Birbiglia: Jokes risky but worth it

CHAMPAIGN — In his first two one-man shows, comedian-writer-actor-filmmaker Mike Birbiglia told single stories with emotional arcs.

This time around, he's come up with a show that returns him to his standup comedy roots — his "Thank God for Jokes" tour, which brings him to the Virginia Theatre on Wednesday night.

Here's what's happening on the theater scene

7 shows on schedule

The Celebration Company at the Station Theatre will present seven shows during its 2014-'15 season, its 43rd, starting with "A Kid Like Jake" by Daniel Pearle on Oct. 2.

Melissa Merli: Local arts community loses four treasures

The local arts community has taken some hard hits in recent weeks with the deaths of four respected artists: pianist Kent Conrad, singer Jean Redpath, photographer Barbara DeGenevieve and actress Molly Glynn.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 11-18, 2014

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That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area, Sept. 10-16, 2014

Free family event

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Center Partnership and area businesses will host Midtown Sundaze, a free family event from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Boneyard Creek Second Street Basin.

Chicago actress dies after being struck by tree

CHICAGO (AP) — Molly Glynn, an accomplished Chicago theater actress who also played a recurring role as a doctor on the TV series "Chicago Fire," has died after a tree toppled by a powerful storm struck her as she rode her bike in a forest park.

Here's what's happening on the theater scene

Red Mask auditions

The Red Mask Players will have auditions Monday and Tuesday for "The Miracle Worker," the first production of the group's 2014-15 season.

The auditions will start at 7 p.m. both days at the Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St. A copy of the script is available for in-library reading at the Danville Public Library.

Ask 'Mimi' Sept. 7, 2014

Are you excited by the recently announced Country Music Association award nominations, Mimi?

Not really. I don't care much for commercial country. It seems overly produced. But it's nice that Paris (Ill.) native Brett Eldredge is up for the "New Artist of the Year" award — though it seems he's been around for a while.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 4-11, 2014

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

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area, Sept. 3-9, 2014

Annual Jazz Walk

URBANA — The Urbana Park District's 10th annual Jazz Walk in Meadowbrook Park will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday.

In the free event, local musicians perform in many jazz styles along the trails in the park.

The rain date is Saturday. If the weather is bad Friday or Saturday, call 367-9575 for information.