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2019 Best in Show photo competition runs through Sunday at Lincoln Square

URBANA — The Champaign County Camera Club's 2019 Best in Show Photographic Print Competition continues through Sunday at Lincoln Square Village.

All 390 entries are on display for the competition's nine categories: animals, architecture, black and white, club, general, landscape, nature, people, and youth.

Weekend Box Office | 'The Lego Movie 2' debuts at No. 1 but below expectations

NEW YORK — "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" was easily the top ticket-seller in theaters over the weekend, but the film's $35 million opening failed to stack up to its expected haul, according to studio estimates Sunday.The animated sequel had been forecast to draw around $50 million.

Rich Warren | Some sound advice on buying a receiver

Let's open with a reader question: We are setting up a TV area in our basement. I have a couple of vintage Polk audio speakers that I plan to use for a TV sound upgrade. My question for you is should I look for a vintage receiver somewhere or is there any good quality new ones on the market today? My budget is under $500.

Ebert's co-host, friend as excited as ever to attend film festival

You'll be seeing a lot of Richard Roeper at the 2019 Roger Ebert Film Festival.

The Sun-Times critic, TV and radio star was close friends with Ebert and his co-host on their TV review show for nearly a decade.

This year, his Virginia Theatre appearances are not formal, but he'll be sharing the stage with festival producer and host Chaz Ebert for at least a couple of the movies.

John Frayne | Susan Graham, Argus Quartet entertain crowds

One of the most accomplished singers of our time, Susan Graham, offered one of the finest song recitals I have ever heard on Feb. 2 in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.

Her highly accomplished collaborator at the piano was Bradley Moore.

Tricia Stiller/review | Parkland students do a fine job with Neil Simon's earliest work

Late last summer, we said goodbye to beloved playwright Neil Simon, who died peacefully at the age of 91. Simon is remembered as a prolific writer, an insightful humorist who penned more than 30 plays and just as many screenplays (though those were mostly screen adaptations of his plays).

Frank's Weekend Faves, Feb. 10, 2019

No need to sit out February like a groundhog hiding from its shadow. The C-U Folk & Roots Festival's third annual Folk and Roots Winter Weekend in downtown Urbana offers ample reason to venture out and get down this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

'Beverly Hills 90210' star takes Go Red for Women event's cause to heart

CHAMPAIGN — Growing up in Urbana and Arcola, "Beverly Hills 90210" star Jennie Garth always saw her dad driving tractors, plowing fields and exerting himself physically to provide for her family. To her, John Garth was a "big, strong hero."

Who lives here? Feb. 9, 2019

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

Art Theater to screen Mahomet-Seymour student's film on inspirational bicyclist

CHAMPAIGN — More than two years after nurse midwife Ray Spooner passed away, a Mahomet-Seymour High School junior has made a documentary about Mr. Spooner's life and inspirational bike ride across the country.

The 25-minute film by Ethan Grinberg will be shown at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., C.

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