Frank's Weekend Faves, May 13, 2018

Frank's Weekend Faves, May 13, 2018

My favorite local performance this week? Sure, I love music and theater of all sorts. But for sheer eye-popping, breath-catching, how-did-they-do-that appeal, you can't beat a magic show — especially one with a cast of five.

I'm talking, of course, about "The Illusionists," direct from Broadway to the State Farm Center in Champaign, starting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15. I'm not overstating things a bit when I say I've seen some of the best modern illusionists out there at the former Assembly Hall — from Penn and Teller (in 1992) to David Copperfield (twice actually, in 2002 and 2006), but this show may have those beat in terms of variety and sheer manpower.

The full house of talented performers includes The Trickster, Jeff Hobson; The Inventor, Kevin James; The Deductionist, Colin Cloud; The Manipulator, An Ha Lim; and The Daredevil, Jonathan Goodwin.

Tickets range from $39 to $58 and are still available at the State Farm Center ticket office, 1800 S. First St., C; or by calling 217-333-3470. Hurry before they, too, disappear.

Need an excuse to buff up your favorite set of wheels and go cruising this weekend? Well, get your motor runnin' ...

This month's edition of Champaign Cars & Coffee is this Saturday, May 19, from 8 to 11 a.m. at 902 Meijer Drive, C. The event is an informal gathering of car hobby enthusiasts who meet monthly March through October and share their passion for motorsports, but is open to all with no memberships or dues required.

Word is, anything on wheels is welcome (clearly, they haven't seen MY car yet ... )

If your wheels aren't ready to roll this weekend, perhaps a sunset stroll and some homegrown tuneage are more in order. And nope, you won't be needing your earphones ...

Check out the fifth annual Roots Walk from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. Listen to live blues, roots, folk and Americana music from Bones Jugs, the Young and the Fretless and other local soloists and small combos while strolling at sunset along the walks of C-U's oldest park.

Parking is available at the Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center; the musicians will be along the park road, close to the North Woods Pavilion. In the event of unpleasant weather, call the Park District Rainout Line for relocation information: 217-367-9575.

The rain location will be at the Anita Purves Nature Center.

Want a sneak peek at what might just be the next big names in country music? Look no further than The City Center in Champaign this Saturday night. And yes, ol' Hank might just have done it this way ...

The City Center at 505 S. Chestnut St., C, will be turning over its stage to a couple of up-and-coming country music singer-songwriters at 8:30 p.m. this Saturday, May 19 — 18-year-old Dylan Schneider from Terre Haute, Ind. (branded by Billboard magazine as "country music's next rising star"), and 21-year-old Denver native Spencer Crandall.

Both have amassed pretty impressive fan bases on social media and notched a couple of head-turning albums en route to headlining their own tour. Tickets range from $10 to $15.

Have a question, suggestion or fave nomination for Frank? We'd love to hear from you. Please email it to fpieper@news-gazette.com.

Topics (4):Music, People, Theater, Travel
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