Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Station's 'Silent Sky' examines life of pioneering female astronomer

A true story of a pioneering female scientist opens at the Station Theatre tonight.

The Celebration Company presents "Silent Sky," written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by enterprising University of Illinois student Katie Burke.

John Frayne: A ringing endorsement for violinist Bell

Before a packed house Feb. 1 in Foellinger Great Hall, Joshua Bell once more displayed the superlative interpretive skills that make him one of the most famous violinists before the public.

Nightlife listings, Feb. 15-22, 2018

THURSDAY, Feb. 15

BAXTER'S AMERICAN GRILLE: Jaik Willis, 6 p.m.

BLACKBIRD URBANA: El Guapo (Live Music Thursdays), 9 p.m.

BOOMERANGS BAR AND GRILL: CU Bands and Fans Original Artist Night (A night to feature original artists and their music), 7 p.m.

CANOPY CLUB: Boogie T & Squnto Strike Back: Urbana with Boarcrok, 9 p.m.

Piano-composition competition winners unveil 'risk-taking music' tonight

"Mumbo Jumbo" is the title of the musical composition that won this year's 21st Century Piano Composition Competition, but otherwise, there's little you can know in advance — it's meant to be heard by an audience for the first time at a free concert tonight at the Krannert Center. Staff writer Paul Wood talked with composer M.O.

Chuck Koplinski: Narrative of 'Black Panther' not as groundbreaking as film itself

Much has already been written and will be written about what a game-changer Ryan Coogler's "Black Panther" is, not simply where superhero movies are concerned but also Hollywood films in general.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 15-22, 2018

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This weekend

RED HERRING GOLDEN (50TH) BIRTHDAY PARTY

Frank's Faves: Movies set in or about Korea

"Well, I never been to Pyeongchang, but I been to Oklahoma ... " — paraphrase of "Never Been To Spain" (with apologies to Hoyt Axton and Three Dog Night)

As the Winter Olympic Games enter their second week in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the whole world seems to be holding its breath.

'Fifty Shades Freed' commands $38.8 million at box office

LOS ANGELES — Newcomers like "Fifty Shades Freed," "Peter Rabbit" and "The 15:17 to Paris" breathed some fresh life into a marketplace that has for weeks been dominated by "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," ''The Greatest Showman" and various Oscar contenders. But it's all just setting the stage for "Black Panther," which opens next week.

Richard J. Leskosky: UI grad returning to campus to show off work

Independent filmmaker David Franklin, a 1992 University of Illinois graduate and the winner of two Emmys, will be appearing with his award-winning first feature film, "As Far as the Eye Can See," at 7 p.m. Tuesday on campus at 124 Burrill Hall. The event is sponsored by the Campus Honors Program in cooperation with the Department of Media and Cinema Studies and is open to the public.