Ask 'Mimi,' Nov. 22, 2015

Was Heloise Godet, the French actress who was at the 2015 Ebertfest, in Paris during the terrorist attacks?

Yes, and I'm happy to report she's safe. I actually first heard of the attacks while sitting at my desk here at work and checking Facebook, where she posted this message:

Studio Visit: Guen Montgomery

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist; this week, with Guen Montgomery, 31, of Urbana. The clinical assistant professor of art in the University of Illinois School of Art + Design recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Who lives here? Nov. 21, 2015

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or TV show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides in the featured home 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.


(City) Center of attention

CHAMPAIGN — Since opening April 2, City Center has become the go-to place in C-U to hear national up-and-coming country musicians.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 19-25, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend


Notes-Worthy: Brandon Carswell

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with Feudin' Hillbillys' official photographer BRANDON CARSWELL:

How did you become the Feudin Hillbillys' official photographer and how long have you been doing this?

Chuck Koplinski: Solid, compelling 'Spotlight' is one of year's best

Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight" is a movie that doesn't have to raise its voice. Much like the reporters it focuses on, this is an assured work, firm in its convictions, telling its story in a factual, non-exploitive way, knowing full well that what it has to say, while necessary, does not need to be shouted from the rooftops.

Frank's Faves: Live-action fantasy movies

Fantasy films needn't be franchises, nor even animated, to enthrall young and old alike.

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events in the area

Comedy scene

Zoo Improv will present its seventh annual C-U Improv Festival at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at SoDo Theatre, 111 S. Walnut St., C.

The shows will start at 7 both evenings; admission is $15 each night. The sets will last 25 to 30 minutes each, with exceptions as needed. All the sets will run back to back, with refreshment breaks in between.