Entertainment listings, June 29-July 6, 2017



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.

Full lineup for 2017 Pygmalion Festival released

CHAMPAIGN — The lineup for Pygmalion, the annual indie-music festival set for Sept. 20-24 in Champaign-Urbana, has been revealed, with Animal Collective among the musical acts.

The festival also includes tech, literature, craft and food components. Festival passes go on sale at noon Friday.

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

Bam! Biff! Pow!

My grand-nephew Dean has been a huge fan of Batman; for the first few years of his life (he turns 5 on July 4) he would not wear anything but Batman clothes. My niece told me Deano mourned the June 9 death of Adam West, whom Deano referred to as the "1960s Batman" because he had watched the TV series starring West.

Ask 'Mimi,' June 25, 2017

Is it true that Rachel Barton Pine will participate in Illinois Summer Youth Music Camp at Illinois? I heard that rumor but have not seen it on their website.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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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.