Entertainment listings, Dec. 24-31, 2015

Special events

This weekend


What: See real-life Alaskan reindeer. Reindeer tour tickets will not be sold after 4:30 p.m.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 26-28.

Where: Hardy's Reindeer Ranch and Christmas Tree Farm, 1356 County Road 2900 N, Rantoul.

Cost: $4.

These are a few of our favorite holiday films

Between the nostalgia and lack of anything but reruns on television right now, there's many good reasons to cue up your favorite holiday movies. Our PAUL WOOD went to the local experts — filmmakers, movie critics, a couple of men of the cloth and a comedian — to see what they liked and came up with a last-minute look at the movies we'll be watching.

Library events, Dec. 20-27, 2015

Selected events at local libraries

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, kids 2 to 5 can enjoy stories, songs and rhymes at Goodnight Storytime. Little ones can wear their pajamas.

Reluctant Townie: A force awakened: 10 years and counting

Ten years ago, in a galaxy far, far away ...

There was a kid named Ryan who carried a notebook around east Urbana and spent his evenings writing in clear view of the front window at The Office Bar and Grill.

Allow me to vent for just a moment

Last month, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art presented "The Ventriloquists Convention," conceived and directed by Gisele Vienne, with text by Dennis Cooper and acted by the Puppentheater Halle. The play dealt with notions of performance vs. reality, death, identity and personal demons.

Who lives here? Dec. 19, 2015

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.

Frank's Faves: 'Tis the season to laugh

Having a blue Christmas? Here's some stocking stuffers sure to put some ho, ho, ho in your holiday.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 17-24, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Chuck Koplinski: 'The Force Awakens' makes 'Star Wars' fun again

Faced with the daunting task of resurrecting "Star Wars" for the big screen, director J.J. Abrams takes the same approach he did when helming the "Star Trek" reboot — recycle the past, give fans exactly what they want and do so with a subtle wink that lets us know we're all in on the joke.