Studio Visit: Frank Niemeyer

Frank Niemeyer of Champaign is a trombonist, composer, educator and UI doctoral of musical arts degree candidate in jazz performance. He also is a member of the award-winning UI Jazz Trombone Ensemble.

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Getting Personal: Amy Hassinger

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 44-year-old Urbana resident Amy Hassinger, a writer, manuscript consultant and faculty mentor in the University of Nebraska at Omaha MFA in Writing program, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

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Nashville musicians to visit Virginia Theatre

Three Nashville musicians, among them the steel pedal player for George Jones, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in a fundraiser for Villa Grove Elite Softball.

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Full day of making art

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.

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Global thinker showing works

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Black Sacred Music Symposium Concert