buzz Calendar (Jan. 18-21)

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.

Want to submit an event? Email [email protected]

Jan. 18

CIRPP General Meeting Mayors/City President Panel

    11:30-1 p.m.

    Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S Neil St, Champaign

    $15 (buffet lunch), all ages

Champaign Mayor Deb Feinen, Urbana Mayor Diane Martin and Village of Savoy President Joan Dykstra will answer your questions regarding our communities. Your questions can be submitted to [email protected]

Going International!

    7-9 p.m.

    City of Champaign Fire Department, 307 S Randolph St, Champaign

    Free, all ages

Nothing just came to be out of nowhere, and that notion is what has made historians question incessantly to figure out what has happened in the past. At Going International! U of I professor Gracjan Kreszewski will give an insightful lecture on the Civil War and the reasons behind the deadly war.

Chinatown (1974) at Virginia Theatre

    7-9:10 p.m.

    The Virginia Theatre, 203 W Park Ave, Champaign

    $5, R-rated

While solving an adultery case, a private detective encounters evidence that reveals the magnitude of the case and inadvertently edges into a web of corruption and murder. One of the greatest movies by Roman Polanski, Chinatown is a classic movie that resonates to this day.

Bully at Cowboy Monkey

    8-11:30 p.m.

    Cowboy Monkey, 6 E Taylor St, Champaign

    $15, 19+

Description: Watch the beloved band Bully perform at Cowboy Monkey. Join in for the venue’s first show since this spring semester.

Krannert “Uncorked”

    5-7 p.m.

    Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    Free, all ages

Performing Arts has served as a global language used to connect people from all walks of life. Join Krannert as they engage through a mixture of music with an original performance by the U of I Hip Hop Collective led by Professor Rudolf Haken and the Black Chorus directed by Dr. Ollie Watts-Davis.

Moscow Festival Ballet: Don Quixote

    7-9 p.m.

    Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    $10-$45, 7+

The magnificent beauty of Russian ballet ushers in each spring semester at Krannert Center, captivating audiences of all ages with elegant masterpieces set to symphonic favorites and featuring a company of over 50 dancers. The Moscow Festival Ballet will enliven the stage with the dazzling dreams of Cinderella.

Free Ballroom Lessons

    8-9 p.m.

    Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St, Urbana

    Free, 16+

Join Illini Dancesport for introductory ballroom dance lessons! No experience, partner, or special equipment required and all are welcome – students & community members! The class will be located in Illini Room A and will be led by professional coach, Kato Lindholm.


Jan. 19

Illini Women’s Gymnastics vs. Michigan | Salute to Service

    7-9 p.m.

    Huff Hall, 1206 S 4th St, Champaign

    TBA, all ages

Watch Illinois women’s gymnastics spar with Michigan. The match is organizing giveaways, such as camo beanies, dog tags, and pizza, for people who have served in the armed forces.

U of I on Ice (Hockey Game!)

    7-10 p.m.

    406 E Armory Ave, Champaign

    $5 (with your i-card), all ages

Come root for Illinois Men’s Hockey Team, which is currently ranked number 9 in the ACHA Men’s Division One. Bring your i-card for a discounted ticket price.

Ladies Night (Rock Climbing)

    6-10 p.m.

    Urbana Boulders, 1502 N. Cunningham Ave, Urbana

    $8, all ages

Come out and crush with other chicks at Urbana Boulders! All abilities are welcome, and the yoga foundations class from 6-7pm is free with your day pass.

Below Zero Party 2018

    10 p.m.-2 a.m.

    The Canopy Club, 708 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    $10-$20, 18+

Join the Canopy Club for their official welcome back party!


Jan. 20

Give a Little: A Benefit for Re-nourish

     1-4 p.m.

    Exile on Main Street, 100 N Chestnut St, Champaign

    Free, all ages

Enjoy live music and poetry while shopping for vinyl. The proceeds will be donated to local organization Re-nourish, a group dedicated to helping the local design community. $5 donation is encouraged.

Ellie Wilde Trunk Show

    12-5 p.m.

    Michelle’s Bridal, 2210 N. Willow Rd, Urbana

    Varies, all ages

You’re invited to go wilde and view the Spring 2018 Ellie Wilde for Mon Cheri collection! For more information please call, 217-384-7914 or visit

Performance Workshop 

    2 p.m.

    Andrae’s Harley-Davidson, 2010 N. Lincoln Ave, Urbana

    Free, all ages

Looking for greater acceleration or increased passing power? Learn how to amp up your powertrain performance at this Performance Workshop on Saturday!

Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press

    10 p.m.

     The Canopy Club, 708 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana

    $8-$10, 18+

Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press is an exciting cover band from Chicago, entertaining crowds at clubs, festivals, weddings, and other events all across the Midwest since 2008. Their unique song repertoire include hits ranging from Hall & Oates to Taylor Swift, Queen to The Beatles, and Wilson Phillips to Elton John!


Jan. 21

First Practice of Spring 2018

    5-7 p.m.

    Goshin Jitsu Mixed-Martial Arts, 201 E Peabody Dr, Champaign

    Free, all ages

Capitalize on the two week free trial of muay thai lessons by a national muay thai champion. The lesson will not only focus on muay thai but also mixed martial arts to maximize your ability to take on fighters of diverse fighting backgrounds.

Wild Harvested Autumn Berry Jam Sampling

    10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Common Ground Food Co-op, 300 S. Broadway Ave #166, Urbana

    Free, all ages

Autumn Berry Inspired’s local jams and puree highlight the wild harvested and invasive superfruit found all over Central Illinois! Autumn Berry Inspired is not only delicious, nutritious, and local; it’s also sustainable!

The Young and Fretless

    2-3 p.m.

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

    Free, all ages

Presented by UFLive!, The Young and the Fretless will be playing old-time Appalachian Mountain fiddle tunes and songs. The band hopes that their driving, rhythmic sound will make everyone want to jump up and dance!