Even Ashton Kutcher's a fan

MAHOMET — When the Mahomet-Seymour dance team's seniors told their coach they wanted to perform to spoken word instead of music, Margaret Miller was hesitant — to say the least.

"I agreed with the girls, that it would be really cool," the third-year coach said of the twist on the competition routine. "But I also knew it would be really difficult and a big challenge."

The Band of the Royal Marines

The Band of the Royal Marines and the Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers of the Scots Guard in the Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for Performing Arts on  Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

Red Lobster enjoys sales surge after mention in Beyonce song

NEW YORK (AP) — Red Lobster says it's feeling the "Beyonce Bounce."

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Free Krannert performance

A legendary night

CHAMPAIGN — So, Jerry Lee Lewis is on the phone.

Or Jason Cohen, who plays him in "Million Dollar Quartet," the story of the recording session where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins played for one unforgettable night.

"Million Dollar Quartet" comes to the Virginia Theatre on Wednesday, and Cohen has Jerry Lee down pat, all the shaking and everything.

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Noteworthy performance

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area

Music scene

Benefit concert

ROAR — Rock Out Against Rape — will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at the Palmer Arena in Danville with the Brat Pack, featuring Mike Ingram and New Souls.

Ask 'Mimi,' Feb. 7, 2016

Does 40 North have an art gallery now?

Yes, sort of. After Verizon Wireless left the Champaign Telephone Company building on South Neil Street, company owner/arts supporter Mike Hosier went to 40 North 88 West, the Champaign County Arts Council, saying he would like to see art in his space.

Heritage Days gets OK for beer garden

FARMER CITY — Heritage Days has received permission from the city council to have a beer garden at this year's celebration.

The Farmer City Council approved a $10,000 grant to the organizing committee, then passed an ordinance that would allow a beer tent at the festival by suspending an existing ordinance temporarily.

Clubs listings, Feb. 4-11, 2016

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