It's symphony season, and the area's Big Three orchestras have some exciting programs ready

CHAMPAIGN — If you're a fan of classical music, you've likely heard of the Big Five — the nation's top five orchestras.

Locally, we have the Big Three: the Champaign-Urbana and Danville symphony orchestras and Sinfonia da Camera. As usual, they plan classical and contemporary fare for the coming season, but with some unusual twists.

Film capsules, Sept. 18, 2014

Summaries and mini-reviews of movies playing now, from e3 magazine:

Clubs listings, Sept. 18-25, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Having trouble picking what to do this weekend? Try Orchard Days

The Savoy Orchard Days Festival runs Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The Matt Poss Band performs Friday night in the beer tent from 7 to 9 p.m. Ryan Ideus & the Feudin' Hillbillys perform on the main stage from 9 to 11:30 p.m.

Music Q&A: Ben Wright of Henhouse Prowlers

This week, Paul Wood chats with Ben Wright, a banjo player and co-founder of Henhouse Prowlers, based in Chicago. They’ve toured the world as part of State Department trips to showcase American culture. This month they’re close to home, performing at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Canopy Club, 708 S. Goodwin Ave., U. Other members are Dan Andree, Jon Goldfine and Starr Moss. 

Entertainment listings, Sept. 18-25, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Chuck Koplinski: Slow, steady is perfect for 'Tombstone'

During the 1980s and '90s, Gene Hackman and Michael Caine seemed to be following the same career track — if a script came their way, they agreed to do it. (Caine once admitted that he decided to do "Jaws: The Revenge" after reading just the first page of the script and saw that it took place in Hawaii. He had always wanted to go there, so he agreed to do the movie.)

John Frayne: Opener's a home run from St. Louis Symphony

The season-opening concert by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in the Foellinger Great Hall, on Sept. 14, opened and closed with a bang. The evening began with the mighty heaven-storming Piano Concerto No. 1 by Johannes Brahms with the masterly pianist, Yefim Bronfman, at the keyboard.

Mike Birbiglia at the Virginia Theatre

Mike Birbiglia, with opening comedian Chris Gethard, made the Virginia Theatre a stop for his "Thank God for Jokes" tour on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area, Sept. 17-24, 2014

World War I

URBANA — "World War I in Champaign County: The Local Story of the Great War" at the Archives Research Center, Horticulture Field Laboratory, 1707 S. Orchard St., U, will feature on Thursday live period music, plus presentations and exhibits exploring the local scene in that era.