Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead

From Abraham Lincoln in Monticello to Orchard Days in Savoy to the Vermilion River Fall Festival in Danville, and more, staff writer Tim Mitchell's entertainment recommendations for the week ahead.


A view of American culture through immigrant eyes

Anya Ulinich's "Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel" (Penguin 2014), a graphic novel for adults, also will be popular with young adults. The story of Lena, a 17-year-old Russian immigrant moving with her parents to Arizona in the 1980s, appears to be Ulinich's thinly disguised memoir.

Here's what's happening on the film scene

'Do the Right Thing'

If you missed Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" at the 2014 Ebertfest, you have a chance to see it at 7:30 p.m. Monday at The Art Theater Co-op with a discussion afterward. Tickets are $5 each.

Here's what's happening on the theater scene

7 shows on schedule

The Celebration Company at the Station Theatre will present seven shows during its 2014-'15 season, its 43rd, starting with "A Kid Like Jake" by Daniel Pearle on Oct. 2.

Birbiglia: Jokes risky but worth it

CHAMPAIGN — In his first two one-man shows, comedian-writer-actor-filmmaker Mike Birbiglia told single stories with emotional arcs.

This time around, he's come up with a show that returns him to his standup comedy roots — his "Thank God for Jokes" tour, which brings him to the Virginia Theatre on Wednesday night.

'The Last Resort' will spark discussion

Local author Maureen Holtz tackles tough topics in her first work of fiction, "The Last Resort."

Before this novel, which revolves around the themes of an economy's impact on medical care and physician-assisted suicide, Holtz penned books about Robert Allerton and Monticello, including "Robert Allerton: The Private Man and the Public Gifts" and "Images of America: Monticello."

Ask 'Mimi' Sept. 14, 2014

How did the Lyle Lovett and His Large Band (pictured above) show go at the Virginia Theatre?

Fantastic! It felt special to the audience, and Champaign native/bassist Viktor Krauss, who has been a Large Band member since 1994, told me later by email that it felt special to him as well.

Studio Visit: Larry and Alaina Kanfer

Studio Visit is a Q&A with local artists. Here, Larry and Alaina Kanfer chat with Melissa Merli.

Library events,Sept. 14-21

Each week, The News-Gazette offers a selection of events provided by area libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Sept. 14, 2014

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