Ask 'Mimi,' May 20, 2016

What was going on at [co][lab] in Urbana last week?

"Thin Skinned — Exploring Design Through Vacuum Forming," an exhibition of components for buildings, furniture and other things, made by some of UI architecture Professor Jeffery Poss' students, through vacuum forming, or thermoforming, in which plastic sheets are heated and vacuum-suctioned over a molded form.

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Looking for karaoke contenders

If you can carry a tune to karaoke, you might be a star this summer, at least at the two state fairs.

Schools foundation moves office to I.D.E.A. Store

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation will soon have new office space much closer to all the action.

The foundation will move at the end of June from near Carmike 13 to the newly expanded, foundation-operated I.D.E.A. Store at 32 E. Springfield Ave., closer to downtown Champaign.

Entertainment listings, May 19-26, 2016

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

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Tickets for the 2016 Illinois State Fair Grandstand concerts will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday via Ticketmaster.

The fair will once again offer a discount ticket package, Country Concert Blowout, which includes one track ticket to each of the all-star country performances, resulting in a 20 percent savings.

Studio Visit: Jade Williams

Here, Jade Williams, 23, Urbana, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Williams, a Streamwood native, is a 2016 University of Illinois graduate in the School of Art + Design's bachelor's of fine arts degree program and was the school's recipient of the James R. and Dorothy E. Shipley Award, given each year to a graduating senior.

Ask 'Mimi,' May 13, 2016

How was the Re-Fashioned Fashion Show last week?

I loved it. I arrived early to snag a front-row seat in the new venue for the show, the modernist, glass-filled lobby of Temple Hoyne Buell Hall. The students in Fashion 299 taught by Susan Becker seemed to use different materials than in the past. That's because she tweaked the assignments and added a new one.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Calm down with Zentangle

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Guitar master coming to Urbana

Critically acclaimed guitarist Stephane Wrembel will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at The Canopy Club, 708 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

His band will feature Wrembel on lead guitar, Kells Nollenberger, double bass; Thor Jensen, second guitar; and Nick Anderson, drums.

Urbana, IMC receive $50,000, only downstate NEA grant

URBANA — The city of Urbana and the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center have received a $50,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant for an arts-based program that will involve youths.

The only other Illinois entity to receive an "Our Town" grant was the Art Institute of Chicago.