Entertainment update, March 19, 2014
Blues band from Israel sets local show
CHAMPAIGN — The Ori Naftaly Band from Israel will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at Memphis on Main, 55 E. Main St, C. The Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is sponsoring the performance.
After winning best Israeli blues act last year, the Ori Naftaly Band came to the United States to compete in the Memphis-based International Blues Challenge, where the band advanced to the semifinals.
Since then, it has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe. The band has released two albums and is working on its third.
Of the band's 2012 release "Happy For Good," Barry Klezner of American Blues Scene wrote: "If this is what blues is like in Israel, we want more! This is a solid album that is full of texture, soul and righteous blues."
The Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is a local non-profit organization and affiliate of the Blues Foundation.
Author to sign book about child abuse
GIFFORD — Angie Cox will sign copies of her new book, "Surviving the Devil: An Account of Adoption and Abuse," from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at Gifford State Bank, 304 S. Main St.
Tate Publishing and Enterprises published the book; Cox said she wrote it to raise awareness of child abuse. Tate supplied this description:
"Born in a prison and addicted to heroin as infants, 5-month-old Angie and her twin, David, are sent to live with the Lawrences. They have a house but no family as they grow up without knowing love.
"Their foster mother mercilessly beats them, forces them to eat their own feces, kills their pets and locks them in their rooms for days with no food. As Angie ages, she is locked in a coal shed, faces constant degradation and falls victim to sexual abuse. She knows she has to escape, but how?
"Though Angie sees no light at the end of the tunnel, she finds solace in her twin. They share an undying, pure love for one another and a resolve to come out of the house alive."
Cox is a native of England, where the adoption and abuse took place. For details, email email@example.com.
Pocket Vinyl plans performance Sunday
CHAMPAIGN — A painter and a musician who perform together as Pocket Vinyl will appear at the Indi Go Artist's Co-op, 9 E. University Ave., C, from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Pocket Vinyl describes itself as a melodic mesh between a piano and a painting and primarily a story of love.
Eric Stevenson and Elizabeth Jancewicz met in 2009 and started dating in early 2010. They went on their first tour in summer 2010, with a unique show in which he hits, beats and slams a piano with his blistered fingers while she creates a brand new painting each night. Every show is different. Now living in New London, Conn., the couple has done more than 275 shows in more than 25 states.
They hand-make most of their merchandise; have created dozens of music videos, road documentaries and other videos; and have released three EPs and two full-length albums.