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Japan House open house to feature art demo

URBANA — The public is invited to join Japanese artist Hisako Tsutsui in a hands-on workshop in the traditional art of mizuhiki at 1 p.m. next Sunday, the day after she gives two presentations during the Japan House Spring Open House.


C-U Haiku April 7, 2013

On a lone bench

By the Japanese garden

Six chained bicycles

— Rachel Garrick, Champaign


Books for Kids: A fresh rom-com adventure

A lot of young adult literature is about dystopia, dysfunction and darkness. I'm not knocking dystopia, dysfunction and darkness — some of my favorite books are pretty grim.

But sometimes a funny, action-packed fantasy with just the right amount of romance thrown in, the kind of book that you devour with a silly grin on your face, is a very welcome breath of fresh air.


Margo Dill: Author offers lessons on creative nonfiction

Lee Gutkind is the founder and editor of the magazine Creative Nonfiction. In his latest book, "You Can't Make This Stuff Up," Gutkind introduces readers to the genre, provides real-life examples and explains the difference between fiction, straight nonfiction and creative nonfiction.

He also instructs people on how to write creative nonfiction if they are interested in pursuing it.


Civility Week lessons can help make world a better place

Starting today, the library is hosting a series of events related to common courtesy, manners and respectfulness during Champaign's Civility Week. Check our website for details and note: It's cool to be kind.

The activities begin today with our kickoff concert. David Howie premieres the new "Civility" song, written just for this celebration and initiative.


TromBari jazz group playing Tuesday

URBANA — TromBari, the jazz group featuring Jim Pugh on trombone and Glenn Wilson on baritone sax, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St.

The other players will be Chip Stephens, piano; Larry Gray, bass; and Joel Spencer, drums. All the players are University of Illinois School of Music faculty with extensive professional experience.


Collection of Bond author materials going on display

CHAMPAIGN — Starting Friday and running through July 12, University of Illinois alumnus Michael L. VanBlaricum will display some highlights from one of the finest private collections of Ian Fleming materials.

The UI Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Spurlock Museum and the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music have invited VanBlaricum to curate a multivenue exhibition.


Blind Pig event to aid TIMES Center

CHAMPAIGN — The Blind Pig Brewery, 120 N. Walnut St., is having an live music benefit for the TIMES Center at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

There is no admissions charge; all profits from food and beverage sales will go to the TIMES Center, a transitional living program serving homeless men in Champaign County. Last year's event raised more than $4,000.


Library events April 7, 2013

Each week, The News-Gazette will offer a selection of events provided by area libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass branch, 504 E. Grove St.


Auditions for children's production Monday, Tuesday

DANVILLE — The Red Mask Players theater company will have auditions for the spring children's production, "The Ghost of Canterville Hall," at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St.

Auditions are open to children in grades 3-8. Scripts are available for in-house reading at the Danville, Oakwood and Westville public libraries.