Here's what's happening on the art scene

High school students showing works

The Illini Union Art Gallery is the venue for the sixth annual Eric Show, featuring art by area high school students.

Here's what's happening on the music scene

Public invited to check out music of the Middle East

Music of the Middle East: A.J. Racy in Concert with Omar al Musfi will take place at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Krannert Center's Studio Theatre in Urbana. It is free and open to the public.

Take the no-yelling challenge

"Yell Less, Love More: How the Orange Rhino Mom Stopped Yelling at Her Kids — and How You Can Too!" by Shelia McCraith is a 30-day guide that includes day-by-day steps to stop yelling, 100 alternatives to yelling and honest stories of parenting. McCraith is the mother of four boys. She found herself constantly yelling at them and hating every minute of it.

Ask 'Mimi,' March 15, 2015

What do you know about Rockin' for Reasons, a new organization bringing national and local musicians together to rock and raise money and awareness for local non-profits and people in need? — Cheryle Turner, Champaign

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

Last chance to see play

C-U history lessons via lenses

URBANA — In his varied career as a photographer, Robert McCandless took countless photographs of celebrities, presidents and ordinary people, first in the military and then as a newspaper and portrait photographer.

He also photographed babies for Carle.

Here's what's happening on the theater scene

Monticello group holding auditions for 'Stealing Home'

The Monticello Theatre Association will have open auditions at 7 p.m. March 30-31 at the Phoenix Theater, 1406 N. Market St., for its upcoming play "Stealing Home."

People who can't make the auditions either of those days may arrange an audition by emailing gilyohnka@gmail.com.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, March 15, 2015

When I was a boy, I was advised that if a wasp landed on me, I wasn't to move until it flew away. I did as I was told and got stung. Here, Karen J. Weyant, who lives in Pennsylvania, takes a similar risk.


When my father held his Bic lighter

to the nests in back of the garage,

the gray paper pulp sparked

then blackened. Ashes fell,

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

An evening of animation

Revolutionary act

URBANA — The acclaimed young organist Cameron Carpenter — the first organist to be nominated for a Grammy for a solo album — performs on his own special International Touring Organ on Thursday evening at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.