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Clubs listings, July 4-11

A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.

THURSDAY, July 4

BENTLEY'S PUB: Got the Groove Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.

BOLTINI LOUNGE: DJ Doug, 8 p.m.

Sharp's Crossing Lavender Farm a fragrant destination

I haven’t had any success growing lavender in my low-sun yard in Urbana.

Studio Visit: Ian Gindes

Studio visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Melissa Merli chats with pianist Ian Gindes, who will play next weekend with the Urbana Pops Orchestra.

Urbana Pops to play Saturday

URBANA — The Urbana Pops Orchestra's concert "Made in the U.S.A." at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Urbana High School auditorium will feature music by American composers.

Admission is free, thanks to an arts grant from the city of Urbana.

Because the concert comes so soon after the July 4 holiday, principal conductor Daniel Southerland and others chose the patriotic theme.

Little Theatre hosts children's-character breakfasts

SULLIVAN — The Little Theatre on the Square will host a breakfast with the characters Dora the Explorer, Diego, Boots and Swiper at 9 a.m. Saturday as well as July 9, 11 and 13 in The Little Theatre Dance Studio.

Trio touring with Paisley to perform in Tuscola

TUSCOLA — The Henningsens, a family trio from Atwood currently touring with Brad Paisley, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday in Ervin Park.

'Evil Dead': Dress for a bloodbath

When I was in college, a film school friend of mine made what I thought to be the best parody movie (sans production quality) ever. The plot involved a society of zombies who mysteriously transform into something truly hideous — YOUNG CONSERVATIVES! THEY'RE COMING FOR YOUR HIGH TAX RATES AND LOOSE MORALITY — RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!

C-U Haiku June 30, 2013

Young corn roosts in fields,

its silver-green leaves beating

like ten thousand wings.

— Lynne Proctor Sancken, Tolono

Revolutionary War backdrop for historical fiction

This year marks the 230th anniversary of the end of the Revolutionary War. Because the timing was right, and I always love learning new things when I read a good book, I decided to pick up some historical fiction this week.

On the best-seller lists right now is the nonfiction book "Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution" by popular author Nathaniel Philbrick.

Ted Kooser: American life in poetry June 30, 2013

Here's a splendid poem by James Doyle, who lives in Colorado, about the way children make up mythic selves that will in some way serve them in life. To create one's self as a palm reader is only one of many possibilities.

In the Planetarium

I read the palms of the other

kids on the field trip to see

which ones would grow up

to be astronauts. The lifeline