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Tickets for Kid Cudi at UI Assembly Hall on sale Friday

CHAMPAIGN — General-public tickets for hip-hop artist Kid Cudi's March 30 performance at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday.


Fourth Jock Jams featuring UI student-athletes set Feb. 27

CHAMPAIGN — They can tackle, rush, pass, sprint, dive and catch ... but did you know University of Illinois student-athletes also have a theatrical side?

You can come see them sing, dance and act in a talent show for charity, the fourth annual Jock Jams, scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Huff Hall.


Toby Keith returning to Illinois State Fair

SPRINGFIELD — Tickets for the Toby Keith concert at the 2013 Illinois State Fair will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The country singer-songwriter will perform Aug. 14.


Blues society to present workshop for children

CHAMPAIGN — The Prairie Crossroads Blues Society will present a workshop on Saturday at the Champaign Public Library for children in grades 3-5.

The workshop is free; children do not have to register beforehand. It will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. in Robeson Rooms A & B in the library, 200 W. Green St., C.


Teen groups invited to take part in 5th Battle of the Bands

CHAMPAIGN — The deadline is Friday for local teen bands to enter the Champaign Park District's fifth annual Battle of the Bands on March 9 at the Parkland College Theatre.

All musical styles and genres are welcome. Band members must be between the ages of 12 and 21, with the majority under 19.


Danville Sweet Adelines to deliver singing valentines

DANVILLE — The Danville Show Chorus of Sweet Adelines will again present singing valentines to the community on Valentine's Day.

Those who choose to send a singing valentine to someone can choose from three songs: "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," "Ain't She (He) Sweet" and "What Would I Do Without You."

The Sweet Adelines will be singing all day and can start as early as 7 a.m.


Jonathan Blanchard to perform in Champaign, Danville

CHAMPAIGN — As part of his Freedom's Soul annual tour, Jonathan Blanchard & Company will perform in concert Monday in Champaign and Tuesday in Danville.

The 7 p.m. concerts are Monday at Salem Baptist Church, 500 E. Park St., C, and Tuesday at the Carter Metropolitan CME Church, 448 E. Williams St., Danville. Both are free and open to the public.


John Frayne: 'Don Quixote' ballet thoroughly enjoyable

The Russian National Ballet Theatre came to the Tryon Festival Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts last week, and I attended the opening night Jan. 22, when this company performed the ballet "Don Quixote," one of the works created in 19th-century Russia by the great choreographer Marius Petipa, with music by Lon Minkus.


Clubs listings Jan. 31-Feb. 7

A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.


Local band Desafinado defies definition, defines smooth jazz

URBANA — Desafinado means "off-key" in Portuguese, the native tongue of Brazil, which inspires the band Desafinado.

The band name is ironic because the sound is very tight; members of the band include native Brazilians with doctoral degrees in music.