Entertainment listings, March 1-8, 2018


This weekend


What: Urbana is holding an international-themed First Friday for March. Balinese gamelan music and dance by the Bali Lantari ensemble at the library. Special night of music at IMC featuring Congolese musician Jean RenéBalekita opening, followed by CU's new salsa band Timbalú.

When: March 2.

My Amish Home | Slogging through the morass after deluge

"Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not; let not the sun go down upon your wrath; neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more; but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth." Ephesians 4:25-28

Meg Makes | Cookies from a longtime school chef

Today's recipe comes from LuAnn O'Connor, a family friend of my dad's.

Her mom, Elaine Schmidt of Buckley, was the cook at St. John Lutheran School for more than 30 years. Elaine is famous for her cinnamon rolls and doughnuts.

"Her baking, cooking and canning gave our house such a feeling of warmth and security," O'Connor told me.

Wired In: Viktor Makarskyy

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a high-tech leader. This week, meet VIKTOR MAKARSKYY, a University of Illinois engineering physics student who founded Menu3, an augmented-reality restaurant menu app for people who tend to ask the waiter about the most recommended dishes.

Today's Special | Signature Grill to offer Mexican, Indian, Mediterranean fare

CHAMPAIGN — A new fusion restaurant is going into the former Azzip Pizza space at 505 E. Green St., C.

Azzip Pizza closed on Oct. 7.

Karthik Thota of Bloomington, who owns restaurants in that city and in St. Louis, said he is converting the place into a new Signature Grill restaurant.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 22-March 1, 2018


This weekend


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.

My Amish Home | Battling with a forgetful little old lady

"Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time 'Thou shalt not kill, and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment'; but I say unto you that whosoever is angry with his brother without cause shall be in danger of the judgment, and whosoever shall say to his brother 'Raca' shall be in danger of the council, but whosoever shall say 'Thou fool' shall be in danger of hell fir

Meg Makes | Asian pork-belly stew adds spice to winter

My husband is a big fan of interesting international recipes.

So when chef David Choi, the owner of Seoul Taco, sent a recipe for kimchi jjigae, a spicy pork-belly stew, I knew we'd need to try it.

To Your Health: Underappreciated beans easily subbed in to sloppy Joes


I firmly believe that beans do not get enough credit for all their versatility in the kitchen.

Today's Special: Newlywed caterers offering Sicilian menu

URBANA — Urbana newlyweds have launched their own catering business, one that features Sicilian foods.

Jordan and Paris Baldarotta started up Baldarotta's Porketta & Sicilian Sausage at 304 W. Florida Ave., U.

"The whole idea is bringing the Sicilian deli to you," said Jordan Baldarotta, a chef who grew up in Urbana.