Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment

Belly dancing event to help humane society

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.

Music boosters selling flower cards

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.

DoCha Chamber Music Festival Master Classes

A gallery of images from the DoCha Chamber Music Festival master classes on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at the Orpheum Theatre in Champaign.

Ted Kooser: American life in poetry April 7, 2013

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

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

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.

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.

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.