PACA's first photo contest to focus on Central properties

CHAMPAIGN — The Preservation and Conservation Association's first photography contest will highlight 10 properties optioned for purchase and demolition by the Champaign School District to make way for an expanded Central High School.

Top of the Morning: May 1, 2017

Something to get you going today, courtesy photographer Holly Hart:

I was beyond excited when I learned I would be photographing Friday's Garth Brooks concert.

Ask 'Mimi,' April 30, 2017

Isn't Krannert Center approaching its 50th anniversary?

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

Music you don't want to miss

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DSO wrapping up 50th season

The Danville Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jeremy Swerling, will close its season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at Danville High School with the concert "Fantastique @ 50!"

Travel/Indiana: An architectural Mecca


The gray chill of a typical central Illinois winter brings dreams to many — faraway blue skies, white sands, golden sunsets. But no worries if your time and your funds require staying closer to home — adventures remain to be had.

Studio Visit: Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas, 61, of Champaign is the art director at WILL and an artist. He maintains the blog, Words to Inspire. His art will be shown in the "Figurative Work of Michael Thomas" exhibition from Thursday through May at the Illini Union Art Gallery, with the reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

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Mural brightens up what can be a dark place

CHAMPAIGN — A colorful and calming painting has been added to a place where children go to tell adults about horrible dark secrets.

Thanks to a generous donation from the family of the late Brandon Markel of Homer, the Children's Advocacy Center of Champaign County now has a painting designed specifically for its space by Urbana artist Glen Davies.

Entertainment listings, April 27-May 4, 2017


This weekend


What: The Asian American Cultural Center celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month with this annual family-friendly festival showcasing a variety of Asian cultures through food, art, performances and activities.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. April 29.

19th Ebertfest receives a lovely sendoff

CHAMPAIGN — The 19th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival opened Wednesday with a standing ovation for singer Jimmy Demers — well, emcee Chaz Ebert told the audience to stand before he sang "God Bless America."