Ceramic exhibit coming to Parkland gallery

CHAMPAIGN — A solo exhibition of figurative ceramic works by a Southeast Missouri State University professor opens Monday at the Parkland Art Gallery.

"Outlandish Adventures: Works by Benjie Heu" will remain on display through April 1, with the opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Heu will give a gallery talk at 7 that night, and the Parkland Guitar Ensemble will perform.

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

Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

When not in Rome ...

Outdoor expo continues in Arthur

ARTHUR — Today (Saturday, Feb. 8) is the second day of the Central Illinois Outdoor Expo at the Otto Center in Arthur.

The expo, which is billed as Central Illinois' premier outdoor show, features about 50 displays, exhibits and speakers from all aspects of the outdoor recreation industry.

Here are three of the top attractions for this year's event:

Styx, Head East coming to Virginia

CHAMPAIGN — Tickets go on sale Valentine's Day as classic rock group Styx is joined by Head East at the Virginia Theatre April 2.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Who lives here? Feb. 8, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie and ask readers, "Who lives here?" The first person to email wholiveshere@news-gazette.com with the name of a silver screen character who resides in the featured house will get a shout-out in next week's section. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence in your submission.

A look at the Chicago Auto Show

Former News-Gazette photo editor Darrell Hoemann is back at one of his favorite haunts: the Chicago Auto Show. So we asked him for a tour.

Concept cars

Entertainment listings, Feb. 6-13, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

Rich Warren: Digital storage of CD contest poses a puzzler

Large collections of an old technology known as the compact disc encumber us like the chains on Marley's ghost. Many of us want the flexibility of hearing our music anytime, anyplace without the space and handling required by physical discs. We also may prefer the full fidelity offered by CD.

Classic rock show raising funds for good cause

Are you interested in the classics?

Savoy United Methodist Church is hosting the Blue Suede Crew in concert from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

The Blue Suede Crew does cover songs from Roy Orbison, Bill Haley and His Comets and other pioneers of rock 'n' roll.

Film capsules, Feb. 6, 2014

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