Illinois Ancestors: Site pays tribute to Civil War at 150

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War continues to be acknowledged in Illinois at, where special events throughout the state are posted in addition to a most comprehensive list of links to Civil War data.

Musicians can send a YouTube video audition for Urbana Pops

URBANA — Area musicians may audition for the Urbana Pops Orchestra in the comfort of their own homes — by uploading a video audition to YouTube.

Rich Warren: A few more odds and ends about batteries

My recent battery column elicited a few sparks, but I cannot confirm the veracity of the two emails I received concerning exploding lithium batteries. These emails won't be printed until I can be sure of their honesty and objectivity.

Rich Warren: A reader wonders about best online streaming movie source

You want your movies, and you want them now. Not when the mail arrives. Not when the cable channel deigns to show them. Thus, this reader query:

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Tickets for Kid Cudi at UI Assembly Hall on sale Friday

CHAMPAIGN — General-public tickets for hip-hop artist Kid Cudi's March 30 performance at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday.

Rich Warren: High-speed Internet providers continue clash

As I walk the streets of my neighborhood, I notice more satellite dishes sprouting on rooftops. Obviously, the cable company charges too much.

Melissa Merli's Art Beat: Visiting artist will share love of trashformation

Anyone who knows even just a little about contemporary art realizes that more artists and craftsters are using recycled materials. Some call it green art; some, "trashformation."

Rich Warren: Satellite providers consider local channels bonus coverage

Readers wonder why certain channels appear on satellite or cable, but not all of their favorites. For example, WICD now is carried by DISH, but a reader wanted to know, why not DirecTV? Or that Mediacom doesn't carry Fox Sports Midwest, which covers the St. Louis Cardinals.

Presenters sought for next PechaKucha Night C-U on April 7

CHAMPAIGN — Presenters are being sought for the next PechaKucha Night C-U, which will take place on April 7 at the Krannert Art Museum.

PechaKucha presenters represent a wide range of fields and backgrounds — activists, architects, artists, chefs, "cool hunters," critics, designers, dreamers, entrepreneurs, "fashionistas," historians, makers, photographers, scientists and more.