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UI alumna returning to campus with 'Dirty Dancing'

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois alumna Amanda Clement is an assistant dance captain on Sunday's "Dirty Dancing" at State Farm Center, making sure all the routines go right — and properly "dirty."

The 2012 graduate might also be on the stage as "swing," if somebody twists an ankle.

It just happened in her hometown of Rockford.

Frank's Faves: Movie window jumps

According to superstition, breaking a mirror brings seven years of bad luck. So what does breaking the glass doors in your wife's antique china hutch bring?

Ebertfest 2018 passes on sale Nov. 1

CHAMPAIGN — Passes go on sale Wednesday for the 20th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, also known as Ebertfest.

The passes allow for admission to all 12 or more screenings during the event, set for April 18-22 at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign. The event is sponsored by the University of Illinois College of Media.

Tricia Stiller/review: Be prepared to blush at 'Vibrator Play'

It was not a surprise to see a capacity crowd at the opening performance of Sarah Ruhl's "In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play." After all, Ruhl, a Tony Award nominee, is widely regarded as one of the most important voices in contemporary theater today. But let's be honest, it was the sex that filled the seats.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Oct. 29, 2017

Best local music event this week?

It's no contest. The ninth annual Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival runs Thursday through Saturday at multiple venues in downtown Urbana.

Chuck Koplinski: Accuracy crucial in 'Thank You for Your Service'

Imagine that you've served nearly three tours of duty in an incredibly dangerous war zone, and when you return home, all that you thought you were sure of — your job, the relationship with your wife and that with your children — is put into question.

Rich Warren: Important parts of your phone

Study ads for cell phones until your eyes tear and you won't find claims, details or specifications concerning their single most important aspect: their radio.

Who lives here? Oct. 28, 2017

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides there 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.

Notes-Worthy: Tom Grassman

C.U. Bands and Fans' TERRY BROWN chats with TOM GRASSMAN, the 90's Daughter and Live Karaoke Band guitarist who's also an instructor with the First Gig Rock 'N' Roll Camp for Kids and owner of Boomerang's Bar & Grill in Urbana, home to a monthly open-mic jam and original artist night.

John Frayne: Hobson, Sinfonia give memorable performance

The engaging concert by the Sinfonia da Camera on Oct. 21 offered "something old and something new" as well as two familiar masterpieces. The first two works, Cipriani Potter's 1837 Overture to "The Tempest" and Richard Prior's 2016 Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, were unknown to me, and perhaps I was not alone. The last two works, Camille Saint-Saens' Piano Concerto No.