Studio Visit: Dave Stone

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Dave Stone, president of the Champaign County Camera Club, author of the blog Things Biological and head of the biology department at University Laboratory High School.

Q: How long have you been president of the Champaign County Camera Club?

Discover a world of awe and magic

We experience the reality of rural 19th-century Norway in "West of the Moon" (Abrams-Amulet 2014) by Margi Preus, yet we feel immersed in a land of magic. The Norwegians are Christian but are living in a world paralleling Scandinavian folktales. Superstitions are alive and alluring — with the invisible and wicked huldrefolks lurking near cradles and under bridges.

Headliner for Taste of C-U named

CHAMPAIGN — The Taste of Champaign-Urbana comes to West Side Park Aug. 15-16 and will feature food from some of the area’s top eateries as well as local craft beers.

It also features one of the biggest musical acts ever to play at the event, in fact a darn big band.

Who lives here? July 12, 2014

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

Weekend update: New downtown fest debuts

This evening, the Champaign Park District will introduce the Mariposa Music Festival, with local and national acts. It's already calling Mariposa its newest signature event. "We've done a few different music festivals in downtown Champaign," said Chelsea Norton, marketing manager.

Get your hanky ready, ladies

CHAMPAIGN — Fear, desire and medicine; postcards from Haiti; "better, faster, stronger"; recognition of women as they age; adoptions; incurable disease; body image, songs and dances ...

That's What She Said, in its second year at Krannert Center, returns July 19. Christie Clinic and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts are the main sponsors.

Historic Farm Days kicks off in Penfield

What sweetcorn is to Hoopeston and soda is to Homer, tractors will be to Penfield the next four days. Today kicks off Historic Farm Days, another of East Central Illinois' annual mark-your-calendars, must-see festivals, featuring tractors of all shapes and sizes, makes and models. Three things to know about the pride of Penfield (population: 193), care of Rantoul Press editor DAVE HINTON:

Chuck Koplinski: Visually arresting 'Dawn' overstays its welcome

One of the more successful franchise reboots, 2012's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" proved that there was a bit of life left in 40-plus-year-old series. 20th Century-Fox knows you can't keep a profitable ape down and has made no small plans where its simians are concerned, with a eighth film in the series set for release in 2016.

Clubs listings, July 10-17, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.


BLACK BEAR INN, Danville: Karaoke with Route 66, 9 p.m.

Quilt show will leave you in stitches

The Midwest Heritage Quilt Show brings together about dozens of locally made quilts, some nearly 100 years old.

They are on display at the Vermilion County Museum, 116 N. Gilbert Street, Danville, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout July.