November 2009

November 2009

It's Your Business: Ex-Baker's Square site going Asian

An Asian restaurant is expected to open early next year in the former Baker's Square building near Market Place Mall in Champaign.

Ginger Asian Bistro, 1902 Center Drive, will feature Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean food when it opens.

Finding O'Keeffe, killer enchiladas in New Mexico

The killer enchiladas in Santa Fe caught us off guard. Whole-leaf spinach laced with crumbled Monterey Jack, cumin and garlic, rolled in blue corn tortillas, baked in a deep red sauce, nestled beside savory rice and beans ....

My husband and I flew to New Mexico in mid-September on the trail of Georgia O'Keeffe and quaking aspens. We timed our trip to miss the end of summer heat at lower elevations, hoping to catch the aspens changing from green to gold in the mountains.

Studio Visit: Robert Chapman, 61, of Champaign

Q: When and why did you move here from Arizona?

A: Three years ago in March, due to an odd series of circumstances.

Getting Personal: Krannert director Rebecca McBride

What time do you typically get up? What do you do the first hour of the morning?

I usually get up around 5:30 a.m. unless we had a performance the previous evening at Krannert Center, in which case I rise around 7 a.m. I drink coffee, read the newspaper, watch the national news and check e-mail.

Rhythm & Raag brings classical arts of India to U.S.

URBANA – Singer Nirmalya Roy's and tabla player Subrata Bhattacharya's lives have them moving around the world.

Recently they performed in Nashville and Austin, and in September, Roy sang at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with sitar great Ravi Shankar, no less.

C-U Storytelling Guild plans benefit at The Iron Post

URBANA – The C-U Storytelling Guild will have a storytelling event at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St., U, to benefit the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

The event, "Feed Your Body and Soul," will feature eight guild storytellers: Patricia Hruby Powell, Linda Dust, Barb Bolser, Camille Born, Lynn Randall, Dan Keding, Kim Sheahan and Kathe Brinkmann.

'Indirect Objects' exhibit set to open at Parkland gallery

CHAMPAIGN – The contemporary photography exhibition "Indirect Objects: Captured Identities" will open Monday at the Parkland Art Gallery, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and a gallery talk at 7 p.m. by Springfield artist Liz Murphy Thomas.

The Valentine All-Stars will perform music during the event, which is free and open to the public. The exhibition will remain on view through Feb. 6.

Endless squabbling is bad for health

The marriage of the health departments operated by Champaign County and Champaign-Urbana is still intact and still unhappy.

In the continuing soap opera involving the two local health departments (Champaign-Urbana and Champaign County), the two sides can't even agree on what they disagree about.

UI recruit enjoys Champaign visit

CHAMPAIGN – Perusing the final list of schools from which Centrese McGee made her final decision, one gets the impression that remaining close to her home was important.

The Thornton Fractional North senior, who this month signed to play for the Illinois women's basketball team, put DePaul, Northwestern and Marquette in her final group. She ended up choosing Illinois, at least partly because she has bought into Jolette Law's emphasis that Illinois kids should represent the Illini.

UI grade: B

Player of the Game: Mike Davis

Following a disappearing act against Utah, Davis came up big with 17 points and eight rebounds against Bradley. That's the kind of fight coaches want to see from the junior forward – in every game. A repeat of his 28-point performance against Clemson would come in handy on Wednesday.