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Saturday, July 2, 2016 - 7:00pm
the Virginia Theatre
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HISTORIC VIRGINIA THEATRE CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE DAY WITH “ICE CREAM & INDEPENDENCE”: A SALUTE TO OUR VETERANS

Special tribute concert is free to all veterans and active duty military personnel

Champaign, IL – The Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign will host a special Independence Day celebration of the very best in American music on Saturday, July 2, 2016, at 7:00 P.M. (doors open at 6:00 P.M.). Reserved seating tickets start at $12.50 and are available at the Virginia Theatre Box Office, online at thevirginia.org, or charge by phone at 217.356.9063. Admittance is free to all veterans and active duty military service personnel—however, everyone must have a ticket to attend. An “ice cream social” will take place in front of the theatre from 5:00-6:30 P.M., with TCBY Champaign on hand to provide frozen yogurt sundaes, free of charge, to all ticket holders.

The concert showcases the 60+ member Champaign-Urbana Civic Wind Band, conducted by Linda R. Moorhouse, DMA, Senior Associate Director of Bands at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Special guest artists—and renowned father-son trumpet duo—Ronald and Aaron Romm will be featured. Local radio personality Jim Turpin will again act as Master of Ceremonies and narrator for the event, which is being simulcast on WDWS NewsTalk 1400 AM. It’s an evening of frosty treats, patriotic music, and heartfelt tribute to those who have served and are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. Presented by the Champaign Park District and the University of Illinois Bands Program. Additional support by WDWS NewsTalk 1400 AM, The News-Gazette, Illinois Public Media, and TCBY. For more, visit www.thevirginia.org.

Ticket Pricing:
$19.50/$15.50/12.50 Standard
$17.50/$14.00/$11.00 Senior (55 and up)
$8.00 (all seats) Children (12 and under)
FREE for all Veterans and Active Duty Military Service Personnel

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 7:00pm
Grace Lutheran Church
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Cast of Bronze is a handbell ensemble from Dallas, Texas dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in music and the promotion of the art of ringing handbells.

This year's program entitled "The Stars Await" features original handbell compositions by Ron Mallory, William Payne, Hart Morris, Donald Allured, Arnold Sherman, and many others. We will premier a commissioned arrangement by Carol Lynn Mizell of St. Louis Blues March. We will play circus tunes, classical and sacred music, and other familiar tunes. There is something for everyone to enjoy!

Come and join us for a fun-filled informal and interactive concert that is free and open to the public. Come see and hear the largest and the smallest handbells ever manufactured! Following the concert, members of the audience will be invited to come and ring bells or chimes and ask questions of the ringers and director.

Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 2:30pm
Champaign Central High School
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Champaign Central's Acting Class Presents Little Shop of Horrors the Musical!
May 18-20 at 7:00 pm and the 22nd at 2:30pm, with an invited dress rehearsal on the 17th. Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for adults.
(There is no show on Saturday, May 21st)

Seymour Krelbourn lives life as a poor, previously orphaned young-adult working in a florist shop to raise his strange plants and make ends meet. Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists, owned by Mr. Mushnik, has not been doing well, and Mr. Mushnik is ready to close up shop. In an act of desperation and dedication, Seymour, encouraged by Audrey, shows Mushnik one of his strange and interesting plants. Seymour has always had a crush on Audrey, however she leans toward not-so-nice men and her relationship has turned abusive. But, since Audrey is still working with him at the shop, he does not want the shop to close. Once Seymour places the plant in the window, business starts to pour in, but the plant won’t grow. Seymour discovers that the only thing that the plant will eat is blood… fresh blood.. And as he begins to run out of blood from his fingers, Seymour must decide whether to continue feeding the plant by taking lives, or to let it die and lose the love of his life, Audrey...

Cast List:
Seymour: Quinton Ohlsson
Audrey: Shireen Hassan
Mushnik: Josh Harris (Tues/Thurs/Sun) Mitchell Flanagin (Wed/Fri)
Orin: Will Kanter (Tues/Thurs/Sun) Nick Henson (Wed, Fri)
Ronnette: Zoë Dunn
Crystal: Lauran Miller
Chiffon: Symone Howell
Bebop Understudy: Diana Golmeeva
Audrey II (The Plant): LaDonna Wilson
Audrey II Puppeteer: Rajheem Haymon
Customer: Jack Wierschem
Arthur Denton: Seth Lerner
Ensemble: Seth Lerner, Joe Stevens, Arnold Brown, Ben Wendt, Jack Wierschem, Rajheem Haymon, Offnight Mushink, Offnight Orin

Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 6:00pm
Fluid Event Center, 601 N Country Fair Drive, Champaign, IL 61821

One night only, ladies and gentlemen, at the Fluid Event Center in Champaign, Illinois, you have he opportunity to partake in some of the city’s finest Food Truck delicacies. And while you washing it down with a cold brew or tasty orange whip, you can enjoy the Classic Blues Brothers movie.

BUT don’t stop there! According to Nigel, this party is an 11 (exactly one more than 10). The second half of our double feature is This is Spianal Tap!

There will be auctions, several 50/50 drawings, drink specials, Food Trucks, and so much more! Don’t miss out!

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 7:00pm
Wesley Foundation, 1203 W. Green St. Urbana
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Come out to learn swing dancing and enjoy a live band at the Illini Swing Society’s free Saturday Spring Dance! Join us first for the free beginning swing lesson and then get ready to swing out to the Magnolia Jass Band from Chicago! The drop-in lesson is from 7-8pm and the dance follows from 8-11pm. Both lesson and dance are free! No partner, experience or special shoes are needed. Just be ready to learn a few fun steps and meet some new people!

This free live event will be held at the Wesley Foundation, 1203 W. Green St. Urbana (enter from the Parking Lot on Goodwin). Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or at www.illiniswing.org.

Friday, April 1, 2016 - 7:30pm
The Virginia Theatre
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Two-time Grammy Award-winning singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Mavis Staples will perform in concert at the historic Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign on Friday, April 1, 2016, at 7:30 P.M. Reserved seating tickets ($29.50-$79.50) are on sale at the Virginia Theatre box office, www.thevirginia.org, or charge by phone at 217-356-9063. Presented by the Champaign Park District.

As both a solo vocalist and with her family group, the Staple Singers, R&B legend Mavis Staples has recorded everything from 1950s delta-gospel—a sound she helped create—and civil rights era protest songs to Number One hits like Respect Yourself and I’ll Take You There. A dedicated collaborator, Ms. Staples has worked with producers from Prince and Ry Cooder to Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and has performed with dozens of different recording artists, including a legendary spot in the concert film The Last Waltz. At his inaugural The Late Show on September 8, 2015, Stephen Colbert invited Staples to lead an all-star band performing in the episode’s celebratory finish.

While Mavis Staples has cemented her legacy as one of the most distinctive voices of the past sixty years, appreciation for her contributions to American music continues to grow. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, was awarded an NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award in 2006, and was listed as one of Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in 2008. In 2007, Mavis was awarded the Spirit of Americana/Free Speech in Music Award, co-presented by the Americana Music Association and the First Amendment Center.

Her life has been the subject of a 2014 book (I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers and the March Up Freedom’s Highway, by Greg Kot), and a forthcoming HBO Documentary (Mavis!, set to air on February 29, 2016). In April, 2015, she released a new, critically-acclaimed four-song EP, Your Good Fortune.

Sunday, March 27, 2016 - 7:00pm
Virginia Theatre
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The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will perform a free concert at the historic Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, at 7:00 P.M. The originally scheduled show time of 3:00 P.M. was changed to 7:00 P.M. to better allow performers to attend church services that day. Free reserved seating tickets for the concert are available at the Virginia Theatre box office, www.thevirginia.org, or by phone at 217-356-9063. Presented by the Champaign Park District.

The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus is the oldest and largest of The U.S. Army Field Band’s performing components. Founded in 1946 and 1957 respectively, these two ensembles combine to present joint concerts on their national tours. They have performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries for audiences totaling hundreds of millions.

The 65-member Concert Band and 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus perform regularly in some of the most famous concert halls in the world, and just as often in the humblest auditoriums in the smallest of communities. The joining of these two ensembles allows them to offer unparalleled versatility of programming, ranging from orchestral masterworks and operatic arias to Sousa marches, jazz classics, and Broadway musicals.

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 4:00pm
Fluid Event Center, 601 N Country Fair Drive, Champaign, IL 61821
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The 2016, Illini Radio Groups Working Women’s Expo will be held on Thursday, April 21st at the Fluid Event Center. Join them and discover new products, information and ideas from hundreds of local, regional and nationally owned business.

Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 4:00pm
McKinley Presbyterian Church
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Amasong, Champaign-Urbana's Premier Lesbian/Feminist Chorus, presents its Spring concert, "Flight: Songs of Migration", Saturday April 9 at 7 pm and Sunday April 10 at 4 p.m., McKinley Presbyterian Church, corner of 5th and John, Champaign. With this performance, Amasong honors and affirms the humanity of refugees, migrants and displaced people everywhere. Songs from all corners of the world invite listeners to contemplate the varied meanings of flight: from harrowing escape to soaring freedom. Please join us; all are welcome. Suggested donation $20. More if you can, less if you can't.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 7:00pm
McKinley Presbyterian Church,
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Amasong, Champaign-Urbana's Premier Lesbian/Feminist Chorus, presents its Spring concert, "Flight: Songs of Migration", Saturday April 9 at 7 pm and Sunday April 10 at 4 p.m., McKinley Presbyterian Church, corner of 5th and John, Champaign. With this performance, Amasong honors and affirms the humanity of refugees, migrants and displaced people everywhere. Songs from all corners of the world invite listeners to contemplate the varied meanings of flight: from harrowing escape to soaring freedom. Please join us; all are welcome. Suggested donation $20. More if you can, less if you can't.

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