Frank's Weekend Faves, Jan. 14, 2018

Looking to start off this new year with something different, something special, something downright tasty? Have I got a fave for you ...

You don't have to read very many of these Weekend Faves to get a handle on where my entertainment interests lie. I like theater. I like music. I like good food. Put them all together, and what do you get?

Entertainment listings, Jan. 11-18, 2018


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What: Heralded as one of our country's foremost comics. Presented by Exceptional Artists in partnership with Champaign Park District.

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $49.50-$58.50. Additional $5 per-ticket service charges apply (online only).

My Amish Home: The chill followed us down to Florida

"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

Meg Makes: Soup doesn't need spice or onions to shine

Today's recipe comes from Savoy resident Joan Crockett, who makes soup regularly and is always on the hunt for non-spicy versions that don't include onions.

She adapted this recipe from a blog called "Damn Delicious," and substituted non-spicy salsiccia sausage, grated radishes for onion and frozen spinach for the fresh baby spinach the original calls for.

Oakwood set to buy former IGA building

OAKWOOD — Village trustees were set on Monday evening to approve an agreement for the village to buy the vacant IGA building.

"Right now, we want to gain control over the blighted property," village President Clay Woodard said of the site at 100 S. Scott St.

Danville zoning laws: Changes would allow chicken, goat raising

DANVILLE — Chickens and goats, but not roosters, may be coming to Danville later this year if newly drafted zoning laws survive scrutiny from residents and city officials.

City Planner Cole Jackson said the poultry part is the "most questionable" of proposed zoning changes that promote a variety of urban agricultural uses within the city.

Significant Structures: For Urbana's Busey's Hall/Princess Theater, a baptism by fire

URBANA — The same day as the Great Chicago Fire, all the wooden buildings on Urbana's Main Street burned down.

The only survivor: Busey's Hall, an opera house on the Busey Block built by descendants of the town's founder.

Today's Special: Oh, Honey Pie truck seeks slice of success

She's a Centennial High School graduate who teaches at Garden Hills Elementary School.

He's a St. Thomas More graduate and union stagehand who has worked at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the Virginia Theatre and the State Farm Center.

Leslie Till and Matt Doyle have joined forces to start the Oh, Honey Pie truck in Champaign.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 4-11, 2018


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Za's Italian Cafe closes both of its locations

CHAMPAIGN — Fast-Italian restaurant Za’s has announced the closing of its two locations after 13 years in business.

Za’s Italian Cafe, which has restaurants on North Neil Street and West Springfield Avenue, sold pizza, pasta, salad and sandwiches, along with coffee and tea.