Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Fall TV guide: The best and the worst

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a time-honored rite harking back to an era of black-and-white TVs and the trio of networks whose programs they delivered: the grand unveiling of new fall fare.

Chuck's Classics: "The Ox-Bow Incident"

Each week, N-G film reviewer Chuck Koplinski will pick a flick you should be sure to catch.

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead

From tackling the NFL draft in 'Draft Day' to jamming at the roller rink with the Twin City Derby Girls, staff writer Tim Mitchell's recommendations for the week ahead:


Women dominate TV landscape this fall

"The Good Wife," "Homeland," "Scandal," "Nurse Jackie" and, well, "Girls" are just a few current shows that put women front and center.

And this fall, even more women are stepping up.

Here's what's happening on the music scene

Not your typical harp performance

Harpist Ann McLaughlin will present at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Parkland College Theatre a solo harp show in which she will interweave live harp, percussion and vocals with animated videos and theatrical lighting.

It's personal

Last summer, while packing to move into my new house, I unearthed a box of forgotten letters I had saved from my college years.

The majority of the letters were from my grandmother, who passed away several years ago. I cherish her little cards and letters, with her distinctive handwriting and the way she inserted a sideways "ha!" above the sentence break after a humorous anecdote.

Barry offers more laughs in latest book

I love funny books and write about them quite often, from Jim Gaffigan's "Dad is Fat" to Ellen Degeneres' "Seriously ... I'm Kidding." But I'm not sure any humorous book has had me laughing until tears were running down my face like Dave Barry's most recent work, "You Can Date Boys When You're Forty."

C-U Haiku, Aug. 31, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

August cicadas

buzz the smooth green pumpkins

to man up and turn orange

— Rosemary Laughlin, Urbana

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Aug. 31, 2014

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

Faith Shearin's poetry is conversational while moving gracefully and almost effortlessly toward conclusions that really have some punch to them. This one is a good example of that. Shearin lives in Maryland.

Music at My Mother's Funeral

During the weeks when we all believed my mother

was likely to die she began to plan

Bassist Krauss returning to familiar territory

CHAMPAIGN — While touring with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, bassist Viktor Krauss likes to take his folding bicycle so he can explore.