Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

LOOK AHEAD: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come ...

Dynamic duo

I've heard good things about young singer-songwriter Emily Otnes, and I know singer-songwriter Megan Johns is great. Both will perform during the free Krannert Uncorked event at 5 p.m. Thursday in the lobby at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Otnes mixes folk, pop and jazz in her songs while Johns, as Krannert says, brings an edge and dark wisdom to her folk music.

February fun

While I think Dance at Illinois tries too hard to make a visceral art form cerebral, I enjoy its dance concerts. I look forward to the next one, February Dance, with the theme "Hybridity," on Thursday, Friday and Sunday at Krannert. Particularly for Jennifer Monson's "La Mer"; she choreographed in '95 to an experimental adaptation of Claude Debussy's first movement of "La Mer," with live harp music.

Art exhibit worth the trip

I seldom go to Decatur. But I plan to see the "Reclaim. Recycle. Repurpose" art exhibit and event, hopefully Friday evening at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St. I am always impressed by the ingenuity of artists who upcycle junk and disposables into art. Champaign-Urbana will be representin' there; the I.D.E.A. Store will be present Friday, and three C-U artists are in the show, on view through Feb. 26.

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