Our blue-ribbon, supersized panel: Hugh Acheson, Carrie Baird, Maneet Chauhan, Nina Compton, Dana Cowin, Melissa d'Arabian, Harold Dieterle, Joe Flamm, Nancy Fuller, Gina Keatley, Melissa King, Spike Mendelsohn, Sara Moulton, Hosea Rosenberg, Dale Talde, Jess Tom and Jonathan Waxman.
“The people I support in the arts are deeply struggling. They miss both the intrinsic rewards of creating for audiences and the vanishing infrastructures of support for what they do."
In late 1947, in the Regional Court of Amsterdam, one of the most unique stories to come out of World War II was put to rest. The trial of artist Han van Meegeren had come to an end. Accused of collaborating with the Nazis during their occupation of the Netherlands, the painter had been inca…
The Ottawa International Animation Festival, North America’s largest animation celebration, like so many other film festivals this year, went online and made other changes to accommodate an audience watching from home.
“Everything Sad is Untrue” is Daniel Nayeri’s story of fleeing Iran with his mother and sister. By a series of minor miracles, the family evades Iran’s secret police and gets to Italy, where they stop at a refugee camp for a few years before landing in Oklahoma. Born Khosrou, he is now Daniel.
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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not a happy story. It is a complicated tale with no clear hero or resolution. It spans decades and involves political machinations, shifting boundaries, hard feelings and death.
There’s a timely message or two to be found amid the carnage that is Eshom and Ian Nelms’ “Fatman,” a would-be dark comedy that attempts to skewer the commercialization of Christmas as well as the uptick in violence seen in our youth.
It’s going to be back to curbside pickup and virtual services only at the Champaign, Urbana and Danville public libraries starting Friday.
The lead singer of the Champaign-born band has been booked for a 15-minute virtual concert at halftime of the Dec. 5 game against Iowa, UI Alumni Association President/CEO Jennifer Dillavou told The News-Gazette.
URBANA — When former Urbana High School theater Director Tim Broeker left the school in the spring, co-director Alyssa Pavlakis and students from Broeker’s time at the school put together a variety show for him over Zoom, recording their favorite songs and monologues to perform for the outgo…
Worst year ever? You might get a convincing counterargument from American historians without them even having to go further back than the 20th century. For some pandemic perspective, we asked them to finish this sentence: If you think 2020 in the U.S. has been rough, let me tell you about ...
“Murder on Cold Street” by Sherry Thomas is the newest book (number five) in the Lady Sherlock series. You may remember I reviewed the first book (if not all of them) previously.
The 2020 Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club’s Dancing With Champaign Urbana Stars virtual fundraising event was presented in a livestream format from the I Hotel on Nov. 6.
Elaine Weiss’ recent book is the gripping story of an almighty American political battle — replete with bitterly opposed sides, daily news accounts of political intrigue and shady dealings and racial drama.
I’m fully booked. My social calendar remains open, but my bookcases are packed like the rush hour Dan Ryan Expressway. Books are a passion, and we buy them faster than we can read them.
There’s a tattered dignity about Madame Rosa. Life has been hard for her. Circumstances have forced her to compromise herself from time to time. As a survivor of the Nazi death camps, she’s learned the hard way that living another day can come at a steep price. And she knows not to criticize…
Not as sharp as his previous efforts in the meta-horror genre, “Happy Death Day” and “Happy Death Day 2U,” Christopher Landon’s “Freaky” has nearly enough going for it to warrant 100 minutes of your time. A pastiche of horror genre tropes, all set up to be skewered through a post-modern lens…
Recalls UI law Professor Sean Anderson: 'During the first commercial break of my first show, Alex came over to take a picture with me and the other new contestant. In those pictures, he stands with his arm sort of around you. As he stepped away, he said quietly, ‘I just lifted your wallet.’
I was about halfway through Thomas Bezucha’s “Let Him Go” when in my notes I wrote, “Let’s see how this ends…” At that point, I had many mixed feelings about the film – many things I liked, yet there were almost as many that I didn’t – and I knew that how I would ultimately feel about it wou…
Ashley is a wealthy Black high school senior when the 1992 Los Angeles riots break out following the police beating of Rodney King in “The Black Kids” (Simon & Schuster 2020), by Christina Hammonds Reed.
Movies have long used animated skeletons for scares. But if you think about it, how you get the skeletons out of all that squishy stuff that usually surrounds them can be even more unsettling.