Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

'Jumanji' remains king of the cinema jungle

NEW YORK — Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Taraji P. Henson and Paddington Bear and all rushed into movie theaters over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, but "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" still roared the loudest with an estimated $27 million in ticket sales, Friday to Sunday.

Rich Warren: You can now talk to your toilet

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) prevents participants in the electronics industry from relaxing after the holidays. Press day, reserved for press conferences the day before the official show opens, commenced the circus on Jan. 8 in Las Vegas. While not as crazed as between 1985 to 2005, most journalists and bloggers wear jogging shoes.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Jan. 14, 2018

Looking to start off this new year with something different, something special, something downright tasty? Have I got a fave for you ...

You don't have to read very many of these Weekend Faves to get a handle on where my entertainment interests lie. I like theater. I like music. I like good food. Put them all together, and what do you get?

Who lives here? Jan. 13, 2018

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot 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: Cold movies

"I don't care what they're going to say. Let the storm rage on. The cold never bothered me anyway ..." — Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel) in "Frozen" (2013)

I had only been writing this column a couple of weeks when I last used the words "cold" and "fave" in the same sentence (

Nightlife listings, Jan. 11-18, 2018



BLACKBIRD URBANA: The Surreal Deal (Live Music Thursdays), 9 p.m.

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

MEMPHIS ON MAIN: Karaoke Night, 9 p.m.

PO' BOYS RESTAURANT: Kilborn Alley Blues Band, 7:30 p.m.

TV veteran at helm for Sound of Music Studio's 'Into the Woods'

CHAMPAIGN — In today's premiere of the 51 Main production of "Into The Woods," an actor and opera singer has a new role: director.

George Pendill is a veteran of the University of Illinois graduate opera program. But he's best-known for his TV work. Pendill is returning to his fourth season on CBS' "Madam Secretary," as the chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff.

John Frayne: Krannert's spring season will go out with a bang

After spring break, the University of Illinois' quartet in residence, the Jupiter String Quartet, will give its final concert of this season on April 5 in the Foellinger Great Hall. The program offers Dimitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110.

Music on Main: Guitarist Branson Ravanh

Branson Ravanh, 16, of Champaign, who plays in After Curfew, put his ax, aptly named Jimi, to work Tuesday, Jan.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 11-18, 2018


This weekend


What: Heralded as one of our country's foremost comics. Presented by Exceptional Artists in partnership with Champaign Park District.

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $49.50-$58.50. Additional $5 per-ticket service charges apply (online only).