Buzz Calendar (Nov. 16- Nov. 19)

By San Kim

NOV 16

An Evening with Jamie Ford

   4-6 p.m.

   Champaign Public Library, 200 W Green St, Champaign

   Free, all ages

Meet Jamie Ford, the author of bestselling novels “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” “Songs of Willow Frost,” and “Love and Other Consolation Prizes,” and watch him discuss what inspired him to write some of his novels. Reserve your spot via Eventbrite:

Cilimbing Kilimanjaro- A Night with Mountain Guide of the Year


   Champaign Surplus, 303 S Neil St, Champaign

   Free, all ages

Get advice for mountain climbing and life lessons from Champaign Surplus owner Shira Epstein and Champaign-Urbana native Don Davis whose climbed the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. You also get to enjoy some beers, meet people with interests in mountaineering and win some prizes.

Epiphany [The Bridge #9] – Sudden Sound Concert


   Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, 500 E Peabody Dr, Champaign

   Free, all ages

The Bridge is a transatlantic project decimated to support collaboration between French and American ensembles of jazz and improvised music. This series of The Bridge features a performance by Sylvain Kassap (clarinet, bass clarinet) from France, with Minneapolis-based vocalist Mankwe Ndosi and Chicago-based drummer Dana Hall.

Illini Women and University Chorus in concert


   McKinley Presbyterian Church, 809 S 5th St, Champaign

   Free, all ages

Watch an eclectic selection of choral music by Illini Women and University Chorus conducted by Geoffrey Williams and Patrick Murray.


Nov 17

Spurlock Museum Gala: Innovation and Syncopation

   6-10 p.m.

   IHotel and Conference Center, 1900 S 1st St, Champaign

   $100 per person / $900 per Table of 10, all ages

Join the Spurlock Museum for an evening gala that features dinner, drinks, dessert, and dancing in celebration of the Spurlock Museum. At the beginning of the event, introductory swing dance lessons will be taught by Spurlock staff member in preparation for the performance by The U of I Concert Jazz Band.

Movies at McKinley: The Visitor

   7-9 p.m.

   McKinley Foundation, 809 S 5th St, Champaign

   Free, PG-13

Movies at McKinley aims to highlight racism portrayed by Hollywood movies. This week, McKinley Foundation is screening “The Visitor” which features Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) who coincidentally realizes the abject life of illegal immigrants Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and Zainab (Danai Gurira).


NOV 18

Kittens Incorporated at Hammerhead Coffee


   Hammerhead Coffee, 608 E. University Ave., Champaign

   Free, all ages

You’re invited to a free show by Kittens Incorporated at this local coffee shop. Head on out, drink some coffee and enjoy some tunes!


NOV 19

3rd Annual Urbana Art Expo

   10 a.m.-5 p.m.

   Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St., Urbana

   Free, all ages

Come out and see work from local artists put on by the Urbana Public Arts Program in collaboration with 40 North. The all-day exhibition is also a sale, so you can shop for some unique pieces that were cultivated locally.


Pre-Thanksgiving Market at the Farm

   1-4 p.m.

   Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery, 4410 N Lincoln Ave, Champaign

   Free, all ages

Have to run errands for Thanksgiving? Make a stop at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery to pick up pre-ordered turkeys, select cheeses and gelato for your guests, and browse a wide variety of wine and beer.

CU DSA General Meeting

   2-4 p.m.

   Champaign Public Library, 200 W Green St, Champaign

   Free, all ages

Participate in Champaign Public Library’s biweekly meeting where they work to deal with issues in the community. This week’s meeting will be prefaced with a 30-minute discussion of Karl Marx’s book Wage Labor and Capital.