Here's what's happening on the TV/film scene

Party for 'Downton Abbey' fans

Fans of the PBS series "Downton Abbey" will be happy to know that WILL-TV will offer a free Season 5 Preview Party from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Dec. 7, 2014

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

I flunked college physics, and anything smaller than a BB is too small for me to understand. But here's James Crews, whose home is in St. Louis, "relatively" at ease with the smallest things we've been told are all around and in us.

God Particles

I could almost hear their soft collisions

Festive events will be held at Bunker Hill

DANVILLE — The Bunker Hill Historic Area at Kennekuk will be open for the holidays from 2 to 6 p.m. next Sunday.

Refreshments and treats will be available at the Neff Grocery Store, along with old-time recordings of holiday radio programs. Ted and Pat Cundiff will perform dulcimer music at the Red Oak School.

Ask 'Mimi' Dec. 7, 2014

Has "Life Itself," the documentary about Roger Ebert, received any awards yet?

Yes, and it's on the Academy Awards shortlist for best documentary. Another doc among the 15 shortlisted for the Oscar is "Citizen Koch," directed by Urbana native Carl Deal and his partner, Tia Lessin. The five finalists will be announced Jan. 15; the Oscars ceremony will be Feb. 22.

Writing shines in 'I'll Give You the Sun'

Jandy Nelson writes ecstatically — beautifully and truthfully — about first love in her young adult novel "I'll Give You the Sun" (Dial 2014), as she did in her first book, "The Sky is Everywhere."

Who lives here? Dec. 6, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or TV show and ask readers, "Who lives here?"

The first person to email wholiveshere@news-gazette.com with a character who resides in the featured home will get a shout-out in next week's section. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.

Krauss up for Grammy

Champaign native Alison Krauss has been nominated for a Grammy.


Krauss, who won her first Grammy in 1990, already has more Grammys — 28 — than anyone but the late Sir Georg Solti.

Review: 'Wintertime' will definitely make you laugh

By Tricia Stiller/For The News-Gazette

Entertainment listings, Dec. 4-11, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

John Frayne: Gift of the season: Christmas concerts

After the musical silence of the Thanksgiving break, this week will see a rush of holiday-themed concerts that will end the fall season in Champaign-Urbana.