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Richard J. Leskosky: Bean counters and the big screen

April is the cruelest month, according to poet T.S. Eliot, and he wasn't even thinking about income taxes when he wrote that.

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DSO wrapping up 50th season

The Danville Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jeremy Swerling, will close its season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at Danville High School with the concert "Fantastique @ 50!"

#TheMJs, April 28, 2017

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"If women are going to wear low cut dresses that show cleavage don't be harassed when men look. Or shld we sue for sexual arousal?"

Chuck Koplinski: 'Free Fire' locked and loaded with nihilism

While you couldn't technically call Ben Wheatley's "Free Fire" a chamber play, you might be able to get by with referring to it as a pressure-chamber movie.

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This weekend


What: The Asian American Cultural Center celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month with this annual family-friendly festival showcasing a variety of Asian cultures through food, art, performances and activities.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. April 29.

Frank's Faves: Live-action cat movies

This week: There's a new cat in our house. There may not be for long ...

My wife and I acquired a 2-year-old Himalayan cat recently — ostensibly to put the fear of God into some illegal immigrants in our century-old farmhouse. She's a gorgeous, long-haired creature, luxuriously furry from ears to tail. But I fear she will not be with us for long.

19th Ebertfest receives a lovely sendoff

CHAMPAIGN — The 19th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival opened Wednesday with a standing ovation for singer Jimmy Demers — well, emcee Chaz Ebert told the audience to stand before he sang "God Bless America."

Ebertfest: Television titan Norman Lear wows audience

CHAMPAIGN — Shortly after television legend Norman Lear took the Virginia Theatre stage at Ebertfest on Saturday, his cellphone rang.

As he fished it out of his pocket, he informed the audience that he had told his six children that he would never turn off his phone, adding that a year ago, while making a public appearance, his sister had died.

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Trumpets take center stage

The Champaign-Urbana celebration of the run-up to International Jazz Day, which falls on April 30 this year, will take place from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Art Theater in downtown Champaign, with an after-party at the Esquire Lounge.