Ask 'Mimi,' July 23, 2017

What did you think of Lou Ballard?

As do many local art lovers, I admire his work and I admired him. He specialized in ceramics, hand-built and wheel-thrown. In a 2011 interview, Lou told me he started doing pottery when he was a boy in New Mexico, with a potter friend of his father's.

Rich Warren: Tape, film haven't faded from our lingo

People tag words with new meanings. Not long ago, tape and film specified specific media. Tape was a ribbon, usually made from polyester, coated with magnetizable particles. Film was a ribbon, usually made from acetate, coated with a photo-sensitive emulsion that could be developed in a chemical process as a directly viewable or projectable, often moving, image.

Richard J. Leskosky: A look back at animation history

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the premiere of Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." So, in retrospect, it's a little surprising that this year's Society for Animation Studies conference did not acknowledge that milestone. But then many of the historically oriented presentations looked further back than that.

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

Jeffrey Lewis and Los Bolts

Who lives here? July 22, 2017

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. This week, you get a hint.

Irish band The Script coming to State Farm Center

CHAMPAIGN — Irish band The Script will visit the State Farm Center on Oct. 7.

Their new album, "Freedom Child," sees the band presenting a collection of urgent, timely, future-facing anthems that speak of both real-life events and real-time sonic adventurism.

The Script have sold over 29 million records.

Virginia to screen 70mm film print of 'Dunkirk' in August

CHAMPAIGN — Want to see a crisp 70-millimeter print of Christopher Nolan's World War II movie "Dunkirk"? The Virginia Theatre can help.

The historic theater in downtown Champaign will screen a 70mm widescreen film print of "Dunkirk" Aug. 15-20.

Notes-Worthy: John Bell

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with John Bell, a member of the Champaign County Fair Board. This year's fair runs from Friday through July 29.

How long have you served on the Champaign County Fair Board and when do you begin planning for the annual event?

Chuck Koplinski: Impressive 'Dunkirk' hampered by gimmick

There's no shortage of ambition on display where Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" is concerned.

Club listings, July 20-27, 2017


BAXTER'S AMERICAN GRILLE: Kickin & Pickin, 6 p.m.

BLACKBIRD URBANA: Brainchild (Live Music Thursdays), 9 p.m.


BOOMERANGS BAR AND GRILL: David Woolridge, Chase Sieting, Tom Cortese, Nick Ailes, Steve Swigart, John Daily (Corson Music presents CU Bands and Fans Original Artist Night), 7 p.m.