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The research behind the concert

Sinfonia da Camera's concert on Saturday at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana was influenced by market research the chamber orchestra conducted with two University of Illinois MBA student groups.

Ask 'Mimi,' Feb. 12, 2017

Did Lady Gaga perform any songs co-written by Nick Monson during her Super Bowl performance?

No. His mother, Ellen Monson, of Oakwood, told me, "Although Lady Gaga did not use any of Nick's songs — seems she went way back on most songs — she really nailed it!" Most of my Facebook friends agree, saying Lady Gaga killed it. Some who hadn't been fans are now.

Who lives here? Feb. 11, 2017

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot of a home from a movie or TV 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.


The #MJs, Feb. 10, 2017

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



Top of the Morning, Feb. 10, 2017

Which high school basketball game will WDWS broadcast next Friday? That's up to area fans.

TIM DITMAN, who will call the game with MICHAEL KISER, came up with the idea to run an online poll. Whatever game gets the most votes becomes the destination for Ditman and Kiser.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 9-16, 2017


This weekend


What: Fundraising gala of Habitat for Humanity and the Home Builders Association of East Central Illinois includes appetizers, dinner and drinks, live and silent auctions. All proceeds go to supporting local homebuilding and neighborhood revitalization projects in Champaign County.

A fantastic festival, in short order

Not only was 2016 a banner year for feature-length animated films, but there were a great many exceptional short features as well.

Frank's Faves: Movies about Lincoln

This week: If only Honest Abe could see us now ... and himself, for that matter.

Chuck Koplinski: Spastic style blocks clever 'Lego Batman'

Call me a curmudgeon, but I was one of the few who wasn't fully enamored with "The Lego Movie" when it steamrolled its way through movie theaters in 2014.