From web swingers to sword slingers, Tim Mitchell's entertainment recommendations for the week ahead:
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" comes out on DVD. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone return as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, a young couple whose lives are affected when Peter's alter-ego, Spider-Man, takes on a bunch of supervillains in New York City.
Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come
Folk, not faux
Upcoming events of interest in East Central Illinois:
Parkland faculty art showcase
CHAMPAIGN — The 2014 Parkland College Art and Design Faculty Exhibition will open Monday at the former Parkland Art Gallery, now called the Giertz Gallery at Parkland.
Studio Visit is a Q&A with local artists. Here, a chat with Champaign's Anna Longworth, a freelance photographer and the new director of the Indi Go Artist Co-op, and Emily Otnes, of Urbana, a University of Illinois student in creative writing and lead singer and writer for Emily Otnes and the Weekdays.
After 30 years of making art, Annatjie Els is doing her first art fair, the Taste of Champaign-Urbana.
The Champaign woman trained as a lawyer in her native South Africa but took an Urbana Park District watercolor class about 30 years ago.
The artist is now making the leap to showing and selling her own watercolors.
2014 ACE Awards
CHAMPAIGN — Nominations are being accepted at http://www.40north.org for the 2014 ACE Awards. The deadline for submitting nominations is midnight Sept. 8.
From "Life Itself" to Krannert Center's Opening Night Party to art from war, Melissa Merli has you covered.
Has Steve James' "Life Itself" about Roger Ebert won any awards?