Melissa Merli

Studio Visit: Alicia Grimes

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, The News-Gazette’s Melissa Merli chats with Alicia Grimes of Melvin. The alternative rap artist has amassed more than 1.1 million Twitter followers, more than 440,000 Facebook followers, more than 30,000 likes on her Facebook fan page and more than 550,000 plays on SoundCloud. She also works in marketing on a freelance basis.


Evan Tammen to perform free recital Sunday in Urbana

URBANA — Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School graduate Evan Tammen will perform a free recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, in the auditorium on the lower level of the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St.

Tammen is the principal oboist for the Urbana Pops Orchestra. Tammen will perform works by Robert Schumann, Francis Poulenc and Domenico Cimarosa. Casey Dierlam will accompany on piano.


PBL Panther Regiment to perform at Eastern Illinois University

Almost everyone loves a parade. Same goes for marching bands. And if you love them and want to hear many at one swoop, head to Charleston Saturday for the 38th annual Panther Marching Band Festival.

Paxton-Buckley-Loda’s band will be among those competing.


Stars, up-and-coming acts coming to a fair near you

Parmalee lead vocalist-guitarist Matt Thomas knows county fairs — he and his band mates have performed at too many to keep track of.

And they continue to book fairs as long as they’re asked.


Harvest Moon Drive-In seeking help to stay afloat

GIBSON CITY — Mike Harroun, owner of the Harvest Moon Twin Drive In Movie Theatre, doesn’t count himself among the nation’s 1 percent.

“I’m not one of the rich. I’m a working-class guy. I’m Joe the Plumber. Unfortunately, Momma didn’t leave me a silver spoon,” he said.


Future of movie theaters' conversion to digital difficult to project

Onarga Theater owner Randy Lizzio needs $65,000 to buy a digital projection system to keep his movie house going. But he wouldn’t think of asking a bank for a loan.

After all, the Onarga Theater, which shows first-run movies, barely breaks even.


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