Entertainment listings, July 23-30, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

The Kings of crash

Craig and Adam Lemenager build up and armor their fleet of '60s and '70s cars all winter long so they can smash them up all Demolition Derby season.

The father and son, who have more than 50 cars (at one time they had 88) on their land in Iroquois County, are the winningest drivers on the circuit around here and compete nationally.

Notes-Worthy: Sean 'Stigma' Smith

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with Sean Smith, who goes by "Stigma" on stage:

Your performances are visually and audibly amazing. How would you describe what you do?

Life Remembered: Theater scene loses 'kind-hearted soul'

URBANA — Actress Barbara Evans always will remember the "beautiful, heart-rending scene" in "Wit" that she played in 2002 opposite Janice Rothbaum, who died Tuesday morning.

Top of the morning, July 23, 2015

We devoted the cover of today's e3 to Saturday's wildly popular demolition derby at the Champaign County Fair.

Meanwhile, Champaign County Fair president Mike Kobel devoted much of his office to the 19 humongous trophies that will be handed out this weekend. "Each year the purses go up and the trophies get bigger," he said.

'Ragtime' author E.L. Doctorow dies in New York at 84

HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Few minds were as playful and as serious as E.L. Doctorow's.

Area history, July 22, 2015

Today is Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: The Big Four Railroad announced today that for the first time in 25 years it will build its own locomotives at the Beech Grove shops at Indianapolis. Five locomotives are to be built. The Big Four has 850 engines in use now, and repairs an average of 600 a year at Beech Grove.

Life Remembered: Many mourn 'magnificent' music teacher

CHAMPAIGN — Judy Hoffman grew up in the middle of Nebraska, learning the piano, organ and violin. By high school, she mastered the saxophone. By college, she was playing the bassoon in the band and the violin in the orchestra.

But it's a simple child's song that may best illustrate the longtime local music teacher's abilities.

Meet the new principal at Danville's Northeast Elementary

When students at Danville's Northeast Elementary Magnet School started their new school year on Tuesday, there was a new leader at the helm: Kelly Truex.

My Amish Home: Weather offers mix of wet, wild and warm

"Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient." 2 Timothy 2:22-24