Studio Visit: Lori Serb

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Lori Serb. The station manager at WEFT community radio and an accordion player in the Cretaceous Band of the Community Center for the Arts in Urbana recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

How long have you been playing accordion?

Patricia Hruby Powell: Story looks at teen's struggle with ALS

"Last Leaves Falling" (Simon & Schuster 2015) by Sarah Benwell is the story of Sora, who has ALS, the neurodegenerative disorder better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

I have a friend who has ALS and another who died from it. Statistically, death occurs within 2 to 5 years of diagnosis. There is no cure.

Kelly Strom: At library, digital options abound

Multiple news outlets have reported that the print book is on its way out. Many of us would argue to the contrary. Regardless of your particular preference in format, digital downloads are out there and quite popular with a lot of people. If you are one of those people, then we have some fine options for you, all free to cardholders at the Champaign Public Library.

Library events, Nov. 8-15, 2015

Selected events at local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

New spin on 'Chicago'

CHAMPAIGN — As a high school drama director, LaDonna Wilson tries to push the envelope a bit.

With the musical "Chicago," opening Wednesday at Champaign Central High School, she decided to have cast member Omer Barkan, a 15-year-old sophomore, draw on her eight years of experience as a competitive gymnast.

C-U haiku, Nov. 8, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Autumn landscape

A fest of red and yellow —

Bright loneliness

— Hyun Choi, Champaign

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Nov. 8, 2015

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

"We may never brush our teeth together again" is the axis about which this poem by Jim Daniels turns. Surely we all have moments like this. Daniels' most recent book is "Birth Marks," BOA Editions, 2013. He lives in Pennsylvania.

Brushing Teeth with My Sister after the Wake

at my kitchen sink, the bathroom upstairs

Dynamic Duo coming to Krannert

URBANA — Music lovers are in for a double treat at Krannert Center on Saturday as mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard and classical guitarist Sharon Isbin perform a program of Spanish music.