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.
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.
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.
7 p.m.: "Days of Heaven" with short subject "I Remember"
Ebert calls "Days of Heaven" a timeless classic.
Canadian alt-country legend Fred Eaglesmith came to rock like many others — through the Holy Church of Elvis — but he's always interested in something new.
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.
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.
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.
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.