Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Ebert's co-host, friend as excited as ever to attend film festival

You'll be seeing a lot of Richard Roeper at the 2019 Roger Ebert Film Festival.

The Sun-Times critic, TV and radio star was close friends with Ebert and his co-host on their TV review show for nearly a decade.

This year, his Virginia Theatre appearances are not formal, but he'll be sharing the stage with festival producer and host Chaz Ebert for at least a couple of the movies.

Tricia Stiller/review | Parkland students do a fine job with Neil Simon's earliest work

Late last summer, we said goodbye to beloved playwright Neil Simon, who died peacefully at the age of 91. Simon is remembered as a prolific writer, an insightful humorist who penned more than 30 plays and just as many screenplays (though those were mostly screen adaptations of his plays).

Rich Warren | Some sound advice on buying a receiver

Let's open with a reader question: We are setting up a TV area in our basement. I have a couple of vintage Polk audio speakers that I plan to use for a TV sound upgrade. My question for you is should I look for a vintage receiver somewhere or is there any good quality new ones on the market today? My budget is under $500.

Who lives here? Feb. 9, 2019

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.

'Beverly Hills 90210' star takes Go Red for Women event's cause to heart

CHAMPAIGN — Growing up in Urbana and Arcola, "Beverly Hills 90210" star Jennie Garth always saw her dad driving tractors, plowing fields and exerting himself physically to provide for her family. To her, John Garth was a "big, strong hero."

Art Theater to screen Mahomet-Seymour student's film on inspirational bicyclist

CHAMPAIGN — More than two years after nurse midwife Ray Spooner passed away, a Mahomet-Seymour High School junior has made a documentary about Mr. Spooner's life and inspirational bike ride across the country.

The 25-minute film by Ethan Grinberg will be shown at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., C.

Director excited to tackle 'Come Blow Your Horn' for Parkland's student production

CHAMPAIGN — Neil Simon's comedy "Come Blow Your Horn" comes to Parkland's theater starting tonight as the 28th annual student production.

The story of totally different brothers Alan and Buddy Baker launched the career of America's most famous comic playwright.

And now it's launching student careers.

Jupiter Quartet's strings attached to fancy footwork for Sonic Illinois

URBANA — The Jupiter String Quartet performs with veteran Tai Ji master Chungliang Al Huang and explores tango history as part of Krannert Center's Sonic Illinois.

The quartet, in residence at the University of Illinois, performs at 7:30 tonight. Krannert's box office can be reached at 217-333-6280.

Uni High alum earns 2nd Academy Award for pioneering work in special effects

CHAMPAIGN — When Paul Debevec was young, his grandfather gave him a Super 8 camera for Christmas.

"He liked to make these little stop-action movies," mom Linda Miller said, recalling one was of a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich being made and a glass of milk being poured. "The sandwich gets eaten, and the milk goes down. But you never see any hands."

Nightlife listings, Feb. 7-14, 2019

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



BOOMERANGS BAR AND GRILL: Jordan & Jill acoustic, happy hour, 6 p.m.

CANOPY CLUB: Robb Bank$ and wifisfuneral Conn3ct3d Tour, 9 p.m.