Fun is mandatory on new 'Weird Al' album

LOS ANGELES — Attention pop stars: If "Weird Al" Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you're likely his next parody conquest.

Such was the case for artists like Pharrell and Iggy Azalea, who are covered by Yankovic in his latest album, "Mandatory Fun."

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area, July 23, 2104

The music scene

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Center Partnership will bring its Bud Light Summer Stage back to Campustown this Saturday. The event will include a free concert at Sixth and John streets and a Kids Festival.

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead

From a Disney sing-along to an American Idol in C-U — Tim Mitchell's entertainment recommendations for the week ahead.


Instrument donation is sweet music to 2 band programs

DANVILLE — Some North Ridge and South View middle schools students will be playing new violins, cellos and trumpets this year, thanks to the Danville Public School Foundation.

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

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

Come see about Semmes

URBANA — After graduating from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in voice in late 2006, Allison Semmes still had a yearning to perform musical theater and on Broadway.

So she looked for a graduate musical-theater program with a foundation in classical music. She applied to and was accepted by New York University, where she obtained a master's degree in 2009.

Melissa Merli: It's time to head east for some fun

One of the events I really want to check out this summer is the exhibition "Face to Face: The Neo-Impressionist Portrait, 1886—1904" at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

It was co-curated by Jane Block, who recently retired as the head of the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art at the University of Illinois.

Here's what's happening on the music scene

Krannert hosting festival this week

Nearly 500 singers from throughout the United States will meet at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts from Thursday through Sunday for the 11th Sister Singers Network National Women's Choral Festival.

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

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

Clubs listings, July 17-24, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.


BLACK BEAR INN, Danville: Karaoke with Route 66, 9 p.m.

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