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Who lives here? May 14, 2016

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?"

Email your guess of a character who resides in the featured home to wholiveshere@news-gazette.com, and we'll give a winner a shout-out on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.

Arena back in concert business

CHAMPAIGN — In October, State Farm Center will rock to its first concerts since its $170 million renovation began.

North Ridge Middle School- The Lion King

North Ridge Middle School students Stephen Garrison, as Simba, Jerry Strain as Pumbaa and Noah Acree as Timon perform the song Hakuna Matata in the Danville school's production of The Lion King Wednesday May 11, 2016.

Entertainment listings, May 12-19, 2016

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

Fiddler's Philo show will pay homage to country legend

Fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt and his band will perform the music of country legend Ray Price on Sunday in Philo.

The concert will celebrate the release of Stroughmatt's second CD paying tribute to Price, who died in 2013. He was a singer-songwriter and guitarist whose wide-ranging baritone was often praised as among the best male voices of country music.

Rich Warren: Dear GM, what's with the silent treatment?

On March 17 we assailed General Motors for excluding a CD player from the otherwise exciting 2017 Chevy Volt.

I mailed a copy of that column to Alicia Boler-Davis, GM's Senior Vice President, Global Connected Customer Experience. According to her job description she's in charge of making customers happy, especially concerning the GM's automotive electronics.

Royal treatment

DANVILLE — North Ridge Middle School eighth-grader Nicholas Johnson was shy and didn't have a lot of friends until he became part of his school's "Lion King Jr." experience.

Johnson, who plays the older Simba, called the immersive study of theater ending in performances of the musical one of the best experiences he's had.

John Frayne: Utah Symphony switches things up at Foellinger

The Utah Symphony Orchestra came to town on April 27, led by young Swiss maestro Thierry Fischer. The group gave in the Foellinger Great Hall a challenging program that opened with Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 96, "The Miracle." The symphony gets its name from the story that at its premiere in London in 1791 the chandelier crashed to the floor of the hall but injured no one.

Chuck Koplinski: 'Sing Street' hits all the right notes

John Carney has a gift. Not simply in the way he uses music in his films and understands its power, but how he's able to create characters that on the surface could be dismissed as cliches but wind up having genuine heart and soul.

Clubs listings, May 12-19, 2016

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