Top of the Morning, Aug. 15, 2018

Champaign and Urbana are full of public art displays, with items of interest dotted all over town.

But art fans need not brush past the burgeoning scene in Arcola — which already includes the Raggedy Ann and Andy statue, the one-and-only hippie memorial and 15 murals by the Walldogs.

Illini Collector Car Club's Motor Muster set Aug. 18 at Frasca Field

The Illini Collector Car Club is set to host its 22nd annual Motor Muster, where it will celebrate the vehicles of the Roaring '20s.

The event is set for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 18 at Frasca Field, 1402 E. Airport Road, U.

Registration is from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Cars must be in place by 10:30. Door prizes will be awarded at 2:30 p.m., with award presentations at 3:30.

Travel/Natchez Trace Parkway | A haven for those not in a hurry


Road trips are as American as apple pie. Piling into your car with a map (GPS on paper for the younger generation), your iPod full of tunes and setting out on an adventure. Driving along under clear skies and enjoying the sites along the way. But when was the last time you took a drive like that?

Weekend Box Office | 'The Meg' chomps its way to No. 1 with $44.5M

NEW YORK — Adding to Hollywood's sizzling summer, the shark thriller "The Meg" opened above expectations with an estimated $44.5 million in ticket sales, while Spike Lee had his best debut in a decade.

Rich Warren | Today's TVs still have limitations

In my youth, our 23-inch TV screen looked huge. Even the 16-inch screen in my bedroom seemed substantial. The maximum home TV screen size settled at 25 inches for decades.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Aug. 12, 2018

Just when the August lull starts giving me the idea that summer is packing its bags, along comes Taste of C-U — this Friday and Saturday in Champaign's West Side Park — to make everything all summer again.

Richard J. Leskosky | 'Long, Long Trailer' a fascinating look at life in the '50s

Sometimes a honeymoon can be no honeymoon. At least that's what Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz discover in the 1954 comedy "The Long, Long Trailer," which the News-Gazette Film Series will present at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign. Tickets are $6.

Who lives here? Aug. 11, 2018

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot 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.

Weekend Top 10, Aug. 10, 2018

Places to be and things to see this weekend, courtesy of staff writer Tim Mitchell:

Off to see the Wizard ...

The Young Performers edition of "The Wizard of Oz" will be at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at the Phoenix Theatre, 1406 N. Market St., Monticello, presented by The Monticello Theatre Association.

Frank's Faves: Movie 'repeats'

"This is the lesson that history teaches: Repetition." — Gertrude Stein

My wife would be the first to tell you: I have my share of personality flaws. In fact, she could probably provide you with a 20-page itemized list.