That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area, June 25, 2014

Benefit concert

CHAMPAIGN — "Hear Our Song: A Benefit Concert for Pediatric Stroke Awareness" will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday at Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C.

Plenty to do this week

Corvette shows, county fairs and downtown festivals make for a busy enough week. But wait — there's more. Staff writer Tim Mitchell recommends ...

Residents invited to take part in summer talent competition

CHAMPAIGN — Hot 105.5, the Champaign Park District and Michael Lane Media seek talent in the Champaign area for the Summer's Hottest Talent Search.

C-U Haiku, June 22, 2014

Edited by LEE GURGA/For The News-Gazette

Where is it?

There it is, shining above

Goodnight moon!

— Kim Robeson, Champaign

Richard J. Leskosky: A little humor from Cannes

Last month's Cannes Film Festival once again presented some of the best films made in the past year, but it also hosted the annual Marche du Film, a marketplace for anyone with a movie — or even just an idea for a movie — to sell. The (literal) first line in those sales campaigns is the synopsis that appears in any listing of the film.

Here's what's happening on the arts scene

Father, daughter showing ceramic works

A nationally known ceramics artist and his daughter will show their ceramic teapots through Aug. 16 at the Cinema Gallery, 120 W. Main St., U.

"The Teapot Mystique" will feature works by Don Frith, a retired University of Illinois art professor who now lives in Santa Maria, Calif., and Eugenia Frith Meltzer of Alfred, N.Y.

Saddle up for some Wild West reading

"Cactus Country Anthology III" is a delightful collection of short stories and flash fiction, all set in the Wild West. If you love good ole cowboy heroes, heroines with some spunk, gun-slinging bandits, stagecoaches and shootouts, then you'll really get into the stories in this new anthology from High Hill Press, located in St. Charles, Mo.

'Giving community' putting its best foot forward

PHILO — Maybe it's the makeup being applied to Victor Garber's face. Or perhaps it's the location — David and Patricia Block's beautiful thoroughbred-horse farm south of Philo off Illinois 130.

Ask 'Mimi' June 22, 2014

Kevin Kelly mentioned on air this past week that this was his final week at WILL-FM. What's up?

On June 30, Kelly will move to Elgin, where his wife landed a job. He and Ayano Sakai, a Japanese-born scientist, married in September. "We met on the tennis court," Kelly told me.

Here's what's happening on the music scene

Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival scheduled

The Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival will take place from 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and noon to midnight Saturday in downtown Champaign, behind The News-Gazette building at 15 Main St.

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