Local artist to paint downtown mural

CHAMPAIGN — A local artist plans to paint a mural in the heart of downtown Champaign.

Urbana graphic designer David Michael Moore is creating the mural, which will feature Visit Champaign County's slogan "Outside of Ordinary" and various local landmarks, including the State Farm Center, Krannert Center, Art Theater and food trucks.

Entertainment listings, May 10-17, 2018

EVENTSThis weekend


What: Live music by Tony and Craig, Country Heart Band, raffles, 50/50 drawing, car show, American Legion Riders 568 bike display, kids activities, laser tag by Alpha Dog Entertainment, fun for all ages. Fundraising event for the Post.

When: Noon to 7 p.m. May 12.

Where: VFW Gung Ho Post 6750, 675 N. Ohio Ave., Rantoul.

Entertainment listings, May 3-10, 2018


This weekend


Frank's Weekend Faves, April 29, 2018

It's always cool to see a hometown artist make a local stop while touring and recording their way to the big time. Such a homecoming is in the works for this Friday when Tuscola High grad Christy Hays returns to her native county in mid-tour for her fifth studio album, "River Swimmer."

Hays will be making a tour stop at Loose Cobra, 113 E. Main St., Tolono, at 8 p.m.

Entertainment listings, April 26-May 3, 2018

EVENTSThis weekend


Top of the Morning, April 22, 2018

On Friday at the Urbana Free Library, University of Illinois grad Dorothy Mae "Dodee" Buzzard will celebrate her birthday — she hit 99 on April 12 — and show off her skills as an artist.

Entertainment listings, April 19-26, 2018

EVENTSThis weekend


What: Amish handcrafted quilts, competition, exhibit and auction quilts, quilt vendors with materials and supplies. Quilts are displayed every day. Quilt auction on Saturday. Quilt classes, quilt/needlecraft and other vendors at the show itself and other displays downtown in the Gazebo Annex.

Frank's Weekend Faves, April 15, 2018

Rarely am I contacted both by a promoter and by a reader or fan requesting that I mention a particular musical act's upcoming concert in our area in this space. In fact, this is a first. But then again, Blackberry Smoke pretty much demands such attention. And so do their fans.

The Atlanta-based Southern rock band will bring its Find A Light Tour to The City Center, 503 S.

Top of the Morning, April 15, 2018

At 55 years old, Dana Overman's career as an artist is just starting.

The energetic Champaign mother of five — and grandmother to five, too — made her Boneyard Arts Festival debut on Friday night, showing her series of 10 creative fine art images at The Human Narrative at 110 on University Avenue (above).

"I want to do this forever," she said. "Champaign is my launching space."

Woman behind Boneyard Arts Festival's signature image finds inspiration everywhere

Art will be everywhere today through Sunday as Champaign County celebrates the Boneyard Arts Festival at more than 90 venues.

The event is sponsored every year by 40 North 88 West, the Champaign County arts council.