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Eclipse activities

If you can't travel Monday to the solar eclipse path of totality in southern Illinois, you can watch the rare phenomenon mid-day at various sites, among them the Champaign Public Library, which will throw a viewing party from noon to 2 p.m., featuring live, otherworldly music from Barry Morse's Etherphonic Theremin Ensemble.

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Drag show, without a home since Chester Street's closure, coming to 51 Main

CHAMPAIGN — Drag is returning to Champaign after the closure of Chester Street bar put a temporary end to local shows.

Amy Myers, the longtime MC at Chester Street, is organizing Slay-Sion Invasion Sunday at 51 Main in downtown Champaign.

The show starts at 11 p.m. Tickets are available at the door. General admission is $20.

Champaign Urbana Ballet, Red Mask Players set auditions

The Champaign Urbana Ballet and the Red Mask Players will have auditions later this month for their fall and winter productions.

For "The Nutcracker," the ballet company will audition experienced dancers ages 10 and up Aug. 26. Auditions for dancers ages 5 to 10 with and without experience will be Sept. 9. The auditions will be at the Champaign Ballet Academy, 2810 W. Clark Road, C.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 17-24, 2017


This weekend


Broadway actor to perform at Twin City Theatre fundraiser

CHAMPAIGN — The Twin City Theatre Company will host a fundraising concert with Broadway performer Donnie Kehr at 9 p.m. Friday at Guido's Bar & Grill, 2 E. Main St., C.

Kehr is directing Twin City's production of "Billy Elliot the Musical," to be presented Aug. 25-Sept. 3 at the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre at Parkland College.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 10-17, 2017


This weekend


What: Livestock auction and shows, carnival, tractor pull, rodeo, pedal tractor pull, demo derby, and music by Torn Labels are among the highlights.

When: Continues Aug. 10-12.

Where: Georgetown fairgrounds, 13 N. Seminary, Georgetown.

DLO Musical Theatre sets auditions for 'Little Mermaid'

DANVILLE — The Danville Light Opera Musical Theatre will have open auditions from 6 to 9 p.m Aug. 19 and 20 for Disney's "The Little Mermaid."

National touring comedian coming to Soma on Friday

CHAMPAIGN — National touring comedian Krish Mohan, who explores happiness and societal perceptions of mental illness, will perform his one-man show at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Soma Ultralounge, 320 N. Neil St., C. Doors open at 8.

'Rent' tops fall theater series lineup at State Farm Center

CHAMPAIGN — "Rent" opens the theater season this fall at State Farm Center.

This year's Broadway Series, which will be unveiled today, features "Rent" on Oct. 10; "Dirty Dancing" on Nov. 5; "The Wizard of Oz" on April 19; and "Cabaret" on April 28.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m.; doors open one hour before.