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Jonathan Blanchard to perform in Champaign, Danville

CHAMPAIGN — As part of his Freedom's Soul annual tour, Jonathan Blanchard & Company will perform in concert Monday in Champaign and Tuesday in Danville.

The 7 p.m. concerts are Monday at Salem Baptist Church, 500 E. Park St., C, and Tuesday at the Carter Metropolitan CME Church, 448 E. Williams St., Danville. Both are free and open to the public.

'The House I Live In' will play at Art

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign-Urbana Citizens for Peace and Justice will host a screening of the documentary "The House I Live In" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., C.

A panel discussion will follow the screening.

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Studio Visit: Mikel Matthews Jr.

Studio Visit appears in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, a visit with Mikel Matthews Jr., an actor, director, stand-up comedian and teacher.

Q: I'm fascinated by your show tattoos. How many do you have?

Getting Personal: Kelly White

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, a chat with Kelly White, the executive director of 40 North 88 West, the Champaign County Arts Council, and an art history instructor at Parkland College.

Annual Spring Festival Setsubun today

URBANA — The Japan House at the University of Illinois has its annual Spring Festival Setsubun (set-soo-boon) today.

Urbana market to end use of tokens

URBANA — Organizers are getting ready for the 2013 season of Market at the Square, and visitors might notice a few changes when the first market opens on May 4.

Attendees might want to have cash in their pockets when they show up this year as officials plan to phase out the Market Scratch program, which enables visitors to make payments with debit and credit cards.

Rich Warren: Clearly, 3-D TV wasn't the hit makers expected

You voted with your wallets, and I commend you. The electronic pundit consensus conceded that 3-D TV fell flat. The electronics industry tried to foist 3-D television upon you for the past three years, and you weren't buying it.

John Frayne: 'Don Quixote' ballet thoroughly enjoyable

The Russian National Ballet Theatre came to the Tryon Festival Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts last week, and I attended the opening night Jan. 22, when this company performed the ballet "Don Quixote," one of the works created in 19th-century Russia by the great choreographer Marius Petipa, with music by Lon Minkus.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 31-Feb. 7

A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.

Local band Desafinado defies definition, defines smooth jazz

URBANA — Desafinado means "off-key" in Portuguese, the native tongue of Brazil, which inspires the band Desafinado.

The band name is ironic because the sound is very tight; members of the band include native Brazilians with doctoral degrees in music.