Wednesdays through February 5, 2014Come learn about the Orpheum’s animals! The Orpheum Education Team will talk to visitors about our animals, followed by an animal feeding time. Participants will take a closer look at our aquatic turtles, land turtle, bearded dragons, and corn snake.
Victor August Herbert (1859-1924) was an American composer, cellist, and conductor who is most frequently remembered for his popular Broadway operettas Babes in Toyland (1903) and Naughty Marietta (1910) and the founder of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1914. ASCAP protected the copyrights of compositions of its members which initially included Irving Berlin, Otto Harbach, James Weldon Johnson, Jerome Kern, and John Philip Sousa.
The Spurlock Museum celebrates creativity, inspiration, and fiberworking in this unique exhibit. Representing an intensive, three-year collaboration with the C-U Spinners and Weavers Guild, the exhibit combines Museum artifacts, some not displayed for decades, with original Guild member artworks they have inspired. The exhibit will include video interviews with the artists and insights into their creative journey through notes and design booklets. The exhibit is free and open during Museum hours: Tuesdays 12-5, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 9-5, Saturdays 10-4, and Sundays 12-4.
Charles Strothkamp played clarinet with the John Philip Sousa Band between 1926 and 1932, and when he wasn’t performing with the band he took countless candid photographs of the band as they traveled from town to town on America’s bustling railroad network. During America’s roaring 1920s the allure of traveling to new exotic destinations by automobile on the country’s developing byways had captured the imagination of many urban adventurers, like the Strothkamp family, who sought escape from the forests of brick and concrete that surrounded their city-dwelling lives.
Fridays through December 13A live-narrated tour of the wonders of tonight's sky, accompanied by some of the legendary stories of the ancient sky. Find out what constellations and planets are visible tonight and how to find them. This show is updated seasonally and is intended for all ages. We plan to feature how to find Comet ISON this fall as it hopefully brightens late in the season. Admission: $5 adults; $4 students, seniors, children under 12.
Third Sunday of Every Month Through February 16Join the fun by choosing your favorite book to read to a four-legged friend. Canine Connections will have trained therapy dogs onsite.
The Spurlock Museum joins the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) in celebrating its 50th anniversary. An integral part of this celebration is "Latin American Research: Past, Present, and Future." To complement this focus there will be an exhibition of Latin American folk art. Situated adjacent to the permanent South American Gallery, the exhibition will feature selected objects from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil, countries where CLACS personnel have conducted and are conducting research.
Tuesdays through February 28, 2014Come join the fun with activities for toddlers that provide an opportunity to work on developing language, cognitive, and social skills.
Each generation is defined by the popular music that it listens to, and during the 1960s and 1970s the hard-edged sound and message of America’s psychedelic rock and roll -- Purple Haze, Somebody to Love, and Black is Black -- was shaped by the unrest of the country’s involvement in the Vietnam War and its unrelenting demand for equal civil rights for all citizens.
Like most musicians and music ensembles that toured throughout the United States at the end of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Sousa Band traveled over 1,272,000 miles by railroad. Before the age of the inexpensive automobiles and the development of America’s interstate road system, reliable and efficient long-distance transportation between cities and states was only possible by rail.
Archie Green was one of America’s leading twentieth-century folklorists who specialized in labor lore history and folk music traditions. He was a strong supporter of Theodore Roosevelt’s New Deal policies and often described himself as a “left-libertarian.” He earned his Master of Library Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1960 and a Ph.D. in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968.
Saturdays through December 14What? Santa has lost his compass and can't find his way home? Sounds like a disaster in the making! Can the stars help? Learn about the day and night sky and how the stars seem to make pictures in the sky in our newest holiday show for young stargazers. Learn how YOU, too, can find Santa's secret star! Admission: $5 adults; $4 students, seniors, children under 12.
Parkland Art Gallery will host works by ceramic artists from across the U.S. during its "State of the Art 2013-2014: National Biennial Ceramics Invitational" opening Monday, Nov. 18.
Curated by artist Delores Fortuna, the exhibit will run through Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. A reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, 6-8 p.m. in the gallery lounge that features a curatorial talk at 7 p.m., music by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble, and refreshments. Both the ceramics exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
Opening reception: December 5, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Randi Stella is a MFA candidate at University of Illinois. Her current work explores the relationship between light and form. She examines dilapidated apartment complexes through the filter of abstracted shapes. Using only the light provided, she manipulates the frame and subjecting the viewer to question the realism of photography itself.
Fridays & Saturdays through December 14"Season of Light" traces the history and development of many of the world's holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season. "Seasons of Light" also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice - not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi. It also examines some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions. Admission: $5 adults; $4 students, seniors, children under 12.
For 3 weeks only, NORDEN and Dear Home are setting up shop in Downtown Urbana—just in time for the holidays!
Featuring modern and vintage furnishings, decor, and accessories for the home, stop by to find the perfect gift for your friends, your family, and yourself. New items added weekly! Located at Colab, 206 W Main in Urbana. Open daily 10am–7pm.
Visit www.hausandhome.co for a list of events, specials, and more information!
Come to the Snow Globe at the Orpheum! Each Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas, spend an enchanted time in a winter wonderland where the tradition of merry-making continues featuring indoor sledding, snowman making, snow ball throwing, ice fishing with prizes, and more! Generously sponsored by Busey. $6 members, $8 nonmembers, or family 4-pack $28. After the parade, $5 nonmembers
Tchaikovsky’s dreamy score swirls amid a land of enchanted toys, confectionary fairies, a princely hero, and a myriad of fanciful figures in E. T. A. Hoffman’s classic winter night’s tale. The talented young dancers of the Champaign Urbana Ballet under the direction of Deanna Doty once again take to the Tryon Festival Theatre stage in an exceptional production of this timeless piece with live accompaniment from Sinfonia da Camera, led by conductor Ian Hobson.
Recommended for ages 5 and up
December 5 - 7:30p.m.
December 6 - 7:30p.m.
Select from among a stunning array of handcrafted ceramic cups and enjoy great music and bakery-fresh treats during “Coffee and Tea, Cups and Dessert,” Parkland Art Gallery’s biennial fundraiser scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the gallery lounge.
Classical Mix Series | Recognized as one of the world’s great ensembles, the Grammy-winning Takács Quartet plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth, and humor, as the members’ distinct musical personalities bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire.
The Illini Union Art Gallery will be hosting an opening reception on Friday, December 6 at 5:00pm for the exhibit Love Less Violently. Light refreshments will be served.
Artist Maria Lux earned her MFA from Illinois in 2012, while artists Shayna Egan and Cherrie Fanning are both graduate students in their final year in the metals program. The three have previously shown their work together in the Art Gallery’s summer exhibit, So Many Beats of Burden, and will continue to explore the theme of human and animal interaction.
At this FREE lunch concert series, you can treat your senses to a musical meal that will satisfy your hunger for melody and rhythm. Feel free to bring your lunch from home or one of the many downtown Champaign restaurants! Prairie City - Friday, December 6, 12:00 -1:00 pm Springer Cultural Center 301 N. Randolph Champaign, IL More info at champaignparkdistrict.com
What are comets and why should we care about them? Popular astronomer Jim Kaler returns to the dome to describe the world of comets and the appearance of Comet ISON. Admission is $1 at the door.
Lite Rock 97.5-WHMS FM, Newstalk 1400-WDWS, and Classic Hits 107.9-WKIO present “The Tons O’ Fun Band and Friends 8th Annual Christmas Show! It started with a dream... that turned into a reality... that became magic. Each year, a band of brothers fills the silent nights of December with harmony, music and fun. It’s the place where the faithful come year after year to feel the magic of the season!
Don't miss the 2nd annual Merry Treasures DIY bazaar, featuring stocking stuffers and other wee gifts! Hosted by The I.D.E.A. Store Friday, Dec. 7 (4-7 p.m.) and Saturday, Dec. 8 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.).
Everything for sale is handmade/one-of-a-kind, created using mostly recycled/reused/repurposed materials. A dozen-plus vendors will be offering practical AND whimsical goods ranging from market totes, jewelry and accessories to home decor and assemblage art.
Join us for a fun and exciting breakfast with Santa! A light breakfast will be served followed by a chat with Santa about your holiday wishes and a variety of fun games. Game participants will receive a prize. Cost is $5 each with children under one free. Meet Santa at the Savoy United Methodist Church at the corner of Duncan Road and Old Church, 3002 West Old Church. Music, Santa, fun,and games...what more could you ask for? Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Savoy. All proceeds are used for club projects to benefit the community. Get your ticket from any club member or pay at the door.
Enjoy Christmas in the Country! On Saturday, December 7 at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., enjoy a delcious meal and visit with Santa!
With cookie decorating, story time with Mrs. Claus, and pictures with Santa, you'll have a wonderful holiday experience.
Children 12 mo. and up - $15
Adults - $15
Seating is limited. Call to reserve your space: 217-359-5565
Enjoy a day in Homer at their Christmas in Homer. Visit the Village Hall, 500 E. Second St to shop for Cookies at the Cookie Walk, buy a Christmas ornament or gift from one of the many Craft vendors and take the kids to visit Santa. Then shop at the Sugar Creek Boutique and Gifts Unique and Ms. Becky’s uptown. Enjoy Christmas music on Main Street.
The Children’s Holiday Shop is the perfect place for children to do their own holiday shopping. Children arrive at our store with their shopping list in hand and money tucked away safely in their pocket. A volunteer then assists the child through the store and helps them budget their money as they pick out gifts (between $2 and $8 dollars) for their family and friends.The ideal age for the shoppers is from 3-12 years. Please contact Special Events Coordinator Heather Wienke at 217-337-2731 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce sponsors Country Christmas the first Saturday in December. Santa will arrive at the library at 10 a.m. on a fire truck and be here for 2 hours to visit with the children, hear their wish lists and read to them.
Share the joys of holiday with your family by making Music Together at the Champaign School of Music. This 2 week session, for babies - 5 year olds and their parents, will explore holiday music from around the world through instruments, song and dance as well as some favorites songs from past Music Together sessions.
Tuition is $25/child for the full session. Children under 6 months are free.
Call 217-359-0541 to register or go online to www.ChampaignSchoolofMusic.org
Mark your calendar for a Saturday of art! During Kids@Krannert we fill Krannert Art Museum with hands-on activities for the entire family. Parents and children (ages 3-8) are invited to join us for art projects, family tours, demonstrations and other exciting events Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. - noon. This session is held in conjunction with the School of Art + Design Saturday School Open House. For a full calendar of museum exhibitions and events, visit kam.illinois.edu.
Head to downtown Rantoul for the Annual Christmas Parade. Then, after the parade head to Santa's Village for free, fun activities at various downtown businesses! Santa will be at Lindsey Lane Bridal for pictures with Kellie Wahl Photography!
Polar Paws 5K Run/WalkSaturday, December 7, 10amCentennial ParkJoin us a Centennial Park to kick off your howl-a-day season with a fun run that's sure to delight everyone in your family, especially your dog! Water, hot chocolate, and holiday and dog cookies will be available along the course to keep all our racers merry and bright. Only one dog per runner, please. All dogs must have current vaccinations and be under control on a leash at all times.Register by Nov 20 to receive a t-shirt, or by December 5
Celebrate the Christmas season with one of Mrs. Claus's famous cookies. Feel free to bring the kids to have their picture taken with Mrs. Claus.
An eclectic collection of movies songs will delight listeners during “Pops Goes to Hollywood,” a concert by the Parkland Pops scheduled forSaturday, Dec. 7. The event is free and open to the public.
Director Brian Hagy will lead the 15-member chorus during the 1 p.m. concert at the Parkland Theatre. Guests will enjoy songs from such film musicals as The Wizard of Oz, Flashdance, and Footloose, as well as popular tunes such as Fame, Nine to Five, New York New York, and Rainbow Connection.
He’s making a list, checking it twice...have you been naughty or nice?! Santa Claus is coming to town! Children and parents are invited to join Santa for a magical holiday party with games, prizes, and treats. Santa will be bringing his bag full of toys to give away to children at the party!
You supply the creativity, we’ll supply the rest! Design your very own gingerbread house using cardboard, icing and decorative candy. When it’s over, take your masterpiece home and leave the mess for us!
Register at: https://registration.cparkdistrict.com/webtrac/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/wbsearch.html?xxmod=AR&xxsortoption=Description&xxtype=ART&wbsi=d9f08c92-6cc1-8487-e311-0143158421df
Join us for our annual Christmas program, where children can make, wrap and take home presents and ornaments for their families and friends. FREE. Registration encouraged; (217) 586-2612 or email@example.com.
Ring in the holiday season at Douglass Park’s tree lighting ceremony and caroling party! Warm up with hot chocolate and cookies while riding the holiday express trolley around Douglass Park.
The artist Billy Jacobs from Ohio will be at Ms. Becky’s for a signing of his work. You can have him sign a picture, calendar or even the new shelf that Ms. Becky designed and had published in the Country Sampler and At Home magazine this year. Please come and visit with him from 1-4 pm Sunday December 8.
At this year’s Winter Festival, bask in the warmth of the holidays and spread it throughout the community with your donations of cold weather clothing. Bring mittens, gloves, hats, ear muffs, and coats for the Warm-a-Kid Drive sponsored by the Dr. Marshall K. Berner Family Information Center of the Champaign Unit 4 School District.
Mamma Mia-Part of the WCIA3 Broadway Series Dec 8, 2013 (Sun) 7:00 PM State Farm Center Star Theater Over 50 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.
BOMBAY is a critically acclaimed 1995 Tamil film directed by Mani Ratnam, starring Arvind Swamy and Manisha Koirala, with music composed by A. R. Rahman. The film is located in the period of December 1992 to January 1993 in India, with special reference to the Babri Masjid controversy in Ayodhya. The demolition of the Masjid on 6 December 1992 increased religious tensions in Bombay (now Mumbai) that led to the Bombay Riots. It is the second in Ratnam’s trilogy of films that depict human relationships against a background of Indian politics, the others being Roja and Dil Se.
Join the students from the School of Chemical Sciences at the University of Illinois for a holiday magic chemistry show! After the show, university science students will be outside the lecture hall to serve cookies and just visit with the kids.
December 11 at 7:00 p.m.
December 14 at 2:00 p.m.
FREE; tickets required. Reserve at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-magic-chemistry-demonstration-show-tickets-9016716241
Opening Reception: December 14th, 6pm-9pm
An exhibition of artwork from six individuals linked by their passion to visually convey the underground music they love. Together the artwork stands as not only a visual accompaniment to music, but a tool to express the interests, ethics and, sound of a scene.
(Weekdays 6-8pm, Saturdays 1pm-7pm, Sundays 10am-5pm)
Steven Alltop, Music Director and Conductor
Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra Series | A holiday treat for the entire family, this program is a feast of musical delights, including choral classics, masterpieces of the season, holiday favorites such as Sleigh Ride, the Hallelujah chorus, and, of course, a visit from Old St. Nick!
University of Illinois hosts NCAA Volleyball Regionals Friday December 13 and Saturday December 14 at State Farm Center! Tickets are now on sale and any additional information needed can be found by following this link: http://www.fightingillini.com/vbregional2013/#
One of the Co-Headliners at the Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival this past June, Shane Dwight has shared the stage with the likes B.B. King, Etta James, Otis Rush, Los Lonely Boys, and Johnny Winter.
Shane's newest album, A Hundred White Lies was featured in/on the cover of many magazines between fall 2011 and 2012, including Guitar World Magazine, USA Today, Blues Review Magazine
Fluid Events & Smoky's House BBQ will present Shane Dwight at The New Fluid Event Center on Friday December 13, 2013, with opening act Timmy D. and Blind Justice. Doors Open at 8:00pm, Show Starts at 9:00pm.
Join us at Homer Lake for our natural approach to creating unique holiday gifts. Stations will be set up for children to make, wrap, and take home presents and ornaments for their families and friends. You can also help us create treats to decorate the trees outside of the Interpretive Center as our gift to the wildlife that call this preserve home. There’s no place like Homer for the holidays! FREE. For info: (217) 896-2455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In celebration of the holiday season, resident storyteller Kim Sheahan will offer a family storytelling concert of multicultural folktales highlighting giving and generosity. Free admission.
The year 1919 marked the beginning of the “Golden Age of Bands” in America’s public schools and John Philip Sousa served as a staunch advocate for the inclusion of music instruction and performance ensembles in every student’s course of study.
Bacaro's has partnered with Crisis Nursery and is donating 10% of each customer’s bill to Crisis Nursery for one business day. dine&donate encourages community members to dine locally and donate locally, all in the same outing. If you have any questions, please call Heather Wienke at 217-337-2731.
Come and enjoy the Museum and Botanical Gardens decorated for the holidays, with a winter hike during the day, and strolling carolers and warming refreshments in the evening. This is sure to be a beautiful and memorable evening, so bring your family and friends to share in our wonderful winter wonderland! FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612, or email@example.com.
Kenny Rogers Christmas & Hits Through The Years Tour 2013 with special guest Linda Davis Dec 22, 2013 (Sun) 7:30 PM State Farm Center Star Theater A tradition for three decades, Kenny Rogers packs plenty of Christmas standards along with selections from his own incredible catalog for a night of memories and holiday fun.
This is a great way for kids to explore the fascinating world of science including nano science, chemistry, biology, and renewable energy. Campers will explore new topics, conduct experiments, and be creative with science-themed crafts while developing critical-thinking skills and working in teams. Times and Prices: Register online (orpheumkids.com), by phone, or at the Museum. Half day 8:30-noon, $23 member, $28 nonmember. Full day, 8:30-3:30 p.m., $46 member, $56 nonmember.
Ring in the New Year with a big balloon drop at noon! Make crazy hats, crazy noise, and bring in the New Year with a big balloon drop. Come early for a dance party before 6000 balloons drop to ring in the new year! $6 members, $8 nonmembers, family pack 4 for $28.