That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area
"Re-Fashioned," the eighth annual University of Illinois student fashion show, will take place from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Saturday in the Opera Rehearsal Room on the lower level of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Students from Susan Becker's Fashion Design and Experimental Fashion classes will present on a runway their one-of-a- kind ensembles, made mostly from recycled materials. The wearable works of art combine sustainability, creativity and dance, and the show is a fun event for families, Becker said.
"Students from Experimental Fashion were asked to design and create garments that inspire, facilitate or impede specific movement when worn for an improvisational dance performance," she said. "They chose a variety of materials from PVC tubing to hunting camouflage to produce their costumes.
"Students from Fashion Design were asked to design and make a wearable work of art out of an unusual material, preferably found, not purchased. Graduation tassels, test tubes and a Tyvek billboard are just some of the materials that were used to create garments this year."
In addition, fashion design students worked in pairs using donated clothing as raw material.
Admission to the fast-paced show is free. Get there early if you want a good seat.
Visual artists, choreographers and musicians will transform the former Firestone building at 311 S. Neil St., C, into the second Champaign Art Salon on Friday and Saturday. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m. each day, with performances starting at 8 p.m. Admission is $10.
Dance artist Laura Chiaramonte, the salon curator and choreographer, said the event will be an "exchange of ideas, observation, and conversation."
She will present an excerpt of her new work, "Shadows of People Pass," a collaboration with dance artist Meghen Leigh; harpist and dancer Clarie Happel; and visual artist Fabiola Elias.
The featured visual artists at the salon will be Baub Alred, Kayla Brown, Janet Chiaramonte, Debra Domal, Fabiola Elias, Maxx Gogski, Stacey Gross, Peggy Purkhosrow, Sasha Rubel, Aleksandra Ewa Sarnicka, Alex Wallbaum and Nathan Westerman.
The performing artists will be Chiaramonte, Kayla Brown, Jessica Cornish, Jason Finkelman, Claire Happel, Sophia Levine, Katja Lindholm, Meghen Leigh Mckinley, Alex Tecza, Jessie Young and Jeff Zahos.
For more, check facebook.com/champaign artsalon.
Farmers' market art
Patrons at the Market at the Square farmers' market in Urbana on Saturday may participate in a free Suminagashi Printmaking Workshop and take in a West African drum and dance performance.
Designer Judy Lee will lead from 8 a.m. to noon the workshop in the ancient Japanese printmaking technique. The Mara Giri Ensemble will perform from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The free events, open to all ages, are part of the city of Urbana Public Arts Program's series of monthly art activities at the market outside Lincoln Square Village. No registration is required to participate.
The workshop and performance will be near the city of Urbana tent at the northwest entrance to the Market at the Square.
SuperState band festival
The University of Illinois Bands and the UI School of Music will present the 2014 Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Foellinger Great Hall of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
The finest middle school, junior high and senior high school concert bands from the state will perform and compete. The SuperState Festival also will feature a concert at 8:30 p.m. Thursday by the Illinois Wind Orchestra, directed by Professor Barry L. Houser, and a concert by the Illinois Wind Symphony, directed by Professor Linda R. Moorhouse, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
All of the events are free.
Up with UPTV
Urbana Public Television won five awards at the second annual Best of the Midwest Invitational Video Fest and Awards Banquet, which recognizes the best community access television programs in the Midwest.
Ray Morales won Best in Show: Excellence Award, the highest honor give at the Video Fest, for the program "ILL Poets Society: Chi City Youth."
The UPTV staff won a merit award in the professional category for website design, for urbanapublictelevision.org, and for social media for UPTV's Facebook page. Community producer Ricardo Diaz received the Significant Community Program Award for his work on "CU Immigration Forum TV," a weekly program about the latest immigration issues and news. UPTV volunteers' coverage of the Champaign County Freedom Celebration Parade 2013 won the achievement award. Honored for their work on this project were Marie Polk, Ellis Woodland, Josh Laskowski, Allan Polk, Shay Oaties, Camden Coleman and Crofton Coleman.
"It's great to be recognized at the regional level," UPTV production coordinator Jason Liggett said. "Our community producers and volunteers work hard to develop these programs and their hard work has paid off. We are truly blessed in Urbana to have a city council that recognizes the importance of community media."
UPTV is the city's public access station, airing on Comcast Channel 6, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99, and streaming worldwide at its website.
For more information, contact Liggett at 384-2452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three local poets will read six sets of poetry in one hour starting at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Urbana Free Library. Half of the readings will be of their original work; the other half will be obscure gems from the Urbana Free Library's collection. The event is free.
The poets are:
— Matthew Murrey, who has won an National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and worked for years in mental health with adults before becoming the school librarian at Urbana High School.
— Ethan Madarieta, who is licensed in the state of Illinois to cut, color and style fiction, poetry, criticism, theory, philosophy, manifestos and hair.
— William Gillespie, who has published books of fiction and poetry under six different names and co-hosts the radio show "Rock Geek F.M." (rockgeekchic.com).
Red Mask Players
The Red Mask Players in Danville seeks directors for its 2014-15 season. Plays to be presented include "Miracle Worker," "The Dixie Swim Club" and "A Shot in the Dark."
Scripts are available for in-house reading at the Danville Public Library. For application forms go to redmaskplayers.com. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 27.
Yamaha piano sale
The Yamaha Piano Sale Expo will take place Thursday through Sunday at the University of Illinois School of Music Building, 1114 W. Nevada St., U.
Via the Yamaha University Piano Loan Program — a partnership between the Piano Gallery of Effingham-Springfield-Peoria-Champaign, Yamaha Corporation of America and the UI — School of Music students and faculty enjoy new Yamaha grand pianos, vertical pianos, and clavinova digital pianos.
As the end of the academic year draws near, the instruments are sold at discount, with a full Yamaha manufacturer's warranty. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Larry Waldhoff at 343-1705 or LWaldhoff@StartPianoNow.com.