Documentary filmmaker to show work, speak at Spurlock

URBANA — The award-winning documentary filmmaker and broadcast journalist Irv Drasnin will give a talk titled "The Reporter and Revolution" at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U.

Drasnin will talk about the different roles and expectations of the documentary filmmaker in China and in the United States. He first began filming in China in 1973.

Ask 'Mimi' April 6, 2014

From Johnny Cash albums you might not have heard of to a music festival you might not have heard of, Melissa "Mimi" Merli has the answers.

With the Country Music Awards handed out tonight (7 p.m., CBS), we wondered who your favorite country musician is?

Well, mine won't be there. It's Johnny Cash.

Statue will make it to Ebertfest

CHAMPAIGN — A 3-D image of Roger Ebert will greet people at his 16th annual film festival later this month in Champaign.

Donna and Scott Anderson will unveil the lifesize bronze sculpture of the famed critic at noon April 24 — the second day of Ebertfest — outside the Virginia Theatre, where the event takes place, Scott Anderson confirmed.

Melissa Merli's weekend update: Petals & Paintings

Florist Rick Orr has guest-curated "Petals & Paintings" at Krannert Art Museum for 22 years. Even after all that time he remains surprised by the out-of-the-box floral designs that the florists contribute to the exhibit — one of the museum's most popular — taking place this weekend.

Bait expectations: Opening of rainbow trout season may draw a crowd

Another sure sign it's spring in Illinois: rainbows.

A rite of the season for more than 40 years, Illinois natural resources officials stocked 47 designated ponds, lakes and creeks across the state last month with more than 60,000 Missouri-raised rainbow trout in preparation for today's 5 a.m. opening of its spring catchable trout program.

Who lives here? April 5, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie and ask readers, "Who lives here?" The first person to email wholiveshere@news-gazette.com with the name of a silver screen character who resides in the featured house will get a shout-out in next week's section. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence in your submission.

REVIEW: 'O Beautiful' an ingenious satire

By Tricia Stiller

It was a unique and unexpected prologue that greeted us Thursday night as we arrived at the Krannert Center Studio Theatre for the opening of Theresa Rebeck's edgy social commentary, "O Beautiful." The state-of-the-art venue was celebrating its 45th year, and the lobby was filled to near capacity with people from every time and place in life.

Direct from the conductor

The University of Illinois School of Music this week announced the hiring of choral conductor Andrew Megill.

Megill leads several notable vocal ensembles, including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Carmel Bach Festival Chorale and Fuma Sacra, a chamber choir specializing in early music.

John Frayne: Kronos Quartet was a treat for the senses

The Kronos Quartet is a study in contrasts. Playing in a darkened Tryon Festival Theater, this quartet is unusual in bringing along an audio engineer and a lighting supervisor. Hence, their performances involve sight as well as sound, and frequently have a highly theatrical dimension.

Entertainment listings, April 3-10, 2014

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

Special events

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