Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead


Studio Visit: Elliot Chasanov

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Elliot Chasanov, a professor of trombone at the University of Illinois, recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. He started the Halloween Spooktacular concert for children. The 10th annual event will be at 3 p.m. today at Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center.

Why do you do so much work in Poland?

Richard J. Leskosky: Hitchcock comes to the Virginia

Director Alfred Hitchcock collaborated extensively with his screenwriters in developing the scripts for his films, but his main interest always resided in the look of his films.

Getting attention: 'Station Eleven' a finalist for National Book Award

As a reader, I don't give literary awards much weight when making decisions about which books to read, but I am always excited to see a book that I loved get recognition.

So I was excited to see that "Station Eleven," Emily St. John Mandel's haunting post-apocalyptic story of a traveling theater troupe, was among the five novels short-listed for the 2014 National Book Award.

Book helps raise money for Make-A-Wish

In a perfect world, we wouldn't need a book like "Wish Granted: 25 Stories of Strength and Resilience from America's Favorite Athletes."

'Blood Guard' packed with action

Young adult — also known as YA or teen — literature is designed for, let's say, 12- to 18-year-old readers. But it's catching on with all-aged readers. Certain books hover between young adult/teen and juvenile so that libraries will hold copies in both departments.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Oct. 26, 2014

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

This is our 500th weekly column, and we want to thank the newspapers that publish us, the poets who are so generous with their work, our sponsors The Poetry Foundation, The Library of Congress, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln English Department, and our many readers, in print and online.

John Frayne: Sinfonia concert celebrates Strauss at 150

Ian Hobson and the Sinfonia da Camera celebrated the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss' birth in 1864 in their concert on Oct. 17.

Library events, Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette offers a series of events provided by area libraries.

Champaign Public Library

Main Library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Weekend update: Put a stamp on it

We know that Bela Lugosi and Vlad The Impaler have something in common, but the Polynesian nation of Tonga? Far too sunny on those islands. Stamps for the weird threesome will be on display at a free event this weekend.