Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Weekend Box Office | 'La Llorona' conjures $26.5M over quiet Easter weekend

LOS ANGELES — "The Curse of La Llorona" brought good fortune at the box office.

The Warner Bros. horror film based on a Mexican legend about a woman who murdered her children and wanders the world looking for them brought in $26.5 million according to studio estimates Sunday, putting it in the top spot on its opening weekend — the last before "Avengers: Endgame" arrives to dominate.

Rich Warren | New TV purchase is a good investment

TV, or new TV, that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The apples and artifacts of outrageous fortune,
Or to take alms against a sea of technology

Jeffrey Eric Jenkins/review | Adult comedy soars in Station's 'Bird'


In the dusty archives of a famed actors' club in St. Petersburg, Russia, a bust of the great dramatist Anton Chekhov peers down at mere mortals who sit at a table near the bookcase where he is perched. Why would this come to mind at Thursday night's opening of "Stupid _______ Bird" by Aaron Posner at the Station Theatre in Urbana?

Patricia Hruby Powell | A clever remake of 'Pride and Prejudice'

"Pride" (Balzer & Bray 2018) by Ibi Zoboi is a remake of "Pride and Prejudice." If you've read Jane Austen's masterpiece, this is, in part, a fun puzzle. How will Zoboi — a National Book Award finalist in 2018 for her work "American Street"—translate 19th-century white mores to the hood? And who is who?

Susan McKinney | Character has strong sense of justice

In "Save Me from Dangerous Men" by S.A. Lelchuk, Nikki Griffin loves books. Books were her retreat from an awful tragedy in her past. She now owns a bookstore in Berkeley, Calif. She also has an office above the bookstore where she takes on cases as a private detective.

Unbeknownst to most people, she has a side "business." She helps women who can't help themselves.

Library events, April 21-28, 2019

Champaign Public Library
Main Library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday at the main library, get tips about growing day lilies from Rod Kroemer of 5-Acre Farm Daylilies. During April and May, learn how to improve your garden from local experts during Tuesdays at Ten: Out in the Garden.

Frank's Weekend Faves, April 21, 2019

The Iron Post is one of the best jazz venues around, but it's been known to rock from time to time as well. Such will be the case Thursday when it hosts a show featuring the Chicago-based rock duo OHMME, along with Mermaid Heaven and zzo.

John Frayne | Anniversaries in the air as Canadian Brass joins UI Wind Symphony

There was an air of anniversaries in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana recently.

On April 10, the University of Illinois Wind Symphony gave a concert that climaxed the 150th anniversary of the inauguration of a band program at the university in 1868-69.

Who lives here? April 20, 2019

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides there to, and we'll give a winner a shout-out on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.

Frank's Faves: Leading men and women as villains

"Actors endow the villain in fiction with a warmth and quality that makes them memorable. I think we like fictional villains because they're the Mr. Hyde of our own dreams. I've met a few real villains in my time, and they weren't the least bit sympathetic." — John Rhys-Davies