George Norton Foster: His life's work

CHAMPAIGN — Jim Foster remembers a telling detail his uncle told him about his father, artist George Norton Foster.

As young boys, the two often were tasked with picking rocks out of fields in Gallatin County in far southern Illinois.

"Uncle Carl said he'd pick up a rock and throw it over the fence line. Dad would pick up a rock and study it," Jim Foster related.

Ask 'Mimi,' Sept. 4, 2016

How many photo books has Larry Kanfer put out?

The UI Press just released his ninth, "A Prairie State of Mind," with 124 pages in color of prairie landscapes in Illinois and other states. There will be a book launch event from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Kanfer gallery on South Neil Street.

Master paper maker among UI visitors

URBANA — Through the University of Illinois fall and spring semesters, the Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence Program welcomes visitors who are nationally and internationally known.

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli from the week that was

Wonderful film festival

Studio Visit: Logan Kirby

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Logan Kirby, 24, of Fairmount, a country musician who loves the music of the '50s and '60s, recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

You have a lot of Elvis and Hank Williams posters in your studio. Are they big influences?

Put your rhythm skills to the test

You don’t have to be into vocaloid music to enjoy “Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X” — but it helps.

It also helps to be into rhythm games, but that’s not purely necessary. If you pick up a controller and play this one, you might very well walk away with an appreciation of both genres at the end of the day.

Who lives here? Sept. 3, 2016

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or TV show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides in the featured home to wholiveshere@news-gazette.com, and we'll give a winner a shout-out on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.


Club listings, Sept. 1-8, 2016


THE ACCORD: The Soap Box presents The Roast of Chris Hightower, 7 p.m.

CLARK BAR: The Live Jukebox Show (David Howie and Lou DiBello play all your requests), 6 p.m.; C-U Comedy's "The Open Mic," 9 p.m.

COWBOY MONKEY: Something Funky DJ Wesjile, outside, 7 p.m.

Great Pumpkin Patch to host bluegrass fest

ARTHUR — Several bluegrass bands — among them three national acts including Grammy-nominated Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver — will perform at the fourth annual Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival on Saturday in rural Arthur.