'Extravaganza' set at Danville middle school

DANVILLE — Some Danville middle school staffers hope to raise some money for the school and showcase its new cafetorium at the first South View Middle School Extravaganza.

The event will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. May 10 in the school cafetorium, 133 E. Ninth St., Danville. It is open to the public.

Donors can help line Danville street with flags

DANVILLE — This Memorial Day weekend, the Danville Rotary Club once again will line North Vermilion Street with American flags as part of its annual Rotary Memorial Way.

Ebertfest 2012 draws to a close

CHAMPAIGN — When she taught an introductory film course at Danville Area Community College, Martha Kay started and ended each semester by showing "Citizen Kane." She estimated she saw the movie 40 times.

On Sunday, the closing day of the 14th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, Kay saw "Kane" again on the Virginia Theatre's big screen, with audio commentary by Roger Ebert.

Studio Visit: Betsem Benjamin

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with artist Betsem Benjamin at his studio in Urbana.

Q: You're from Cameroon. How did you end up in Champaign-Urbana?

Perennial Ebertfest attendee has written book on the critic

CHAMPAIGN — Todd Rendleman grew up in the small town of Anna in southern Illinois, loving movies. As a kid, he would check out only one movie at a time at a video store. He'd watch it on a Friday night and then watch it carefully again the next day.

He thought it sacrilegious that his friends would check out a stack of videos and view one after the other without discussing each movie.

Group runs to raise money to benefit Crisis Nursery

Their name may be a cheesy rip-off from television's longest-running crime series, but there's nothing inferior about the efforts of Team Law and Order.

Writer of 'Higher Ground' brings real struggles to screen

CHAMPAIGN — Ebertfest emcee Chaz Ebert thinks most movies about religion satirize or make fun of faith and the faithful. Not so with "Higher Ground," actress Vera Farmiga's finely wrought debut as a director.

Organizers say marathon went smoothly; biggest issue was the cold

Organizers of the fourth running of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon are declaring it a success.

Changes made to the way the racers started and a slight tweaking of the course route seemed to help with congestion among the runners and motorists trying to avoid them.

And Saturday's cool damp weather meant mostly muscle cramps for the medical folks to ameliorate.

'A Separation' a unanimous favorite

CHAMPAIGN — As president of the respected Sony Pictures Classics, Michael Barker attends the Academy Awards ceremony every year. He's noticed that the category of best foreign film is highly competitive and the nominees are wary of each other.

Savoy to vote on permit for brewing company

By JULIA LEATHERWOOD/For the County Star

SAVOY — The village board is scheduled next week to vote on a special-use permit for a "nanobrewery." Before the Wednesday meeting, the board will hold a public hearing on the issue at 7 p.m.

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