Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Classic movies

"Jaws," a classic film for summer viewing, will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Virginia Theatre. Steven Spielberg's 1975 blockbuster is a blockbuster worth seeing. So much suspense! Also coming up on the big screen at the Virginia is another classic, the Western "High Noon," at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. The 1952 genre-bender tells the plot in real time and centers on a town marshal (Gary Cooper) who's torn between his sense of duty and love for his new bride (Grace Kelly) as he faces a group of menacing killers.

A Bach rarity

For those who dig the music of J.S. Bach: Singers and instrumentalists from North America will come together this week for the Illinois Bach Academy to study, rehearse and then produce a rare performance of one of the composer's most important works, the oratorio "St. John Passion," at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Krannert Center's Foellinger Great Hall. Nowhere better to hear classical music, and the performers will play period instruments. Tickets are $10 for adults; $7, senior citizens and retired UI folks; and $4, students.

Music for dads

If you want to take dad out to hear live music, you have two good choices today. Rebecca Rego and The Trainmen (Americana) play from noon to 5 p.m. at Sleepy Creek Vineyards near Fairmount and cabaret singer Katie Flynn performs at the Sounds at Sunset concert from 6 to 8 p.m. at Toalson Park, Champaign. Both are free. The Iron Post this week will have some of the best jazz musicians around: bassist Larry Gray at 6 p.m. Wednesday; saxophonist Clark Gibson at 5 p.m. Thursday; and trombonist Jim Pugh, 7 p.m. Thursday.

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