That's entertainment: Spotlighting events in the area

Arts scene

A look at a rare painting

Krannert Art Museum on Wednesday will unveil part of a rare panoramic painting in the museum's permanent collection.

Library events, March 6-13, 2016

Selected upcoming events at local libraries.

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, March 6, 2016

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

I suppose some of the newspapers that carry this column still employ young people to deliver the news, but carriers are now mostly adults. I had two paper routes when I was a boy and was pleased to find this reminiscence by Thomas R. Smith, a Wisconsin poet. His most recent book is "The Glory," published by Red Dragonfly Press.

Top of the morning, Feb. 29, 2016

I like getting ready for road trips.

I tend to overpack when it comes to digital devices: What if my laptop dies? Better bring a backup.

(What if the backup dies? You don't want to know how far I can extend this logic.)

Anyway, I was getting ready for a trip recently that involves two long days of driving.

So naturally, I went to the Champaign Public Library.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events in the area

Music scene

'Second to None' concert at Krannert

The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra is partnering with the Champaign County Farm Bureau for its "Second to None" concert Saturday at Krannert Center, with pianist Anton Nel and agricultural broadcaster Max Armstrong joining Maestro Stephen Alltop and the orchestra.

Library events, Feb. 28-March 6, 2016

Selected events coming to local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 2 p.m. today at the main library, The Other Guys, a University of Illinois men's a capella group, will perform a free show featuring music and comedy.

'Fight Club' author never disappoints

I never liked to read.

While my memory isn't the greatest, I do know that I always got decent grades, so I probably read just enough to get by.

Ruth Siburt: 'Rules for Stealing Stars' offers a unique story

Every writer knows that to capture readers, a story needs a great hook. Corey Ann Haydu's middle grade novel hooked me at its title: "Rules for Stealing Stars."

The title lured me in, but it was the unique combination of fairytale mixed with real world dilemma that kept me gobbling up the bait through its 300-plus pages.

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

Braving the storm for jazz

C-U haiku, Feb. 28, 2016

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Quiet, muffled ground

Like a sheet of blank paper

A page without ink.

— Rachel Loftus, Champaign