An excellent anthology to pick up

"All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color" is a wonderfully written collection of short stories from the University of Wisconsin Press.

Each author is a female, award-winning writer who is either African, African American, Asian, Asian American, Native American, Latina or Caribbean.

Ask 'Mimi,' May 17, 2015

What's the latest on playwright Gabrielle Reisman?

Reisman, who grew up in Urbana, will take one of her plays to the 2015 Theatre Lab at the Sundance Resort in Utah. The lab, July 6-26, is one of 24 the institute hosts each year for independent artists in theater, film, new media and episodic content.

Who lives here? May 16, 2015

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?"

Weekend planner: Party in the (upgraded) park

Kids and adults who play at Douglass Park will have their outdoor fun ramped up several notches. The Champaign Park District updated the park, adding a splash pad, a fitness trail, new playground and other features. The district will celebrate with a "Grand Re-opening" from 2 to 4 p.m. today — National Kids to Parks Day — at the park, 512 E.

Postcard from Cannes: Education, diplomats and a red carpet

Local car dealer, avid blogger and Shatterglass Films executive producer Jen Shelby is attending the 68th Cannes Film Festival for the first time. She'll check in periodically from France, where the streets are narrow and the stars are gathered.

PODCAST: Club Krannert - Bridget Lee Calfas 5-14-15

PODCAST: Club Krannert - Bridget Lee Calfas 5-14-15: Play now!

Brian Moline talks with Bridget about the performances coming up in the 2015-16 season.


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Notes-Worthy: Aaron C. Smith

CU Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with Champaign's Aaron C. Smith, a longtime C-U music fan:

What was your favorite show, band or musician in C-U back in the day?

Chuck Koplinski: Daring 'D Train' well worth the ride

During its first weekend in release, Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul's "The D Train" made $447,524 at 1,009 locations. That breaks down to $444 per screen. This is no surprise as the film contains no superheroes or aliens and deals with flawed characters wrestling with genuine emotional issues.

Postcard from Cannes: Jen Shelby checks in

Local car dealer, avid blogger and Shatterglass Films executive producer Jen Shelby is attending the Cannes Film Festival for the first time.

Clubs listings, May 14-21, 2015

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


A PLUS VIP LOUNGE: Dragon Karaoke by Paul Faber, 7 p.m.