Entertainment listings, Jan. 8-15, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Illinois Ancestors: Chicago maps are accessible online

Cartographer Dennis McClendon's "labor of love" is a website called Chicago in Maps that makes it easy to find a variety of maps of that city.

Fat City owner buys Memphis on Main

CHAMPAIGN — The owner of Fat City Bar and Grill has acquired Memphis on Main in downtown Champaign and said he plans to continue booking the same sort of entertainment there.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area

String quartet

DANVILLE — The Wasmuth String Quartet is returning to Danville for its second season of free performances and educational events.

Here's what's happening on the music scene

Blues group raising money to send artists to Memphis

The Prairie Crossroads Blues Society will host a fundraiser on Saturday to help send its solo/duo competition winners to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn.

Two fine choices with a community theme

Fresh off the press from Charlesbridge Publishers and award-winning children's author Alice B. McGinty is the new picture book "Rabbi Benjamin's Buttons." Illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt in lively and whimsical watercolors and ink, "Rabbi Benjamin's Buttons" tells the story of a well-loved rabbi and his congregation.

Look ahead: Top picks for the week to come

Hard-charging pianist

Ask Mimi Jan. 4, 2015

What entertainment do you most look forward to in 2015, Mimi?

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Jan. 4, 2015

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