I haven’t had any success growing lavender in my low-sun yard in Urbana.
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 — 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.
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.
TUSCOLA — The Henningsens, a family trio from Atwood currently touring with Brad Paisley, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday in Ervin Park.
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!
Young corn roosts in fields,
its silver-green leaves beating
like ten thousand wings.
— Lynne Proctor Sancken, Tolono
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.
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