Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Frank's Weekend Faves, July 22, 2018

Now here's an idea that combines some of my favorite things: books, conversation, journalism and beer. Oh, yeah, and food for thought.

Rich Warren | Facts about TVs can get twisted

My barber knows more than his way around a clipper. He's a bright guy who would probably make a better governor than the crowd currently running, and we don't share the same political party. Yet, when he went to buy a new TV, he was grievously misled by a salesperson who either was woefully ill-informed or downright lied to him.

UI Summer Piano Institute students to show off what they've learned

URBANA — It's middle of summer break on the University of Illinois campus, and there's not a lot going on — which makes it the perfect time for aspiring musicians to have the limelight to themselves at the UI School of Music's Summer Piano Institute.

Who lives here? July 21, 2018

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.

Comcast drops bid for Fox, paving way for sale to Disney

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast is dropping its bid for Fox's entertainment businesses, paving the way for Disney to boost its upcoming streaming service by buying the studios behind "The Simpsons" and X-Men.

Comcast can now focus on its pursuit of European pay-TV operator Sky, a deal that would give the Philadelphia-based cable and media company a larger presence outside the U.S.

Weekend Top 10, July 20, 2018

Places to be and things to see this weekend, courtesy of staff writer Tim Mitchell:

Moose centennial

The Tuscola Moose Lodge is celebrating its 100th birthday with a drive-up dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday before New Twang City appears in concert at 8 p.m.

Nightlife listings, July 19-26, 2018

Bands, comedians, trivia, DJs and more. Here's your guide to a night on the town.



CLARK BAR: Lou DiBello, 6 p.m.; C-U Comedy's "The Open Mic," (stand up comedy show; all signups in advance,, 9 p.m.

Notes-Worthy: Virginia Roasas Jurado

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with local singer-songwriter VIRGINIA ROASAS JURADO.

In what way have you been involved in music in Champaign-Urbana? And tell us about any projects you became involved with.

At Japan House, Offerman's gazebo no longer off the beaten path

URBANA — A gazebo tucked in the woods near the University of Illinois Japan House may be famous because of its creator — actor and UI theater alumnus Nick Offerman — but until now, it was quite literally off the beaten path.

The Screening Room | 'Unfriended' sequel a thrilling look at tech's hold on us

Earlier this year, critics were falling all over themselves in praising Ari Aster's "Hereditary" as a horror classic, a game-changer in the genre that defied expectations and left viewers a quivering mess. I was ambivalent about the whole thing, seeing that film as overwrought, directionless and hardly worth the time invested once its premise was revealed.