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Music scene

Get close to the music at DoCha

DoCha, downtown Champaign's free music festival, now in its eighth season, will take place Friday through next Sunday in the Orpheum Theatre.

Patricia Hruby Powell: Readers get two views of racism

Rowan Chase, 17, the daughter of a white oil magnate father and a black lawyer mother finds a skeleton under the floorboards in the "back house" of her spiffy Greenwood area Tulsa home in "Dreamland Burning" (Little Brown 2017) by Tulsa resident Jennifer Latham.

C-U haiku, March 26, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

Root arms ladder up

The slope and interlace, hold

Dry bowls of tan leaves

— Jim Kotowski, Champaign

Submissions may be made to cupoetry@gmail.com with C-U haiku in the subject line. Include your name and city, which will be published with your haiku. Submissions may be edited.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, March 26, 2017

By TED KOOSER

U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

A front porch is very much like a stage, and this poem by Marilyn Nelson is like watching a little play. The poet, who has published books of poetry and prose for young and old alike, lives in Connecticut, and her most recent book is "My Seneca Village" (Namelos, 2015).

Joel Shoemaker: 'Saint Death' is sure to spark debate

Say, for example, you were playing a game. A card game. A game you just happen to be very good at.

Only now your friend's life depends on the outcome, and the worst score you could get, or the best score, depending on how you look at it, is a five. The score, being the combination of two playing cards, is the only score that matters. Five is the only number requiring any skill at all.

Library events, March 26-April 1, 2017

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 2 p.m. today at the main library, this month's In Concert at CPL will feature We the Animals. The local group plays laid-back rock.

Top of the Morning, March 25, 2017

Ah librarians, how they used to shush people. Now the Urbana Free Library is encouraging would-be music stars to make at least one hall come alive with the sounds of music, at any rate for a few afternoon hours a week. Here's what Adult Services Librarian Joel Spencer (above)had to say:

Entertainment listings, March 23-30, 2017

Special events

This weekend

PRAIRIE GARDENS FAIRY TALE GARDEN FAIR

Alice B. McGinty: Tales take children on wonderful journeys

The seasons are slowly starting to change, one step forward, two steps back, to spring. These two new picture books are about the journey and seeking change.

"All We Know" (2016, Harper, written by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Jane Dyer, ages 2-5) begins with spring and takes us through a year with an adventuresome toddler on a journey of exploration.

C-U haiku, March 19, 2017

By JIM O'BRIEN, ANN HART and WILL REGER

Gold in the spring woods

proves last year's leafy lesson:

green, then brown, then gone.

— Stewart Berlocher, Urbana

Submissions may be made to cupoetry@gmail.com with C-U haiku in the subject line. Include your name and city, which will be published with your haiku. Submissions may be edited.