Arts and Entertainment
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!"
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.
Roger Ebert will no longer physically be in the back of Champaign's Virginia Theatre, but Roger Ebert's Film Festival will go on.
And not just this year.
The $1 million gift that Mr. Ebert and his wife, Chaz, gave to his alma mater, the University of Illinois College of Media, established a film studies program in the famed critic's name.
The Reverend Peyton, who is also a Kentucky Colonel and has a Big Damn Band, has of late discovered that he likes the recording process.
Spending 250 days on the road with a band that includes his wife and cousin, Peyton thought the live show was his preferred method of music delivery.
But he said he has been converted.
CHAMPAIGN — Crisp and clear, the past is here.
On the walls of the Illinois Terminal are displayed a downtown Champaign not seen for decades.
Looking west on Main Street, there's Vriner's confectionary, the old Champaign Daily News and, looming over the background, the only recently lost Metropolitan Building.
The poster for the reboot of Sam Raimi's 1981 cult horror movie "The Evil Dead" promises that it is "the most terrifying film you will ever experience." Of course, that's hyperbole.
While this column ranges far and wide, this response to a recent column took me by surprise:
On Saturday, the Sinfonia da Camera, numerous soloists, the University of Illinois Chorale, the UI Oratorio Society and the Central Illinois Children's Chorus, all led by Fred Stoltzfus, performed Johann Sebastian Bach's monumental St. Matthew Passion. Just about everything associated with this performance was on a grandiose scale.