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Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead

Staff writer TIM MITCHELL’s entertainment recommendations for the week ahead:


Weekend Update, Oct. 18, 2014: Barrels of fun

It's over in about 15 seconds, but these moments stretch out — there's no shortage of drama in a barrel race. The National Barrel Racing Association is holding its Illinois State Show through Sunday at Gordyville USA in Gifford. In rodeos, horse and rider attempt to complete a clover-leaf pattern around barrels in the fastest time — without touching the barrels.

Top of the morning, Oct. 18, 2014

Those 50 high school marching bands at Memorial Stadium today aren't the only ones making beautiful music in these parts this weekend. The 50th State Fiddle Contest is Sunday in Effingham.

Here's more courtesy Teresa Foreman of the Illinois Old-time Fiddlers Association:

Third annual breast-cancer walk set Tuesday at Danville VA

DANVILLE — The Federal Women's Program and Women Veterans Program will hold their third annual breast-cancer awareness walk and candlelight ceremony Tuesday at VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville.

Activities will begin at 4:30 p.m. Information about breast cancer, its risks and early detection will be available.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 16-23, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

A legendary opportunity

DANVILLE — On Friday night, local singer Willie "Sweet Willie" Johnson was thrilled just to sing for The Contours with Joe Billingslea, an original member of the Motown act famous for "Do You Love Me."

"To be honest, just to sing in front of The Contours would be a great privilege to me," said Johnson, who got that chance Friday night.

Run or Dye fundraiser to brighten Rantoul

RANTOUL — More than 3,000 walking and running art canvases are about to visit Rantoul. And if they don't get colorful, they'll dye trying.

Bloomington Gold corvette show not returning to Champaign

The State Farm Center renovation is having an unintended consequence when it comes to holding a large tourism event on the arena grounds.

Edison school building celebrates its centennial this weekend

CHAMPAIGN — Build something right, and it will last a lifetime — or two.

Take Edison Middle School, still sturdy and standing at 306 W. Green St. Constructed in 1914, the building has been a Unit 4 high school (for over 40 years), junior high (nearly 20 years) and a middle school (since the late 1970s).

Mahomet Mini-Relay for Life fundraiser brings purple tires to yards

MAHOMET — Last week, purple tires began appearing in the yards of Mahomet residents. It's not litter — it's a fundraiser for next spring's Mini-Relay for Life.