Updated 2:36 p.m. Friday
CHAMPAIGN — It might come as a surprise for many at Ebertfest to discover that Patrick Wang, who wrote, directs and stars in "In the Family," graduated with a degree in economics from MIT.
He worked for a decade or so as an economist in think tanks and at the Fed before he made the movie, his first, coming to Roger Ebert's Film Festival on Thursday.
Canadian alt-country legend Fred Eaglesmith came to rock like many others — through the Holy Church of Elvis — but he's always interested in something new.
Pop-up galleries, glass-blowing demonstrations, open artist studios and performances — all are among the myriad events taking place this weekend as part of the 11th annual Boneyard Arts Festival.
The festival will encompass more than 100 indoor and outside venues, both traditional and not.
The Illinois Wind Symphony, conducted by Robert W. Rumbelow, offered a rare highlight at its concert on April 2 — a world premiere by the distinguished composer Aaron Jay Kernis, who has been awarded two Pulitzer Prizes for his music.
To be sure, a solid film biography of Jackie Robinson is long overdue. Though it was made with the best of intentions, and features the man himself, 1950's "The Jackie Robinson Story," isn't a film that has aged well.