Paul Wood

Paul Wood

'Strange' happenings in play having world premiere at Krannert

URBANA — It's a dark story in a dark place.

An unsettling and ambiguous version of Henry James' unsettling and ambiguous 1898 novella, "The Turn of the Screw," is getting its world premiere at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts tonight.

Those Who Served | Red Cross driver knew value of morale boost during Battle of Bulge

CHAMPAIGN — In 100 years that have shown extreme courage in World War II and a lifetime of commitment to her church and community, Jill Knappenberger will celebrate that century in her home church.

Artistic license: Plate designs, vanity options have roads full of personalization

Variety is the spice of license plates.

There are 110 different categories (with sub-categories, for colleges within a university) for alumni groups, service organizations, sports fans, veterans groups and more, says Dave Druker of the Illinois Secretary of State's Office. It's the most in the nation.

Getting Personal: Marge Probasco

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 82-year-old MARGE PROBASCO, Fisher's super volunteer, chats with staff writer Paul Wood. She's deeply religious and the world's greatest fan of the Bunnies.

What had been your major line of work before retirement?

Wired In: Mitch Minarick

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a different high-tech difference maker. This week, meet MITCH MINARICK, founder and CEO of FarmAfield, which lets users buy crops and livestock with the click of a button. After graduate work at the University of Illinois, he worked as a research professor at University of Nebraska.

'Stompin' grounds': A few words with Barefoot Movement bassist Katie Blomarz

KATIE BLOMARZ has a heavy instrument to heave around, one amazing bass, but a light touch in the internationally touring acoustic band The Barefoot Movement. She calls Champaign her "stomping grounds," and she'll be stomping barefoot with other artists including MARTY STUART on Friday and Saturday at Allerton Park & Retreat Center.

Contemporary Gullah: A few words with Krannert Opening Night band Ranky Tanky

Krannert Center celebrates half a century Friday with free performances from respected musicians as well as artists, dancing, foods and beverages, interactive outdoor chalk art on the Goodwin Avenue stairs led by Scott Barber, and a by-the-decades car display surrounding it. Come dressed from a decade of your choice, 1960s to the future.

Those Who Served | Sent to Pakistan during Vietnam

URBANA — Working in a small hospital in Pakistan, Gary Massey encountered soldiers with some diseases that most Americans will never see, if they're lucky.

Later, he worked at an Air Force Base where administrators coordinated where to send wounded soldiers from Vietnam.

Roger Ebert's childhood home may get a sequel

URBANA — Thumbs down: The previous owner of Roger Ebert's boyhood home in Urbana has lost it to foreclosure.

But the 1,016-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath house at 410 E. Washington St. might not be vacant for long.

Getting Personal: Catherine Wiesener

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, CATHERINE WIESENER of Mahomet, who recently had a child at 42, chats with staff writer Paul Wood. She is a lecturer at the University of Illinois. She's also a ceramics artist and a good cook.

You have a long list of places where you grew up.