Wednesdays & FridaysCome 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.
Every TuesdayCome join the fun with activities for toddlers that provide an opportunity to work on developing language, cognitive, and social skills.
Every other Thursday Night Champaign-Urbana Comedy allows you a chance to get on stage and try your hand at Stand Up Comedy. Perform along side feature acts from Comedy Clubs across the Midwest, as well as local performers and even first timers (that could be you!)
Only so many spots a show, so sign ups are done in advance. This is an Open Mic, so anyone can sign up. Want to get on stage and tell some jokes or a funny story? E-mail email@example.com to find out availability.
John Philip Sousa and his band joined Charles Dillingham’s extravagant Broadway-style revue, Hip! Hip! Hooray!, for its opening in New York’s Hippodrome on September 30, 1915 and performed two concerts, with the exception of Sundays, daily until June 3, 1916. Dillingham’s spectacular included an elephant show, high wire acts, theatrical ice skating, flower ladders, and comedic and vaudeville routines.
Every Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sustainable Student Farm on Anniversary Plaza behind the Illini Union, 1401 W Green St. on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The market will then be moved to the Student Farm cold storage area (Windsor and Race) and open for sales from 4:15- 6 p.m. A few pop-up locations will also be scheduled throughout the season with a “Folding Farm” produce cart.
Come out and shop from local farmers and vendors. Shopping, Music and food. 8am-4pm (EVERY Sunday, year round) Where: Fluid Event Center 601 N. Country Fair Dr. Champaign, IL
Pogo Studio was established in downtown Champaign, IL, in 1985 and quickly earned local, regional and national recognition for its finely crafted recordings and its owner’s easy-going nature. The studio remained a fixture of the community’s music scene and a valuable resource for regional recording artists for nearly thirty years.
Tours Every Wednesday
Walk back in time to 1921 with a tour of the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign! Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Virginia is now proud to offering weekly guided tours – free of charge – each and every Wednesday at 10:00 A.M.
As war enveloped much of Western Europe in 1914 and 1915 our country struggled to justify its involvement in this conflict and our national leaders overwhelmingly favored peaceful negotiation as the only logical way to end Europe’s war. However by 1916 Germany’s military had devastated large portions of Belgium and France, and presented a serious threat to Great Britain as well as commercial shipping across the north Atlantic.
Printmaking flourished in Japan during the Allied Occupation (1945–52), despite the devastation of the war, which had left its mark not only in the burnt ruins of Tokyo but also in the faces of a starving population. Woodblock prints—together with dolls, fans, silks, and sake cups—were sought after as souvenirs among the nearly half million American soldiers stationed in Occupied Japan in 1946.
This exhibition presents objects from two important university collections—the first consisting of 105 large lithographic posters made as propaganda in support of the French war effort, and the second comprised of approximately 4,500 photographs, in all likelihood commissioned by the French Ministry of War. The posters’ creators range from some of the best-known graphic artists of the day—such as Adolphe Willette and Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen—to illustrators now completely forgotten.
Every Thursday at 3:00 p.m.
Enjoy the tranquility of the tea ceremony and a bowl of hand whipped green matcha tea with a traditional Japanese sweet.
Reservations are recommended. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation.
Bring some white socks to wear so you can get up on the tatami mats, although we have a few we can lend you if you forget. If you think you might have troubles kneeling for a long time that’s no problem—-we can just pull a chair up to the tatami mats.
Fridays September 5 through December 19
A 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. Admission: $5 adults; $4 students, seniors, children under 12. No shows on: October 3 October 31 November 7 December 5
This exhibit celebrates not only the artistry and endurance of the Maya weaving tradition but also the cultural intelligence and creative force of the weavers themselves. More than 90 textiles coming from 32 highland towns are presented, each textile woven in a style that identifies the town of its weaver and the wearer. Exhibit areas address the links between the living and ancient Maya, the weaver and the backstrap loom, textiles for daily wear, the art of the traditional Maya blouse, or huipil, ceremonial cloths and clothing, and evidence of evolution in textile designs.
Every Wed Night at 8 (Seating at 7:30) C-U Comedy brings the "Weekly Stand Up Showcase" to the Memphis on Main stage. Voted "Best Place to See Comedy" in the "Best of C-U" for 2012 and 2013. Featuring different performers ranging from Comedy Club feature acts, Showcase performers, U of I students, and local performers who have stood out on open mics shows. Weekly with traveling comedy club performers: Jesse Tuttle, Esteban Gast, and Justin Tuttle. Visit cucomedy.com or @CUComedy on Twitter for all the information.
No shows October 22 and November 26.
n terms of the long sweep of art history, video art is a very new phenomenon. Born in the mid-1960s, when television and video technologies became available outside of broadcast studios and pioneering artists Nam June Paik and Andy Warhol obtained their first portable video cameras, video art is now ubiquitous in the modern world… or at least videos have become so. YouTube alone launches forty-eight hours of video every minute!
When World War I began in 1914 the United States proclaimed that it would follow a policy of strict neutrality “in thought and deed,” and President Wilson firmly believed that peace was the only course of action needed to resolve the European conflict. Many Americans felt the same way, but as the war’s atrocities, both fictional and real, were publicized, some politicians and military leaders began to voice their support for military intervention.
As America’s pending military involvement in WWI loomed on the country’s horizon during the first months of 1917, the rumblings of war had darkened the University of Illinois campus. When Woodrow Wilson declared war on April 6, it was reported that Professor Frederick Haynes Newell, head of the Civil Engineering Department, shouted “The nation is now at war” during a gathering that was held at University’s Armory that evening.
Saturdays, November 1 through December 20
What? 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.
Present-moment awareness can be elusive and we often find ourselves distracted or lost in thought. Through the training and practice of mindful meditation we can discover a calm amidst our to-do lists and more fully appreciate the gift of each day. Mary Wolters from Green Yoga Spa will lead free, 30-minute drop-in mindful meditation sessions in the Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock Museum. No registration is required. Presented each Wednesday from November 5 through December 10. Admission is free, but a donation is appreciated.
Holiday Market is a unique event consisting of weekly Saturday markets inside of Lincoln Square during the months of November and December. The Urbana Business Association is excited to announce that the 2014 Holiday Market will consist of SEVEN SATURDAYS — November 8th through December 20th. From the hours of 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lincoln Square will be filled with produce, baked goods, crafts, and holiday decorations all produced, grown, or made right here in Illinois!
Visit Plant Mode, located on the second floor of Furniture Lounge in Downtown Champaign every Saturday in November-December. You'll find:
Chicago-based artist Christopher Schneberger creates scenario images in which temporal and paranormal phenomena are investigated. His work involves the supernatural and tropes of historical exhibitions, blurring the line between fact and fiction with supporting documents, authentic and counterfeit, which are exhibited along with the photographic work.
Mahomet Parks and Recreation is pleased to host our 2nd official Fisher National Bank Turkey Trot Fun Run!
Whether you want to run, walk or trot the 5K course, sign up today and come celebrate with us. It’s the perfect way to kick off your Thanksgiving Day with some exercise before you go eat more turkey and green bean casserole than you probably should! ONLY participants who have registered by November 18 will receive a Race t-shirt. Late registrations will occur up until the race, but registrations received after November 18 will not receive a shirt.
Join the Urbana Park District for a Thanksgiving morning tradition. Turkey Trot is a one-mile fun run/walk that is a great way to get some exercise before you sit down for dinner. Free hot chocolate is provided. Stay after the run for a prize raffle. This year we’ll again put the “give” in Thanks- giving by taking donations for the Urbana Park District Scholarship Fund. Your donation will help the park district offer free or reduced-price summer camp opportunities for children in need next year. Parking is available at the special event lot on Broadway Ave.
This year will be the 43rd annual Urbana High School Thanksgiving Dinner. The meal, set for Thanksgiving evening, Thursday, Nov. 28, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. is an annual tradition sponsored by the UHS Student Senate.
Skate off that great Thanksgiving meal and enjoy some family time during the Turkey Skate at the University of Illinois Ice Arena on Friday, November 28 from 11:30am-2pm and 7:30-9:30pm.
Public Skate General Admission
Does not including skate rental ($2 per person)
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Football Championships return to the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois, November 28–29, 2014. The top two teams from all divisions (1A–8A) will take to the turf to battle for the title of State Champion.
Friday and Saturday, 16 teams will be led into town with their official Champaign Police Department escort to Tent City which will quickly fill up with players, parents, coaches, cheerleaders and fans ready to gear up for the big games and cheer on their schools.
Experience the magic of downtown Champaign's historic Virginia Theatre at the annual Holiday Open House! This event is free and open the pulic, and is a great opportunity to learn more about what's happening at the Virginia Theatre.
Come to the Orpheum after The Parade of Lights for the opening night of Snow Globe at the Orpheum! During the opening, and 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. Ticket $6 members, $8 nonmembers, $5 nonmembers after the parade, or family 4-pack $28.
Join the Champaign Center Partnership as they officially launch the holiday season with the Center City Parade of Lights. Marching bands and lighted floats weave their way through the streets of Downtown Champaign with Santa making his grand appearance just in time to light the City Christmas Tree at One Main Plaza.
Head downtown before the parade to enjoy Christmas Carolers, live entertainment, hot chocolate and more!
Following the parade, follow Santa down to the Orpheum Children's Science Museum for their annual Snow Globe!
BLU Events and Entertainment is proud to present Randy Houser with Josh Thompson and Drew Baldridge. Houser’s past contains no shortage of achievement - multiple nominations for ACM and CMA Awards, No. 2 single “Boots On,” and songwriting credits for major names like Trace Adkins, Justin Moore and Chris Young.
This show is for ages 19 & up. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Orpheum Children’s Science Museum Snow Globe 2014
Opening Night: Nov 29, after The Parade of Lights from about 7:00-9:00pm.
Come join us for some holiday fun during our annual Snow Globe Event! Warm up with us following the annual Parade of Lights Celebration at our Opening Night! Parade attendees and the public are invited to join us in our theatre for opening night festivities such as a visit from Santa in addition to our Snow Globe wonderland! Admission is FREE for Orpheum Members and $5 for Non-Orpheum members. Watch for updates on our website (orpheumkids.com) and Facebook!
Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society under the stars for our monthly observatory open house! We utilize our 16-inch telescope to observe planets, star clusters, and the Moon. This event is free and open to all ages!
Our observatory is located between Champaign and Sadorus along County Road 700E, 1.4 miles west of I-57 and 0.8 miles south of Monticello Rd. See a map here: https://goo.gl/maps/nNniS. This event lasts from 8-10pm.