Count your blessings: thousands of them. While we would prefer mobility during the central Illinois spring, remaining at home is far less onerous than it would have been just 30 years ago.
“Last Hope Island” refers to Britain during WWII, the last hope for stopping the seemingly endless German aggression in Europe.
Today’s column features two creative and beautiful educational books that are being offered as free e-books on Amazon to help parents who are home-schooling their children while schools are closed. At the end of this column, please see links to more resources.
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Can you identify the screenshot of this home from a movie or TV show?
Far from being a divisive polemic that takes a stance on the issue, this is a thoughtful look at how current policy surrounding it affects one woman, a late teen who sees nothing but dead ends down each avenue.
Checking in from the U.K. in Part 5 of our new UI alum-themed series: The Gies College of Business grad and award-winning novelist who is better known to her legion of fans as Rumer Haven. She told Editor Jeff D’Alessio what life’s like in locked-down London.
Aaron Sorkin, Candice Bergen, Virginia Madsen, Marlyne Barrett and a cast of other award-winning actors, directors and show-bizzers offer their stuck-at-home-with-nothing-to-do binge-watching recommendations.
You’re at home self-isolating, and even if you were to go out, all the cinemas are shut down. So how do you see films in a time of quarantine? Actually, there are lots of sources for home viewing.
On March 12, I attended a concert in the Foellinger Great Hall, which will probably be the last concert given there this spring. And a magnificent concert it was! The major work was the sprawling, overwhelming Symphony No. 13, “Babi Yar,” of Dimitri Shostakovich. This enormous work, more ora…
Set in the gritty parts of NYC in 1999, “Motherless Brooklyn” by Jonathan Lethem recently made the transition to the big screen. The novel and the movie take different paths, but they cover much of the same general acreage.
“The Boy Who Grew Dragons,” by Andy Sheperd, has all the elements of a classic middle-grade story: plenty silly and full of adventure and magic. The main character has great relationships with his family, even his three-year-old sister who he calls Lollibob Bobalob (instead of Charlotte). He…
The first episode that 2016 alum Adam Smith taped aired Wednesday. He's not able to talk about the ones that haven't aired yet — which reveals that he has at least one win under his belt.
Now that movie watching has become a home-viewing option for the time being, this space will be devoted to small reviews of films that can be seen on various streaming services, cable channels and video on demand.
Liz Garbus' film examines the case of a serial killer in Suffolk County, New York, from a unique perspective as it focuses on the efforts of the mother of one of the victims to spur authorities to investigate the disappearance of her daughter.
With binge-watching about to become more popular than ever, we asked actors, directors and others in the entertainment business what they’d recommend for someone who suddenly has a few free days.
Award-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn are best known for their books that explore the lives and struggles of women in developing countries. In their latest book, “Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope,” they turn their thoughtful analysis to the United States, focusin…
In a world of exaggeration and pumped up promises, testing organizations we trust rate products under optimal circumstances rarely achieved in the real world. The EPA certified that my hybrid car would deliver an average of 48 miles per gallon. The asterisk failed to note on totally flat roa…
Artemisia’s mother died when she was 12 years old, in 1605. Artemisia could have joined a convent as a nun. Instead, she chose to grind pigment for her father’s art in “Blood Water Paint” (Dutton 2018) by Joy McCullough. Artemisia is now 17 and paints most of her father’s paintings, for whic…
When the Champaign-Urbana Symphony played on March 7, who in the audience could have imagined that it would be the last concert by this ensemble until next fall? Because of the coronavirus crisis, the entire season at Krannert came to an abrupt halt on March 12.
EDITOR'S NOTE: With most movie theaters closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, N-G film critic Chuck Koplinski will be reviewing films you can watch at home while keeping yourself and others safe.
Urbana took fifth out of 10 schools at the Orchestra Cup after finishing third two years ago. They were the smallest orchestra of the 10, director Tamra Gingold said, and also the most diverse.
Today’s column begins with the winner of the 2020 American Library Association’s Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal and American Indian Youth Literature Picture Book Honor.