Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Station's new play is 'Prime' entertainment

URBANA — The play "Marjorie Prime" is set in the future, 50 years or so from now, when an artificial intelligence named "Prime" is part of "the next wave in home-health care," as director Mathew Green put it.

The Prime in question is a digital companion who resembles the late husband of Marjorie, and helps her retrieve her memories.

Notes-Worthy: Aaron Curtis Graham

C.U. Bands and Fans' TERRY BROWN chats with AARON CURTIS GRAHAM, office manager at Curtis Orchard:

How long has Curtis Orchard been open to the public and how did it get established?

Frank's Faves: O.J. Simpson movies

"Nobody does it better. Makes me feel sad for the rest." — Carly Simon

The Juice is loose. Or will be soon.

Entertainment listings, July 27-Aug. 3, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY FAIR
What: July 27, 4H Day. Grandstand concert by Chris Young, with and Drew Baldridge and Kassi Ashton, July 28. Other highlights: Tractor pulls, July 29. Also, carnival, through July 29; 4-H, beer tent with live music, July 28;  morning livestock shows, July 27; and more.
When: Continues July 27-29.

Club listings, July 27-Aug. 3, 2017

THURSDAY, July 27

BAXTER'S AMERICAN GRILLE: Love Sign, 6 p.m.

BLACKBIRD URBANA: Live Music Thursdays (jam, funk, blues, bluegrass or soul bands), 9 p.m.

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

CLARK BAR: Joni Dreyer and the Maytags, 6 p.m.; C-U Comedy's "The Open Mic," (stand up comedy show; all signups in advance, jesse@cucomedy.com), 9 p.m.

Chuck Koplinski: 'Ghost Story' uniquely captivating

David Lowery's "A Ghost Story" is not a film for everyone.

It's deliberate in its execution, at times requires a great deal of patience and does not offer up the sort of conclusion that neatly ties up all loose plot strings and answers all questions. I'm not even going to get into actress Rooney Mara's tour de force, five-minute pie-eating scene.

Nielsen to count viewers of live Hulu, YouTube

NEW YORK (AP) — Nielsen will begin to tabulate how many people get their live TV from Hulu and YouTube, giving media companies and advertisers a better idea of how many people now stream broadcast networks rather than watching them on traditional TV.

'Dunkirk,' 'Girls Trip' triumph at box office

LOS ANGELES — It's victory for "Dunkirk" and "Girls Trip" at the box office this weekend. Both original and well-reviewed films smashed expectations and enticed diverse audiences to the theaters, even though cumulatively summer remains down from last year.

Richard J. Leskosky: A look back at animation history

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the premiere of Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." So, in retrospect, it's a little surprising that this year's Society for Animation Studies conference did not acknowledge that milestone. But then many of the historically oriented presentations looked further back than that.

Ask 'Mimi,' July 23, 2017

What did you think of Lou Ballard?

As do many local art lovers, I admire his work and I admired him. He specialized in ceramics, hand-built and wheel-thrown. In a 2011 interview, Lou told me he started doing pottery when he was a boy in New Mexico, with a potter friend of his father's.