Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli from the week that was

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Getting Personal: Melissa Merli

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, News-Gazette writer Melissa "Mimi' Merli of Urbana, who is entering retirement, chats with co-worker Paul Wood. She spent 41 years working at daily newspaper, including 26 at The News-Gazette, where she spent a lot of time covering the arts.

What is your greatest enjoyment among all the arts?

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

Salt Fork River Art Festival

If you're not sick of festivals, there's a nice one that continues today at Sleepy Creek Vineyards north of Oakwood, about 20 miles east of Urbana. The Salt Fork River Art Festival, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., features more than 60 artists, makers and fine crafters, both local and from nearby states.

Studio Visit: Rachel Storm

Staff writer Melissa Merli chats with RACHEL LAUREN STORM, 31, of Urbana, an artist who serves as the city's public arts coordinator.

Are you still working on your Ph.D. in educational policy?

Entertainment listings, Sept. 21-28, 2017


This weekend


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

Impressive writers in town

The Pygmalion Fest is bringing some impressive writers to town this week, chief among them George Saunders, who's favored to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction with "Lincoln in the Bardo," his novel about Lincoln mourning in a cemetery his 11-year-old son, Willie. Saunders will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Krannert Center.

Ask 'Mimi,' Sept. 17, 2017

Have you seen the botanical art show at Krannert Art Museum?

Yes, and I want to take a closer look. On view through Dec.

Scaring up a good time at Monticellobration — Festifall

It's not technically fall yet, but the orange and brown colors are already out in Monticello, where Monticellobration — FestiFall arrives Saturday with scarecrows and pumpkins, as well as classic cars and some bands.

The pretty-darn-lifelike scarecrows are already up around the courthouse square, more likely to scare off birds than the guy in "The Wizard of Oz" ever did.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 14-21, 2017


This weekend


For one day, cats get a 'PARK(ing)' spot near Orpheum

CHAMPAIGN — Dog parks are common nowadays.

Cat parks? Not so much.

But on Friday in the city parking lot in front of the Orpheum Children's Science Museum, felines will have a spot as part of the one-day interactive art installation, "Cat PARK(ing) Day."

The "park" will occupy one metered parking space near Washington and Neil.