buzz Calendar (Dec 14-Dec 16)

By San Kim

The buzz calendar is a compilation of events happening in the Champaign-Urbana area. Follow our top picks every Monday and Thursday for ideas on what to do on any night of the week, from where to eat to what to watch.

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Thursday, Dec. 14

The Spins at Exile, ft. live jazz from Reginald Chapman Quintet


  Exile on Main Street, 100 N Chestnut St, Champaign

  Free, all ages

Join the event’s raffle to get phenomenal jazz vinyls, as well as to listen to live jazz performance by the Reginald Chapman Quintet.

Martina McBride, Champaign, IL

  8-11 p.m.

  The Virginia Theatre, 203 W Park Ave, Champaign

  Free, all ages

Live up to the upcoming Christmas’ festivity by joining Martina McBride on tour with George Strait. Purchase your tickets at


  24 Hours (Dec 14-Dec17)


  Free, all ages

Dial-a-Carol is the longest running tradition in University Housing (57 years – but who’s counting?) For one week only, anyone from anywhere can call round the clock and request any holiday tune, and student volunteers will do their best to sing it over the phone. Just call 217-332-1882!

Miss Bennet, Christmas at Pemberley

  8-10 p.m. (Dec 14-16)

  The Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave, Urbana

  $10-$15, all ages

As the holidays approach, the Celebration Company invites local audiences to revisit their favorite Pride and Prejudice characters as they gather for Christmas at Pemberley. The show, directed by Joi Hoffsommer, is a true holiday delight, full of wit, warmth, music, and romance.

F*ck Finals 2.0

  8 p.m.

  The Canopy Club, 708 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana

  $7, 18+

Whether you finished finals early or you’re looking for a study break, this party at Canopy Club is the best way to destress. The party will feature live music from Stewart Arp, PeteSnacks, Cii La’Cole, Allen Blackwell, and many more.


Friday, Dec. 15

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

  Time varies depending on the screening time

  The Art Theater, 126 W Church St, Champaign

  $6.50-$8.25, R-rated

A mother of a murder victim sparks conflict with local police force who is reluctant to pursue her daughter’s killer. The movie illustrates dark-humor director Martin McDonagh’s latest take on dark-humor.

Lady Bird


  The Art Theater, 126 W Church St, Champaign

  $8.00-$9.75, R-rated

Watch the movie highly acclaimed by critics, including Buzz staff members who gave the movie 10/10.


Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers

  9 p.m.

  The Canopy Club, 708 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana

  $10-12, 18+

This seven-piece band from Michigan is a blend of folk-rock and funk. They are joined by The North 41 and Audiodacity.


Saturday, Dec. 16

Champaign Surplus Fights Hunger

    9 a.m.-6 p.m.

   Champaign Surplus, 303 S Neil St, Champaign

   Free, all ages

Shop at Champaign Surplus and help people in need in eastern Illinois. 1% of all sales will be donated to EIF. Food donations will also be arranged. For more information on accepted food donations, please visit:

Live Karaoke Band at Memphis on Main

   9 p.m.-1 a.m.

   Memphis on Main, 55 E Main St, Champaign

   Free, all ages

Sing your favorite numbers with a live backing band at Memphis on Main. Visit to look at the full list of songs.

An evening with Tractor Kings, and special guests The Dry Look

    10 p.m.-1 a.m.

   The Brass Rail, 15 E University Ave, Champaign

   $5, all ages

Indulge in local alt-country tunes delivered by Tractor Kings and The Dry Look. Enjoy cheap drinks and quality music performances.

Traditional Jazz Orchestra

    6-8 p.m.

   The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St, Urbana

   Free, all ages

Join TJO for its regular third Saturday gig as they warm up a cold December with some hot music!


Sunday, Dec. 17

Coffee Cupping

    11 a.m.-12 p.m.

   BrewLab Coffee, 630 S Fifth St., Champaign

   Free, all ages

Learn how to make and taste a number of coffees with different roasting methods including Halfwit Coffee Roasters, Goshen Coffee Company, and Columbia Street Roastery. Seating is limited to 15 people. To reserver your spot, RSVP at

Wreath Making Workshop With Kids

    12:30-2 p.m.

     Delight Flower Farm, 4410 N. Lincoln Ave, Urbana

    $60, all ages

This workshop offer participants the opportunity to craft a unique, seasonal decoration. Wreath decor includes fresh evergreen, berries, pine cones, tree nuts, ribbons, dried flowers, and more. Each adult-child pair will make one wreath together.


    7-9 p.m.

    The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St, Urbana

    $60, all ages

JaM is an acoustic, folk-indie band ready to rock through the night!