Art

Art

Ask 'Mimi,' July 23, 2017

What did you think of Lou Ballard?

As do many local art lovers, I admire his work and I admired him. He specialized in ceramics, hand-built and wheel-thrown. In a 2011 interview, Lou told me he started doing pottery when he was a boy in New Mexico, with a potter friend of his father's.

Entertainment listings, July 20-27, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

IROQUOIS COUNTY FAIR

What: Traditional fair events including queen pageant, demo derby, wild World of Animals, horse shows, livestock, Nick Lynch Band, 4-H, tractor pull and talent show.

When: July 20-24.

Where: Fairgrounds,1390 E. 2000 N. Road, Watseka.

Ask 'Mimi,' July 16, 2017

Are there renovations this summer at the two Krannerts?

At Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois Facilities & Services is replacing 14 sections of limestone exterior to which railings are attached, as well as the railings, for safety reasons, said Bridget Lee-Calfas, Krannert's publicity and marketing director. A crane had to be used.

Entertainment listings, July 13-20, 2017

EVENTS

THIS WEEKEND

HISTORIC FARM DAYS

Ask 'Mimi,' July 9, 2017

Why isn't Jennifer Roscoe on the 10 p.m. news anymore?

She decided to give up anchoring it to have more time at home with her two teenage daughters and husband. She continues to anchor the WCIA Channel 3 news shows at 5, 6 and 6:30 p.m.

Entertainment listings, July 6-13, 2017

EVENTS

URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS

What: Main Street between Race Street and Broadway Avenue will be closed to cars and open for festival fun. Unique tastings, games, fire and dance performers, dinner specials, art shows and more.

When: 4 to 11 p.m. July 7.

Where: Downtown Urbana.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE

Studio Visit: Mike Harper

Mike Harper, 47, of Danville is a professional artist and muralist.

Do you have any other job?

Nope. This is it. It took me a long time to work up to doing this. This is my fourth year doing it full-time.

Do you paint mostly murals?

Ask 'Mimi,' July 2, 2017

What was a formative or your most memorable experience when you attended the University of Illinois, Mimi?

I'd have to say my abnormal psychology class with Professor Douglas Bernstein. (I was a psychology major who wanted to major in art.)

Urbana hires UI admin as new public-arts coordinator

URBANA — Rachel Storm is the new public-arts coordinator for the city of Urbana. She will start Aug. 7 in the Community Development Department.

For the past eight years, Storm has worked at the Women's Resources Center in the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations at the University of Illinois. She is now its assistant director.

Entertainment listings, June 29-July 6, 2017

SPECIAL EVENTS

FORD COUNTY FAIR

What: Horse show, queen pageant, livestock shows, petting and pony rides, carnival rides, face painting, tractor pulls, rodeo, entertainment including Easton Corbin with Walker McGuire concert, June 30, evening bands in beer tent, and evening dance with Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians on July 1.