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Head to Mahomet for Head East

MAHOMET — In its heyday, Head East never played a show in Mahomet.

But the classic rock band — which got its start in Champaign-Urbana's thriving music scene in the 1970s — still has a connection to the community.

When band members recorded their first album, "Flat as a Pancake," they traveled to Mahomet to take some photos for the back cover.

Dan Wavering - Dare to Dream, Dare to Build 8-21-14

Dan Wavering - Dare to Dream, Dare to Build 8-21-14: Play now!

Brian Moline talks with Dan Wavering about next month's "Dare to Dream, Dare to Build" event hosted by Champaign County Habitat for Humanity and the Homebuilders Association of East Central Illinois.


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Urbana Sweetcorn Festival: A-MAIZE-ING

Wherever there is butter, Pepsi and music, you'll find Corny, the lovable but enigmatic mascot of the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival.

Though he will work 18 hour days this weekend — the festival lasts till 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday — Corny managed to squeeze in an interview with The News-Gazette.

Motor Muster turns 18

The event

The 18th Annual Urbana Sweetcorn Festival Motor Muster on Saturday.

The Muster, sponsored by the Urbana Business Association and the Illini Collector Car Club, is open to any original, restored or modified vehicle 25 years old or older, making it unique among area car shows.

Golden Globes group gives Ebertfest $10,000

URBANA — Awards season arrived early for the inspiration behind the year's most heralded documentary — Roger Ebert.

On Wednesday, Ebertfest organizers announced the Champaign film festival received a $10,000 grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hosts January's Golden Globes, first of the big awards shows on the entertainment calendar.

Rock and rollin' in Mahomet

The Sangamon River Music Festival in downtown Mahomet offers free entertainment for everyone.

The event runs from 5 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday on Mahomet's Main Street.

The annual festival offers carnival rides, a food court, beer tent, vendors and music.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 21-28, 2014

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

Special events

This weekend

Park district says August move for Taste pays off

The head of the Champaign Park District said moving this past weekend's Taste of Champaign-Urbana event to August paid off.

Planners also shortened the annual food fest, which previously took place in June, to just Friday and Saturday instead of three days.

Urbana council to consider finalizing rules changes for downtown events

URBANA — City officials are hoping some revisions to their rules regarding temporary liquor licenses will bring more special events to town.

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead

From web swingers to sword slingers, Tim Mitchell's entertainment recommendations for the week ahead:


"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" comes out on DVD. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone return as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, a young couple whose lives are affected when Peter's alter-ego, Spider-Man, takes on a bunch of supervillains in New York City.

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