Entertainment update, March 12, 2014
Opry to present its annual '50s-'60s show
BELLFLOWER — The Bellflower Country Opry will host its annual 1950s and '60s show at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Bellflower Country Center, 202 Center St.
The show will feature the opry's house band, playing rock 'n' roll. Before the concert, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., the Bellflower Lions Club will serve an "all-you-can-eat" pancake-and-sausage supper in the Community Center cafeteria. The show is in the center's gymnasium.
Call 898-7493 or 309-722-3497 for reserved seats or more information. Tickets to the show are $10 for adults and free for children 12 and younger.
Southern duo to give concert on Friday
URBANA — The Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival will present the Kirk Sutphin and Bertram Levy Duo in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave. Cost is $10 at the door.
A Southern old-time duo, Sutphin and Levy perform music deeply rooted in the musical tradition of the Southern Piedmont. Both learned from the same luminaries in the 1960s and are grounded in the original versions as well as in the history and sources of the music, making their concerts a musical journey through three centuries of American fiddle music.
Their complex duo arrangements use banjos, fiddles and the concertina. Their second album, "Two Peas in a Pod," looks at the Round Peak music of Surry County, N.C.
For more on the duo, visit bertramlevy.com/sutphin-levy.
Local musicians set Indi Go appearance
CHAMPAIGN — Local musicians John McMahon, Gina Cassidy and John Coppess will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Indi Go Artist's Co-op, 9 E. University Ave.
McMahon is a singer-songwriter who has played rock, folk and country music for more than 25 years. Cassidy, who plays fiddle and sings, is originally from New York City. After moving to central Illinois several years ago, she immersed herself in the local Irish and bluegrass music scenes.
McMahon and Cassidy met through the C-U Singer-Songwriter Collective in 2013 and soon formed a duo. They perform original compositions and covers, both familiar and obscure.
Coppess is a Champaign-based singer-songwriter who performs original songs as well as folk and country cover tunes. He often sings with his partner, Suzanne Warner.
The cover at the door is $4.
Nigerian-born artist plans museum talk
CHAMPAIGN — Nigerian-born artist Victor Ekpuk will talk about his history and his work on view at Krannert Art Museum at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.
In January, Ekpuk created a large-scale installation on the main entry wall of the museum. The chalk drawing complements his work on display in the Contemporary Gallery as part of "Auto-Graphics: Recent Drawings by Victor Ekpuk."
At the talk, Ekpuk and curator Allyson Purpura will talk about Ekpuk's personal history, the use of African symbolic language in his work, and his approach to drawing.
The event is free and open to the public.
MFA students' art on display in Chicago
CHICAGO — University of Illinois students in the master's of fine arts degree program on the Urbana-Champaign campus are showing their work through March 21 in the exhibition "Parsing Desire" at the Ugly Stepsister Gallery.
The opening reception will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. The show features more than 20 current MFA students working in a variety of media, methods and practices.
The Ugly Stepsister Art Gallery, 1750 S. Union Ave., Chicago, is open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more, go to artgraduatestudentorganization.wordpress.com.
Regional woodwind competition Saturday
CHAMPAIGN — The Central Illinois Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters will have a regional Woodwind Competition at 1:15 p.m. Saturday for musicians ages 18 to 25 playing oboe, clarinet or flute.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will be at Faith Methodist United Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C. The 15 contestants are from Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.
The musicians will introduce themselves by number only. The winner will advance to the national competition May 14-17 in Charleston, W.Va. The top awards at the regional are $300, $500 and $1,000; they will be presented Saturday evening.
Sinfonia begins first student competition
URBANA — Sinfonia da Camera will have its first Student Concerto Competition in two divisions, one for high school students and the other for college students.
The winners from each division will perform as soloists with Sinfonia during its 2014-15 season. Links to the guidelines, application form and recording upload form may be found at sinfonia.illinois.edu/.
A completed application form, pre-screening recording submitted online or as a CD and application fee must be postmarked to the Sinfonia office no later than April 1 for an applicant to be eligible.
For more information, contact Sinfonia operations manager Evan Tammen at email@example.com or 244-4350.
Jazz groups slated for WEFT fundraiser
URBANA — Three local jazz groups will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday at The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St., during a jazz benefit for WEFT community radio.
The cover is $10, with all proceeds going to WEFT.
The bands performing: pianist Chip Stephens and bassist Larry Gray; the Brad Wheeler Group; and the Reginald Chapman Group.