URBANA — Christopher Benson will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Tryon Festival Theater foyer at Krannert Center about a new play he is writing.
The 2015 Academy Awards are now history — of the Hollywood variety anyway — and their perceived snubbing of more deserving recipients has also been well chewed upon and regurgitated over the nation's myriad media outlets.
Midway through his new feature "Focus," Will Smith is given the self-reflective line of dialogue, "I still got it."
CHAMPAIGN — St. Luke CME Church's New Life Choir will present its annual "Taste of Heaven" gospel/jazz concert and catfish dinner on Friday.
The dinner service will begin at 5 p.m. in the lower level fellowship hall of the church at 809 N. Fifth St., C. Tickets are $8 each and may be purchased in advance from any member of the New Life Choir.
URBANA — University of Illinois alumna Catherine Hamilton sang and danced in the recent Metropolitan Opera of New York's "The Merry Widow," starring Nathan Gunn and Renee Fleming.
Hamilton, though, didn't realize Gunn hailed from her alma mater until a cast dinner. It was then that Fleming, a world-famous opera star, told her the world-famous baritone is a voice professor at Illinois.
Images from rehearsals of Merry Widow in the Tryon Festival Theatre at Krannert Center. Music by Franz Lehar, libretto by Viktor Leon and Leo Stein. Conducted by Raphael Schluesselberg, directed by Stephen Fiol with choreography by Rebecca Nettl-Fiol. Feb. 26-28 at 7:30 pm and Sunday March 1 at 3 pm.
DECATUR — Several area bands will perform at Millikin University's annual High School Band Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin's campus.