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Frank's Weekend Faves, Dec. 10, 2017

These pages and our website are full these days of news about upcoming and ongoing ways to celebrate the season in the Champaign-Urbana area and East Central Illinois. But in the spirt of the season, my favorite such happenings are the ones at which we can not only receive great enjoyment, but give it as well. Here's what I'm talking about ...

Rosemary Laughlin/Review: Station's 'Pemberley' a must for Jane Austen fans

By ROSEMARY LAUGHLIN

Following major films of "Pride and Prejudice," "Sense and Sensibility" and "Emma" in the 1990s, spinoffs of Jane Austen's work have proliferated as if from a cornucopia.

Station's 'Pemberley' a holiday treat for 'Pride and Prejudice' fans

URBANA — If you loved "Pride and Prejudice," you're also going to love the Celebration Company's "Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley."

The play, which starts tonight, follows the Bennets and other favorite characters after the events of Jane Austen's 1813 classic — the yule celebration at Pemberley, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 7-14, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

HOOPESTON'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW

What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: Light displays, 5 to 11 p.m. every evening, Dec. 7 until Jan. 2, 2018.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info:Call 217-495-2800 or 217-274-2956.

HOLIDAY WONDERLAND

Danville Symphony Orchestra sets Christmas concert Saturday

The Danville Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Jeremy Swerling will present "Home for Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium of Danville High School.

It will feature the vocal stylings of Chicago cabaret duo Menzie & Michael, along with the award-winning DHS Delegation show choir.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 30-Dec. 7, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

HOOPESTON'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW

What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: Light displays, 5 to 11 p.m. every evening, Nov. 30 until Jan. 2, 2018.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-495-2800 or 217-274-2956.

URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS

CU Ballet's 'Nutcracker' just keeps improving as it hits milestone

It's been 20 years since the Champaign Urbana Ballet first performed selections from "The Nutcracker" at the Champaign Public Library.

Soon, that premiere was followed by years at Parkland College, the Virginia Theatre and finally a home at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Nov. 26, 2017

Champaign-Urbana has a whole goody sack full of local holiday entertainment traditions, starting today with BACH's 15th annual Messiah Singalong at First Baptist Church at Savoy. But I've already spotlighted that one in this space. Allow me to recommend a few other local holiday faves.

John Frayne: Lyric Theatre's 'Hansel and Gretel' may rival 'Nutcracker'

Lyric Theatre at Illinois recently offered charming and dramatically vital performances of Engelbert Humperdinck’s classic children’s opera “Hansel and Gretel” in the Tryon Festival Theatre.

Entertainment calendar, Nov. 23-30, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

'46TH ANNUAL URBANA HIGH SCHOOL THANKSGIVING DINNER'

What: Urbana High School Student Senate hosts a dinner with all the trimmings for those who are in need of a warm, comfortable environment to spend their Thanksgiving. Reservations are not needed, but call ahead for a ride.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 23.