Arts and Entertainment
URBANA — A local troupe of belly dancers will host a fundraising event for the Champaign County Humane Society from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St.
DANVILLE — Danville High School's Instrumental Music Boosters are selling Danville Gardens flowers cards for $10 apiece.
The cards are good for $10 worth of Danville Gardens merchandise, and proceeds will benefit the school's instrumental music programs.
To purchase a card, contact any Danville instrumental music student or Deb Hill at 446-4829.
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.
On a lone bench
By the Japanese garden
Six chained bicycles
— Rachel Garrick, Champaign
It pains an old booklover like me to think of somebody burning a book, but if you've gotten one for a quarter and it's falling apart, well, maybe it's OK as long as you might be planning to pick up a better copy.
Here Ron Koertge, who lives in Pasadena, Calif., has some fun with the ashes of love poems.
Burning the Book
The anthology of love poems I bought
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.
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.
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.
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.