Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead


"Transformers: Age of Extinction" comes out on DVD. This fourth installment of the Transformers film series stars Mark Wahlberg. When we last left these shape-changing alien robots, the evil Decepticons had invaded Chicago.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Sale right up my alley

Here's what's happening on the art scene

7 contemporary artists showing works

The group exhibition "Salvage," featuring work by seven contemporary artists, will open Monday at the Giertz Gallery at Parkland College and remain on view through Nov. 8.

Illinois authors offer gems

Since I've just returned from a program attended by many Illinois authors, this week I'm featuring two terrific new picture books by Illinois authors.

For those of you who are settled into the fall routine of making school lunches, this one's for you (and your kids).

John Frayne: Jupiter Quartet, vocalist impressive at Allerton

The eighth annual Allerton Music Barn Festival opened up with a highly enjoyable concert by the Jupiter String Quartet with Ollie Watts Davis as vocal soloist on Sept. 18

Melissa Merli: Illinois Theatre lineup links past, present

The other night, Krannert Center Director Mike Ross told an audience we're living in challenging times.

Indeed. But I can't help but think that so did my parents, grandparents and ancestors before them.

One thing that speaks to that is theater — contemporary, classic and ancient. Many of the themes in plays written decades or centuries ago remain relevant today.

Here's what's happening on the music scene

C-U Symphony Orchestra Guild raising funds

The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra Guild will host its "A Symphony of Homes" fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. next Sunday. The proceeds support youth music education.

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Enjoyed 'Se Vende' at festival

C-U Haiku, Sept. 28, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Talking to a friend

The moon is talking

To insects

— Yu Hirota, Champaign

Here's what's happening on the dance scene

Ballroom competitors squaring off

Fans of ballroom dance should head to the Illini Union on Saturday for the 26th annual Illini Dancesport Invitational Ballroom Competition.

Last year, more than 200 collegiate ballroom competitors from throughout the Midwest participated in the event. Spectators are welcome; admission is $5.