Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Rosemary Laughlin/review: Color me impressed by CUTC's 'Joseph'


How many colors were there in Joseph's coat of many colors? They are not numbered or named in Genesis.

But they are myriad — bright, shimmering and echoed in lights and sound in the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company production at The Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

Eighth annual CU Pride and Parade set Sept. 15-17

CHAMPAIGN — The Uniting Pride Center of Champaign County will present the eighth annual CU Pride and Parade Sept. 15-17 in downtown Champaign.

The festivities will kick off that Friday with the CU Comedy Fundraiser at Soma Ultralounge, with headliners including Chicago-based comedian and actor Shannon Noll and Whitney Chitwood, who's been featured by MoveOn.Org and OUT Chicago.

Remedy may exist for subdivision residents' lake troubles

CHAMPAIGN — Residents of a northwest Champaign subdivision who learned too late their two lakes had been sold in a county auction learned Thursday night that there may be a way to get them back.

And not at the six-figure price tag a representative of the group that bought them said they'd cost.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 3-10, 2017


This weekend


CUTC's 'Joseph' has a Technicolorful flair for the dramatic

CHAMPAIGN — Directing "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat" for the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company, Jeff Dare decided to go with the musical as written but add his own flair.

That would be rock-concert lighting for the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber show, opening tonight at the Virginia Theatre.

Tom Kacich: Kickapoo host: 'It's helped me a lot'

Tina Peace needed a change three years ago after Charles, her husband of 33 years, passed away.

"I tried to go back to work, but I couldn't. I was in a depression. He died on Thanksgiving and our 33rd anniversary," said Peace, who had worked at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville. "When our boys were little, we camped out here all the time."

Putting their best foot forward

If a team charged with formulating a plan for improving walking, jogging and biking paths has its way, the 24.5-mile Kickapoo Rail Trail won't be the only upgrade coming to the area. The 10-person group, assembled by the Champaign Park District, has laid out an ambitious set of recommendations for the city in the next five years.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 2, 2017

We've published hole-in-ones on our Scoreboard page in the Sports section for years. To submit aces, call 217-351-5233 or email

AUSTIN SHELBY's ace appeared in the July 14 N-G. But we're still hearing about it today.

Rob Kanter / Environmental Almanac: N.H. trip yields moose sightings

We saw three moose in one day. That may seem like an odd highlight to mention in describing a fishing trip, but in the Connecticut Lakes region of far northern New Hampshire, where I recently spent a long weekend with my brother John and his son Owen, moose have sometimes been scarce in recent years. So, a three-moose day is a really good one.

Weekend Planner: Go, fish!

When he was growing up in Mahomet, Jason Smitley competed every year in the Mahomet Sportsmen's Club fishing derby for kids, winning it several times.

"He just always loved it," said his mother, Cynthia Girdler.

So three years ago, the foundation she and her family created in memory of Jason, who died in 2013, began sponsoring the annual derby.