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Theater

At Japan House, Offerman's gazebo no longer off the beaten path

URBANA — A gazebo tucked in the woods near the University of Illinois Japan House may be famous because of its creator — actor and UI theater alumnus Nick Offerman — but until now, it was quite literally off the beaten path.

Entertainment listings, July 19-26, 2018

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Frank's Weekend Faves, July 15, 2018

Feel like you have at least one great film in you? Or at least 20 minutes or less of a decent one? If so, it's time to break out your movie camera — or smartphone, what have you. This year's New Art Film Festival is accepting entries now through Aug.

Wired In: Mark Van den Avont

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. Meet MARK VAN DEN AVONT, a sophomore at the University of Illinois. He decided to create a product, HexNest, to prevent a dangerous problem that affected him — he's OK now — and people in the same situation. The UI has been a big help, he says.

Entertainment listings, July 12-19, 2018

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Rosemary Laughlin/review | Station's 'Aliens' entirely down to earth

By ROSEMARY LAUGHLIN

Do not let the title of the Station Theatre's new play — "Aliens — suggest it to be about outer-space arrivals. It's about 30-year-old American males who never "got on" with their dreams or possibilities beyond working in a small-town Vermont coffee shop.

Tomorrow's stars shine in Twin City Theatre Company's '13'

CHANDLER DALTON is the director of "13," a Stars of Tomorrow all-student play from the Twin City Theatre Company. She attends Southern New Hampshire University online, studying English, and spoke with staff writer Paul Wood about the musical comedy, which opens Friday at the SoDo Theatre.

Entertainment listings, July 5-12, 2018

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NEIGHBORHOOD SUMMER BLOCK PARTIES

What: Block party fun. Inflatables, face painting, lawn games, live performances including CUperStars, interactive music by DJ Fireproof and many more activities.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. July 6.

Where: Johnston Park, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

Station Theatre's 'Aliens' is 'a perfect slice of reality'

URBANA — "The Aliens" is all about very human behavior.

Opening at the Station Theatre tonight, Annie Baker's play was described by The New York Times as "A gentle and extraordinarily beautiful new play."

The cast includes Tommy Howie, Robert Bradley and Jake Fava.

Entertainment listings, June 28-July 5, 2018

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FORD COUNTY FAIR

What: Highlights include Western Horse Show, a queen pageant, talent show, Little Mr. and Miss Pageant, truck and tractor pulls, demolition derby, C-Bar rodeo, petting zoo, carnival, a variety of livestock shows, food and more. Friday night concert features Travis Tritt with Craig Campbell and Jordan Davis.

When: June 28-30.