A few words with major players in CUTC's 'Grease'

"Grease" is the word for hot summer nights at an all-student production.

WHITNEY HAVICE, who's directing her first show for the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company, has choreographed and/or appeared in over 60 productions locally for CUTC, the Station Theatre, Parkland College Theatre and Twin City Squared, as well as in the Chicago area.

Notes-Worthy: Bub Phillippe and the REO Speedwagon album cover

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with BUB PHILLIPPE, who worked for 12 years as REO Speedwagon's sound man and still lives in Champaign. He still runs audio for corporate events and does installation work as an independent contractor. Here, he gives the full scoop on the cover for 'You Can Tune A Piano But You Can't Tuna Fish."

Celtic Woman's newest member: Group is 'the perfect platform for me'

Tara McNeill is a violinist, singer and harpist from Antrim, Ireland. In 2016, she became the newest member of Celtic Woman, which performs tonight at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign. She is only the second violinist to ever join the No. 1 world music act and the first multi-instrumentalist as she also brings her harp and voice to the group.

Entertainment listings, June 14-21, 2018


This weekend


Nightlife listings, June 14-21, 2018

Bands, comedians, trivia, DJs and more. Here's your guide to a night on the town.


BAXTER'S AMERICAN GRILLE: Brian Choban Jazz Quintet, 6 p.m.

BLACKBIRD URBANA: Sapphire (Free Music Thursdays), 9 p.m.

CLARK BAR: Hobb String Band, 6 p.m.; C-U Comedy's "The Open Mic," (stand up comedy show; all signups in advance, jesse@cucomedy.com), 9 p.m.

Frank's Faves: Movie downpours

"I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in and stops my mind from wandering where it will go ..." — The Beatles

Hi, everybody! Sorry we missed each other last week while I was on vacation. I sure could have used a few of you out in my garage during the latter part of my time off while embarking on the greatest downsizing project since the fall of the Roman Empire.

Rosemary Laughlin/review | Much to love about Station's one-man show


The pun in the title of "Buyer & Cellar" suggests clever wordplay ahead. But the humor turns out to be much more based on a preposterous-but-real place — the storefronts in the basement of singer, movie star and Broadway performer Barbra Streisand's Malibu mansion.

Rich Warren | When it comes to email service, Gmail is best option

People abandon email for social media and/or texting, but email remains the dominant means of internet communication.

Once, a score of free email providers offered their services in return for attaching advertising to your emails, selling your information or otherwise monetizing your use of their services.

Ladies' Night: 'That's What She Said' returns in 2019

CHAMPAIGN — The 2018-19 Virginia Theatre season gives voice once again to an innovative series, "That's What She Said."

After a brief hiatus, the women-based, often-humorous show comes back March 2. Tickets go on sale July 20.

It joins many national acts at the downtown theater, giving a voice to the people who are often in the audience.

Setting the stage: A look at the Virginia Theatre's 2018-19 schedule

Wow. There's almost too much to write about the Virginia Theatre's fall and spring schedule highlights. You already know that Roger Ebert's Film Festival makes April 10-14 super special. The theater has already announced "Annie" (Aug. 2-5) and Taj Mahal and the Keb' Mo' Band on Aug. 9; we'll be writing about both of them. And of course we'll be writing about Pens To Lens on Aug. 11.