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Frank's Weekend Faves, Feb. 3, 2019

If you like music that moves you — literally — look no further than Krannert Center's Foellinger Great Hall at 7:30 p.m. Thursday for a unique pairing of the University of Illinois' quartet-in-residence, the Jupiter String Quartet, and the community's resident master in the Chinese martial art of Tai Ji, Chungliang Al Huang.

Richard J. Leskosky | Fred and Ginger to take over the Virginia

If you find the February weather or the current political situation depressing, you might check out "Top Hat," the film that cheered up audiences in the midst of the Great Depression. The News-Gazette Classic Film Series will be screening that 1935 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

Who lives here? Feb. 2, 2019

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides there to wholiveshere@news-gazette.com, 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.

The Screening Room | For better or worse, 'Serenity' goes its own way

I often complain that movie trailers give away far too much about the films they're promoting, revealing key twists and surprises that not only undercut the work of the director but also ruin the film-going experience for the audience.

Frank's Faves: Movies that were better than the book

"The book is a film that takes place in the mind of the reader. That's why we go to movies and say, 'Oh, the book is better.'" — Paulo Coelho

When you fall behind on your correspondence (with anyone or with everyone), do you first answer the oldest unanswered mail in your inbox, or the most recent?

Entertainment listings, Jan. 31-Feb. 7, 2019

EVENTSThis weekend

URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS

What: The Love For All Poetry Crawl celebrating the poetic talent of Central Illinois residents and students. Poems, prose-poems and song lyrics will be chosen by the committee, printed and spread through participating downtown businesses. Also multiple readings by those interested in performing. Presented by Imbibe Urbana.

Richard J. Leskosky | 1939 was arguably the best year for films

The new year is already looking a lot like last year in terms of the films you're likely to see in theaters.

Superhero blockbusters ("Captain Marvel," "Avengers: Endgame," "Dark Phoenix," "Shazam," "Spider-Man: Far from Home") will be aiming for that billion dollar benchmark at the box office.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Jan. 27, 2019

I don't often give a lot of ink to tribute acts or artists, but with the 28th annual Great Cover Up coming up next month at The City Center in Champaign, now seems like the perfect time to pay them some tribute. A perfect opportunity has just presented itself (cue the "Bohemian Rhapsody" gong).

Who lives here? Jan. 26, 2019

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides there to wholiveshere@news-gazette.com, 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.

Religion calendar, Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 2019

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