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Ask 'Mimi,' Aug. 27, 2017

Has UI dance Professor Cynthia Oliver been promoted?

Yes, she's been named associate vice chancellor for research in the humanities, arts and related fields, succeeding the late Nancy Abelmann in that position.

Things to know ahead of Alan Jackson's visit to State Farm Center

Country music legend ALAN JACKSON brings his Honky Tonk Highway Tour to State Farm Center in Champaign tonight.

A few things you ought to know about the country music legend:

Who lives here? Aug. 26, 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. This week, you get a hint.

Pastor in 'Vagina Monologues' cast: 'It gives voice to stories that don't get told'

CHAMPAIGN — This isn't the way the Rev. Leah Robberts-Mosser would speak from the pulpit.

But as a cast member in 'The Vagina Monologues,' she said she'll be one of the voices for stories that need to be heard.

Notes-Worthy: Patrick Campbell

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with Patrick Campbell of Jury's Out, set to perform at this weekend's Sangamon River Music Festival in Mahomet, which he calls "absolutely one the best festivals around here." Here's more:

Jury's Out has been a live band for how many years now? And what do you attribute your success to?

Martina McBride bringing Christmas show to Virginia

Country star Martina McBride will bring her "The Joy of Christmas" show to the Virginia Theatre on Dec. 14; tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

John Frayne: Spring season was full of big-time classics

The spring 2017 season opened with a bang produced by percussionist William Moersch performing James Macmillan's Second Concerto for Percussion, "Veni, Veni Emmanuel" at the Jan. 28 C-U Symphony concert, during which Stephen Alltop led a vivid performance of Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations."

Twin City's 'Billy Elliott': Dancing with the (Broadway) star

CHAMPAIGN — Hoping to find a lead to play the title role in the musical "Billy Elliot," Twin City Squared hosted a Billy Elliot dance camp earlier this year.

Ten youths attended. But the role of Billy went to someone who had not gone to the camp but showed up later at auditions: Tanner Carlson-Huber, a 12-year-old from Normal who has studied dance since he was 3.

Playing Critic: Raising funds takes all the fun out of 'Vostok Inc.'

Remember the '80s?

I'm certain the creators of "Vostok Inc." do.

Graphically, it's like the game was thrown together on "MS Paint," and it uses the limited color palette characteristic of ancient EGA-capable computers, including a lot of pink.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 24-31, 2017

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