Congratulations to Dena Reiter of Champaign, who won The News-Gazette's iPod Shuffle Giveaway earlier this week.
Here are 19 things to know about Champaign School of Music director Holly Kennedy:
The steel guitar warbled a gentle vibrato as traveling country singer Jerry Bennett brought his lips to his cordless microphone.
"Go rest high ... on that mountain," crooned Bement Country Opry's featured performer that evening. He looked like a lumberjack in his plaid shirt, aside from his soft smile. Susan Williams, a principal for the Vermilion Association for Special Education, who was the pinch-hitting guitar player, raised her subdued face to shine in a spotlight as she bounced a treble harmony on the line. She closed her eyes as Bennett crescendoed.
Coming off a fourth-place finish in the Illinois District Barbershop Chorus contest, the Coles County Barbershop Chorus will present its 40th annual Summer Show, "Incarcerated Rhythm," at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Dvoark Concert Hall at Doudna Fine Arts Center on the Eastern Illinois University campus.
The concert theme, which continues that of the district contest, is a spoof of prison life and political satire and includes songs like "Jailhouse Rock," "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and other familiar tunes.
CHAMPAIGN – Through the summer, four new exhibitions at Krannert Art Museum highlight history, identity and economy in showcases of works from the museum's permanent collection. All close July 26.
In the earliest exhibit to open, contemporary art fans will find a diverse group of paintings and paper works at "Vivid Lines in Graphic Times," which opened May 21. The works date from the 1970s through '90s and each incorporates – but moves beyond – elements of pop art.
MONTICELLO – Often times, people have a very narrow view of what defines art – an artist is someone that paints or draws, and art is only that painting or drawing.
In reality, art takes many different forms, from scrapbooks to jewelry to dancing – even wooden chairs.
DANVILLE – This year's Cellular One Summer Sounds concert series will kick off today in Danville's Temple Plaza, and organizers said it will be bigger and better than before.
Now in its 12th year, the free concert is being expanded from two hours to three. And North Street, from Vermilion Street to the alley behind Temple Plaza's stage, will be closed to traffic to expand seating.
The Orpheum Children's Science Museum in downtown Champaign is offering a summer of Dinosaur Detective Days. The first will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
A strange dinosaur, still under wraps, has reappeared near the wall high up on a rock in the courtyard of the Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 346 N. Neil St., C. Children and parents are invited to find clues that will help to discover what the creature is like.
URBANA – Around the world, big screens show Tom Hanks trying to save the Vatican from antimatter that, if exposed, will destruct with enough force to vaporize a chunk of Rome.
Well, that's the fiction of "Angels & Demons" anyway.
Mike and Michele Babb and Zach Acton were surrounded Wednesday by scores of family and friends who are sharing their pain in the loss of their daughter and fiance.
"Everything turned out the way we wanted it to," Mike Babb said of the sentence that Elizabeth Drewes received for killing his only daughter, Brittany Babb, 24, of Ogden.