Aretha Franklin concert documentary, local choir to open Ebertfest

CHAMPAIGN — An Aretha Franklin concert documentary shot nearly 50 years ago will open this year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival on April 10.

A live performance by a local choir — the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir of Champaign-Urbana, directed by Noah Brown, Audrey Mock and Terry Napper — will follow.

Nightlife listings, March 14-21, 2019

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

THURSDAY, March 14

BAXTER'S AMERICAN GRILLE: Kyle Rhoney (of Kickin & Pickin), 6 p.m.

BLACKBIRD URBANA: Andy Mo (Free Music Thursdays), 9:30 p.m.

CANOPY CLUB: Boogie T.Rio With Mersiv And Vampa , 9 p.m.

Frank's Faves: Movie apologies

"It's sad, so sad. Why can't we talk it over? Oh, it seems to me that sorry seems to be the hardest word." — Elton John and Bernie Taupin

I owe someone an apology. I think.

The Screening Room | 'Apollo 11' re-instills wonder of space travel

We've become blasé where space travel is concerned, and I suppose there are many reasons for this. NASA hasn't had any manned launches in quite some time, and perhaps the prevalence of starships zooming through the cosmos in sci-fi flicks and TV shows makes traveling in outer space seem ho-hum.

Entertainment listings, March 14-21, 2019


This weekend


'Come Home to Krannert Center' anniversary event set for April 12-14

URBANA — "Come Home to Krannert Center," an event-packed weekend commemorating the opening of the University of Illinois' performing-arts center, will be held April 12-14.

Krannert opened in April 1969, and the weekend is planned to be a centerpiece of the center's two-season 50th anniversary festivities.

Weekend Box Office | 'Captain Marvel' breaks records with $455M global debut

NEW YORK — "Captain Marvel," Marvel Studios' first female-fronted superhero movie, launched with $153 million domestically and $455 million globally, according to studio estimates Sunday, making it one of the biggest blockbusters ever led by a woman.

Frank's Weekend Faves, March 10, 2019

If you're of a mind to celebrate St. Patrick's Day a bit early — in a way that doesn't involve green beer or boiled cabbage — just kick up your heels and high-step over to the Virginia Theatre this evening for 90 minutes of Irish song, dance and storytelling, pub-style, also known as "The Choir of Man."

John Frayne | Solid reviews for 'Rape of Lucretia,' Kronos Quartet

On Feb. 24, I attended the final performance of the recent run of Benjamin Britten's chamber opera "The Rape of Lucretia" in the Tryon Festival Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

This work dates from 1946 and followed the grand opera "Peter Grimes," a work that made Britten world famous.

Rich Warren | Technology users can avoid common pitfalls

When swimming off the Big Island of Hawaii, an undertow grabbed me and pulled me toward Maui. Had it not been for a kindly surfer, I might not be writing this column today. Aspects of contemporary technology remind me of that undertow.

It seems that between Amazon and Google, along with other players, privacy becomes as endangered as a lone swimmer in a riptide.