That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events in and around the area

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events in and around the area

Music scene

URBANA — The harp duo Lilac 94 will perform contemporary music at 8 tonight at [co][lab], 206 W. Main St., U.

Christina Brier and Kathryn Sloat of Lilac 94 say they aren't your grandmother's harpists. The two hit their sound boards, pound their harps with mallets, slap their strings and, in general, make a ruckus, according to a critic for The Star News of Wilmington, N.C.

Now touring the Midwest, Brier and Sloat will perform nonclassical pieces written in the last 15 years, several specifically for Lilac 94.

One of the newer pieces includes "The Juniper Tree" by Rebecca Larkin; it depicts a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Other pieces to be featured include a double-harp cadenza, dance music for two harps, and collaborations with Chicago flutist Jenni Shanahan and local harpist Molly O'Roark.

The centerpiece will be new works written for Lilac 94 by Daniel Morel and Bret Bohman. Each portrays a different setting in the Midwest.

Brier and Sloat have played together since they began graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music four years ago. Since forming Lilac 94 in 2013 they have performed throughout the United States, including at the American Harp Society's national conference in Utah this summer.

Admission to their concert in Urbana is $20 for adults; $15, students.

Film scene

CHAMPAIGN — The New Art Film Festival has put out a call for its 2015 festival, with submissions accepted from July 7 through 11:59 p.m. CST Aug. 28.

Submission rules are the same as in the past: All genres, all lengths, with DVD/DVD-R screeners preferred and Illinois-made indie cinema highly encouraged.

The festival will be Oct. 4 at the Art Theater Co-op, Champaign.

For more information go to or

Art scene

URBANA — The Urbana Public Arts Program has selected art for the third cycle of its Murals on Glass program.

Starting later this summer, the following works will be display for two years as vinyl decals on the windows of the Urbana Business Association office and the Urbana Civic Center, respectively: "Arles Morning" by Phil Strang of Urbana and "Slat Paintings 001 and 003" by Nathan Westerman of Champaign.

"Portrait of Chip McNeil" by Chris Evans, "Fall Elegy" by Rosalind Faiman Weinberg, "Summer" by Jill Miller and "Abe in the Grass" by Larry Steinbauer are expected to remain in at Urbana's east parking deck windows, the south windows of the Urbana Civic Center, and the northeast parking deck tower on Main Street.

Supported by the City of Urbana Public Arts Commission and Urbana Business Association, Murals on Glass promotes local art while beautifying the city streets.

For more information, visit or contact Urbana Public Arts Coordinator Pauline Tannos at or 328-8265.

CHARLESTON — The Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University will offer three intensive art workshops for teens and adults ages 15 and over starting in August:

— "3-D Mosaics," from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 4, 6 and 11.

Participants will use shards from china plates and cups and learn the pique assiette form of mosaic while focusing on creating a colorful planter suitable for outdoor or indoor use.

Fees: $40 for Tarble members; $48, nonmembers.

— "Glass Bead Making," from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 7 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8.

Beginners will learn how to create glass beads using Map gas and a torch. Advanced students will explore different techniques, with time given to individual instruction regarding what each participant is interested in learning. Fees: $76, Tarble members; $95, non-members.

— "Day of the Dead Nichos," 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 18 and 20.

Participants will build a 3-D nicho using papers, metals, Sculpey and found objects. Fees: $25 and $30.

The Tarble Arts Center at 2010 9th St., Charleston, offers year-round community art instruction.

For more information, call 581-2787 or visit

You may register online; registration deadlines begin Aug. 1.

Art teachers who take the workshops may receiving Continuing Professional Development Hours for teacher recertification.

Books scene

URBANA — Urbana Free Library staff will lead the event "Read at the Market" from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Urbana's Market at the Square farmers' market.

Patrons may enjoy a story on the Magic Reading Carpet, sign up for the Summer Reading Program, receive reading suggestions, pick up a free balloon, and learn what summertime programs the library is offering.

The library will have "Read at the Market the first Saturday of each month.

This Saturday, the library will provide supplies to help people decorate their bicycles for Independence Day.

"Read at the Market" is sponsored by The Urbana Free Library with the Market at the Square.

Topics (4):Art, Books, Film, Music