Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Taste of New Orleans

Ask 'Mimi' Sept. 14, 2014

How did the Lyle Lovett and His Large Band (pictured above) show go at the Virginia Theatre?

Fantastic! It felt special to the audience, and Champaign native/bassist Viktor Krauss, who has been a Large Band member since 1994, told me later by email that it felt special to him as well.

Here's what's happening on the theater scene

7 shows on schedule

The Celebration Company at the Station Theatre will present seven shows during its 2014-'15 season, its 43rd, starting with "A Kid Like Jake" by Daniel Pearle on Oct. 2.

'Plight of Monarch' to be shown in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — The East Central Illinois Master Naturalists and University of Illinois Extension will host a free screening of "Plight of the Monarch" at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the auditorium at 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C.

Who lives here? Sept. 13, 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 person who resides in the featured home will get a shout-out in next week's section.

Organist to revive Wurlitzer's golden age tonight

CHAMPAIGN — Organist Mark Gifford will perform on the Virginia Theatre's Wurlitzer pipe organ at 7 tonight as he improvises accompaniment to a silent film — Buster Keaton's "One Week."

Gifford also will perform music from the golden age of the theater organ as well as sing-alongs, with the Virginia's historic glass slides of lyrics so the audience can follow along.

'Longevity pays off' for honored bluesman

CHAMPAIGN — The day after he discovered he is the winner of the 2014 ACE Award for lifetime achievement, Gerald "Candy" Foster joked "longevity pays off."

Phases by the numbers

A by-the-numbers look at the Phases of the Moon Music and Art Festival, which runs all weekend at Kennekuk County Park:


Bands scheduled to perform today on four different stages. The music begins at 10 a.m. with the Harmelaighs, a three-piece folk group out of Nashville, and continues non-stop until Kung Fu and Mingo Fish Trap wrap up at 4 a.m. Saturday.

Chuck Koplinski: 'Drop' fails to rise above its own shortcomings

Michael Roskam's "The Drop" is a movie I wanted to like more than I did.

I kept looking among the many positive things in the film for just one more great moment to take me by surprise, one more clever turn of the narrative screw to push me to the edge of my seat, one moresomething.

Music Q&A: Warren Haynes

This week Paul Wood chats with guitarist and singer Warren Haynes.