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That's entertainment: Spotlighting events throughout the area

Here's what's happening in the area's

MUSIC SCENE

Big Gigantic visiting the Canopy Club

Big Gigantic, an instrumental electronica, hip-hop and jazz music group based in Boulder, Colo., will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday at The Canopy Club, Urbana. Tickets are $29.

Rosemary Laughlin/Review: 'John & Jen' Actors show maturity beyond years

An unusual chamber musical. A realistic play set to piano, cello and percussion. A cycle of attitudes that every one in the audience has witnessed — or is personally living right now. "John & Jen" qualifies for all three.

Hoopeston's Lorraine Theatre lighting up tonight

HOOPESTON — The historic — and darkened — movie theater here will have bright lights tonight.

Alas, but not for a movie showing.

Instead, the Lorraine will feature up-and-coming 17-year-old singer Jani Massey and her band.

PODCAST: Club Krannert with Jessica Elliott on Romeo and Juliet

PODCAST: Club Krannert with Jessica Elliott on Romeo and Juliet: Play now!

Jessica Elliott, a member of the production team for Romeo and Juliet, previews Lyric Theatre @ Illinois' unique interpretation of a classic, which opens Mar. 2.

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Lyric Theatre's new show aims to make opera accessible

URBANA — "Viva Verdi," opening tonight at Krannert Center, could be described as Verdi's greatest hits.

Or perhaps a Reader's Digest compilation of the best of Verdi and some of his contemporaries of late 19th-century opera.

The pieces, of course, will be sung in Italian, with English supertitles above the stage.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 23-March 2, 2017

SPECIAL EVENTS

This weekend

TRIVIA NIGHT AND SILENT AUCTION

What: Hosted by Unity West PTO. Arrive early to pick your own table, view and bid on the silent auction items. Maximum of eight players per table; work as a team to come up with the answers. 50/50 raffle and games between rounds. Bring your own food.

Youngsters prep for 'Lion King Jr.' performance

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Park District Youth Theatre Director Patty Zosky Dudley could have gone with makeup for the 60 cast members in the coming-of-age musical “Disney’s Lion King Jr.”

Instead, she went through the time-consuming process of having more than 100 masks made for the popular musical, which opens Thursday evening at the Virginia Theatre.

Rosemary Laughlin: Final 'Bear' piece will challenge your mind

By ROSEMARY LAUGHLIN

Sequels are common with successful movies, less so with live drama. Here we have the third piece of a trilogy in a much larger hybrid project of art and science, "The Unreliable Bestiary." Its scope is creative, its fulfillment inventive.