UI well represented in 'King of the Nerds'

Here's an odd statistic: Three out of 11 nerds are former or current University of Illinois students. That small sample is taken from the composition of "King of the Nerds," a TBS reality show that returns for a second season on Thursday night.

Ask 'Mimi' Jan. 19, 2014

This from Richard Mohr, Urbana: Is the C-U public sculpture program a case of too much of a good thing not being wonderful? The cities are starting to look like sculpture graveyards, not sculpture gardens. And what's up with all the silver ones? Does the committee think we are magpies and will leap at anything spangly?

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

A week or so ago I went to The Iron Post, Urbana, to hear Condition Blue, a pickup group of talented local jazz players. The play the music of the early '60s Blue Note period — hard bop that feeds out of the music of Art Blakey, Horace Silver and other greats of the mid- to late '50s. Condition Blue didn't make me and others in the bar feel blue, though. Instead we felt uplifted.

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"

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?

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.

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.