AUDIO: President's marine band coming to Urbana

An elite military band's upcoming tour stop in Urbana means homecoming for a few of its members. Scott Beatty has more.

For more information on the concert, click here.

Chuck's Classics: "The Ox-Bow Incident"

Each week, N-G film reviewer Chuck Koplinski will pick a flick you should be sure to catch.

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead

From tackling the NFL draft in 'Draft Day' to jamming at the roller rink with the Twin City Derby Girls, staff writer Tim Mitchell's recommendations for the week ahead:


It's personal

Last summer, while packing to move into my new house, I unearthed a box of forgotten letters I had saved from my college years.

The majority of the letters were from my grandmother, who passed away several years ago. I cherish her little cards and letters, with her distinctive handwriting and the way she inserted a sideways "ha!" above the sentence break after a humorous anecdote.

Here's what's happening on the dance/theater scene

Lineup for Dance Film Festival unveiled

The University of Illinois Department of Dance and the Art Theater Co-op and Dance Partners will present a Dance Film Festival to be presented over three consecutive Tuesdays, beginning this week.

All of the partners in the new collaboration predict the festival, featuring a dozen features and shorts — will become an annual event.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Aug. 31, 2014

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

Faith Shearin's poetry is conversational while moving gracefully and almost effortlessly toward conclusions that really have some punch to them. This one is a good example of that. Shearin lives in Maryland.

Music at My Mother's Funeral

During the weeks when we all believed my mother

was likely to die she began to plan

Barry offers more laughs in latest book

I love funny books and write about them quite often, from Jim Gaffigan's "Dad is Fat" to Ellen Degeneres' "Seriously ... I'm Kidding." But I'm not sure any humorous book has had me laughing until tears were running down my face like Dave Barry's most recent work, "You Can Date Boys When You're Forty."

Studio Visit: Rebecca Rego

The singer-songwriter and leader of Rebecca Rego and the Trainmen recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

What brought you to Champaign from Chicago?

C-U Haiku, Aug. 31, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

August cicadas

buzz the smooth green pumpkins

to man up and turn orange

— Rosemary Laughlin, Urbana

Here's what's happening on the music scene

Not your typical harp performance

Harpist Ann McLaughlin will present at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Parkland College Theatre a solo harp show in which she will interweave live harp, percussion and vocals with animated videos and theatrical lighting.