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.
DANVILLE — The high-flying aerialists and acrobats of Cirque de la Symphonie will perform with the Danville Symphony Orchestra on Saturday at the David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St.
Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Paul Wood chats with radio personality Hallie Marshall, 29, of Rantoul. She's on Lite Rock 97.5-FM on Saturday mornings and assists the WDWS, WHMS and WKIO radio stations.
CHAMPAIGN — The winners of the Young Baroque Artists Competition will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. April 21 at McKinley Presbyterian Church, 809 S. Fifth St., C.
The program will begin with the presentation of the first- and second-place winners and the three honorable mention performers.
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.
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.
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.