The Future Five, June 22, 2015


A patchwork of characters

ARCOLA — When an Amish widow starts teaching a weekend quilting class, she expects other Amish to show up.

Instead, Emma Yoder welcomes six "loose threads": a biker doing community service, a Marine just back from Afghanistan, a quarrelsome couple, a Goth singer-songwriter and a preacher's wife trying to get away from problems at her husband's church.

Chuck's Classics: "Out of the Past" (1947)

While film historians cite the 1944 release of Billy Wilder's "Double Indemnity" as the start of the "film noir" genre, many consider this Jacques Tourneur film in which each element of that genre fell into place. Robert Mitchum is Jeff Bailey, a small-town gas-station attendant whose past comes back to haunt him.

Danville club begins final preparations for Lil Wayne show

DANVILLE — If Tuesday night's highly anticipated show in downtown Danville goes anything like Lil Wayne's two other stops at Illinois nightclubs this year, local law enforcement can rest easy.

Here's what's happening on the comedy scene

The audience will vote

Vintage Villains and Ripper the Clown will present on Saturday evening a Pop Goes the Culture Variety Show at Vintage Villains, 126. N. Vermilion St., Danville.

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

A sweet, engaging film

C-U Haiku, June 21, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

good drones mate with queen

while worker bees make honey

but bad drones just sting

— Ruth S. Walker, Urbana

Hidden gems: Quirky little books of literate fiction

With a few exceptions, I'm not a big reader of huge blockbuster bestsellers. I prefer a quieter novel, one that earns a following simply by the story line and not the name of the author or series title.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Frankie in Ford County

Here's what's happening on the dance scene

'It's all improvised' 

Shelley Masar will present the group-dance performance "Ladder Dance," which she describes as "Meditations on a primordial intelligence," at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S.