Entertainment listings, Jan. 29-Feb. 5, 2015

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

John Frayne: A charming return of Russian Ballet

The Russian National Ballet Theatre, directed by Elena Radchenko, came to town this week, performing a slate of classical Russian ballets. This company is basically the same company as the Moscow Festival Ballet that came here last year. This year, I went to the Jan.

Review: '33 Variations' is a delight of the musical senses

By Tricia Stiller

In his elegant drama, "33 Variations," playwright Moises Kaufman leads audiences on an exploration into the hearts and minds of two passionate beings who, though separated by centuries, share an obsession with a common theme.

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead

THE FUTURE FIVE: From 'Selma' to Mount St. Helens, staff writer Tim Mitchell's entertainment recommendations for the week ahead:


Here's what's happening on the theater scene

Little Theatre on the Square holding auditions

Auditions for productions at the Little Theatre on the Square will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The auditions are by appointment for actors 16 and older. Children's auditions will be scheduled later.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 22-29, 2015

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

'Magical Land of Oz' at Centennial

CHAMPAIGN — With membership dwindling over the past few decades, many service clubs find it more difficult to keep traditions going.

While the Champaign-Urbana Junior Woman's Club has allowed a few to go by the wayside, it continues to present its Tom Thumb Theatre productions each year, with the 61st opening Friday at the Centennial High School Aldridge Auditorium.

'33 Variations' at Station

URBANA — As Thom Schnarre first read the script of Moises Kaufman's "33 Variations," he heard the voice of Chris Taber as the lead character.

That would be Katherine Brandt, a musicologist who travels to Bonn, Germany, to explore why Beethoven felt compelled to write the "Diabelli Variations" — 33 variations based on a simple waltz by Anton Diabelli, a minor music publisher.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area

Music scene

CHAMPAIGN — The Class Act Showstoppers will present two performances of the "Sing & Swing: An Irving Berlin Revue" at 3:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday at the SoDo Theatre, 114 S. Neil St., C.

On Sunday, the doors will open 20 minutes before each performance. Admission is free for senior citizens older than 65 and is $5 for everyone else.

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead