Ask 'Mimi,' July 16, 2017

Ask 'Mimi,' July 16, 2017

Are there renovations this summer at the two Krannerts?

At Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois Facilities & Services is replacing 14 sections of limestone exterior to which railings are attached, as well as the railings, for safety reasons, said Bridget Lee-Calfas, Krannert's publicity and marketing director. A crane had to be used.

And in a couple of weeks, Krannert Center will refinish its famous teak wood lobby floor and start work on the Promenade, the gift shop. The merchandise section in it will be reduced. Added will be displays pertaining to the behind-the-scenes work by resident producers at Krannert Center.

I was sad to hear Dale Turner, the longtime director of Promenade, retired. He was great at finding really cool merchandise at affordable prices. His assistant of 20 some years, Zia Moon, will take over.

At Krannert Art Museum, there are no renovations, but a few galleries are closed to prepare for new exhibitions opening Aug. 31. Remaining open: the African gallery on the main level, the permanent galleries in the lower level and the Kinkead Pavilion, said Julia Kelly, marketing and communications director. The Kinkead includes a small but vital exhibition on the provenance, or lineage of ownership, of several works in the museum.

Is Julia Megan Sullivan in an Onion News Network video?

Yes, it's titled "Woman Testifying Before Congress Sobbing Too Hard To Tell Them Why She's There."

In the video, Sullivan sobs as she is supposedly questioned, and at one point paces back and forth, agitating her hands.

"Using dramatic skills for comedy. It's my favorite thing," she says.

The video was shot in June in the Chicago offices of The Onion. Sullivan had auditioned by sending in videos of herself performing.

Sullivan, who lives in Danville, appears in many community-theater productions in Danville and C-U. She also directs. She has a role in "Disaster!" playing now at the Beef House Dinner Theatre at the restaurant in Covington, Ind.

You can watch the video here. Shortly after it was released Thursday, it received 103,000 views — and counting!

Did Michael Kosta land a TV job?

Yes, the former UI tennis player is a correspondent on "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah," having made his debut Tuesday on the Comedy Central news-satire series.

It’s not his first foray into TV: The writer, actor and comedian has appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Chelsea Lately" with Chelsea Handler, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" and "Conan." He also has a special on Comedy Central; his latest album is titled "Comedy for Attractive People."

He played tennis at the UI from 1998 to 2002.

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