Melissa Merli: Boneyard's best

The Boneyard Arts Festival can be overwhelming, with events of all kinds in more than 100 venues throughout Champaign-Urbana and elsewhere.

Some things happening would have anyway, even without the festival, but are thrown into the mix. Such as the 12th annual International Capoeira Conference, set for Thursday through Sunday on the University of Illinois campus.

Boneyard Arts Festival around (every) corner

CHAMPAIGN — Get your walking shoes ready. And maybe rev up your car engine — or oil your bicycle.

The four-day Boneyard Arts Festival — presented by 40 North 88 West, the Champaign County Arts Council — will take place Thursday through Sunday at more than 100 venues in Champaign, Urbana and surrounding towns.

Two clay classes planned in Danville

DANVILLE — The Danville Art League will offer two new "bring-your-lunch series" clay classes this and next month at the Danville Art League, 320 Franklin St., Danville.

Students in the first class will make a sushi plate with chopstick holder. The class will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday in the league's pottery studio.

Taft: More than Alma Mater

The University of Illinois is awash in Lorado Taft's work, with Alma Mater, soon to be returned to campus, the most famous.

It's Your Business: Ko-Fusion opens on campus

Ko-Fusion on Campus has opened, offering a "quick casual" version of the popular downtown Champaign restaurant.

The new location, at 701 S. Gregory St., U — just to the south and east of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts — is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The restaurant, owned by Janet and Barry Bubin, features "Dollar Sushi."

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

Look ahead: Top picks for the week to come

The Boneyard Arts Festival this weekend is sprawling; it's hard to know what to see. I aim to check out the pop-up art shows in vacant spaces, Laura Wennstrom's exhibition at the University Y and Nina Paley's at Amara. For a complete listing, check out the festival schedule in the Wednesday editions of The N-G.

Melissa Merli: Gunns join high-caliber list of donors to Krannert

Opera superstar Nathan Gunn, as most of us know, has sung in the major opera houses of the world.

During his travels, he said, he's seen nothing else on the planet like Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, where he honed his baritone voice over four years as an undergraduate in the University of Illinois School of Music.

Melissa Merli's weekend update: Petals & Paintings

Florist Rick Orr has guest-curated "Petals & Paintings" at Krannert Art Museum for 22 years. Even after all that time he remains surprised by the out-of-the-box floral designs that the florists contribute to the exhibit — one of the museum's most popular — taking place this weekend.

Entertainment listings, April 3-10, 2014

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

Special events

This weekend

A sight of the whole site

URBANA — Occupying two square blocks, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is impossible for anyone to take in as a whole as they walk or drive by.

Now, a new architecture model of the complex — created by recent University of Illinois master's graduate Nicholas Berchtold — gives an impressive bird's-eye view.