Patch on Robin Williams: 'He was tender'


Robin Williams won kudos for his performance in “Patch Adams,” the story of an idealistic doctor who uses clown humor as part of his treatment.

Paxton hosting Swedish Heritage Day

PAXTON — A Swedish Heritage Day celebration is returning to Majestic Park in downtown Paxton on Saturday.

The celebration runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The park will be the site for music, artisans, crafters, food and fun.

The music starts at noon in the park's gazebo.

Robin Williams (1951–2014)

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Chuck's Classics: "The Awful Truth"

Each week, N-G film reviewer Chuck Koplinski will pick a flick you should be sure to catch.

Ask Mimi Aug. 10, 2014

From "Life Itself" to Krannert Center's Opening Night Party to art from war, Melissa Merli has you covered.

Has Steve James' "Life Itself" about Roger Ebert won any awards?

Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, Aug. 10, 2014

By Ted Kooser

U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

Studio Visit: Scott Barber

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Melissa Merli chats with Scott Barber, 48, of Urbana. Barber is the founder and lead designer of Scobar, a business (scobar.biz) in which he screen-prints his designs on apparel. For a short explanation of what he does, go to his video at bit.ly/1sBgRHb.

Examining the animal instincts a tough read

"Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil" is the latest book from ex-psychoanalyst Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, who also wrote "When Elephants Weep" and "Dogs Never Lie About Love." In "Beasts," Masson sets out to explore why humans with their intelligence and advanced abilities are more violent against each other than animals are.

It's difficult to tell the whole story

These two books show that everyone has things they keep to themselves

Library events, Aug. 10-17, 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.