Nightlife listings, Oct. 19-26, 2017


BAXTER'S AMERICAN GRILLE: Cody Calkins, 6 p.m.

BLACKBIRD URBANA: Live Music Thursdays with El Guapo, 9 p.m.

CLARK BAR: The Live Jukebox Show (David Howie and Lou DiBello play all your requests), 6 p.m.; C-U Comedy's "The Open Mic," (stand up comedy show; all signups in advance, jesse@cucomedy.com), 9 p.m.

Chuck Koplinski: 'Only the Brave' a powerful testament to heroism

On June 28, 2013, a lightning strike occurred outside Yarnell, Ariz.

Unfortunately, conditions were perfect for the fire to spread rapidly, which it did, threatening the town nearby. Highways were shut down, citizens were evacuated and extra men were brought in to help contain the disaster.

Notes-Worthy: Jenny Carpenter

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with JENNY CARPENTER, a Champaign-Urbana musician currently singing in local bands Love Sign and Pet Roxx.

Frank's Faves: Scouting movies

"I still remember the entire Boy Scout motto. I don't remember the serial number of my gun in the Army. I don't remember the number of my locker in school. But I remember that Boy Scout code." — Tommy Lasorda

Entertainment listings, Oct. 19-26, 2017


This weekend


What: Back for its fifth year as Central Illinois' premiere haunted attraction with 10,000 square feet of terror, customers will find terror at every turn; "Lights Out" events, Oct. 19 and 30. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

John Frayne: C-U Symphony flexes musical muscle in opener

For their opening concert of the fall season, Stephen Alltop and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony unleashed one of classical music's most powerful works, the "Manzoni" Requiem of Giuseppe Verdi.

Illinois Theatre: Travesties

Guest Director Laura Hackman guides the Tom Stoppard play imagining Vladimir I. Lenin, James Joyce, and artist Tristan Tzara walk into a library and the resulting conversations. Thursday through Saturday Oct. 19 to 21 and Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 26 to 29

Weird Al coming to Virginia Theatre

CHAMPAIGN — “Weird Al” Yankovic and Emo Philips are coming to the Virginia Theatre at 8 p.m. March 30.

Tickets go on sale Friday.

Yankovic is calling it his "Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour."

Because of the nature of the new show, Weird Al will be performing exclusively in smaller theatres like the Virginia throughout this tour.

The Harlem Globetrotters return to the State Farm Center

CHAMPAIGN — The Harlem Globetrotters return to the State Farm Center at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 to take on their long-time rivals, the Washington Generals.

The Globetrotters will face a revamped Washington Generals team. The tournament-tested team is looking to snap a 47-year losing streak against their world-famous rivals during their 2018 tour.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Oct. 15, 2017

It's a funny thing about faves — we all have them, and they're all different. Funnier still, though, is that I don't seem to ever run out of them — even after writing about them in The News-Gazette's former weekend publication, e3, and now its successor, On the Go, for going on three years now.