Champaign photographer's work next exhibit at Indi Go

CHAMPAIGN — The Indi Go Artist's Co-op's next exhibition, "Eye of a Traveler," will feature photographs by Craig Pessman.

The show will be on view Thursday through April 22, with the opening reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Gallery hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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

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

Melissa Merli: Taft was ahead of his time

'Alma Mater' only a 'small part' of sculptor's career

Krannert Art Museum's Robert LaFrance believes he would have really liked Lorado Taft, whose "Alma Mater" sculpture was welcomed back to the University of Illinois campus this past week after extensive restoration.

Richard J. Leskosky: Straight truth about poker movies

Sports movies provide natural settings for drama, suspense, and even comedy, but Hollywood has turned out some solid films about competitions where the participants mostly sit or stand around.

C-U Haiku, April 13, 2014

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Lightning struck

you and I send out new leaves

under a stilled sky

— Betsy Hearne, Urbana

Parkland student exhibition opens this week

CHAMPAIGN — The Parkland College Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition will be on view in the Parkland Art Gallery from Monday through May 3, with the opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Jordan Kay and the Parkland Guitar Ensemble will perform live music during the reception, and awards will be announced at 7 p.m.

Library events, April 13-20, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette offers a selection of events provided by area libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Beef House dinner show tickets go on sale

COVINGTON, Ind. — Tickets will go on sale starting Tuesday for the first three shows of the Beef House Dinner Theatre's 18th season.

The 18th season will offer five shows — three this summer, a fall show and the return of the Christmas Show for a second year.

The season:

Dark pasts

I'm the type of reader that gets great enjoyment out of slow-moving and intricate fiction, but sometimes what you need is a novel that grabs you from the first page and doesn't let you put it down until you get to the resolution.

Excellent stories for young readers

In my reading recently, I've found two picture books that stand out as excellent.

"The Kite That Bridged Two Nations" (2013, Calkins Creek, written by Alexis O'Neill, illustrated by Terry Widener, ages 4-10) tells the story of Homan Walsh, the boy who flew his kite over Niagara Falls in order to create a bridge between Canada and America.