UI to show slave-trade documentary tonight on campus

URBANA — The University of Illinois Department of African American Studies will present this evening a provocative documentary that explores the slave trade in the world and in U.S. history.

Presenters will share their interests at PechaKucha

CHAMPAIGN — Presenters will talk about their passions during PechaKucha C-U Volume 11 on Friday at Parkland College.

They include Parkland President Tom Ramage, whose topic is "Extreme Paintball." The other presenters and their talks:

— Luke Boyce: "5 Movies That Literally Changed the World."

— Vanessa and Doug Burgett: "20 Collaborations x 20 Days."

Reluctant Townie: Schwarztallonis: The Age of Brawn

Now more than ever, we should be grateful for our existence, as we are living in the midst of a very special time. If you stroll out to your backyard any night this week and glance skyward, you will notice that Planet Hollywood is visible to the naked eye.

Art Theater to offer Oscar-nominated shorts

A rare treat is on tap for film fans as the Art Theater will run the full slate of this year's Oscar-nominated shorts Friday and Saturday.

Both the live-action and animated nominees, 10 movies in total, will be screened — and they are an eclectic bunch.

'The House I Live In' will play at Art

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign-Urbana Citizens for Peace and Justice will host a screening of the documentary "The House I Live In" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., C.

A panel discussion will follow the screening.

In a New York Times review published in October, Manohla Dargis wrote:

Studio Visit: Mikel Matthews Jr.

Studio Visit appears in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, a visit with Mikel Matthews Jr., an actor, director, stand-up comedian and teacher.

Q: I'm fascinated by your show tattoos. How many do you have?

Entertainment listings, Jan. 31-Feb. 7

A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.

Stallone glowers toward grace in old-school 'Bullet'

At first glance, Walter Hill's "Bullet to the Head" seems to be a standard exercise in action, a film loaded with mayhem, but short on plot. Sporting a stripped-down story that's constructed around various set pieces, it sports a retro vibe harkening back to the action movies of the '80s, which seem to be all the rage at present.

Filmmaker delivering free lecture at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN — Local filmmaker and entrepreneur Luke Boyce of Shatterglass Studios will give a free lecture in the Parkland College Meet the Pros series from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in Room C118 on the campus.

It is open to the public.

Digital upgrade, family touch give LeRoy theater new life

LeROY— Running a small-town movie theater is a rarity, but when the Hanafin family tackled LeRoy's Princess Theatre in 2006, they fell in love with the business.