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Recording without a net

CHAMPAIGN — You can be part of a live recording when Decadents plays Cowboy Monkey on Friday.

If you go, you'll get a free copy of the recording via the internet in a couple of months.

The majority of songs to be played live are from "Elegantly Wasted" and "Hard Folk," the second and third albums, respectively, says Mike Carpenter, guitarist and vocalist for the band.

Dogma central to riveting "Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse"

“Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse” continues the Japanese role-playing series’ take-no-prisoners approach to incorporating humanity’s varied religious beliefs into a work of fiction in ways the devout would likely see as offensive and heretical.

Richard J. Leskosky: The making of a sitcom

You've undoubtedly watched hundreds of episodes of half-hour television situation comedies. But have you ever wondered how they're put together? Or how long it might take to shoot a particular episode? Surely not much more than a half hour if the laughter you hear comes from a live audience, right?

Golden exhibition at Giertz Gallery

Works by Parkland College Art and Design alumni will be featured in an exhibition in the college's Giertz Gallery beginning Monday and will remain on view through Nov. 5.

The "Parkland College 50th: Art and Design Alumni Exhibition" was curated by Barry Blinderman, director of the University Galleries of Illinois State University.

Who lives here? Sept. 24, 2016

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or TV show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides in the featured home to wholiveshere@news-gazette.com, 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.

Notes-Worthy: 'Mac' McDevitt

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with Matt Poss Band guitarist Mike "Mac" McDevitt:

What do you consider your finest moment in music?

Magnetic show at Staerkel Planetarium

CHAMPAIGN — How’s this for a light show: flares on the surface of the sun, waves of electrified gas 62,000 miles high, creating brilliant auroras in the Earth’s skies — and dangerous effects on technology.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 22-28, 2016

Special events

This weekend

MATTOON'S GENERAL GRANT DAYS

Chuck Koplinski: A 'Magnificent' waste of talent

There's much more to making a Western than putting movie stars under Stetson hats, giving them six-shooters and throwing them on horses.

Club listings, Sept. 22-29, 2016

THURSDAY, Sept. 22

THE ACCORD: The Soap Box presents Stand Up Comedy Showcase, 9 p.m.

CLARK BAR: Gloria Roubal and Paul Sabuco, 6 p.m.; C-U Comedy's "The Open Mic," 9 p.m.

HOULIHAN'S RESTAURANT AND BAR: Allison and Eric (Patio Play), 6:30 p.m.