Frank's Weekend Faves, April 21, 2019

The Iron Post is one of the best jazz venues around, but it's been known to rock from time to time as well. Such will be the case Thursday when it hosts a show featuring the Chicago-based rock duo OHMME, along with Mermaid Heaven and zzo.

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In the dusty archives of a famed actors' club in St. Petersburg, Russia, a bust of the great dramatist Anton Chekhov peers down at mere mortals who sit at a table near the bookcase where he is perched. Why would this come to mind at Thursday night's opening of "Stupid _______ Bird" by Aaron Posner at the Station Theatre in Urbana?

'Love drives the action' in Station's Chekhov reboot 'Stupid ------- Bird'

URBANA — "Stupid ------- Bird" takes a classic play, Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull," and "reboots" it, as the Station Theatre puts it.

There are numerically more than love triangles in the Celebration Company's production of Aaron Posner's take on the 19th-century drama.

It opens at 7:30 tonight at the theater, 223 Broadway Ave.

Raise a glass to a fabulous 50-year-old — Krannert Center

When Ellnora and Herman Krannert donated $21 million to build Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in 1969, a courtyard between the theaters — like the one at Lincoln Center — was discussed.

Ellnora Krannert, as the story goes, wanted no part of that.

So a lobby was built with $1 million teak wood floors, a community center that now hosts multiple events each week.

Walmart to buy ad-tech startup to better compete with rival Amazon

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart says it's buying San Francisco-based ad-tech startup Polymorph Labs as it looks to better compete with rival online juggernaut Amazon in targeting shoppers online.

The world's largest retailer has been quietly building its own advertising business with a unit called Walmart Media Group, though that business is still smaller than Amazon's.

Grand-opening attendees recall Krannert Center's glitzy early days

His upcoming performance was to be a huge one, but in the days leading up to the Krannert Center's grand opening in 1969, Shozo Sato stopped his Kabuki theater rehearsal in its tracks on the Colwell Playhouse floor when a few special visitors entered the room.

'Kinky Boots' star: Play has made me 'a better human being'

Ready for a walk on the wild side? The offbeat musical "Kinky Boots" is at 8 p.m. Sunday at State Farm Center.

Krannert director looking to future while marking its 50th anniversary

URBANA — In the lobby at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts sits a glass-encased model of the building, displaying its four theaters and area around it.

Sometimes, you can catch Krannert Director Mike Ross staring at the model, deep in thought about what the center has the potential to become.

He found culture in the Midwest, and ever since he's helped to make it flourish

URBANA — Mike Ross stood in awe as he walked through Krannert Center for the first time in 1997.

When he flew from his home in the New York area, where he and his wife had recently bought a house, the thought never crossed his mind that he'd actually move to the Midwest. Culture, he was taught to believe, didn't exist in its greatest form in the middle of the country.

Frank's Weekend Faves, April 7, 2019

Rosin up your bows, classical-music fans. The University of Illinois School of Music's artists-in-residence, the Jupiter String Quartet, have two intriguing yet distinctly different performances coming up this month, starting this Wednesday.