'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, jesse@cucomedy.com), 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.

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.

Entertainment listings, March 23-30, 2017

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Notes-Worthy: Band goals

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

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.

Frank's Faves: Television sitcoms

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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.

UI alumna will try to prove she's got 'The Voice'

University of Illinois alumna Micah Tryba is not every woman at all — she's in a good position to advance on "The Voice."

She sang "I'm Every Woman" — a la Whitney Houston, not Chaka Khan's original version — to win a place on Blake Shelton's team for upcoming episodes of the NBC reality show.