Music on Main: Michael Fuerst (w/ video)

Want to play in our lobby? Email Jim Rossow at jrossow@news-gazette.com and we'll book it

Staff writer Paul Wood asked Urbana's Michael Fuerst about his extensive experience on an instrument you don't hear every day after Fuerst performed three songs in The News-Gazette's lobby.

Frank's Faves: Movies about the Winter Olympics

"Why? Why? Whyyyy? ... " — Nancy Kerrigan, former Olympic figure skater

The 2018 Winter Olympics, also known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, open this week. In the hometown of Bonnie Blair (the former Champaign speedskater who remains the most decorated American woman in Winter Olympic history, if your memory needs refreshing), this is a big deal.

Nightlife listings, Feb. 8-15, 2018



BLACKBIRD URBANA: Surreal Deal (Live Music Thursdays), 9 p.m.

CANOPY CLUB: Shae District, M.A.G., Stewart Arp, 8 p.m.

CLARK BAR: Jill and Jordan Greenlee, 6 p.m.; C-U Comedy's "The Open Mic," (stand up comedy show; all signups in advance, jesse@cucomedy.com), 9 p.m.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 8-15, 2018


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What:Show off your knowledge of love songs, quotes, and famous couples. Prizes awarded for the winner of each of the six rounds, whoever has the best, library-friendly team name, and a grand prize awarded to the most knowledgeable team. Play in teams of one to four people. For adults.

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 14.

Parkland's 'Only You' full of 'unexpected surprises'

Parkland College's 27th annual student production is "Only You," a "quirky, funny, yet romantic urban fairytale" by Timothy Mason that premieres tonight. The cast includes Matt Christman, Maya Hammond, Zoe Dunn and Jarrod Finn. Director GENNIE APPLEBEE chatted with staff writer Paul Wood:

John Frayne: UI Symphony gave Mozart a great birthday present

The 262nd birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was celebrated in the Foellinger Great Hall on Jan. 27 by the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Professor Donald Schleicher. Whether on the drawing power of Mozart or that of the guest artists, the concert hall was crowded and the air was festive.

Chuck Koplinski: Truth more intriguing than fiction in weird 'Winchester'

The story of Sarah Winchester and her family fortune is a fascinating one.

Upon the death of her husband, William Wirt Winchester, she inherited $20 million (over half a billion in 2018 dollars), controlled half of the stock in the famous firearms company and was allotted an allowance of $1,000 per day.

UPDATE: No tickets issued after truck runs into Station Theatre

UPDATE, 12:53 p.m. Wednesday:

URBANA — Police said the driver of a pickup truck that hit the Station Theatre on Tuesday night will not be ticketed.

Lt. Rich Surles said the driver is a 69-year-old Champaign man whose truck had become stuck on the railroad tracks, and when the wheels got traction, it was "launched" into the nearly 100-year-old building.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Feb. 4, 2018

This week's favorite local music event is one I haven't had the chance to experience for myself very often over its 27-year run, but it's undoubtedly my favorite concept ever for a music festival.

The 27th annual Great Cover Up kicked off Friday and Saturday at The Canopy Club in Champaign, but don't fret if you missed those two nights, because you haven't missed the whole thing by a lo