Richard J. Leskosky: Driving home a point

Animation has a long history — good and bad

Anything is possible in an animated film. Animals can talk. Magic works. Dinosaurs can visit contemporary New York City. Robots can fall in love. Some things, though, are a bit harder to accept (suspend our disbelief for) than others. Take vehicles that behave like humans, for example.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Aug. 17, 2014

The ancient Chinese poets used to say that at some point in each poem the poet ought to lift his (or her) eyes, ought to look beyond the surface of the present into something deeper and more meaningful.

Here is just such a poem by Linda M. Hasselstrom, who lives in South Dakota.

Planting Peas

It's not spring yet, but I can't

wait anymore. I get the hoe,

Ask 'Mimi' Aug. 17, 2014

From an online archive of history to Urbana's acoustic open-mic, Melissa "Mimi" Merli has you covered.

Where can I access The HistoryMakers archives?

Gunn is going somewhere, but he isn't moving

URBANA — Nathan Gunn will start an artist-in-residence position next month at Notre Dame. That doesn't mean he won't be at Illinois any more.

The acclaimed baritone was at his Krannert Center for Performing Arts office on Friday, preparing for the start of the school year as general director of Lyric Theatre @ Illinois.

Who lives here? Aug. 16, 2014

It's time for a game of ... WHO LIVES HERE?

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 person who resides in the featured house will get a shout-out in next week's section. 

Chuck Koplinski: 'Boyhood' a subtle, powerful meditation on life

For a bonus review from Chuck Koplinski, check out his blog here:

Film capsules, Aug. 14, 2014

Summaries and mini-reviews of movies playing now, from e3 magazine:

Taste of Champaign-Urbana: It's not just about the food

After 30 years of making art, Annatjie Els is doing her first art fair, the Taste of Champaign-Urbana.

The Champaign woman trained as a lawyer in her native South Africa but took an Urbana Park District watercolor class about 30 years ago.

The artist is now making the leap to showing and selling her own watercolors.

Music Q&A: Cole Rabenort of the Fights

This week, Paul Wood chats with Cole Rabenort of the Fights, which also includes Clayton Deering, Nicholas Stine, David Pride and Joe Gerard. They've just released "Off Your Horse" on Parasol Records

Tell us about "Off Your Horse," your first full-length album.

Clubs listings, Aug. 14-21, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.


BLACK BEAR INN, Danville: Karaoke with Route 66, 9 p.m.