Entertainment listings, Aug. 17-24, 2017


This weekend


Frank's Faves: Home runs and eclipses in film

"With one breath, with one flow / You will know / Synchronicity ... " — The Police

Two events of mind-boggling synchronicity, extremely rare yet exquisitely beautiful, exactly one week apart.

Coincidence or grand design? You tell me.

Virginia's 'Dunkirk' screening a reel big deal

Much has been made in the film community about Christopher Nolan's preference for shooting on film — as opposed to the more economical and prevalent digital format — particularly with the widescreen format known as 70 mm.

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

Improvised music

Former UI music Professor Ray Sasaki, now at the University of Texas, is back in town. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Community Center for the Arts (C4A), he and other Tone Road Ramblers will perform and discuss improvised music. Free but donations will be accepted for C4A. From 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sasaki, a fine trumpeter and longtime member of the St.

Ask 'Mimi,' Aug. 13, 2017

Did Paris, Ill., native Brett Eldredge recently release an album?

Yes, his third. He self-titled it, feeling it's the most "authentic" record he's made yet, and boy, he is getting a lot of attention for it.

Richard J. Leskosky: Audiences still hungry for shark films

Every year, the Discovery Channel's Shark Week and the Syfy Channel's response with the latest "Sharknado" installment and other shark-centered sci-fi/horror movies start me thinking about sharks and film. Specifically, why are there so many shark movies, and why are so many of them so bizarre?

Young writers ready for their big-screen moment at fifth Pens to Lens Gala

CHAMPAIGN — A mad scientist creates a machine that can duplicate objects.

A boy is ostracized by his classmates after flowers grow from one of his eyes.

Disguised as humans, a female superhero and a female supervillain meet in an elevator, not realizing they are already acquainted.

Who lives here? Aug. 12, 2017

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides there to, and we'll give a winner a shout-out on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.

#TheMJs, Aug. 11, 2017

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



UI military historian to discuss accuracy of 'Dunkirk' at Virginia screening

CHAMPAIGN — An expert military historian will talk about what "Dunkirk" got right and got wrong about the epic story of British troops trapped on the beach near the beginning of World War II.