Arts & Entertainment roundup

Arts & Entertainment roundup

Tickets for Kid Cudi at UI Assembly Hall on sale Friday

CHAMPAIGN — General-public tickets for hip-hop artist Kid Cudi's March 30 performance at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday.

Tickets, which are $32, $39 and $45 ($5 UI student discount available) can be bought at the Assembly Hall box office, online at or by charge at 866-455-4641.

Kid Cudi, who will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 30 at the Assembly Hall Star Theatre Expanded, is an American alternative hip-hop recording artist, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer and actor from Cleveland.

He first gained major attention after the release of his debut mix tape "A Kid Named Cudi" in 2008. In 2009, his single "Day 'n' Nite" reached the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.

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Women of Distinction nominations sought

CHAMPAIGN — The Girl Scouts of Central Illinois continue to seek nominations for the annual Women of Distinction award that honors women from the community.

The awards are presented at an annual celebration in April that recognizes community women for their outstanding leadership and community service as well as their commitment to serving as role models for young girls.

Nominations also are available for the Young Woman of Distinction honor.

Nominees must be from the counties of Champaign, Vermilion, Ford or Iroquois and be nominated by community members. The nominations are due to the Girl Scout Champaign Service Center by Feb. 15.

Honorees will be recognized at a celebration the evening of April 11 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign. The awards presentation will include a dessert/cocktail hour, dinner and video highlighting the women's accomplishments.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the organization's website at

Tickets for the event will be $50, or $25 for children under 12.

For more information, contact the Girl Scout office at 233-0468.

The proceeds from the event help fund leadership development programs for girls.

Singing valentines to be delivered Feb. 14

CHAMPAIGN — Singers from Samuel Music Company will fan out across the Champaign area to deliver singing valentines on Valentine's Day.

"We're always trying to find ways to bring music into the community, and we thought this would be something unique and fun, not only for the recipient, but for the people all around him/her," Ricky Bright, Samuel Music store manager, said in a news release. "It's a great way for someone to make Valentine's Day unforgettable."

The Singing Valentines will be delivered within city limits from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gift givers have multiple songs to choose from, representing a variety of generations.

Valentines are priced at $25, and the proceeds will benefit a local school music program.

"Music programs have been hard hit as budgets have been cut across the county," Bright said. "This is just one way where we can use our talented staff and associates to help continue to bring music to our community."

To order a singing valentine, stop by the store at 1006 W. Anthony Drive, C, or call 352-2466. All orders must be placed no later than Feb. 13.

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Documentary Film Fest kicks off Sunday

CHAMPAIGN — The Art Theater Co-Op, the first cooperatively owned art-house cinema in the country, will highlight images of resistance, power and the strength of the human spirit during its February Documentary Film Festival from Sunday through next Thursday.

The five films the Art will show are "electrifying, intense and acclaimed accounts of race, crime, artistry, environmentalism, addiction and activism," according to theater manager Austin McCann.

They are: "How to Survive a Plague," "Chasing Ice," "The Central Park Five," "Bill W." and "Searching for Sugar Man." They represent two Oscar nominees, a return engagement and a broad mix of styles.

Tickets are available for the individual movies, but the Art, 126 W. Church St., C, also is selling passes to the festival: $35 is a full-price adult pass, and senior citizens and students pay $30 for a pass, which covers all five movies. For more on the documentaries and the Art, visit and

Finalist to conduct symphony concert

URBANA — The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra will present on Sunday the third of four concerts conducted by finalists for the position of conductor/music director.

Alexander Platt of Chicago will conduct the concert, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The concert theme is "Northern Lights."

It will feature Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor, with pianist William Wolfram. Also on the program: Charles Griffes' "The Pleasure-Dome of Kubla Khan," Claude Debussy's Prelude to "The Afternoon of a Faun" and Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 2, also known as "The Four Temperaments."

Tickets are $31 for adults, $28 for senior citizens and $5 for students of all ages.

For tickets, call the Krannert Center ticket office at 333-6280.

Besides Platt, the candidates for the C-U Symphony music director position are Stephen Alltop, Evanston; David Commanday, Peoria; and Farkhad Khudyev, Los Angeles.

The C-U Symphony will announce its new music director and conductor at the end of this season, its 53rd.

Handmade functional products up for sale

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois School of Art & Design Ceramics Program's student organization Kilnfolk will sell handmade functional products from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Figure One, 116 N. Walnut St.

The proceeds will go toward visiting artist workshops and lectures.

The prices will range from $7 to $45. Cash or check is preferred.

Music of Michalove to be featured at event at Indi Go

CHAMPAIGN — A group of local musicians will present "Celebration: The Music of Peter A. Michalove" at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Indi Go Artist Co-Op, 9 E. University Ave.

The program will feature the composer's "Sonata for Viola and Piano," "Two Songs on October (Dylan Thomas)," "Ballade des pendus (Franois Villon)," "Four Songs of William Butler Yeats," "Aria and Toccata," "Variations Roger Hannay in Memoriam," "Labyrinth for Woodwind Quintet" and "Oasis: Five Bagatelles for Piano."

The performers will be Samuel Araya and Barbara Hedlund, both on cello; Cara Chowning and William Heiles, piano; Katherine Gunn, oboe; Igor Kalnin and Elaine Li, violin; Brian Kilp, horn; Kelley Rogers Niiyama, clarinet; Chad Roseland, bassoon; Lydia Tang, viola; Joyce Wilson, flute; Ronald Hedlund, baritone; and Bethany Stiles, mezzo-soprano.