Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, April 5, 2015

By Ted Kooser/U.S. poet laureate, 2004-06

Some of us will be eating ham on Easter, and I thought I'd offer you a poem about a champion pig, by Jill Breckenridge, a Minnesotan who has written a series of poems based on that state's fair.

Her most recent book of poems is "Sometimes," published by Nodin Press, 2015.

Pretty Ricky

Library events, April 5-12, 2015

Events planned for local libraries

Champaign Public Library

Main Library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Ask Mimi, April 5, 2015

What's up with "Food," the movie shot entirely in Champaign County last summer?

It title was changed to "Consumed." Recently, the music score and color correction were finished. The feature remains in final stages of post-production, according to Brett Hays, its line producer and unit production manager.

That's entertainment

Billboards to show local artwork

CHAMPAIGN — 40 North 88 West, Champaign County's Arts Council, and Adams Outdoors Advertising will unveil during the Boneyard Arts Festival this coming weekend billboards featuring images created by six local artists.

Studio Visit: Sharon Haworth and Tracy Satterthwaite

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Sharon Haworth, 51, and Tracy Satterthwaite, 59, both of Urbana, the co-owners of Cracked Glass in Champaign, recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Did you two buy this place together and when?

Tracy: Yes, a year ago in September.


C-U Haiku, April 5, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

sun on metal roof

across open fields I see

white windmills turning

— James Babbs, Stanford

Who lives here, April 4, 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?"

'A way to give back'


Fat City gets city OK for tonight's concert

CHAMPAIGN — The show will go on, inside.

The city of Champaign gave the green light Thursday afternoon for the Dustin Lynch concert to be held in Fat City Bar & Grill’s new City Center venue.

But approval for the building’s conditional certificate of occupancy came just hours before the country music concert was due to begin.