New coordinator brings energy to Figure One

CHAMPAIGN — Even before Rehema Barber started her new job Oct. 1 as visiting coordinator of Figure One, she was contacting members of the arts community here.

One was Kelly White, executive director of 40 North 88 West, the Champaign County arts council.

White was impressed.

Music club marks centennial

URBANA — On a chilly Tuesday morning, a couple of dozen musicians gather in an Urbana home to hear four short pieces.

Lois Palen's living room is quieter than a concert hall. In the kitchen, a quartet of members of the Champaign-Urbana Tuesday Morning Musical Club listens quietly — but they can't resist dancing in their seats to a bossa nova played on bassoon and piano.

Richard J. Leskosky: Fasten your seat belts...

A famous actress gives in to paranoia when she realizes that her most devoted fan, who has become first her assistant and then her understudy, is actually trying to take everything she has and become her. Toss in a sharp knife and you would have a well-worn thriller plot. With only metaphorical knives, though, you have Hollywood's classic 1950 tale of ambition in the theater, Joseph L.

The fix and the fight

It was altogether fitting and proper in 2011 that Illinois — the land of both Lincoln and corruption — became a home away from home for on-the-lam state lawmakers from Wisconsin and Indiana.

Set your clock back in time with historical novels

Did you remember to set your clocks back an hour this morning? In the theme of setting the clocks back, I've decided to pick up a couple of well-received historical novels to get me in the mood.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Nov. 3, 2013

I'm a sucker for miniatures, I suppose because it's easy to believe I have control over my world when some of its parts are very small and I have positioned them to my liking.

Here's a telling poem about a tiny plastic soldier by Mary M. Brown of Indiana.

Classic Toy

The plastic army men are always green.

They're caught in awkward poses,

Delilah Dirk takes readers on wild ride

Imagine Lara Croft with Indiana Jones' sense of humor, and throw in an exuberant love of adventure and disregard for danger.

Boomer lit entry a well-written, unpredictable story

Pat Carr is an award-winning author of 16 books and numerous short stories. She's taught literature and creative writing in universities in the South and has her doctoral degree from Tulane University. Her expertise at fiction writing is apparent from page one of her latest novel, "The Radiance of Fossils."

C-U Haiku, Nov. 3, 2013

Winter sky

On an autumn day

Missing home

— Annie Cederoth, Urbana

Cellist to perform Sunday Salon concert

URBANA — Cellist Jay Campbell, a young musician who has collaborated with the band Radiohead, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts as part of its Sunday Salon Series featuring young, emerging artists.

Campbell, winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, will perform with pianist Conor Hanick in the Foellinger Great Hall.