Top of the morning, Jan. 17, 2014

Nothing like cold and snow to make you question your life priorities. For example: Is my television viewing experience optimized?

UI's Keys handicaps Golden Globes

For a best guess on the winners of tonight's Golden Globes awards, we turned to Henson Keys, head of the acting program at the University of Illinois.

A member of the Actors' Equity Association for 40 years, Keys has acted in or directed more than 120 productions in New York and at professional theaters nationwide.

Bob Asmussen's choices for People's Choice Awards

The People’s Choice Awards are coming this week, and we wanted someone to break down a few of the 58 categories that will be awarded. Staff writer Bob Asmussen is a person, so here are his choices in 10 areas:

Favorite Movie

Nominees: "Despicable Me 2," "Fast & Furious 6," "Iron Man 3," "Monsters University," "Star Trek Into Darkness"

Look Back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

1. There's a fine new pianist in town: Adrian Herrera Escobar, a native of Colombia. He's studying for a doctoral of musical arts degree in jazz performance at the University of Illinois.

Ask 'Mimi' Jan. 5, 2014

Each week, Melissa "Mimi" Merli answers three arts and entertainment questions:

1. What are some last-minute things I can do during the holiday break?

Rich Warren: Let's take a look into the Willow Glass ball

Technology shatters crystal balls. So the glassmaker Corning Corp. invented flexible, nearly indestructible Willow Glass as mentioned last year. You'll be seeing it in and on current and future smartphones, tablets, TVs and possibly even car windows.

Top of the morning, Dec. 27, 2013

Bowl season has arrived, but you can't hope to watch all 35 games and avoid a family squabble. Here, then, is a football-heavy (but not exclusive) weekend viewing guide, courtesy staff writer Bob Asmussen:


Texas Bowl: Minnesota vs. Syracuse, ESPN, 5 p.m.

Rich Warren: Welcome to era of affordability

'Tis the day after Christmas and all through the house the creatures are stirring with no rest for a mouse (or touchscreen).

Top of the morning, Dec. 20, 2013

Load the fireplace with logs, grab the remote and click your way to holiday happiness. Here's your weekend TV guide, courtesy staff writer Bob Asmussen:


"I Love Lucy Christmas Special," WCIA, 7 p.m. 

Rich Warren: No audio outputs on new TV means a likely return

LG put one over on Mr. Technology. I saw a lonely LG 22-inch TV sitting on a Target shelf for an appealingly low price, not much more than the similar no-name TV on sale next to it.