Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Rosemary Laughlin/review | Station's 'Aliens' entirely down to earth


Do not let the title of the Station Theatre's new play — "Aliens — suggest it to be about outer-space arrivals. It's about 30-year-old American males who never "got on" with their dreams or possibilities beyond working in a small-town Vermont coffee shop.

Weekend Box Office | 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' creates buzz

NEW YORK — Despite its heroes' diminutive size, "Ant-Man and the Wasp" opened with typical Marvel might at the box office, with an estimated $76 million in ticket sales.

According to studio estimates Sunday, the "Ant-Man" sequel easily surpassed the $57 million debut of the 2015 original in North America.

Frank's Weekend Faves, July 8, 2018

For as long I've lived in these parts, the Iron Post in Urbana has been a community institution for live local jazz. But if you're like me, and it's been too long since you've seen that for yourself, word is, the Post is hosting a couple of excellent reasons to get reacquainted this week.

Esther Rose will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Rich Warren | As reviewers and entertainment options multiply, costs increase

Readers frequently ask for reviews of various products ranging from TV sets to smartphones. In the pre-internet days, a reviewer for a major newspaper could request evaluation samples. I was on a first-name basis with the UPS driver with boxes coming and going daily.

Who lives here? July 7, 2018

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides there to, and we'll give a winner a shout-out on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.

Signing tour announced for C-U at Home founder's new book

CHAMPAIGN — Melany Jackson, the founder and former head of C-U at Home, will make local four stops on a signing tour for her new book, "More than Enough: Miraculous Provision Revealed through C-U at Home for Our Friends Without an Address."

Paperback copies of the book will be available, and it is also available on Kindle through

Steam-threshing show set Aug. 3-4 at Illinois Amish Heritage Center

ARTHUR — A steam-threshing show will be held Aug. 3-4 at the new Illinois Amish Heritage Center on Illinois 133, 3 miles east of Arthur.

Event hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 3 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4.

Station Theatre's 'Aliens' is 'a perfect slice of reality'

URBANA — "The Aliens" is all about very human behavior.

Opening at the Station Theatre tonight, Annie Baker's play was described by The New York Times as "A gentle and extraordinarily beautiful new play."

The cast includes Tommy Howie, Robert Bradley and Jake Fava.

Nightlife listings, July 5-12, 2018

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


BOOMERANGS BAR AND GRILL: Jordan and Jill (Acoustic Happy Hour), 6 p.m.

CLARK BAR: Just Peachy, 6 p.m.; C-U Comedy's "The Open Mic," (stand up comedy show; all signups in advance,, 9 p.m.

Entertainment listings, July 5-12, 2018


This weekend


What: Block party fun. Inflatables, face painting, lawn games, live performances including CUperStars, interactive music by DJ Fireproof and many more activities.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. July 6.

Where: Johnston Park, Champaign.

Cost: Free.