Richard J. Leskosky: A fun evening with a comedic legend

In October, John Cleese and Eric Idle toured in a sit-down talk show, "John Cleese & Eric Idle: Together Again At Last ... For The Very First Time," with half of their 22 shows in Florida so that, they claimed, they could score a free vacation, as England is so dreary in October.

Chuck's Classics: "Meet John Doe" (1941)

Frank Capra's forgotten masterpiece, this is the only film made by the director's production company and is a personal statement of the highest order. On the eve of the United States' entry into World War II, this tale of a possible fascist state taking hold in America, led by an innocent figurehead, struck a nerve and became a box-office success.

Library events, Nov. 29-Dec. 6, 2015

Selected events at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Fundraiser a success

C-U haiku, Nov. 29, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Frost brushes ginkgo,

and underneath the tree lie

a thousand gold coins

— Lynne Proctor Sancken, Tolono

Feeling the energy in holiday show

Lisa Gaye Dixon didn't realize how big the Goodman Theatre's "A Christmas Carol" was until the first preview performance last year.

As she walked onto the stage as the Ghost of Christmas Present, she saw that every seat was taken in the 856-seat Albert Theatre. She could feel the energy.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Nov. 29, 2015

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

Debra Marquart, who teaches at Iowa State, is a poet, a memoirist, a writer of stories and a singer with her own R&B group, The Bone People. She knows the musician's life, and here's a road poem from her most recent book from New Rivers Press, "Small Buried Things."

Traveling with Guitar

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Art showing 'Jackie Brown'

Noteworthy playlists

Between helpings of leftover turkey, the long weekend is a good time to catch up on music that stirs your soul. With that in mind, our PAUL WOOD asked local celebrities to come up with free-time playlists — like President Barack Obama's well-known list from his Spotify account.

Ask 'Mimi,' Nov. 29, 2015

Is former Champaign resident Dylan Minnette in the "Goosebumps" movie?