When entomologist/UI Professor May Berenbaum started the Insect Fear Film Festival, she called it the "first annual," but didn't know if there would be a second. Surprise: The 32nd annual festival opens at 6 p.m. today at Foellinger Auditorium on the UI Quad. No question about it: Her public-engagement event has become iconic.
Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or TV show and ask readers, "Who lives here?"
URBANA — Christopher Benson will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Tryon Festival Theater foyer at Krannert Center about a new play he is writing.
URBANA — University of Illinois alumna Catherine Hamilton sang and danced in the recent Metropolitan Opera of New York's "The Merry Widow," starring Nathan Gunn and Renee Fleming.
Hamilton, though, didn't realize Gunn hailed from her alma mater until a cast dinner. It was then that Fleming, a world-famous opera star, told her the world-famous baritone is a voice professor at Illinois.
The 2015 Academy Awards are now history — of the Hollywood variety anyway — and their perceived snubbing of more deserving recipients has also been well chewed upon and regurgitated over the nation's myriad media outlets.
Midway through his new feature "Focus," Will Smith is given the self-reflective line of dialogue, "I still got it."
CHAMPAIGN — St. Luke CME Church's New Life Choir will present its annual "Taste of Heaven" gospel/jazz concert and catfish dinner on Friday.
The dinner service will begin at 5 p.m. in the lower level fellowship hall of the church at 809 N. Fifth St., C. Tickets are $8 each and may be purchased in advance from any member of the New Life Choir.