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Ebertfest particulars

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.

Centennial, Central plan spring productions

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.

International Capoeira Conference opens Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — The 11th annual International Capoeira Conference, "Senhor Joao, Mestre que da Licao!," will take place Thursday through Sunday at the University of Illinois.

Eriksen, mates to perform traditional and original music

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: David Tcheng

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.

Art Beat: We all lost a good friend in Roger Ebert

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.

Remembering Ebert: A kid with talent, miles of it

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.


For The Philadelphia Inquirer

Chaz Ebert will return as Ebertfest emcee

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.

DoCha Concerts 2013


The DoCha series of concerts at the ORPHEUM THEATRE  in Champaign on Friday, April 5-Sunday April 7, 2013.

Chaz Ebert: 'Thank you for going on this journey with us'

Chaz Ebert, whom Roger Ebert married in 1992, after having been a bachelor, was his rock, his foundation.

"How can I begin to tell you about Chaz?" he wrote. "She fills my horizon; she is the great fact of my life; she is the love of my life; she saved me from the fate of living out my life alone, which is where I seemed to be heading.