that shook the world, Lyric Theatre7:30 p.m. Dec. 13.

Where: Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: krannertcenter.com, sinfonia.illinois.edu or call 217-333-6280.

ZOO IMPROV FRIDAY NIGHT IMPROV

What: Kid-friendly interactive family show at 7 p.m. followed by the Cage-free comedy for the rest of the family at 8:30.

When: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 15.

Where: SoDo Theater, 111 S. Walnut St., C.

Cost: Pay what you wish.

More info: zooimprov.com or email contact@zooimprov.

CHRISTMAS VARIETY SHOW

What: Monticello Theatre Association's Annual Christmas Show and Fundraiser is back with a wonderful line-up of new and former acts. Join us for Christmas cheer and experience our community's premier singers, musicians, and more..

When:4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16.

Where: Phoenix Theater, 1406 N. Market St., Monticello.

Cost: Tickets $10-$15.

More info: Call 217-762-2679, Monticellotheatre.org or email info@monticellotheatre.org.

Future highlights

MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET

What: Marquee Big Mix Series. The beauty of Russian ballet featuring a company of over 50 danders in resplendent costumes. Helmed by Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Sergei Radchenko.

When: "Swan Lake," 7 p.m. Jan. 16; "Don Quixote," 7 p.m. Jan. 17; and "Cinderella," 7 p.m. Jan. 18.

Where: Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$45.

More info: krannertcenter.com, sinfonia.illinois.edu or call 217-333-6280.

SCOTT SILVEN, WONDERS AT DUSK

What: Marquee Big Mix Series. Illusionist, mentalist and performance artist. Far beyond a magic show, an uncommon evening of awe-inspiring intrigue.

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 and 18, 9 p.m. Jan. 19 and 20.

Where: Studio Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$50.

More info: krannertcenter.com, sinfonia.illinois.edu or call 217-333-6280.

THEATER

This weekend

'A CHRISTMAS CAROL'

What: Rod Sickler and Ludlow Theater Group present a fresh adaptation of the classic story by Charles Dickens.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Dec. 10, 7 p.m. Dec. 15, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16, 2 p.m. Dec. 17.

Where: 51 Main, 51. E Main St., C.

Cost: General admission/balcony, $15; reserved VIP, $25.

More info: rodsickler.com or 51main.ticketleap.com.

'THE COLOSSAL CHRISTMAS CAPER'

What: A mystery at Christmas, and it's fun for the whole family. A dinner theater format with on-site catering featuring Amish-style foods.

When: Noon Dec. 8.

Where: Best Western plus Green Mill Village Hotel & Suites and Convention Center, 917 Green Mill Road, Arcola.

Cost: Tickets $40.

More info: gmvtheatre.com, email info@gmvtheatre.com or call 217-268-4400.

'MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY'

What: The Celebration Company. Six runaways from city life embark on a silent meditation retreat.

When: 8 p.m. Dec. 7-9, 3 p.m. Dec. 10, 8 p.m. Dec. 13-16.

Where: Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10, students and seniors; $15, regular, special two for $20, Dec. 8.

More info: Call 217-384-4000 or stationtheatre.com.

'WHITE CHRISTMAS'

What: Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical features 17 Irving Berlin songs.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Dec. 10, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 2 p.m. Dec. 17.

Where: The Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan.

Cost:Tickets $21.75-$37.50.

More info: Call 728-7375 or thelittletheatre.org.

Next week

'THE BEEFHOUSE CHRISTMAS SHOW'

What: The Beef House Dinner Theatre. With Kena Clark, Bryan Jenkins, Belinda Smith, Flyn Williams an Christian Cunningham. Enjoy a fantastic blend of sacred and secular tunes in this 5th annual event. Featuring spectacular costumes and a live band.

When: Evening shows Dec. 14, 15, 16 and 22, doors open at 5 p.m., show at 7 p.m. CDT (6 p.m., show at 8 p.m. EDT); matinees Dec. 17 and 21, doors open at 11:30 p.m., show at 1 p.m. CDT (12:30 p.m., show at 2 p.m. EDT).

Where: The Beef House, 16501 N. State Road 63, Covington, Ind.

Cost: Tickets $45, includes dinner.

More info:beefhouserolls.com or call 765-793-4770.

'HOW THE GROUCH KILLED CHRISTMAS'

What: An audience-interactive holiday murder mystery dinner presented by Champaign Urbana Theatre Company's Seven Corpse Murder Mystery Dinners.Wear your ugly holiday sweater, or any holiday gear for a fun time. Food by Applewood Foods Catering served buffet style.

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 16.

Where: The Dragonfly event center at Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 North Road, Fairmount.

Cost: Tickets $40.

More info: Email events@sleepycreekvineyards.com or call 217-733-0330.

Future highlights

'ANNE OF GREEN GABLES'

What: Red Mask Players. A comedy by Alice Chadwicke, adapted from L.M. Montgomery's novel.

When:8 p.m. Jan. 26 and 27, 2 p.m. Jan. 28, 8 p.m. Feb. 2 and 3, and 2 p.m. Feb. 4, 2018.

Where: Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Cost: Tickets $18-$20.

More info: Call 217-442-5858, email redmaskplayers@hotmail.com or redmaskplayers.com.

'CABARET'

What: The fourth show in the annual Broadway series presented by WCIA 3.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 28, 2018. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., C.

Cost: Tickets $39-$58. Series subscriptions start at $156.

More info: statefarmcenter.com or call 866-455-4641 or 217-333-3470.

'THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL'

What: Presented by Creative Dramatics Workshop.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19-22, 2:30 p.m.Dec. 23.

Where: The Homer Opera House, 101 N. Main St.

Cost: Tickets $7-$10.

More info: homeroperahouse.com, call 217-688-2395 or 217-493-6175.

'FUN HOME'

What: The Celebration Company. Adapted from a graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. Book and lyrics by Lisa Kron..

When: 8 p.m. Jan. 18-21, 24-27, 3 p.m. Jan. 28, 8 p.m. Jan. 31, Feb. 1-3.

Where: Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$15.

More info: Call 217-384-4000 or stationtheatre.com.

'ONLY YOU'

What: Parkland Theatre. 27th Annual Student Production features a student director and all student staff. A quirky, funny, yet romantic urban fairytale.

When:7:30 p.m. Feb. 8-10, 16, 17, 3 p.m. Feb. 18, 2018.

Where: Second Stage, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: All tickets $10.

More info: Call 217-351-2528 or email theatre@parkland.edu.

'THE WIZARD OF OZ'

What: The third show in the annual Broadway series presented by WCIA 3.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 19, 2018. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., C.

Cost: Tickets $39-$58. Series subscriptions start at $156.

More info: Call 866-455-4641 or 217-333-3470 or statefarmcenter.com.

OUTDOORS / NATURE

This weekend

KIRBY WINTER WELLNESS WALK

What:Experience Allerton after dark. Take an enchanting stroll of lights from the Mansion parking lot through the Gardens to the Visitor Center, and festive music.

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Dec. 8 through Jan. 6.

Where: Allerton Park and Retreat Center, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello.

Cost: Walk is free but donations are welcome.

More info: Allerton.illinois.edu or call 217-333-3287.

MODEL ROCKET LAUNCH

What: Central Illinois Aerospace model rocket club. Fliers with rockets of all sizes will be welcome and all spectators are invited to come and watch.Call Greg Smith at 840-1678 around 11 a.m. for status of the launch.

When: Noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 9.

Where: Dodds Park, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: ciarocketry.org, call 217-840-1678 or email operations@ciarocketry.org.

HOMER FOR THE HOLIDAYS

What: Join us for our natural approach to creating unique holiday gifts. Children make and take home presents and decorations. Also, help create treats to decorate the trees outside as a gift to the wildlife that call this preserve home. Come and go as you please during program hours.

When: 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 9.

Where: Salt Fork Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, Homer.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-896-2455 or email jwick@ccfpd.org.

Next week

WINTER FUN RUNS

What: Second Wind Running Club's outdoor group runs a 4- or 6-mile loop through campus and Urbana. All abilities encouraged to attend; determine your own pace per mile.

When: 6 p.m. Tuesdays through March.

Where: Meet at the southwest entrance to the UI Armory (corner of Gregory Drive and Fourth Street).

More info: secondwindrunningclub.org or email funruns@secondwindrunningclub.org.

Future highlights

WINTER SOLSTICE NIGHT HIIKE

What: For ages 6 and up, with a registered adult. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the prairie during the longest night of the year. Explored the night sky and look for signs of wildlife. Pregistration required.

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 21.

Where: Meadowbrook Park, Urbana. Meet at the Race Street parking lot.

Cost: $8, resident; $12 non-resident, by Dec. 7; $9-$14, by Dec. 14.

More info: Call 217-367-1544 or email operations@ciarocketry.org.

MODEL ROCKET LAUNCH

What: Central Illinois Aerospace model rocket club. Fliers with rockets of all sizes will be welcome and all spectators are invited to come and watch.Call Greg Smith at 840-1678 around 11 a.m. for status of the launch.

When: Noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 23.

Where: Dodds Park, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: ciarocketry.org, call 217-840-1678 or email operations@ciarocketry.org.

UI MUSEUMS

Krannert Art Museum

What:"Coveting Nature: Art, Collecting, and Natural History in Early Modern Europe," "Propositions on Revolution (Slogans for a Future)" and "Postwar Printmaking in the United States, 1945-1955," all through Dec. 22.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; KAM After Hours — Thursdays open until 9 p.m. Closed Sundays.

Where: 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

Cost: Museum is free admission; suggested donation, $3.

More info: kam.illinois.edu or call 217-333-1860.

Spurlock Museum

What: Exhibits, "Beauty and Function: Gold Weights of the Akan," Sept. 19 through Dec. 31; and "Knowledge at Work: 150 Years of the University of Illinois" Sept. 12 through Dec. 21, 2018.

When: 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 and university holidays.

Where: 600 S. Gregory St., U.

Cost: Free, suggested donation, $3.

More info: Call 217-333-2360 or spurlock.illinois.edu. For tours, email Kim Sheahan at ksheahan@illinois.edu for reservation.

OTHER MUSEUMS

BICENTENNIAL ART CENTER AND MUSEUM

What: "Works by Paris Artist Millie Arp."

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment; closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Through Dec. 29. Closed holidays.

Where: 132 S. Central Ave., Paris, Ill.

Cost: Free admission.

More info: parisartcenter.com or call 217-466-8130.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM

What: Four exhibits: "When We Went to War," "Champaign County Uncrated," "A Second Home, 150 Years of Living at the University of Illinois" and "The Art of Louise Woodroofe." The museum other highlights include a new community room, formal lobby and gift shop.

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed holidays.

Where: 102 E. University Ave., C.

Cost: Suggested donation, $3.

More info: champaigncountyhistory.org, email President@ChampaignCountyHistory.org or call 217-356-1010.

DOUGLAS COUNTY MUSEUM

What: Meet the generals and exhibit opening for a large, private collection of Civil War Era firearms. To kick off the event, a meal will be served at noon and two actors portraying Civil War Generals, General Custer and General Lee, a part of Grant, Lee, Custer, and Company; A Civil War Living History Troupe, will be in attendance.

When: Noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 9. The firearms will remain on long-term display.

Where: 700 S. Main St. Tuscola.

Cost: Tickets $15 for members of the museum, $20 for non-members.

More info: douglascountymuseum.org or call 217-253-2535.

FARMER CITY MUSEUM

What: Sponsored by the Farmer City Genealogical & Historical Society. Current showcase exhibit honors Malcolm Clarno and his family's life in Farmer City. Clarno was the first Farmer City casualty of World War II. His transport ship, the USAT Dorchester, sunk from a German U-Boat torpedo with 672 soldiers dying.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays; special city events such as the Farmer City Christmas Parade and Heritage Days; or call to set up appointments.

Where: 224 S. Main St., Farmer City.

Cost: Free admission.

More info: Call 309-928-3488 or 309-928-7198, http://fcghsociety.org or email admin@fcghsociety.org.

FORD COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY WATER TOWER MUSEUM

What: An exhibit about the county poor house which became the Ford County Nursing Home before it was sold.The "history wall" on the north exterior wall of the museum is complete which includes four informational signs and a bronze plate about the wall itself.

When: Winter hours, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of each month, December through March. Museum tours can be arranged at other times by calling.

Where: 145 S. Market St., Paxton. In the remodeled city water tower and pump house, adjacent to Majestic Park, corner of Market and Center streets.

Cost: Free.

More info:Call 217-379-4111 or 217-379-3723.

IROQUOIS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY OLD COURTHOUSE MUSEUM

What: Works of artists, Marilyn Wilkin of Danforth and Vickie Webster of Sheldon. Both retired teachers and inspired by nature. Paintings of animals, Christmas themes and winter scenery. Art exhibit by Tina Mischke of Gilman, sharing her special collection of Princess Diana memorabilia, in the gallery showcase.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; and the first Sunday of each month, 1 to 4 p.m. November through December.

Where: The Art Gallery, 103 W. Cherry St., Watseka.

More info: Call 815-432-2215.

MUSEUM OF THE GRAND PRAIRIE

What: Party Like It's 1900! New Year's Day Noon Day Celebration! Games, eat snacks, and make crafts that were popular in the year 1900, music from 1900 and now as we celebrate and do our count down at Noon - complete with balloon drop.

When: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 31.

Where: Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-586-2612, or email ksnyder@ccfpd.org.

ORPHEUM CHILDREN'S SCIENCE MUSEUM

What: The annual Snow Globe, a winter wonderland immersive event, featuring indoor sledding, snowball toss, penguin bowling, arts and crafts, a photo booth, sweet and treats, and more. Sponsored by Busey Bank.

Where: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 9-16.

Where: 346 N. Neil St., C.

Cost: Snow Globe admission, $3, members; $8, general admission; $24, family group pack (four people, $6 per person).

More info: orpheumkids.com, email info@orpheumkids.com or call 217-352-5895.

SOUSA ARCHIVES AND CENTER FOR AMERICAN MUSIC

What: 2017 American Music Month Exhibits: "Letritia Kandle and the Grand Letar: Hawaiian Music on Illinois' Grand Prairie," through Jan. 2, 2018; "From Russia with Love:" John Garvey's Russian Folk Orchestra, through Sept. 3, 2018; and "Illinois' Anti-Establishment Soundscapes: Troubled Waters in 1970," through Oct. 29, 2018.

When: 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.

Where: Harding Band Building, 1103 S. Sixth St., C.

Cost: Free; donations accepted.

More info: For guided tours, call 217-244-9309 or sousa@uiuc.edu.

SPARK MUSEUM AND PLAY CAFÉ

What: A children's museum featuring five zones of exhibits including wiggle and giggle, build, discover, play, perform, and make and bake. Each area is full of exhibits that build off themes of creative problem solving, dramatic play, and creativity.

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: 142 Lincoln Square, U.

Cost: Admission, $5. Children under 2, free.

More info:visitsparkmuseum.com, call 217-607-0524 or email sparkmuseumcafe@gmail.com.

VERMILION COUNTY MUSEUM AND FITHIAN HOUSE

What: The Vermilion County Museum Society is commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I with a special exhibit "Over There." This exhibit features local soldiers' artifacts, letters, and memorabilia. Two permanent exhibits of Lincoln-Lamon law office in Danville (1852-56) and a one-room schoolhouse; natural history displays, a coal mine shaft; and "Vermilion County in the Civil War."

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Through April 2018.

Where: 116 N. Gilbert St., Danville.

Cost: Museum admission, $1-$3. Museum and Fithian House admission, $1-$5. Children 12 years old and younger, free.

More info: vermilioncountymuseum.org or call 217-442-2922.

VERMILION COUNTY WAR MUSEUM

What: "Find the Hidden Jewels of the Museum" Scavenger Hunt. Search for treasures amongst the Museum Artifacts. Fill out the list of clues that is given to you highlighting hidden gems while you tour the museum. All correct answer sheets will be entered into a drawing for gift certificates for area businesses at the end of the month.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays. Through Dec. 30.

Where: 307 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Cost: Admission, $2-$4; children under age 6 and active duty military personnel and their families are free.

More info: Call 217-431-0034, vcwm.org, or email vcwm@comcast.net..

PLANETARIUM

WILLIAM M. STAERKEL PLANETARIUM

Sky show:"Fall Prairie Skies, 7 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 8-15. Planetarium closed Dec. 22-Jan. 13; reopens Jan. 19.

Children's features:"Santa's Secret Star," 7 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 9-16.

Main feature:"Season of the Light," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 9-16.

Where: Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Admission, $5-$6. Lectures, $2.

More info: Call 217-351-2568 or 217-351-2446.

EXHIBITS

ARTISTS' ALLEY

What: Exhibit, "Corn, Water, Time, and Space," paintings and photos by Barbara Curtis McDonnell.

When: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Through Dec. 15. Closed holidays.

Where: in the corridor connecting the McKinley Foundation and Presby Hall, 405 E. John St., C.

More info: email p-hancock@mckinley-church.org.

CHAMPAIGN PUBLIC LIBRARY

What: Exhibition series, "The Art Connection: Schools to Library," featuring artwork by students from Centennial High, Jefferson Middle, Carrie Busey Elementary.

When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, first floor. And 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, FriendShop Bookstore (elevator to lower level). Ends in January 2018. Closed holidays.

Where: Main library on the east wall of the children's area, and in the FriendShop Bookstore, 200 W. Green St.

Where: 200 W. Green St.

Cost:Free.

More info: Call 217-403-2070 or champaign.org.

DANVILLE ART LEAGUE

What: Gallery exhibit featuring works by Bob Dondeville, a Vietnam War veteran and retired art teacher.

When: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Saturday, plus 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Through Jan. 6, 2018. Closed Dec. 23 - Jan. 1.

Where: Paul Brumaghim gallery, 320 N. Franklin St., Danville.

More info: Call 217-442-9264 or email thedanvilleartleague@gmail.com.

GIERTZ GALLERY AT PARKLAND COLLEGE

What: "2017 State of the Art: Ceramics Invitational, Inspiration and Admiration."

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Through Feb. 3, 2018. Closed Dec. 11 and reopens Jan. 15.

Where: 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-351-2485, artgallery.parkland.edu or email giertzgallery@parkland.edu.

HOMER LAKE FOREST PRESERVE

What: Exhibit, "A Bird's Eye View: 100 years of a Changing Illinois Landscape."

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. If interested in visiting on Monday or in the morning, call ahead. Closed holidays. Through December.

Where: Interpretive Center, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer.

Cost: Free.More info: Call 217-896-2455 or email cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

ILLINI UNION ART GALLERY

What: Opening reception for "Dear World Project." Presenter: Illini Union Courtyard Café.

When: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Open, 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday. Through Jan. 25.

Where: Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: union.illinois.edu.

ILLINOIS TERMINAL

What: Wall displays, "MTD Art: Moving Pictures Through Your Neighborhood": "Down the Rabbit Hole," graphite, digital color by EKAH, "Happiness," acrylic with linocut collage by Lisa Kesler, "See and Be Seen," embroidery by Alice Yumi Sinzato and "Mary from Series The Art of Timing," oil on canvas by Pat Monigold, the artists chosen to be featured inside all MTD buses.

When: All day, every day. Through Jan. 31, 2018.

Where: Across from the elevators on the first floor, 45 E. University Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: 40north.org/programs/mtd-art or call 384-8188.

INTERNATIONAL AND AREA STUDIES LIBRARY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

What: Exhibit, "The Fascinating Culture of Books," which includes materials from the Rare Book Collection of the National Central Library and contemporary publications in Taiwan.

When: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Through the end of December.

Where: 321 Main Library, 1408 Gregory Drive, U.

More info: Call 217-333-1501, https://www.library.illinois.edu/ias/ or http://library.illinois.edu/ias/chinesecollection/trccs.

MURPHY GALLERY

What: Art at the Y exhibition, "Space for the Mind: Activism through Inclusion and Self-Care" presented by the students in ARTE 475: Art Exhibition Practices.

When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed Saturdays and Sundays. Closed holidays. Through Jan. 17, 2018.

Where: University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., C.

More info: Call 217-337-1500, universityymca.org/art.

UI LIBRARY

What: Exhibition, "Matter in the Margins: Gwendolyn Brooks at 100." literary archives of Gwendolyn E. Brooks (1917-2000), Illinois Poet Laureate and the first black winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

When:9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Through Dec. 20. Closed UI holidays.

Where:Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Main Library-Room 346, 1401 W. Gregory Drive, U.

More info: library.illinois.edu/rbx, call 217-333-3174 or email emillr@illinois.edu.

CITY OF URBANA

What: Urbana Public Arts Program's "Artist of the Corridor" exhibit, "Textiles," an exhibition of selected works by Lara Orr and Jill Miller.

When: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at Urbana City Building; and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Urbana Free Library. Closed holidays. Through December.

Where: Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St.; and Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St.

Cost: Free.

More info: urbanaillinois.us/artexhibits, facebook.com/urbanapublicarts, call 217-384-2311 or email cmmcclelland@urbanaillinois.us.

GALLERIES

CINEMA GALLERY

What: "100 Under $100," holiday gift show.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; closed Sundays through Tuesdays. Through Jan. 6.

Where: 120 W. Main St., U.

More info: cinemagallery.cc, call 217-367-3711 or email carolyn@cinemagallery.cc.

40 POINT ONE

What: "OPEN STUDIO: The Artists of the Lincoln Building." Features work from all the current artists occupying studios in the Lincoln Building as well as images of their varied, fascinating, and inspiring studio spaces.

When:8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed holidays. Through Jan. 5, 2018.

Where:40 North's art space, 1300 S. Neil St., C (inside Consolidated Communications and across the street from Meatheads).

More info:Email kwhite@40north.org.

FARMS / MARKETS

URBANA'S MARKET IN THE SQUARE

What: The market features produce, meats, baked goods, dairy, arts and crafts, and more. On top of vendors, Market at the Square will offer programs each Saturday morning, as well as live music.

When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 31.

Where: Inside Lincoln Square, downtown Urbana.

More info: urbanamarket.org, call 217-384-2319 or email Natalie at urbanamarket@urbanaillinois.us.

NEW THIRD SATURDAY MARKET BAZAAR

What: Vendors with creative crafts, antiques and unique finds.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on third Saturday of every month, Dec. 16 through Dec. 16.

Where: Merchant Building on the Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, Arthur.

More info: Call 217-520-3349, 217-254-5010 or email dbissonett@gmail.com.

WINTER VENDORS MARKET

What:Bella Marie is hosting its annual Winter Vendors Market. Finish up your last minute Christmas gifts or treat yourself.

When:10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 15-17.

Where:Bella Marie's Banquet Center, 520 N. State St., Westville.

More info:Call 217-918-2664.