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2014 Best In Show

Winners of the Champaign County Camera Club and Urbana Park District's annual photo contest. Judges will discuss the winners from 1-2 p.m. on Sunday, February 23.

Studio Visit: Chris Taber

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Melissa Merli chats with actress Chris Taber, 49, Mahomet.

Q: How and when did you first get interested in theater?

Stories behind the winning photos from camera club contest

The News-Gazette asked all eight winners in the 13th Champaign County Camera Club Photographic Print Competition to describe their first-place entries. The photo prints are on display through Feb. 23 at Lincoln Square Village in Urbana; you can see the second- and third-place entries in a gallery at news-gazette.com.

Stories perfect for sisters

I'm the oldest of six siblings, and while as an adult I am quite close to all of my siblings, growing up I had a particularly close bond with my sister.

We were the only two girls — and the two oldest — and even now I think in some ways no one knows me quite as well as my sister does, which is probably why I'm often drawn to novels that highlight the unique bonds between sisters.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

LOOK AHEAD: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come ...

Student group to exhibit at Indi Go

CHAMPAIGN — The Student Chapter of the Champaign-Urbana Design Organization will present "Raw Exhibition" from Friday through next Tuesday at the Indi Go Artist's Co-op, 9 E. University Ave.

The opening reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, and the gallery will be open for viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Ask 'Mimi' Feb. 16, 2014

Are there any tickets left for the Vince Gill-Amy Grant concert March 14 at the Virginia Theatre? Is the husband-wife team touring together?

As of Thursday morning, just a few tickets remained in the 1,463-seat theater for the country-pop-gospel duo, according to theater director Steven Bentz.

Prison tale great for book club debates

From the moment readers open "Inside These Walls" by Rebecca Coleman, they are transported to the world of a women's prison and introduced to Clara Mattingly, who is serving a life sentence for murder. Coleman's writing is superb, and Clara is instantly a likeable and sympathetic character, whom readers will cheer for in spite the fact that she's also a cold-blooded killer.

Richard J. Leskosky: Pesticides play leading role in Insect Fear Film Fest lineup

This year, the 31st annual Insect Fear Film Festival, sponsored by the Entomology Graduate Students Association at the University of Illinois, offers a couple of groundbreaking surprises.

REVIEW: 'Wait Until Dark' plenty scary

By Tricia Stiller

The 1967 film version of Frederick Knott's suspense-thriller "Wait Until Dark" is ranked 55th on the American Film Institute's "100 Years...100 Thrills" list and — spoiler alert — its climax is ranked 10th on Bravo's "100 Scariest Movie Moments."