Virginia Theatre's 2017-18 lineup

Classic rockers Kansas and ZZ Top, crowd-pleasers Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt and comic legend Lily Tomlin are highlights of Virginia Theatre's 2017-2018 season, theater director STEVEN BENTZ tells The News-Gazette's PAUL WOOD.

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Second annual Cinema Judaica

Champaign's Art Theater is collaborating with the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation on the second annual Cinema Judaica series, which explores Jewish life, culture and politics in cinema.

Richard J. Leskosky: Alarming examples of life imitating art

Over two thousand years ago, the Greek philosopher Aristotle said something like "Art imitates life" (only in Greek, of course), and that notion has served the film industry well the last few years.

Who lives here? May 27, 2017

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, 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.

Top of the Morning, May 26, 2017

WDWS 1400-AM plans special coverage of today's memorial services for Dave Shaul. The longtime TV and radio announcer passed away Monday at age 75 after a battle with cancer.

Champaign's Art Theater a cooperative no longer

CHAMPAIGN — After a 20-day voting period, the cooperative owners of the Art Theater approved a merger with the Art Film Foundation, with 97 percent of the owners voting for the merger.

Of the 1,304 owners — some have died or moved away — 351 voted. Of those, 339 voted for the merger and 12 against, according to Leigh Estabrook, president of the Art Theater Co-op board of directors.

Chuck Koplinski: Depp just a distraction in 'Dead Men Tell No Tales'

I was hoping that perhaps absence would make my heart grow founder where Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" films were concerned.

Frank's Faves: Windy movies

It has been a particularly blustery spring in the windiest corner of Champaign County. Actually, I don't know that statistically — either that this spring is any windier than the average spring where I live, or that my little corner of southwestern Champaign County is officially the windiest. Doesn't matter.

Entertainment listings, May 25-June 1, 2017


This weekend


What: Pair and team events for players of all skill levels. Kibitzers are welcome. Hosted by local players from Bridge at Ginger Creek community bridge club.

When:9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily May 25-29.

Where: Hawthorn Suites, Champaign.

Champaign's Art Theater to merge with area charity

A change in ownership structure for the Art Theater in Champaign will mean no changes for movie-goers.  But for theater officials, a new focus will be fundraising.

The theater is currently cooperatively-owned.  But 97% of voting ownership has decided to merge the organization with the Art Film Foundation, a Champaign-based charity that promotes cinema.