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It takes a village: Tiny Pesotum preparing for concert's huge influx

Hear more from Jim Goss Wednesday at 9 on WDWS.

Around 15 percent of the population of Pesotum packed into a little room in the small town's village hall, exhausting the building's supply of chairs.

Fischer Theatre work sets stage for interior renovations

DANVILLE — Exterior renovations at the Fischer Theatre in downtown Danville are nearing completion.

Now, board members are seeking donations for the next phase: interior renovations.

Board Member Phillip Langley said they wanted to see all of the exterior improvements to the historic downtown building finished before the winter months.

Weekend Box Office | 'House with a Clock in Its Walls' ticks to No. 1

NEW YORK — The gothic family fantasy "The House With a Clock in Its Walls" exceeded expectations to debut with an estimated $26.9 million in ticket sales at the weekend box office, while audiences showed considerably less interest in Michael Moore's Donald Trump-themed documentary, "Fahrenheit 11/9," than his George W. Bush-era one.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Sept. 23, 2018

East Central Illinois suffers no shortage nor lack of diversity among its music festivals, and certainly one of the most eclectic to grace multiple days, disciplines and venues across Champaign-Urbana is the 14th annual Pygmalion Festival, running this Wednesday through Sunday, Sept.

Rich Warren | Shinola rolls out impressive speakers

In a world of declining fidelity, the new Shinola Bookshelf Speakers reproduce sound for sore ears.

Admittedly, Detroit-based Shinola chose a name too clever by a half, but product quality compensates.

John Frayne | Los Angeles Master Chorale singers captivated their audience

The Los Angeles Master Chorale, with Grant Gershon as artistic director, came to Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 15 to perform Orlando di Lasso's "Tears of St. Peter" ("Lagrime di San Pietro").

Di Lasso (1530-1594) is regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Renaissance, and "Tears" is esteemed as one of his outstanding masterworks.

Who lives here? Sept. 22, 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 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.

Four bands highlight fundraiser for Merci's Refuge

CHAMPAIGN — Endless Summer, a fundraiser for the Merci's Refuge shelter, will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the city parking lot just north of the News-Gazette Media building.

The event was rescheduled because of rain and high winds Sept. 8.

Nightlife listings, Sept. 20-27, 2018

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

THURSDAY, Sept. 20

BAXTER'S AMERICAN GRILLE: Katie Flynn, 6 p.m.

BLACKBIRD URBANA: Tom Grassman (Free Music Thursdays), 9:30 p.m.

CANOPY CLUB: STS9 (exploratory and improvisation-based music with a fully immersive light show), 8:30 p.m.

Frank's Faves: Closing lines

"I hate posterity — it's so fond of having the last word." — Hector Hugh Munro

Classic.