Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Aug. 10, 2014

By Ted Kooser

U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

It's difficult to tell the whole story

These two books show that everyone has things they keep to themselves

Here's what's happening on the arts scene

Photo display

CHAMPAIGN — "The BARE Project," a collection of photographs of local people posing in the nude, with strategic coverings in some places, will open Friday at the Indi Go Artist's Co-op, 9 E. University Ave., C.

"The BARE Project" series was created by Emily Otnes, Anna Longworth and Alisa Greene.

Paley's 'This Land is Mine' film a viral hit

URBANA — Nina Paley is not completely tired of pushing pixels.

In addition to her PaleGray Labs projects, she continues to work on her animated feature “Seder-Masochism.” She describes it as a story of Exodus and Jewish mythology, inspired by the fact she’s Jewish, and her late father, Hiram Paley, was both Jewish and an atheist.

Weekend Update: Something to howl about

Kennekuk County Park will be busy in early September for the first Phases of the Moon Festival. But the beautiful park just north of Kickapoo State Park west of Danville also has plenty of activities going on today: 'Cheeseburgers and Fun,' the Howl at the Moon 8 Hour Run/Walk and the seventh annual Bunker Hill Run car show and Cruise to the VA. Here's a rundown on all the fun:

Who lives here? Aug. 9, 2014

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or TV show and ask readers, "Who lives here?"

Entertainment listings, Aug. 7-13, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

The stars are out at Illinois State Fair

A look at the featured acts that will perform on the grandstand at this year's state fair. Shows open at 8 each night. For more information, visit agr.state.il.us/isf/grandstand.

American Idol Live

Aug. 8

Our guide to the Illinois State Fair

The Illinois State Fair has evolved over the decades from a celebration of agricultural skill to a total entertainment package. Here are a few things we'll always love about traditions.

Husbands and hogs

Out and about: Beefing up on the golden oldies

Like a big hunk of meat with your classic oldies and theater?

The Beef House Dinner Theatre Presents "Return to the Forbidden Planet" beginning at 5 p.m. Friday at Beef House Restaurant, 16501 N. State Road 63, Covington, Ind.