Ask 'Mimi,' March 19, 2017

Ask 'Mimi,' March 19, 2017

Did you meet Brett Eldredge earlier this month in Paris?

No, I arrived around 4:15 p.m., after he had wrapped up other appearances at his alma mater high school, Laker Stadium and elsewhere. I went straight to the Ernie Eveland Gymnasium to chat with people waiting in line for his free concert.

It was his first in Paris since the 2011 Edgar County Fair, one of his aunts told me. Besides relatives, I met many other fans, among them Paris High seniors who had been interviewed earlier by Country Music Television.

CMT will show segments of Eldredge's visit to his hometown during the "Hometown Heroes" show on March 31.

Were all the old theater posters permanently removed from the lobby of the Parkland Theatre?

No, Joi Hoffsommer, artistic director, said the posters advertising past shows at the community college were on foam core and had started to ripple and look tacky.

"We're having the posters redone and reformatted, and it's just taking forever," she said. "The thing is there's not a lot of extra hands on deck to get things done."

Parkland will standardize the posters to make them a uniform size and likely frame them before returning them to the lobby.

What did Chaz Ebert and Nate Kohn have to say at the 20th anniversary Cyberfest event Monday evening on the UI campus?

Kohn, director of Roger Ebert's Film Festival, said Roger Ebert had always been asked to head a film festival but was never interested until he attended the UI Cyberfest in 1997. There he interviewed "2001" author Arthur C. Clarke by satellite hookup.

Kohn said Cyberfest had to put up a temporary screen at the Virginia Theatre to show "2001" in 70mm. "His seeing this kind of film on this kind of screen with that audience got him to thinking about how a film festival could be put together," Kohn said.

Now in its 19th year, Ebertfest wouldn't have happened without Cyberfest, Kohn said. This year it takes place April 19-23.

Chaz Ebert, the festival co-founder, executive producer and emcee, also said her husband was impressed with and excited by Cyberfest, and that "2001" the movie meant different things to him at different points in his life. He believed the movie operated on an instinctual or emotional level.

In that vein, just before he died in 2013, Roger Ebert came to the realization that time exists simultaneously all in one place, and is not linear.

"Now I just wonder where in time he is," she said of her late husband.

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