There's an obvious symmetry at play with Steve James' "Life Itself," the revealing and surprising documentary about film critic Roger Ebert. After thousands of recommendations, imploring movie lovers to go to the movies, in a sense he's doing the same thing after his death.
URBANA — A free outdoor screening of the movie "Breaking Away" will take place at dusk Friday in the Busey Bank parking lot in downtown Urbana — after the announcement around 8 p.m. of a new bike-sharing program called Big Yellow Ride.
Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Joe Taylor, the co-owner of Sleepy Creek Vineyards near Fairmount and former co-owner of Taylor Studios, which builds museum exhibits.
Are you still making "Up the Creek" webisodes?
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Afternoon gig at winery
I respect Joe Taylor, the subject for the Studio Visit today. When he says the band Rebecca Rego & the Trainmen are "really good," I believe him.
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CHAMPAIGN — Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County will present on the evening of July 14 the "Wizard of Oz: There's No Place Like Home" event, featuring a reception before the screening of the classic 1939 movie at the Art Theater Co-op.
Hey, Mimi, is there one event in the Virginia Theatre 2014-'15 season you are stoked about?
Yes, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6. I heard the band, with Champaign native Viktor Krauss on bass, in '06 at Krannert Center.
After Ebertfest 2014 opened this past spring with "Life Itself," a few folks asked why I didn't write a "review."
Dozens visit Virginia for dedication ceremony
CHAMPAIGN — Boy Scout Steven Green went to the Virginia Theatre on Thursday afternoon, expecting to hand out flags and programs at the "Ice Cream and Independence" event.
He ended up doing something he felt was more important.