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Wilco frontman among acts coming to 2017 Ellnora guitar festival

URBANA — Jeff Tweedy, Janis Ian and the Ronnie Baker Brooks Band will be among the acts performing at Ellnora: The Guitar Festival on Sept. 14-16 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

UI grad student hopes new statue engineers change in attitudes

URBANA — It's taken some time, but Sakshi Srivastava's determination to get a statue honoring women in engineering on the University of Illinois campus is finally paying off.

The life-size statue, a gift from Texas Instruments, is scheduled to be unveiled at its home on the east side of the Micro and Nano-technology Laboratory, 208 N. Wright St., with a ceremony at 2:15 p.m. today.

Cozad winners hit right note with judges

URBANA — The judges took longer than expected to determine the winners of this year's Cozad New Venture Competition.

To help fill the time, one of the finalists, Sam Walder, played his violin.

Once the judges returned, Walder's project was named one of two first-place winners, receiving a $15,000 prize for his app, Trala, that helps students learn to play the violin.

38th time's a charm for Garth Brooks superfan

Bubba Strauss has never met Garth Brooks, though that doesn't stop the Cleveland man from proclaiming "I feel like I almost have a bromance with him."

Brooks, the country-music megastar, has millions of fans worldwide, many of whom claim to be his No. 1 fan.

Count Strauss among the many No. 1 fans out there.

Entertainment listings, April 27-May 4, 2017

SPECIAL EVENTS

This weekend

ASIAFEST! 2017

What: The Asian American Cultural Center celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month with this annual family-friendly festival showcasing a variety of Asian cultures through food, art, performances and activities.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. April 29.

A bit of trivia on eve of Garth Brooks' visit to C-U

Garth Brooks is a man of contradictions and many interests. The News-Gazette’s Paul Wood assembled legends and lore of the biggest thing to ever come to the State Farm Center — four concerts over three days, starting Friday.

You might know a lot of these if you’re a big fan. Some, like his grunge-rock Chris Gaines persona and a minor league baseball try, you might just want to forget.

Lyric Theatre at Illinois: Light in the Piazza

"1950s Tuscany provides the setting for this Tony Award-winning story of love and hope, fears and expectations." from the Krannert Center calendar. 

Trash-Cano makes science a blast

CHAMPAIGN — Hear any loud booms coming from the University of Illinois campus on Tuesday morning? Those were volcanic eruptions. Not real ones, of course, so the folks on campus weren't in any danger of being damaged by lava.

Rose criticizes higher-ed budget planning, coordination

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois needs more planning and coordination in its higher-education system, state Sen. Chapin Rose said Tuesday.

The Mahomet Republican's remarks came after another nearly four-hour Senate committee hearing where presidents of five state universities decried the ongoing budget impasse, which has led to staff layoffs, furloughs, enrollment losses and faculty departures.

PODCAST: Astronaut and UI alum Mike Hopkins

PODCAST: Astronaut and UI alum Mike Hopkins: Play now!

University of Illinois alumnus and astronaut Col. Michael Hopkins visited the UI campus Monday and Tuesday. He spoke with Scott Beatty about his 6-month stint in space and the likelihood of humans setting foot on Mars.

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