"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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
CHAMPAIGN — When Roger Ebert first heard of the premise of "Kumare," he assumed the documentary would be a "satirical, snarky comedy" like Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat."
But not so, Ebert wrote in his August 2012 review of the movie, which will be shown at 2 p.m. Saturday as part of the 15th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival at the Virginia Theatre.
The News-Gazette's Paul Klee, Bob Asmussen and Jim Rossow each placed in the top three in writing categories in the national Associated Press Sports Editors contest.
The News-Gazette had more top five finishes (four) than any sports section in the country competing in the 30,000-75,000 circulation category.
CHAMPAIGN - A person was injured in a single-car accident just west of Champaign on Interstate 72 about 9:15 p.m. Saturday.
Preliminary information from Illinois State Police was that there was only one person in the car on eastbound 72. The car reportedly left the road and hit a tree near mile marker 178, which is near Bondville.
URBANA — A Champaign man accused of fatally stabbing his mother then setting a fire to cover the death has a history of mental illness, according to court documents and police reports.