Most years, today's the day the Piatt County Fair kicks off.
But for those in the Illinois entertainment business, 2016 isn't most years.
Other than his contemporary George Stevens, no one was more eclectic than director Howard Hawks in turning any script into a classic. Consider his resume: "Red River" (western), "Only Angels Have Wings" (adventure), "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (musical), "The Big Sleep" (mystery), "Sgt. York" (bio-pic), "Scarface" (gangster). This film, however, is one of his overlooked comedies.
In the mood for some mysteries, but not sure what I wanted, I pulled two totally different titles to try out.
CHAMPAIGN — Two of Illinois' biggest bands are about to perform at Illinois' newest outdoor venue.
Cheap Trick and Styx perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Grange Grove, west of Memorial Stadium.
It's a bit of a homecoming.
Cheap Trick, which came out of Rockford, often played in Champaign-Urbana at Chances R and other bars before hitting it big.
Anson Woodin, 25, of Champaign, a 2016 University of Illinois graduate from Ames, Iowa, with a master's of music degree and a recent fifth-place winner in the National Society of Arts and Letters musical theater competition, recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.
What do you plan to do now that you have your degree?
By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06
The greeting card companies are still making money, though the inventive online "cards" are gaining ground. Here's a poem about pen and ink greeting cards, by Cynthia Ventresca, who lives in Delaware.
She lived there for years in a
small space in a high rise that saw
By Jim O’Brien, Ann Hart and Will Reger
Poet of black bough or
apparition of bee or
— Steve Davenport, Urbana