That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area, Sept. 3-9, 2014

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area, Sept. 3-9, 2014

Annual Jazz Walk

URBANA — The Urbana Park District's 10th annual Jazz Walk in Meadowbrook Park will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday.

In the free event, local musicians perform in many jazz styles along the trails in the park.

The rain date is Saturday. If the weather is bad Friday or Saturday, call 367-9575 for information.

Music project

URBANA — Jazz pianist and University of Illinois alum Daniel Pierson will be in Urbana this weekend to perform a new work with an interdisciplinary collective called the Blueprinting Project.

The Blueprinting Project's "Housewarming Sessions" will be Friday and Saturday at 505 S. Race St., U.

Admission is free but donations will be accepted. Please RSVP via For a video about the project go to

Bluegrass at Post

URBANA — The young bluegrass band Blue Mafia will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday at The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St., U.

Blue Mafia performs "Moonshiner" at

Children's theater

DANVILLE — The Red Mask Players Children's Theater will present "Chasing Charming" at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St.

All tickets are $5 for festival seating. The box office will be open a hour before each performance.

Music series

CHAMPAIGN — The Parkland College Honors Program and Department of Fine and Applied Arts will present a free series of lectures and performances this fall. The public is invited to the free events.

The audiences will explore several aspects of music in Room U142 of Parkland's new Student Union, unless otherwise noted. All events are at noon Thursdays; no registration is required.

The lectures:

— Sept. 11 — The Physics of Music by Curtis Shoaf

— Sept. 25 — Evolution of Musical Scales and Auditory Illusions by David Wilson

— Oct. 9 — Psychological Influences of Music

— Oct. 23 — Societal and Ethnic Influences on Music

— Nov. 6 — Musical Composition (Room C118)

— Nov. 20 — Digital Music (Room C118)

The performances:

— Thursday — country/rock/pop

— Sept. 18 — jazz/blues/reggae

— Oct. 2 — hip hop/punk/house

— Oct. 16 — Guitar Ensemble

— Oct .30 — Dance and dance Music

— Nov. 13 — Ukulele Group

— Dec. 4 — Choral music/student recitals

Lincoln on the road

SPRINGFIELD — An Abraham Lincoln historic interpreter will make stops at state historic sites in Bement, Lerna and Vandalia on Saturday.

At 9 a.m., Lincoln will be escorted to the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site by the Bement School marching band and youngsters waving Old Glory. His Bement visit ends at 11, when Lincoln hits the road for the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site near Lerna. He'll be there, at the farm once owned by his family, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Lincoln will be at the Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site from 7 to 9 p.m.

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