Ask 'Mimi,' March 5, 2017

Did late actor Bill Paxton attend Ebertfest?

Yes, in 2001, with Sam Raimi's crime drama "A Simple Plan." I remember seeing him after he appeared at the Virginia, at a late-night art show in downtown Champaign. He seemed curious and unpretentious.

Art that helped vets cope going on display in Danville

DANVILLE — After graduating from high school in 1986, Judy Brown enlisted in the Army, thinking the military would offer her more opportunities than she had in her Virginia town, where she spent summers pulling tobacco.

Entertainment listings, March 2-9, 2017


This weekend


What: Presented by Imbibe Urbana. Family-friendly for everyone.

When: 4 to 11 p.m. March 3.

Where: Downtown Urbana.

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Sharing their stories at 'Moth Mainstage'

CHAMPAIGN — A 94-year-old Russian immigrant, a Chicago woman who entered the military in the '70s and a Boston man who was wrongly arrested on a train.

They are among the five storytellers who will perform at "Moth Mainstage" on Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign, telling true stories from their lives.

Studio Visit: Judith Adanma Johnson

Judith Adanma Johnson, 35, of Mahomet is an artist and a soccer mom.

How do you feel about your artwork being chosen as the Boneyard Arts Festival's signature image?

I was elated. I couldn't believe it, actually. We have such an eclectic arts community around here, so much talent. It's an honor to have my image represent the community.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events throughout the area

Here's what's happening in the area's


Big Gigantic visiting the Canopy Club

Big Gigantic, an instrumental electronica, hip-hop and jazz music group based in Boulder, Colo., will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday at The Canopy Club, Urbana. Tickets are $29.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 23-March 2, 2017


This weekend


What: Hosted by Unity West PTO. Arrive early to pick your own table, view and bid on the silent auction items. Maximum of eight players per table; work as a team to come up with the answers. 50/50 raffle and games between rounds. Bring your own food.

Youngsters prep for 'Lion King Jr.' performance

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Park District Youth Theatre Director Patty Zosky Dudley could have gone with makeup for the 60 cast members in the coming-of-age musical “Disney’s Lion King Jr.”

Instead, she went through the time-consuming process of having more than 100 masks made for the popular musical, which opens Thursday evening at the Virginia Theatre.