Duo planning show at Sylvia's Irish Inn

URBANA — The duo Gasta from West Michigan will perform for the first time in Urbana, from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Sylvia's Irish Inn, 312 W. Green St. The cover is $10.

Gasta's members are Nathan Wright on violin, guitar and vocals, and Jonathan Misner on bodhran and percussion instruments, whistles and vocals. The two perform Celtic music with a contemporary flair.

Merli's memorable moments from the first 15 Ebertfests

News-Gazette arts and entertainment reporter Melissa Merli has staffed Ebertfest since its inception. As it is her favorite event to cover, here are some of her most memorable moments or movies, by year:


Ebertfest Q&A: Steve James on 'Life Itself'

Steve James, a Southern Illinois grad, is director of "Life Itself," the new documentary about Roger Ebert that will kick off the late critic's film festival tonight at the Virginia Theatre.

Why did you decide to do a documentary on Roger Ebert?

Acoustic guitarist to perform Friday

CHAMPAIGN — Daniel Bachman, who describes himself as an American primitive acoustic guitarist, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Indi Go Artist Co-op, 9 E. University Ave., C.

Actor shares a film favorite with students

URBANA — As a 10-year-old, Patton Oswalt would watch "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" on TV — repeatedly.

He remembers it seemed to be on every other Sunday, and seeing it over and over allowed him to "notice little things about it."

Keillor reading to benefit WILL

Radio personality Garrison Keillor will read from his new book and answer questions during his stop at Frasca Field May 7. The event is at 11:30 a.m. at Frasca Field, 1402 Airport Road, U.

The $50 luncheon ticket benefits WILL in Urbana and can be ordered at http://bit.ly/1he2Uur

Critical test: A quiz about Roger Ebert

The 14th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival starts Wednesday. How much do you know about the Urbana native? Take our quiz and find out. Then check out the answers.

News-Gazette School of Film Studies 

Ebert 101

Answers to Roger Ebert quiz

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Ebert 101

Answer Key to Roger Ebert quiz

Donnie Heitler on the piano

Donnie Heitler plays "My Way" during his Wednesday evening gig at The Great Impasta in Urbana. He plays from 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday.

Auditions this weekend for Country Theatre Workshop shows

CISSNA PARK — The Country Theatre Workshop will have auditions this weekend for Disney's "The Little Mermaid Jr.," a youth production, and for other shows in its summer season.

Youths age 7 to 17 may audition for "Mermaid" starting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday.