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Film capsules, Aug. 6, 2015

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

Hightower bringing comedy showcase to Danville

DANVILLE — Chris Hightower loves C-U Comedy, saying the weekly showcase has allowed him to cut his teeth as a stand-up comic.

Now he's starting his own showcase in his hometown of Danville — Funny First Friday, taking care to schedule it around C-U Comedy events and featuring comedians who have performed nationally and internationally.

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events in and around the area

Music scene

URBANA — The Chicago-based Claudettes will perform Saturday night at The Iron Post in Urbana, with the local band Chachi and the Bandidos playing the first set.

Chachi will come on at 9 and The Claudettes, around 10 p.m. The cover is $7.

Studio Visit: Mark Enslin

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Mark Enslin, 59, of Urbana, a composer, performer, activist and teacher, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

You are involved in so many creative activities. What was the first one you took up?

AUDIO: remembering Marilyn Monroe's stop in Bement

A small Piatt County village later this week will celebrate the 60th anniversary of a Holllywood star visiting the community. And some people in the town still have plenty of memories of her brief time there. Michael Kiser reports.

Chuck's Classics: "The Usual Suspects" (1995)

Bryan Singer's modern film noir is a brilliant exercise in audience manipulation as the viewer is dropped into the middle of a mystery involving five questionable characters, including Roger "Verbal" Kint (Kevin Spacey, in an Oscar-winning turn), who's been arrested after surviving a mysterious massacre that's left 27 dead.

Freshman jumped at creative opportunity

CHAMPAIGN — Urbana High School freshman Lillian Hall twice entered the Young Authors contest for schoolchildren, winning once.

She enjoyed that experience but finds Pens to Lens, in which scripts written by local students are adapted to film by local movie makers, far more exciting.

Mission: Midwest

The summer travel season is in full swing. As my available time winds down, I'm beginning to panic about when I'm going to be able to squeeze in a little time away!

If this is your situation too, you may want to take a look at some of the quirky Midwestern travel guides that I've found.

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Music scene

Rossaroo coming soon to Watseka

WATSEKA — The 11th annual Rossaroo Music Festival will take place Friday and Saturday in rural Watseka, featuring 26 bands on two stages in a wooded area.

Farm Aid: UI organizer's journal details inaugural event

John Graham remembers the weather in Champaign on Sept. 22, 1985, was mostly cloudy with occasional light rain.

Oh, and there was the biggest musical event to ever hit Champaign — by far. Sixty major acts played the first and best Farm Aid.

"That damp, soggy afternoon had little effect on the spirits of 80,000 Farm Aid fans gathered at the Memorial Stadium," he recalls.