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All Arts and Entertainment Content

Philo Country Music Show is a return to the traditional — and it's gaining popularity

The Philo Country Music Show isn't set to start for a few minutes. But the venue — a small old school gym — is packed.

Nearly 300 folks, most of them senior citizens, sit expectantly in seats arranged in neat rows on the gym floor. A couple dozen more, including a few kids who seem to be the only ones using hand-held mobile devices, take to the bleachers.

Clubs listings March 28-April 4

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UI music professor plans faculty recital

URBANA — Jazz pianist Chip Stephens, a University of Illinois music professor, will present a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Performing with him will be UI professors Joel Spencer on drums and Larry Gray on bass.

Blues society workshop scheduled

URBANA — The Prairie Crossroads Blues Society will present the second in a series of Blues in the Schools educational workshops for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Lewis Auditorium at the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St.

'Wavelength' exhibit opens Friday

CHAMPAIGN — The Indi Go Artist Co-op, 9 E. University Ave., will present the exhibition "Wavelength: CU's pulse as taken by Eric Frahm," from Friday through April 7. The opening is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Illinois Ancestors: Site pays tribute to Civil War at 150

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War continues to be acknowledged in Illinois at, where special events throughout the state are posted in addition to a most comprehensive list of links to Civil War data.

Drag show set on Friday

URBANA — The sixth annual Illini Union Board Drag Show, "Divas Old and New," will take place at 9 p.m. Friday in the Illini Union I rooms on the west side of the first floor. The doors will open at 8:30.

Tickets sold in advance at the Illini Union Quad Shop are $5 for students with an I-card and $7 for the public. Tickets purchased at the door will be $7 and $10, respectively.

AIDS drama comes to Krannert

URBANA — The University of Illinois Department of Theatre will present the groundbreaking AIDS drama "The Normal Heart," written by Larry Kramer. The play opens Thursday and runs through April 7 in the Studio Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

'Little Shop of Horrors' presentation set

URBANA — The newly formed Illini Student Musicals group will present "Little Shop of Horrors" on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the newly renovated Lincoln Hall Theater on the University of Illinois campus.

Seth Valentine directs the production. Choreography is by Lauren Welton, and music directors are Aaron Kaplan and Stephen Boyer.

Hoopeston library changes checkout procedures

HOOPESTON — Starting April 1, Hoopeston Public Library patrons must present a valid library card to check out all items.

Checkouts will not be available on April 9 and 10 because the library will be converting to a new computer automation system. However, the library will be open for other services including computer use, photocopying, faxing and the use of the reading areas.