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.

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?

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.

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.

'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.

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."

Who lives here? Oct. 25, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or TV show and ask readers, "Who lives here?"

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.

Notes-Worthy: Blues singer Jackie Scott

This week, Paul Wood chats with blues singer Jackie Scott, who’s from Virginia but has done her homework in the Chicago blues style. She’s usually backed by the Housewreckers, but in her performance Friday, she’s with Kilborn Alley at The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St., U. The show starts at 9 p.m. Both Scott and Kilborn Alley won Blues Blast Magazine awards in 2010.