Library events, Feb.2-9, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette will offer a selection of events provided by area libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Three-day dance event kicks off Thursday

URBANA — Dance at Illinois will present on Thursday, Friday and Saturday its February Dance Concert, "Hybridity."

The program explores the ways contemporary dance has always engaged hybridity, a term initiated by scientists and reconsidered by cultural scholars.

Importance of stories: Help, hope

Decades ago, Newbery winner Madeleine L'Engle came to Illinois Wesleyan to encourage a crowd of hopeful neophytes to continue to write stories. L'Engle understood firsthand a story's power to sustain, to teach and perhaps to heal.

WILL to host screening of 'Las Marthas'

URBANA — WILL's Community Cinema screening and discussion at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Spurlock Museum will focus on "Las Marthas," a documentary about the annual debutante ball for Mexican-American girls in Laredo, Texas.

Ask 'Mimi' Feb. 2, 2014

Melissa "Mimi" Merli answers questions about the Grammys, Irving Azoff and the Ginnys.

1. Did Champaign native Kim Richmond win a Grammy last week for best instrumental arrangement?

No, but he's not bitter.

"All of the competition was very good quality. Anyone who was nominated could have won and deserved it," he told me.

Local actor on the (really) big screen

'Jackson's Run,' a film featuring St. Thomas More student Richie Berner in a major role, premieres locally in front of an audience of his peers

CHAMPAIGN — When Richie Berner's face appeared on the big screen at Carmike Cinemas on Friday, it was the biggest screen to be had — 78 feet wide and 35 feet tall, where a pimple looks a foot square.

Who lives here? Feb. 1, 2014

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie and ask readers, "Who lives here?" The first person to email wholiveshere@news-gazette.com with the name of a silver screen character who resides in the featured house will get a shout-out in next week's section. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence in your submission.

New leader in the concert hall

Meet Maestro Stephen Alltop, the new conductor of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra. The Evanston resident/keyboard artist is a busy man. He also directs the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra & Green Lake Choral Institute and teaches full time at Northwestern. Here are a few more tidbits about Alltop and CUSO

UI alum vying for Superbowl airtime

A man with ties to Champaign-Urbana is hoping that this weekend's Superbowl will be his big break in getting nationwide acting exposure.

Cellist plans enlightening performance

URBANA — Innovative cellist Maya Beiser has incorporated visuals in her performances before, but usually as video projections on screens.

Then, not too long ago, she became inspired by famed Korean-American artist Nam June Paik's "TV Cello," designed in 1971 for the avant-garde cellist Charlotte Moorman.