UI prof to discuss development of Holocaust work

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.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 26-March 5, 2015

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

Frank's Faves, Feb. 26, 2015

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.

Clubs listings, Feb. 26-March 5, 2015

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

Chuck Koplinski: Smith slick, Robbie sharp in 'Focus'

Midway through his new feature "Focus," Will Smith is given the self-reflective line of dialogue, "I still got it."

Concert/dinner scheduled Friday

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.

Stepping up

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.

Notes-Worthy: Aaron (A+) Wilson

This week, Terry Brown of C.U. Bands and Fans talks with Aaron (A+) Wilson about Soul on Sundays 

What is Soul on Sundays and where did the idea come from?

Lyric Theatre's Merry Widow

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.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area

Band festival

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.