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John Frayne: C-U Symphony's new in-residence composer delights

Composer Stacy Garrop is the new Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra Music Alive Composer-in-Residence, and being the new composer in town, Stephen Alltop and the CU Symphony organized a chamber concert to allow Garrop to introduce herself and samples of her compositions to music lovers of this area. The concert was entitled "Legends" and it took place on Sept.

Notes-Worthy: Jed Mackey

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with Jed Mackey, vocalist and guitarist in 3 Gun Whiskey.

Tell us about 3 Gun Whiskey's roots.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 14, 2017

The sellout crowd at Tuesday's concert at the Virginia Theatre enjoyed the performance of both ZZ Top and the band's promoter.

PETER KERNAN took the stage to announce that hometown favorites REO Speedwagon would be returning to the Virginia on Feb. 8.

Captain Rat to perform at EIU's Family Weekend celebration

CHARLESTON — The Champaign-based band Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets will take its family-oriented show to the Doudna Fine Arts Center at 7 p.m. Saturday as part of Eastern Illinois University's Family Weekend celebration.

A well-known regional act, Captain Rat is known for its stage show featuring props, silly hats, zany antics and rock and roll.

For one day, cats get a 'PARK(ing)' spot near Orpheum

CHAMPAIGN — Dog parks are common nowadays.

Cat parks? Not so much.

But on Friday in the city parking lot in front of the Orpheum Children's Science Museum, felines will have a spot as part of the one-day interactive art installation, "Cat PARK(ing) Day."

The "park" will occupy one metered parking space near Washington and Neil.

ZZ Top at the Virginia Theatre

It was a sold out show at the Virginia Theatre when ZZ Top came to town

DLO Musical Theatre sets 5K fundraising run Sept. 30

DANVILLE — Danville Light Opera Musical Theatre is planning a 5K fundraising run with an aquatic theme later this month.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author to speak Thursday at Spurlock Museum

URBANA — Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen will speak at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U.

Nguyen's talk, part of the University Library's 27th annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture Series, is titled "Enduring Wars in Transpacific Memories." His book, which won a Pulitzer in 2016, was titled "The Sympathizer."

Branson show performing at Danville High to benefit music programs

DANVILLE — The Branson, Mo., production of "Forever Young" will give a performance later this month at Danville High School to benefit its choral music programs.

Studio Visit: Adriane 'Binky' Donley

Staff writer Melissa Merli recently chatted with Adriane 'Binky' Donley, 42, of Champaign, the properties director at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts who created the "Transformation Takes Flight" installation of butterflies that was in the Champaign Public Library lobby from April through Sept. 2.