Oscar-nominated shorts coming to Champaign, Normal

For the last 10 years, the Oscar-nominated short films have been packaged and released to select theaters around the country.

C-U haiku, Feb. 7, 2016

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Flash of copper red-

Keen hunter on a mission.

Fox warms the fresh snow.

— Irene Bullard, Urbana

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Feb. 7, 2016

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

A friend told me recently that he tries to keep in touch with people he's known even though they don't put any effort into doing that themselves. Here's William Trowbridge, who lives in Missouri, making an effort. His most recent book is "Put This On, Please," Red Hen Press, 2014.

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

Noteworthy performance

Ask 'Mimi,' Feb. 7, 2016

Does 40 North have an art gallery now?

Yes, sort of. After Verizon Wireless left the Champaign Telephone Company building on South Neil Street, company owner/arts supporter Mike Hosier went to 40 North 88 West, the Champaign County Arts Council, saying he would like to see art in his space.

Groups schedule events to celebrate lunar new year

The UI's Asian American Cultural Center will celebrate the lunar new year from Monday to Feb. 22 with campus events, community outreach and social media.

Among the events is a collaboration between the Cultural Center and University Housing Dining Services to host a lunar new year theme dinner night in all dining halls on Wednesday.

Who lives here? Feb. 6, 2016

Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or TV show and ask readers, 'Who lives here?'

Email your guess of a character who resides in the featured home 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.

Here's a hint this week: Think Montana.

Weekend planner: A flick of the wrist for charity

The fifth Disc Golf Ice Bowl takes place Saturday at Dodds Park in Champaign. The emphasis is on fun and charity rather than competition, says organizer Wilbur Wallisof the nonprofit Champaign County Disc Golf Club, which organizes recreational play year-round at the area's three courses. Saturday's Ice Bowl will raise money for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

REVIEW: 'Kingdom City' makes quite an impression

By Tricia Stiller

In keeping with the current theme of exploring freedom of expression, the University of Illinois Theatre Department is offering a provocative new work, "Kingdom City" by Sheri Wilner, which opened Thursday at the Krannert Center's Studio Theatre.

Frank's Faves: Favorite hospital-based movies

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