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Reluctant Townie: What is a millionaire Mormon businessman to do?

If there is one thing that the 2012 presidential election has taught us as a nation, it's that Mitt Romney's underwear is not as magical as we previously believed.

Ted Kooser: American life in poetry

David Hernandez is a Californian who knows how to have a good time with his writing. Here's a delightful flight of fancy based on a negotiation with a postal clerk.

At the Post Office

The line is long, processional, glacial,

and the attendant a giant stone, cobalt blue

with flecks of white, I'm not so much

looking at a rock but a slab of night.

Composers invited to enter competition

URBANA — Composers in East Central Illinois are invited to submit their pieces for a contest coordinated by the Urbana Pops Orchestra.

The winning entry in each of the two age categories will be performed at the orchestra's June concert.

'Solar Mamas' will be screened on Tuesday

CHAMPAIGN — The next screening in WILL's Community Cinema series will be "Solar Mamas," a documentary about Barefoot College in India. The free screening and discussion will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Robeson Rooms A & B of the Champaign Public Library.

'Hairspray' will hit DACC stage next weekend

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College's liberal arts division and the DACC Players will present "Hairspray" this upcoming weekend.

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16-18, at Bremer Theater.

Martirano winner from Tel Aviv making trip to C-U

URBANA — The 16th annual Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award Concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Fiddle, banjo, guitar in the spotlight at Indi Go

CHAMPAIGN — The C4A Live at Indi Go concert at 7 p.m. Thursday will feature the trio of Robin Kearton on fiddle, Tom Faux on banjo and Sam Payne on guitar performing traditional dance music and Americana.

The concert will be at the Indi Go Artist Co-op, 9 E. University Ave., C.

Writer offers a gripping story

Central Illinois author Rena Koontz is excited to announce her first title, "Love's Secret Fire," a Crimson Romance book.

A former award-winning journalist at newspapers in Pennsylvania and Ohio, Koontz is now writing books full time after she moved to a new home in the Midwest from Cleveland when her husband retired from a 20-year career with the FBI.

Melissa Merli: Love was in the air at C-U Folk & Roots Festival

The fourth annual Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival ended on a blissful note last weekend.

As one of the organizers headed to the closing late-night jam at The Iron Post, he noticed a young woman wearing a floor-length, white wedding dress standing outside, talking on her cell phone.

Accomplished photographers will display their craft

CHAMPAIGN — An exhibition of photographs by several accomplished photographers from throughout the country will open Monday at the Parkland College Art Gallery.

The opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday will feature a talk at 7 p.m. by Parkland photography and video associate Professor Peggy Shaw, who curated the show.