Music is medicine
Like many of us, I got hit by the flu or a bad cold last week so was unable to go out much. As a result, I felt rather glum. Last Saturday night, I decided to get out of the house, even though I wasn't feeling great yet, because I figured hearing the Traditional Jazz Orchestra at The Iron Post would make me feel better. I was right.
New Year's Eve gala
One of the few events going on this week: The Chorale's 31st annual New Year's Eve gala at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Virginia Theatre. I've always meant to go to this but never get around to it; I've heard it's great. Guest this year is After Hours, a barbershop quartet from Peoria. Lots of good songs to be sung, among them Beatles classics.
Orpheum Children's Science Museum ending the year with fun
The Orpheum Children's Science Museum will celebrate the new year with its annual Noon Day Drop Celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Keith, Guy playing at Rauner bash
Country star Toby Keith, legendary blues artist Buddy Guy and the legislator band The Boat Drink Caucus will perform at Gov. Bruce Rauner's Inaugural Concert in Springfield on Jan. 12. Tickets may be purchased via IllinoisInauguration.com.
Studio Visit is a Q&A with local artists. Here, a chat with Laura Anne Welle, 24, of Champaign. The graphic designer at Christopher's Fine Jewelry Design in Champaign who's also a visual artist, jewelry maker and actress recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.
I didn't know you made visual art, too. What arts are you into?
If you feel like moving around — and who doesn't after holiday indulgences? — or like getting a jump start on your New Year's resolutions, head to the University of Illinois Ice Arena. With students and faculty gone, it's easier to find a parking place on campus over winter break. And the Ice Arena is open over the intersession, including Sundays.
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By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06
We are never without our insect companions, even in winter, and here's one who has the run of the house. Roger Pfingston lives in Indiana.
Lodged tight for days
in a corner of the wall,
ladybug can't resist the tree,
crawling now over cold
light, ceramic fruits,
HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT BUNKER HILL
What: The historic buildings will be lighted for the public to enjoy.
When: 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28 and 31.
Where: Bunker Hill Historic Area, Kennekuk County Park, 22296-A Henning Road, Danville.
More info: Call 442-1691.
The traditional Christmas holiday concert of Baroque Artists of Champaign (BACH) was given at Holy Cross Church in Champaign on Sunday night, Dec. 14. Absent this year were the snow and ice of last year. Instead we had warmer weather and drizzling rain.