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.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, May 28, 2017

U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

Patricia Hruby Powell: Young people can learn from character's strength

In "Exit Pursued by a Bear" (Dutton 2016) by E.K. Johnston, high school senior Hermione Winters is captain of the cheerleading squad. Polly, her best friend, is co-captain, and the friend that everyone on Earth needs. The championship cheerleading squad is the gem of the town — more so than the teams for whom it cheers. That's cool.

Ask 'Mimi,' May 28, 2017

What do you think of Gale Renee Walden's new book of poems?

I really appreciate "Where the Time Goes," and I especially enjoyed the post-Beat upbeat reading she hosted Monday in the back room at Pizza M. As one person who was there later said on Facebook: "More fun than I've ever had at a poetry reading."

Joel Shoemaker: Read 'Ove' and watch the movie

The short version: "A Man Called Ove" by Frederik Backman is perfect.

Most often, I am personally loath to compare a book to a film, because, to my mind, these are completely different mediums. Apples and oranges, as they say.

C-U haiku, May 28, 2017


As the mower goes

Grass pirouettes and rises

Then settles, like dust

— David Finn, Urbana

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

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events throughout the area

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Film scene

Second annual Cinema Judaica

Champaign's Art Theater is collaborating with the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation on the second annual Cinema Judaica series, which explores Jewish life, culture and politics in cinema.

Library events, May 28-June 3, 2017

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday at the main library, find out how Zealous matches people with the right lawyer. Co-founder and CEO Paul Min's presentation is part of Tuesdays at Ten, a series introducing technology and innovations developed in Champaign-Urbana.

Kelly Strom: Secrets and suspense

Anyone who regularly reads this column knows that I love stories of suspense. When looking for a new book, they are usually my go-to items. This week, I've brought you three completely different tales, but all have two elements in common — secrets and suspense.

Entertainment listings, May 25-June 1, 2017


This weekend


What: Pair and team events for players of all skill levels. Kibitzers are welcome. Hosted by local players from Bridge at Ginger Creek community bridge club.

When:9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily May 25-29.

Where: Hawthorn Suites, Champaign.