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Musicians can send a YouTube video audition for Urbana Pops

URBANA — Area musicians may audition for the Urbana Pops Orchestra in the comfort of their own homes — by uploading a video audition to YouTube.

Concert, breakfasts, wine tasting on C4A menu

URBANA — The Community Center for the Arts has a couple of busy weeks ahead: Its C4A Live at Indi Go concert Thursday, benefit pancake breakfasts on Saturday and next Sunday and a wine-tasting benefit March 30.

TobyMac brings his passion to annual tour

TobyMac is bringing a few friends with him on has latest visit to the University of Illinois Assembly Hall.

The singer, who co-founded Christian hip-hop band dcTalk in the late 1980s, is an elder statesman of contemporary Gospel: dcTalk existed even before Winter Jam, originally aimed at youth, started.

Studio Visit: Margaret Duffy

Studio Visit appears in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, a visit with musician Margaret Duffy.

Jazz Professor Chip McNeill throws himself into his work

By Samantha Kiesel

Chip McNeill walks down the hall in his black sneakers as jazz music floods the basement of Smith Hall. He waves with his left hand to a couple of students and clutches a soprano saxophone in his right.

Urbana organization chooses 23 arts projects for funding

URBANA — The city Public Arts Commission has selected recipients of the 2013 Urbana Arts Grants.

Among them is the Common Ground Food Co-op at Lincoln Square Village, which will receive a total of $5,000 from the city and the Urbana Business Association to start an art gallery. That is the largest amount given to any recipient.

Review: 'How to Succeed' clearly succeeds

The Champaign Urbana Theatre Company has kicked off off its 22nd Season with the musical satire, "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying," now playing at the Parkland College Theatre.

John Frayne: Opera production 'loverly;' CUSO finale enlightening

I attended the March 3 matinee performance of the University of Illinois Opera Program's production of the classic musical "My Fair Lady," and I thought it a delightful show — with one reservation, which I will discuss later.

'How to Succeed' in a mad world

But the actors love that world — and the singing and dancing within it

CHAMPAIGN — Viewed through a modern lens, the Broadway hit musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" is chauvinistic and offensive.

Eiteljorg pays tribute to guitars — and the people who made them famous

Most Americans associate the guitar in the American West with cowboys sitting around a campfire, strumming the instrument while singing their cowboy songs.

But the history of the popular and affordable instrument in the American West is a bit more complicated and interesting than that.