Ask 'Mimi,' Nov. 29, 2015

Is former Champaign resident Dylan Minnette in the "Goosebumps" movie?

Studio Visit: Cora Hays

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Cora Hays, 26, of Urbana, a freelance illustrator and design consultant, recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Is this portrait of your father or grandfather?

Noteworthy playlists

Between helpings of leftover turkey, the long weekend is a good time to catch up on music that stirs your soul. With that in mind, our PAUL WOOD asked local celebrities to come up with free-time playlists — like President Barack Obama's well-known list from his Spotify account.

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Fundraiser a success

Letter from Birdland: Cold weather is changing the landscape

In Birdland, the sun has dipped below the horizon. The earth is dark, and the trees in the yard stand in a stark silhouette against the sky, which is still bright and streaked with color in the west — yellow and fuchsia and a deep turquoise.

Top of the morning, Nov. 29, 2015

It's a big week for Illinois basketball, which returns to a renovated State Farm Center on Wednesday.

It's also a big week for how we cover Illinois basketball, as beat writer Marcus Jackson transitions out of Sports and onto A-1 as our community reporter. Staff writer Scott Richey will take his place after Wednesday's game against Notre Dame.

Marching Illini: Next stop, Soldier Field

CHICAGO — They've spent the past two weeks together: rehearsing nearly non-stop, traveling to and from New York City, sleeping when they can, performing in the biggest parade in the country, even doing a little bit of sightseeing in between.

Business turns back on Black Friday

CHAMPAIGN — Gray skies, rain, 17 mph winds and temperatures in the 40s didn't stop local bicyclists from their pledge to get outside on Black Friday — far from the shopping crowds.

"We decided rather than participate in the madness, we would go do what we like to do," said Pete Davis, co-owner of Champaign Cycle.

Area history, Nov. 28, 2015

Today is Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: A municipal Christmas tree will again be erected in Champaign's Gazette Square this year, and Urbana will have one at the courthouse square.

The story behind the Gordyville antique show

It has been almost 12 years since Gordon Hannigan asked me to come to Gifford for breakfast. I had been asked by other people to be an active part of a new antiques-only show at Gordyville, and I told all of those people no. At that point in our lives, we had been in three shows, all under our direction.