Mark Rubel with Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets at Mabel's in Dec. 1984.
(Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois)
April 18, 2014

Rising from the Ashes of Disco

Many consider the 1980’s to early 90’s the golden age of local music in Champaign-Urbana, especially when it comes to rock and roll.  On Saturday, April 19th, the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois will be hosting a panel discussion entitled “Rising from the Ashes of Disco: Urbana-Champaign’s Music Scene during the 1980s and Early 1990s.”


April 07, 2014

Legendary Hollywood Star Mickey Rooney Dies At 93

Mickey Rooney, the pint-size, precocious actor and all-around talent whose more than 90-year career spanned silent comedies, Shakespeare, Judy Garland musicals, Andy Hardy stardom, television and the Broadway theater, died Sunday at age 93.


Roger Ebert sculpture model
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
April 04, 2014

Sculptor: Ebert Statue In ‘Home Stretch’

A year after Roger Ebert’s death, those behind a memorial sculpture will make sure those at his annual film fest still get a chance to see him 'at the movies.'


Lupita Nyong'o wins best supporting actress
(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
March 03, 2014

Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two

The big winner was 12 Years A Slave, but there was quite a bit of love to go around at Sunday night's Oscars. What there wasn't, as usual, was a lot of riveting television.


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