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

Artists make an impression

Studio Visit: Scott Barber

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Melissa Merli chats with Scott Barber, 48, of Urbana. Barber is the founder and lead designer of Scobar, a business ( in which he screen-prints his designs on apparel. For a short explanation of what he does, go to his video at

Collaboration of art, math brings beautiful quilt creations

URBANA — Nina Paley took the DIY ethos to the max when she made her ground-breaking, award-winning feature movie "Sita Sings the Blues," doing all the time- and labor-intensive animation herself.

Here's what's happening on the arts scene

Photo display

CHAMPAIGN — "The BARE Project," a collection of photographs of local people posing in the nude, with strategic coverings in some places, will open Friday at the Indi Go Artist's Co-op, 9 E. University Ave., C.

"The BARE Project" series was created by Emily Otnes, Anna Longworth and Alisa Greene.

Weekend Update: Something to howl about

Kennekuk County Park will be busy in early September for the first Phases of the Moon Festival. But the beautiful park just north of Kickapoo State Park west of Danville also has plenty of activities going on today: 'Cheeseburgers and Fun,' the Howl at the Moon 8 Hour Run/Walk and the seventh annual Bunker Hill Run car show and Cruise to the VA. Here's a rundown on all the fun:

Entertainment listings, Aug. 7-13, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area, Aug. 6, 2014

Youth Orchestra concert

URBANA — The St. Patrick's Youth Orchestra, an ensemble founded and directed by youths, will perform a concert of movie music at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Parish Center, 708 W. Main St., U. Admission is free.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 6, 2014

Advertised as the first new piece of art at Allerton Park since 1942, Ruth Gee's sculpture — "Reflective Moments" — is a big deal.

And we're not just talking weight.

"It takes five men to unload," Gee said. "I'd say about 350 pounds."