Library events, July 26-Aug. 2, 2015

Events scheduled at local libraries. 

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Here's what's happening in the area's ...

Music scene

April Verch show

CHAMPAIGN — Fiddler, singer and step-dancer April Verch and her band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Upper Bout, 723 N. Neil St., C, as an event of the Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, July 26, 2015

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

Patrick Phillips lives in Brooklyn, but in every city, town and village, and at every crossroads, there's an old guitar.

Here's one from "Elegy for a Broken Machine," a fine book from Alfred A. Knopf.

The Guitar

It came with those scratches

from all their belt buckles,

palm-dark with their sweat

History, romance and comedy in one book

"After a Fashion" is a historical romance set in New York City in the 1880s and focuses on two interesting and delightful characters who are full of flaws we can all relate to. This is the first book in a planned series, "A Class of Their Own," by romance author Jen Turano.

Who lives here? July 25, 2015

Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?"

Email your guess of a character who resides in the featured home to wholiveshere@news-gazette.com 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.

Weekend planner: More Music on the Lake

As Kaitlyn Riopelle hires local bands to perform at Champaign County Forest Preserve sites, she targets groups she knows are good or have solid reputations. For the Music on the Lake Concert Series show from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Homer Lake, she tapped Rebecca Rego and the Trainmen, an Americana act. "I've heard really great things about her and look forward to having her," Riopelle said.

Truckers show going strong at Rantoul

RANTOUL — Tom Reitz wanted something that would appeal to semi-truck drivers in the area.

So he started the Top Gun Largecar Shootout at Rantoul National Aviation Center. Eight years later, it's going strong.

Updated: Country star to play Danville; tickets on sale Aug. 14

DANVILLE — Country music star Lee Brice is coming to Danville in late October.

The singer-songwriter, who has had four No. 1 hits on Billboard’s country chart  and has a new album, “I Don’t Dance,” is scheduled to perform on Oct. 23 at the David S. Palmer Arena.

Tickets go on sale Aug. 14, arena General Manager Peter Blackmon said Thursday afternoon.

Frank's Faves: Shall We Play a Game?

Do today's action flicks seem like video games? There's a reason for that.