Art Coop event will raise money for Humane Society

URBANA — The Art Coop in Lincoln Square Village will have its third annual $50 Art Show from Friday through Dec. 21 to benefit the Champaign County Humane Society.

Island getaway a great place to eat, drink, be merry

By Leslie Sweet Myrick

Iron Post hosting Morris Ardoin

URBANA — Morris Ardoin, who is from a legendary Creole music family in Louisiana, will return Thursday evening to The Iron Post in Urbana to perform with fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt and guitarist-bassist Rob Krumm.

"At 78, Mr. Morris is going strong so come out to see him if you can and enjoy the music," Krumm said.

The cover is $6.

Organizers looking for signature image for Boneyard festival

CHAMPAIGN — 40 North 88 West, the Champaign County arts council, invites local artists to submit work to be considered for the official signature image of the Boneyard Arts Festival in April.

All submitted images will be juried by a panel of local arts professionals. There is no fee to enter, but artists must be residents of Champaign County to be eligible.

Studio Visit: Martha MIlls

Studio Visit appears in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with actress Martha Mills.   

Melissa Merli's Art Beat: Quality over Quantity

OK, 'fess up, Facebook users. After posting a comment or photo, do you go back to see how many "likes" or "shares" it received? Do you keep track of the number of "friends" you have? Do you compare that to those of other Facebook users?

Ben Grosser admitted he has. In fact, already being obsessed with quantifiers, he soon became obsessive about the numbers on his Facebook feed.

Ticket sale begins Dec. 7 for Miranda Lambert-Dierks Bentley

CHAMPAIGN — Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 for Miranda Lambert with Dierks Bentley at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall.

Lambert and Bentley are the headliners for the Locked & Reloaded Tour 2013, with special guest Lee Brice.

The concert is Feb. 22, at the Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C.

Virginia renovation: 'Crazy awesome discoveries'

CHAMPAIGN — Renovators think visitors to the Virginia Theatre are in for a big surprise when the doors reopen just in time for Ebertfest this spring.

Where to begin? Start from the top: Workers recently uncovered original canvas paintings on the auditorium ceiling depicting Spanish shields and characters, consistent with the overall Spanish design of the theater.

Restoring the Virginia, November 2012

Photos of the restoration work on murals and architectural details as work continues on the Virigina Theatre on November 28, 2012.

Art Party Studio

Images from an event at Art Party Studio on November, 9, 2012.