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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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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.

John Frayne: Jupiter Quartet plus clarinet equals a lovely show

The Jupiter String Quartet concert on Feb. 16 in the Foellinger Great Hall was an event in Sonic Illinois, a monthlong series celebrating the diversity of the contemporary music scene.

Notes-worthy: Mac McAnally

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with singer/songwriter/producer MAC McANALLY:

How old were you when you wrote and composed your first song?

I was 15 when I wrote my first song. I was in church (we didn't lock the doors and I would go there after hours and play piano). The song title was "People Call Me Jesus," and it was on my first album.

Chuck Koplinski: 'I Am Not Your Negro' a timely screed

Having seen his three compatriots — Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. — all slain in their fight for civil rights, author and advocate James Baldwin knew the crusade they had led gradually had lost the momentum and power to make any sort of significant change.

Club listings, Feb. 23-March 2, 2017

THURSDAY, Feb. 23

BAXTER'S AMERICAN GRILLE: Kickin N' Pickin, Rock/Folk/Bluegrass (rock/folk/bluegrass), 6 p.m.

BOOMERANGS BAR AND GRILL: Live Karaoke Band, 9 p.m.

CANOPY CLUB: Champaign Urbana Open Mic Nights presents Open Decks Night Two with host Mike Ingram, 8:45 p.m.

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.

Frank's Faves: Movie musicals

This week: Hang onto your tap shoes, fave lovers. I feel an old-fashioned song and dance coming on ...

02-22-17 Penny for Your Thoughts

02-22-17 Penny for Your Thoughts: Play now!

02-22-17 Penny for Your Thoughts.  Jim Turpin with a Penny open line.  Also the cast of Nunsense at Champaign Central High School March 1-5, 2017.

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