Notes-Worthy: Patrick Campbell

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with Patrick Campbell of Jury's Out, set to perform at this weekend's Sangamon River Music Festival in Mahomet, which he calls "absolutely one the best festivals around here." Here's more:

Jury's Out has been a live band for how many years now? And what do you attribute your success to?

Entertainment listings, Aug. 24-31, 2017


This weekend


Frank's Faves: Elephant movies

'Dear, haven't you forgotten something?'
'Nonsense, Winifred, old girl. An elephant never forgets.' — 'The Jungle Book' (1967)

Oops, I missed it.

World Lion Day, that is.

It was a couple weeks ago. On that particular Thursday, I was going on about roofers and rooftop movies while the rest of the civilized world was celebrating the king of beasts.

Playing Critic: Raising funds takes all the fun out of 'Vostok Inc.'

Remember the '80s?

I'm certain the creators of "Vostok Inc." do.

Graphically, it's like the game was thrown together on "MS Paint," and it uses the limited color palette characteristic of ancient EGA-capable computers, including a lot of pink.

Twin City's 'Billy Elliott': Dancing with the (Broadway) star

CHAMPAIGN — Hoping to find a lead to play the title role in the musical "Billy Elliot," Twin City Squared hosted a Billy Elliot dance camp earlier this year.

Ten youths attended. But the role of Billy went to someone who had not gone to the camp but showed up later at auditions: Tanner Carlson-Huber, a 12-year-old from Normal who has studied dance since he was 3.

Submissions sought for 2017 New Art Film Festival

CHAMPAIGN — The New Art Film Festival will accept submissions through Sept. 15 for its eighth annual film program, set for Oct. 29 at the Art Theater in Champaign.

Rich Warren: 'Good enough' becoming the norm

In the pre-internet, mostly pre-digital, era, a small but significant group of people quested for quality. They kept high-end audio salons and high-end camera shops booming. While both audio aficionados and photography purists remain, their dwindling numbers point to the direction of technology and society. In most cases, "good enough" now guides us.

Ask 'Mimi,' Aug. 20, 2017

What will Kathleen Harleman do after she retires?

The director of Krannert Art Museum for the past 13 years and former acting dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts will move to Philadelphia; she will retire Aug. 31. She has no plans as of yet, but I'm sure she will see a lot of art.

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

Eclipse activities

If you can't travel Monday to the solar eclipse path of totality in southern Illinois, you can watch the rare phenomenon mid-day at various sites, among them the Champaign Public Library, which will throw a viewing party from noon to 2 p.m., featuring live, otherworldly music from Barry Morse's Etherphonic Theremin Ensemble.

Richard J. Leskosky: A behind-the-scenes look at 'The Wizard of Oz'

When five directors work on the same film and the script goes through more than a dozen writers, the result generally doesn't turn out well. The News-Gazette Film Series, however, displays a stellar exception to that generalization, "The Wizard of Oz," at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.