Krannert awarded $20,000 federal 'Art Works' grant

URBANA — Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will receive an "Art Works" award of $20,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The grant will go toward sustaining and expanding Krannert's presentation of high-quality, diverse artistry; creating residencies and engagement opportunities; and exploring how the arts affect students, families, artists and partners.

Diverse display at Parkland's 'Around the Block II' exhibit

CHAMPAIGN — Of the 70 or so works in "Around the Block II: Artists from Our Neighborhood," one is sure to be a conversation piece.

Entertainment listings, June 22-29, 2017



What: Grandstand entertainment includes Little Miss and Talent Show at 6 p.m. June 22, Truck and Tractor Pull at 6 p.m. June 23, Stadium Motocross at 7 p.m. June 24, Demo Derby at 4 p.m. June 25. Livestock shows, 4-H exhibits and shows, carnival, entertainment, food and more.

Studio Visit: Don Archer

Staff writer Melissa Merli visits with Don Archer, 72, of Newtown, the PGA golf pro at Blue Needles Golf Course in Fairmount and the owner of Kickapoo Pottery near Kickapoo State Park.

When did you take up pottery?

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"Thoroughly Modern Millie," opening Wednesday at the Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, will be the second show in the theater's 60th anniversary season.

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Strawberry Jam set for Saturday in Urbana

The annual Strawberry Jam will be from 4 p.m. to sunset Saturday at Meadowbrook Park in Urbana.

Top of the Morning, June 8, 2017

We didn't just change the look of our weekly weekend preview.

We changed the name of it.

And, as you'll notice by flipping through today's eight-page extra, we changed the feel of it.

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Entertainment listings, June 1-8, 2017


This weekend


What: Presented by Imbibe Urbana. 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. June 2.

Where: Downtown Urbana.

Krannert Art Museum shining spotlight on art detectives

CHAMPAIGN — In an unusual move, Krannert Art Museum has brought a back-of-the-house issue to full-frontal display with "Provenance: A Forensic History of Art."

With six paintings and examples of books used in research, the small exhibition in the Kincaid Pavilion covers the big issue of the lineage of ownership, or provenance, of European paintings in the museum collection.

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

Wet Roots Walk

The weather didn't exactly cooperate last weekend for the fourth annual Roots Walk at Crystal Lake Park, though I enjoyed sauntering through a loop, stopping to listen along the way to seven different acts, many of them quite good.