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Chesney opener Caroline Jones: 'Country ... was the missing piece'

Opening tonight for Kenny Chesney at State Farm Center: independent singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist CAROLINE JONES, whose new single is called "Chasin' Me." The pop-country tune goofs on Hallmark movies with Jones' ethereal vocals and storytelling, the artist showing off on many of the instruments.

Volunteers gathering Saturday for Austin's Day, Community and Campus Day of Service

CHAMPAIGN — Two large volunteer efforts are scheduled this Saturday, with helpers gathering at Centennial High School for the 11th annual Austin's Day and a massive food preparation set at Memorial Stadium as part of the seventh annual Community and Campus Day of Service.

Boneyard Art Festival to have galleries popping up all over town

CHAMPAIGN — "Fast Service." "Discount Pricing." "Internet."

Parkland Theatre's 'Young Frankenstein' a monster of a good time

PARKLAND — The film that brought you "What knockers!" on a castle door comes in musical form to the Parkland Theatre tonight.

There are plenty of shockers, from the monster himself, to revelations such as "He vas my boyfriend!"

Those Who Served | Medic may have experienced Agent Orange

RURAL CHAMPAIGN — A medic during the Vietnam War, John Maggio took care of men as well as guard dogs, whose task was to assist in patrolling the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

A longtime Urbana VFW leader, Sgt. First Class Maggio feels like "the luckiest guy in the world." He was near many different dangerous situations during his service.

"But I never got shot at," he said.

Getting Personal: David Burns

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, staff writer Paul Wood chats with DAVID BURNS, 66, of Champaign, the soon-to-be retired director of marketing/sales strategies at News-Gazette Media and WDWS-WHMS-WKIO and, earlier, WITY Radio.

Wired In: Gary Durack

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet GARY DURACK, president of Tekmill and CEO of SIMnext, both of which were founded in the University of Illinois Research Park. An engineer who is veteran of academia and industry, Durack has spent decades helping people turn novel ideas into finished products.

90 new U.S. citizens earn their Stars and Stripes in Urbana

URBANA — After hardships, hard work and hard study, 90 newly minted Americans walked out of the federal courthouse in Urbana on Friday.

At one of the sessions in Magistrate Judge Eric I. Long's courtroom, 30 new citizens from 16 countries took the oath of citizenship to defend the United States in war or peace.

Art Garfunkel bringing tour to Champaign this summer

CHAMPAIGN — Not long after Simon & Garfunkel broke up, Art Garfunkel had a hit with "All I Know" and his solo career took off, though he later released fewer and fewer songs.

The Grammy winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member will return to form at 8 p.m. June 22 at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Illinois Theatre's 'Queen' explores 'power, love, community'

URBANA — The new work "Because I Am Your Queen" premieres tonight at the Krannert Center.

In this season's theme, "power and pleasure," the Illinois Theatre production, described as a feminist fantasia, explores how women in positions of power envision the world and can collaborate to construct a better future.