That's entertainment: Spotlighting events throughout the area

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events throughout the area

Convention scene

C-U ComicCon at Urbana library

If you couldn't make it to the San Diego Comic Convention, there's a smaller one in C-U — Comic Con: Celebrating Comics & Fandom Since 2016 set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Urbana Free Library.

The ComicCon will feature talks by local experts and events at the library and elsewhere. The schedule is as follows:


— 11 a.m., Lewis Auditorium, teens and adults: Comics artist Damian Duffy, who's collaborated with Eisner Award-winner John Jennings, on how to turn all kinds of stuff into comics.

— Noon, Busey-Mills Reading Room, all ages: Fans of "Black Butler" unite for an expo on manga/anime.

— 1 p.m., Lewis Auditorium, teens and adults: Award-winning animator Nina Paley ("Sita Sings the Blues") on creating animation, plus clips of her latest work, "Seder-Masochism."

— 1 p.m., Busey-Mills Reading Room, teens and adults: Game-makers from Volition on making video games.

— 2 p.m., Busey-Mills Reading Room, all ages: A Comics Artist Panel with a Q&A on drawing and getting published.

— 4 p.m., Lewis Auditorium, teens and adults: Comics scholar Carol Tilley, a University of Illinois library science professor, on Wonder Woman and other great women in comics.


— 10 a.m., Cherry Alley: Live Action Roleplay for all ages, featuring medieval combat demonstrations, a chance to ask questions and try it yourself.

— 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Children's Services: "Fabulous with the Fablab," for all ages. Fablab will demonstrate crafts and technology to show people how to build cosplay or other items.

Board Games, near the Cafe and Friends Book Shop, for all ages. People may play games from the library's collection or set up their own role-playing game campaign with the library's Dungeons & Dragons and other role-playing guides.

Video Games, for all ages, Satterthwaite Conference Room. Play "Super Smash Bros." or other games and discover new ones.

— 3 p.m., Lewis Auditorium, all ages: Speed Drawing Contest. In a limited time, people will draw an original character or create a one-page comic. Prizes will be given.

— 5 p.m., Lewis Auditorium, all ages: Costume Par- ade. Dress as your favorite characters and strut through the library, with the opportunity at the end to parade on bikes through downtown Urbana.

Off-site events

— Art Show at the Art Coop Gallery in Lincoln Square Mall featuring work by local artists. Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

— Steve Bryant, comic creator of "Ghoul Scouts Night of the Unliving Undead" will sign copies of his work at Action Jackson Comics, 123 W. Main St., U, at 1 p.m.

— Around 8:30 p.m., the library and Urbana Love will show the animated film "My Neighbor Totoro" at the Busey Bank drive-through across from the library.

Music scene

Kris Lager Band at The Accord

The Kris Lager Band, which recently played the Blues, Brews & BBQ festival in downtown Champaign, will return to perform Thursday evening at The Accord, 51 E. Main St., C.

The Omaha-based band has been together more than a decade, performing what it calls revivalist rock, heavy soul and boogie trance music.

The door will open at 8:30 p.m. with the music at 9 p.m. Local singer-songwriter Brandon T. Washington will open.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

Movies in concert at St. Patrick's

The St. Patrick's Youth Orchestra will perform the concert "Movie Magic: Take Two!" at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Church, 708 W. Main St., U.

The orchestra will play selections from scores by John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Jay Ungar and others.

The concert will mark Noah Larson's last as co-music director and conductor. He will pass the baton to Renata Herrera.

Alumni of the orchestra, founded by Larson and Jack Reeder, are invited to perform with the ensemble Friday evening. Reeder, now a student at Northwestern University, will conduct a piece during the concert. Admission is free.

Quasi-farewell for West of Staley

The jazz band West of Staley will play a "Farewell (For Now)" show from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday at The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St., U.

After the show, West of Staley pianist Nathan Petersen will return to the University of Wisconsin. Guitarist Ryan Mondak will begin jazz studies at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Trombonist Matthew Frazzetto will head to the Manhattan School of Music, and bassist Chris Mondak will be studying at the New England Conservatory.

The remaining members — Max Hubbard, Gabe Mitchell and James Sims — will remain here and play in a new combo during the school year and with West of Staley when the others are back for winter break and next summer.

Arts scene

Nature photography at Kennekuk

The Vermilion County Conservation District will host the exhibit "Nature Photography" by Lara Darling of Oakwood, with a reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Kennekuk Environmental Education Center in Kennekuk County Park north of Danville.

Darling started doing macro photography three years ago, shooting close-ups of insects, spiders, flowers, ferns, mushrooms and other elements of nature. She also is an environmental educator with the Vermilion County Conservation District.

Film scene

Art Theater festival seeks entries

The New Art Film Festival is accepting films for possible inclusion in its seventh annual showcase Oct. 30 at the Art Theater Co-op in downtown Champaign.

The festival welcomes all genres and is interested in receiving short subjects, Webisodes and trailers or excerpts from long-form pieces. Entries should have been produced within the last three years.

The organizers encourage filmmakers to submit their work online, though non-returnable DVD screeners will be accepted. Organizers also recommend that entries run 30 minutes or less to improve the odds of being selected.

Filmmakers may submit entries to NewArtFilm They are asked to include links to online screener, password to access the screener, and information about the movie.

Entries on DVD or flash drive (not Blu-ray) may be delivered to The Art Theater Co-op, 126 W. Church St., C, to the attention of New Art Film Festival 2016, care of Jason Pankoke, who will emcee.

The deadline for all entries is 10 p.m. Aug. 31. There is no submission fee. Final selections will be announced Sept. 28. For information, go to

The festival is presented by the Art Theater Co-op and C-U Confidential, the source for Champaign-Urbana film culture since 2006.

Dance scene

'Nutcracker' auditions starting

The Champaign Urbana Ballet will have auditions for its 2016 production of "The Nutcracker" on Aug. 20 for experienced dancers ages 10 and up. The auditions for dancers ages 5 to 10, both with and without experience, will be Aug. 27.

The auditions will be at the Champaign Ballet Academy, 2810 W. Clark Road, C.

Previous dance training is not required to audition Aug. 27 but children choosing to audition must have been born before Aug. 27, 2011. Participants may pre-register at Information about the audition process, attire, fees and rehearsal schedule is also available at the website. For information, call 355-7317 or email

"The Nutcracker" will be presented Dec. 1-4 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.

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