Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Activities for art lovers

Feinen: Politically motivated

CHAMPAIGN — Politics and government have long been a family affair for Mayor-elect Deborah Frank Feinen.

There's her mom, former Champaign County Circuit Clerk Linda Frank, who held that post for 21 years.

Letter from Birdland: Keep the Boneyard clean

In Birdland, the grass is greening up, and the bulbs are starting to blossom.

Where's James Ponsoldt going after his film screens at Eberfest? Take a guess.

James Ponsoldt never met Roger Ebert, but while he's here at the Roger Ebert Film Festival to show his film about native genius David Foster Wallace, he's going to pay the late critic a fitting tribute.

"I'm going to Steak 'n Shake after the screening," said the director.

Studio Visit: Molly O'Roark

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, University of Illinois student Molly O'Roark chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. O'Roark is finishing a master's degree in harp performance and will work on her doctoral of musical arts degree here as well.

Did you come here to study with Ann Yeung?

Business listings, April 12, 2015

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

B-WELL Home Improvements, 1408 W. Hill St., U, by Duane W. Blackwell Jr., same address.

Grant Trucking, 3057 County Road 2100 E, Rantoul, by Jonathan Grant, same address.

M&M Detail & Sales, 509 E. Main St., U, by Eric Herzog, 402 W. Springfield Ave., C.

Tom Kacich: Gerard talks election, future

Got a question for Tom? Ask it here

Don Gerard's re-election campaign already was on the ropes, but the big turnout generated by the $144 million Champaign schools bond issue delivered an early knockout punch to his mayoral hopes.

Ask 'Mimi,' April 12, 2015

Who will succeed Henson Keys as chair of the UI Department of Theatre acting program when he retires this spring?

The university selected stage-combat expert Robin McFarquhar (above). Henson, who filled the position for 16 years, will stick around here for a year or so and then likely move to Chicago. He wants to pursue his acting career full time.

For the retirees, April 12-19, 2015

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Reluctant Townie: 2 vs. 3: Independent child sounding off

The main difference between a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old is that the 2-year-old will throw a hysterical, screaming fit in the footwear department at Kohl's, while the 3-year-old will turn around, without prompt, and tell her 8-months-pregnant mother, "Pretty soon, I'm gonna be big and I'm not going to need you any more."