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40 North 88 West announces 2012 ACE Award winners

Ta-da. Drum roll, please. 40 North 88 West has released the names of individuals and organizations that will receive the 2012 ACE Awards.

All seven ACE (Arts, Culture and Education) Award winners “embody the spirit of the local arts community with their passion, energy, and dedication to the creative culture of Champaign County,” the arts council said in a news release.

Hurry to see vintage World War One posters at Art Coop in Urbana

If you are at all interested in graphic design, history or World War I, hurry over to the Art Coop inside Lincoln Square Village in Urbana.

A beautiful memorial send off for Dan Perrino

Mike Perrino and I had exactly the same reaction to the turnout for his father’s memorial tribute on Sunday (Sept. 9) at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center at the University of Illinois:


Hundreds of relatives, friends, colleagues, musicians and former students going back to Dan Perrino’s high school teaching career  filled the large room to overflowing into the atrium.

Dan Perrino memorial on Sunday on campus sure to draw a crowd

As a photographer for The Daily Illini in 1975, I had the pleasure of photographing Dan Perrino for one of those day-in-the-life-of-a-university photo essays.
With my Honeywell 35mm camera around my neck, I spent most of Nov. 28, 1975, with Perrino, then dean of campus programs and services.

REO Speedwagon coming to EIU later this month

REO Speedwagon, the rock band that’s sold more than 40 million records after getting its start in Champaign-Urbana, will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 29 at Lantz Arena at Eastern Illinois University.

Jeff Nichols & Michael Shannon funnier in person than in "Take Shelter"

The first movie to sell out in the 14th annual Ebertfest, which ended today, was writer-director Jeff Nichols’s "Take Shelter," a Hitchcock-style psychological family drama starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain.

Alloy Orchestra's "Wild and Weird " collection is both

Introducing the Alloy Orchestra’s "Wild and Weird" collection of short films on Friday at Ebertfest, film Professor David Bordwell said it offers "a quick trip in a time machine of 20 years of cinema."

"Phunny Business"

CHAMPAIGN — If the 2012 Ebertfest were to have a real-life hero of a sort, it might be Raymond C. Lambert, a black entrepreneur who founded All Jokes Aside in 1991 in the South Loop in Chicago.

Cinematographer Stephen Goldbatt on first day of Ebertfest

Ebertfest emcee Chaz Ebert said she and her husband, Roger, wanted to start out the first day of his 14th annual film festival with a lot of laughs.

"We decided not to make you cry the first day," she said.

They succeeded with the first three movies:

Patton Oswalt cancels Ebertfest appearances

Tied up on a movie set, actor-comedian Patton Oswalt canceled his appearances at Roger Ebert’s Film Festival today.