How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice

CHAMPAIGN — Countryside School seventh-grader Edward Kong is pretty devoted to his three hours of daily practice.

But he's not practicing for a sports match or working toward a new high score on Minecraft like some middle schoolers. He's playing the cello.

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Museum scene

TUSCOLA — Tuscola Tourism will bring Laura Keyes to the Douglas County Museum on Dec. 5 for a Christmas presentation on author Laura Ingalls Wilder.

One Direction takes top honors

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One Direction might have debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts behind Justin Bieber, but they won the top award at Sunday's American Music Awards.

"This is a testament to how incredible our fans are," Louis Tomlinson said onstage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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Holiday scene

Allerton hosting several activities

The Allerton Park and Retreat Center Mansion will once again host a variety of "home for the holiday" events in December.

Ask 'Mimi,' Nov. 22, 2015

Was Heloise Godet, the French actress who was at the 2015 Ebertfest, in Paris during the terrorist attacks?

Yes, and I'm happy to report she's safe. I actually first heard of the attacks while sitting at my desk here at work and checking Facebook, where she posted this message:

'Best Band' hitting the Big Apple

Before sitting down to stuff your face on Thanksgiving, you'll be able to watch — from home — the Marching Illini.

Not at Memorial Stadium but in the 89th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which will be televised to an audience of 50 million.

Library events, Nov. 22-29, 2015

Selected events at local libraries

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Banding together for big day

CHAMPAIGN — The Chargers and the Maroons are setting aside their differences for a big day.

As Central's football team prepares to take on Lincoln-Way West this afternoon — with a trip to the IHSA state finals at stake — members of the two Champaign high school marching bands will meet up, tune their instruments and play the Central fight song, together.