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Art Beat: Despite troubles, Urbana native's film up, running

Filmmaker Carl Deal continues to support public television — even though the Independent Television Service famously withdrew funding for his and his partner Tia Lessin's latest documentary, "Citizen Koch."

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.

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.

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

Artists make an impression

Saturday Night Live

From nightclubs to coffee shops, taxi cabs to burrito trucks, street walkers to filmgoers, downtown Champaign on a summer weekend night is a vibrant melting pot of personalities. On Saturday, Aug.

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

By Ted Kooser

U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

Collaboration of art, math brings beautiful quilt creations

URBANA — Nina Paley took the DIY ethos to the max when she made her ground-breaking, award-winning feature movie "Sita Sings the Blues," doing all the time- and labor-intensive animation herself.

Here's what's happening on the arts scene

Photo display

CHAMPAIGN — "The BARE Project," a collection of photographs of local people posing in the nude, with strategic coverings in some places, will open Friday at the Indi Go Artist's Co-op, 9 E. University Ave., C.

"The BARE Project" series was created by Emily Otnes, Anna Longworth and Alisa Greene.

Paley's 'This Land is Mine' film a viral hit

URBANA — Nina Paley is not completely tired of pushing pixels.

In addition to her PaleGray Labs projects, she continues to work on her animated feature “Seder-Masochism.” She describes it as a story of Exodus and Jewish mythology, inspired by the fact she’s Jewish, and her late father, Hiram Paley, was both Jewish and an atheist.