Ask 'Mimi' June 8, 2014

Greg Springer of Urbana asks: Is it my imagination or didn't Dominic Fumusa go to the UI in its theater department? I'm pretty sure I reviewed him favorably many times over the years. And he's a regular on 'Nurse Jackie' and currently in New York City on the stage, I believe. He's a good actor, but he never seems to get much visibility.

C-U Haiku, June 8, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

armored tank black clouds

thundering across the sky

every body runs

— Ruth S. Walker, Urbana

Review: Pace is perfect in Sondheim revue

By Audrey Wells

Fans of Stephen Sondheim, the living American master of musical theater, will certainly enjoy the production of "Putting it Together," produced by the Celebration Company at the Station Theatre.

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

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

Artist's memorial

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Outdoor concert

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, June 8, 2014

I like the looks of trellises and arbors and those miniature barns that keep your bushel baskets of tools dry. Here's a poem by Frank Osen, who lives in Pasadena, about a garden shelter that's returning to the earth.

The Lath House

Wood strips, cross-purposed into lattice, made

this nursery of interstices — a place

that softened, then admitted, sun with shade,

Weekend Update, June 7, 2014: Raggedy revival

For nearly 20 years, the village of Arcola celebrated native son Johnny Gruelle, an artist who created Raggedy Ann and Andy, with the Raggedy Ann and Andy Festival. It ended a few years back, but now there's a replacement: the Raggedy Ann and Andy Rally from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Rockome Gardens west of Arcola. Here's what's up, courtesy staff writer Melissa Merli:

Kissing the Blarney tones

Feeling shamrocky? Allerton Park & Retreat Center will host the Allerton Irish Fest from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday on the Gate House Lawn at Allerton Park.

The evening will feature two separate Irish music performances — The Spud Hunters from 6 to 7:30 p.m. followed by The Shanties from 7:30 to 9:30.

The Allerton facility is at 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello.

The Decadents reach back to classic roots for latest album

After mixing the CD that will be released Friday, Mike Carpenter listened to it on his computer's small speakers. Then he tried it out in the car stereo. Then at a cookout.

He wanted to know if it had the sound the band was after, something that said classic instead of 2014.

Chuck Koplinski: 'Tomorrow' flames out at the end

There’s no question that Doug Liman’s “Edge of Tomorrow” is a solid one hour and 40 minute movie.