19th Ebertfest receives a lovely sendoff

CHAMPAIGN — The 19th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival opened Wednesday with a standing ovation for singer Jimmy Demers — well, emcee Chaz Ebert told the audience to stand before he sang "God Bless America."

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Trumpets take center stage

The Champaign-Urbana celebration of the run-up to International Jazz Day, which falls on April 30 this year, will take place from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Art Theater in downtown Champaign, with an after-party at the Esquire Lounge.

Ask 'Mimi,' April 23, 2017

Did you know that bestselling author Terry McMillan will visit the Champaign Public Library?

Yes. Evelyn Shapiro, the libary's promotions manager, said the "tickets" for the free May 4 event "sold out" in 20 minutes this past Thursday. One hundred tickets were available; 15 people are on a waiting list.

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UI fine-arts grad students show off their master's-pieces

CHAMPAIGN — A new University of Illinois exhibit features sustainable art from a former electrical engineer who moved into design, a mobile app that teaches girls about positive attitudes on body image, art inspired by a daily walk here and a sculpture that takes its visual cues from the human body.

Ebertfest: Dancy on 'Hysteria' and more

CHAMPAIGN — Naming a character he's most enjoyed playing is tricky for Hugh Dancy.

The roles he's most fond of are not necessarily the ones people have heard of, the British actor says.

Ask 'Mimi,' April 16, 2017

How did the Nick Offerman fundraiser in early April go at Japan House?

It sold out in 20 minutes and was "incredibly successful," said Japan House assistant director Cynthia Voelkl. Many former UI students, including Offerman, who had studied Kabuki with Professor Shozo Sato at the UI, returned to see Sato's production of "Iago's Plot" at Krannert Center.

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Two days of jazz at Central High

The 48th annual Central Jazz Fest will take place Friday and Saturday at Champaign Central High School, with the program starting at 5:30 p.m. each day.