Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith coming to State Farm Center

CHAMPAIGN —  Grammy-winning couple Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith will bring their symphony-filled Christmas tour to the State Farm Center Dec. 9.

They’ll  be joined by Republic recording artist Jordan Smith, Season 9 winner of NBC’s “The Voice.”

With critically-acclaimed holiday albums between the two, the 2016 tour will showcase Christmas repertoires.

Chuck Koplinski: 'Don't Breathe' a suspenseful thriller

Having employed a ferociously violent aesthetic in rebooting Sam Raimi's "The Evil Dead" (2013), director Fede Alvarez takes a decidedly different approach with "Don't Breathe," an intriguing siege thriller that capitalizes on effective moments of suspense rather than the usual horror tropes to get audiences creeping toward the edge of their seats.

Diamond Rio, Smash Mouth headlining '90s-themed event

URBANA — Two nationally known bands, a famed car show and a lot of food — don't forget the corn — will gather Friday and Saturday in downtown Urbana for the 41st annual Urbana Sweetcorn Festival.

It's a '90s theme for this year's event, says Paris Blalock, executive director of the Urbana Business Association.

Frank's Faves: Election campaign comedies

In keeping with the general tone of this election year, I'd like to offer a retraction. Sort of.

Notes-Worthy: Shannon Uden

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with drummer Shannon Uden:

What's the most daunting task of playing in two bands with different styles, makeups and venues, and what's the best thing about it?

Get your motors running this weekend

URBANA — It's the 20th anniversary of the Motor Muster at the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival — Saturday's show is the "Year of the Orphans."

Along with other antiques, it features orphans — brands no longer in production, like Grahams and Maxwells and Packards — and all at least 25 years old, says organizer Scott Balogh of Champaign.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 25-31, 2016

Special events

This weekend


What: Lots of rides, games and food. Music at 7 p.m. includes Velvet Groove on Aug. 25, Bellflower Country Opry on Aug. 26, Karaoke with prizes on Aug. 27 with free face painting, balloon artist and photo booth.

When: Opens at 6 p.m. Aug. 23-26 and at noon Aug. 27.

Club listings, Aug. 25-Sept. 1, 2016


THE ACCORD: Andy Mo (album release show) with Kevin Cory, Sixth Street Brass, 9 p.m.

BOOMERANGS BAR AND GRILL: Live Karaoke Band, 9 p.m.

CLARK BAR: The Smoked Oysters - John Lindell, Larry McGown and Gavin, 6 p.m.; C-U Comedy's "The Open Mic," 9 p.m.

Chicago at the Virginia Theatre

A sold out crowd of over 1,400 greeted the band Chicago on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Steven Bentz, director of the theatre, said the three semis carrying the band, was the largest load in for a performance at the theatre.

C-U's rockin' again

Winning basketball hasn't been the only thing missing from State Farm Center the past three years. A $170 million renovation project has caused a concert drought at the arena that's about to enter its 939th day.

But after a lengthy hiatus, big-name, chart-topping music acts are back to booking gigs in C-U, making what's left of 2016 worth a listen, no matter your genre.