Large collections of an old technology known as the compact disc encumber us like the chains on Marley's ghost. Many of us want the flexibility of hearing our music anytime, anyplace without the space and handling required by physical discs. We also may prefer the full fidelity offered by CD.
CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Urbana Theatre Company will present "Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr.!" this weekend at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 346 N. Neil St.
RANTOUL — Because of recent cold weather, the Rantoul Theatre Group has extended its open auditions for the "The Silver Queen," written by Champaign County author James Dedman. More auditions will be from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Grissom Hall Theatre, 914 Arends Blvd.
URBANA — The Illini Union Art Gallery will host at 5 p.m. Friday the opening reception for "The World Through My Eyes by Windy Zhao."
The exhibition features travel photography by Zhao as well as text narration.
URBANA — St. Patrick's Church in Urbana will present the murder mystery "Last Call at Chez Mort" by Lee Mueller this weekend.
Curtain times will be 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Patrick's Main Hall, 708 W. Main St., U. Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 a student or $25 per family and may be purchased at the door. To reserve tickets, call 367-2665.
URBANA — Clarinetist Karen DeBauche is the featured Urbana Pops Orchestra musician for the group's second of five free recitals, taking place at 2 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium on the lower level of Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St.
DeBauche is in her 24th year of teaching music in the Urbana school district.
Hollywood loves heroes — whether based on fact as in "Lone Survivor" or completely fictitious as in "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" — who face apparently overwhelming odds yet triumph in the end.
Each week, The News-Gazette will offer a selection of events provided by area libraries:
Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.