A choice musical

URBANA — As he cast the chamber musical "A Minister's Wife," opening tonight at the Station Theatre, freelance stage director Stephen Fiol went straight to the talent he'd worked with at the University of Illinois.

Frank's Faves, June 4, 2015

Like many, I, too, mourn the recent premature passing of the CBS-TV buddy-cop show "Battle Creek." I love grumpily rumpled star Dean Winters (formerly "Mayhem" of the Allstate commercials), and though the series got off to a wobbly start, it seemed to be just hitting its stride when CBS pulled the plug.

Clubs listings, June 4-11, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Film capsules, June 4, 2015

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

Entertainment listings, June 4-11, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Longtime local video shop closing

CHAMPAIGN — That's Rentertainment, a locally owned and operated video store that has been in business for 30 years, plans to close in mid-August.

Owner Geoff Merritt said the store at Sixth and John streets in Campustown will continue renting films through the end of July, but will start selling off inventory June 15.

Chuck's Classics: "High Sierra" (1941)

There's no question that Humphrey Bogart was a great actor. However, he also owed a debt to George Raft, a contract player at Warner Bros. who had a penchant for rejecting more scripts than he accepted. Any film he passed on seemed to fall in Bogart's lap, many of them becoming classics in their own right.

Readers will dig this series

Is there anything more delightful than discovering an author whose stories leave us hoping for more?

Readers at the upper middle grade level (and this senior reader) have a treat coming in author Roland Smith's new series, beginning with "Beneath."

Library events, May 31-June 6, 2015

Selected events scheduled at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.