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Nightlife listings, Dec. 14-21, 2017

THURSDAY, Dec. 14

BAXTER'S AMERICAN GRILLE: Billy Galt, 6 p.m.

CLARK BAR: Chickadee Sermon, 6 p.m.; C-U Comedy's "The Open Mic," (stand up comedy show; all signups in advance, jesse@cucomedy.com), 9 p.m.

COWBOY MONKEY: Fiona Kimble, Rebecca Rego and The Trainmen, Tigerbeat, 9 p.m.

FAT CITY, THE CITY CENTER: Granger Smith with Earl Dibbles Jr, Morgan Wallen, 7 p.m.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 14-21, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

HOOPESTON'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW

What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: Light displays, 5 to 11 p.m. every evening, Dec. 14 until Jan. 2, 2018.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-495-2800 or 217-274-2956.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT BUNKER HILL

Music on Main: Seth Anders (w/ video)

First up in our series featuring local musicians showcasing their talents in our lobby: SETH ANDERS, saxophonist in Dalton Halls Band and Whiskey Shadows, who dropped by this week to play holiday favorites "O Holy Night" and "Frosty the Snowman." A few more detai

Martina McBride: 'It was a special time'

With country star MARTINA McBRIDE in town Thursday night at the Virginia Theatre, staff writer Paul Wood asked her five questions:

What's a favorite song from the Joy of Christmas Tour? Will it end up on your new album?

Top of the Morning, Dec. 13, 2017

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I asked SETH ANDERS where Tuesday afternoon's gig — in which he played his sax on the stairs of News-Gazette Media in downtown Champaign — ranked in terms of strangest settings.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Dec. 10, 2017

These pages and our website are full these days of news about upcoming and ongoing ways to celebrate the season in the Champaign-Urbana area and East Central Illinois. But in the spirt of the season, my favorite such happenings are the ones at which we can not only receive great enjoyment, but give it as well. Here's what I'm talking about ...

Not-so-small fish testing new waters

In a chilly warehouse off Market Street, dozens of extras dressed in black — some accented with orange CAUTION tape — are filming a music video.

It's for Centennial alumna and actress Lexi Atkins, who has written her first album with 10 songs, and therefore 10 music videos shot in different places from Los Angeles to Kentucky.

Richard J. Leskosky: Holiday classics hitting Virginia's big screen

Certain films have become standard viewing around certain holidays — "Ben-Hur" at Easter, for instance, and "1776" for Independence Day. Christmas, though, has by far the most films associated with it as classics.

Rich Warren: Torn on taking the OLED plunge

Considering the increasing intricacies and complexities of your questions, I'm tempted to rename this column "The Reluctant Techie." We've recently received some challenging emails.

Rosemary Laughlin/Review: Station's 'Pemberley' a must for Jane Austen fans

By ROSEMARY LAUGHLIN

Following major films of "Pride and Prejudice," "Sense and Sensibility" and "Emma" in the 1990s, spinoffs of Jane Austen's work have proliferated as if from a cornucopia.