C-U Haiku, Sept. 14, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette


Changing seasons

The leaves come alive

with fire

— Alyssa Peterson, Champaign

A view of American culture through immigrant eyes

Anya Ulinich's "Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel" (Penguin 2014), a graphic novel for adults, also will be popular with young adults. The story of Lena, a 17-year-old Russian immigrant moving with her parents to Arizona in the 1980s, appears to be Ulinich's thinly disguised memoir.

'Longevity pays off' for honored bluesman

CHAMPAIGN — The day after he discovered he is the winner of the 2014 ACE Award for lifetime achievement, Gerald "Candy" Foster joked "longevity pays off."

'Plight of Monarch' to be shown in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — The East Central Illinois Master Naturalists and University of Illinois Extension will host a free screening of "Plight of the Monarch" at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the auditorium at 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C.

Organist to revive Wurlitzer's golden age tonight

CHAMPAIGN — Organist Mark Gifford will perform on the Virginia Theatre's Wurlitzer pipe organ at 7 tonight as he improvises accompaniment to a silent film — Buster Keaton's "One Week."

Gifford also will perform music from the golden age of the theater organ as well as sing-alongs, with the Virginia's historic glass slides of lyrics so the audience can follow along.

Who lives here? Sept. 13, 2014

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?"

The first person to email wholiveshere@news-gazette.com with a person who resides in the featured home will get a shout-out in next week's section.

Phases by the numbers

A by-the-numbers look at the Phases of the Moon Music and Art Festival, which runs all weekend at Kennekuk County Park:


Bands scheduled to perform today on four different stages. The music begins at 10 a.m. with the Harmelaighs, a three-piece folk group out of Nashville, and continues non-stop until Kung Fu and Mingo Fish Trap wrap up at 4 a.m. Saturday.

John Frayne: Season shaping up to be great

October has the most crowded classical music calendar at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

On Oct. 7, the Sphinx Virtuosi, an all-African American/Latino string orchestra comes to the Foellinger Great Hall.

They will perform works by Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, John Corigliano and Philip Glass.

Chuck Koplinski: 'Drop' fails to rise above its own shortcomings

Michael Roskam's "The Drop" is a movie I wanted to like more than I did.

I kept looking among the many positive things in the film for just one more great moment to take me by surprise, one more clever turn of the narrative screw to push me to the edge of my seat, one moresomething.

Film capsules, Sept. 11, 2014

Summaries and mini-reviews of movies playing now, from e3 magazine: