Parkland is raising money for its theater program by raffling off a 40-inch-tall replica of the iconic leg lamp that had a starring and jarring role in the 1983 holiday classic.

“It’s called ‘An Insurrection Play,’ but it’s really about what happened in local communities that allowed the insurrection to happen. It also has to do with, who are we to one another? Jan. 6 and the pandemic have really shifted that.”

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Whatever you have planned for a sunny Saturday — watching Illinois-Wisconsin football, a hike at Lake of the Woods, a picnic in Hessel Park — the talented folks with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra have your night hours covered.

Because of continuing effects of the pandemic, tickets will be sold for two months of events at a time, online only. Tickets for September and October events will begin on Aug. 10.

Virginia Theatre acts, absentee farmland ownership in Champaign County, progress on the Hotel Royer, violence concerns at Carle Foundation Hospital and attendance at last week's Trump rally in Quincy ... plus much, much more.

As Memorial Day approaches, the Virginia Theatre has a special one-time performance of "The American Soldier: 1774-2015" planned for May 28.