Frank's Faves: Cold movies

"I don't care what they're going to say. Let the storm rage on. The cold never bothered me anyway ..." — Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel) in "Frozen" (2013)

I had only been writing this column a couple of weeks when I last used the words "cold" and "fave" in the same sentence (http://www.news-gazette.com/arts-entertainment/local/2015-01-15/franks-f...).

TV veteran at helm for Sound of Music Studio's 'Into the Woods'

CHAMPAIGN — In today's premiere of the 51 Main production of "Into The Woods," an actor and opera singer has a new role: director.

George Pendill is a veteran of the University of Illinois graduate opera program. But he's best-known for his TV work. Pendill is returning to his fourth season on CBS' "Madam Secretary," as the chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff.

Music on Main: Guitarist Branson Ravanh

Branson Ravanh, 16, of Champaign, who plays in After Curfew, put his ax, aptly named Jimi, to work Tuesday, Jan.

On Virginia stage or Twitter, Poundstone's happiness is evident

"Although I quit drinking years ago, I still love Champaign," comedian Paula Poundstone says — and a day later tweets. It seems she's a Twitter addict.

When we interviewed her on a cold day here just before her trip to the Virginia on Friday, she was getting somewhat heated about the Southwest, where she was phoning from.

John Frayne: Krannert's spring season will go out with a bang

After spring break, the University of Illinois' quartet in residence, the Jupiter String Quartet, will give its final concert of this season on April 5 in the Foellinger Great Hall. The program offers Dimitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 11-18, 2018


This weekend


What: Heralded as one of our country's foremost comics. Presented by Exceptional Artists in partnership with Champaign Park District.

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $49.50-$58.50. Additional $5 per-ticket service charges apply (online only).

Nightlife listings, Jan. 11-18, 2018



BLACKBIRD URBANA: The Surreal Deal (Live Music Thursdays), 9 p.m.

CLARK BAR: Katie Flynn, 6 p.m.; C-U Comedy's "The Open Mic," (stand up comedy show; all signups in advance, jesse@cucomedy.com), 9 p.m.

MEMPHIS ON MAIN: Karaoke Night, 9 p.m.

PO' BOYS RESTAURANT: Kilborn Alley Blues Band, 7:30 p.m.

Chuck Koplinski: Spielberg's 'The Post' a timely tale of power of press

The timing couldn't be better for the release of Steven Spielberg's "The Post," and the director is well aware of its importance.

Music on Main: Branson Ravanh (w/ video)

Though he's only 16, BRANSON RAVANH of Champaign, guitarist in After Curfew, knows his classic rock. Staff writer Paul Wood asked him a few questions before he filled our lobby with a Hendrix-like take on 'The Star-Spangeld Banner' on Tuesday.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Jan. 7, 2018

Baby, it's cold outside! Which makes this the perfect time of year for entertaining indoors. And I can't think of a better local venue for indoor entertainment than Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.

When you talk about the perfect blend of acoustics and aesthetics, you're talking Krannert, but that's not the only reason it's my favorite January venue.