WILL hosts Inge, Quinn, producer retiring

URBANA — Two longtime hosts on WILL-AM and a producer at the radio station are retiring.

David Inge, longtime host of the morning talk show "Focus," announced his plans to retire from the University of Illinois and WILL-AM on June 30.

In addition, Celeste Quinn, the host of "Afternoon Magazine," and Harriet Williamson, the producer of "Focus," are also retiring.

Submit listings by April 13 for Summer Fun Guide

The News-Gazette will publish its annual Summer Fun Guide on May 13.

Much of the guide is devoted to a calendar of events occurring between May 13 and Sept. 30.

County board approves local foods council

URBANA — County board members approved the establishment of a Champaign County Local Foods Policy Council to encourage the establishment of small businesses including those producing fresh fruits and vegetables, and to urge large institutional entities to commit to the use of 10 percent locally produced foods.

Ebertfest 2012 schedule

Here's the Ebertfest 2012 schedule:

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, "Kind Hearts and Coronets," hosted by Patton Oswalt at the Foellinger Auditorium on the University of Illinois campus. This is a free pre-festival screening for students and the public. All the other screenings are at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

Wednesday, April 25

Ebert announces lineup for 2012 Ebertfest

The Academy Award-winning Iranian film “The Separation,” the 1941 classic “Citizen Kane” — with Roger Ebert’s commentary track — and “Joe Versus the Volcano” are among the 12 movies to be screened at Ebert’s Film Festival from April 25 to 29 at the Virginia Theatre in  Champaign.

Studio Visit: Dean Karres

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with musician Dean Karres. In the March 18 newspaper, we'll have a studio visit with singer Sherrika Ellison.

Q: Why do you like Irish and Celtic music so much?

College choir from Mississippi to give performances here

The Hinds Community College Choir of Utica, Miss., will make stops in Champaign, Urbana and Danville this week while on its annual Midwest Choir Tour.

The choir, directed by Bobby G. Cooper, a University of Illinois alumnus, is traveling with the Jubilee Singers, the men's chorus at Hinds, one of the historically black colleges that have performed nationally and internationally.

Day of Drum

Rocky Maffit and Chris Vallillo got the performances started for the Day of Drum at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

Darrell Hoemann

Pacifica Quartet leaving Illinois for Indiana

URBANA — The Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet is leaving the University of Illinois School of Music at the end of the academic year for Indiana University.

Studio Visit: Nathaniel Banks

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette.

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