Frank's Faves: Beatles vs. Stones

Beatles or Stones? Who's the greatest rock 'n' roll band of all time?

I recently read an interview in Esquire magazine with legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, in which he is quoted as calling The Beatles' groundbreaking "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album a "mishmash of rubbish."

Chuck Koplinski: No crying 'U.N.C.L.E.' in this one

I doubt that there was ever a great clamor for a big-screen adaptation of the 1960s Cold War television series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." and the fact that it's been in development for over a decade shows just how bankrupt Hollywood is where original ideas are concerned. Anything with any sort of name recognition is a viable option these days (Did you hear that a PEZ movie is in development?

Entertainment listings, Aug. 13-20, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events in and around the area

Lincoln scene

MONTICELLO — The Allerton Park & Retreat Center is taking registration for its Experiencing Lincoln seminar, coming up Oct. 11-13 at the park.

The participants will attend lectures and participate in conversations with experts as well as enjoy hands-on opportunities to interpret the landscape that helped shape the man Abraham Lincoln became.

The Future Five, Aug. 10, 2015


Chuck's Classics: "Gunga Din" (1939)

You'd be hard-pressed to find a film more fun than this rollicking adventure from director George Stevens. Loosely based on the poem by Rudyard Kipling, the story revolves around three British officers (Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Victor McLaglen) stationed in India who abandon their post to search for a mythical lost treasure.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Aug. 9, 2015

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

Any new book from Robert Morgan, be it poetry or prose, is a delightful event, and "Dark Energy," recently published by Penguin, has lots of wonderful poems. Here's a portrait that I especially like. Morgan lives in New York.

Heaven's Gate

In her nineties and afraid

of weather and of falling if

C-U haiku, Aug. 9, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

green leaf reddens

in the setting sun—

autumn is coming

— Alex Noddings, Urbana

Alice B. McGinty: Marveling at children's-book award-winners

I'm writing this from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrator's International Conference in Los Angeles, where many renowned authors have been speaking and the society's Golden Kite awards were presented.

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

Psyched about 'Third Man'