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'Pirates' sails to top of box office; 'Baywatch' sinks

LOS ANGELES — It was smooth sailing to the top spot at the box office for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," but the waters were choppier for the Dwayne Johnson comedy "Baywatch."

Studio estimates Sunday said the fifth installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise commandeered $62.2 million in its first three days in theaters.

Krannert Art Museum shining spotlight on art detectives

CHAMPAIGN — In an unusual move, Krannert Art Museum has brought a back-of-the-house issue to full-frontal display with "Provenance: A Forensic History of Art."

With six paintings and examples of books used in research, the small exhibition in the Kincaid Pavilion covers the big issue of the lineage of ownership, or provenance, of European paintings in the museum collection.

Playing Critic: Latest 'Cooking Mama' missing some key ingredients

As someone who loves food more than is necessarily healthy, I've always been drawn to the premise of the "Cooking Mama" series, where you mimic the kitchen arts by playing thematic minigames.

"Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop" will supposedly be the last iteration of the series to be released on the Nintendo 3DS — and that might be a good thing.

Studio Visit: Monica Samii

Monica Samii, 39, of Champaign is a director, choreographer and actress.

Why did it take you 15 years to act again, in 'The Christians'?

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events throughout the area

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Second annual Cinema Judaica

Champaign's Art Theater is collaborating with the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation on the second annual Cinema Judaica series, which explores Jewish life, culture and politics in cinema.

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

Wet Roots Walk

The weather didn't exactly cooperate last weekend for the fourth annual Roots Walk at Crystal Lake Park, though I enjoyed sauntering through a loop, stopping to listen along the way to seven different acts, many of them quite good.

Richard J. Leskosky: Alarming examples of life imitating art

Over two thousand years ago, the Greek philosopher Aristotle said something like "Art imitates life" (only in Greek, of course), and that notion has served the film industry well the last few years.

Ask 'Mimi,' May 28, 2017

What do you think of Gale Renee Walden's new book of poems?

I really appreciate "Where the Time Goes," and I especially enjoyed the post-Beat upbeat reading she hosted Monday in the back room at Pizza M. As one person who was there later said on Facebook: "More fun than I've ever had at a poetry reading."

Rich Warren: Explore the wonderful world of podcasts

Become a pod person, but not like in a sci-fi movie. Join me as a podhead. Think of podcasts as radio on demand, but with a whole new attitude.

The non-intuitive name derives from the original Apple iPod. Listeners downloaded these capsule audio programs from the internet, usually from iTunes, to store on and listen to from their iPod.

Station Theatre's Celebration Company unveils summer lineup

URBANA — The Celebration Company at the Station Theatre promises a summer season, kicking off June 1, featuring both great comedy and thoughtful drama.

The season rundown, with descriptions from the theater company: