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Director Terry Ludwig and the Sound of Illinois Chorus.

Smooth shave

The Sound of Illinois Chorus will be looking/sounding sharp at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday on the stage of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. The occasion: the 76th edition of the barbershoppers' annual late-winter concert, still heavy on the harmony after all these years. The theme for this winter's show is "Magical Broadway" ... meaning show tunes, show tunes and more show tunes. Also on board for their stroll down the Great White Way is guest quartet Vocal Spectrum from St. Charles, Mo., winners of the 2006 International Barbershop Quartet Contest. Tickets are $11-$25 via the BCPA box office.

King of his hill 

At the end of the day, southwestern rocker Roger Clyne is probably best known to the masses (whether they realize it or not) as the man who gave TV's long-running “King of the Hill” its theme song. For 13 seasons, the Arizona-born Clyne's straight-ahead rock riffs, dubbed "Yahoos and Triangles," provided the Texas-dwelling Hill clan its musical voice. For us here, though, he's one of the Castle Theatre's steadfast, ever-welcome regulars, logging his fifth appearance in almost as many years, with his band The Peacemakers, at 5 p.m. Sunday (yes, 5 p.m.), along with openers The Black Moods.

Second's best

The long arm of Chicago's improv comedy kings is reaching downward to Central Illinois again ... this time via the Virginia Theater in Champaign. The Second City, on the road again with its latest touring revue, Look Both Ways Before Talking, will be working both sides of the satirical fence at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (tickets, $18.50-$32.50). As the title suggests, "tired of looking over your shoulder before telling a funny story that might cause a fight at the water cooler or the dinner table? Let Second City take all the risk while you sit back and laugh." Works for us.


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