Ask 'Mimi,' July 9, 2017

Why isn’t Jennifer Roscoe on the 10 p.m. news anymore?

She decided to give up anchoring it to have more time at home with her two teenage daughters and husband. She continues to anchor the WCIA Channel 3 news shows at 5, 6 and 6:30 p.m.

WCIA news director Richard Flesch said Roscoe worked on a contract extension through June, when she signed a new one covering the next five years. Her final 10 p.m. broadcast was June 22. She had worked “nightside” for 22 of the 25 years she’s been at WCIA.

She said in a Facebook post that she will continue to do the features “Angels Among Us,” “Kids to Know” and “Our Towns” and the behind-the-scenes work viewers don’t see.

“It’s just time for me to give my family more time,” she wrote.

What is The Gilbert Gallery in downtown Urbana?

It’s a project of Ilene Corman Silverman, a retired Champaign Central High art teacher, in her late husband Brian Silverman’s law office on the second floor of 102 W. Main St. It’s an amazing space, with 15-foot ceilings. Some of the walls are exposed brick. Some are white.

To start with, the gallery will be a pop-up. The opening reception was Thursday evening; the current exhibition features a variety of art by area artists, among them Hua Nian, Victor Feldman, Jillian Nickell, Sandra Hynds, Gail Williams and James “Dirt” Dorner, who makes sculptures including roses from Harley-Davidson parts.

Silverman plans to be open through this Thursday, with hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Monday through Thursday. Closed Sundays. She named the gallery after her father, Gilbert Corman, and started it because she missed working with artists and critiquing their work.

Do you know who will perform at the C-U Folk & Roots Festival on Nov. 2-4?

So far, the festival, which books some great acts that, of course, aren’t household names because this is folk, has booked several local and regional acts, among them DaVizion, a Champaign-based six-piece contemporary gospel group fronted by three sisters on vocals; the Ever-Lovin’ Jug Band from Canada, who play original music inspired by the jug bands of the 1920s and ’30s; and the Chicago-based female quartet Fox Crossing String Band, who perform on six instruments and focus on high harmonies.

Also, Jess McIntosh, a Chicago-based Suzuki-schooled violinist turned old-time fiddler and songwriter who teaches at the Old Town School of Folk Music; Lowest Pair, the banjo-picking duo of Kendl Winter of Olympia, Wash., and Palmer T. Lee of Minneapolis; and Mean Mary, an Americana artist from Nashville, Tenn.

Also, the Urbana-based Rainbow Flag’s Holly and Rachel, who perform folk covers and originals; and SMD & the Underground, a soul-folk trio in Peoria. The bookings are subject to change.

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