#TheMJs, April 28, 2017

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.



"If women are going to wear low cut dresses that show cleavage don't be harassed when men look. Or shld we sue for sexual arousal?"

Top of the Morning, April 28, 2017

Donna Pepper's One Week Boutique is still going strong — the twice-a-year event is scheduled for this weekend at Champaign's Leonhard Recreation Center. It opens at 10 a.m. Saturday.

But the Illinois graduate admits part of her attention is on the Green Bay Packers. Particularly, the team's rookie long snapper, her son Taybor.

Frank's Faves: Live-action cat movies

This week: There's a new cat in our house. There may not be for long ...

My wife and I acquired a 2-year-old Himalayan cat recently — ostensibly to put the fear of God into some illegal immigrants in our century-old farmhouse. She's a gorgeous, long-haired creature, luxuriously furry from ears to tail. But I fear she will not be with us for long.

Entertainment listings, April 27-May 4, 2017


This weekend


What: The Asian American Cultural Center celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month with this annual family-friendly festival showcasing a variety of Asian cultures through food, art, performances and activities.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. April 29.

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events troughout the area

Here's what's happening in the area's ...


Trumpets take center stage

The Champaign-Urbana celebration of the run-up to International Jazz Day, which falls on April 30 this year, will take place from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Art Theater in downtown Champaign, with an after-party at the Esquire Lounge.

Ebertfest: 'Pleasantville' director says it still holds up

CHAMPAIGN — Director Gary Ross hadn't seen his movie "Pleasantville" in 15 years when he watched it Saturday at Roger Ebert's Film Festival.

The writer, director and producer had said it was his favorite of the movies he's made.

Part 23: UI memories from actors, directors and the novelist who inspired Tom Hanks' next movie

In this Ebertfest-inspired, entertainment-themed edition of our year-long series marking the UI's 150th birthday, we asked 10 grads who've gone on to greatness to tell us a story about their most vivid Campustown memories.

Ebertfest: Television titan Norman Lear wows audience

CHAMPAIGN — Shortly after television legend Norman Lear took the Virginia Theatre stage at Ebertfest on Saturday, his cellphone rang.

As he fished it out of his pocket, he informed the audience that he had told his six children that he would never turn off his phone, adding that a year ago, while making a public appearance, his sister had died.

Who lives here? April 22, 2017

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot of a home from a movie or TV show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides there to, and we'll give a winner a shout-out on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.