Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Richard J. Leskosky | Gender parity improves at animation festival

Since 2010, there have been at least 104 major animated feature releases — that is, "major" in the sense that they were screened in over 1,000 theaters at the same time.

John Frayne | Lyric Theatre's 'La Boheme' featured enthusiastic performances

Lyric Theatre at Illinois offered Giacomo Puccini's evergreen masterpiece, "La Bohème," during its recent run in the Tryon Festival Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana. I went to the Sunday matinee on Oct. 28.

Rich Warren | Black Friday deals may not be worth your time

Black Friday barrels down like a steam locomotive with a smoke stack belching bargains. Or perhaps it's a lot of smoke and not much locomotion.

Every year, retailers garner media photos of crowds eager to barge into a big box store to "steal" a TV or other big ticket electronics.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Nov. 18, 2018

Sure, Thanksgiving feasts and get-togethers are on top of most folks' agenda this week, but this is also a good time of year to remember those in our community who don't have as much to feel thankful for. With that in mind, The Iron Post in Urbana is hosting the annual concert to benefit the Eastern Illinois Foodbank on Monday.

The Screening Room | Director, novelist behind 'Boy Erased' discuss bullying, recovery

There seems to be a spate of films in theaters this season that deal with troubled youth. "The Miseducation of Cameron Post," "Beautiful Boy" and the upcoming "Ben is Back" are all concerned with teenagers who are at a crossroads where their identity and purpose in life are concerned.

Who lives here? Nov. 17, 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.

Frank's Faves: World War I movies

"This is a war to end all wars." — Woodrow Wilson, 1917

"Only the dead have seen the end of war." — George Santayana, 1922

Gee, it was nice to spend a Veterans Day unspoiled by distracting debates over which football players were kneeling during the national anthem and whom or what was being either disrespected or protested by their doing so.

Caribbean influences evident in UI dance professor's 'Virago-Man Dem'

URBANA — Cynthia Oliver, a professor of dance at the University of Illinois, is an award-winning choreographer and performance artist.

In tonight's Krannert Center show, her "Virago-Man Dem" uses movement, spoken word and visual design to express her ideas.

The choreographer is associate vice chancellor for humanities, arts and related fields at the UI.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 15-22, 2018


This weekend


What: Fundraiser for the Kickapoo Rail Trail. Ticket includes one drink ticket, an appetizer bar, silent auction, live music from Dustin Danger. All proceeds from the event will be for the future development of the Kickapoo Rail Trail.

When: 7 to 10:30 p.m. Nov. 16.

Sidewalk Prophets' Danville High concert much more than caroling

Trimming the tree, attending the Christmas Eve candlelight service and unwrapping gifts later that night are among Christian music artist DAVE FREY's favorite holiday traditions. In three weeks, the Sidewalk Prophets co-founder and lead singer will add a new one when the Dove Award-winning band kicks off its inaugural Great Big Family Christmas Tour.