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

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

Film scene

CHAMPAIGN — The sixth annual New Art Film Festival will take place from 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday at the Art Theater Co-op, 126 W. Church St., C.

It will feature nearly 40 films created by regional filmmakers. Festival director Jason Pankoke will guide viewers through the program, presented by his C-U Confidential and co-sponsored by ThirdSide, Shatterglass Studios and the Art Theater Co-op. Admission is free to all.

Among highlights:

— Pens to Lens: The pioneering short-film program organized by Champaign Movie Makers and the C-U Film Society will show "What's the Password?," "The Moose Emergency," "Zack and the Mountain Man," "Sunshine," "Artificial Intelligence" and "Mr. Snuggles." All were adapted from scripts written by K-12 students.

— "Una Mujer Sin Precio" (1961) and "Las Fieras" (1969): Mexican genre filmmaker Juan Francisco Moctezuma II ladled his low-budget productions with blunt metaphor and topical references. One by one, his flicks are being restored by New Art Film Festival alumnus Alaric Rocha of Chicago.

— "The Crossing": Festival alumnus Johnnie May shares his latest hand-made, hand-animated film from Madison, Wisc. It tells of a scrap-collecting robot in a vivid wasteland who happens upon the well-preserved remains of a cabin and discovers it might not be deserted after all.

— "Art BTS": WILL-TV and producer Tim Meyers will show three episodes from their series of profiles of local artists: Deke Weaver, Nina Paley and Thomas Nicol.

— "The Thinking Molecules of Titan": This will be an encore of the dramatic, rarely shown short based on the sci-fi story written by Roger Ebert and co-scripted by Andrew Stengele and Patrick Wang, director of "In the Family," shown at Ebertfest 2013. Stengele directed the short.

For more go to or "like" the festival page at

Art scene

URBANA — Biological illustrator Cora Hays will show her illustrations and paintings of prairie wildlife and landscapes in "Tall Visions and Prairie Grass," opening Saturday at the Anita Purves Nature Center.

The opening reception will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday; the show will remain on view through Dec. 11.

Hays, who grew up in the Midwest and now lives in central Illinois, dedicated her undergraduate years at Northern Michigan University to the study of biological sciences to make sure her wildlife illustrations are scientifically accurate.

Hays now works as a freelance illustrator and design consultant and teaches private art lessons.


URBANA — The Outhaus at 709 E. Sunnycrest Drive, U, will present on Saturday the exhibition and program "Hardcore Architecture," with an artist talk at 4 p.m. and the opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m.

"Hardcore Architecture" explores the relationship between the architecture of living spaces and the history of underground American hardcore bands in the 1980s. The bands' addresses are discovered using contact listings found in demo tape and record reviews from 1982-89 in the fanzine "Maximum Rocknroll." Google Street View is used to capture photos of the homes. Street names and numbers are removed to respect the privacy of people living at the addresses.

"Hardcore Architecture" is a project of Marc Fischer and his Public Collectors, which until recently existed solely as a blog. Fischer also will present several new publications including interview booklets devoted to Les Evans of the band Cryptic Slaughter, and the photographer/filmmaker Bill Daniel, who photographed many hardcore bands in Texas in the early '80s. A booklet featuring color photos of many of the band homes that Fischer located will be included.

Established in 2007 by Fischer, Public Collectors encourages collectors of material culture — the kind that most museums won't exhibit — to "open" their collections to the public. Fischer will read from and discuss the book "Public Collectors," published by Inventory Press. In 2014, as part of the Whitney Biennial, Public Collectors presented a project the late documentarian and activist Malachi Ritscher.


CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign-Urbana Design Organization (CUDO) invites local design and creative professionals to submit work to its third annual CUDO Pro Show at Indi Go Gallery, Champaign.

The deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 23. CUDO members may submit up to three entries; the first is free, and each additional entry is $15. Non-members may submit up to three entries at $15 each; the first non-member entry includes CUDO Friend membership.

The rules and the entry form are at

The 2015 CUDO Pro Show will be open to the public with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 13 and remain on view through Nov. 24. For more information go to

Music scene

URBANA — A Moving Sound, a Taipei-based ensemble that performs contemporary songs on traditional Chinese and Western instruments, will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday as part of the Gateways to World Music series presented by the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music.

Their family friendly free concert will be at the Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U.

"A Moving Sound courageously weaves together the multiple and disparate cultural strands that make Taiwan a unique source of contemporary world music," Theodore Levin,a noted ethnomusicologist andDartmouth College music professor said. "Virtuosic performances on plucked and bowed instruments, Chinese percussion, Tibetan singing bowls, and the evocative vocal sounds and movement of Mia Hsieh come together in a performance that is at once joyous and contemplative."

The concert sponsors are the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music, Spurlock Museum and Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, with support from Professor Bruno and Mrs. Wanda Nettl.

History scene

SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Thursday will look back at the sacrifices of African-American troops in the Civil War.

"Freedom in their Sights" at 6:30 p.m. in the museum's Union Theater combines audio, historic re-enactment and dramatic readings to tell the story of the "U.S. Colored Troops." Scholar and historic interpreter Robert Davis will explain the struggle to open the Union army to African-Americans, the battles they fought, the dangers they faced and their impact on the war.

The event is free but the museum asks people to reserve seats via and clicking "special event reservations."


PETERSBURG — Visitors to Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site will see the historic site lit by campfires, candles and glow sticks during the annual Candlelight Walk from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

At the re-created 1830s village musicians — The Prairie Aires on Friday and Sunday and Wildwood Strings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday — will play next to campfires. In addition, musicians will perform on traditional instruments such as harps and dulcimers. A blacksmith will shape metal by the light of his forge. Many visitors will carry glow sticks.

Staff and volunteers in period clothing will be inside many of the village's log homes and shops to talk about life in 19th century Illinois. Gingerbread and cider will be served in the Rutledge Tavern, and OMGosh! Bistro at New Salem will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. all three days.

The free event is sponsored by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the New Salem Lincoln League. The event will be canceled only in the event of severe weather.

Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is 2 miles south of Petersburg and 20 miles northwest of Springfield on Illinois 97. Tours are free, although a donation of $4 for adults, $2 for children and $10 for families is suggested.

For more information, call 632-4000 or visit