Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli from the week that was

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli from the week that was

Viewing works in progress

Hats off to 8 to Create, a UI-registered student organization that organized the live painting/drawing event last week at [co][lab] in Urbana. And fascinating to see the eight artists over eight hours progress on their works. I must have visited them five or six times, including for the evening reception. Featured artist Hong Chun Zhang worked in the storefront, drawing with graphite a head of long hair seen from above. Masterful. I enjoyed the window on creativity and how the artists' works were so different.

High-flying time

I admit I watched with envy the young members of the Quebec theatrical circus troupe Les 7 Doigts de la Main perform its show "Cuisine & Confessions" on Tuesday at Krannert Center. They juggled, hoop-dived, performed on aerial silks and a pole, and danced. Some told true and moving personal stories; one related how his father had been taken and killed by the government. They cooked pasta and baked banana bread on stage and invited theater-goers to have some at the end. I didn't, trying to cut carbohydrates, but felt well-fed anyway.

Go out and see 'Get Out'

I loved the Comedy Central program "Key & Peele," so I really wanted to see Jordan Peele's directorial movie debut "Get Out." I finally did at the Savoy 16 and was impressed. So far, the movie has earned more than $100 million, making Peele the first African-American writer-director to pass that mark with his own screenplay. It's an unusual movie, with elements of horror, comedy and drama; it's quite entertaining. It pays homage to many movies before it but in clever ways, and is a great commentary on race relations.


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