UI professor to share stage with former Beatle as Wolf Prize winners

A University of Illinois professor and a former Beatle will be standing on the same stage to receive the same award later this year in Israel.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Feb. 11, 2018

The Insect Fear Film Festival isn't until later this month, Roger Ebert's Film Festival doesn't arrive until April and even the next showing in The News-Gazette Film Series isn't until next month. What's a cinephile to do?

Check out the 'Science on Screen' film series at 7:30 p.m. Mondays through March 12 at the Art Theater, that's what.

Champaign music teachers score grant for composition tool

CHAMPAIGN — South Side Elementary School fifth-grader Evan Sauer knew he wanted to do something big for his music class, so he decided to write an odyssey of a composition piece: a story set to music about travellers from Africa to the Arabian Peninsula who faced hardship and danger on the way.

With only paper, this might not have been feasible for the elementary student.

Nightlife listings, Feb. 8-15, 2018



BLACKBIRD URBANA: Surreal Deal (Live Music Thursdays), 9 p.m.

CANOPY CLUB: Shae District, M.A.G., Stewart Arp, 8 p.m.

CLARK BAR: Jill and Jordan Greenlee, 6 p.m.; C-U Comedy's "The Open Mic," (stand up comedy show; all signups in advance,, 9 p.m.

Notes-Worthy: Tim Clifton

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with TIM CLIFTON, who plays guitar and sings vocals for Blacktop Audio. The band also includes Jake Shelmadine (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Troy Vanover (bass, vocals) and Joe Rexshell (drums).

How long have you been involved in live music?

Music on Main: Michael Fuerst (w/ video)

Want to play in our lobby? Email Jim Rossow at and we'll book it

Staff writer Paul Wood asked Urbana's Michael Fuerst about his extensive experience on an instrument you don't hear every day after Fuerst performed three songs in The News-Gazette's lobby.

John Frayne: UI Symphony gave Mozart a great birthday present

The 262nd birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was celebrated in the Foellinger Great Hall on Jan. 27 by the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Professor Donald Schleicher. Whether on the drawing power of Mozart or that of the guest artists, the concert hall was crowded and the air was festive.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 8-15, 2018


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What:Show off your knowledge of love songs, quotes, and famous couples. Prizes awarded for the winner of each of the six rounds, whoever has the best, library-friendly team name, and a grand prize awarded to the most knowledgeable team. Play in teams of one to four people. For adults.

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 14.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Feb. 4, 2018

This week's favorite local music event is one I haven't had the chance to experience for myself very often over its 27-year run, but it's undoubtedly my favorite concept ever for a music festival.

The 27th annual Great Cover Up kicked off Friday and Saturday at The Canopy Club in Champaign, but don't fret if you missed those two nights, because you haven't missed the whole thing by a lo

Weekend Planner: Feline launches hostile takeover

A fairy tale comes to life this weekend as the Champaign Urbana Junior Woman's Club presents "Puss in Boots," adapted and dramatized from CHARLES PERRAULT's original story by VERA MORRIS. The latest edition of the club's Tom Thumb Theatre will be presented at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. today and 1 p.m.