THE FUTURE FIVE: From Spidey on the Quad to pancakes in St. Joseph
Staff writer Tim Mitchell's entertainment recommendations for the week ahead:
New to DVD: the science-fiction flick "Divergent," starring 2013 Ebertfest guest Shailene Woodley. "Better than 'Twilight' but not quite as good as 'The Hunger Games,'" our Chuck Koplinski wrote in his 3-star review. Based on a young adult novel by Veronica Roth, the movie is set in a world in which people are divided into factions based on human virtues.
Last chance to catch a movie at the UI Quad before the students get back. Airing at 9 p.m. as part of the family-friendly Summer Quad Cinema Series: "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." The film's free — and you won't pay movie theater prices for the snacks, either: Popcorn and a fountain drink cost $1 between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.
Champaign-Urbana Days kick off at 6 p.m. at Douglass Park. There's something for everyone — from grub (hot dogs, smoked chicken and yogurt) to games (basketball and softball tournaments). The festival spans two days, with Saturday's fun running from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Day 3 of the St. Joseph Community Festival starts with a pancake breakfast (7 to 10:30 a.m.) and a 5K (7:30 a.m.) and ends with fireworks (dusk) and a street dance (9 p.m., to the music of the Feudin' Hillbillies). In between: plenty, including a mutt show (10:30 a.m.), fish fry (11 a.m.) and talent show (5 p.m.).
Your first — and last — opportunity to catch the Illinois football team at Memorial Stadium before the season opener. One day before heading to Camp Rantoul, the Illini will hold Fan Appreciation Day from 4 to 5 p.m. (All practices in Rantoul are open to the public, but everything else at the stadium — including the Aug. 16 scrimmage — is off-limits).