Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

'Hair,' Holdsclaw among headliners of Ebertfest 19

CHAMPAIGN — The 19th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival will open April 19 with the 1979 musical “Hair” directed by Milos Forman, with a 35mm new print on loan from Michael Moore and the UCLA Film Archive.

Forman, now 85, won’t be coming but his assistant director for “Hair” will be here as part of the post-screening discussion on the Virginia Theatre stage.

Chuck Koplinski: 'Beast' is beautiful but a bummer

One of the most frustrating film-going experiences in recent memory, Disney's live-action remake of their classic animated feature "Beauty and the Beast" is a combination of touching moments and garish excess, a movie that eschews the notion that sometimes "less is more." Director Bill Condon goes out of his way to dazzle and distract the audience when all he had to do was tell this magical tal

Club listings, March 23-30, 2017

THURSDAY, March 23

BAXTER'S AMERICAN GRILLE: Andy Moreillon (blues/rock/folk), 6 p.m.

CLARK BAR: New Twang City, 6 p.m.; C-U Comedy's "The Open Mic," (all sign-ups in advance,, 9 p.m.

IRON POST: Gonzo Diablo, 8 p.m.

JT WALKER'S RESTAURANT AND SPORTS BAR, Mahomet: Thursday Night Trivia League, 6:30 p.m.

Frank's Faves: Television sitcoms

This week: Sometimes you want a show "where everybody knows your name ... "

Notes-Worthy: Band goals

Music notes with C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown:

Entertainment listings, March 23-30, 2017

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John Frayne: Sinfonia, Oratorio Society shine in powerful 'Elijah'

Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio "Elijah" is a monumental work. It is not as long in performance as George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" or Johann Sebastian Bach's "Saint Matthew Passion," but it can seem as long as either of these.

Sadly, a familiar tale

URBANA — The drama "Sleep Deprivation Chamber" seems ripped from today's headlines, but the true incident on which it is based actually happened in 1991 in Virginia.

Higher-seeded Illini heading to Florida? Blame it on Broadway

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois is the higher seed in tonight's NIT contest against Central Florida, but the Illini won't have home-court advantage.

Blame the lullaby of Broadway.

State Farm Center long ago scheduled the musical "42nd Street" for tonight as part of the WCIA 3 Broadway Series, bumping the Illini to Orlando, Fla., for spring break.

Winning beard honors his loss

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A man who helped pitch Dos Equis beer as the Most Interesting Man in the World turned his attention from his favorite beer to his favorite beard by judging a competition called Vermont Beardies.