Library events, March 2-9, 2014

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

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Exhibit opens this week at University Y

CHAMPAIGN — The exhibition "Invisible Fences," featuring new works by Maria Lux, will open Thursday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Murphy Gallery at the University Y, 1001 S. Wright St., C.

In it, Lux explores what dogs have to do with the borders humans create and maintain.

John Frayne: Prairie Ensemble powerful in new venue

Last Friday, the Prairie Ensemble, led by Kevin Kelly, returned to the fray with its first concert since last spring. The ensemble played in a venue new to them, the Orpheum Children's Science Museum in downtown Champaign. The hall there, I am told, is a one third scale replica of the opera house at Versailles, outside Paris, and I found the acoustics to be excellent.

40 North fundraiser all about art

Art lovers have the chance to own a piece of local art at UNTITLED, the annual fundraiser for 40 North 88 West, the Champaign County Arts Council.

The one-of-a-kind event at 8 p.m. Friday at the Orpheum Theatre, 346 N. Neil St., C, includes an original art sale. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 27-March 6, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

Clubs listings, Feb. 27-March 6, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.


BLACK BEAR INN, Danville: Karaoke with Route 66, 9 p.m.

Head of the glass: Masters' work on display in Peoria

While traveling the country over the years, Urbana resident Gail Taylor has seen a lot of art glass by the American master Dale Chihuly.

One of the better groupings, though, is not too far from home, she said: at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Its "Chihuly and Friends" showcases work by Chihuly as well as two Italian masters.

Music Q&A: Johnny Iguana

Today, The News-Gazette's Paul Wood chats with Johnny Iguana of The Claudettes, formed in 2010 in Chicago.

Who are the members of your band? Any new ones?

Johnny Iguana plays piano, Michael Caskey plays drums, Claudette herself often accompanies the band on tour, selling drinks from the stage and keeping her band in line.

Film capsules, Feb. 27, 2014

Summaries and mini-reviews of movies playing now, from e3 magazine:

Chuck Koplinski: Actor's presence nearly trumps 'Non-Stop' flaws

Liam Neeson continues to save the day in Jaume Collet-Serra's "Non-Stop," a claustrophobic thriller that, if nothing else lives up to its title.