Melissa Merli: Check out Wegman works, takes on modernism

In their many visits with artists, two guest curators for Krannert Art Museum noticed a theme emerging in some of the artists' work.

Born before the emergence of modernism, they in their sculptures, videos, photographs and other objects were literally and conceptually commenting on modernism.

Studio Visit: Chris Hightower

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Chris Hightower chats with Melissa Merli. Hightower, 31, of Danville jokes that he's a "mild-mannered teacher by day" at the Kenneth D. Bailey Academy in Danville and a "dirty-mouthed comic by night." 

Here's what's happening on the music scene

Game for community gamelan classes?

Community gamelan classes will resume Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 1188 at the University of Illinois Music Building, 1114 W. Nevada St., U.

'Sixty-Eight Rooms' of intrigue for children

In Illinois, if one wants to visit fascinating locales, then Chicago's O'Hare or Midway airports are likely portals.

Urbana author Marianne Malone introduces us to a Chicago treasure that offers even further reaching travel: the Art Institute.

John Frayne: Krannert has a full lineup over the next few months

As a follow-up to last week's column, here is a look at concerts at the end of February and the beginning of March. Start times are at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. The Foellinger Great Hall is referred to as FGH.

Books always trump movies

The Golden Globe Awards are over, as well as the Critics' Choice Awards, and next up is the granddaddy of them all — the Oscars.

I'll admit I enjoy Oscar season and usually rush to try to see as many of the nominations as I can. This year, there are a number of films nominated that are based on books. And as you know, the books are always better than the movies!

C-U Haiku, Jan. 25, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Crystal tips,

Branches shimmering,

Sun diamonds in my tree.

— Shirley Thompson, Rantoul

Who lives here? Jan. 24, 2015

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?"

Kathy Griffin at the Virginia Theatre

Comic Kathy Griffin brought her high energy commentary to the Virginia Theatre on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Notes-Worthy: Paul & Gloria

C.U. Bands and Fans’ Terry Brown talks with acoustic duo Paul & Gloria. Veteran musicians Paul Sabuco and Gloria Roubal have been playing together since 2012, and you can catch them Jan. 23 at Attie’s Bar and Grill.