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John Frayne: Wind Symphony, trumpets shine for premiere of concerto

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.


Barkstall kicks off fitness program

CHAMPAIGN — Students at Barkstall Elementary are about to learn a lot about fitness.

The school is starting a schoolwide initiative to encourage physical activity called "Fitness is Fun." It's registered with Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign, and students and teachers will log their physical activity every week.


Rauner: UI would be key for state economy

CHAMPAIGN — Likely Republican gubernatorial contender Bruce Rauner said Wednesday that the University of Illinois would be a key element in his plan to revitalize Illinois' economy.

The Winnetka businessman, one of at least five Republicans considering running for governor next year, also said he was prepared to "play hardball" with special-interest groups if elected.


Directorial debut coming next week to Roger Ebert's Film Festival

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.


Chuck Koplinski: '42' a fitting tribute to baseball hero's grit

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.


Ebert's take on festival films

The 15th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival runs April 17 through 21. Here is the lineup, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic's views about some of the films.

April 17

7 p.m.: "Days of Heaven" with short subject "I Remember"

Ebert calls "Days of Heaven" a timeless classic.


Entertainment listings, April 11-18

A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.


Boneyard Arts Festival: 11 years and still a first-filled fest

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.


Clubs listings, April 11-18

A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.

THURSDAY, April 11


Lightning hits SUV, punctures road

TOLONO — Lightning that struck a sport utility vehicle Wednesday night created a 2 1/2-foot-wide hole and a second 8-inch-wide hole in the asphalt on a county road in rural Tolono.


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