New YouTube Premium series 'Champaign Ill' raising local eyebrows

CHAMPAIGN — A 10-episode TV series titled "Champaign Ill" — and set in a fictitious version of the local community — is scheduled to premiere next month on YouTube Premium.

Judging by its premise, the series, announced in an expletive-filled trailer and filmed in Atlanta, may not be very flattering for Champaign.

Who lives here? Nov. 10, 2018

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

Nightlife listings, Nov. 8-15, 2018

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


CANOPY CLUB: Chris Lake, 9 p.m.

CLARK BAR: Shawn Farbman and Jenny Carpenter of Love Sign, 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.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 8-15, 2018


This weekend


What: Featuring the work of Craft League of Champaign-Urbana's artists exhibiting new, original works in basketry, ceramics, fiber, fiber/batik, glass, jewelry, painting/printmaking, photography and woodworking.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11.

The Screening Room | Two stars shine in flawed 'Beautiful Boy'

At its best, Felix van Groeningen's "Beautiful Boy" captures the sense of frustration, rage and helplessness parents feel when they see one of their children caught in the cycle of addiction.

Roseanne Cash excited to play Virginia after release of 15th album

CHAMPAIGN — Just days after her new album came out, Rosanne Cash is pumped about playing tonight at the Virginia.

Her 15th studio release is "She Remembers Everything," and Cash does, whether it's sharing a stage with her father, writing several books or being a mother of five.

Agatha Christie meets 'Scooby-Doo' in Parkland's new play

CHAMPAIGN — Sure, there are murders, but there's nothing serious about "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940."

The play by John Bishop is directed by Mathew Green and opens tonight at Parkland College's theater.

The play is based on several 1940s mystery movies, not to mention newer comedies like "Clue."

Starting with the musical and the murders:

Frank's Faves: Fateful-phone-call movies

"Hello, how are you? Have you been alright through all those lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely nights? That's what I'd say, I'd tell you everything if you pick up that telephone ... " — Electric Light Orchestra

I don't know about you, but weird stuff seems to happen all the time in my world.

REO, newly crowned as state's all-time faves, back on the road again at Virginia

CHAMPAIGN — Hometown heroes REO Speedwagon, returning Saturday, have been voted the "Top Musicians in Illinois History" by participants in the Illinois Top 200 project, a part of the state's bicentennial celebration.

Returning to C-U: Country star and his 'No Shoes Nation'

Country superstar Kenny Chesney announced the first set of dates for his 2019 "Songs For The Saints" Tour, and State Farm Center tops the list. While no date has been set yet, we asked The News-Gazette's J.J. Lockwood for three reasons you can't miss this concert: