Letter from Birdland: Friends offer some valuable mushroom tips

Birdland is a chilly drizzle. A few days ago, it was already summertime, and we threw open the windows to get a respite from the heat, but now the chill of early spring has returned.

I would rather be cold than hot, and put on a sweater, so I am happy with this change. This morning, the drizzle has slowed to a mist and the leaves glisten all around.

Studio Visit: Marilynn Dean Cleveland

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with  Marilynn Dean Cleveland. The 72-year-old self-taught artist will show some of her many artworks in the exhibition "I Have Something to Say" from Thursday through Aug. 24 at the Murphy Gallery, University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., C. Meet her at the reception there from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

From Champaign to Hollywood: Lexi Atkins

There's so much going on in Lexi Atkins' life that it's hard to know what to lead with.

She's Miss Illinois in June 8's Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, La., and she was first runner-up for Miss Teen USA.

She's in "Zombeaver," a horror comedy getting the same kind of early buzz as "Snakes On A Plane."

Ask 'Mimi' May 25, 2014

Of all the performances coming up at Krannert Center in its next season, which one do you not want to miss?

Business and professional briefs, May 25, 2014

New jobs

Delaney named executive director. Molly Delaney has been hired as executive director of the CU Schools Foundation.

She will work to develop and support innovative programs to help make students in Champaign-Urbana schools ready for college or career.

Delaney most recently was director of educational outreach for WILL.

Reluctant Townie: Nashville food strategy goes up in smoke

Well folks, I'm out of town. I got a job that sent me to Nashville to train at their corporate headquarters for the remainder of May — forget about Memorial Day weekend.

Getting Personal: Nathaniel C. Banks

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, a chat with musician Nathaniel C. Banks, co-director of the Banks Bridgewater Lewis Fine Arts Academy - formerly called Mo' Betta Music - and director of the Urbana High School Jazz Band.

So what's new with you?

Business listings, May 25, 2014

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently at the Champaign County clerk's office:

Crazy's Auto Detailing, 706 W. Bradley Ave., Unit C, C, by Shmonica R. Cobb, P.O. Box 3761, C.

Dave's Hair Studio, 103 Diller Ave., Broadlands, by Jess Cole and David Z. Cole, both of 302 N. Lincoln St., P.O. Box 178, Broadlands.

Area history, May 24, 2014

Today is Saturday, May 24, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

Top of the Morning, May 24, 2014

With the University of Illinois vying for the Barack Obama presidential library, we asked an expert from the nation's No. 1 library school for his take.