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Chuck Koplinski: Verdict is still out on 'Judge'

David Dobkin's "The Judge" is a movie that has one thing and one thing only on its mind — to make its star Robert Downey Jr. look good. This should come as no surprise as this is the first film from the actor's own production company.

Out and about: Fest to honor fallen

The Salute to the Fallen Fest returns to Danville on Saturday.

The event is held in honor of those lost to terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Salute to The Fallen Fest features 10 bands for $10.

National recording artists Seasons After, Degrade The Signal and Flaw headline the shows.

The events start at 3:30 p.m. at Sarge's Tap, 409 E. Main St., Danville.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 9-15, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Film capsules, Oct. 9, 2014

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

Notes-worthy: A chat with Keith Harden

This week, Paul Wood chats with veteran guitarist Keith Harden, who says he's 60-ish and lives in Nashville, Tenn. Harden spent much of his life here and in New York, He plays at 8 p.m. Saturday at Huber's, 1312 W. Church St., C.

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Clubs listings, Oct. 9-16, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

John Frayne: Sinfonia da Camera trumpets its youth winners

The Sinfonia da Camera began its season with a Rush Hour concert (beginning at 5:30) on Sept. 30. The accent was on youth at that concert with performances by four young instrumentalists who were winners of the Sinfonia's first student Concerto Competition. There were clearly two divisions in this competition, one for high school musicians, and one for college-level performers.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area, Oct. 8-14, 2014

Band competition

MAHOMET — More than 1,000 students from 12 Illinois high schools will strike up the band and take the field at the Mahomet-Seymour Marching Bulldog Festival on Saturday in Mahomet.

Upcoming chamber-music performace is old hat for the Gunns

CHAMPAIGN — Seven years ago, world-renowned baritone Nathan Gunn and his piano-accompanist wife, Julie, performed at a musicale at the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Champaign couple had been invited by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an opera fan who'd heard Nathan sing in "American Tragedy" at The Met in New York.

Review: 'A Kid Like Jake' offers a profound look at parenting

As an aging baby boomer, I am staggered at times by how quickly our world changes, and I worry about the demands placed on today's young parents. Sincerely.

Before your first sonogram pictures are decipherable, you are applying to day cares, screening nanny applicants and starting college funds. All of this frenzy, before you get to hold your child in your arms.