This one's for you, Cara Childress

URBANA — With two extra tickets to a Barry Manilow concert, longtime fan Kathie Duffy was going to just sell them on StubHub — until she found a better way to put them to use.

She's giving them to fellow fan Cara Childress of Urbana.

The two women have never met.

Studio Visit: Yunji Shim

Yunji Shim, 30, of Urbana is a third-year doctoral of musical arts candidate at the University of Illinois in vocal performance and winner of the 2017 Krannert Center Debut Artist competition. As the winner, the soprano will present a recital at 3 p.m. next Sunday in Krannert's Foellinger Great Hall to launch her professional career as part of the center's Marquee Sunday Salon Series.

Ebertfest: Up close and personal with Norman Lear

Norman Lear might be one of the most famous "liberals" in the United States.

However, the television legend, who eschews labels in general, thinks of himself as "a bleeding-heart conservative."

Who lives here? April 15, 2017

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot of a home from a movie or TV 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.


PODCAST: Club Krannert with Julie Gunn & Dawn Harris on "The Light in the Piazza"

PODCAST: Club Krannert with Julie Gunn & Dawn Harris on "The Light in the Piazza": Play now!

Director Dawn Harris and musical director Julie Gunn preview Lyric Theatre at Illinois' upcoming performances of "The Light in the Piazza," Apr. 27-30 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.


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Ebertfest never rests: A guide to the 2017 event's films

CHAMPAIGN — Roger Ebert's Film Festival, opening Wednesday night at the Virginia Theatre, will show three documentaries — unusual, but "we're going through a documentary renaissance, and documentaries are mattering more and more."

John Frayne: Otherworldly performances from Jupiter Quartet, UI Symphony

The April 4 concert by the Jupiter String Quartet in the Foellinger Great Hall had three works with the theme of love in the background. Chamber music can be one of the more abstract forms of music. With only the tempo indication "allegro," the music can be left to express an unassigned emotion. But when we realize that "There was a woman in the case," it grabs our attention.

Club listings, April 13-20, 2017

THURSDAY, April 13

BAXTER'S AMERICAN GRILLE: The Live Jukebox Show (all requests with David Howie and Lou DiBello), 6 p.m.

CANOPY CLUB: Mielo, Elevated, LAZCAUX, Seppie, 9 p.m.

CLARK BAR: Katie Flynn, 6 p.m.; C-U Comedy's "The Open Mic," (all sign-ups in advance, jesse@cucomedy.com), 9 p.m.

Entertainment listings, April 13-20, 2017



What: Bring your basket and flashlight and join Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS to hunt for eggs filled with prizes. For ages 18 and older. Be on the lookout for the bronze, silver and gold eggs for a chance to win prize packages.

When: Register on-site, 7:15 to 8 p.m.; egg pursuit, 8:10 p.m. April 14.

Chuck Koplinski: Franchise has furious fun with 'Fate'

It's a long way from street racing on the mean streets of L.A. to saving the world James Bond-style, but that's the evolution the "Fast and Furious" franchise has taken, one that no one could have expected when the first film in the series debuted in 2001.