John Frayne | Sweet suite concert ends Sinfonia's season in style

The season-ending concert by the Sinfonia da Camera, conducted by Ian Hobson, had the eye-catching title "A Sweet Ending." Indeed, two of the longer works were suites from famous works, one using ballet music from Sergei Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet," and the other a suite from Richard Strauss' most popular opera, "Der Rosenkavalier." Also on the program was a work by UI Professor Stephen Tayl

Notes-Worthy: Best musical moment of summer 2017

Terry Brown asked on C.U. Bands and Fans' Facebook page: Musicians, what was your best moment of music in summer of 2017?

Illusionists 'have a lot of surprises in store' for State Farm Center show

KEVIN JAMES leads The Illusionists, who invade State Farm Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The five showmen "enact mind-bending acts of magic and illusion." The production is a mix of grand illusion, levitation, mind-reading, disappearance and a full-view water escape.

Frank's Faves: Current TV series

"We owe a lot to Thomas Edison — if it wasn't for him, we'd be watching television by candlelight." — Milton Berle

Nightlife listings, May 10-17, 2018

Bands, comedians, trivia, DJs and more. Here's your guide to a night on the town.


BAXTER'S AMERICAN GRILLE: Mank n' Sass, 6 p.m.

CLARK BAR: Tom Brewer, Bob Watson, & Matt Stewart, 6 p.m.; C-U Comedy's "The Open Mic," (stand up comedy show; all signups in advance, jesse@cucomedy.com), 9 p.m.

COWBOY MONKEY: DJ Shane Canfield, 9 p.m.

Chuck Koplinski | Stars keep 'Overboard' afloat

There's really no reason for Rob Greenberg's "Overboard" to exist.

The 1987 original with Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn is a perfectly serviceable light comedy that's readily available on streaming services and has become a cornerstone of the TBS movie canon.

Central Jazz Ensemble off to New York for national competition

Junior Patrick Duncker will use our Snapchat account to go behind the scenes on Thursday at the 23rd annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival in New York. FOLLOW ALONG HERE.


Rich Warren | Today's TVs are loaded with settings

Greetings from the land of 1,001 settings. Back in the electronic Pleistocene era, TVs came with two knobs: volume and channel. Stereo amplifiers bristled with five knobs: volume, source selector, balance, bass and treble. The latter two did more harm than good.

Frank's Weekend Faves, May 6, 2018

Hey, good lookin'! Got a hankering for some lovesick blues — and maybe the plaintive twang of a steel guitar?

Travel/Kentucky | A mammoth adventure


On an overcast day, with a steady drizzle enveloping the landscape, we gathered around Ranger Greg beneath our designated shelter while he went over the perfunctory below-ground rules, so to speak.