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Lyle Lovett, left, and John Hiatt

Gotta love ’em

Two of America's chummiest talented songwriters, Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt, are back in the area, performing separately and in tandem on the stage of downtown Champaign's historic Virginia Theater in an acoustic setting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. For starters, Lovett is a four-time Grammy Award-winner, while Hiatt has racked up 11 Grammy nominee over the course of a 45-year career. Both will perform their songs and talk about the stories behind such classics as LL’s "She’s No Lady" and JH’s "Thing Called Love." Tickets are $37.50-$76.50, and at last check, were still available.

Prose-active

In celebration of National Novel Writing Month, the Bloomington Public Library is staging a Local Authors Fair from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the library stacks at 205 E. Olive St. Booths will be set up for 19 writers in a variety of genres and reading ages. They'll be there to sign their books, with copies for sale. For a complete list of the area authors scheduled to attend, go to www.BloomingtonLibrary.org.

Feast first

What better way to prepare for the season at hand than to pay a visit to the David Davis Mansion’s Blessings of the Table: Thanksgiving at Clover Lawn, now on view through Nov. 19. The annual event offers tours of the historic manse, decorated for an 1870s T-Day feast, with demonstrations of the bountiful foods, family celebrations and charitable customs of the period, complete with antique china and rare silver on display. As part of the tours, the one-day-only special event-within-the-event, A Bountiful Feast, is Saturday, offering a living-history take on the Davis servants' holiday observance. 

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