Today’s column features two creative and beautiful educational books that are being offered as free e-books on Amazon to help parents who are home-schooling their children while schools are closed. At the end of this column, please see links to more resources.

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Checking in from the U.K. in Part 5 of our new UI alum-themed series: The Gies College of Business grad and award-winning novelist who is better known to her legion of fans as Rumer Haven. She told Editor Jeff D’Alessio what life’s like in locked-down London.

On March 12, I attended a concert in the Foellinger Great Hall, which will probably be the last concert given there this spring. And a magnificent concert it was! The major work was the sprawling, overwhelming Symphony No. 13, “Babi Yar,” of Dimitri Shostakovich. This enormous work, more ora…

Now that movie watching has become a home-viewing option for the time being, this space will be devoted to small reviews of films that can be seen on various streaming services, cable channels and video on demand.

With binge-watching about to become more popular than ever, we asked actors, directors and others in the entertainment business what they’d recommend for someone who suddenly has a few free days.

In a world of exaggeration and pumped up promises, testing organizations we trust rate products under optimal circumstances rarely achieved in the real world. The EPA certified that my hybrid car would deliver an average of 48 miles per gallon. The asterisk failed to note on totally flat roa…

Artemisia’s mother died when she was 12 years old, in 1605. Artemisia could have joined a convent as a nun. Instead, she chose to grind pigment for her father’s art in “Blood Water Paint” (Dutton 2018) by Joy McCullough. Artemisia is now 17 and paints most of her father’s paintings, for whic…

When the Champaign-Urbana Symphony played on March 7, who in the audience could have imagined that it would be the last concert by this ensemble until next fall? Because of the coronavirus crisis, the entire season at Krannert came to an abrupt halt on March 12.