WATSEKA — After singing the role of Norma Desmond in the musical "Sunset Boulevard" in Cleveland, soprano Helen Todd will switch gears.
She'll drive eight hours to her hometown of Watseka to sing the role of Rosalinde in the Sugar Creek Opera production of "Die Fledermaus" on Saturday.
One of our online readers decries fluctuating TV sound levels.
CHAMPAIGN — Danville native Dick Van Dyke made an indelible impression as the magical, mystical chimney sweep Bert in the 1964 movie "Mary Poppins."
His tall and lanky frame seemed just right for the role.
And so is Marc Wilson's.
Staff writer Tim Mitchell's entertainment recommendations for the week ahead:
If you missed the film on award-winning critic Roger Ebert, "Life Itself," during Ebertfest or at the Art Theater in Champaign, the movie begins a run at the Virginia Theatre at 7 tonight. Repeat showings are scheduled each night through Aug. 1.
Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Josh Quirk. The professional drummer who plays with several bands, including the Brat Pack, recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli:
You're known for being a versatile drummer. Is there any style you don't play?
Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come
From Joan Jett to a tip on upcoming music in local parks to the local connection to Lyle Lovett's upcoming show, Melissa "Mimi" Merli has you covered.
I heard Joan Jett is performing at the Decatur Celebration. True?
CHAMPAIGN — The Developmental Services Center will be the beneficiary of the Eastern Illinois Parrot Head Club's "C-U in the Prairibbean X" benefit concert Saturday in the parking lot in front of the Orpheum Children's Science Museum in downtown Champaign.