Entertainment listings, Feb. 22-March 1, 2018


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What: Sponsored by The STM Art Club and Art Department and Culver's Restaurant to raise funds to support The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen. Theme is fairytales. In addition to a fine meal and a unique handmade bowl to remind them of their gift to the needy, there will be music, drama, and dance performances.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 22, 2018

Assistant Circulation Manager SHURREL BRANTLEY was delivering The News-Gazette around 7 a.m. Wednesday when she was stopped in her tracks: Water-covered roads near Ogden cut her morning short.

Champaign, Urbana officials say streets holding up during heavy rains

URBANA — After more than an inch and a half of rain Monday, officials say city streets are holding up.

"Particularly this morning, with the heavier downpours, we had some localized, temporary street flooding," said Bill Gray, director of public works in Urbana. "We had to clear storm inlets, but there was no significant or major flooding."

Letter from Birdland: Rebuilding bonds with seeds

A few weeks ago, I promised to tell you about the seed lecture at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Rowan White's talk was inspiring on many levels: spiritual, historical, personal and agricultural.

Environmental Almanac: The world has a place for pesky blood suckers

On Saturday, the 35th annual Insect Fear Film Festival will take place in Foellinger Auditorium at the University of Illinois. As part of the celebration, this week's Environmental Almanac features the writing of UI graduate students Nicholas Anderson, Samniqueka Halsey, Todd Johnson, Tanya Josek and Erin Welsh, who conduct research on insects and related arthropods.

Wired In: Nina Kshetry

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a high-tech leader. This week, meet NINA KSHETRY, the founder and president of Champaign-based Ensaras Inc. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a licensed professional engineer.

Weekend Planner: Bird-watchers, unite

Today's Great Backyard Bird Count is a bird-lover's dream. The free event engages birders of all ages to count the animals in an effort to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations.

Office Hours with Aldo: Wendy Yang (w/ video)

On Thursdays throughout the semester, staff writer Adalberto Toledo will book an appointment with a UI professor. Today: WENDY YANG, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Biology.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 15-22, 2018


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Champaign council approves refined designs for Neil Street corridor

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign City Council on Tuesday approved a narrowed-down design plan for the Neil Street corridor renovation.

A $100,000 face-lift for the corridor, a roughly 1-mile stretch between Interstate 74 and downtown, was approved by the city council last June and will be implemented long term over the next several years. Ratio Architects is at the project's helm.