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'Evil Dead': Dress for a bloodbath

When I was in college, a film school friend of mine made what I thought to be the best parody movie (sans production quality) ever. The plot involved a society of zombies who mysteriously transform into something truly hideous — YOUNG CONSERVATIVES! THEY'RE COMING FOR YOUR HIGH TAX RATES AND LOOSE MORALITY — RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!

C-U Haiku June 30, 2013

Young corn roosts in fields,

its silver-green leaves beating

like ten thousand wings.

— Lynne Proctor Sancken, Tolono

Revolutionary War backdrop for historical fiction

This year marks the 230th anniversary of the end of the Revolutionary War. Because the timing was right, and I always love learning new things when I read a good book, I decided to pick up some historical fiction this week.

On the best-seller lists right now is the nonfiction book "Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution" by popular author Nathaniel Philbrick.

Ted Kooser: American life in poetry June 30, 2013

Here's a splendid poem by James Doyle, who lives in Colorado, about the way children make up mythic selves that will in some way serve them in life. To create one's self as a palm reader is only one of many possibilities.

In the Planetarium

I read the palms of the other

kids on the field trip to see

which ones would grow up

to be astronauts. The lifeline

Mega Pass offers best deal on carnival rides at state fair

SPRINGFIELD — If you love carnival rides, the Illinois State Fair has a special deal to consider.

The Mega Pass is a ticket for an unlimited number of rides in Adventure Village and the Carnival Midway all 10 days of the fair plus Preview Night (Aug. 8-18).

Pondering mysteries of science

One of my favorite books from 2011 was Lauren Redniss' "Radioactive" (itbooks/Harper Collins). Combining dazzling artwork with the scientific research and love story of Marie and Pierre Curie, "Radioactive" is a treat for lovers of art, science and a compelling narrative.

St. Louis woman shares her incredible journey

Jean Ellen Whatley's "Off the Leash" is much more than a story about a woman traveling across the country, almost 9,000 miles, with her dog, Libby.

Teacher combines art, activism

CHAMPAIGN — Artist-activist Nancy Edith Guevara knows identity and immigration politics.

She was born in and grew up in the border town of Laredo, Texas, where she often felt not Mexican enough nor American enough.

As a child she would make art at home to distract herself.

"I would take simple things and through my imagination transform them into something else," she said.

Library events June 30, 2013

Each week, The News-Gazette offers a selection of events provided by area libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Gearhead of the Week: Bob Helbling

After retirement, Bob Helbling did a frame up restoration of a 1953 Studebaker Champion coupe and took it for a drive on his 81st birthday.