Frank's Faves: Movie grandparents

This week: "Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children." — Alex Haley

I received an unusual suggestion for a column recently — from a most unexpected source, yet one I find it impossible to refuse.

Entertainment listings, March 30-April 6, 2017



What: A good, old-fashioned egg hunt. Bring a basket. For ages 1-13.

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 8. Hunt starts at noon.

Where: Douglass Park, 512 E. Grove St., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email or call 819-3973.


Who lives here? March 25, 2017

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screenshot of a home from a movie or TV show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides there to, and we'll give a winner a shout-out on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.


Frank's Faves: Television sitcoms

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

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.

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.

Girl, pet duck get national TV spot

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — A Maine girl has gone to sleepovers and trick-or-treating with her pet duck. Now they're going on a national TV program together.

Rich Warren: The latest gadgets invade our privacy

If you fear your TV spies on you, disconnect it when not in use. Pull the AC power cord. Depending upon what you watch on your so-called "smart" TV, disable its WiFi and/or disconnect its ethernet cable.

Obviously, that won't work if you watch programming via the internet. Everything is a trade-off. Many of the latest "smart" features require two-way communications.

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli from the week that was

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