Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

A movie and music

Studio Visit: Kenna Mae Reiss

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.

Here's what's happening on the art scene

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.

'Rain Reign' a riveting read for all ages

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.

A thrilling theatrical endeavor

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).

Who lives here? Nov. 1, 2014

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?"

Free concert at Krannert a salute to veterans, by Army captain

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.

Chuck Koplinski: Filmmaker's focus all wrong in 'Listen Up Philip'

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."

Illinois bands corner


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

Scaring people a family affair

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.