'Rhinoceros' director puts out call to artists in area

URBANA – The director of the upcoming production of "Rhinoceros" by Eugene Ionesco at the Station Theatre has put out a call for artists to draw rhinoceros heads for the production.

Director Eric Burton said the play has a scene in which the stage is overrun by rhinoceroses; he would like to use rhino drawings by local artists for that scene.

Daily Bread benefit scheduled for Oct. 25 in Urbana

CHAMPAIGN – Singer Caitlin Caruso Dobbs will sing songs popularized by entertainers such as Judy Garland, Al Jolson, Sophie Tucker, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline and others at a benefit Oct. 25 for the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen.

Dobbs will be accompanied by Rick Murphy on piano and Annie Rong on violin. There also will be other performers, and dessert will be served. The musical program, "Let Us Entertain You," was produced by Dan Perrino.

Danville church holding winter clothing collection

DANVILLE – The Vermilion Heights Christian Church is collecting winter coats, hats, gloves, mittens and scarves for a free giveaway set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 at the church, 725 Oakwood Ave.

The items are being collected through Oct. 25. Children's coats are especially needed.

Oak Ridge Boys returning in December

CHAMPAIGN – The Oak Ridge Boys will be back in town this winter with two shows combined into one night.

The quartet will kick off its 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 show at the Assembly Hall with four-part harmonies and hits from a span of three decades. The Oak Ridge Boys are famous for "Elvira" and "Bobbie Sue."

Arts Week open house to showcase local artisans

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Museum Society will host its Arts Week open house showcasing local artisans this weekend.

Demonstrations will include china painting, counted cross-stitch, knitting, paper box making, pastels, photography, plastic canvas, quilting, spinning, sock making, watercolor painting, wood crafts including Intarsia.

Benefit for Daily Bread Soup Kitchen set for Oct. 25

CHAMPAIGN – A musical benefit for the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at Lincolnshire Fields Country Club, 2210 Brynebruk Drive, C.

Titled "Let Us Entertain You," the program produced by Dan Perrino will feature Rick Murphy on piano and Annie Rong on violin, accompanying young sin- ger Caitlin Caruso Dobbs. Other performers will be showcased.

Sun Singer Gala Wine Tasting set for Oct. 22

CHAMPAIGN – The public is invited to the sixth annual Sun Singer Gala Wine Tasting from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Champaign.

The wine tasting will take place in the newly restored theater space, an architectural treasure in the community. WCIA's Dave Benton will be the master of ceremonies.

Award-winning pianist to perform at Urbana library

URBANA – Sam Gingher, winner of the 10th annual 21st Century Piano Commission Competition at the University of Illinois, will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Urbana Free Library.

Gingher, a UI doctoral of musical arts candidate in piano performance and literature, will play classical works and a few novelty rags. In addition to being an accomplished pianist, Gingher has composed many pieces for piano and has studied a range of musical instruments. Seating is limited.

Painting exhibit opens Friday at Amara Yoga and Arts

URBANA – Amara Yoga and Arts will open a new exhibition, "Wedding Cakes and Other Delicacies," featuring paintings by Don Briskin, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. The work will remain on view there through mid-November.

Briskin began painting as a child growing up in Southern California. In 2006, becoming more serious about painting, he opened a small studio at his home in Champaign. His work is mainly impressionistic, with a focus on subjects from everyday life such as food, landscapes and the human figure. He also is a yoga teacher.

Tried and True: LeAndra Vogelzang's jalapeno chicken

"This is a really yummy casserole," says LeAndra Vogelzang of Monticello. "My family loves it when I make it!"


3 chicken breasts

3 medium serrano peppers or jalapeno chilies (for those who do not like spicy, substitute with 1 can of diced green chilies, drained)

1 medium onion

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