UI's game studies symposium kicks off with speaker who's got plenty

Dan Cermak is a gamer — and not just the video-game variety.

In fact, the man who spent 15 years at Volition supervising the design and production of hit video games like "Saints Row" hardly plays them at all now that he's semi-retired.

300 days after she disappeared, UI scholar hasn't been forgotten

URBANA — It's been 300 days since visiting Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang was last seen entering a vehicle at the corner of Goodwin and Clark streets, but the memorial there still occasionally receives fresh flowers.

Local robotics club silencing skeptics en route to world finals

You could call it a long shot that students from local robotics club Ctrl-Z made it to this month's world championship competition.

But Uni High senior and five-year club member Elizabeth Singer would rather you didn't.

"People would say 'it's a long shot,' and I kept being like, 'Stop doubting us,'" she said.

Parkland Theatre rewinds to the rockin' '50s with rollicking 'Memphis'

CHAMPAIGN — You want live, raucous rock 'n' roll? A musical at Parkland College is all about that, says director Jeff Dare.

Dare, a teacher at Edison Middle School, said the music is what helped "Memphis" win the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical.

Multi-talented autistic UI alum thrives at tickling the ivories

URBANA — Classical pianist/composer/tango dancer Charles Joseph Smith fell in love with soft rock, played Latin and swing music in the 1990s with the Dancing Illini and now has reinterpreted pieces by Chopin and Liszt.

Willard's parking upgrade comes with rate increase

SAVOY — Willard Airport is raising its daily parking rate by $2 as it moves to an automated system that doesn't require a parking-booth attendant.

The new daily rate is $7, up from the $5 it had been for more than a decade.

Office Hours with Aldo: Florin and Sanda Dolcos (w/ video)

On Thursdays throughout the semester, staff writer Adalberto Toledo will book an appointment with a local professor. Today: University of Illinois psychology Professors FLORIN and SANDA DOLCOS.

Entertainment listings, April 5-12, 2018


This weekend


What: The 18th annual Antiques and Crafts Show. A juried show with more than 50 vendors. Food available.

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6 and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 7.

Where: Red Barn, Brocton. Located on Illinois 49, 5 miles south of U.S. 36 or 5 miles north of Illinois 133.

John Frayne | UI professor impresses at piano recital

Rochelle Sennet, asssociate professor of piano in the University of Illinois School of Music, gave a highly enjoyable recital on March 29 in Krannert's Foellinger Great Hall of music ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach to contemporary composer James Lee III.

The program opened with Bach's "English Suite" No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809.

Teacher of the Week: Joe Pittenger

Meet JOE PITTENGER, a special-education instructor at Champaign's Franklin Middle School who teaches reading, writing and math. Prior to his current job, he worked in alternative teaching in Los Angeles, for Unit 4's Kids Plus program and at the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago. The one thing they all have in common?