Getting Personal: Jamar Brown

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 35-year-old Champaign resident Jamar Brown chats with staff writer Paul Wood. Brown is a lab mechanic at the University of Illinois Department of Civil Engineering, but that's not his only work.

Frank's Weekend Faves, July 15, 2018

Feel like you have at least one great film in you? Or at least 20 minutes or less of a decent one? If so, it's time to break out your movie camera — or smartphone, what have you. This year's New Art Film Festival is accepting entries now through Aug.

2018 Urbana Sweetcorn Festival putting spotlight on local music

URBANA — Organizers of the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival announced the entertainment lineup Thursday for this year's event, set for Aug. 24-25.

On Friday night, music begins at 5 p.m. with We The Animals, an indie rock group from Champaign featuring Mark Wyman, Mikael Brackett, Joe Funderburk and Kayla Brown.

Religion calendar, July 13-20, 2018

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Weekend Top 10, July 13, 2018

Places to be and things to see this weekend, courtesy of staff writer Tim Mitchell:

Get your Mojo in C-U

Mojo, a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band, will take the stage at 10:30 p.m. Saturday as part of the Champaign Park District's Street Fest in downtown Champaign.

Entertainment listings, July 12-19, 2018


This weekend


Nightlife listings, July 12-19, 2018

Bands, comedians, trivia, DJs and more. Here's your guide to a night on the town:



BLACKBIRD URBANA: Mank & Sass (Free Music Thursdays), 9 p.m.

Dinner, open-mic event set at Cunningham Township Community Garden

URBANA — An open-mic event will be held tonight at the Cunningham Township Community Garden outside the township office at 205 W. Green St.

"Open Scene Open Mic" will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and include a barbecue dinner. There will be a musical performance and welcomed entertainment includes spoken-word poetry, performance storytelling, comedy, songs and dance.

Frank's Weekend Faves, July 8, 2018

For as long I've lived in these parts, the Iron Post in Urbana has been a community institution for live local jazz. But if you're like me, and it's been too long since you've seen that for yourself, word is, the Post is hosting a couple of excellent reasons to get reacquainted this week.

Esther Rose will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Top of the Morning, July 7, 2018


Have you ever been among friends or coworkers — laughing and making jokes — when someone says, "Why don't we have our own podcast?"

That is exactly what we did.