Ask 'Mimi,' Aug. 13, 2017

Did Paris, Ill., native Brett Eldredge recently release an album?

Yes, his third. He self-titled it, feeling it's the most "authentic" record he's made yet, and boy, he is getting a lot of attention for it.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 10-17, 2017


This weekend


What: Livestock auction and shows, carnival, tractor pull, rodeo, pedal tractor pull, demo derby, and music by Torn Labels are among the highlights.

When: Continues Aug. 10-12.

Where: Georgetown fairgrounds, 13 N. Seminary, Georgetown.

Ask 'Mimi,' Aug. 6, 2017

Are there any of those guitar cutouts left for the public to decorate for the Ellnore The Guitar Festival at Krannert Center?

Ten or so cutouts remain — a mix of acoustic and electric styles. Krannert made a total of 80 guitar shapes this year, half of each kind.

Krannert Art Museum website expanding look at collection

CHAMPAIGN — Krannert Art Museum recently launched an expanded and redesigned website that allows online visitors for the first time to access information about pieces in the museum's collection.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 3-10, 2017


This weekend


DSC Art Collective showcasing work at Lincoln Square

URBANA — The Developmental Services Center Art Collective, made up of adult artists with disabilities, is showcasing some of its work at the Art Coop at Lincoln Square in Urbana.

The show lasts through Monday, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. this Friday in connection with Urbana First Fridays. It features, hanging from the ceiling, a large dragon made of paper plates.

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

Friday fun in Urbana

The 12th in the series of Imbibe Urbana's First Fridays takes place this Friday on the streets of downtown Urbana, with "Makers on Main: An Artisan Market," and other activities such as demos by the Champaign Ladies Amateur Wrestling group; a Main Street Carnival; a Girl Power Pop-Up with the Urbana Free Library and Habitat for Humanity; crafts by the Spurlock Museu

Studio Visit: Abby Zbikowski

Abby Zbikowski, 33, of Champaign just finished her third year as an associate professor in the University of Illinois Department of Dance. She frequently teaches in the summer and winter American Dance Festival sessions. She recently was awarded a Juried Bessie Award. The Bessie is the top honor in the dance world, equivalent to a Tony in theater and Oscar in film.

Ask 'Mimi,' July 30, 2017

What is opera star Nathan Gunn up to?

Recently, he met with Hershey Felder at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts in California to work on "Nathan Gunn, Flying Solo."

Top of the Morning, July 29, 2017

GENE ALEXANDER's fixation started at an early age, when he pieced together a puzzle map of the U.S. with his grandpa.

"I knew my states before I could read," he said. "Here I am now, 82 years old and still messing with them."