Winter Wonderland taking over downtown

The 14th annual Parade of Lights features floats, marching bands and Santa Claus himself. It concludes with a tree lighting ceremony at One Main Plaza in downtown Champaign on Saturday night.

Beer and the big screen

CHAMPAIGN — Buttered popcorn and a Blue Moon beer.

Yes, please.

Clubs listings, Nov. 27-Dec. 4

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

Chuck Koplinski: Leads bring heart and soul to 'Theory of Everything'

James Marsh's "The Theory of Everything" is a noble endeavor, an effort to portray theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking's refusal to be completely silenced by the debilitating neuromuscular disease that has ravaged his body, while examining the unique relationship between him and his wife Jane.

John Frayne: Baroque music invades Smith Hall

As the Thanksgiving vacation approached, the UIUC School of Music became like a swarm of bees. Everyone seems to be performing at once, from tuba to piccolo, from solo singer to large choruses.

Notes-Worthy: Granger Smith

This week Paul Wood chats with Granger Smith, 35, a Texas native who has been called “the future of country music.” Smith and his band play at 9 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Canopy Club, 708 S. Goodwin Ave., U. As a bonus, his alter ego Earl Dibbles Jr. will play a song or two.

Artist draws more international acclaim, this time for 'Computers Watching Movies'

URBANA — As an artist working with technology, specifically software, Ben Grosser has created pieces that have drawn international attention.

Their very own place to go through paces

URBANA — Gus takes his jumps, runs through a tunnel and weaves his way around a dozen poles like a champ.

Then he sits with wagging tail as his person, Mary Young, feeds him a reward made in doggy heaven — some nice chunks of grocery-store rotisserie chicken.

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead


Studio Visit: Mikel Combs

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Mikel Combs, 40, of Urbana, a professional bassist and doctoral of musical arts degree candidate at the University of Illinois, chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

I heard you grew up in Berlin.