Rich Warren: The perils of hooking up audiovisual components

Even the technologically savvy with the right gear run into walls, as expressed in this reader email:

"I have a Harmon Kardon receiver that I purchased in the early 1980s and a 47-inch LG digital TV that I purchased a few months ago. The only audio out for the TV is an optical digital out. The only audio in for the receiver is RCA.

Entertainment listings, June 13-20

Special events

This weekend

The Artisan and Antique Market. Noon to 7 p.m. June 14, parking lot, Round Barn Centre, Champaign. Hosted by Classic Home Consignment. 239-1169.

Club listings, June 13-20

A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.


BENTLEY'S PUB: Got the Groove Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.


John Frayne: Harpists bring skill, variety to concerts

The month is June, and the sound of the harp resounds throughout the University of Illinois School of Music Building.

Organized by UI harp Professor Ann Yeung, the annual Illinois Summer Harp Class was in progress last week, and a series of concerts was offered June 6-8.

Film capsules, June 13

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

Chuck Koplinski: Absence of Kent leaves 'Man of Steel' cold

One of the crucial aspects of superheroes is the notion of the secret identity, the physical and psychic split in the character that delineates the real person from the heroic persona.

Urbana artist Paley putting quilt art on display

FAIRMOUNT — One of the more unusual art events of the summer promises to be "Art Quilts & Animation: New Works and Old by Nina Paley" at the Sleepy Creek Vineyards.

Family's love of theater shows in 'Urinetown' production

CHAMPAIGN — Cullyn Murphy was quite close to his aunt Kathy Murphy, a co-founder of the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company.

In fact, theater is what brought them together.

"I was involved in a lot of CUTC shows growing up," he said. "She would drive me to rehearsals, back and forth. Often she was involved in the shows, too, or would help me out."

Summer offers plenty of outdoor concerts

Like food seems to taste better al fresco, music seems to sound better outdoors.

And you have a lot of it to enjoy this summer right here in Champaign-Urbana — or not too far from it.

Bloomsday celebration Saturday in Urbana

URBANA — The Heartland Gallery will host a Bloomsday celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, with readings from James Joyce's "Ulysses" performed by three well-known local actors: Gary Ambler, Joi Hoffsommer and Seamus Reilly.