CHAMPAIGN — The master organist sat down at the Wurlitzer on Friday, played the Gershwins' "S'Wonderful" — and pronounced the organ s'wonderful, too.
The majestic pipe organ at the Virginia Theatre will have a big Saturday night, celebrating 90 years and 900 pipes with a nearly two-hour rededication concert.
Here's the Ebertfest 2012 schedule:
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, "Kind Hearts and Coronets," hosted by Patton Oswalt at the Foellinger Auditorium on the University of Illinois campus. This is a free pre-festival screening for students and the public. All the other screenings are at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.
Wednesday, April 25
The Academy Award-winning Iranian film “The Separation,” the 1941 classic “Citizen Kane” — with Roger Ebert’s commentary track — and “Joe Versus the Volcano” are among the 12 movies to be screened at Ebert’s Film Festival from April 25 to 29 at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign.
CHAMPAIGN — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton praised it. Filmmaker Michael Moore wants everyone in America to see it. Variety calls it first-rate.
CHAMPAIGN — The SPEAK Cafe, an open-microphone event, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Palette Cafe at Krannert Art Museum.
Moderator Aaron Ammons said the session — free and open to the public — will be a tribute, as part of Black History Month, to the late "Baba" Oscar Brown Jr., the Chicago-born singer, songwriter, playwright, poet, civil rights activist and actor.
On March 22, 1941, the 99th Pursuit Squadron — the first unit of the Tuskegee Airmen — was activated not in Tuskegee, Ala., but at an Army Air Corps training facility in Illinois known as Chanute Field.
SAVOY — Goodrich Quality Theatres is considering a renovation of the Savoy 16 theater complex at Savoy Plaza, an area manager for the company said.
Efforts to turn a downtown Champaign movie theater into a business operated by a co-op are moving forward.
Sanford Hess, manager at the Art Theater, announced Wednesday that the theater will kick off an ownership drive on Dec. 16 in an attempt to get people to buy in to the business.
SEYMOUR — With the permission of Champaign County, filmmakers will shut down a mile of County Road 6 south of Seymour this weekend to film a scene for the independent movie, "Road."
CHAMPAIGN — Now more than half way through his lease as operator of the Art Theater, Sanford Hess recommends that a community cooperative is formed to take over and operate the independent-movie house.