Entertainment listings, June 15-22, 2017


This weekend


What: Live street-side performance series. Includes an eclectic mix of music and street performances including bluegrass, jazz, folk, rock and blues, along with a cappella music, belly dancing and live painting.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays, June 16 through Aug. 25.

Giving them a fair shake

Between now and the return of school days, sun and junk food go together with concerts, rides and planned vehicular disasters at fairs all across East Central Illinois. Staff writer PAUL WOOD checked in with several of them.

My Amish Home: Weather is beautiful despite the wind

"His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed. Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things: and blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen. And Amen." Psalm 72:17-19

Meg Makes: Raspberries a great addition to hot salsa

Berry season is in full swing, and I recently went looking for raspberry recipes that don't require turning on my oven.

My favorite? This one, for raspberry salsa. The idea isn't original, but I wasn't a fan of many of the ingredients in the version I found online. So, I swapped in items I like better.

To Your Health: Veggie noodle stir-fry a great way to highlight broccoli


When introducing my oldest child to different vegetables, she always eyed broccoli with suspicion. Not only was it green, but it also kept showing up on her plate even when she refused to try it!

I know this is not a unique situation: Many children take up to 10 exposures (or more!) to try a new food.

Today's Special: Vintage Bakery a labor of love in Homer

HOMER — When Crystal Allen isn't teaching classes at the University of Illinois, you can usually find her cheerfully smiling as she mixes cakes, pies and cookies in downtown Homer.

Allen, a professor of animal science, has opened Vintage Bakery, a bake shop at 111 S. Main St.

C-U's always had a craving for a taste of Chicago

Andy Seils grew up in suburban Elmhurst, a couple miles from the first Portillo's in Villa Park, and now works a couple miles from the new one in Champaign that opened last month and draws enormous lines.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Show of shows

It's rare to see great animation on a big screen. You can do that at the Art Theater, where the "The Animation Show of Shows" plays at noon today and 10 p.m. Thursday. Described as the "ace of animation compilation shows, prized by industry professionals, students and fans," it's curated by animation expert/producer Ron Diamond.

My Amish Home: May goes out with a stretch of beauty

"Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

Meg Makes: Slow-cooking banana cake a surefire crowd pleaser

I'm always up for a cake that calls for fresh fruit. Today's recipe comes from Celeste Coverdill of Savoy.

She can make the slow-baking cake ahead and add frosting that people rave about later.

"Sometimes I make a browned-butter/cream-cheese frosting," she said. "I have gotten great reviews on that icing, too."


For cake: