Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Jeffery Eric Jenkins | Parkland's 'Beauty and Beast' a fun experience for all ages


There is an unwritten rule that professional theater critics do not participate in standing ovations at the end of performances.

To some extent, this is due to the "American Idol"-ization of this country, in which the end of a performance has become a signal for audiences to automatically jump to their feet and cheer.

Library events, June 16-23, 2019

Champaign Public Library
Main Library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

John Frayne | Young musicians shine at Urbana Pops Summer Concert

The 10th annual Urbana Pops Summer Concert on June 8 was a festive occasion. Held in the auditorium of Urbana High School, the event, which involved many people aside from the Urbana Pops Orchestra (UPO), opened up with a welcome address by Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin.

Rich Warren | Microphone suggestions for smartphones

Smartphones compete on camera quality, but manufacturers rarely, if ever, advertise the quality of their microphones.

Kathryn Theis | Check out these books before Netflix adaptations debut


If you follow movie — and television show — news very closely, you may have heard that Netflix recently announced a television adaptation of Leigh Bardugo's young-adult novels: the Grisha trilogy (beginning with "Shadow and Bone," the title of the upcoming show) and the Six of Crows duology.

Alice B. McGinty | Summer 2019 reading suggestions

Summer is library time. I had been hearing great things about both of these new books and was excited to find them at the Champaign Public Library.

Richard J. Leskosky | Three ways of critiquing movies online

Movie news, gossip, and criticism flood the internet.

Grammy nominee to headline Prairie Sky at Allerton

MONTICELLO — Grammy-nominated country singer-songwriter Deana Carter will headline this year's Allerton Park and Retreat Center Prairie Sky Concert, scheduled for Sept. 20.

C-U haiku, June 16, 2019

Bird feeder pecking order,

Crows rule the roost,

Pity the sparrows.

— Fred Olds, Sidney

Haiku submissions may be made to with C-U haiku in the subject line. Include your name and city of residence, which will be published with your haiku.

Who lives here? June 15, 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.