"I just got the phone call one day," is how poet Richard Blanco describes to Fresh Air's Terry Gross how he learned he had been selected to write and read the inaugural poem for President Obama's second swearing-in on Jan. 21.
A previously unpublished and unknown poem by Illinois poet Carl Sandburg was discovered last week in the University of Illinois’ Sandburg Archives. The subject of the poem is guns.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra says music director Riccardo Muti will miss three concerts and a student engagement because of flu-like symptoms.
A national film festival that’s breathing new life into footage found in dumpsters, at garage sales or thrift stores is coming tonight to Champaign.
Talks aimed at settling the Chicago Symphony Orchestra strike are set to resume three days after musicians walked off the job.
A renowned lyric baritone and University of Illinois voice professor will lead an effort to commission and perform new American operas.
Film Critic and Urbana native Roger Ebert is receiving an award from Robert Redford's Sundance Institute for his support of independent cinema.
A Peoria-area musician is remembering former U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who died this week as protestors stormed and burned the U-S Consulate in Libya.
Oscar-winner director Martin Scorsese is partnering with "Schindler's List'' screenwriter Steven Zaillian to produce a documentary about famed Chicago Sun-Times film critic and Urbana native Roger Ebert.
For most people, the name Roger Ebert stands out as a man who’s known for giving movies a thumbs up or down. And it’s widely known he hails from Urbana. But to those who haven’t read the famed critic’s memoir, there’s a backstory to a man who didn’t set out to write about film.