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SIDELL – Sidell will be celebrating its 125th anniversity in June and one of the events will be a talent show at 2 p.m. June 21. Organizers are encouraging people to sign up for the show whether they want to sing, dance, play an instrument, twirl a baton, do comedy or show the unusual talent of a pet.
There is no entry fee to participate. Entries must be received by June 10. Cash prizes will be given in each of the age divisions. The classes will be for ages up to 12 years; 13-19 years; and 20 years and over.
Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, "American Idol's" Kelly Clarkson, the legendary Heart, Bangles, country's hot duo Montgomery Gentry and country solo artist Josh Turner are among scheduled the scheduled performers at the 2009 Illinois State Fair's Grandstand.
CHAMPAIGN – In its final concert of its 13th season on Sunday evening, the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana (BACH) will continue its tribute to George Frideric Handel and showcase the winners of its recent Young Baroque Artist Competition.
The concert, set to start at 7:30 p.m. at Sinai Temple, 3104 W. Windsor Road, C, will open with the competition winners:
Where can low-lit stars find some shimmer? Why, Champaign-Urbana, of course. In April, Roger Ebert's Film Festival shows those overlooked, deserving films to audiences eager to sit in the dark for a dozen hours.
Come September, another audience will find reasons to stay in the dark at the fifth annual Pygmalion Music Festival, a homegrown bandfest with about 70 indie bands hitting C-U venues over four days.
The Vintage Vinyl sale, with thousands of used records, tapes and CDs offered for sale, takes place Saturday at Lincoln Square Village in Urbana.
An entrance fee of $5 will be charged from 8 to 11 a.m. Admission is free from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
URBANA – Just before 7 a.m., 12 students wander into Angelica Franklin's choir room at Urbana High School. They form a line facing Franklin at the piano, some looking bleary-eyed, others awake and chatting.
But once 7 a.m. strikes, they put their game faces on: happy, engaging, that "American Idol"-here-I-come look.
DANVILLE – A banjo player and a symphony orchestra – as Arte Johnson used to say on "Laugh In," ver-ee in-ter-es-ting.
Buddy Wachter, a virtuoso banjo player, will join the Danville Symphony Orchestra for its "With Strings Attached" concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Danville High School auditorium.
If you Google "festival Champaign Urbana," Ebertfest, which just finished up last week, pops up at the top of the list.
It's closely followed by a new festival that won't take place even for the first time until Sept. 25-26 in downtown Urbana.
CHAMPAIGN – Amasong: Champaign-Urbana's Premier Lesbian/Feminist Chorus will present its spring concert – with the theme "So Glad I'm Here!" – twice this weekend.
The chorus, directed by Meagan Johnson Smith, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at McKinley Presbyterian Church, 809 S. Fifth St., C. Admission is by donation, with the suggested amount ranging from $10 to $20.
URBANA – Krannert Center for the Performing Arts opened on April 19, 1969, but will pay tribute to that anniversary with a celebration on Friday, May 1.
"Minus 10: Forty and Forward" will feature tenor saxophonist Phil Doyle and alto saxophonist Henning Schröder performing at Stage 5 in the Krannert lobby. The event is free; no tickets required.