Melissa Merli/review | Builders Association's 'Strange Window' will make you think

The Builders Association's new piece, "Strange Window: The Turn of the Screw," succeeds in at least one respect: reflecting the "ambiguity and unreliability" that's so much in the air these days, as association artistic director Marianne Weems put it.

I left the theater wondering what she and her crew were trying to tell us. Maybe that was the point.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Sept. 16, 2018

There's nothing like a free local concert to support a great cause — and to celebrate a special occasion — which is why there's nothing quite like 'Boom-Bash,' scheduled for this Saturday night at Boomerangs Bar and Grill in Urbana.

Boomerangs is hosting the seventh annual "Boom-Bash" featuring local acts Sun Stereo on an outdoor stage from 9 to 11 p.m.

'Strange' happenings in play having world premiere at Krannert

URBANA — It's a dark story in a dark place.

An unsettling and ambiguous version of Henry James' unsettling and ambiguous 1898 novella, "The Turn of the Screw," is getting its world premiere at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts tonight.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 13-20, 2018


This weekend


Frank's Weekend Faves, Sept. 9, 2018

I love to check out the creations of up and coming local artists, and this weekend offers a perfect opportunity when the Urbana Civic Center plays host to the fourth annual Urbana Art Expo, which this year runs for two days, Sept.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 6-13, 2018


This weekend


John Frayne | Krannert's 50th anniversary is the season of delight

The Krannert Center opened in 1969, so this season will feature the center's 50th anniversary in 2019. This anniversary celebration will have resonances during the whole 2018-19 season.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Sept. 2, 2018

With Krannert set to turn the big 5-0 later this school year, we'll catch up with those who've both starred on-stage and worked off it from time to time between now and April. This week, we ask our panel of 10: We say Krannert, you say ... what?

Frank's Weekend Faves, Sept. 2, 2018

Happy 50th anniversary, Krannert! Now, let's party! Of course, I don't need to tell that to the University of Illinois-based performing arts center, as no one throws an Opening Night Party like the Krannert folks, and as they say, this one — starting at 6 p.m.

Dance documentary's debut a golden occasion

A documentary about jazz genius Merce Cunningham is among the draws as Dance at Illinois presents the Flatlands Dance Film Festival on Friday and Saturday to mark the University of Illinois dance department’s 50th anniversary season.