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

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

Plenty of action at the Post

Bloomington-born pianist John Campbell performs from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at The Iron Post with Richard Drexler on bass and Joel Spencer, drums. After attending Illinois State, Campbell moved to Chicago, then to New York in the '80s. Late that decade, he was pianist for Mel Torme. Campbell has worked with numerous other jazz artists, among them Terry Gibbs, Buddy DeFranco, Stan Getz, Charles McPherson and Clark Terry. Also at the Post: Larry Gray, 6 p.m. Wednesday; Jim Pugh, 7 p.m. Thursday; Jeff Helgesen, 5 p.m. Friday.

Outdoor tunes

Krannert Center's Outside at the Research Park always attracts an all-ages crowd. But look for a lot of baby boomers at the single Outside show this summer, on Friday. The Elvin Bishop Big Fun Trio, with Bishop on guitar and bassist Bob Welsh Jr. and drummer Willy Jordan, is the headline act, starting at 7:30. Bishop was a founding member of the venerable Paul Butterfield Blues Band and collaborated with the likes of John Lee Hooker and The Allman Brothers. It's a great outdoor venue. See Paul Wood's 10 things about Bishop, E-1.

Excellent films at Virginia

The Virginia will show two excellent movies this week. "Gravity," at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, stars the likable Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts lost in space after the mid-orbit wreck of their space shuttle. It's gripping. Bullock received an Oscar nomination for her work. Then Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush," a silent comedy gem from 1925, plays at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday with a pre-recorded soundtrack. David Schroeder of Danville will play a half-hour set on the Mighty Wurlitzer from 6:30 to 7 that evening.

Topics (2):Film, Music