Rich Warren: A question about varying TV picture sizes

TV used to be so square. We've become so accustomed to wide screens that the old 4:3 aspect ratio seems as quaint as old sepia photographs. Yet, sometimes even on our new 16:9 widescreen TVs, pictures don't always fill the screen.

Here's a reader query about that:

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Ben Folds visiting the Canopy Club

Pianist Ben Folds, with vocalist Kadhja Bonet, will perform Saturday night at The Canopy Club in Urbana.

The show is sold out, but VIP tickets are available.

Who lives here? Feb. 18, 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.


#TheMJs, Feb. 17, 2017

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



Top of the Morning, Feb. 17, 2017

SCOTT BEATTY loves baseball. This weekend, Illini Sports Network listeners will find out how much.

The WDWS personality is calling the Illinois baseball games in Beaumont, Texas. The first broadcast is Illinois against Milwaukee at 2 p.m. today. The Illini play Milwaukee and Lamar on Saturday with a single game Sunday against the host Cardinals.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 16-23, 2017


This weekend


What: Presented by the Save the Lorraine Foundation. Limited to 12 teams of up to five people; come alone and join a smaller team. Free theater popcorn, cookies and a small bottled water or soda. Winning team members receive refund of entry fee, and a door prize will also be awarded.

Frank's Faves: Movies about presidents who aren't Lincoln

This week: First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of their countrymen, but not always first at the box office.

Monday is Presidents Day, which remains, at best, tied for the second-most popular American holiday ... in February, that is.

Tosh bringing stand-up to State Farm Center

CHAMPAIGN — Comedian Daniel Tosh and writers and comedians from his Comedy Central show, "Tosh.0," will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 16 at State Farm Center.

"Tosh.0" is currently in its ninth season, airing at 9 p.m. Tuesdays. The State Farm Center event is part of the "Tosh.Show on Campus" tour that visiting at least 20 universities this spring.

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The research behind the concert

Sinfonia da Camera's concert on Saturday at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana was influenced by market research the chamber orchestra conducted with two University of Illinois MBA student groups.

Rich Warren: Hopefully, battery won't be issue in Note 8 phone

Korea's Samsung grew into the 1,800-pound gorilla of the consumer electronics industry over the past decade. It dominates the industry today the way Sony and Panasonic, combined, did in 1986, the heyday of Japanese electronics supremacy.

Samsung claimed that defective batteries turned its Note 7 smartphone into a torch.