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Pygmalion more than just a music festival this year

The Pygmalion Music Festival next weekend won't be just about indie music this time around.

The ninth-annual festival, which will be at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Krannert Art Museum and other venues in C-U, will feature a two-day literary festival and a one-day Made Fest and Book Fair, all for the first time.

2 from New Orleans teaming up for show

URBANA — Bassist James Singleton of Astral Project, considered the leading modern jazz quartet of New Orleans, and fellow New Orleans musician Helen Gillet will perform as a duo the evening of Sept. 30 at Buvon's Wine Bar, 203 N. Vine St., U.

Admission is $15 and will include hor d'oeuvres and cake. The event will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

A roller coaster summer

There is something magical about the summer between high school graduation and college. It's a once-in-a-lifetime emotional roller coaster of a season, when you are saying goodbye to everything that is familiar — your family, friends, maybe your hometown — and looking to your new life with equal amounts of excitement and dread.

Where are the children in these suspenseful novels?

Cal Weaver did the unthinkable. While driving home one rainy night, a teenage girl tapped on his car window and asked for a ride. He knew it wasn't a good idea. He was a middle-aged man, known in the community. He should have offered to call someone for her. He should have done a lot of things. But then she said she knew his son, and so he let her in.

Parenting stories will leave you laughing out loud

If you are a parent or grandparent (or even aunt, uncle or caregiver) of young children, then "Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures" is a must-read for you.

Studio Visit: Laura Chiaramonte

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Today, The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli chats with dancer Laura Chiaramonte, 38, Champaign.

Q: Was the Champaign Art Salon this weekend your idea? Why are you doing it?

Richard J. Leskosky: Hollywood swan songs

Often when actors or singers know a performance is going to be the last of their careers, they will make an effort to make it particularly memorable or emblematic of their entire body of work, going out on a high note. That's their swan song.

Casey James coming to Foellinger Auditorium

URBANA — Tickets are on sale for country star Casey James' Oct. 3 concert at Foellinger Auditorium, Star Course, the University of Illinois student-run concert productions and promotions organization, has announced.

Artists will show their drawings in new Parkland show

CHAMPAIGN — Five artists who are faculty members at universities nationwide will show their drawings at the Parkland Gallery.

"Defining Territory: Contemporary Drawing," curated by Parkland College Art and Design faculty members Joan Stolz and Matthew Watt, will open Saturday and run through Nov. 9.

C-U Haiku, Sept. 22, 2013

between the twirlers

of the marching band

the same boyfriend

— Sondra J. Byrnes,

South Bend, Ind.