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

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

If a lot of contemporary art leaves you cold check out "Distant Hollerings," the powerful narrative paintings and sculptures by Preston Jackson at Cinema Gallery, 102 W. Main St., U. But hurry: the show ends Saturday. It's open 10-5 Wednesday thru Saturday; or call 367-3711.

Who lives here? April 19, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" The first person to email with the who resides in the featured house will get a shout-out in next week's section. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence in your submission.

Film capsules, April 17, 2014

Summaries and mini-reviews of movies playing now, from e3 magazine:

Ebertfest comes to town: See you at the movies!

When it comes to picking movies to show at Ebertfest, Nate Kohn and Chaz Ebert keep in mind what Roger Ebert would have wanted to show.

Kohn, an Urbana native, University of Illinois alumnus and film producer, has been director of Roger Ebert's Film Festival since it began 16 years ago, as a special event of the UI College of Media.

Entertainment listings, April 17-24, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

Individual tickets left for only 5 Ebertfest films

CHAMPAIGN — Less than a week before the red carpet's rolled out, individual tickets remain for just five of the 12 movies set to be shown at Roger Ebert's Film Festival.

The latest to sell out: "A Simple Life," directed by Ann Hui, one of the leaders of the Hong Kong New Wave.

Chuck Koplinski: Ponderous pace weighs down 'Heaven is for Real'

"Pillar of the community" and "salt of the earth" are the kinds of things you would use to describe Todd Burpo.

He belongs to his town's volunteer fire department, is a loving father and faithful husband and has no problem practicing what he preaches, which is a good thing as he's also a pastor in the close-knit Nebraska town where he lives.

Tom Kacich: The movie that wouldn't play in Urbana

It was billed as "the most remarkable film ever produced," which wasn't saying much in 1914 since the motion picture industry wasn't even 20 years old.

Richard J. Leskosky: Straight truth about poker movies

Sports movies provide natural settings for drama, suspense, and even comedy, but Hollywood has turned out some solid films about competitions where the participants mostly sit or stand around.

Ask 'Mimi' April 13, 2014

Q: Didn't Mickey Rooney, who died last week at age 93, perform here?