Beach Boys to play at the Virginia

The Beach Boys will bring their popular singing act to Champaign's Virginia Theatre on Dec. 15, it was announced Wednesday.

Tickets range from $59.50 to $99.50.

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead

Staff writer TIM MITCHELL’s entertainment recommendations for the week ahead:


Chuck Classics: 'In a Lonely Place'

Before making the penultimate outsider movie "Rebel Without a Cause" in 1955, director Nicholas Ray was cutting his teeth on tales of alienation with the overlooked classic "In a Lonely Place," a compelling and subtly disturbing film featuring one of Humphrey Bogart's great late performances as well as a solid turn from the criminally underrated Gloria Graham.

Library events, Oct. 19-26

Each week, The News-Gazette offers a series of events provided by area libraries.

Champaign Public Library

Main Library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Bring the family to the main library for our Howl-o-ween at 3 p.m. Saturday and get an early start on Halloween with stories, crafts and spook-tacular games.

Richard J. Leskosky: Films that rock

If you still haven't settled on a Halloween costume, have you considered going as a rock? Not scary, you say? Well, actually a fair number of films have featured scary rocks, so you might reconsider.

Most "geology fear" films focus on volcanoes or earthquakes or caverns. But menacing rocks and boulders show up in many films; sometimes they're even animate.

Authors lead to new author, frightful thriller/ghost story

Every year at about this time, I go out in search of some good horror novels. For me, this is a difficult task. I'm not particularly fond of zombie, vampire or werewolf tales, so that rules out a bunch of titles that are thrown into the horror genre.

Here's what's happening on the theater scene

Danville Light Opera presenting 'Guys and Dolls'

Danville Light Opera Musical Theatre will present "Guys and Dolls" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. next Sunday at the Danville High School Dick Van Dyke Auditorium, 202 E. Fairchild St.

Here's what's happening on the arts scene

Champaign Art Salon sets date for third event

The Champaign Art Salon will present "Carnaval Obscura" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Firestone Building, 301 S. Neil St., C.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Oct. 19, 2014

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

To celebrate my 75th year, I've published a new book of poems, and many of them are about the way in which we come together to help each other through the world. Here's just one:


On a parking lot staircase

I met two fine-looking men

descending, both in slacks

and dress shirts, neckties

C-U Haiku, Oct. 19, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

autumn rain

through green gold trees

shush of dying leaves

— Dean Karres, Champaign