Entertainment listings, March 8-15, 2018


This weekend


Catching up with Sinfonia's founder ahead of Beethoven concert

Sinfonia da Camera goes all Beethoven on Friday with the composer's "Overture to Coriolan," which was written for Heinrich Joseph von Collin's 1804 tragedy of the same name. The play and the composition narrate the end of the life of Roman General Gaius Marcius Coriolanus, a warrior known for his exceptional valor. Also: "Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major."

Notes-Worthy: Denny Ellis

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with local singer-songwriter DENNY ELLIS:

You inspire so many. What inspires you?

I am inspired by the love and compassion from my peers and fellow artists/musicians. Without them, there would be nothing to take away and apply.

Music on Main: Singer Ed Bridges and guitarist Ryan Neaveill

Singer Ed Bridges and his voice coach, Ryan Neaveill, playing guitar for this performance, team up to perform 'On Broadway' and 'Summertime' in the lobby of The News-Gazette in downtown Champaign. Read their story here.

Top of the Morning, March 7, 2018

The clever Illinois Top 200 project allows voters to choose 10 favorites in 20 different categories leading up to the state's 200th birthday on Dec. 3. Head over to illinoistop200.com to participate.

The first results — best movies in state history — were released this week. The Top 10:

Travel/Tasmania | Australian island is an explorer's paradise


When the Aussies tell you that the trail should take you about five hours, pack dinner — and perhaps a midnight snack. All Australians look like Hugh Jackman — these are active, outdoorsy people — and park rangers are not kidding when they say "strenuous."

Frank's Weekend Faves, March 4, 2018

I love ladies who rock — or fiddle or shred or sing the blues, for that matter.

Invasion of the Arts

The 40 North 2018 Untitled Invasion of the Arts event in Champaign on February 23, 2018

Movie-man Tim Mitchell's picks for the 2018 Oscars

Since 2007, News-Gazette staff writer Tim Mitchell has predicted who will win at the Oscars. The 90th Academy Awards, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will be handed out tonight at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, with Jimmy Kimmel hosting for the second time. Hopefully there won't be another envelope mishap this year. The show will air at 7 p.m.

Chad Beckett/review | 'Twelfth Night' needs to be a little more convincing

Krannert Center for Performing Arts hosts Shakespeare again this month as "Twelfth Night (or What you Will)" takes up residence at the Colwell Playhouse. Introduced to the printed page in the 1623 First Folio, this comedy operates through deception and mistaken identity on several levels and is noted for the many occasions where actors break the fourth wall.