That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area, June 25, 2014

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area, June 25, 2014

Benefit concert

CHAMPAIGN — "Hear Our Song: A Benefit Concert for Pediatric Stroke Awareness" will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday at Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C.

The concert, which was postponed in May, will feature vocalists Jason and Nicole Morgan, both classically trained singers who have taught voice at Millikin University, and their friends from the theater community: April and Andy Blacker; Kari Croop; and sisters Monica Samii and Nina Samii Frye.

The program will include selections from a variety of musical genres, with accompaniment by Dan McCue on piano.

All of the proceeds from the concert, sponsored by Faith United Methodist Church, will go to the Children's Hemiplegia and Stroke Association, a national nonprofit that's helped the Morgans navigate the challenges of raising a pediatric stroke survivor, their son.

The couple presented a similar concert last year, for the first time; it raised more than $3,000 to help the association fund research, scholarships, family retreats and other outreach efforts.

Tickets for the concert will be sold at the door and are $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens 65 and older and for children younger than 13; cash and credit cards will be accepted.

The doors will open at 7 p.m. There also will be a silent auction and a refreshment table with baked goods and beverages for sale.

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Art truck

URBANA — Look for the art truck this Saturday at the Market at the Square farmers' market in the parking lot of Lincoln Square Village.

Christopher Carl, a recent alumnus of the University of Illinois landscape architecture program, transformed a 1978 Frito-Lay van a couple of years ago into a mobile venue for art exhibits.

"The truck is part of the Urbana Land Arts Mobile Exhibition Series which will include six artists each having one month to create an installation in the 21-foot truck," Carl said. " Each artist will exhibit their work on the last Saturday of every month until October."

The project is funded by a city of Urbana Arts Grant.

Tim Peters, a graphic designer and writer, will be the guest artist this week in the "art truck."  Peters' essay about a David Foster Wallace short story was published in May in the Los Angeles Review of Books:

"Tim is also a prolific doodler and wanted the opportunity to doodle on a larger scale and as such is transforming the surfaces of the Urbana Land Arts truck into a large scale doodle pad," Carl said. "He thinks of the project in the truck as text art and has engaged several other local illustrators to collaborate with on the project."

The farmers' market takes place from 7 a.m. to roughly noon every Saturday in the southeast corner of the Lincoln Square parking lot.

Open house

CHAMPAIGN — The Elliott Counseling Group will have an open house featuring live music, art and food from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at its new location at 309 W. Clark St., C. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 5 p.m.

The Elliott Counseling Group is a division of Kevin Elliott Counseling. The group's owners are Sandra Ahten, a visual artist and life and diet coach, and her husband, Kevin Elliott, a therapist and a singer-songwriter.

He will perform at the open house, and so will Dorothy "Doro" Martirano and friends. There also will be an art display.

Topics (3):Art, Music, People

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