CHAMPAIGN — If you're a fan of classical music, you've likely heard of the Big Five — the nation's top five orchestras.
Locally, we have the Big Three: the Champaign-Urbana and Danville symphony orchestras and Sinfonia da Camera. As usual, they plan classical and contemporary fare for the coming season, but with some unusual twists.
The Savoy Orchard Days Festival runs Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The Matt Poss Band performs Friday night in the beer tent from 7 to 9 p.m. Ryan Ideus & the Feudin' Hillbillys perform on the main stage from 9 to 11:30 p.m.
During the 1980s and '90s, Gene Hackman and Michael Caine seemed to be following the same career track — if a script came their way, they agreed to do it. (Caine once admitted that he decided to do "Jaws: The Revenge" after reading just the first page of the script and saw that it took place in Hawaii. He had always wanted to go there, so he agreed to do the movie.)
World War I
URBANA — "World War I in Champaign County: The Local Story of the Great War" at the Archives Research Center, Horticulture Field Laboratory, 1707 S. Orchard St., U, will feature on Thursday live period music, plus presentations and exhibits exploring the local scene in that era.
From Abraham Lincoln in Monticello to Orchard Days in Savoy to the Vermilion River Fall Festival in Danville, and more, staff writer Tim Mitchell's entertainment recommendations for the week ahead.