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C-U Haiku, June 22, 2014

Edited by LEE GURGA/For The News-Gazette

Where is it?

There it is, shining above

Goodnight moon!

— Kim Robeson, Champaign

Here's what's happening on the arts scene

Father, daughter showing ceramic works

A nationally known ceramics artist and his daughter will show their ceramic teapots through Aug. 16 at the Cinema Gallery, 120 W. Main St., U.

"The Teapot Mystique" will feature works by Don Frith, a retired University of Illinois art professor who now lives in Santa Maria, Calif., and Eugenia Frith Meltzer of Alfred, N.Y.

Richard J. Leskosky: A little humor from Cannes

Last month's Cannes Film Festival once again presented some of the best films made in the past year, but it also hosted the annual Marche du Film, a marketplace for anyone with a movie — or even just an idea for a movie — to sell. The (literal) first line in those sales campaigns is the synopsis that appears in any listing of the film.

Studio Visit: Robert Sena

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Robert Sena, 35, of Urbana. The native of Brazil and his friends recently formed Bailalai, which plays Brazilian funk, reggae and rock. Other members are Gordon Kay, drums; Jason Finkelman, percussion; Brad Decker, bass; Eric Lopez, guitar; and Max Sulikowski, saxophone.

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

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

Friday Night Live

Saddle up for some Wild West reading

"Cactus Country Anthology III" is a delightful collection of short stories and flash fiction, all set in the Wild West. If you love good ole cowboy heroes, heroines with some spunk, gun-slinging bandits, stagecoaches and shootouts, then you'll really get into the stories in this new anthology from High Hill Press, located in St. Charles, Mo.

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, June 22, 2014

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laurete 2004-06

Diane Gilliam Fisher, who lives in Ohio, has published a book called "Kettle Bottom." It portrays the hard life of the West Virginia coal camps. Here is just one of her evocative poems.

Violet's Wash

You can't have nothing clean.

I scrubbed like a crazy woman

at Isom's clothes that first week

Revelation will knock you over

Cadence Sinclair Eastman is 18 at the beginning of "We Were Liars" (Delacorte 2014) by E. Lockhart, but her actual story begins "summer fifteen," when she is 15.

The blueblood Sinclair family own Beechwood Island and all converge there every summer. Her grandparents reign in one mansion, and their three middle-aged daughters squabble over the other three island mansions.

Weekend update: Made in the shade

Today and Sunday, the Arts In the Park festival in Danville offers 50 to 60 artist booths, food, ersatz Beatles, gospel and a big band. It's at Lincoln Park on Logan Avenue. Best thing about this: most of it's free. In its 26th year, the festival offers "every kind of entertainment," says Danville Parks & Public Facilities director Steve Lane.

Who lives here? June 21, 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?"