Entertainment listings, Sept. 21-28, 2017


This weekend


Top of the Morning, Sept. 18, 2017

During high school football season, Friday nights are all hands on deck for the sports department. They consider it their version of election night, what with all the live updates of scores and statistics for all the schools in our coverage area, along with a full recap of the night's action for the next day's paper.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Impressive writers in town

The Pygmalion Fest is bringing some impressive writers to town this week, chief among them George Saunders, who's favored to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction with "Lincoln in the Bardo," his novel about Lincoln mourning in a cemetery his 11-year-old son, Willie. Saunders will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Krannert Center.

Who lives here? Sept. 16, 2017

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot of a home from a movie or television 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.

Weekend Planner: Bursting with Pride

The eighth annual CU Pride Parade and Festival will be the biggest ever, says Josh Laskowski, who is producing and directing the event presented by the UP Center, a nonprofit that works to promote the well-being and development of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and ally community of Champaign County.

#TheMJs, Sept. 15, 2017

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



Top of the Morning, Sept. 15, 2017

On Thursday's "Penny For Your Thoughts" radio show with Jim Turpin, 51-year News-Gazette columnist LOREN TATE announced he will no longer be writing four columns per week for the newspaper.

Frank's Faves: TV series debuts and returns

"A message came back from the great beyond: There's 57 channels and nothin' on." — Bruce Springsteen (Only 57 channels? Now those were the days!)

Outside of baseball playoffs and football season, I don't spend as much time in front of the television as I used to, so I have to pick my moments more carefully these days.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 14-21, 2017


This weekend


Rich Warren: Bigger TV screens aren't always better

Most TV manufacturers use the same display panels and basic circuitry for several models of TVs. For example, all of the LG OLED (organic light-emitting diode) TVs deliver identical picture quality. Whether you spend $2,000 or $3,000 for the 55-inch screen, your eyes won't know the difference.