Entertainment listings, Sept. 6-13, 2018


This weekend


'Stompin' grounds': A few words with Barefoot Movement bassist Katie Blomarz

KATIE BLOMARZ has a heavy instrument to heave around, one amazing bass, but a light touch in the internationally touring acoustic band The Barefoot Movement. She calls Champaign her "stomping grounds," and she'll be stomping barefoot with other artists including MARTY STUART on Friday and Saturday at Allerton Park & Retreat Center.

Frank's Faves: Downer movies

"I'll tell you once more before I get off the floor: Don't bring me down." — Electric Light Orchestra

One of the many funny things about faves that I have discovered from writing about them is that sometimes a category suggested to me virtually rules itself out before I even get the chance.

Wait — how's that again?

Nightlife listings, Sept. 6-13, 2018

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


BLACKBIRD URBANA: Mike Ingram (Free Music Thursdays), 9:30 p.m.

CLARK BAR: Lou Dibello. 6 p.m.; C-U Comedy's "The Open Mic," (stand up comedy show; all signups in advance, jesse@cucomedy.com), 9 p.m.

GOLDY'S BAR AND GRILL: Free N' Fun Bar Bingo, 6 p.m.

Campus Conversation: Kevin Hamilton

University of Illinois Professor KEVIN HAMILTON spent 10 years investigating the secret Lookout Mountain military film studio near Hollywood that documented U.S. nuclear tests during the Cold War — with help from Jimmy Stewart and Marilyn Monroe.

Roger Ebert's childhood home may get a sequel

URBANA — Thumbs down: The previous owner of Roger Ebert's boyhood home in Urbana has lost it to foreclosure.

But the 1,016-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath house at 410 E. Washington St. might not be vacant for long.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Sept. 2, 2018

Happy 50th anniversary, Krannert! Now, let's party! Of course, I don't need to tell that to the University of Illinois-based performing arts center, as no one throws an Opening Night Party like the Krannert folks, and as they say, this one — starting at 6 p.m.

John Frayne | Krannert's 50th anniversary is the season of delight

The Krannert Center opened in 1969, so this season will feature the center's 50th anniversary in 2019. This anniversary celebration will have resonances during the whole 2018-19 season.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Sept. 2, 2018

With Krannert set to turn the big 5-0 later this school year, we'll catch up with those who've both starred on-stage and worked off it from time to time between now and April. This week, we ask our panel of 10: We say Krannert, you say ... what?

The Reluctant Townie | I'm pretty sure I met Nicolas Cage

Oh hello there, September.

In previous years, I made an effort to recognize summer until its official end on the Gregorian calendar, a sacred day in late September that since time immemorial has been designated by the airing of the "Big Brother" finale on CBS. But this year, I have no interest in prolonging the inevitable.