Paul Wood

Paul Wood

Plenty of pitches to be made at Unity's annual All Out A Cappella fundraiser

TOLONO — It's being billed as the biggest downstate event of its kind — a two-shows-in-one-night doubleheader that will attract singers from a 100-mile radius to Tolono this weekend.

UI music fraternity can help you surprise your sweetheart

CHAMPAIGN — Gotta love a love song on Valentine's Day, whether to woo, or if it happens, totally embarrass somebody.

Alpha Xi Valentine's quartet members Nick Ortiz, Brandon Berg, Brian Weis and Michael Thompson came to The News-Gazette offices to give us a taste of their $10 worth of choral afternoon delight.

2019 Best in Show photo competition runs through Sunday at Lincoln Square

URBANA — The Champaign County Camera Club's 2019 Best in Show Photographic Print Competition continues through Sunday at Lincoln Square Village.

All 390 entries are on display for the competition's nine categories: animals, architecture, black and white, club, general, landscape, nature, people, and youth.

Those Who Served | From Gulf of Tonkin to the equator

CHAMPAIGN — Standing on the bridge of a destroyer during the Vietnam War, Michael Martin wore a headset monitoring gunfire and fire control.

He didn't have to do that; it wasn't part of his duty. He was a supply officer in charge of 40 men on the USS Radford.

"I just wanted to be involved," he said.

Wired In: Aron K. Barbey

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood profiles a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet ARON K. BARBEY, the University of Illinois professor of psychology, neuroscience and bioengineering who is director of the Center for Brain Plasticity, the Decision Neuroscience Laboratory and the Intelligence, Learning and Plasticity Initiative.

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.

Getting Personal: Erin Tarr

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 39-year-old Champaign resident ERIN TARR chats with staff writer Paul Wood. She has a day job, but in her spare time, she has created Be the Benchmark to help young women. Tarr mentors girls, loves "Friends" and has a deep faith in God.

A Life Remembered | Ellis Park Six member 'a virtuous woman who put others first'

URBANA — One of the Ellis Drive Six, prime movers in the desegregation of the Urbana school district, has moved on into history.

Willeta Donaldson, 78, died Saturday at her home. She was a master in many fields, including singing the blues with Candy Foster and helping others find jobs at the University of Illinois.

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.

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