Frank's Faves: Career movies

"Don't ever let somebody tell you you can't do something, not even me. All right? You dream, you gotta protect it. People can't do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can't do it. If you want something, go get it. Period." — Will Smith in "The Pursuit of Happyness"

You remember Victoria, right?

Entertainment listings, May 23-30, 2019


This weekend


What: Pair and team events for players of all skill levels. Kibitzers are welcome. Full schedule: regional.kwbridge.com.

When: May 23-27.

Where: Holiday Inn, 101 Trade Center Drive, C.

More info: Call 217-359-0042 or email kwalker2@comcast.net.


The Screening Room | Familiar but confident 'Booksmart' a wise commentary

Tell me if you've heard this one before: Two high-schoolers are intent on finding a party that all of their peers are going to. Unfortunately, they don't have the address and in trying to find it, they get caught up in one outlandish situation after another. Ultimately, they get to the soiree and come to realize that attending it wasn't worth the trouble.

Nightlife listings, May 23-30, 2019

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


BAXTER'S AMERICAN GRILL: Hot Sauce Universe, 6 p.m.

BOOMERANGS BAR AND GRILL: Kathy Harden, Tom Grassman, Dave Cooper, 6 p.m.

Alcohol allowed in downtown Champaign during first Friday Night Live of season

CHAMPAIGN — Starting next week, patrons of the Friday Night Live summer streetfest will be allowed to take drinks in paper or plastic cups from certain bars off-site, so long as they stay within the boundaries of the city's newly created downtown festival district.

Weekend Box Office | 'John Wick' overthrows 'Avengers' with $57M debut

LOS ANGELES — The box office has a new king, and his name is John Wick. The third installment of the hyper violent Keanu Reeves franchise has taken the top spot at the North American box office and ended the three-week reign of "Avengers: Endgame."

John Frayne | Recapping the exciting fall season

Now that the concert halls have mostly fallen silent for the next four months, it's time to look back at selected highlights of the fall 2018 season at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.

Library events, May 19-26, 2019

Champaign Public Library

Main Library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Wildlife in C-U

Photos of wildlife that The News-Gazette's Stephen Haas has seen within the Champaign, Urbana and Savoy city limits between assignments this spring.

Frank's Weekend Faves, May 19, 2019

I've always been all about the therapeutic benefits of getting down, and this summer's monthly event series in downtown Urbana is exactly what I'm talking about. The Downtown Get Down debuts at 5 p.m. Saturday, and C-U's premier Latin American dance band will be there.