Studio Visit: Derek Linzy

Derek Linzy, 36, of Champaign is a music producer and engineer and musician who will lead the first of four National Endowment for the Arts-funded Open Scene workshops at the Independent Media Center in Urbana.

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PODCAST: Fastener's Etc. Postgame Show 2-18-17

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Tim Ditman and Michael Kiser address your phone calls and texts on this episode of Fastener's Etc. Postgame Show. Illinois beats Iowa 70-66.


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Weekend Planner: Magical performances

Sixty-three years ago, the Champaign-Urbana Junior Woman's Club began putting on shows — in members' garages — for area kids. They're still at it with their annual Tom Thumb Production but have moved to a nicer venue: the Clif Aldridge Auditorium at Centennial High School, 913 Crescent Drive, C.

Who lives here? Feb. 18, 2017

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot of a home from a movie or TV 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.


When Garth rocked C-U

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Hard to believe it's been 20 years since Garth Brooks ruled Champaign, playing three consecutive nights at a sold-out Assembly Hall.

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(On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) provides a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.



PODCAST: Kyle A. Thomas, director of 'Viva Verdi!'

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In this installment of Club Krannert, a conversation with Kyle A. Thomas, who directs the upcoming performance of Viva Verdi! at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Feb. 23-26.


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Champaign Central jazz band again a finalist in New York contest

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Central High School's jazz band will once again head to New York in May to compete in the 22nd annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival.

John Frayne: From experimental to 'old favorites,' what a week

I went to two very different concerts last week, both in the Foellinger Great Hall. One was a concert of experimental music, and the other was a concert of "old favorite" Irish songs. The concert on Feb. 8, of the Illinois Modern Ensemble, was part of a series called "Sonic Illinois." This series honors the 150th anniversary of the founding of what has become the University of Illinois.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 16-23, 2017


This weekend


What: Presented by the Save the Lorraine Foundation. Limited to 12 teams of up to five people; come alone and join a smaller team. Free theater popcorn, cookies and a small bottled water or soda. Winning team members receive refund of entry fee, and a door prize will also be awarded.