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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.


Urbana students to present 'Almost, Maine'

URBANA — The Urbana High School Theatre Department will present evening performances of the play "Almost, Maine" from Wednesday to Saturday and a matinee next Sunday in the newly remodeled Urbana High School Cobb Auditorium.


Robot-themed plays to be broadcast Friday

URBANA — The Illinois Japan Performing Arts Network will present a screening of "Sayonara" and "I, Worker," two new plays being performed at the Japan Society of New York.

The performances will be broadcast live from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications auditorium, 1205 W. Clark St., U, at the University of Illinois.


Studio Visit: Mikel Matthews Jr.

Studio Visit appears in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, a visit with Mikel Matthews Jr., an actor, director, stand-up comedian and teacher.

Q: I'm fascinated by your show tattoos. How many do you have?


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.


Entertainment 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.


'To Kill a Mockingbird' set to open

DANVILLE — The Red Mask Players will present "To Kill a Mockingbird" the next two weekends — Feb. 1-3 and 8-10 — at the Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St.

The Friday and Saturday curtain times are 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinees start at 2. The box office opens at 7 on performance nights.


Melissa Merli's Art Beat: CUTC, WEFT make changes

Two local organizations have made significant staff changes at the top.

At WEFT 90.1-FM Radio, the last day for manager Mick Woolf — long the face of the community station — will be Thursday. It's also the final day for membership services coordinator Marty Booth Hodges.


UI graduate and former C-U resident enjoying run in Chicago as Fred Mertz

Curtis Pettyjohn, now appearing as Fred Mertz in "I Love Lucy Live on Stage" in Chicago, has moved a number of times but always seems to circle back to Chicago and Champaign. Like a homing pigeon, he says.