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Entertainment listings, Jan. 10-17

A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.

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Melissa Merli's Art Beat: New tower extends radio station's reach

A scrappy low-power radio station in Urbana has extended its reach, thanks to a new 100-foot transmission tower.

With a tower 40 feet higher than the original one, WRFU-LP FM can now be heard through all of Savoy, parts of Thomasboro, almost but not quite to St. Joseph and Philo, and to Staley Road on the west side of Champaign.


Reluctant Townie: It's a happy New Year/lease on life

Duders, we beat the Mayan Apocalypse. Final boss battle, programmer credits, enter your initials for high score. The game is over.

We just lived through the single biggest event in mankind's history. Has it sunk in yet? We dominated the Mayan Apocalypse with such ferocity that it didn't even bother to show up to its own fight.


Reluctant Townie: Night before Christmas: The Squeakquel

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except for the mouse. It scuttled and scampered and barreled its way, charging toward where the garbage can lay.


Sadorus museum crammed full of maritime history with models, texts, much more

Charles Lozar grew up in a landlocked Chicago suburb and lives in Champaign, far from any sea, ocean or sizeable lake.

But he's a compendium of knowledge about maritime history. In fact, he's devoted to and obsessed with it.

You can see that as soon as you enter his National Museum of Ship Models and Sea History in Sadorus, 15 miles south of Champaign-Urbana.


Entertainment listings, Dec. 13-20

A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.

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Staerkel Planetarium show offers an enlightening look at some December traditions

In the grim short days of deep winter, the stars seem to shine even brighter and brittler.

David Leake, the director of the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College in Champaign, says cultures have come up with holidays all around the world to find warmth around the shortest day of the year, Dec. 21.


Melissa Merli's Art Beat: New film looks at the glory days of the C-U rock scene

Bob Zimmerman remembers hearing a lot of Champaign rock bands at Saturday night dances in Tuscola when he was growing up there.

As he got older, Zimmerman would drive to Champaign-Urbana to hear the music. He soon noticed how vibrant the scene was here.

Not a musician himself, he nonetheless became part of the scene, working on road crews for the bands Skater and Starcastle.


'To Kill and to Heal' looks at weapons and remedies during Civil War days

The minie ball, a new bullet for a new Civil War, was an evil chunk of soft lead that expanded after firing to fit the rifle barrel — and then tumbled through a soldier's body, causing wounds that required amputations.

Despite the surgeons' skills, they did a poor job of keeping their instruments clean and rarely used anesthetics.


Entertainment listings, Dec. 6-13

A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.

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