Ask 'Mimi,' Sept. 11, 2016

Who's behind Imbibe Urbana?

Annie Adams and Kristin Walters, who describe themselves as an "Urbana lady duo promoting Urbana art, business and people." I checked out their First Friday event last week. It had a great vibe.

John Frayne: Lang Lang part of impressive Krannert lineup

On Sept. 29 in the Foellinger Great Hall, one of the most famous classical musicians of our time, Lang Lang, will offer a piano recital.

Born in 1982, and now in the 17th year of his international career, Lang Lang has been mesmerizing audiences with his supercharged expressiveness, and at times, giving critics fits for his sometimes histrionic mannerisms.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Support local artists

Richard J. Leskosky: A gem from Hollywood's golden era

War can complicate lives and romance, even in countries not directly involved in them, and there's perhaps no better filmic example of that than the 1942 classic "Casablanca," the first movie in the latest News-Gazette Film Series. The movie will screen at 1 and 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events throughout the area

Arts scene

Works for sale at annual expo

The second annual Urbana Art Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Sunday at the Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St.

Studio Visit: Jenny Barrett

Jenny Barrett, 66, of Champaign is a watercolor painter. The watercolor painter recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Wow, is that Chicago city scene a watercolor painting?

Who lives here? Sept. 10, 2016

Each week on this page, 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.


The season opens at Krannert

Opening night scenes at Krannert Center on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

Comedic play offers back story to old tale

CHAMPAIGN — Other community theaters have produced the new play "Peter and the Starcatcher," but Twin City Squared was the first to land the licensing rights.

"It's never been done around here," said Mike Galloway of Twin City Squared, the newest theater company in Urbana-Champaign. "Actually, we were the first community theater in the U.S. to get rights to it."

It's not puzzling why the latest "Ace Attorney" is fun

Imagine, if you will, a world where murder trials seem to happen within a day after a victim is discovered; where prosecutors are allowed to spring surprise witnesses and evidence on the defense in the middle of the trial — and, in fact, are allowed to make countless misrepresentations of the evidence they possess unless the defense catches on; and supernatural practices — including seances and