Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

The Reluctant Townie | I'm pretty sure I met Nicolas Cage

Oh hello there, September.

In previous years, I made an effort to recognize summer until its official end on the Gregorian calendar, a sacred day in late September that since time immemorial has been designated by the airing of the "Big Brother" finale on CBS. But this year, I have no interest in prolonging the inevitable.

Getting Personal: Catherine Wiesener

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, CATHERINE WIESENER of Mahomet, who recently had a child at 42, chats with staff writer Paul Wood. She is a lecturer at the University of Illinois. She's also a ceramics artist and a good cook.

You have a long list of places where you grew up.

Who lives here? Sept. 1, 2018

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot 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.

Doobie Brothers coming to State Farm Center in October

CHAMPAIGN — The Doobie Brothers are taking it to the streets — well, actually the State Farm Center, — on Oct. 10.

Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Sept. 7. The show is at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30.

Frank's Faves: Good movies with bad titles

"It is a sad truth, but we have lost the faculty of giving lovely names to things. Names are everything." — Oscar Wilde

Just as ideas for faves can be inspired by the oddest of occurrences, they can also come about in the unlikeliest of places.

The Screening Room | Two leads bring quiet power to 'Operation Finale'

Unlike many of the other high-ranking members of the Third Reich, Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Final Solution, survived World War II. He fled to South America, where he continued to live with his family and get up each morning to enjoy the day, a privilege those put to death because of his machinations were denied.

Nightlife listings, Aug. 30-Sept. 6, 2018

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


BAXTER'S AMERICAN GRILLE: Chris Corkery, 6 p.m.

BLACKBIRD URBANA: Druids, Shazu and Terminus Victor (Free Music Thursdays), 9 p.m.

BOOMERANGS BAR AND GRILL: Live Karaoke Band, 9 p.m.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 30-Sept. 6, 2018


This weekend


Dance documentary's debut a golden occasion

A documentary about jazz genius Merce Cunningham is among the draws as Dance at Illinois presents the Flatlands Dance Film Festival on Friday and Saturday to mark the University of Illinois dance department’s 50th anniversary season.

Rich Warren | It may be awhile before we see 5G

If your current smartphone works, wait before buying a new model. While the new 5G cellular transmission system may not arrive in East Central Illinois in 2019, it will be activated in several major cities around the U.S. No current phones, and few that will be introduced this fall, will be able to take advantage of the dramatic improvements offered by 5G.