Aski 'Mimi,' Aug. 7, 2016

How is Erin Fein doing in New York City?

Pretty well. Her band, Psychic Twin, will release its debut recording, "Strange Diary," Sept. 9 via the Polyvinyl label. Besides signing with Polyvinyl, Erin this year signed with United Artists Management and Ground Control Touring, a boutique music booking agency.

Richard J. Leskosky: Cartoons for dummies

Having just attended the annual ventriloquists convention in Kentucky and finding three animated features in local cinemas prompted me to look at how animators have depicted ventriloquists.

Studio Visit: Nydia Mercado

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Nydia Mercado, 61, of Urbana is an artist specializing in murals, beadwork and painting.

What kind of art do you do?

I paint. I have a small mural business. I do murals in town. If you go to Crisis Nursery there are three walls where I painted.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events throughout the area

Music scene

Meadow music at Allerton

Allerton Park will host its Bluegrass on the Prairie concert at 6 p.m. Friday, featuring the Chicago-based Henhouse Prowlers and the Ben Miller Band from Joplin, Mo.

Area update: Drivers slowing down to new limits on Illinois 47

MAHOMET — Drivers on Illinois 47 are slowing down thanks to some newly imposed speed limits on the stretch of highway that passes the Briarcliff and Thornewood neighborhoods on the north side of Mahomet.

Entertainment listings, July 28-Aug. 4, 2016

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

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events in the area

Literary scene

Author will visit Champaign library

New York Times bestselling author J. Ryan Stradal will read from his latest, award-winning novel, "Kitchens of the Great Midwest," at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Champaign Public Library.

He also will talk about his writing processes and how libraries influenced him.

PechaKucha: Slices of life

Since the first PechaKucha Night Champaign-Urbana in 2009, the presentations have moved from the professional to the more personal.

Ask 'Mimi,' July 24, 2016

Tracey Mitchell asks whether any artists' groups meet in C-U for live model drawing?