Kid Rock playing Champaign today

CHAMPAIGN — Jimmy John Liautaud’s “rock star employees” are being treated to a concert featuring a real-life rock star.

The sandwich giant lured five-time Grammy nominee Kid Rock and upstate New York funk/hip-hop band Sophistafunk to Champaign for a private show today at The Accord downtown.

Final encore at the Red Lion Inn

CHAMPAIGN — Back when downtown Champaign was deserted at night, campus bars were the place to hear live music in the 1960s and '70s.

And the Red Lion Inn was, appropriately enough, the king.

Chuck Koplinski: 'Deepwater Horizon' too close for comfort

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon, a semi-submersible offshore oil drilling rig, suffered a catastrophic disaster.

Dierks Bentley to play State Farm Center

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Country star Dierks Bentley will be the first big act to perform in the renovated State Farm Center.

Dick Van Dyke slept here

FAIRMOUNT — It wasn’t the daily wine tastings, the spacious suites or the rustic setting that Sleepy Creek Vineyards’ out-of-state guests enjoyed most about their three-night stay last week.

No, the highlight of Dick Van Dyke and wife Arlene’s visit to Vermilion County was Hobie, the winery’s brown Maine coon house cat.

LIVE: Dick Van Dyke's homecoming

DANVILLE — Dick Van Dyke rolled up to his alma matter in Danville on Thursday in a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car, singing and smiling his big grin as Danville High School students serenaded him with theme music from the movie.

“God I’m 17 again,” said Van Dyke as he walked onto the stage in the Danville High School auditorium that was named for him in 2010.

UPDATED: Dick Van Dyke returning to Danville

Updated 8:23 p.m. Friday

DANVILLE — It's official: Dick Van Dyke is coming home again.

Spell your way to victory in 'Letter Quest'

If you’ve ever whiled away the hours playing word games like “Boggle,” “Scrabble,” “Bookworm” or “Words With Friends,” I’ve got another game for you: “Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered.”

To put it simply, it’s Scrabble meets turn-based RPG-style battles and now available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, as well as Android, iPhone, PC and Mac (through Steam), and Xbox One.

Ebertfest panel lineup set

CHAMPAIGN — Diversity matters at Ebertfest even in the composition of the morning academic panel discussions, festival director Nate Kohn said.

“An eclectic mixture of filmmakers, critics and academics ensures lively and substantive conversations that engage and provoke,” he said.

Cheap Trick, Styx to play Grange Grove

Rockers Cheap Trick and Styx will perform at Grange Grove outside Memorial Stadium on June 17.

Tickets go on sale April 15 for $50 and $37 and available on the day of the show for $56 and $43. 

Cheap Trick is part of the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class. The induction ceremony takes place tonight in Brooklyn.