Grammy-winning pianist returning home for workshops, show at Centennial

NEW YORK — A Grammy winner is coming home to lead workshops this week at Centennial High School.

Virtuoso pianist Laurence Hobgood, whose father headed the theater department at the University of Illinois, is friends with Scott and Marian Wyatt — he played at their wedding — and will work with her students as well as perform music he will write with her.

John Frayne | C-U Symphony Orchestra put on an explosive night of music

The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra concert ("All the World's a Stage") on Jan. 26 might be described as "volcanic." The major novelty on the program was Stacy Garrop's "Krakatoa," concerto for viola, strings and percussion, a work directly describing the Krakatoa volcanic explosion in 1883, in what is now Indonesia.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 2, 2019

On Sunday, our 'All Access: State Farm Center' project will include more than 100 photos and five stories spotlighting the men and women who make an Illinois basketball Game Day go. A sample:

Religion calendar, Feb. 1-8, 2019

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Nightlife listings, Jan. 31-Feb. 7, 2019

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



BOOMERANGS BAR AND GRILL: Live Karaoke Band, 9 p.m.

CLARK BAR: Jon Seeley, 6 p.m.; C-U Comedy's "The Open Mic," (stand up comedy show; all signups in advance,, 9 p.m.

CU's Got Talent set to take Virginia stage on Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — CU's Got Talent, and a show this weekend will prove it.

The fundraiser runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre.

The competition will showcase local talent, so community members can see eight talented performers in action.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 31-Feb. 7, 2019

EVENTSThis weekend


What: The Love For All Poetry Crawl celebrating the poetic talent of Central Illinois residents and students. Poems, prose-poems and song lyrics will be chosen by the committee, printed and spread through participating downtown businesses. Also multiple readings by those interested in performing. Presented by Imbibe Urbana.

Country star Dustin Lynch to headline Champaign County Fair

URBANA — Country music fans can get their fix at this year's Champaign County Fair, as it was announced on Wednesday that country star Dustin Lynch will headline the fair on July 26.

Dylan Scott will open the show.

Lynch, known for such hits as "Small Town Boy," Good Girl" and "Seein' Red," was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in September 2018.

Ringo Starr bringing world tour to State Farm Center on Aug. 20

CHAMPAIGN — A former member of The Beatles will be appearing in concert with his band this summer at State Farm Center.

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band announced Monday that the Champaign will be among the stops on its 2019 tour.

The State Farm Center show is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 20. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 8, with prices ranging from $54 to $149.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Jan. 27, 2019

I don't often give a lot of ink to tribute acts or artists, but with the 28th annual Great Cover Up coming up next month at The City Center in Champaign, now seems like the perfect time to pay them some tribute. A perfect opportunity has just presented itself (cue the "Bohemian Rhapsody" gong).