Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead

Staff writer Tim Mitchell's entertainment recommendations for the week ahead:


If you missed the film on award-winning critic Roger Ebert, "Life Itself," during Ebertfest or at the Art Theater in Champaign, the movie begins a run at the Virginia Theatre at 7 tonight. Repeat showings are scheduled each night through Aug. 1.


Chuck's Classics: 'To Be or Not to Be'

News-Gazette film reviewer Chuck Koplinski picks a flick you can't miss. This week, on Turner Classic Movies, it's "To Be or Not To Be."

Read more in Chuck's blog here

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, July 27, 2014

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

Who hasn't wished he or she could talk to a carnival worker and find out what their lives are like? Everybody, perhaps, but the carnival workers. Here's a poem by Mark Kraushaar of Wisconsin that captures one of those lives.

The Ring Toss Lady Breaks a Five

It's all of it rigged, she says,

Outside's his comfort zone

University of Illinois theater Professor Daniel Sullivan knows a lot about the myriad technical problems of outdoor theater.

After all, he's now directing his eighth Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park play — "King Lear" — at the open-air Delacorte Theater in New York's Central Park.

Another case to crack

Last year, a new author rocketed into the literary world with the release of his debut novel, "The Cuckoo's Calling." With a large print run and lots of publicity, Robert Galbraith made his mark.

The detective story received great reviews, and the reading world was dying to know, "Who is this Robert Galbraith?"

Here's what's happening on the music scene

Benefit concert

CHAMPAIGN — The Developmental Services Center will be the beneficiary of the Eastern Illinois Parrot Head Club's "C-U in the Prairibbean X" benefit concert Saturday in the parking lot in front of the Orpheum Children's Science Museum in downtown Champaign.

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

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

Studio Visit: Josh Quirk

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Josh Quirk. The professional drummer who plays with several bands, including the Brat Pack, recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli:

You're known for being a versatile drummer. Is there any style you don't play?

Ask 'Mimi' July 27, 2014

From Joan Jett to a tip on upcoming music in local parks to the local connection to Lyle Lovett's upcoming show, Melissa "Mimi" Merli has you covered.

I heard Joan Jett is performing at the Decatur Celebration. True?

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

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

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