Ladies of laughter

What do you call a half-dozen women standing on a stage?

A night full of laughs, if they happen to be comedians.

Jesse Tuttle of Champaign runs C-U Comedy, which arranges regular shows at local venues.

Reluctant Townie: A tough fight for Van Damme Awards

While a great many of you will be watching the Oscars tonight, I will be taking time to celebrate the films, filmmakers and actors whose particular kind of excellence will never be recognized by the academy.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Feb. 22, 2015

With Oscar night upon us, we asked 10 folks in the entertainment biz: What's the one movie you always stop to watch, no matter how many hundreds of times you've already seen it?


University of Illinois Class of 1979

aka Cameron in 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off,' Stuart on TV's 'Spin City'

John Roska: Paying taxes for household workers

Q: Do I have to pay taxes or Social Security for baby sitters, or people who work around my house? What happens if I don't?

A: If you paid someone $1,900 in 2014, you're supposed to pay Social Security tax. If you paid a total $1,000 per calendar quarter to one or more employees, you're supposed to pay federal and state unemployment taxes.

For the retirees, Feb. 22-March 1, 2015

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

An offbeat look at the Oscars

Chris and Anne Lukeman of Champaign are independent filmmakers and rarely watch enough Oscar-nominated movies. They are also fairly cynical about the Oscars as a whole.

Business listings, Feb. 22, 2015

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently at the Champaign County clerk's office:

C-U Air Duct Cleaning, 309 Bluestem Drive, Savoy, by Louis E. Fincham, same address.

Lefilsmak Production, 508 E. Bradley Ave., C, by Di Makaya, same address.

Remarc Media Group, 604 Rosewood Drive, St. Joseph, by Eric Cramer, same address.

Getting Personal: Jenell Hendrix

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 28-year-old Jenell Hendrix of Champaign, the 2015 Hooters Girl of the Year, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. The hometown girl is a graduate of the University of Illinois.

Do you have a favorite memory of the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club?

Studio Visit: Durango Mendoza

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Durango Mendoza, 69, Urbana, a photographer, assemblage artist, sculptor and writer, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Are you still writing short stories?

Area history, Feb. 22, 2015

Today is Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: