Arts and Entertainment
CHAMPAIGN — Passes to all 12 movies and two shorts are sold out for the 15th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, taking place April 17-21 at the Virginia Theatre and the University of Illinois.
The Virginia has a waiting list in case a pass holder cannot attend. In the event additional passes become available, those on the list will be contacted.
CHAMPAIGN — The Centennial and Central high school drama departments are gearing up for spring productions, with Centennial presenting a musical and Central a production for children.
The Centennial High Playmakers will present "Hairspray" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. next Sunday in the Aldridge Auditorium, 913 Crescent Drive, C.
CHAMPAIGN — The 11th annual International Capoeira Conference, "Senhor Joao, Mestre que da Licao!," will take place Thursday through Sunday at the University of Illinois.
URBANA — Considered one of the world's foremost practitioners of folk, former punk rocker Tim Eriksen has turned his attention to a fictional New England village in more ways than one.
Studio Visit appears in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, a visit with Champaign musician David Tcheng.
Q: I saw your recent Facebook post about taking up the oboe.
One of the last emails I received from Roger Ebert came Feb. 9. Characteristically, it was about someone he was promoting, both as one of his "Far Flung Correspondents" — FFCs, the bloggers from around the world that he featured on his website — and filmmaker.
There wasn't anything that Roger Ebert tried that he wasn't stunningly successful at. After years of valiant resistance, he succumbed to cancer Thursday. He leaves behind a staggering body of multidimensional work. And here is where it all began, when we were young reporters.
By BILL LYON
For The Philadelphia Inquirer
Chaz Ebert will be here to emcee her late husband's 15th annual festival at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign.
"As of now, she will be here, and the festival will go on pretty much as planned," festival director Nate Kohn said Friday morning, a day after Roger Ebert's death in Chicago.
URBANA — The simple sign, hand-printed in black ink and left in front of Roger Ebert's childhood home in Urbana, says it all:
"Roger loved Urbana, and Urbana loves Roger!"