Entertainment listings, Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2017


This weekend


What: Presented by Hoopeston Jaycees. National Sweetheart Pageant, midway, beer tent, flea market, display area, car show, 5K, truck and tractor pull, demo derby, contests, entertainment including Jo Dee Messina with Forgotten Highway at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2, and more.

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

Krannert Art Museum's Opening Night

Krannert Art Museum's Opening Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday will include a public reception to celebrate the exhibitions, with a welcome by Allyson Purpura and Prita Meier, curators of "World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean," which will travel to the Smithsonian and UCLA and has been a few years in the making.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 24-31, 2017


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Ask 'Mimi,' Aug. 20, 2017

What will Kathleen Harleman do after she retires?

The director of Krannert Art Museum for the past 13 years and former acting dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts will move to Philadelphia; she will retire Aug. 31. She has no plans as of yet, but I'm sure she will see a lot of art.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 17-24, 2017


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Tuscola art gallery plans eclipse preview party Saturday

TUSCOLA — An art gallery is offering an early preview of the total solar eclipse that will pass over a wide swath of southern Illinois and will be 93 percent visible in Central Illinois.

The solar-eclipse preview party is free and runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at The Vault Art Gallery in downtown Tuscola. A new exhibit of sun and moon art there is called "Howl at the Moon."

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.