Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

In the '7Os I got into fusion music, mainly jazz-rock. On Tuesday evening at The Iron Post I grooved to fusion played by a quintet put together by saxophonist Brad Wheeler. Bassist extraordinaire Larry Gray played six-string electric guitar & Mikel Combs, a 5-string electric bass guitar. Ricardo Flores was on percussion and Josh Quirk, drums. Later Wheeler on Facebook thanked the players and commented: "So much fun to have such a talent pool here in C-U. I love this town." Indeed.

Last weekend I went to the opening of "The Teapot Mystique: Don Frith and Eugenia Frith Meltzer," a father-daughter show of ceramics at the Cinema Gallery, 120 W. Main St., U. This is one of the best ceramics show I've seen. The 90-year-old Frith, a former UI art professor, has enjoyed a distinguished career and turns out lovely, somewhat delicate ceramics teapots. His daughter's pieces, teapots or related, are more sturdy and fat. Show remains on view through Aug. 16.

Last Saturday I could hear the live Irish music at the Market at the Square farmers' market a block or so away as I bicycled there from my nearby home. Going to the market is my Saturday-morning ritual. Besides the Parmesan Truffle Tater Tots and sandwiches from the Cracked food truck and fresh produce, I love the live music and arts & crafts vendors. It seems every year there are new ones. On the last Saturday of each month look for the Urbana Land Arts "art truck" there too. More fun!

Topics (3):Art, Food, Music


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