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Melissa Merli: Artwork on wheels

One of the coolest artists in C-U is Christopher Carl, who after getting his master's degree in landscape architecture at the University of Illinois decided to stick around.

He and his equally talented wife, artist Meredith Foster, live in Urbana and have mounted some of the more interesting and adventuresome exhibits I've seen.

Co-host will do show from Urbana studio

URBANA — Urbana native Jeremy Hobson, current co-host of WBUR/NPR's weekday news program "Here & Now," will return to Urbana on Monday to live-host "Here & Now" from WILL's studios at Campbell Hall, 300 N. Goodwin Ave., U.

Headliner for Taste of C-U named

CHAMPAIGN — The Taste of Champaign-Urbana comes to West Side Park Aug. 15-16 and will feature food from some of the area’s top eateries as well as local craft beers.

It also features one of the biggest musical acts ever to play at the event, in fact a darn big band.

Who lives here? July 12, 2014

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?"

Weekend update: New downtown fest debuts

This evening, the Champaign Park District will introduce the Mariposa Music Festival, with local and national acts. It's already calling Mariposa its newest signature event. "We've done a few different music festivals in downtown Champaign," said Chelsea Norton, marketing manager.

Historic Farm Days kicks off in Penfield

What sweetcorn is to Hoopeston and soda is to Homer, tractors will be to Penfield the next four days. Today kicks off Historic Farm Days, another of East Central Illinois' annual mark-your-calendars, must-see festivals, featuring tractors of all shapes and sizes, makes and models. Three things to know about the pride of Penfield (population: 193), care of Rantoul Press editor DAVE HINTON:

Film capsules, July 10, 2014

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

Chuck Koplinski: Visually arresting 'Dawn' overstays its welcome

One of the more successful franchise reboots, 2012's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" proved that there was a bit of life left in 40-plus-year-old series. 20th Century-Fox knows you can't keep a profitable ape down and has made no small plans where its simians are concerned, with a eighth film in the series set for release in 2016.

Art Theater — where Ebert's love affair with movies began — to screen 'Life Itself'

CHAMPAIGN — The Art Theater has undergone many incarnations over the past 100 years, including a few as a porn-movie house.

In the late '50s, though, the Art Theater Guild took over, renamed it the Art Theatre and began to focus on foreign, classic and underground movies.

The Art then became the place where Urbana native Roger Ebert "learned about the art of film," he said.

Quilt show will leave you in stitches

The Midwest Heritage Quilt Show brings together about dozens of locally made quilts, some nearly 100 years old.

They are on display at the Vermilion County Museum, 116 N. Gilbert Street, Danville, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout July.