Rich Warren | You can't go wrong with SoundsportFree earbuds

Unchain yourself. Headphones once anchored you to your devices. More headphones probably died from damaged or broken cords than any other cause. The headphone cord, like a snake, seems to possess a life of its own. If it can tangle or snag, it will.

Frank's Weekend Faves, May 20, 2018

My favorite local music concert this week? This month? All year?

No question. It's the Red-Headed Stranger and Champaign's favorite fiddler, together in concert Tuesday night at State Farm Center.

Do It Yourself Concert

A Do-It-Yourself concert at Casa de Sasha on State Street in Champaign on Monday, May 7, 2018.

Who lives here? May 19, 2018

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides there to wholiveshere@news-gazette.com, and we'll give a winner a shout-out on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.

John Frayne | Fruits of a musical pileup: 2 juicy performances

There seems to be an unwritten law here that all major musical events must be concluded before the last weekend of April. The result is a musical equivalent of rush hour.

In my experience, the pileup of events was the Champaign-Urbana Symphony concert on Saturday, April 28, and the Lyric Theatre@Illinois's performance of "She Loves Me" on Sunday afternoon, April 29.

Chuck Koplinski | 'Deadpool 2' too much of the same

One of the secrets to the success of the character Deadpool is that he's the ultimate vicarious instrument.

Entertainment listings, May 17-24, 2018

EVENTSThis weekend


Nightlife listings, May 17-24, 2018

Bands, comedians, trivia, DJs and more. Here’s your guide to a night on the town.


BAXTER'S AMERICAN GRILLE: Jim and Tommy, 6 p.m.

BLACKBIRD URBANA: Hathaways (Free Music Thursdays), 9 p.m.

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

Notes-Worthy: Brandon and Peyton Hayes

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with the area musician and his daughter, who aspires to be like her dad.

Peyton, is this going to be your first time attending First Gig Rock N Roll Camp for Kids? Which camp will you be attending: Danville, Champaign or Decatur?

Frank's Faves: Graduation movies

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go." — Dr. Seuss