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Frank's Faves: 'Star Wars' films

"I have a bad feeling about this ... " — spoken at least 10 times by seven different characters in every single "Star Wars" movie, first by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker

Nightlife listings, Dec. 14-21, 2017

THURSDAY, Dec. 14

BAXTER'S AMERICAN GRILLE: Billy Galt, 6 p.m.

CLARK BAR: Chickadee Sermon, 6 p.m.; C-U Comedy's "The Open Mic," (stand up comedy show; all signups in advance, jesse@cucomedy.com), 9 p.m.

COWBOY MONKEY: Fiona Kimble, Rebecca Rego and The Trainmen, Tigerbeat, 9 p.m.

FAT CITY, THE CITY CENTER: Granger Smith with Earl Dibbles Jr, Morgan Wallen, 7 p.m.

Chuck Koplinski: Familiarity, bad pacing sap wonder from 'Last Jedi'

One of the things I feared would happen when Disney acquired the rights to the "Star Wars" universe and announced an ambitious slate of movies that would take us to that galaxy far, far away on a annual basis would be that what was once special would become all too familiar.

John Frayne: Can't say enough about Sinfonia's concert of cantatas

The Sinfonia da Camera gave a concert on Dec. 3 that featured a generous portion of Christmas music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Gerald Finzi and Ralph Vaughan Williams. The concert was conducted by Andrew Megill, head of choral studies at UIUC, and also taking part were four soloists and the UIUC Chamber Singers and Oratorio Society.

Notes-Worthy: Logan Allen

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with Logan Allen, 11, currently the drummer for After Curfew — a band founded in Champaign that plays all kinds of rock and takes any booking options and opportunities to grow as a band.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 14-21, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

HOOPESTON'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW

What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: Light displays, 5 to 11 p.m. every evening, Dec. 14 until Jan. 2, 2018.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-495-2800 or 217-274-2956.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT BUNKER HILL

Music at 15 E. Main: Seth Anders (w/ video)

First up in our series featuring local musicians showcasing their talents in our lobby: Seth Anders, saxophonist in Dalton Halls Band and Whiskey Shadows, who dropped by this week to play holiday favorites "O Holy Night" and "Frosty the Snowman." A few more details:

Martina McBride: 'It was a special time'

With country star MARTINA McBRIDE in town Thursday night at the Virginia Theatre, staff writer Paul Wood asked her five questions:

What's a favorite song from the Joy of Christmas Tour? Will it end up on your new album?

Top of the Morning, Dec. 13, 2017

Watch on Facebook Live here

I asked SETH ANDERS where Tuesday afternoon's gig — in which he played his sax on the stairs of News-Gazette Media in downtown Champaign — ranked in terms of strangest settings.

Rosemary Laughlin/Review: Station's 'Pemberley' a must for Jane Austen fans

By ROSEMARY LAUGHLIN

Following major films of "Pride and Prejudice," "Sense and Sensibility" and "Emma" in the 1990s, spinoffs of Jane Austen's work have proliferated as if from a cornucopia.