Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Beach Boys to play at the Virginia

The Beach Boys will bring their popular singing act to Champaign's Virginia Theatre on Dec. 15, it was announced Wednesday.

Tickets range from $59.50 to $99.50.

Chuck Classics: 'In a Lonely Place'

Before making the penultimate outsider movie "Rebel Without a Cause" in 1955, director Nicholas Ray was cutting his teeth on tales of alienation with the overlooked classic "In a Lonely Place," a compelling and subtly disturbing film featuring one of Humphrey Bogart's great late performances as well as a solid turn from the criminally underrated Gloria Graham.

'Fury' blasts into box office's top spot

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The bloody World War II drama "Fury" blew past "Gone Girl" at theaters this weekend.

"Gone Girl" was tops at the box office for two weeks before Brad Pitt and his rag-tag group of tank mates in "Fury" blasted the film to second place.

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead

Staff writer TIM MITCHELL’s entertainment recommendations for the week ahead:


Comic lineup honors Leno with humor prize

WASHINGTON (AP) — Comedians celebrated one of their own over the weekend as Jay Leno received the nation's top humor prize at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Oct. 19, 2014

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

To celebrate my 75th year, I've published a new book of poems, and many of them are about the way in which we come together to help each other through the world. Here's just one:


On a parking lot staircase

I met two fine-looking men

descending, both in slacks

and dress shirts, neckties

Authors lead to new author, frightful thriller/ghost story

Every year at about this time, I go out in search of some good horror novels. For me, this is a difficult task. I'm not particularly fond of zombie, vampire or werewolf tales, so that rules out a bunch of titles that are thrown into the horror genre.

Memoir offers a message of hope

In Kathleen Pooler's memoir, "Ever Faithful to His Lead: My Journey Away from Emotional Abuse," readers are introduced to Pooler, who in spite of a "good" childhood, was in two abusive marriages before she found the strength to stand on her own.

Library events, Oct. 19-26

Each week, The News-Gazette offers a series of events provided by area libraries.

Champaign Public Library

Main Library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Bring the family to the main library for our Howl-o-ween at 3 p.m. Saturday and get an early start on Halloween with stories, crafts and spook-tacular games.

Review: Performances shine in 'Skin of our Teeth'

By Audrey Wells

Of his 1942 play "The Skin of our Teeth," Thornton Wilder wrote, "I think it mostly comes alive under conditions of crisis."

Accordingly, I suggest gorging on alarming news in preparation for the play, now in production by the Illinois Theatre at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.