Renee Fehr has pondered writing a book about her sister's murder since shortly after Sheryl Houser was found dead in the garage of her rural Mansfield home in 1990. But getting justice for Sheryl took precedence instead for the next three decades.
This week's panel: REO bandmates Bruce Hall and Dave Amato, Heart's Nancy Wilson, Alison Krauss' mom, George Thorogood, Derek Trucks, UI President Tim Killeen and local guitar heroes Carrie Chandler, Holly Rushakoff, Gloria Roubal, Brandon Washington, Kenna Mae Reiss, Mike Ingram and Ricky Bright.
It has been 20 long months since Twin City Theatre Company’s production of “Bus Stop” played at the old SoDo Theatre in downtown Champaign. That flexible former theater space has been converted to a business where people hurl sharp objects while enjoying various beverages.
There are times when you see talented performers struggle with material that’s beneath their talent. Such is the case with Lina Roseller’s “Best Sellers,” a well-intentioned dramedy starring Michael Caine and Aubrey Plaza, inspired casting that nearly saves this been-there-done-that exercise.
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The Champaign-Urbana Symphony is back, after 554 days since its last pre-COVID-19 concert. That number was mentioned by conductor Stephen Alltop, and I am sure he had been counting, much like the orchestral players and the audience been watching the calendar and waiting for concert life to resume.
Germany, 1945. The war has ended. Concentration camps have been liberated, and Zofia Lederman, just released from Gross-Rosen death camp, is searching for her brother, Abek. She knows the rest of her family — parents, grandmother and aunt — were all sent to the gas chambers when they arrived…
Grammy-winning singer and guitar player Ben Harper will show a different side of himself when he premieres a 29-minute instrumental piece on lap steel guitar on Friday night at ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival in Krannert Center's Great Hall.
“It’s so clear to me that the artists want to perform for audiences again in-person in our theaters. It’s so clear to me that we have a lot of audience members that are very eager to be together again in our theaters."
Having created the “Saw” and “Conjuring” franchises and directed entries in the “Fast and Furious” and “Aquaman” series, James Wan has become a genre director of note. His efforts have generated billions for Warner Bros., and as a result, he’s been allowed some latitude where his own films a…
”You’re Werner Marx’s son?” Roger Ebert asked future fellow UI grad Frederick Marx, who'd go on to co-made one of Ebert's all-time favorite films, Hoop Dreams. "Sit down. I want to tell you a story."
Sharing their stories about Urbana's favorite son: Cameron Crowe, Diablo Cody, Liam Neeson, Susan Sarandon, Rod Lurie, Ramin Bahrani, Kathleen Kennedy, Thora Birch, Joe Mantegna, Guillermo Del Toro, Phil Alden Robinson, Paul Greengrass and Abel Ferrara.
Our award-winning panel: 'Hoosiers' director David Anspaugh, plus Judd Apatow, Joe Pesci, Kathleen Turner, David Anspaugh, Kathleen Quinlan, Ron Shelton, Gary Sinise, Andy Garcia, Kathleen Quinlan, Taylor Hackford, Gina Gershon and Kathleen Kennedy.
Guilt, self-destruction and redemption have been the driving themes in the films of Paul Schrader. His continued exploration of these subjects is a breath of fresh air in this era of overblown cookie cutter entertainment. Uncompromising in his approach, when he’s firing on all pistons, thoug…
“The Abduction of Pretty Penny,” by Leonard Goldberg, is the fifth book in “The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes” series. They are great reads and very entertaining.
From earlier columns dealing with mostly low-budget science-fiction and horror movies, you know insects, snakes, plants, sharks and leprechauns are all out to get you (aliens and robots, well, that goes without saying).
Reboots are a tricky thing. How do you match the success of a previous film yet provide something new and vital while avoiding simply retreading the same narrative ground?
How much is a human life worth? One million dollars? Ten million dollars? More? This is the question at the core of Sara Colangelo’s “Worth,” an intriguing true-life story that centers on Kenneth Feinberg, an attorney who specializes in cases where assessing compensation for the deceased is …
The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music’s new online trivia game, Music Frivia, has been created to test people’s knowledge, both serious and frivolous, of local, national and world music using the Sousa Archives’ historical collections.
There are a lot of things that come to mind when I think of the 1970s. Among them: tacky polyester clothing; avocado-green and harvest-gold furniture and appliances; blockbuster movies; and bizarre, only-in-the-’70s fads like pet rocks and streaking.
Hopefully, our young readers are enjoying the outdoors this summer. They don’t need to go far to find things to spur their sense of wonder. These two new picture books show young people’s encounters with nature, which bring about wonder in simple but profound ways!
Krannert Art Museum's new exhibit, entitled entitled "A Question of Emphasis: Louise Fishman Drawing," involved years of work between Fishman, 1965 UI MFA graduate and curator Amy Powell. After Fishman's unexpected death in July, the gallery doubles as a sort of memorial for the well-known abstract painter.