Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Agatha Christie meets 'Scooby-Doo' in Parkland's new play

CHAMPAIGN — Sure, there are murders, but there's nothing serious about "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940."

The play by John Bishop is directed by Mathew Green and opens tonight at Parkland College's theater.

The play is based on several 1940s mystery movies, not to mention newer comedies like "Clue."

Starting with the musical and the murders:

Entertainment listings, Nov. 8-15, 2018


This weekend


What: Featuring the work of Craft League of Champaign-Urbana's artists exhibiting new, original works in basketry, ceramics, fiber, fiber/batik, glass, jewelry, painting/printmaking, photography and woodworking.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11.

Nightlife listings, Nov. 8-15, 2018

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


CANOPY CLUB: Chris Lake, 9 p.m.

CLARK BAR: Shawn Farbman and Jenny Carpenter of Love Sign, 6 p.m.; C-U Comedy's "The Open Mic," (stand up comedy show; all signups in advance,, 9 p.m.

GOLDY'S BAR AND GRILL: Free N' Fun Bar Bingo, 6 p.m.

Roseanne Cash excited to play Virginia after release of 15th album

CHAMPAIGN — Just days after her new album came out, Rosanne Cash is pumped about playing tonight at the Virginia.

Her 15th studio release is "She Remembers Everything," and Cash does, whether it's sharing a stage with her father, writing several books or being a mother of five.

Returning to C-U: Country star and his 'No Shoes Nation'

Country superstar Kenny Chesney announced the first set of dates for his 2019 "Songs For The Saints" Tour, and State Farm Center tops the list. While no date has been set yet, we asked The News-Gazette's J.J. Lockwood for three reasons you can't miss this concert:

Weekend Box Office | Queen biopic makes the rockin' world go round

NEW YORK — The Freddie Mercury biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" and 20th Century Fox are — for now, at least — champions of the world.

Jeffrey Eric Jenkins/review | Absurdity, realism clash to provoke laughs in 'Hir'


"Words matter."

It is a simple but eloquent phrase that arose in conversation with a friend a few hours before the opening night performance of "Hir" by Taylor Mac. As the inspired lunacy of Mac's play unfolded Thursday night at the Station Theatre, the matter of words haunted the air.

Patricia Hruby Powell | Loyalty, love prevail in funny story

Ronney, 15, takes care of his little sister, Mina. He repairs the damaged wall, reseals the driveway and has the carpet changed because it's soaked in blood. Why?

His depressed father rarely gets out of his bedroom or even his pajamas, since he lost his job, and attempted suicide.

Rich Warren | TV services have never been more complicated

Remember my barber? He's the intelligent, college-educated guy who's been cutting hair for more than 50 years.

As befits a barber, he's pretty well-versed on just about everything. Even though we're of different political persuasions, I'd vote for him for governor.

Lauren Chambers | 'Hazel Wood' will keep you guessing


Magic and reality come crashing together around one girl and her family in author Melissa Albert's debut novel, "The Hazel Wood."

Alice has a very unusual life. Alice's grandmother, Althea, is the famous author of the hard-to-find fairy tale book, "Tales from the Hinterland," which has a voracious fan following.