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Margo Dill: Author's debut work takes us to a new world

Imagine living in a future world where the rotation of the Earth starts to slow — no longer does it take 24 hours for the Earth to rotate, but at first, minutes longer, then hours and eventually weeks. There's sunlight when there's supposed to be darkness and darkness when it's expected to be light.

'Steel Magnolias' opens Friday at DHS

DANVILLE — The DHS Players will present their spring production, "Steel Magnolias," at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St.

The play, written by Robert Harling, depicts the story of the ladies in Truvy's small-town beauty parlor who love each other, even as they argue and gossip about practically everything.

Business listings April 14, 2013

The following applications for assumed business names were filed recently at the Champaign County clerk's office:

1512 Productions, 642 Ashford Court, Unit C, C, by Mallory T. Dugar, same address.

Carolyn Marie Photography, 408 S. Main St., Homer, by Carolyn Marie Slavenas, same address.

UI researcher starting silver-inks firm in C-U

URBANA — Brett Walker seemingly can't stop creating stuff.

The 27-year-old doctoral student at the University of Illinois started a gun-parts business in high school.

He turned his attention to fuels in college, converting waste grease into biodiesel and "slop oil" into pipeline-grade oil.

Pianist Moye Chen will perform on April 21

URBANA — Pianist Moye Chen, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts' 2013 Debut Artist, will perform at 3 p.m. April 21 in the Foellinger Great Hall.

Chen received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and an artist diploma at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. At the University of Illinois, Chen studies with Professor William Heiles.

Story will make you quack up

"Lulu and the Duck in the Park" (Albert Whitman 2012) by Hilary McKay is a perfect chapter (early middle grade) book from an author who understands how to make both kids and adults laugh.

Richard J. Leskosky: Multiple roles nothing new in film

The cinema enthralls us with illusions within illusions, and even the most obvious can quickly become complicated. Take acting, for example. It's basically a performer pretending to be someone else, and that in itself can be extremely nuanced and complex. But sometimes that complexity derives simply from the fact that one actor portrays more than one character, often at the same time.

'Ebert Remembered' set to air Thursday

URBANA — WILL-TV will air a new special, "Ebert Remembered," at 8 p.m. Thursday. It will highlight excerpts of WILL-TV interviews with Roger Ebert in which he talks about his childhood in Urbana, his experiences at the University of Illinois and his role as a movie critic.

Activist returning to Urbana to speak, show films

Bhavia Wagner started out being an activist 45 years ago when she was Carol Hartstirn, an Urbana student working to save Allerton Park from a dam project.

Now she lives in Eugene, Ore., and the 1974 Urbana High School graduate works to help children in Cambodia get a good education.

Ted Kooser: American life in poetry April 14, 2013

There's something wonderful about happening upon a musician playing for his or her own pleasure, completely absorbed in the music. Jeff Daniel Marion is a fine poet from east Tennessee. And here's a woman playing the bagpipes.

Playing to the River

She stands by the riverbank,

notes from her bagpipes lapping

across to us as we wait