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John Frayne: An early gift of musical cheer

As I write this review, the temperature hovers around 50 and not a snowflake in sight. No, I am not complaining. But, many a snowflake fell on the Tryon Festival Theatre last week during the run of Peter Tchaikovsky's classic ballet "The Nutcracker."

Film capsules, Dec. 18, 2014

Summaries and mini-reviews of movies playing now, from e3 magazine:

Entertainment listings, Dec. 18, 2014-Jan. 1, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Getting together for the holidays — at the movies

Get more film news Thursday at 4:20 on WDWS with Luke Boyce of Shatterglass Studios.

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Clubs listings, Dec. 18, 2014-Jan. 1, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Review: Beach Boys at the Virginia

We asked Terry Hawkins, owner of Skins 'n' Tins, for his take on Monday's Beach Boys concert in Champaign:

Notes-Worthy: Champaign-Urbana's Acker

This week, Paul Wood chats serially with members of Champaign-Urbana’s Acker. Members include Michael Kramer, guitar; Constantin Roman, guitar; Jeremy Marsan, percussion; and Daniel Walton, cello. They describe their genre as “adorable baby quail.” Their Kickstarter campaign enabled them to record their first full-length record. They play Friday evening at Mike N Molly’s, 105 N.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area

Rubel returns

CHAMPAIGN — The popular band Captain Rat And The Blind Rivets will play a Christmas-themed concert from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Cowboy Monkey in downtown Champaign.

Mark Rubel, who plays bass, will be with the band. He now lives in Nashville, where he works at Blackbird Academy, a new school that teaches studio recording techniques.

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead

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Cuddle up with a good mystery this winter

Mysteries — I love them! If that genre ranks as high with your readers, this month brings you a wonderful treat: Kate Milford's "Greenglass House."

Milford uses a real setting for her multilayered tale. Greenglass House really is a bed and breakfast perched on a summit close to the smugglers' town of Nagspeake. (Read more about it at nagspeake.com).