Staying in town over spring break? Sure, things slow down on the A&E scene with the Big U shut down for a week, but there are a few things happening that are worth your time, and appreciation.
Here are my picks:
— Condition Blue plays happy hour from 5 to 7 tonight (March 16) at The Iron Post in Urbana. Top-notch, world-class, passionate musicians Randy Salman, Michael Stryker, Jeff Helgesen, Larry Gray and Jeff Magby play classic bop from the Blue Note era. No cover!
— Again, tonight, folk musicians Sparky and Rhonda Rucker from Kentucky, who are well-known on the folk scene and who have toured for 30 some years, at Techline. 307 S. Locust St., C. Cover is by donation.
— Again tonight, folk singer John Coppess performs at Indi Go Artist Co-op, 9 E. University Ave., C, with Cape Breton-style fiddler Kate Fritz (who’s creating a buzz in local folk and roots circle) at 7 p.m. Champaign singer-songwriter Jeff Arrigo performs a later set there. Admission $5.
— Tonight and Saturday are the last nights for "Becky Shaw" by Gina Gionfriddo at the Station Theatre. The cast, directed by Mathew Green, is made up of some of the best young actors in town. Good reviews from N-G critic Mary Wyczolkowski, who is shaping up to be one our best critics, ever.
— CUTC’s "The Producers," the outrageous cult comedy by Mel Brooks, at Parkland Theatre this and next weekend. I haven’t seen it yet but Mary Wyczolkowski was there on opening night. Look for her review in Sunday News-Gazette.
— The Traditional Jazz Orchestra, led by Morgan Powell. Again, top-rate musicians, this time playing buoyant trad jazz, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Buvons Wine Bar inside the Corkscrew Emporium on Vine Street, Urbana. No cover.
- Shutterbugs. Check out "8 Photographers, through April 13, at Art Coop at Lincoln Square Village, Urbana. Lots of black-and-white. Not one bad pic among the 27 in the show.