Ask 'Mimi,' Oct. 16, 2016

Did Janice Harrington have another book published recently?

Yes, the talented poet/University of Illlinois creative writing professor's latest is a book of poetry inspired by the life and art of Horace Pippin, known in the 1930s and '40s for depicting African-American life.

Who lives here? Oct. 15, 2016

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or TV show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides in the featured home to, and we'll give a winner a shout-out on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.


Film on USS Indianapolis disaster to be shown Oct. 22 at Virginia

CHAMPAIGN — A documentary about a World War II disaster at sea that features local survivors will be shown at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Admission is free for veterans and service members, and University of Illinois ROTC program members will attend.

The #MJs, Oct. 14, 2016

On Fridays, Staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) provides a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.



Frank's Faves: Movies about downsizing

This week: "That's the whole meaning of life: trying to find a place for your stuff." — George Carlin

Entertainment listings, Oct. 13-19, 2016

Special events

This weekend


What: Annual gathering of the area's finest culinary talent in support of the March of Dimes. Enjoy the chefs' creations for a 90-minute tasting experience before the live auction. Have dessert as you bid on one of the unique packages.

When: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 13.

Chuck Koplinski: 'Girl on Train' too clever for its own good

Some movies make their intentions known from the start. Tate Taylor's "The Girl on the Train" certainly falls in that category as it sets out to keep the viewer back on its heels throughout most of its running time.

'Girl on the Train' bests 'Birth of a Nation'

NEW YORK (AP) — Propelled by the popularity of Paula Hawkins' best-seller, the fast-tracked big-screen adaptation of "The Girl on the Train" led North American theaters in ticket sales with $24.7 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Local studio pitching Roberts' 2007 play at Chicago film festival

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign's Shatterglass Films will be among six teams pitching indie-film projects later this month to IFP Chicago and the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival.

Chuck's Classics: "Citizen Kane" (1941)

I lived in Chicago for eight years, and not once did I go to the top of what is now the Willis Tower. I always meant to but never got around to it. I thought there was no rush. I think that's the same attitude many film watchers, especially those of this generation, take towards classics like Orson Welles' masterpiece.