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BACH auditioning new singers on Aug. 26

URBANA — Singers interested in performing with the Baroque Artists of Champaign Urbana are invited to audition Aug. 26 in "a friendly, get-to-know-you" 10-minute meeting with BACH's new director, Joseph Baldwin.

National touring comedian coming to Soma on Friday

CHAMPAIGN — National touring comedian Krish Mohan, who explores happiness and societal perceptions of mental illness, will perform his one-man show at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Soma Ultralounge, 320 N. Neil St., C. Doors open at 8.

'Rent' tops fall theater series lineup at State Farm Center

CHAMPAIGN — "Rent" opens the theater season this fall at State Farm Center.

This year's Broadway Series, which will be unveiled today, features "Rent" on Oct. 10; "Dirty Dancing" on Nov. 5; "The Wizard of Oz" on April 19; and "Cabaret" on April 28.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m.; doors open one hour before.

Studio Visit: Kelly McMorris

Staff writer Melissa Merli chats with Kelly McMorris of Urbana, the lead singer/keyboardist/guitarist for Sun Stereo who earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois Department of Theatre's acting program in 2001.

I noticed Sun Stereo is playing on the 'Rising Star' stage at the Illinois State Fair. Is this your first time at the fair?

Ask 'Mimi,' Aug. 6, 2017

Are there any of those guitar cutouts left for the public to decorate for the Ellnore The Guitar Festival at Krannert Center?

Ten or so cutouts remain — a mix of acoustic and electric styles. Krannert made a total of 80 guitar shapes this year, half of each kind.

Rich Warren: Narrowing list of sites for reviews

Finances and time restrict product reviews in this column. When I reviewed audio and video components between 1978-2007 for national magazines and a big-city newspaper, companies eagerly loaned gear for reviews. Various electronics would visit for a month while I subjectively reviewed them.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

All that jazz (benefit)

If you want to check out jazz, head to the WEFT Radio benefit show at 6 p.m. today at The Iron Post, Urbana. First up is Jose Gobbo, a young guitarist from Brazil who's a lot of fun. He will be followed at 7 by Kavi Naidu and the Poblano Project, a young quintet I haven't yet heard.

Who lives here? Aug. 5, 2017

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides there to wholiveshere@news-gazette.com, and we'll give a winner a shout-out on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.

Weekend Planner: Treasure of the Prairibbean

If a week's stay on Martha's Vineyard appeals to you, then head to C-U in the Prairibbean tonight in downtown Champaign, benefiting Developmental Services Center, which serves individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

CUTC's Rehearsal for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."

Rehearsal for CUTC's musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign on Monday, July 31, 2017..