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Richard J. Leskosky: Recap from the Ottawa International Animation Festival

If you only have the chance to see animated films in U.S. theaters, you might well assume that shorts are only made with 3-D computer techniques and that features have to star fairy tale figures, sentient planes and cars, prehistoric animals or exotic birds, all trying to find safe havens and/or reunite with lost family members.

Studio Visit: Carol Farnum

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a visit with Carol Farnum. The watercolor artist recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Did you study art at the UI?

No, I studied ecology and evolutionary biology, but I have been doing art since I was 13. So it's been a duality. It's always been a constant.

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

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

Enjoyed 'Se Vende' at festival

Here's what's happening on the music scene

C-U Symphony Orchestra Guild raising funds

The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra Guild will host its "A Symphony of Homes" fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. next Sunday. The proceeds support youth music education.

John Frayne: Jupiter Quartet, vocalist impressive at Allerton

The eighth annual Allerton Music Barn Festival opened up with a highly enjoyable concert by the Jupiter String Quartet with Ollie Watts Davis as vocal soloist on Sept. 18

Library events, Sept. 28-Oct. 5

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.

Weekend update: Movies, music and meat

Danville is showing off its downtown from noon to 11 p.m. today as part of the Taste of Downtown Danville. "It's a great event for the community, the last big kickoff before winter hits," said Jordan Cundiff, interim director of Downtown Danville Inc.

Who lives here? Sept. 27, 2014

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

The first person to email wholiveshere@news-gazette.com with a person who resides in the featured home will get a shout-out in next week's section.

Horrors focus of 1st 'Dark History Con'

RANTOUL — Jeffrey Dahmer. John Wayne Gacy. The Zodiac.

All names associated with notorious acts of violence, and all names that will be discussed at the first Dark History Con at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Rantoul VFW, 675 N Ohio.

But if it were up to event creator Brian Ward, those violent criminals wouldn't be the only names bandied about.

Music fest to host band's first reunion in 15 years

One of the headline acts at the 10th annual Pygmalion Festival this weekend is American Football, playing their first performance since reuniting after 15 years.