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January 21, 2018

Date/Time(s): Sun, Jan 21, 2018 – 10am (see below for details)
Seating: General Admission (Seating is Limited)

Tickets: $40
Add’l per ticket processing fees apply: $1 (online only)

On-Sale Date: Fri, Jan 5, 2018 – 10am

This brunch is mostly sold-out & tickets are no longer available on-line.  A few seats are still open, however, and can be purchased at the Virginia Theatre’s box office or by phone 217-356-9063. 
Box Office Hours (this weekend):  Sunday (1/21) 9am – 1pm.


The Champaign Park District is kicking-off 2018 with the first in a quarterly series of lively brunches with live musical entertainment and Champaign’s very best food offerings, all served up on the historic stage of the Virginia Theatre!

For our January Brunch, the Virginia is proud to welcome as our guest chefs the outstanding team from Radio Maria Restaurant.

Ticket holders will enjoy brunch while seated on stage at the Virginia, getting a rare performer’s-eye-view of this fully-restored 1921 grand opera house, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Complimentary coffee and tours of the theatre will be provided starting at 10am, with brunch served on stage at 11am. This is a one seating brunch that will finish by 1pm.

10:00 A.M. Coffee and tours of the theatre are available at this time as well.
11:00 A.M. Brunch-on-stage by staff from Radio Maria serving a variety of items from their popular brunch menu, including their Masa Boat Surprise.

The Performers
Featured musical performances during the brunch will be provided by Tom Faux (banjo & guitar), Robin Kearton (fiddle & viola), and Linda Owens (percussion). From Appalachia to the Andes, this trio of friends, will be on-stage, with the guests, performing Appalachian fiddle music as well as music rooted in South America and the Middle East. Multi-instrumentalist, Tom Faux and violin/viola player, Robin Kearton are co-founders of the Urbana-based, community music school; Community for the Arts (C4A). Mr. Faux teaches music at ISU, Campus Middle School for Girls (Urbana) including their own, C4A, where Robin teaches as well.

In this performance, they will be joined by percussionist, Linda Owens. Ms. Owens works in the department of social sciences at UIUC and plays drums in the Cretacious Band as well as playing guitar in The Coneflowers. This trio has performed together at CU Folk and Roots festivals as well as various other settings throughout the area. On the Virginia stage, they will return to one of their favorite combined musical genres – traditional dance music from around the world.

Radio Maria
An original of the current downtown Champaign hotspots and has remained as a dining favorite for over 20 years running. The restaurant was created by David Spears and Sharon Owens, both artists who studied sculpture and painting at the University of Illinois. Radio Maria’s interior and ambiance is inspired by both artists’ collection and use of found objects. The unique artistry of the restaurant’s space and food will be integrated into the experience of this on-stage brunch.

The Menu
Hickory Smoked Bacon
Masa Boat Surprise–cornmeal base filled with scrambled eggs, red bell peppers, green onions, goat cheese, mushrooms, zucchini
Scrambled eggs
Beer Bread
House Potatoes
Black Beans
Coffee cake
These offerings are subject to change.
Coffee, Juice, Milk



January 21, 2018
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Virginia Theatre
203 W. Park Ave.
Champaign, IL 61820 United States
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