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Benefit concert

ROAR — Rock Out Against Rape — will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at the Palmer Arena in Danville with the Brat Pack, featuring Mike Ingram and New Souls.

REVIEW: 'Kingdom City' makes quite an impression

By Tricia Stiller

In keeping with the current theme of exploring freedom of expression, the University of Illinois Theatre Department is offering a provocative new work, "Kingdom City" by Sheri Wilner, which opened Thursday at the Krannert Center's Studio Theatre.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 4-11, 2016

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Illinois Theatre: Kingdom City

Scenes from a rehearsal of Kingdom City,directed by J.W. Morissette, the play runs Feb. 4-6 and 9-13 at 7:30 pm  and Sunday Feb. 14 at 3 pm in Krannert Center's Studio Theatre

Free speech takes center stage

URBANA — With her script "Kingdom City," playwright Sheri Wilner avoids political commentary and lets the story unfold, says J.W. Morrissette, who directs the play for Illinois Theatre.

Fox's musical chops strong with 'Grease'

NEW YORK — The chills were indeed multiplyin' during the "Grease: Live" telecast on Sunday, a show that survived early rain, some tricky costume changes, a mortifying loss of audio and a cast member's heartbreak.

Studio Visit: Kelly Sebens-Nowlin

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Kelly Sebens-Nowlin, 43, of Monticello. The executive director of the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company and a past president of the Monticello Theatre Association recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

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I'm going with the cello

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