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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. In addition, free Carousel rides on Thanksgiving during mall hours, 6 p.m. to midnight. Also, visit Santa and get a photo taken with him; with special events - grandparents day (Nov. 29), pet nights (5 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Dec. 3-17); holiday PJ day (Dec. 6), ugly sweater day (Dec. 13).

When: 12:25, 3:25 and 6:25 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 24.

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

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

THIRD ANNUAL MINI CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL

What: Community organizations, artists and businesses have been busy designing and decorating mini Christmas trees and wreaths. Stop by to see their creations, vote for your favorite and place a bid in the silent auction. All proceeds benefit the MAAC Scholarship Program for high school students. Children can decorate their own ornaments and refreshments will be served.

When: 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 29, 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1.

Where: Monticello Area Arts Council Studio, 224 E. Livingston St., Monticello.

Cost: Free. Votes may be purchased for $1.

More info: monticelloareaarts.org/tree-festival or email maac_info@yahoo.com.

HOOPESTON'S 'LIGHT UP MCFERREN PARK'

What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: every evening through Dec. 31.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

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

EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY'S HOLIDAY ART SALE

What: Original handmade items from a variety of area artists. A portion of the Holiday Art Sale proceeds support the Art Department Scholarship Fund. Since it's inception the Sale has generated over $50,000 in scholarships to support EIU students.

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 30, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 and 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 2.

Where: Black Box Theatre, Doudna Fine Arts Center, 1860 S. Seventh St., Charleston.

More info: Call 217-581-3410.

FOURTH ANNUAL HOLIDAY TREES AND CRAFT SALE

What: Beautifully decorated trees and wreaths on display, several vendors with handcrafted items and holiday baked goods for sale. The trees and wreaths will be sold by silent auction, to be picked up at the end of the day or later by arrangement. Sponsored by Champaign County Home and Community Education (HCE)

When: 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1.

Where: Champaign County Farm Bureau Auditorium, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C.

Cost: Entry fee $2, children are free.

More info:Call 217-621-2724 or champaigncountyhce.wordpress.com.

MAHOMET VILLAGE CHRISTMAS

What: Horse-drawn carriage rides, lighting and decorating of trees, carolers, light parade, Children's Christmas Shop and Craft Corner, Santa, Coat & Mitten Drive, Christmas Tree Drive and vendors. ctivities from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 30, with Santa arriving at 6 p.m. Breakfast With Santa and a Christmas play, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the high school, chili dinner, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the fire station on Dec. 1. Live Nativity, 4 p.m. at Lutheran Church Mahomet and "Clark Griswold Mahomet" lights up beginning at dusk Dec. 2. All weekend long, see mahometchamberofcommerce.com/events-programs/village-christmas.

When: Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2.

Where: Main Street, downtown Mahomet.

More info: Call 217-586-3165.

RANTOUL AREA CHRISTMAS PARADE AND SANTA'S WORKSHOP

What: After the parade, festivities will continue at Santa's Workshop (aka The RACC Office) with music, visits and pictures with Santa, Reading with Mrs. Claus and multitudes of Good Will.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30.

Where: downtown Rantoul. Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce, 120 E. Sangamon Ave.

More info: Call 217-893-3323 or email dir@rantoulchamber.com.

TUSCOLA CHRISTMASTOWN

What: Holiday Vendor Fair and Santa Shop, 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 30 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Community Building. From 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 30, free carriage rides, ornament make and take, pictures with Santa, and hot cocoa, downtown, and a musical performance at Community Building. Several businesses will be open late, downtown carolers. Santa's first stop is the Santa Chase 5K Run/Walk, 8 a.m. Dec. 1. Also on Dec. 1, Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 11 a.m. at Douglas County Museum; Santa Paws, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jarman Center; downtown shopping until 5 p.m.; Christmas parade, 11 a.m.; Pictures with Santa, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Kitchen Band at 1 p.m. at Community Building; Christmas trivia and cookie decorating, 1:30 p.m. at the library. Woman's Club Holiday House Walk, 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2.

When: 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 30, 7:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1, 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2.

Where: Tuscola.

More info: tuscola.org.

VERMILION COUNTY BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

What: Sausage and pancake breakfast, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Patriots and Pioneers theme events at 10 a.m., include an American Legion flag ceremony, Illinois history talk by a Lincoln presenter, speeches by state Sen. Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) and state Rep. Mike Marron (R-Fithian), performance by North Ridge Middle School's Red Coats; Christmas Ice Cream Social. Pumpkin and apple pie judging contest, 1 to 3 p.m.; call 217-267-3334 to register. Music, beer, wine, concession stand and free popcorn start at 4 p.m. Music by Instrumental Illinois, then 90's Daughter, 6 p.m., and The Brat Pack, 8:30 p.m.

When: 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 1.

Where: St. Mary's Hall, 231 N. State St., Westville.

Cost: All events free but free-will donations accepted. Bicentennial Golf Cart Raffle tickets $25 available at St. Mary's and Latoz Hardware, Westville.

More info: Call 217-267-3334.

VFW POST 5520 AUXILIARY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

What: Bake sale by the Sea Cadets, raffles, 50/50 drawing, luncheon, Mrs. Claus, more than 35 vendors of handmade items, and Backland Radio will provide the music throughout the day. All donations go to the VA.

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1.

Where: VFW Post 5520, 609 Edgebrook Drive, C.

Cost: Free admission.

More info: Call 217-390-4075 or email nunnshdchck13@gmail.com.

SANTA PAWS

What:Bring your pets and children for photos with Santa Claws. Call to set up your appointment. Walk-ins are welcome also. Santa will be in the Summer Camp room. Enter the door under the blue striped awning, off Parke Street. Raffle tickets to win a dog or cat gift basket worth $75.

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1.

Where: Jarman Center, 704 N. Main St., Tuscola.

Cost:Photos, $5. Raffle tickets, $1 each or six for $5.

More info: Call 217-508-5310, hands-4-paws.org or email hands4pawsinc@yahoo.com.

CHRISTMAS IN HOMER

What: The event will feature Christmas shopping at more than 50 vendors with handmade crafts and small business booths and a cookie walk, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; photos with Santa, 10 a.m. to noon, and lunch will be served, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hosted by Homer Activity Committee - HAC and Homer Community Improvement Association.

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1.

Where: Homer Elementary School, 512 W. First St., Homer.

Cost: Free admission.

'CRISIS NURSERY 26TH ANNUAL CHILDREN's 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 Crisis Nursery keep their doors open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1, noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 2, 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 3-7, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8. Dec. 1-8.

Where: New location — 1808 Round Barn Road, C.

Cost: All items under $10.

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

DANVILLE SWEET ADELINES' CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON AND SILENT AUCTION

What: A luncheon and music by the Danville Sweet Adelines Chorus. All the silent auction proceeds go to the Honor Flight & Wreaths Across America.

When: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1.

Where: Second Church of Christ, 3350 E. Voorhees St., Danville.

Cost: Admission $20.

More info: Call 217-474-0473.

CRAFT BAZAAR

What: Twenty vendors with a variety of handmade items, Christmas decorations and gifts, gift baskets, Rada cutlery, local honey, and Mahomet-Seymour spirit wear. The event will include a bake sale and raffle, proceeds will benefit Give Me Five, a weekend nutrition program of the Mahomet-Seymour School District.

When: 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 1 and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 2.

Where: Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 501 W. State St., Mahomet.

Cost: Free admission.

More info: Call 217-356-5114.

CHRISTMAS IN THE HEART OF CHARLESTON

What: A free family-friendly community event. Santa's set up in City Hall taking wishes from boys and girls, chestnuts roasting over an open fire, free carriage rides take families around the square, and free performances and snacks abound.

When: 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Kicking off with a holiday parade at 4:45 p.m.

Where: On the square, Charleston.

Cost:Free.

More info: Call 217-348-0430 or email tourism@co.coles.il.us.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

What:Visitors can tour the Atwood Home, Print Shop, Neff Grocery Store, Red Oak School, and Vermilion Chapel as they take in the sights of an old-fashioned holiday season. Refreshments, cookies, holiday crafts for the kids, music, and more. Hosted by The Vermilion County Conservation District.

When: 2 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-442-1691.

GCAP'S HOLIDAY SUPPER

What: Presented by Greater Community AIDS Project of East Central Illinois. Appetizers and cash bar, followed by supper, 50/50 drawing, gift card/wine grab bags and music. All proceeds support GCAP's Harvest to Home food pantry, emergency assistance program, and community education and outreach.

When: 4 to 7p.m. Dec. 2.

Where: Radio Maria, 119 Walnut St., C.

Cost: $40 per person.

More info:Call 217-351-2437 or GCAPnow.com.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT BUNKER HILL

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

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2-31.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-442-1691.

Next week

MEET SANTA CLAUS AT THE VIRGINIA THEATRE

What: Santa will take pictures with each visitor (bring your cameras) and every child will receive a candy cane..

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 11 and 19.

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

Cost: Free.

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

CHRISTMAS EVENT TO FEATURE A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS

What: A Children's Christmas Party from 7 to 8 p.m., with cocoa and a cookie served by Santa's helpers, a reading of "The Night Before Christmas, or a Visit from St. Nicholas," singing seasonal songs, and a visit with Santa. Followed by a showing of a Christmas Adventure Movie for children of all ages, 8 to 9:30 p.m.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 7.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-893-3955. http://www.rantoul.lib.il.us.

URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS

What: Mistletoe Market with locally crafted goods and gifts, 4 to 9 p.m. at Urbana Civic Center. Performance of "Punch & Judy's Christmas!" by Anne Newman with her magical puppets and captivating storytelling, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. at The Urbana Free Library. Joseph Khan's "Intention" Komiipomat Runway Fashion Show, 7 p.m. at Cohen Building; free admission.

When: 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7.

Where: Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St.; Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St.; Cohen Building, 136 W. Main St.

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

HOLIDAY SHOWCASE

What: Opening night, take a stroll through illuminating lights with festive music on the Kirby Winter Wellness Walk. Enjoy food trucks, carriage rides, vendors, a bonfire, and more.

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9.

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

Cost: Showcase, $8-$10. Ages 12 and younger free.

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

MADRIGAL FEAST

What: The High School of St. Thomas More Music and Drama presents their annual event featuring food, merriment, Christmas cheer. Order tickets online at https://stmmusicanddrama.ludus.com.

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

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

Cost: $30 includes three-course meal and entertainment.

More info: Call 217-352-7210 or email niccumth@yahoo.com.

SANTA ARRIVES IN OGDEN

What: Santa comes to town! Santa arrives at the Ogden Rose Library at 9 a.m. Parents are invited to bring their children to visit him. Library staff will have a holiday craft for the kids to do.

When: 9 a.m. Dec. 8.

Where: Ogden Rose Library, 103 W. Main St., Ogden.

More info: Call 217-582-2411.

HOLLY JOLLY KIDS CHRISTMAS

What: Santa will be arriving in town at 10 a.m. Parents are invited to bring their children to come and see him. The event is BYOC: Brings your Own Camera. Please consider bringing non-perishable food and items for the community food pantry.

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8.

Where: Main Street Mall, St. Joseph.

More info: Call 217-469-2159.

A MAGICAL DAY WITH SANTA AND FRIENDS

What: Santa and his friends are visiting Dallas & Company. This is a family event and all ages are welcome. Santa visits from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., holiday carnival games and more. Bring your cameras.

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-351-5974 or facebook.com/dallasandco/.

HOLIDAY SUPPER WITH SANTA

What: At 4 p.m. there will be chili, soup, hot dogs and sandwiches and bounce houses for the kids. Santa will arrive at 5:30 p.m.

When: 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8.

Where: Broadlands Fire Department, 104 W. State St., Broadlands.

Future highlights

ILLINI FARM TOY SHOW AND AUCTION

What: Hosted by Champaign County and Vermilion 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.

FILMS

This weekend

29TH ANNUAL VISUAL AIDS DAY WITH(OUT) ART

What:Two-day, continuous screenings of six short films commissioned by Visual AIDS as part of the 29th Annual Day With(out) Art. Series title, "Alternate Endings: Activist Risings." Produced in partnership with several community organizations and university departments. Shown on KAM's Response Wall in the lower level lobby.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

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

Cost: Free.

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

MOVIES ON THE MAIN STAGE

What: "The Polar Express." Kick off your holidays with this heartwarming story called a "new classic"!

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 30, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 1, and 2 p.m. Dec. 2.

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 217-728-7375 or thelittletheatre.org.

VISUAL AIDS AT THE ART

What: A public screening and conversation moderated by Amy L. Powell, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at KAM, and featuring: Mike Benner, Executive Director, Greater Community AIDS Project; Nancy Johnson, HIV Prevention Program Coordinator, CU Public Health District; Megan Scoville, Community Engagement Coordinator, Planned Parenthood of Illinois; Ryan Wade, Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Illinois School of Social Work. Presented by Krannert Art Museum, The Art Theater, Gender & Women's Studies at Illinois, and the LGBT Resource Center. Co-sponsored by UP Center of Champaign County and the Women's Resources Center.

When: Noon Dec. 1.

Where:The Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., C.

Cost: Free.

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

REWIND 92.5 MOVIE SERIES: LISTENERS' CHOICE

What: Stand up and be counted and help us choose which of the following holiday favorites we show at this special December screening! "Home Alone" (1990), was the winner.

When: 2 p.m. Dec. 2.

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.

Next week

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES

What:A classic comedy film about two families trying to overcome their obstacles during the holiday season. Starring Jimmy Durante and Terry Moore. Call to reserve a seat.

When: 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 5.

Where:Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-267-3170 or email westvillepubliclibrary@gmail.com.

Future highlights

MOVIES AT MCKINLEY

What: "Joyeux Noel." Based on the true story of three armies in the bloody trenches of World War I - and the miraculous Christmas Eve truce they unexpectedly forge. Rated PG-13. Fully subtitled. Stay for the post-screening community conversation.

When: 7 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: McKinley Foundation, 809. S. Fifth St., C.

Cost: Free. Free parking at the parking garage across the street after 5 p.m.

More info:Call 217-344-0297 or mckinley-foundation.org/movies-at-mckinley/upcoming-movies/.

VIRGINIA THEATRE SPECIAL EVENT

What: Holiday in Whoville. Watch Dr. Seuss's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." (1966 television short). During the event we will have pictures with Santa, caroling, hot chocolate, and trolley rides through downtown Champaign.

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 16. Showing at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

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

Cost: Tickets $3; free for children 2 years old and younger.

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

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

What: "The Bishop's Wife." (1947). Rated G. 109 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 17.

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: "Miracle on 34th Street." (1947). Rated G. 101 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 18.

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: "Meet me in St. Louis." (1944). Rated G. 113 minutes.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 19.

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: "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.

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.

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.

MUSIC

This weekend

BECKMAN INSTITUTE'S THURSDAYS AT 12:20 CONCERT SERIES

What: Featuring Jooyon Chung, flute, and Dai-An Liu, harp. 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. Nov. 29.

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.

CHIP McNEILL, JAZZ SAXOPHONE

What University of Illinois School of Music faculty recital.

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29.

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.

FREE MUSIC FRIDAY

What: Music performance with Stone and Snow. Singer-songwriters Karen Bridges and Clint Thomson have been crafting their unique style of folk-influenced music since 2012.

When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30.

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

Cost: Free.

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

RONNIE MILSAP

What: Concert. Dinner in conjunction with the concert.

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Where: Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St.

Cost: Tickets $70-$90, plus $5 handling fee. Dinner, $15.

More info: Call 815-993-6585, watsekatheatre.com or email info@watsekatheatre.com.

LARRY GRAY, JAZZ DOUBLE BASS

What University of Illinois School of Music faculty recital.

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30.

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.

CENTRAL ILLINOIS CHILDREN'S CHORUS

What: The annual Winter Concert features holiday favorites and featuring Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols." Four choirs performing - Music Makers, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and Youth Chorale.

When: 3 to 4 p.m. Dec. 1.

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

Cost: Tickets $5, children and seniors are free, at the door.

More info: Call 217-722-4448 or email office@ciccsings.org.

MARCHING ILLINI IN CONCERT

What University of Illinois School of Music. This concert featuring its signature tunes, highlights of the season, and some exciting extras.

When: 3 p.m. Dec. 1.

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.

JEWEL: HANDMADE HOLIDAY TOUR

What: Performing Holiday classics, Holiday originals, and classic Jewel songs alongside special guests and family members, Atz, Atz Lee and Nikos Kilcher.When: 8 p.m. Dec. 1.

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

Cost: Tickets $45-$125. Additional $6 processing fees apply (online only).

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

ROLSTON STRING QUARTET

What: Cleveland Quartet Award Winner. Sunday Salon Series — Emerging Artists.

When: 3 p.m. Dec. 2.

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

Cost: Tickets $5-$55.

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

PARKLAND COLLEGE CONCERT

What: The Parkland Chamber Singers and Parkland Wind Ensemble will hold their "Carols and Cheer" joint concert. Kristina Engberg serves as accompanist.

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

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

Cost: Free and open to public .

More info: Email faa@parkland.edu or faa.parkland.edu/music/ensembles.html.PHILO COUNTRY MUSIC SHOW

What: Showcase of local country music talent in a Branson-style live music sta

ge show. Hosted by Ed Clem, bass and vocals, and Chrissy Sparks, piano, sax, vocals, on stage with Dyke Corson, lead and steel guitar, vocals; and Dave Ohlsson, drums, vocals. Special guest, Ron and Cindy Peddycoart Crawford.

When: 3 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

Where: R.E. Franks Meeting Center, 108 Madison, Philo.

Cost: Tickets $10. Concessions available.

More info: Call 217-390-2700.

DANVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

What: Springfield Ballet Company joins the DSO for the return of Tchaikovsky's timeless classic, "The Nutcracker."

When: 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 2.

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

Cost: Tickets $20-$40.

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

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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.

JAZZ COMBO CONCERT 1

What University of Illinois School of Music. Faculty musicians lead them through classic charts by influential writers plus current compositions.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

UI PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE AND STEEL BAND

What University of Illinois School of Music. This group performs calypso, soca, jazz, and global styles.

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

Where: Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

MUSICAL SHOWCASE

What: Siblings Kate and James Hathaway, who head up the indie-pop band, Hathaways, will perform traditional Andean charango music, as well as some original pieces. A program to celebrate the special exhibit "The Hidden Life of Things: Andean and Amazonian Cultural Artifacts and the Stories They Tell."

When: 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 5.

Where: Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U.

Cost: Free.

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

PARKLAND COLLEGE CONCERTWhat: Parkland's Guitar Ensemble.

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

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

Cost: Free and open to public .

More info: Email faa@parkland.edu or faa.parkland.edu/music/ensembles.html.

UI JAZZ TROMBONE ENSEMBLE

What: University of Illinois School of Music. Jim Pugh leads the ensemble on works arranged or written by group members.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

LOVELYTHEBAND

What Concert presented by Star Course at University of Illinois.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Foellinger Auditorium, 709 S. Mathews Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $14 for students, $20, public.

More info: star-course.com.

SIDEWALK PROPHETS 'GREAT BIG FAMILY CHRISTMAS TOUR'

What: Dove Award-winning band in concert. This inaugural event is a joyful and interactive experience and a holiday fun-filled event.

When:7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 6.

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

Cost: Tickets $15-$25; $45, VIP afterparty.

More info:Call 615-358-8756 or tinyurl.com/SWP-GBFC-DANVILLE-IL or facebook.com/events/262920084565945/

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

What: "Holiday Glory," a concert of holiday cheer for the whole family. Vocal soloists Josefien Stoppelenburg and Kate Tombaugh join with the University of Illinois Oratorio Society and the Central Illinois Children's Chorus.

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

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.

UI JAZZ BAND IV

What University of Illinois School of Music. This group specializes in tunes from the Big Band era.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

BACH'S LUNCH CONCERTS

What: Music by Dearie (Indie). 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. Dec. 7.

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.

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY IN MONTICELLO

What:Bement Country Opry Band with guest, Eric Gordon. A dinner will be served before the show.

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

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.

DANVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2018 SUGAR PLUM GALA

What: Act I: Christmas Eve at the Stalbaum Mansion. Entertainment by DSO Strings performing classics from "The Nutcracker." Act II: The Land of Sweets. Act III: Live Auction in support of your DSO. Act IV: Big Band & Dancing. Plus a three-course meal.

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

Where: Mary Miller Complex, Danville Area Community College, 2000 E. Main St.

Cost: Tickets $150 per person, $1,200 per table.

More info: http://danvillesymphony.org/2018gala/, for sponsorship opportunities, contact Ryan Loeckel at 217- 443-5300 extension 701 or email ryan@danvillesymphony.org.

FREE MUSIC FRIDAY

What: Music performance with Stuart Smith's Revelators (Americana).

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 7.

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

Cost: Free.

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

CONCERT JAZZ BAND: HELGESEN FELLOWSHIP CONCERT

What University of Illinois School of Music. The classic jazz ensemble, UI Concert Jazz Band, is led by Chip McNeill—a performer with Arturo Sandoval, Nat Adderley, Maynard Ferguson, and the Woody Herman Orchestra.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

ILLINOIS WIND SYMPHONY

What University of Illinois School of Music. Since its inception, the symphony has served as an ambassador for the historic Illinois Bands program and is an innovator in the wind band field.

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

Where: Feollinger 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.

PARKLAND COLLEGE CONCERT

What: "Music from the 2000s (2000-2009)." The Parkland Pops choir will perform a variety of familiar selections.

When: 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 8.

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

Cost: Free and open to public.

More info: Email faa@parkland.edu or faa.parkland.edu/music/ensembles.html.

UIUC BALINESE GAMELAN

What Fall 2018 Concert.Traditional and contemporary works will be performed by the UIUC Student Ensemble and Community Gamelan, including several newly composed works. Balinese dance under the direction of Putu Oka Mardiani Asnawa will also be featured. Performers will be joined by several guests including dancers Leah Wilks and Mauriah Kraker, and local improvised metal band TATWD.

When: 2 p.m. Dec. 8.

Where:Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., U.

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

More info:cwm.illinois.edu.

UI JAZZ GUITAR ENSEMBLE AND SAXOPHONE ENSEMBLES

What University of Illinois School of Music. Reeds and strings take the lead when these student jazz ensembles head into the Studio Theatre.

When: 3 p.m. Dec. 8.

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

MADE IN AMERICA

What: A tribute to Toby Keith. This 12 piece band brings the energy, look, sound and feel of a Toby Keith concert to life on a smaller stage.

When: Doors open at 6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 8.

Where: Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St.

Cost: Tickets $25.

More info: Call 815-993-6585, watsekatheatre.com or email info@watsekatheatre.com.

UI LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE

What University of Illinois School of Music. The ensemble performs works with South American, Caribbean, Afro-Cuban, and traditional jazz influences.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

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UI JAZZ BAND III

What University of Illinois School of Music. This group specializes in tunes from the Big Band era.

When: 3 p.m. Dec. 9.

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

PARKLAND COLLEGE CONCERT

What: Parkland College's concert band and orchestra will perform a joint winter concert titled "Home Again for the Holidays."

When: 3 to 4 p.m. Dec. 9.

Where: Harold & Jean Miner Theatre, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free and open to public.

More info: Email faa@parkland.edu or faa.parkland.edu/music/ensembles.html.

ANNUAL CAROL CONCERT

What University of Illinois 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. 9.

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.

MICHAEL MCDONALD

What:Michael McDonald brings his This Christmas, An Evening of Holiday & Hits Tour to The Virginia Theatre..

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 9.

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

Cost: Tickets $49.95-$79.95.

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

UI JAZZ VOCAL AND JAZZ VOCAL COMBOS

What University of Illinois School of Music. Jazz vocalists can perform a cappella, create their own vocal percussion, become entire orchestras unto themselves, or sing dense arrangements backed by rhythm musicians.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

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. Dec. 10 (second (and fifth) Mondays of every month).

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

Where:Email cu_chanteys@maden.org.

UI WIND ORCHESTRA AND HINDSLEY SYMPHONIC BAND

What University of Illinois School of Music. The orchestra performs works for large or small groups, traditional pieces, and new compositions. The band performs music for large ensembles, historic works, transcriptions, and modern pieces.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11.

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.

UI JAZZ BAND II

What University of Illinois School of Music. This group specializes in tunes from the Big Band era.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11.

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

ANDREW PETERSON PRESENTS 'BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD'

What:Presented by Gather Round Production. Storied Nashville singer-songwriter and author Andrew Peterson presents the Advent song cycle "Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ."

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 12.

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

Cost: Tickets $25-$40.

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

UI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

What University of Illinois School of Music. The premier orchestra at the University of Illinois will perform a variety of pieces conducted by Donald Schleicher.

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 or call 217-333-6280.

UI JAZZ COMBO CONCERT II

What University of Illinois School of Music. Students in these small jazz combos have the opportunity to hone their technique and work on tight arrangements. World-renowned faculty musicians lead them through classic charts by influential writers such as Duke Ellington and Count Basie plus current compositions.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $4-$10.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

DANCING

This weekend

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

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

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Nov. 30.

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

Cost: Admission, $10.

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

ISRAELI FOLK DANCING

What: With the Champaign-Urbana Israeli Folkdancers. All are welcome, regardless of experience. Start at 7 p.m. with beginner dances, and progress to an intermediate level. Lots of open dance time. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1.

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

Cost: Free, donations are accepted at the door.

More info: Call 217-367-1544.

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.

ILLINI SWING SOCIETY DANCE

What: Snowball Dance! Join us for our special winter dance with great dining options and swingin' jazz.

When: 10 p.m. to midnight Dec. 1.

Where:Radio Maria, 119 N Walnut St, C.

Cost: Free.

More info: illiniswing.org or https://radiomariarestaurant.com.

Next week

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. Dec. 6.

Where: Channing-Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon St., U.

Cost: Free.

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

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Happy Hour Novice Dance at 7 p.m. Open dancing starts at 7:30 p.m.

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

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 Big Bluestem with Tamara Lowenthal, 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. 7.

Where: Channing-Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon St.,U.

Cost: Pay what you can, $5-$10.

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. 8.

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.

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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. Dec. 11.

Where: Room B, 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. 14.

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 Euphor with Dale Wilson, 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. 14.

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

Cost: Pay what you can, $5-$10.

More info: urbana-contra.org.

HOOPESTON MULTI AGENCY SENIOR DANCE

What: Christmas Ball. A dinner and a dance with music. Call to register for dinner.

When: Dinner, 5 to 6 p.m.; dance, 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 15.

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

Cost:$5 and includes meal.

More info:Call 217-283-5544.

TANGO AT KRANNERT ART MUSEUM

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

When: Noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 15.

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

Cost: Free.

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

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.

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.

PERFORMING ARTS

This weekend

'NO BLUE MEMORIES — THE LIFE OF GWENDOLYN BROOKS'

What: In Manual Cinema's theatrical rendering, striking visuals combine with poetry, storytelling and original live music for an inspiring tale of identity, politics and one of the most remarkable American literary careers. Marquee Big Mix Series. The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is hosting a behind-the-scenes lecture and reception, 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 28,in the Reading Room of the Main Library on campus.

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29.

Where: Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$25.

More info: krannertcenter.com, library.illinois.edu/rbx or call 217-333-6280.

'THE NUTCRACKER'

What: Champaign-Urbana Ballet and Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra transform a festive holiday evening into an enchanted journey filled with glittering fairies, globally inspired vignettes, troublemaking rodents and a winsome cavalry.Marquee Big Mix Series.

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, and 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

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.

RATTLE THE STARS PRESENTS 'PORRIMA'

What: An art showcase for understanding mental illness and suicide. Over 40 artists will share their experiences with mental illness, trauma, and suicide through music, dance, spoken word, painting, drawing, poetry, photography, and more. 'Porrima' is sponsored by Teamsters 26 and 301, East Central Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council, and Flooring Surfaces.

When: 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 1.

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

Cost: Free admission, but donations are encouraged.

More info:Call 217-372-4479, rattlethestars.org or acebook.com/events/617539531958807/

ST. LOUIS BALLET

What: For their performance, the first half of the program will feature contemporary pieces and will close with a divertissement of "The Nutcracker" Act II for the second half of the program.

When:7:30 p.m. Dec. 1.

Where: The Theatre, Doudna Fine Arts Center, 1860 S. Seventh St., Charleston.

Cost: Tickets $25.

More info:Call 217-581-3110 or email doudnatix@eiu.edu.

TALENT SHOW WITH PATCH ADAMS MD

What: Fun night for all ages. Main events include Drag Queen Storytime, "What's Your Love Strategy," a workshop with Patch Adams; a spoken word performance by Rachel Storm; and music performance by Rational Dress Society. Also, face painting and drag queen makeup, tarot readings, carnival games, silent auction and raffle for prizes. Fundraiser for Gesundheit! Institute.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2.

Where: Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost: Entrance fee, $5.

More info: Email programming@patchadams.com.

Next week

AN EVENING WITH NICK OFFERMAN

What: Humorist Nick Offerman returns to the site of his youthful matriculation with a collection of sawdusty musings on living with enthusiasm, crafting things in wood and most importantly, cultivating mirth. Offerman, University of Illinois Alum, generously is performing this show as fundraiser for the future Japan House Annex.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3.

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

Cost: Tickets $35-$80. VIP tickets, $250.

More info: Call 217-356-9063 or thevirginia.org/event/an-evening-with-nick-offerman/.

AN EVENING WITH NICK OFFERMAN

What:Humorist Nick Offerman returns to the site of his youthful matriculation with a collection of sawdusty musings on living with enthusiasm, crafting things in wood and most importantly, cultivating mirth. Offerman, University of Illinois Alum, generously is performing this show as fundraiser for the future Japan House Annex.

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

Where: Foellinger Auditorium, 709 S. Matthews Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets start at $25-$45.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/251697012169636/ or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-nick-offerman-tickets-52411041837?aff=ebdshpmoodssection

VOICE READING SERIES

What: Hear new work by graduate student authors in the Creative Writing MFA program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

When: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-333-1861, kam.illinois.edu or email kam@illinois.edu.

Future highlights

COMEDIAN STEWART HUFF

What: Alto Vineyards Comedy Night. His knack for embracing the foibles of humanity and his refreshing originality make him as likeable as he is hilarious.

When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 14.

Where: Alto Vineyards, 4210 N. Duncan Road, C.

Cost:Tickets $15.

More info: cucomedy.com, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/comedian-stewart-huff-alto-vineyards-tickets-52516274591 or email jesse@cucomedy.com or call 217-202-6023.

ZOO IMPROV FRIDAY NIGHT IMPROV

What: "Final Fridays" show in December will be held Dec. 14. 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. 14.

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

Cost: Admission is pay what you wish.

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

CLOTHESPIN PUPPETS HOLIDAY SHOW

What:The Picture Book Show is a fast-paced mix of holiday stories, puppets, and audience participation lovingly adapted from favorite holiday picture books, including Here Comes Santa Cat by Deborah Underwood. For kids and their families.

When:3 to 3:45 p.m. Dec. 15.

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

Cost: Free.

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

SESAME STREET LIVE! MAKE YOUR MAGIC

What: This production features favorite Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more in a brand-new, magical adventure live on stage.

When: 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19.

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

Cost: Tickets $15-75 plus fees.

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

THEATER

This weekend

'THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER'

What: The Monticello Theatre Association. The story of the Herdmans, six delinquent children who go to church for the first time (for snacks) and become involved with the annual Christmas play there.

Where: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

Where: Monticello Theatre Association, 1406 N. Market St., Monticello.

Cost:Tickets $15 for adults; $10, high school and younger.

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

'THE LITTLE TOWN OF CHRISTMAS'

What: Tri-County Players. A compilation of Christmas skits for young and old by Pat Cook.

When:7 p.m. Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1, 7 and 8, 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

Where: Paxton Market Street Theatre, 120 N. Market St., Paxton.

Cost: Tickets $12.

More info: Call 217-379-7028.

'MAMMA MIA!'

What: The Celebration Company. Music & lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson.

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 1, 2, 5-8, 3 p.m. Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12-15.

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.

'ORNAMENTS'

What:Six Christmas stories in one act. Charleston Alley Theatre. Family entertainment in conjunction with Christmas in the Heart of Charleston and Mattoon's Celebrate Downtown Christmas.

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

Where: Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at Charleston Alley Theatre, 718 Monroe St., Charleston; Dec. 7-9 in the Mattoon Train Station, 1718 Broadway Ave., Mattoon.

Cost: Tickets, general admission $8; children 12 and younger free.

More info: Call 217-345-2287 or charlestonalleytheatre.com.

Next week

'ATLANTIS'

What: Premiere of an original musical by Scott Knier. The show will be performed as a staged reading. Illini Student Musicals.

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

Where: Lincoln Hall Theatre, 702 S. Wright St., U.

More info: Marketing@illinistudentmusicals.org.

'BELIEVE ... THE MIRACLE OF CHRISTMAS'

What: Discover the true meaning of Christmas, a new holiday musical.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 2 p.m. Dec. 9, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14, 2 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16.

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

Cost:Tickets $21.75-$37.50.

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

'IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, LIVE RADIO PLAY'

What: A holiday favorite presented by Central Illinois Stage Company (CISCo) and Far Off Broadway Players.A dinner theatre performance; tickets must be purchased by Dec. 5.

When: Doors open at 6 p.m. with appetizers Dec. 7 and 8; meal to be served at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Praise Assembly Church, 1300 Osage Road, Charleston.

Cost: Tickets $20, adult; $12, children age 12 and younger; includes meal.

More info: Email centraliltheatre@gmail.com or centraliltheatre.com.

'RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, MUSICAL'

What: The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $32.50-$62.50.

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

Future highlights

'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: Evening shows Dec. 13, 14, 15, and 21, doors open at 5 p.m., show at 7 p.m. CDT (6 p.m., show at 8 p.m. EDT); matinees Dec. 15, 16, 20, doors open at 11:30 p.m., show at 1 p.m. CDT (12:30 p.m., show at 2 p.m. EDT). Matinee shows on Dec. 15 and 20 are 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.

'CINDERELLA'

What: 2018-19 WCIA 3 Broadway Series.

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

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

Cost: Tickets $39-$65 plus fees.

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

'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 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

NERDS WHO BIRD TRIVIA NIGHT

What: Team up with your family, friends, coworkers and get nerdy with the Champaign County Audubon Society. Prizes offered to the winning teams and food and drink are available from multiple vendors. Pre-register your team by emailing sjohnsonccas@gmail.com.

When: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29.

Where: Broadway Food Hall, 401 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost: Free, but donations are appreciated.

Cost: Email mail@champaigncountyaudubon.org or champaigncountyaudubon.org/birdwalks-and-programs/.

NATURE PLAY PRE-K FRIDAYS

What: For ages 6 years and younger with an adult. Drop by the nature center to discover self-guided activities for little naturalists. Adventures may lead you outdoors to the nature playscape as weather permits. Weekly themes depend on current events in nature.

When: 9 a.m. to noon Fridays, Nov. 30-Dec. 14.

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.

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.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY AUDUBON SOCIETY

What: December program on "Coal Ash Threatens the Middle Fork and Waters Across Illinois."Find out how toxic coal ash threatens the Middle Fork, Illinois's only National Scenic River, and waters across the state, what we're doing to fix the problem, and how you can help. A presentation and discussion about local issues in Central Illinois by Andrew Rehn from Prairie Rivers Network.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 6.

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

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Cost: Email mail@champaigncountyaudubon.org or champaigncountyaudubon.org/birdwalks-and-programs/.

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. 7 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.

NINTH ANNUAL MIKE WALSH MEMORIAL 5K RUN/WALK

What: A fast, flat run through the streets of Bement followed up with complimentary Curtis Orchard Donuts and Cider. You'll also find a Christmas parade with Santa later that day. Donations for the race help fund a scholarship given by the family of Mike Walsh. Register at https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/Bement/MikeWalshMemorial5KRun2.

When: 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 8.

Where: Bement High School, 201 S. Champaign St., Bement.

Cost: Race fee, $20 and a $2.50 sign-up fee. Price increases to $2 after Nov. 24.

More info: Call 618-505-0181.

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. 8.

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

Cost: Free.

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

HOMER FOR THE HOLIDAYS

What: Join us for our natural approach to creating unique holiday gifts. Stations will be set up for children make and take home presents and decorations. Also, create treats to decorate the trees outside as a gift to the wildlife that call this preserve home. Come and go at your convenienc during program hours.

When: 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8.

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

Cost: Free.

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

Future highlights

WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

What: Experience nature at night on the shortest day of the year. Take a hike through Busey Woods to search for nocturnal wildlife, then gather around the campfire for hot apple cider, popcorn and s'mores. Set your intentions for the coming year, and craft a memento to take home with you. Registration is required. Age 8 and up with a registered adult.

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

Where: Busey Woods and Fire Ring, Anita Purves Nature Center. 1505 N Broadway Ave., U.

Cost:Resident, $12; noneresident, 18 by Dec. 7. $13-$20 by Dec. 14.

More info:urbanaparks.org/regiister or call 217-367-1544.

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.

UI MUSEUMS

Krannert Art Museum

What: Exhibitions, "2018 School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition" and "Provenance: A Forensic History of Art" through Dec. 8; "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 classes are in session. Closed Sundays.

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: Two special programs to celebrate the special exhibit "The Hidden Life of Things: Andean and Amazonian Cultural Artifacts and the Stories They Tell," on loan from The Ohio State University through Dec. 16. A tour with guest curator Norman Whitten and a musical showcase of traditional Andean charango music by Hathaways.

When: Tour at 1 p.m. Dec. 2. Musical showcase at 4 p.m. Dec. 5. Open, 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.

What: Culture Lab: Ice and Snow. Drop-in activity led by at museum guide. Join them for mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touchable artifacts.

When: 1 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

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. Fridays, Nov. 30, Dec. 7-21.

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.

MONTICELLO RAILWAY MUSEUM

What:Lunch with Santa on the Train. Visit with Santa Claus while eating a kid-friendly sack lunch. Hosted by Monticello Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are sold exclusively online. The 11:15 a.m. train on Dec. 1 takes place during the Monticello Christmas parade. Those who ride that train will miss the parade.

When: Departs at 10, 11:15 a.m., 1 and 2:15 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2. Depot opens at 9 a.m.

Where:Wabash Depot, 200 E. Livingston St., Monticello.

Cost: Tickets $15 for coach, or, on 1 p.m. trains only, $150 for dining car service for a table of up to four people.

More info: mrym.org, call 877-762-9011 or 800-952-3396.

MUSEUM OF THE GRAND PRAIRIE

What: To Grandmother's House We Go! See the museum decorated for the holidays; make, wrap, and take home presents and decorations for family and friends; and listen to period-authentic carolers performing songs from the 19th century. Register online.

When: 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 1.

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: Annual Snow Globe, a winter wonderland immersive event, featuring indoor sledding, holiday games, crafts, treats and more. Sponsored by Busey Bank.

Where 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 1-15.

Where: 346 N. Neil St., C.

Cost: Snow Globe admission, $3, members; $8, non-members; $24, family of four. Discounts available for income-eligible families.

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

SOUSA ARCHIVES AND CENTER FOR AMERICAN MUSIC

What: Sousa Archives and Center for American Music presents "Beautiful Music Around Us, Exploring America's Evolving Artistic Dialogues of Race and Identity," American Music Month 2018, exhibitions: "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: Regular winter hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Through May 2019.

What: Holiday Open House. Santa will greet visitors on the 1930s era street scene in the Museum Center, photos may be taken by participants, crafts and activities for children, punch and cookies.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 2.

What: Candlelight Christmas Walk. The Fithian Home will be dressed in its holiday finery. Lighting will be low to provide an ambiance, reminiscent of the period. Costumed historical characters acting as guides, along with carolers from Danville Light Opera.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2.

Where: 116 N. Gilbert St., Danville.

Cost: Candlelight Christmas Walk, $5. 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.

PLANETARIUM

WILLIAM M. STAERKEL PLANETARIUM

Sky show:"Prairie Skies, 7 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 30-Dec. 14.

Main feature:"Season of Light" 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 30-Dec. 15.

Children's features:"Santa's Secret Star," 7 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 1-15.

James B. Kaler World of Science Lecture: "The 2018 Volcanic Eruption on Hawaii - Causes and Consequences of a Natural Disaster" by Dr. Steven Marshak. UIUC Geology, 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7.

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 AT MCKINLEY

What: Exhibit, "Engage 4 Freedom," an interactive, rotating exhibition featuring the original Norman Rockwell works accompanied by community and student artwork and interactive expressions of freedom in the 21st Century. The McKinley Foundation is a partner of the For Freedoms 50 State Initiative.

When: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Through May 2019.

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

More info: Call 217-344-0297 or mckinley-foundation.org/artists-alley.

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.

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.

DANVILLE ART LEAGUE

What: Exhibit by Spencer Meagher is featured in the gallery. Meagher is a Plein Air and studio artist, with his studio in Mount Vernon.

When: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Saturday. Through Dec. 15.

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: "Light Seeker" by Champaign Photography Association ends Nov. 30.

What: Opening reception for "Some Years Later" by Howard Kanter.

When: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Open, 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Jan. 31.

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

Cost: Free.

More info: union.illinois.edu, call 217-333-3137 or 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.

PARKLAND COLLEGE

What: "2018 State of the Art Photography Invitational: Locale," curated by Chicago photographer and educator Christopher Schneberger.

When: 0 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Fridays and Sundays, and Dec. 10 through Jan. 13 for winter break. Through Feb. 2, 2019.

Where: Giertz Gallery, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

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

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.

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. Through Jan. 5, 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.

TARBLE ARTS CENTER

What: Exhibition, "In the Eye of the Beholder."

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Mondays and holidays. Through Dec. 16.

Where: Main Galleries, 2010 Ninth St. (South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue), Eastern Illinois University, Charleston.

Cost: Free.

More info: eiu.edu/tarble, call 217-581-2787 or email tarble@eiu.edu.

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 UI holidays. Through Dec. 14.

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: Opening day for "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: Dec. 1. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; closed Sundays through Tuesdays. Through Jan. 19.

Where: 120 W. Main St., U.

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

TECHLINE

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

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Open, 10 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed over the holiday 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.

When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 1-22; 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 6-April 27, 2019.

Where: Inside Lincoln Square, downtown Urbana.

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

WINTER DANVILLE FARMER'S MARKET

What: This is a group of local vendors with a huge variety of products including baked goods, meat, eggs, coffee, crafts, produce (limited), plants, authored books and more. All vendor fees support the Fischer restoration and we invite shoppers to enjoy some special events and donate as well.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every second Saturday, Dec. 8 through April 27.

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

More info: https://www.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.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 (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.