That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area, Sept. 17-24, 2014

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area, Sept. 17-24, 2014

World War I

URBANA — "World War I in Champaign County: The Local Story of the Great War" at the Archives Research Center, Horticulture Field Laboratory, 1707 S. Orchard St., U, will feature on Thursday live period music, plus presentations and exhibits exploring the local scene in that era.

The music will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the presentations at 7. The stories to be told are documented in the archives of the Chanute Air Museum, Champaign County Historical Archives and the Student Life and Culture Archives at the University of Illinois.

The presentations will be by Peter Fritzsche, professor of history, who will provide an overview of the war and its impact on the local community, and Mark Hanson, curator of the Chanute Air Museum, whose talk is titled "Chanute Field: Child of World War I."

Shorter presentations about the exhibits from the three archives will be given by:

— Donica Miller, archivist at the Champaign County Historical Archives, who will tell the story of local nurse Nettie Mills.

— LaraAnn Canner, archivist at the County Historical Archives, who will discuss poetry written by a World War I soldier from the area.

— Angela Jordan, archivist, Student Life and Culture Archives, who will describe letters written to UI Dean Thomas Arkle Clark by UI servicemen overseas.

The event is the first in the UI's Town & Gown Speakers Series, a collaborative effort between the Champaign County Historical Archives and the Student Life and Culture Archives. The series will explore the shared history in the community and the university.

Oz concert

DANVILLE — The Danville Library Foundation will present "From Page to Stage: Volume IV 'Oz'" at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at Danville High School.

The family-friendly concert directed by David and Jennifer Woodrow will celebrate the works of L. Frank Baum and Gregory Maguire, featuring 24 musical numbers from "The Wizard of Oz," "Wicked" and "The Wiz." More than 100 local voices will present music, theater and literature.

"All of the stories in this concert are important literary and artistically relevant pieces," David Woodrow said in a release. "The wonderful 'Wizard of Oz' and other works by L. Frank Baum had a profound impact on literature, musical theater and film of the entire 20th century and beyond."

Johnny Howard will be the master of ceremonies.

The soloists include Sam Schnelle, Amon Fuller Berry, Russell Zillman, Andrew Davidson, Andrew Peters, Deborah Hale, Alexis Simmons, Carolyn Smith, Marty Lindvahl, David Woodrow, Jennifer Woodrow, Lauren Smith, Belinda Smith, Kelly Holden, Mallory Williams, Cindy Peck, Kena Clark, Julia Megan Sullivan, Angie Mansfield, Kathleen Swiersz, Claire Cummings and Christian Cunningham.

Also performing: the award-winning North Ridge Redcoats and the "Oz" Ensemble.

The title sponsor is the Julius W. Hegeler II Foundation.

Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are on sale at the Danville Public Library, Old National Bank and via

Improvisational bands

CHAMPAIGN — The improvisational bands Room Trio and IO Mining Corp will perform Friday evening at the Institute for Creativity, 111 S. Walnut St., C.

The Chicago based Rooms plays compositions that provide different improvisational scenarios through variation in structure, mood and feel. Its members are Dan Pierson on piano; Charlie Kirchen, bass; and Matt Carroll.

The Champaign-Urbana-based IO Mining Corp is Jason Finkelman on percussion, laptop electronics; Nick Rudd, electric guitar; Elizabeth Simpson, voice; and Brandon Beechum, baritone electric guitar.

The show is for all ages. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8. The cover is $5 to $10, sliding scale.

Art classes

DANVILLE — The Danville Art League will offer a drawing class taught by Sabrina Donnelly from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays from Sept. 23 to Oct. 28.

Students will begin each class with a drawing exercise, then work on projects of their own choosing. Students have the choice of drawing with graphite or colored pencils. Class size is limited to 10 students. This class is open to students with intermediate skill levels.

Students should bring reference photos, graphite pencils or colored pencils and paper made for graphite or colored pencils. Cost is $50 for the six-week session. You do not have to be an Art League member to take the class.

For details, call 442-9264 or visit

Tarble courses

CHARLESTON — The fall session of art classes and workshops for people ages 4 through adult will begin Sept. 29 the Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University.

The courses are open to all, with workshop fees including both instruction and supplies. Tarble members receive a 20 percent discount on fees. Also, teachers may receive continuing education credits for the teen and adult workshops.

The registration deadlines begin Sept. 25; registration may be made in the Tarble Arts Center office, by mail or via To get a brochure, call 581-2787) or email The brochure also is available on the Tarble website.

Choir starts

MATTOON — The Lake Land College Community Choir will begin its fall rehearsals Sept. 30, with the sessions meeting from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Lake Land College Theater.

The choir has 50 or so mixed voices including students, college employees and members of the community. All singers age 18 and older are welcome to participate, and no audition is required.

Choir members may earn one hour of college credit. Interested singers can complete a registration form at the first rehearsal or register online. Registration for college credit is not required, however, and participation in the choir is free for those who do not register.

The fall season will end with a concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 23 in the theater and feature cowboy songs as well as traditional sacred and sentimental Christmas carols. The program will end with jazzy interpretations of popular Christmas cases. For details, call 234-5464.

Theater auditions

URBANA — The What You Will Shakespeare Company will have auditions from 6 to 10 tonight in Room 150, English Building, 608 S. Wright St., U, for the Shakespeare play "Julius Caesar."

The play has 16 roles for any gender. In the audition process, people fill out an audition form and read a character monologue. No preparation is necessary. People wanting to audition are asked to RSVP on the theater group's Facebook page, at The play will be presented Nov. 7 and 8.

Topics (3):Art, Music, Theater