That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area, July 23, 2104

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area, July 23, 2104

The music scene

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Center Partnership will bring its Bud Light Summer Stage back to Campustown this Saturday. The event will include a free concert at Sixth and John streets and a Kids Festival.

The event will kick off at 3 p.m. with the Kids Fest — a block of carnival games, dance, music, costumed characters, giveaways and a petting zoo. Admission is $5 per child up to four children in a family. Additional children are free. There is no admission fee for adults.

Families are invited to stay as long as they like. The Kids Fest area will be run by volunteers from local nonprofits. All money raised at Kids Fest will be donated to the nonprofits.

The free concert will start at 6 p.m. and feature Mike Ingram and Friends, '90s Daughter and the Brat Pack.

Also on the agenda: an eating contest sponsored by Fat Sandwich and Sysco Foods. The entrants will be challenged to eat the Big Fat Ugly sandwich in under 20 minutes. The first three entrants to get closest to finishing in that time will win prizes from local restaurants and retailers.

For more information on the event and to enter the eating contest, visit online

New York gig

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Army National Guard Capt. Ian Gindes, a concert pianist who lives in Urbana, will perform Friday at Steinway Hall in New York City as part of the Alexander and Buono Festival.

Gindes is with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 33rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion in Machesney Park. Gindes enlisted in the California Army National Guard before transferring to the Illinois Army National Guard in 2004. He was commissioned as an officer in 2007 and is the S1 personnel officer for the 33rd BSTB.

"Captain Gindes is passionate about his music; the preparation it takes is not simple," Maj. William Hotopp of Sandwich said in a news release. "The high standard in which a concert pianist is held takes weeks of preparation. The passion and preparation of his concerts carries into his military duties. The preparation he puts into his performances is valuable to the Illinois Army National Guard because he puts the same effort into his military career."

Gindes came to the University of Illinois to work on a doctoral of musical arts degree, studying with Professor Ian Hobson.

"(When) we accepted him into the program and he came to study with me, I already knew his affinity for romantic music from his audition," Hobson said. "He has a particular flair for that sort of music; I guided him for several years accommodating his National Guard duties."

Gindes, who for the past 15 years has performed nationwide, has played piano at events to help raise funds for military families and victims of terrorism and war.

For more on Gindes, go to Melissa Merli's July 2013 Studio Visit with him at

Calls to artists

CHAMPAIGN — Pre-registration is open for the second annual Kids Sidewalk Chalk Contest on Aug. 1 in downtown Champaign.

The contest will happen during Friday Night Live, which is free and open to the public. The contest is for children in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

The kids will be placed in age groups: pre-kindergarten and kindergarten; first through fifth grades; and sixth through eighth grades. Chalk will be provided by Rogards Office Plus, and judges will evaluate the art.

Check-in for the contest is between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.; the drawings must be finished by 7:15 p.m. The winners will be announced and prizes will be handed out at 7:45 p.m.

The prizes include Knight's Action Waterpark "Splash Kingdom" passes; day passes to the new Champaign Park District Leonard Center; punch cards to the new Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center; Meatheads free burger certificates; TCBY gift cards; and other items.

Pre-registration is strongly recommended but not required. The number of walk-up entrants will be limited.

For more information and to pre-register, go to or call 363-3795.

Friday Night Live is from 6 to 8 p.m. every Friday through Aug. 22 and features live music at three downtown intersections and family activities including balloon animals, glitter tattoos, hula-hooping and puppets.

For information on what's happening each week, visit, or

City sculptures

URBANA — The Urbana Public Arts Program seeks artists to display sculptures in the city. The deadline for submitting work for consideration is 5 p.m. Sept. 5.

Artists whose sculptures are chosen will receive an honorarium not to exceed $2,000 for the temporary lease of the artwork; for transportation to and from the installation site; food and lodging; and artist fees for being available for the installation and removal of the sculptures.

If multiple pieces are selected by one artist, he or she will receive an honorarium for each piece.

The opportunity is open to all professional visual artists ages 18 and older with public art experience. There are no mandated themes for the artwork; however, interactive sculptures will be given special consideration. Submissions must be of completed works that will be available for delivery this fall.

There is no required size; however, sculptures of two different scales tend to work well: 20-foot plus sculptures that are capable of serving as visual showpieces along major highways and entry ways, and medium to large — 8- to 15-feet sculptures for placement on sidewalks.

For more information, contact Urbana Public Arts Coordinator Lisa Hatchadoorian at 328-8265 or lhatchadoorian@urbana

'Healing Works'

CHAMPAIGN — The Rape Advocacy, Counseling and Education Services seeks art for its "Healing Works" exhibit Sept. 3-7 at the Indi Go Artist Co-op, Champaign.

The exhibit celebrates the strength of survivors of sexual violence and recognizes their allies and supporters. All art forms and levels may be submitted for the exhibition, and art by survivors of sexual violence and their supporters is encouraged.

To submit work, contact Stephanie or Erin at 344-6298 or The deadline is Aug. 25.

Kids theater

DANVILLE — The Red Mask Players will have auditions this weekend for its fall children's production of "Chasing Charming."

The auditions will be at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Parts are available for 12 females, five males, six of either gender and up to 30 extras.

Scripts are available for in-library reading at the Danville, Catlin, Westville and Oakwood libraries. "Chasing Charming" will be directed by Lisa Richter. The play will be performed Sept. 5-7. For more information, visit online