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EVENTS

This weekend

HOLIDAY MAGIC SNOW SHOW

What: "Snow" will fall over the holiday tree at Center Court while three holiday songs are playing. Also, visit Santa and get a photo taken with him, make a reservation.

When: 12:25, 3:25 and 6:25 p.m. Dec. 20-24.

Where: Market Place Shopping Center, 2000 N. Neil St., C.

More info: Call 217-356-2700 or marketplacemall.com.

HOOPESTON'S 'LIGHT UP McFERREN PARK'

What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: 5 to 11 p.m. every evening through Dec. 31.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/Light-Up-McFerren-Park-1448122125461666/

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT BUNKER HILL

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

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 20-31.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-442-1691.

CANDLESTICK LANE HOLIDAY LIGHTS DISPLAY

What: The 55th annual Urbana Christmas tradition put on by the residents of Grant Place and Eastern Drive. Neighbors decorate their homes for Christmas as a group.

When: 5 to 10 p.m. every evening through Dec. 25.

Where: north end of Grant Place (corner of Grant Place and Eastern Drive), Urbana. Streets include — Eastern Drive from Cottage Grove Avenue to Cole Place; Fairlawn Drive from Cottage Grove Avenue to Patton Place; Grant Place from Fairlawn Drive to Eastern Avenue.

Cost: Free.

Future highlights

NOON YEAR'S EVE AT URBANA FREE LIBRARY

What: Don't want to stay up until midnight? Come count down to Noon Year's Eve! We will have crafts, snacks, and countdown to noon. For children and their caregivers.

When: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 31.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-367-4069 or urbanafreelibrary.org/.

ILLINI FARM TOY SHOW AND AUCTION

What: Hosted by Champaign County and Vermillion County Farm Bureau Young Ag Leaders. Lots of farm toy vendors and collectible items with a live consignment auction.

When: 4 to 8 p.m. Jan. 4 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 5. Auction, 10:30 a.m. Jan. 5.

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 or 217-352-5235..

URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS

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

When: 4 to 9 p.m. Jan. 4.

Where: downtown Urbana.

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

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY CELEBRATES LEGACY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

What: The evening will feature an awards ceremony, a keynote address and musical entertainment by Dr. Barrington L. Coleman. His son, Crofton Coleman, will provide the musical entertainment during the reception. Keynote address by the Rev. Dr. Michael Pfleger, Senior Pastor of Faith Community of Saint Sabina, Chicago. Sponsored by the City of Champaign, the City of Urbana, Champaign County, Parkland College, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Village of Rantoul.

When: hors d'oeuvres at 4 p.m., program at 5 p.m. Jan. 18.

Where: Vineyard Church, Urbana.

Cost: Free.

More info: mlkcelebration.org; Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cc4mlk/ or email hro@urbanaillinois.us or call 217-384-2466.

FILMS

This weekend

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

What: "A Christmas Carol." (1951). Not Rated. 87 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 20.

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

Cost: Tickets $6, additional $1 processing fee (online only). See all five for $24.

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. 132 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 21 and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 22.

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

Cost: Tickets $6, additional $1 processing fee (online only). See all five for $24.

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

MOVIES ON THE MAIN STAGE

What: "The Muppet Christmas Carol." The classic Dickens' holiday story as told by your favorite Muppets.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 21, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 22, and 2 p.m. Dec. 23.

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

Cost: Tickets $5, adults; $3, children (under 13); at the door only.

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

Next week

MOVIE MATINEE

What: An action/adventure movie takes place in NINJAGO City, where secret ninja warriors must battle to defeat the evil warlord. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by a person over 13 years of age. Rated PG. Free popcorn.

When: 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. Dec. 28.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-893-3955 or rantoul.lib.il.us.

Future highlights

JANUARY REEL DEALS

What: "Beauty and the Beast" (2017). Rated PG. 130 minutes.

When 7 p.m. Jan. 8 and 10, 2019.

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

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

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

THE NEWS-GAZETTE FILM SERIES

What: "Charade." (1963). Rated G. 115 minutes.

When: 1 and 7 p.m. Jan. 12, 2019.

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

Cost: Tickets $6, additional $1 processing fee (online only).

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

JANUARY REEL DEALS

What: "Purple Rain" (1984). Rated R. 112 minutes.

When:: 7 p.m. Jan. 15 and 17, 2019.

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

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

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

JANUARY REEL DEALS

What: "The Big Sick" (2017). Rated R. 120 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 22 and 29, 2019.

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

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

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

FILM SCREENING

What: "Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists" (2014). Sponsored in part by the Society of Art History and Fine Arts and the Society for Art History & Archaeology.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 24, 2019.

Where: Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

Cost: Free (donations accepted).

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

REWIND 92.5 FILM SERIES

What: Part of Rewind's "Bad Movie Mondays". "Tremors" (1990). Rated PG-13. 95 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 28, 2019.

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

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

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

MUSIC

This weekend

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY IN MONTICELLO

What: Christmas Show with the Bement Country Opry Band and family. A dinner will be served before the show.

When: Dinner, 5 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. Dec. 21.

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

Cost: Tickets $10; dinner, $9.

More info: Call 217-377-0550 or 217-778-0990.

FREE MUSIC FRIDAY

What: Music performance with Mid-October, an alternative/indie duo.

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

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

Cost: Free.

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

A CHRISTMAS GIFT TO THE C-U COMMUNITY

What: A free holiday concert of Medieval carols, Renaissance motets, and contemporary classics by ecco vocal ensemble, a chamber choir made up of faculty and students from the University of Illinois School of Music.

When: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 21.

Where: Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, 208 W. University Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-352-9827.

Next week

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY IN MONTICELLO

What: A pre-New Year's Eve Show with the Bement Country Opry. A potluck with meat provided will be held before the show.

When: Dinner, 5 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. Dec. 28.

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

Cost: Tickets $10. Meal is free.

More info: Call 217-377-0550 or 217-778-0990.

Future highlights

BLUEGRASS ACOUSTIC JAM SESSION

When: 7 p.m. every Tuesday starting Jan. 8, 2019.

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.

BACH'S LUNCH CONCERTS

What: Music by Jaybirds (jazz, blues, pop and rock). Bring a lunch or purchase a box lunch through the park district by noon on the Wednesday before the performance.

When: Noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 11, 2019.

Where: Springer Cultural Center, 301 N. Randolph St., C.

Cost: Performance is free. Lunches are $9; beverage, $1.25.

More info: Call 217-398-2376.

OPEN TRADITIONAL SONG SESSION

What: Sing traditional songs (and new songs that are "in the tradition"). Irish rebel songs, Scottish love songs, Appalachian murder ballads, English drinking songs; cowboy songs, sailor songs, railroad songs; spirituals, protest songs, war songs, antiwar songs. Instruments welcome, but not required; Singing experience is not required.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 14, 2019 (second (and fifth) Mondays 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.

A MAGICAL YULE BALL

What: Danville Light Opera. Join us for a m

agical evening (or two) filled with music, refreshments, and perhaps even a few familiar faces! Check website. More details to come.

When:Jan. 18 and 19, 2019.

Where:Harrison Park Clubhouse, Danville.

More info:dlomusicaltheatre.com/yule-ball or call 217-431-1660.

ARURO O'FARRILL AND THE AFRO LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE

What: Marquee Big Mix Series.

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, 2019.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$40.

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

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

What: "All the World's a Stage." Featuring Carol Cook, principal viola with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, 2019.

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

Cost: Tickets $5-$40.

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

SAVION GLOVER FEATURING MARCUS GILMORE

What: Marquee Big Mix Series. Together, this duo connects the past and present of tap and jazz to create an evening awe-inspiring percussive fireworks

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, 2019.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$45.

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

IN CONCERT AT CPL: JASON FINKELMAN

What: Improvisational and cross-cultural musician Jason Finkelman, with special guest, Allen Wu. Finkelman blends acoustic sounds of African and Brazilian percussion and found materials with laptop electronics in participatory performances that are fun for the whole family.

When: 2 p.m. Jan. 27, 2019.

Where: Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St.

Cost: Free.

More info:champaign.org/events or call 217-403-2030.

ARGUS QUARTET

What: Sunday Salon Series — Emerging Artistry. Concert Artists Guild and M-Prize Winner.

When: 3 p.m. Jan. 27, 2019.

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

Cost: Tickets $5-$53.

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

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. 28, 2019 (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.

MARK MOORE, TUBA

What: University of Illinois School of Music faculty recital. He is currently a member of the Illinois Brass Quintet and the principal tuba for both the UI Symphony Orchestra and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra.

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30, 2019.

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

JONATHAN KEEBLE, FLUTE

What: University of Illinois School of Music faculty recital. Recently released recordings, Voyage and Song of the Black Swan as flutist in the Aletheia Duo, and Turbulent Winds with the Prairie Winds.

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31, 2019.

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

SUSAN GRAHAM, MEZZO-SOPRANO

What: Marquis Great Hall Series. Graham's Krannert Center program centers around Robert Schumann's song cycle Frauenliebe und-leben (A Woman's Love and Life): Variations.

When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, 2019.

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

Cost: Tickets $20-$50.

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

DANCING

This weekend

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Last Friday dance of 2018. Open dancing.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Dec. 21.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

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

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 and various country bands on the last Saturday.

When: 7 to 10 p.m. every Saturday.

Where: Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C.

More info: Call 217-398-9527.

Future highlights

NEW YEAR'S EVE DANCE

What: Limited seating, by reservation only. Hors d'oeuvres and desserts at 10 p.m. with midnight champagne and Celebration.

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

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

Cost: $65/person.

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

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

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

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Jan. 4, 2019.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

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

THE CHAMBANA JAN JAM

What: The 32nd annual contra dance weekend is presented by Urbana Country Dancers. Featuring music by The Mean Lids and Uncle Farmer. Callers, Chet Grey, Gaile Hintze, Jonathan Sivier, Scott Meyer. The weekend will also feature several workshops and other fun activities.

When: 8 to 11 p.m. Jan. 4; 1:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Jan. 5; and 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 6, 2019.

Where: Most of the events will be at Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U.

Cost: Full weekend $50-$55 by Dec. 19; full weekend $65-$60 at the door; full weekend ages 13-17, $25; students, 13 and younger free .

More info: urbana-contra.org.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

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

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Jan. 11, 2019.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

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

WEST COAST SWING NIGHT CLUB DANCE

What: West Coast Swing Night Club provides a variety of music and decoration to have a special Saturday night out. Open dancing.

When: 7 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 12, 2019.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

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

ILLINI FOLK DANCE SOCIETY

What: Features mostly easy and intermediate dances from around the world.No previous experience or partner is needed.

When: 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 15-29, 2019.

Where: 314A, 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. Bachata lesson at 7 p.m. Open dancing.

When: 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 18, 2019.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

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

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Happy Novice dance at 7 p.m. Open dancing.

When: 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 25, 2019.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

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

PERFORMING ARTS

Next week

ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST

What: Come see him perform. Presented by Paul's Entertainment. Come dance and listen to music. Proceeds are donated to St. Jude.

When:7 and 9 p.m. Dec. 28.

Where: Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St., U.

Cost: Admission $8, children under 12 years old are free.

More info: facebook.com/cuelvis1 or email cuelvis1@gmail.com.

Future highlights

NEW YEAR'S EVE COMEDY SHOW AND DINNER

What: Appetizer welcome at 7 p.m. followed by dinner prepared by Chef Joe Zaranski. The comedy starts at 9 p.m. with stand up performance by Larry Smith followed by headliner Troy Davis. The Champagne starts flowing at 11 p.m. as we toast East Coast New Year's Eve with the Times Square ball drop. Ticket price includes hors d'oeuvres, five course dinner, champagne toast and party favors. 21 and over.

When:7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31.

Where: Monarch Brewing Company, 212 S. Independence, Monticelleo.

Cost: Advance tickets, $75.

More info: https://squareup.com/store/monarch-brewing-company or https://monarchbrewingco.com/.

NEW YEAR'S EVE BASH WITH KRISTEN TOOMEY

What: C-U Comedy Club, stand up comedy with headliner Kristen Toomey, a regular at the Laugh Factory in Chicago, and is highly regarded as the Queen of Chicago stand up.

When: 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31.

Where:C-U Comedy Club inside of Soma Ultralounge, 320 N. Neil St., C.

Cost: Tickets, $25, purchase at http://www.cucomedy.com.

More info: http://www.cucomedy.com.

JEFF DUNHAM

What: Comedian and ventriloquist on his "Passively Aggressive" Tour.

When: 5 p.m. Jan. 12, 2019.

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

Cost: Tickets $45.50 plus fees.

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

'GISELLE' AND 'THE SLEEPING BEAUTY'

What: Russian National Ballet Theatre perform Giselle's haunting saga and Princess Aurora's story of love. Marquee Big Mix Series.

When: "Giselle" at 7 p.m. Jan. 22, and "The Sleeping Beauty" at 7 p.m. Jan. 23, 2019.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$45.

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

SAVION GLOVER FEATURING MARCUS GILMORE

What: Together, this duo connects the past and present of tap and jazz to create an evening of awe-inspiring percussive fireworks.

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, 2019.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$45.

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

THEATER

This weekend

'THE BEEF HOUSE CHRISTMAS SHOW'

What: December Stories. Dinner theatre. From energetic tributes to the joys and stories of the holidays to our passionate celebration of the reason for the season.

When: Matinee show, Dec. 20, doors open at 11:30 p.m., show at 1 p.m. CDT (12:30 p.m., show at 2 p.m. EDT); evening show, Dec. 21, doors open at 5 p.m., show at 7 p.m. CDT (6 p.m., show at 8 p.m. EDT). Show on Dec. 20 is sold out but more tickets may open up. Call to be added to a wait list.

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

Cost: Tickets $45.

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

'THE BISHOPS CANDLESTICKS,' 'CHRISTMAS FOR COSETTE' AND 'THE LITTLE MATCHGIRL'

What: Homer Opera House theater. Three short Christmas plays, "The Bishops Candlesticks" and "Christmas for Cosette" from Les Miserables, and the Hans Christian Anderson tale, "The Little Matchgirl" (with a twist). Also, at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 16 the CUTC Carolers will perform; donations accepted, but no charge.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23.

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

Cost: Tickets $8-$12.

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

Future highlights

'HIT THE WALL'

What: Presented by Illinois Theatre. Contains strong adult content.

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 6-9, and 3 p.m. Feb. 10.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$25.

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

'KINKY BOOTS'

What: 2018-19 WCIA 3 Broadway Series.

When: 8 p.m. April 14, 2019.

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

Cost: Tickets $39-$65 plus fees.

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

'THE SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY'

What: Red Mask Players. A comedy written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten and is published by Dramatists Play Service.

When:: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 and 26, 2 p.m. Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2, 2 p.m. Feb. 3.

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.

'THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE'

What: The Celebration Company. A poetic drama by Deborah Brevoort based on the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Pan Am Flight 103, Dec. 21, 1988.

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17-20, 23-27, Jan. 30-Feb. 2. One of the Sundays is usually at 3 p.m.

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

Cost: Tickets $10-$15. $10 for everyone on the first Friday performance

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

OUTDOORS / NATURE

This weekend

KIRBY WINTER WELLNESS WALK

What: An after-dark illuminated walk throughout the Gardens, sponsored by Kirby Medical Center.

When: 5 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday through Saturday, Dec. 20 through Jan. 5.

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. Dependent on weather. Call Greg Smith at 217-840-1678 around 11 a.m. for status of the launch.

When: Noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 22.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: ciarocketry.org, call 217-359-8225 or email cia-info@ciarocketry.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, November through March 2019.

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

MEET THE CRITTERS

What: Come in from the cold before the kids head back to school, and enjoy meeting our resident reptiles up close! We'll bring out the turtles and the snake and learn about what makes them special creatures. All ages.

When: 2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 4.

Where: Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, Homer.

Cost: Free.

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

NATURE CENTER PRE-K FRIDAYS

What:Kids age 6 and under and adult can drop by the nature center to discover self-guided activities just for little naturalists. Weekly themes depend on current events in nature; themes are announced the week before each program. Your adventures may lead you outdoors to the nature playscape as weather permits, so come prepared!

When:9 a.m. to noon Fridays, Jan. 11 through Feb. 1.

Where:Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost:Free-will donations of $2/child are encouraged.

More info:Call 217-384-4062 or urbanaparks.org/programs/nature-programs.

FULL MOON HIKE

What: The program begins with a brief presentation indoors, and then head outside for the remainder of the event and maybe hear the howl of coyotes. Dress for the weather. All ages. Register by Jan. 16.

When: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17.

Where Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer.

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

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

ANIMALS OF THE ARCTIC

What: Come to one of three live arctic animal programs. Meet and learn about the arctic mammals reptile bird frog and arctic bugs from Silly Safaris. Offered at 11 a.m. 1 and 3 p.m. For all ages.

When: 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Jan. 19.

Where: Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-403-2030 or champaign.org/events.

UI MUSEUMS

Krannert Art Museum

What: Exhibitions, "Kennedy Browne: The Special Relationship" through Feb. 9; "Between the Buildings: Art from Chicago" through March 23, 2019, and "Blue & White Ceramics: An Enduring Global Obsession" through May 11, 2019. KAM's collection galleries, including Encounters: The Arts of Africa the award-winning gallery of art from Africa and the African diaspora and a completely refreshed Ancient Mediterranean gallery on the lower level.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and until 9 p.m. on Thursdays when University classes are in session. Closed Sundays and Dec. 24-28, and 31, Jan. 1.

Where: 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

Cost: Free admission; suggested donation, $3.

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

Spurlock Museum

What: "Knowledge at Work: The University of Illinois at 150" through Dec. 21. "Women Artists of the W. Dale and Jeanne C. Compton Collection of Native American Art" through Jan. 21, 2019.

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, Dec. 22 through Jan. 1, 2019.

What: Spurlock Museum Talk: "The Depression-Era Hobo Experiences of UIUC Students and Faculty On the Road with Nelson Algren, William Attaway, and Harry Partch." Part of the Spurlock's Third Thursday Series and held in conjunction with the Spurlock Museum's temporary exhibit "Knowledge at Work: The University of Illinois at 150."

When:4 p.m. Dec. 20.

Where: 600 S. Gregory St., U.

Cost: Free, suggested donation, $3.

More info: Email spurlock-museum@illinois.edu, call 217-333-2360 or spurlock.illinois.edu.

OTHER MUSEUMS

BICENTENNIAL ART CENTER AND MUSEUM

What: "Bicentennial Art Center Members Only Exhibit."

When:10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment. Closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday and holidays. Through Dec. 28.

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. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays.

Where: 102 E. University Ave., C.

Cost: Suggested donation, $3.

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

C.H. MOORE HOMESTEAD AND DEWITT COUNTY MUSEUM

What: "200 Years of Statehood" candlelight holiday tours of the elegant Victorian era building, decorated in full Victorian splendor, illuminated by candles and filled with music. Tours are self-guided. Extended Museum Gift Shop hours.

When 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21.

Cost: Admission, $5 for adults; ages 12-18, $2; ages 11 and younger and museum association members are free.

Where: 219 E. Woodlawn St., Clinton.

More info: chmoorehomestead.org or call 217-935-6066.

DOUGLAS COUNTY MUSEUM

What: The museum celebrates the history of Douglas County and East Central Illinois by collecting, researching, preserving, and interpreting artifacts of historical and cultural interest. A large, private collection of Civil War Era firearms on long-term display.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; Sunday by appointment only. Closed holidays.

Where: 700 S. Main St., Tuscola.

Cost: Free; donations are welcome.

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

FARMER CITY MUSEUM

What: Sponsored by the Farmer City Genealogical & Historical Society, the museum contains donated artifacts, pictures and documents telling the history of Farmer City's businesses, schools, churches, organizations, farm life and people

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays; 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: The museum which features Ford County history with the current temporary display celebrates the state of Illinois' bicentennial.

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of each month, December through March.

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

Cost: Free.

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

IROQUOIS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY OLD COURTHOUSE MUSEUM

What: Art Show, "Illinois Bicentennial - Iroquois County Style," based on the lyrics of the state song, "Illinois, Illinois." There are separate rooms dedicated to certain events or activities, such as the Wayne Hiles Military Room, the one-room school, the small music room, the old-time kitchen and more.

When 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; and first Sunday of each month, 1 to 4 p.m. Closed holidays. Through December.

Where: 103 W. Cherry St., Watseka.

More info: iroquoiscountyhistoricalsociety.com or call 815-432-2215 or 815-432-3730.

MUSEUM OF THE GRAND PRAIRIE

What: The museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018. Special exhibit, "1968: A Time for Every Purpose." The museum will have 1968-themed programs on the movies, modern architecture, the Vietnam War, and Civil Rights throughout the 2018 year. "Coming Home: The Return of World War I Soldiers and the Role of the Local American Legion Posts." Through Dec. 31.

When: 1 to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Dec. 24 and 25, and the months of January and February.

What: Party Like It's 1900! New's Year's Noon Day Celebration. Make snacks, design crafts to celebrate the New Year, while learning about the history of this holiday. Count down at Noon - complete with balloon drop. All ages. Free.

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:ccfpd.org, call 217-586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

ORPHEUM CHILDREN'S SCIENCE MUSEUM

What: Noon Day Drop. This celebration is for children to ring in the New Year with their families. Noon Day Drop includes craft activities, music, crazy hats, noisemakers, a countdown to the big event, and a drop of more than 5000 balloons at the strike of noon in the Orpheum Theatre.

When: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 31.

Cost: General admission, $8; Orpheum members, $6; $28, family of four.

Where: 346 N. Neil St., C.

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

SOUSA ARCHIVES AND CENTER FOR AMERICAN MUSIC

What: "John Philip Sousa — America's Legacy through his Music Exhibit" through Dec. 21. "James Beauchamp and the Harmonic Tone Generator" and "The Red Cross: A Soldier's Best Friend," through Jan. 31, 2019. "Sousa and Tsar Nicholas II's Birthday: An Unexpected Tour Adventure," through Feb. 1, 2019. "Banjos, Mandolins, and John Philip Sousa America's Musical Paradox" through Aug. 2, 2019; "Samuel S. Stewart and America's Banjo" through Sept. 27, 2019.

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.

VERMILION COUNTY MUSEUM AND FITHIAN HOUSE

What: New year-long farming exhibit, "Down on the Farm." The exhibit will highlight the agricultural history of Vermilion County and honor the 100th Anniversary of the Vermilion County Farm Bureau.

When: Winter hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday and holidays. Through May 2019.

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: Two main floors covering wars for over 250 years. Constructed in 1903, the Illinois war museum displays memorabilia and artifacts from the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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

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.

EXHIBITS

ANITA PURVES NATURE CENTER

What: Discover Illinois natural history both inside and outside the nature center. Indoors, explore the Field Station through hands-on displays that include new discovery drawers and seasonal exhibits. Watch wildlife in the center's habitat garden and feeding station or relax with a favorite nature book in the Observation Room.

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Closed Dec. 25, Jan. 1 and 21.

Where: 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U.

More info:Call 217-384-4062.

CHAMPAIGN PUBLIC LIBRARY

What: Exhibition series, "The Art Connection: Schools to Library," featuring artwork by students and art teachers from three Champaign schools: Bottenfield Elementary School (Melissa Farley), Carrie Busey Elementary Schooll ( John Odum), and Central High School (Enrika Stulpinaite Maldonado).

When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 12 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). Closed holidays. Through January 2019.

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

Cost:Free.

More info: Call 217-403-2030 or champaign.org.

CITY OF URBANA

What: Urbana Public Arts Program's "Artist of the Corridor" exhibit, "I Like to Jump Like a Horse," by Angela Inez Baldus.

When Open, 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, Dec. 24 and 25. Through December.

Where: Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St.

Cost: Free.

More info: facebook.com/urbanapublicarts.

DANVILLE ART LEAGUE

What: January and February 2019 will feature local woodworker and artist, Jim Sheehan.

When 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Jan. 1 and 2. Through Feb. 28.

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

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

HOMER LAKE FOREST PRESERVE

What: Exhibit, "From Rail to Rail." Explore Kickapoo Rail Trail's fascinating history of uses.

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. To visit on a Monday or in the morning, call ahead. Closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Through Dec. 28.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-896-2455 or email pleiter@ccfpd.org or ccfpd.org/education/interpretive-center-homer-lake).

ILLINI UNION ART GALLERY

What: "Some Years Later" by Howard Kanter.

When: 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 1. Through Jan. 31.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: union.illinois.edu, call 217-333-3660.

MURPHY GALLERY

What: Art at the Y exhibition, "perSISTERS, Icons from the Female Power Project" by Leda Black.

When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed Saturdays and Sundays. Through Jan. 15, 2019.

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

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

NEWMAN REGIONAL LIBRARY

What: "Designs of Duty," an exhibit highlighting East Central Illinois veterans and their service-related tattoos. Ken Fernandes of Newman is among those featured. Other veterans featured are from Towanda, Nokomis, Shelbyville, Olney and Charleston The exhibit was curated at Booth Library on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.

When: 1 to 7 p.m. Monday; 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Closed Sundays and holidays. Through Jan. 3, 2019.

Where: 207 S. Coffin St., Newman.

Cost:Free.

More info: Call 217- 837-2412.

RICHMOND FAMILY WELCOME GALLERY

What: The Welcome Gallery, featuring interactive exhibits, personal stories of alumni, a showcase for the University of Illinois's rich history, traditions and achievements.

When: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Closed Dec. 22 through Jan. 1.

Where:Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., U.

More info:Call 217-244-9035.

SPRINGER CULTURAL CENTER

What: Art Exhibition, "Champaign Park District Art Show."

When: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Dec. 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, Jan. 1. Reduced hours, open 10 to 2 p.m., Dec. 26-28, 31, Jan. 2-4. Through Jan. 4, 2019.

Where: 301 N. Randolph St., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-819-3909, email michelle.olden@champaignparks.com or champaignparks.com/art-exhibits.

UI LIBRARY

What: Exhibition, "Building a Library: The Cavagna Sangiuliani Collection at Illinois."

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed Dec. 22 through Jan. 1, 2019. Through Jan. 18, 2019.

Where:The Ellen and Nirmal Chatterjee Exhibition Gallery in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 1401 W. Gregory Drive, U.

Cost: Free.

More info: library.illinois.edu/rbx or call 217-333-3777.

GALLERIES

CINEMA GALLERY

What: "Heartland Glass," featuring new sculpture by Ben Johnson, Carmen Lozar, Lisa Demagall, Christopher Gray, Zac Gorell, James Downey, Davin Ebanks, John Miller, Matthew Urban, Jennifer Halvorson, Janusz Walentynowicz, Nadine Saylor, Slate Grove, Ali Hoag, and more.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; closed Sundays through Tuesdays. Through Jan. 19, 2019.

Where: 120 W. Main St., U.

More info:cinemagallery.cc, call 217-384-2253 or email baxley@baxleymedia.com.

TECHLINE

What: "Harry Breen Paintings 1818 Illinois 2018," oil paintings celebrating the fertile fields of Illinois.

When: 10 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed Dec. 24-Jan. 7. Through Jan. 31, 2019.

Where: Green Street Studio, Inc., 307 S. Locust St., C.

More info:Call 217-552-5570.

FARMS / MARKETS

URBANA'S MARKET IN THE SQUARE

What: The market features produce, meats, baked goods, dairy, arts and crafts, and more. The second Saturday of each month will feature Art in the Square; musical performances from local artists. On, Dec. 8, The Chickadee Sermon, a four-piece folk quartet, from 10 to 11 a.m.

When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 22, and 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 5-April 27, 2019.

Where: Inside Lincoln Square, downtown Urbana.

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

WINTER VERSION — DANVILLE FARMER'S MARKET

What: This is a group of local vendors with a variety of products including baked goods, meat, eggs, coffee, crafts, produce (limited), plants, authored books and more. All vendor fees support the Fischer restoration.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every second Saturday, Jan. 12 through March 9.

Where: Fischer Theater, 158 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

More info: facebook.com/pg/DanvilleFM/events/ or call 217-474-2701.

ARTHUR THIRD SATURDAY MARKET BAZAAR

What: The bazaar is filled with creative homemade crafts including woodworking, collectables, direct sales, unique finds and so much more. There will not be a Market in January and February.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 16 (third Saturday of every month).

Where: Merchant Building on the Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, Arthur.More info: Call 217-520-3349, 217-254-5010 or email dbissonett@gmail.com.