Melissa Merli's Art Beat: New tower extends radio station's reach

A scrappy low-power radio station in Urbana has extended its reach, thanks to a new 100-foot transmission tower.

With a tower 40 feet higher than the original one, WRFU-LP FM can now be heard through all of Savoy, parts of Thomasboro, almost but not quite to St. Joseph and Philo, and to Staley Road on the west side of Champaign.

UI history professor to discuss, sign new book in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — Author Bruce Levine, a history professor at the University of Illinois, will discuss his book "The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution that Transformed the South" on Jan. 9.

John Frayne: The fondest of farewells to a great 2012

No doubt about it, the most memorable musical news event of 2012 was the ending by the Pacifica Quartet of the cycle of the string quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven in a concert March 1.

Nightlife Jan. 3-10, 2013


BENTLEY'S PUB: Don't Stop Believin' Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.

BLACK BEAR INN, Danville: Karaoke with Route 66, 9 p.m.

MEMPHIS ON MAIN: Liquid Courage Karaoke ('80s Karaoke Night), 9 p.m.

PINK HOUSE, Ogden: Nickel & Dimes (classic rock, country), 7 p.m.

SENATOR'S INN AND PUB, Savoy: RockStarz Karaoke, 9 p.m.

E3 Calendar Jan. 3, 2013

Special events

This weekend

On the Town: Corvette Club


Corvette Club's donation to BETH'S Place and Christmas Party event in Champaign on Saturday December 1, 2012

Chuck Koplinski: 'Promised Land' doesn't fulfill its promise

While there's never any doubt that Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land" was made with the best of intentions, something goes slightly awry in the execution of this environmental awareness movie.

Meg Makes: Banana bread that doesn't destroy new diets

I know for many people, a new year is all about trying to make healthier eating choices.

But I can't be the only person who goes through baked-goods withdrawal come January.

My Amish Home: Welcoming back routines as 2013 begins

"Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is comely. The Lord doeth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds." — Psalm 147: 1-3

Margo Dill: Author's latest another good laugh at life

Lela Davidson is funny. With her humor, she gives parenting and marriage a whole new and refreshing twist.

She's at it again with her latest book of hilarious, parenting essays in the book, "Who Peed On My Yoga Mat?" This is a sequel of sorts to her award-winning "Blacklisted from the PTA," which won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Humor.