John Frayne | Recapping the exciting fall season

Now that the concert halls have mostly fallen silent for the next four months, it's time to look back at selected highlights of the fall 2018 season at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.

Frank's Weekend Faves, May 19, 2019

I've always been all about the therapeutic benefits of getting down, and this summer's monthly event series in downtown Urbana is exactly what I'm talking about. The Downtown Get Down debuts at 5 p.m. Saturday, and C-U's premier Latin American dance band will be there.

Top of the Morning, May 18, 2019

Sarah Perdekamp's story is as impressive as her velvety, award-winning voice. Here's only part of it ahead of The Chorale's annual concert at 7 p.m. today at Faith United Methodist in Champaign, where Perdekamp and two others will receive Young Artist Scholarships as well as perform (tickets are $15 and available at the door).

Religion calendar, May 17-24, 2019

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Chorale sets concert with Sycamore Brass, scholarship winners for Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — The Chorale, the Sycamore Brass Quintet and winners of this year's Young Artist Scholarship competition will hold a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C.

Admission is $15 and goes toward scholarships that will be given to outstanding area high school seniors who plan to pursue music studies at the university level.

Keeping it clean: Christian comedian, songwriter dishes on roots, family life

CHAMPAIGN — Tim Hawkins had no choice but to be a singing comedian.

"It was pretty much desperation," said Hawkins, who performs Friday at the Virginia Theatre. "I used to say that as a joke, but I really did try a lot of other jobs. I had a drive to do comedy. Everything else as far as jobs, if I failed I wanted to quit right away."

Nightlife listings, May 16-23, 2019

Bands, comedians, trivia, DJs and more. Here's your guide to a night on the town.



BLACKBIRD URBANA: Dearie (Free Music Thursdays), 9 p.m.

BOOMERANGS BAR AND GRILL: Corson Music presents CU Bands and Fans Original Artist Night, 7 p.m.

Artist to perform UI prof's electronic-music composition on 50th anniversary

URBANA — One of the earliest musical works for a computer, "HPSCHD," produced by University of Illinois Professor and composer John Cage, will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Analog Cafe, 129 N. Race Road, U.

The free performance by artist/producer Gary Pini marks the 50th anniversary of the piece's premiere on May 16, 1969, at the Assembly Hall.

Actress and singer Doris Day dead at 97

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doris Day, the sunny blond actress and singer whose frothy comedic roles opposite the likes of Rock Hudson made her one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1950s and `60s and a symbol of wholesome American womanhood, died Monday. She was 97.

For the retirees, May 12-19, 2019

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.