Two or three feet inside the Field Museum's newest exhibit, you're fully struck by the opulence of the maharaja era in India.
There's gold, sapphire and other precious gems on the chauri, not to mention yak's hair.
The purpose? Every Indian king had to have the nicest fly swatter in town. A similar object was also used in ceremonial readings in the Sikh religion.
URBANA — The annual November Dance concerts by Dance at Illinois usually feature faculty pieces. This week, the dance department is doing something a little different with November Dance, opening tonight at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
The first cold night
Loudly announcing to all
That summer is gone
— Tej Chajed, Champaign
I heard it was a "Naked Tree Walk," but we were bundled in Gore-Tex and heavy wool against the autumn chill and possible showers. Actually, it was the trees that were supposed to be naked, but only one was truly without leaves, and none of them were walking.
The election was a tie. Half of the United States voted for this guy; half voted for that guy. Discontent had reached equilibrium, everywhere there was disagreement and the country lay paralyzed in a quagmire of political gridlock.
Genealogists soon discover that tracing one's ancestors can be a challenging project. Facing dead ends or brick walls are obstacles to be expected but are usually far outweighed by pleasant findings and often surprising discoveries. Some personal examples seem appropriate.
CHAMPAIGN — Tickets go on sale Wednesday for the Monsters & Magic Tour, a monster truck show coming Jan. 19 to the University of Illinois Assembly Hall.
The 7:30 p.m. show will have more than 40,000 pounds of monster trucks, including Raminator, Star Marshal, Chalkboard Chuck and the Lucas Oil Stabilizer.
Each week, The News-Gazette offers a selection of events provided by area libraries:
Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.