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Public divided over display of Cosby's art

WASHINGTON — Dozens of emails and comments left at the Smithsonian Institution show the public appears to be sharply divided over an exhibition featuring Bill Cosby's art collection, which the museum has stood behind since the comedian admitted obtaining drugs to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex.

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Music scene

April Verch show

CHAMPAIGN — Fiddler, singer and step-dancer April Verch and her band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Upper Bout, 723 N. Neil St., C, as an event of the Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival.

Studio Visit: Elis Artz

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Elis Artz, 42, of Champaign, the program coordinator for the University of Illinois' Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Artz is also a singer for Desafinado and Pagu, and an artist.

How were you able to bring Brazilian icon Gilberto Gil to the UI?

Ask 'Mimi,' July 26, 2015

Did you go to Krannert Center Wednesday for the SITI Company/Anne Bogart panel discussion about "Steel Hammer"?

Entertainment listings, July 23-30, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events in and around the area

Music scene

BACH anniversary

The Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana (BACH) will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. next Sunday to celebrate the 1996 founding of the group and the beginning of its 20th season.

Ask 'Mimi,' July 19, 2015

Do any of the most recent Emmy nominees have ties to the UI or C-U?

Not that I could determine. I checked with Henson Keys, the recently retired head of the UI theater department's acting program, and he didn't see any local connections either. "I really can't understand why Nick Offerman doesn't get nominated!," Keys commented.

Entertainment listings, July 16-23, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events in and around the area

Music scene

MATTOON — Rising country star Frankie Ballard, currently opening for Florida Georgia Line on its "Anything Goes" tour, will perform Saturday at Bagelfest in Mattoon.

The show starts at 7 p.m. at Peterson Park, 500 Broadway Ave. Ballard appeared earlier this summer at the Ford County Fair in Melvin.