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Frank's Weekend Faves, Jan. 20, 2019

The Russian National Ballet Theatre has been performing winter classics at Krannert like clockwork since 1999, and they're still a rare treat. They return this week for two nights and two performances of two different all-time faves.

Melissa Merli/review | Love wins over hatred in Station's 'Women of Lockerbie'

Seven years after the 1988 midair explosion of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, American Maddie Livingston roams the hills near the town, searching in vain for her son's remains.

Station Theatre's 'Women of Lockerbie' is a modern-day Greek tragedy

URBANA — Greek tragedy plays out every time there's a school shooting or a plane crash.

In this case, "The Trojan Women" becomes "The Women of Lockerbie."

Tonight is the Station Theatre premiere of the drama written by Deborah Brevoort and directed by Mathew Green.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 17-24, 2019

EVENTS

This weekend

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY CELEBRATES LEGACY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Broadway legend Carol Channing dead at 97

NEW YORK (AP) — Carol Channing, the lanky, ebullient musical comedy star who delighted American audiences over almost 5,000 performances as the scheming Dolly Levi in "Hello, Dolly" on Broadway and beyond, has died. She was 97.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Jan. 13, 2019

There is no art form more American than tap dance. If that tidbit of info caught you flat-footed, you'll never have a better chance to catch up on what you've missed than this week when Dance at Illinois, Lyric Theatre at Illinois and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts kick off a tap-focused spring season with a screening of the documentary "American Tap."

Entertainment listings, Jan. 10-17, 2019

EVENTS

This weekend

JEFF DUNHAM

What: Comedian and ventriloquist on his "Passively Aggressive" Tour.

When: 5 p.m. Jan. 12.

Where: State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., C.

Cost: $45.50 plus fees.

More info: Call 866-455-4641 or statefarmcenter.com.

Next week

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY CELEBRATES LEGACY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

Powerhouse ventriloquist comedian raising all his voices at State Farm Center

CHAMPAIGN — Given that the name of his tour is "Passively Aggressive," does Jeff Dunham think of himself as one or the other?

"Not this show. For stand-up comedy, it's pretty tame," he said. "Escapism is what entertainment is all about."

So, "I stay away from politics," he said. "I don't think the country has been this divided since the Civil War."

Entertainment listings, Jan. 3-10, 2019

EVENTS

This weekend

ILLINI FARM TOY SHOW AND AUCTION

What: Hosted by Champaign County and Vermillion County Farm Bureau Young Ag Leaders. Lots of farm toy vendors and collectible items with a live consignment auction.

When: 4 to 8 p.m. Jan. 4 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 5. Auction, 10:30 a.m. Jan. 5.

Where: Wyndham Garden Hotel, 1001 W. Killarney St., U.

Wired In: Stephen White

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a different tech expert. This week, meet STEPHEN WHITE of Champaign, the technical manager at Virginia Theatre who keeps all the shows running, with skills that include creating stage flying systems, welding and helping build a concert-quality speaker system.

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