Frank's Weekend Faves, Aug. 26, 2018

Frank's Weekend Faves, Aug. 26, 2018

It has been this area's last, best festival of summer for the past 75 years, and will be for the next 75 as long as it's held each Labor Day weekend. Hoopeston's 75th National Sweetcorn Festival features hot, buttered ears of sweet corn, fresh from the antique steam cooker, plus Motocross on Friday night, demolition derby on Sunday night and in between, up-and-coming country music star Chris Lane performing Saturday with Smithfield and Trey Hughes on the main stage in McFerren Park.

Lane is touring in support of his new, sophomore album, "Laps Around the Sun," released last month on Big Loud Records, and which has already given him his third consecutive certified gold single, "Take Back Home Girl" (featuring Tori Kelly).

The music will start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Concert gates open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets — available online at — are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate.

And here's a favorite National Sweetcorn Festival tip: Bring along a cooking pan (for families or small groups, I recommend a 5-quart stock pot) to carry around those multiple ears of corn, so you don't have to spend as much time standing in line, or burn your fingers after doing so. Trust me, after your first time through the line, you'll thank me.

The rain date for the Champaign Park District's Streetfest is 7 p.m. this Saturday in downtown Champaign. The make-up event from the previous, rained-out Streetfests offers a musical lineup guaranteed to make the wait well worth it.

Scheduled to fill downtown with sound, weather permitting, are Kayla Brown, Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project and Mojo: A Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

My favorite item on Brown's resume is that she sang the national anthem at Wrigley Field in Chicago back in 2011, but you may have caught her more recently in one of her three current projects: as frontwoman for Champaign-based indie-rock quartet We The Animals (with whom she rocked Urbana on Friday at that Sweetcorn Festival); as half of Champaign-based indie/folk duo Dearie; or as a solo artist, as she'll be performing this Saturday night.

Following her on that bill, local percussionist Craig Russo's band promises to lend a Caribbean flavor to the festivities, with the Tom Petty tribute band Mojo closing the show and again sharing a local stage with Brown, having just done so last weekend at Urbana's Sweetcorn Fest. In addition to the free tunes, there'll be free face painting and balloons, as well TCBY onsite with some sweet treats.

If you prefer your chills and thrills indoors — and illuminated on a silver screen — The Art Theater's Summer Screams Series wraps up Wednesday night, Aug. 29, with the documentary 'More Blood!'

The new 70-minute, unrated film from Wretched Productions, directed by Heidi Moore, explores film lovers' obsession with all things horror and gore and features interviews with Lloyd Kaufman, Jay Kay, Cassandra Sechler and more.

Ever wonder why we root for people to die in movies or laugh out loud when someone's head explodes? "More Blood!" takes a look at this morbid fascination and attempts to answer the age-old question: Why do we watch this stuff?

Admission is free. First come, first served.

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