Entertainment listings, Feb. 1-8, 2018


This weekend


What:Lumen Loves Wine! Gala to benefit for Imbibe Urbana, Love for All Poetry Crawl at The Urbana Free Library, dining at Pizza M, Broadway Food Hall and more, free acupuncture at Urbana Acupuncture, family fun at Spark Museum + Play Cafe, art shows at Urbana galleries and music at Blackbird Urbana and Iron Post.

Frank's Faves: Movie jinxes

"If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all." — William Bell

I should have known. Hey, if I had a dollar for every time I've said those four words — well, I'd have enough money I wouldn't be moaning about my luck any more.

Chuck Koplinski: Bear with me here: 'Paddington 2' is a joy

From where I sit, nothing much makes sense in the world anymore.

I understand that I am getting older and find myself committing the sin of doing and thinking all of those things that I said I would never do or think.

I understand that I am not changing with the times and am becoming an anachronism with every second that goes by.

Richard J. Leskosky: Thaw out with 'Dr. Zhivago'

If January's snow and subzero temperatures got you down, you can warm your mood with February's entry in The News-Gazette Film Series, David Lean's "Dr. Zhivago," which will screen at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 26, 2018

The ninth version of the Fighting Illini Jock Jams will include a Hall of Famer as a judge.

Former basketball star DERON WILLIAMS is scheduled to participate. He was part of the inaugural class of the Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame along with teammate DEE BROWN and 26 others.

Frank's Faves: Movie duos and teams

"We go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong ... " — from the 1971 musical "Grease" by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey

I have been asked on more than one occasion how and where I come up with ideas for Frank's Faves week after week, month after month, year after year.

Chuck Koplinski: Del Toro's masterpiece certainly holds 'Water'

On paper, it sounds ridiculous. Then again, most parables do, and Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" is just that, a poignant, powerful fairy tale for our times that speaks to universal concerns — the alienation of the unique, the dangerous power spawned from needless paranoia and the importance of acceptance in a world accustomed to intolerance.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 2018


This weekend


What: An annual literary festival, featuring readings by three visiting authors, CM Burroughs, Rachael Hanel and Vu Tran, who will also lead craft talks on writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction; an editors' panel; a book fair and more.

When: 9 a.m. Jan. 27.

Tim Mitchell's Oscar-nomination predictions 2018

Since 2007, staff writer TIM MITCHELL has predicted who will get nominated for the Academy Awards. The official announcement is Tuesday morning; the 90th Academy Awards will be broadcast March 4 from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., pushed back a week due to the Winter Olympics.

Rich Warren: CES was a yawner this year

For many years, the Consumer Electronics Show zapped the brain circuits of attendees with stimulation. From most reports, this year, the CES barely sparked its way through Las Vegas from Jan. 8-12.

Perhaps the power outage on Jan. 10 that blacked out the show for up to two hours proved symbolic.