MONTICELLO — If there is one thing Ryan Stripens has learned in his seven years as an art instructor at Monticello High School, it's that "Monticello is supportive of the arts."
Opry to present its annual '50s-'60s show
BELLFLOWER — The Bellflower Country Opry will host its annual 1950s and '60s show at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Bellflower Country Center, 202 Center St.
CHAMPAIGN — The St. Patrick's Youth Orchestra will kick off its second season with a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday featuring music from "Jesus Christ Superstar."
The free concert will be at St. Patrick's Church, 708 W. Main St., U.
This year's Ebertfest will spotlight a pair of 25-year-old movies: "Do The Right Thing" and "Born on the Fourth of July." We asked News-Gazette film critic CHUCK KOPLINSKI for three others from 1989 that deserve a spot at the Virginia Theatre in April:
"Driving Miss Daisy"
The first time Danny Aiello met the biggest critic in show business, he was 55, with far more miles logged driving a Greyhound bus for a living than working as a paid actor.
It was March 25, 1990, lunchtime, and the Beverly Hills Hotel was buzzing on the eve of the 62nd Academy Awards.
CHAMPAIGN — Spike Lee, one of the country’s most acclaimed directors, will attend the 16th Roger Ebert'st Film Festival in Champaign in late April.
Gee, I really like Meredith Monk. And I want to know what she eats and what she does to stay in shape.
And because she said Thursday night at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts that she's a practicing Buddhist, I want to take up that religion, or philosophy, again.
URBANA — Work by Jason Patterson is being featured in the latest Artist of the Corridor Exhibition Series in the City Building.
The Hinds Community College Choir Of Utica, Miss., will perform in Champaign-Urbana this week as part of its Midwest tour.
The 60-voice choir directed by Bobby Cooper will perform a variety of choral music, including sacred, contemporary and show tunes. The choir will also feature the Jubilee Singers, the men's chorus that toured Italy as a guest of Music Celebrations International.
1. Should Matthew McConaughey have mentioned in his Oscar acceptance speech for best actor for "Dallas Buyers Club" people living with AIDS? In the movie he plays an AIDS patient who eventually dies.