Film on USS Indianapolis disaster to be shown Oct. 22 at Virginia

CHAMPAIGN — A documentary about a World War II disaster at sea that features local survivors will be shown at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Admission is free for veterans and service members, and University of Illinois ROTC program members will attend.

The #MJs, Oct. 14, 2016

On Fridays, Staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) provides a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.



Chuck Koplinski: 'Girl on Train' too clever for its own good

Some movies make their intentions known from the start. Tate Taylor's "The Girl on the Train" certainly falls in that category as it sets out to keep the viewer back on its heels throughout most of its running time.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 13-19, 2016

Special events

This weekend


What: Annual gathering of the area's finest culinary talent in support of the March of Dimes. Enjoy the chefs' creations for a 90-minute tasting experience before the live auction. Have dessert as you bid on one of the unique packages.

When: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 13.

Frank's Faves: Movies about downsizing

This week: "That's the whole meaning of life: trying to find a place for your stuff." — George Carlin

Local studio pitching Roberts' 2007 play at Chicago film festival

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign's Shatterglass Films will be among six teams pitching indie-film projects later this month to IFP Chicago and the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival.

Chuck's Classics: "Citizen Kane" (1941)

I lived in Chicago for eight years, and not once did I go to the top of what is now the Willis Tower. I always meant to but never got around to it. I thought there was no rush. I think that's the same attitude many film watchers, especially those of this generation, take towards classics like Orson Welles' masterpiece.

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

'Hamilton' documentary

Library events, Oct. 9-16, 2016

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 7 p.m. Monday at the main library, catch a sneak peek of the new PBS documentary, "Hamilton's America," well ahead of the Oct. 21 airing on WILL-TV.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events throughout the area

Music scene

Champaign-Urbana Jazz Festival

Jazz guitarist John Moulder, Berklee College of Music Professor Jim Stinnett and jazz guitarist, vocalist and composer Michael Blum will be the featured national acts at the second annual Champaign-Urbana Jazz Festival this coming weekend.