Ebertfest: Dancy on 'Hysteria' and more

CHAMPAIGN — Naming a character he's most enjoyed playing is tricky for Hugh Dancy.

The roles he's most fond of are not necessarily the ones people have heard of, the British actor says.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Ebertfest is upon us

Ask 'Mimi,' April 16, 2017

How did the Nick Offerman fundraiser in early April go at Japan House?

It sold out in 20 minutes and was "incredibly successful," said Japan House assistant director Cynthia Voelkl. Many former UI students, including Offerman, who had studied Kabuki with Professor Shozo Sato at the UI, returned to see Sato's production of "Iago's Plot" at Krannert Center.

Ebertfest: Up close and personal with Norman Lear

Norman Lear might be one of the most famous "liberals" in the United States.

However, the television legend, who eschews labels in general, thinks of himself as "a bleeding-heart conservative."

Ebertfest regulars returning to provide music at movies

CHAMPAIGN — Alloy Orchestra Director Ken Winokur was driving his van when he received a call from the Telluride Film Festival, asking Alloy to create a new score for the silent film "Varieté."

He practically jumped out of his seat.

Wired In: Thomas Nicol

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet THOMAS NICOL, a software developer and senior consultant at PowerWorld Corp. in Champaign.

Now that's the spot!

Built in 1921 as a vaudeville house, the Virginia Theatre boasts many nooks and crannies, some of them off-limits to patrons. With Ebertfest opening Wednesday at the vintage theater, staff writer Melissa Merli asked five employees there to show us their favorite spots in the 1,463-seat playhouse. A couple of places are accessible to all patrons.

Video of singer leads to invite to open, close Ebertfest

CHAMPAIGN — While visiting Washington, D.C., a month or so ago, singer Jimmy Demers and his friends visited all the monuments — after midnight.

At each one, he would sing.

Who lives here? April 15, 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.


Art Theater temporarily closed

CHAMPAIGN — Projector problems have led to the temporary closure of the Art Theater in downtown Champaign.

The theater announced late Thursday afternoon that a technical malfunction with its projector led to the closure.

Staff said they are working on getting the equipment back up and running as soon as possible.