Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

State Farm Center books country star for September show

CHAMPAIGN — Country star Kip Moore will headline a show Sept. 15 at State Farm Center with guest artists Drake White and The Big Fire.

Chuck's classics: The Wolf Man

The last of the great Universal Monsters made its debut — a decade after the cycle began — with "The Wolf Man," a film the studio put an A-list budget behind, hoping to revive the genre they helped to create. Lon Chaney Jr. stars as Lawrence Talbot, a European expatriate who returns from the States to reunite with his estranged father, Sir John (Claude Raines).

'Apes' roars past 'Spider-Man' at box office

NEW YORK — Monkey business still pays. "War for the Planet of the Apes" took down "Spider-Man: Homecoming" at the North American box office, opening with an estimated $56.5 million in ticket sales.

Director sees Vietnam series as vaccination to war

HANOVER, N.H. — Filmmaker Ken Burns views the Vietnam War as a virus that infected Americans with an array of chronic illnesses — alienation, a lack of civil discourse, mistrust of government and each other. And he hopes his new documentary can be part of a cure.

Studio Visit: Bryan Jenkins

Bryan Jenkins, 23, of Westville is a performer. He also works as a barista at Cafe 13 in Danville and is studying communications online via Franklin University. He has a lead role in the musical "Disaster!" presented through Aug. 6 by the Beef House Dinner Theatre at the restaurant in Covington, Ind.

When did you start performing?

Ask 'Mimi,' July 16, 2017

Are there renovations this summer at the two Krannerts?

At Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois Facilities & Services is replacing 14 sections of limestone exterior to which railings are attached, as well as the railings, for safety reasons, said Bridget Lee-Calfas, Krannert's publicity and marketing director. A crane had to be used.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Plenty of action at the Post

Bloomington-born pianist John Campbell performs from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at The Iron Post with Richard Drexler on bass and Joel Spencer, drums. After attending Illinois State, Campbell moved to Chicago, then to New York in the '80s. Late that decade, he was pianist for Mel Torme.

Rich Warren: Don't fret over landline decision

Some readers beseech our representatives to relegalize POTS. We're not talking Colorado here. POTS, a long-standing acronym for Plain Old Telephone Service, even is used by telecommunications engineers.

Richard J. Leskosky: View 'Gold Rush' and claim some laughs

You can take your mind off July's heat by taking in a classic comedy set in the frozen north when The News-Gazette Film Series screens Charlie Chaplin's 1925 masterpiece "The Gold Rush" at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

Blues legend bringing trio to UI Research Park

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is once again teaming up with Fox/Atkins Development and the University of Illinois to host Outside at the Research Park, a free show starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The opening act will be Mank N Sass, featuring acoustic funk and blues. The main act, the Elvin Bishop Big Fun Trio, will take the stage around 7:30 p.m.