It's a problem all right. Here you are, about to walk (well, maybe run) down the aisle as the ring dog in your people's upcoming nuptials, and nobody can find you a four-legged tux to wear.
And the wedding cake: Wouldn't you think somebody would make something in a flavor you like, say, one tier chicken, one tier liver, hold the chocolate please?
The rolling landscape around the small town of Arrowsmith – about 14 miles west of Gibson City – looks more like Holland than central Illinois.
Some 50 square miles of prime black farmland are dotted with windmills.
CHAMPAIGN – "Silent" and "symphony orchestra" don't often go together, but for "Sadie Thompson," Friday's opening movie at Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival, the coexistence was bliss.
"This is a rare opportunity for an orchestra and a 35mm film ... as it's supposed to be," festival panelist and film scholar Kristen Thompson said.
CHAMPAIGN – A few years ago, actress Joey Lauren Adams experienced an epiphany after meeting two horticulturists at a trendy bar in Los Angeles. They asked what she had been doing since she starred in Kevin Smith's "Chasing Amy" (1997), and they expressed surprise when she invited them, at 2 a.m., to a friend's house.
"I realized I didn't have a job to go to the next morning. I didn't have a script to read," Adams said Friday in Champaign. She woke up the next morning and saw "Notting Hill," starring Julia Roberts. Even though she loves Roberts, Adams said she didn't see in that movie a female character she could relate to.
CHAMPAIGN – Writer/director/actor Hadjii is back at Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival and has good news to report to fans of "Somebodies," a film that he wrote, directed and starred in, which was shown at last year's festival.
Black Entertainment Television will begin shooting a situation-comedy series based on "Somebodies" in July in Athens, Ga. The network bought 1030-minute episodes; the first will likely air in late October. As with the movie, Hadjii will write, direct and star in the series, which will also be titled "Somebodies."
URBANA – A plaque and a 7-acre grove of trees on the north side of Weaver Park were dedicated Friday to the 45 people who have served as Urbana Park District board commissioners during the past century.
The permanent plaque was dedicated at a 10 a.m. Arbor Day ceremony on East Main Street. The park district is celebrating its 100th anniversary throughout 2007.
MONTICELLO – The Weldon Springs Recreational Area, which sits next to Allerton Park in Monticello, is in the midst of some cosmetic work.
Hunters and hikers may notice rings carved around hundreds, possibly thousands, of non-native trees. The process, known as girdling, prevents the spread of nutrients from the roots. Girdled trees gradually rot out, sometimes taking more than a decade to fall.
"All gave some; some gave all."
The sign, on a vehicle from the Canton VFW, said it all in the funeral procession Friday for a soldier killed in Iraq.
CHAMPAIGN – As the lights came up after "The Weather Man," the first movie of the second day of the Roger Ebert Overlooked Film Festival, Roger Ebert's face lit up along with them.
It's an expression his wife, Chaz Ebert, says she has seen recently from the famed film critic.
CHAMPAIGN – Portraying an African woman who opposes female genital mutilation was difficult for actress Fatoumata Coulibaly, a practicing Muslim who herself underwent the excision when she was a young girl.
One of the hardest scenes for her in "Moolaade," shown Thursday at Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival in Champaign, was the partial nude scene in which her character, Colle, has sex with her husband.