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Theater group still seeking donations to fix roof

DANVILLE — The Red Mask Players have raised about half of the nearly $50,000 the theater group needs to replace the roof on the Kathryn Randolph Theater, but the work needs to begin soon.

"We need to keep the building sound and without the roof overhead, everything else doesn't really matter," said Ed DeVore, past president of the Red Mask board. "That has become the No. 1 priority."

Ellnora: Opening Night Party

Opening Night Party for the Ellnora: The Guitar Festival at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana on Thursday, September 10, 2015. 

The guitar strikes a chord

CHAMPAIGN — The piano once was the top-selling musical instrument — until February 1964 when four lads from Liverpool performed with two guitars, bass and drums on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Film capsules, Sept. 10, 2015

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

Notes-Worthy: Kevin Corey LeSure

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with local guitarist — and original artist — Kevin Corey LeSure.

When did you begin to get serious about music at what point did you know that it is your passion in life?

Rich Warren: A few tips for improving Internet radio stream

Internet radios vary in "reception" quality as much as conventional broadcast radios.

Beyond fidelity differences, Internet radios differ between brands in the way they work with your WiFi signal, process and buffer the streaming data bits, and how they "tune" the Internet stream.

For the best streaming, choose the best WiFi router you can afford.

Frank's Faves: Jason Statham is The Man

This week: No one is irreplaceable — except maybe the new King of Action Movies.

Is it fair to hate a movie sight unseen — simply because the idea of its creation is so ludicrous, unnecessary or downright wrong-headed that it offends one's sensibilities without even laying eyes on it?

Chuck Koplinski: 'Visit' a modern fairy tale of Grimm-est sort

If anyone is in need of and deserving of a comeback, it's writer/director M. Night Shyamalan.

A host of excitement

As Krannert Center for the Performing Arts gears up for today's Opening Night Party for the season and Ellnora The Guitar Festival, director Mike Ross took time out to chat with arts writer Melissa Merli:

You've been director of Krannert Center for 18 years. Why have you stayed here after having come from New York City and California?

Celebrity chefs lined up for Fairbury event

FAIRBURY — Several celebrity chefs, among them Rick Bayliss of Frontera Grill in Chicago, will cook for the annual Harvest Feast from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Spence Farm in Fairbury.