Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Allerton Barn fest returns

MONTICELLO — After a one-year hiatus, the Allerton Music Barn Festival returns on Sept.

A 'Dreamgirls' come true

URBANA — Nathaniel Banks always wanted to produce the musical "Dreamgirls," believing it would be a good draw for the local community.

He was right.

Already, there are waiting lists for each of the three "Dreamgirls" shows in early August at Krannert Center.

A 'Romance' for historic simulation lovers, but a bad date for others

If you’re a gamer who loves nothing more than digging deep into the guts of a historical simulation, where you must balance politics with military might, where battles take place with words as well as with weapons, “Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII” may be your cup of tea.

Player taking over for Newport Jazz Festival founder

Christian McBride is no stranger to the main stage at the Newport Jazz Festival, and this year he'll again be up there in a trio with pianist Chick Corea and drummer Brian Blade. But he'll also be turning his attention to a new role backstage as he takes over as artistic director from festival founder George Wein.

'Star Trek Beyond' soars in theaters

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Star Trek Beyond" has landed atop the weekend box office.

Paramount's latest outing with the Starship Enterprise soared to $59.6 million in domestic ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday, knocking Universal's "The Secret Life of Pets" from the No. 1 spot.

Comic-Con spectacle: Marvel's return

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Marvel Studios took a year off from Comic-Con, but it came back with a pow on Saturday with a spectacle and star-filled presentation offering exclusive looks at "Spider-Man: Homecoming," "Doctor Strange" and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2."

Ask 'Mimi,' July 24, 2016

Tracey Mitchell asks whether any artists' groups meet in C-U for live model drawing?

Studio Visit: Evan Seggebruch

Evan Seggebruch, 20, of Champaign is an actor, singer and musician who is starring in "Bat Boy: The Musical" through Aug. 6 at the Station Theatre. He recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Did you shave your head to play Bat Boy?

Yes, I did. I do it with a razor every other morning or so.

Library events, July 24-31, 2016

Selected upcoming events at local libraries

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.