All Arts and Entertainment Content

'Civil War' musical to be staged under the stars in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — "The Civil War," a musical performance about one of America's darkest chapters, will be performed Thursday through Sunday under the stars in downtown Springfield.

The two-act show will be presented at 8 o'clock each evening on an outdoor stage in Union Square Park at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.


Glass FX exhibit to feature new, creative uses of antique glass

CHAMPAIGN – Artists who work at Glass FX Studio will display their work in an exhibit that showcases new and creative uses of antique glass, plus part of the old Champaign County Courthouse clock face.

"Glass from the Past: Antique Glass for Modern Life" will run from Saturday through Aug. 16 at Glass FX, 202 S. First St., C.


Young talent on display at upcoming 'Seussical, the Musical'

CHAMPAIGN — Seventy-some youths, among them Caitlyn Caruso-Dobbs and Alex Miller, will appear in the Urbana Park District's Youth Summer Theatre production of "Seussical, the Musical," opening Wednesday at Parkland Theatre in Champaign.

Miller, a senior at Mahomet-Seymour High School, stars as Horton, the elephant who is chastised by his fellow jungle animals for caring for and protecting the tiny, invisible Who village and the orphaned egg of free-spirited Mayzie le Bird, played by Dobbs, a freshman at the High School of St. Thomas More.


Lotto numbers corrected

The lottery numbers in Tuesday's News-Gazette  listed some incorrect numbers for Illinois' Monday Lotto drawing:

The Little Lotto numbers, which were correct, were: 8-14-17-29-38

The Lotto numbers were: 14-15-20-23-31-43


Former Air Force musicians spreading wings in C-U

Most people have weird notions about military bands, say Shawn and Darden Purcell. They think of John Philip Sousa and marching music, and bass drums and bugles.

Shawn, a guitarist, and Darden, a jazz vocalist, will tell you their experiences with the U.S. Air Force bands were quite different.


'Where the Great Ones Run' coming back for second run

URBANA – Those hazy, lazy days of summer are hard to come by for an actor in a hit play.

Just ask Colleen Klein and Anne Shapland Kearns, both of whom will be reprising their roles in the second run of "Where the Great Ones Run." The play, written and directed by Mark Roberts, made its world premiere June 5 at the Station Theatre in Urbana.


Champaign County Fair opens with crunch of bent metal

URBANA – Jason Dillingham committed at least five traffic violations to claim the top spot in Friday night's Demolition Derby at the Champaign County Fair – a repeat of his performance last year.

In the derby's final moments, Dillingham's 1975 Buick shoved out his father's car to net the $1,000 victory in the full-size division of the derby. This year marked his 17th.


Former Champaign man, wife challenge gravity as acrobats

Professionals who see David Gray and Alyssa Marx's aerial and acrobatic acts can't believe the couple can do what they do.

Area residents will get a chance to see Gray, a 1997 alumnus of Champaign Centennial High School, and Marx, a native of San Francisco, when they perform for the first time in Champaign at the Chester Street Bar around 12:30 a.m. Sunday and Monday.


Volunteers work to make Farmer City Fair special for kids

FARMER CITY — The Farmer City/DeWitt County Fair still has plenty to offer as it concludes its 2008 run on Saturday night. This year marks the 78th year for the annual event at the Farmer City Fairgrounds on the city's northwest edge.

Friday night is the demolition derby and a band playing contemporary blues and rock 'n' roll music. Saturday opens with a Western horse show and ends with back-to-back dances featuring two classic rock bands.


Plenty to see and plenty for free in East Central Illinois

With the cost of gas, airfare, food and everything else going north, many Americans are staying put and spending less on entertainment.

That doesn't mean, though, that you have to park yourself in front of a television set. There are plenty of things to do for free in East Central Illinois, among them concerts that would carry a pretty hefty ticket fee in most cities.