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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.

Drum workshop scheduled

URBANA — A free drum and dance workshop will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday (March 13) at the Channing-Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon St.

The local group, Costas, will lead the evening of Afro‐Colombian drumming and dance workshops, followed by a live participatory performance. This event is made possible with support from a city of Urbana Arts Grant.

Dylan to return to Assembly Hall on April 25

Bob Dylan's bootheels are wandering back to the Assembly Hall on April 25.

The singer/songwriter/inscrutable legend will appear with special guest Dawes. The American rock band will release its third studio album, "Stories Don't End," on April 9.

Singer/songwriter/pianist will visit the Clark Bar

CHAMPAIGN — Singer/songwriter/pianist Elaine Romanelli, a nationally touring independent solo artist, will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Clark Bar, 207 W. Clark St. The cover charge will be $5.

Choir will be in area this week

On its Midwest tour, the Hinds Community College Choir of Utica, Miss., will make stops this week in Rantoul and Urbana.

Traveling with 50 or so voices and directed by Bobby Cooper, the choir will perform a variety of music including sacred, contemporary and show tunes. It features the Jubilee Singers, the men's chorus that toured Italy as a guest of Music Celebrations International.

Studio Visit: Kate Paradise

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

Q: So are you splitting your time between Nashville and Urbana?

John Frayne: 'Prairie' groups offer lively show; Juilliard Quartet shines

Kevin Kelly and the Prairie Ensemble gave their first concert of 2013, "A Windy Affair," on Feb. 24 in Holy Cross Church, Champaign.

Entertainment listings, March 7-14

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