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..

Rosemary Laughlin/review: Color me impressed by CUTC's 'Joseph'


How many colors were there in Joseph's coat of many colors? They are not numbered or named in Genesis.

But they are myriad — bright, shimmering and echoed in lights and sound in the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company production at The Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

Eighth annual CU Pride and Parade set Sept. 15-17

CHAMPAIGN — The Uniting Pride Center of Champaign County will present the eighth annual CU Pride and Parade Sept. 15-17 in downtown Champaign.

The festivities will kick off that Friday with the CU Comedy Fundraiser at Soma Ultralounge, with headliners including Chicago-based comedian and actor Shannon Noll and Whitney Chitwood, who's been featured by MoveOn.Org and OUT Chicago.

CUTC's 'Joseph' has a Technicolorful flair for the dramatic

CHAMPAIGN — Directing "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat" for the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company, Jeff Dare decided to go with the musical as written but add his own flair.

That would be rock-concert lighting for the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber show, opening tonight at the Virginia Theatre.

Krannert Art Museum website expanding look at collection

CHAMPAIGN — Krannert Art Museum recently launched an expanded and redesigned website that allows online visitors for the first time to access information about pieces in the museum's collection.

Chuck Koplinski: Wonderfully re-created 'Detroit' lacks connections

As she so adeptly proved in "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty," director Kathryn Bigelow is a master at re-creating urban warfare on screen, an ability she uses to great effect in her latest, "Detroit," an account of the race riots that plagued the area in the summer of 1967 and of one particularly heinous crime that occurred as the city burned.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 3-10, 2017


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