Each week, The News-Gazette will offer a selection of events provided by area libraries:
Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass branch, 504 E. Grove St.
CHAMPAIGN — "Tandem: Bicycles and Artwork" will open Friday evening at the Indi Go Artist's Co-op, 9 E. University Ave.
The second annual event will begin with the opening from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, and the works will remain on display through Aug. 21.
URBANA — The Heartland Gallery will host two artist receptions this week for Fayetteville, Ark.-based jewelry artist Anita Hejtmanek of Heartwood Creations.
The show will open from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday with music by singer/songwriter/dulcimer player Margaret O'Brien. Refreshments will be served.
MATTOON — A photograph of Roma Linder Chenoweth's family sesquicentennial farm was selected for display at the Illinois State Fair in a photo contest for centennial and sesquicentennial farm owners.
Chenoweth said she tried to think of something different to increase her chances of having her photograph selected for the contest, sponsored by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
Eric W. Trant can write creepy.
"Wink," Trant's second novel, is a supernatural horror story that grabs you on page one and takes you for a wild ride until the last page. Besides the paranormal horrors that haunt the pages of Trant's work, he also deals with real-life horrors in "Wink": abusive parents, drug dealers, murder, gun violence and more.
I am a firm proponent of reading books by the same author in the order in which they were written. Maybe it's a little OCD, but I just think that it's the way things should be done. I like to witness the natural progression of a bigger picture.
So that's why I'm confused. Because now I've messed things up.
MONTICELLO — The return of the Friday night Concert in the Park series at Allerton Park has drawn enough patrons that organizers have already announced it will be renewed for 2014.
Derek Peterson, associate director of Allerton Park and Retreat Center, made the announcement at the Aug. 2 concert that featured two bluegrass bands.
Not that I've done a thorough scientific study of the matter, but it strikes me that film dialogue produces more "Wait a minute, did I hear that right?" reactions than novels, plays or even TV shows.
Maybe it's just that I tend to notice them more because I pay more attention to films.
Hey, people, despite all the orange cones, barricades and yellow tape in downtown Urbana, the businesses there are still open.
And some are hurting because of the prolonged street construction.
URBANA — The Celebration Company at the Station Theatre will produce during its 42nd season a dark comedy, scathing drama, rock music and magical realism, with the shows to be developed by longtime company members and newer talents.