Here's what's happening on the music scene

Orchestra kicking off new season

The Urbana Pops Orchestra's first concert of its 2015 season, "Once Upon a Tune," will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Urbana Middle School.

Here's what's happening on the theater scene

'Church Basement Ladies'

The Country Theatre Workshop has opened its 34th season with the musical comedy "Church Basement Ladies."

'A Minister's Wife' odd but sophisticated

By Rosemary Laughlin

Once again, George Bernard Shaw has been musically mined.

In 1956, "Pygmalion" became "My Fair Lady." In 2009, "Candida" became "A Minister's Wife," courtesy of Austin Pendleton with music by Joshua Schmidt and lyrics by Jan Levy Tranen.

Concert has area fans all shook up

Terri Dalbey has always been crazy about Elvis Presley. She even calls him her late husband. So do her friends.

So she was totally psyched when she discovered top Elvis tribute artist Ben Portsmouth would perform in Danville.

She was so desperate for front-row seats that she called the David S. Palmer Arena before the tickets officially went on sale May 1.

Ask 'Mimi,' June 7, 2015

Will there be a visual component to Ellnora The Guitar Festival this fall?

Yes. Krannert Center has put out a call to artists to decorate 4-foot MDF (a wood product) guitars made in Krannert's scene shop for display during the festival Sept. 9-12.

Who lives here? June 6, 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?"

Rich Warren: Lend me your ears for antenna talk

What's not to like about free? Depending upon where you live in East Central Illinois, you have a choice of a score or more of free broadcast TV channels. I've been reliving my childhood watching "The Lone Ranger" and "Zorro" on the secondary channel of WAND.

Frank's Faves, June 4, 2015

Like many, I, too, mourn the recent premature passing of the CBS-TV buddy-cop show "Battle Creek." I love grumpily rumpled star Dean Winters (formerly "Mayhem" of the Allstate commercials), and though the series got off to a wobbly start, it seemed to be just hitting its stride when CBS pulled the plug.

Notes-Worthy: Jeff Grider

CU Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with Jeff Grider:

How long have you been a singer, and what was it like singing on a cruise ship?

Chuck Koplinski: Business as usual for entertaining 'Entourage'

Where Doug Ellin's film adaptation of "Entourage" is concerned, it's more of the same for Vincent Chase and his three faithful cohorts as they continue their Hollywood misadventures.