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A new spin on a classic story

In "Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin" (Knopf 2013), Liesl Shurtliff retells the story that the Brothers Grimm collected in Germany and first published in 1812. In Shurtliff's story, Rump is not an imp, but a smallish boy.

Concert will feature guest violinist

URBANA — The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra will open its 2013-14 season Saturday with Maestro Stephen Alltop conducting a concert with the theme "A World of Color."

Alley Gallery to show pastels from former Danville resident

DANVILLE — The Alley Gallery will exhibit, starting Saturday, the pastel on paper art works of former Danville resident and world traveler Pam Hulvey.

The artist's reception for "Celebrating Ancient Civilizations" will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The show will remain on display through Nov. 12.

Novelist tells of love in times of Prohibition

Inspirational romance author Julie Lessman continues the love stories of the O'Connor family in Boston during Prohibition with her novel "A Love Surrendered," the third installment of the "Winds of Change" series. Lessman has a passion for the characters she's created, which started with her first series, "The Daughters of Boston."

Take your children on a pirate adventure

CHAMPAIGN — If you're looking for plays suitable for young children, the Parkland Theatre has one opening this week.

The musical "How I Became a Pirate," based on the award-winning bestselling children's book of the same title, by Melinda Long, will open Thursday and run through Oct. 12.

3 shops that do amazing things with old wood

Four of us spent the better part of a day upstate in Woodstock at Colonial Antique Mall, 890 Lake Ave. They can be reached at 815-334-8960.

Owner Lee Muto was more than cordial and gave us a class "A" tour. The owners of the Black Dog Smoke & Ale House, along with their architect, were there to see what could be done with refinished old wood.

Danville soccer group to mark 30th anniversary

DANVILLE — The Danville Area Soccer Association will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Saturday at the Danville Area Soccer Complex on Winter Avenue.

The celebration will begin at 9 a.m. with a brief ceremony, including a presentation by Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer, and will continue with a full day of soccer and special activities for children and families throughout the day.

Marc Cohn cancels Virginia concert

The Champaign Park District announced that Marc Cohn has canceled his Sept. 27 appearance at the Virginia Theatre, due to a family emergency.
 
The show will not be rescheduled.
 
Full refunds for any tickets already purchased are available at the Virginia Theatre box office, 10 a.m.

Photos of rural life: A visit to the past

University Galleries exhibit in Normal contains unique vision of extension adviser

As McLean County's first home extension adviser, Clara Brian traveled from farmhouse to farmhouse during the early part of the 20th century, teaching homemakers about health and "modern living."

Film capsules, Sept. 26, 2013

Summaries and mini-reviews of movies playing now, from e3 magazine: