C-U Haiku, Feb. 9, 2014

Icicles melting

Dripping away existence

At different rates

— Sybil Kellogg, Loda

Take a ride on Floca's railroad

Two weeks ago, the American Library Association announced its 2014 youth media award winners. The Caldecott Medal, given to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children, was awarded to Brian Floca.

Studio Visit: Dawn McDaniel

Today, The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli visits with theater actor/director Dawn McDaniel, 41, Urbana

Q: So you were born a Hamelberg here. What high school did you go to?

A: I went to Centennial during the Keith Page years. Remember him, the weatherman? He was drama director. I graduated in 1990.

Documentary series to open at UI

URBANA — The AsiaLENS Documentary Film Series will open at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Spurlock Museum with the screening of "Mulberry Child."

The series in Spurlock's Knight Auditorium will focus this season on documentary films that address the cultural revolution in China from different, personal perspectives.

Ask 'Mimi' Feb. 9, 2014

Melissa "Mimi" Merli answers questions about the Gifford relief concert, the long-running "Tony n Tina's Wedding" and about the Phases of the Moon festival coming in September.

1. How much did the Jan. 25 Gifford Tornado Relief Concert at Gordyville raise?

Red Mask auditions slated

DANVILLE — The Red Mask Players will have auditions for the play "Amateurs" at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St.

There are roles for five men and four women. A copy of the script for in-house reading is available at the Danville Public Library.

Ceramic exhibit coming to Parkland gallery

CHAMPAIGN — A solo exhibition of figurative ceramic works by a Southeast Missouri State University professor opens Monday at the Parkland Art Gallery.

"Outlandish Adventures: Works by Benjie Heu" will remain on display through April 1, with the opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Heu will give a gallery talk at 7 that night, and the Parkland Guitar Ensemble will perform.

Look Back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

When not in Rome ...

A look at the Chicago Auto Show

Former News-Gazette photo editor Darrell Hoemann is back at one of his favorite haunts: the Chicago Auto Show. So we asked him for a tour.

Concept cars

Who lives here? Feb. 8, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie and ask readers, "Who lives here?" The first person to email wholiveshere@news-gazette.com with the name of a silver screen character who resides in the featured house will get a shout-out in next week's section. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence in your submission.