URBANA – Catherine Novak believes in the power of herbs – and not just because they're tasty.
In her herbal medicine chest classes – taught at Novak's store, Beads N Botanicals, in Urbana – the Hoopeston woman teaches students how to look at the plants for healing and health properties as well.
DANVILLE – The Vermilion Heritage Foundation is lighting up, just as it hopes its work will light up the Fischer Theatre marquee once and for all.
The producers of "Leading Ladies," a film being shot in Champaign-Urbana, are inviting local residents to be extras.
The scene – which features an amateur Midwestern ballroom competition – is being filmed from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Franklin Middle School, 817 N. Harris Ave., C.
The Smokey Bones restaurant building at Market Place Mall – vacant since May 2007 – is getting a new occupant.
Old Chicago, a restaurant featuring pizza, pasta and beer, plans to open in the space at 1910 N. Neil St., C, on Sept. 14, according to Tom Connelly, who already operates an Old Chicago in Merrillville, Ind., with Mike Ruben.
Vacationing in chilly temperatures in the United Kingdom is probably not how most couples imagine spending their honeymoons, but it was just perfect for me and my new husband last June.
We had no desire to sip margaritas on a white sand beach on some tropical island. Plus, you put two very fair-skinned individuals who abhor the heat anywhere near a tropical climate and you'll end up with a pair of crispy newlyweds.
Q: Have you always made art?
A: I was in a band years ago called Ack-Ack and I wanted to make posters for that band, but I was just the drummer. The concept the main person had for the band was unspoken, so I never did try. That was 1982 or '83. Then I moved to Virginia and came back and started playing in another band. I started making posters in 1986 or '87. They're tied directly with the music. There are phrases on the posters from the songs.
CHAMPAIGN – Writer-editor Jason Pankoke has closely followed the independent-filmmaking community here over the past decade. Never has he seen so many films being made in central Illinois as he has during the past year.
"There are several projects of all shapes and sizes. The largest by far is 'Leading Ladies,'" he said.
URBANA – A jazz orchestra that performed here in the 1980s will reorganize for a happy hour gig from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Iron Post, 120 S. Race St., U.
On Thursday, former University of Illinois Professor Ray Sasaki will perform, also at the Post, with the Jazz Sextet.
CHAMPAIGN – Talk about a labor of love.
About 90 percent of the people working on a new movie, "Leading Ladies," at the former Rialto Theater are unpaid, for now.
"We hope that when the movie is sold, we can pay them back," producer and co-director Daniel Beahm says of the volunteers, who come from New York, Colorado and, of course, Champaign-Urbana.
CHAMPAIGN – The Matzner Chiropractic practice in southwest Champaign is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Champaign County Court-Appointed Special Advocates program.
The first annual CASA Barbecue Fundraiser will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 27, at Matzner Chiropractic, 1712 S. Duncan Road, C. The event will feature food, a dunk tank, a bounce house; face painting, a silent auction, family photos and wellness screenings.