Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Ebertfest Extra | 'Selena' director was there when Eberts needed him most

CHAMPAIGN — A bittersweet movie, a bittersweet moment.

When Chaz Ebert introduced Gregory Nava, writer and director of the movie "Selena," she told the Ebertfest audience about Nava himself.

Nava "was at the hospital bed when Roger transitioned, and ended up staying" to help out, she said Thursday.

UI Wind Symphony, Chamber Singers 'Gathering' to mark UI's 150th

URBANA — "Gathering," a cantata that puts a lot of Illinois into its 20 minutes (the entire concert is about two hours) comes to Krannert on Saturday.

That's fitting, because it marks the Sesquicentennial of the University of Illinois and showcases the work of UI musicians and a literary heavyweight who has studied and taught here, Richard Powers.

Ebertfest Day 1 | Chaz Ebert drops Truth bomb at opening reception

CHAMPAIGN — The first lady of Roger Ebert's Film Festival was late getting to town Wednesday, flying in too late from Los Angeles for a scheduled morning radio appearance, but Chaz Ebert wasn't about to miss the opening of the 20th annual film festival inspired by and named for her late husband.

Studiodance II putting UI students' work on display

URBANA — It's the students' turn to dance.

Associate Professor Kirstie Simson said Studiodance II, which runs tonight through Saturday at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, is an opportunity to see the future of dance and choreography.

"In my mind it's always a special concert as it is students' work, and usually highly creative," Simson said,

Nightlife listings, April 19-26, 2018

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

THURSDAY, April 19


BLACKBIRD URBANA: Bones Jugs (Live Music Thursdays), 9 p.m.

CANOPY CLUB: DJ Pauly D, 9 p.m.

Chuck Koplinski | Schumer steals show, but 'Pretty' is its own worst enemy

The intention behind Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein's "I Feel Pretty" can't be faulted. The film couldn't be more timely, as it's a broadside against media representations of unrealistic physical perfection and the effect it has on women's self-image.

Long-time reviewer, festival devotee shares Ebert's love of ignored films

CHAMPAIGN — Claudia Puig is a film festival junkie, attending about 10 a year, moderating panels and leading Q&As; for the past two years, she has programmed the Mendocino Film Festival.

Previously, she'd never been to Ebertfest, though she treasures a memory of Roger Ebert calling her about the shared love for a Vietnamese movie.

Frank's Faves: Unseen movie characters

"And now, here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."— Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Entertainment listings, April 19-26, 2018

EVENTSThis weekend


What: Amish handcrafted quilts, competition, exhibit and auction quilts, quilt vendors with materials and supplies. Quilts are displayed every day. Quilt auction on Saturday. Quilt classes, quilt/needlecraft and other vendors at the show itself and other displays downtown in the Gazebo Annex.

Danville barbershop chorus sets spring concert April 28

DANVILLE — The Danville Barbershop Chorus will present its spring concert, "Broadway, Pop & Barbershop," on April 28 at St. James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion St.

Shows are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children under five are free.