Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was
A movie and music
Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, singer-songwriter and guitarist Kenna Mae Reiss chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.
Works at coffee shop
Cafe Kopi is hosting "Autistic License," featuring work by local, national and international artists who contributed the art to benefit The Autism Program at the University of Illinois.
Newbery Award winner Richard Peck cautions writers to remove themselves from their stories. Readers aren't looking for the author, Peck advises, rather readers are looking for themselves.
This seems absolutely true to me. And sometimes, we readers have the good fortune to come upon a story that presents a character very different from ourselves, but whom we may begin to understand.
By Tricia Stiller
Beggars' Night was given a new dimension Thursday night at the Station Theatre with the opening of David Ives' erotic thriller, "Venus in Fur," a play within a play based on a 19th-century novella, "Venus in Furs," written by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (the father of S&M).
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?"
A concert pianist and Illinois Army National Guard captain, Ian Gindes of Urbana will draw on his experiences as he and others perform in the free "A Salute to Veterans with Capt. Ian Gindes" concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in Foellinger Great Hall of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Upon finding out that Josh Fawn, a rival author, has committed suicide, Philip Lewis Friedman (Jason Schwartzman) laments the fact that he turned down an offer to travel with and pen a series of articles about the late writer, as he would likely have been recognized for having conducted Fawn's last interview. He notes, "Those are so hard to come by."
7:30 p.m.: The Illinois Wind Symphony presents "Orange and Boo!" A spooktastic concert event, conducted by Linda Moorhouse, will feature: Marvel Superhero Black Bolt, Godzilla Eats Las Vegas, The Sorcerer's Apprentice and an audience costume contest!
Where: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Foellinger Great Hall
RANTOUL — What is it in our nature that we pay to be frightened, to have grisly things jump out at us, loud noises unsettle us, strange sights creep us out?
You'd think we'd pay NOT to have that happen.
If some guy jumped out at me in my house, I'm not sure whether I'd punch him or just go with the heart attack.