Top of the Morning, Oct. 21, 2017

There will be a time when members of the Illinois Prairie Chapter of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society will get to sit back, raise a glass and toast their 20th anniversary. Just not now.

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What: Back for its fifth year as Central Illinois' premiere haunted attraction with 10,000 square feet of terror, customers will find terror at every turn; "Lights Out" events, Oct. 19 and 30. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Pair of Japanese cultural treasures speaking at UI this month

CHAMPAIGN — Two prominent Japanese cultural figures, including a "Living National Treasure of Japan," will give talks and demonstrations at the University of Illinois this month.

Science-based storytelling show coming to Urbana

URBANA — The Story Collider, which hosts dozens of live storytelling shows across the country about the human side of science, is coming to Urbana on Thursday night.

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For Melissa Merli, end of an 'interesting' ride

I hate to say goodbye, but the time has come for me to take time for myself.

I'm retiring from The News-Gazette today after 41 years of working at daily newspapers, first at The Commercial-News in Danville, then the Chillicothe Gazette in Ohio and then The News-Gazette, where I've been reporting for more than 27 years.

Ask 'Mimi,' Oct. 1, 2017

Will flutist Jonathan Keeble be performing a new piece this month?

Yes, during the Sinfonia da Camera concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in Krannert Center's Foellinger Great Hall. It will be part of the Illinois premiere of a concerto written for Keeble by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra composer Richard Prior.

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 back: Highlights from Melissa Merli from the week that was

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