CHAMPAIGN — Figure One, the University of Illinois School of Art + Design downtown Champaign project space, will open its winter exhibition, "Upside Down, Left to Right," with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
SAVOY — The Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, aka BACH, will present a "Messiah" singalong at 4 p.m. today at First Baptist Church, 1602 S. Prospect Ave.
CHAMPAIGN — Ticket buyers will be able to select a handcrafted ceramic cup and enjoy live music and baked treats during "Coffee and Tea, Cups and Dessert," Parkland Art Gallery's biennial fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the gallery lounge.
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.
Gray autumn sky
A crow flaps and caws —
An echoing reply
— Clare Swapp, Champaign
DANVILLE — The Danville Light Opera will have auditions from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 and 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Danville Light Opera Center Stage rehearsal hall at the Village Mall.
The auditions will be for the group's dinner theater production of "9 to 5: The Musical" on Feb. 14-16. The local jazz combo, Doc Ashton and the Root Canals, will be the orchestra for the show.
URBANA — Illinois Public Media, aka WILL, will broadcast this week on WILL-TV a video portrait of Monticello, the Piatt County seat.
The program will air at 7 p.m. Thursday and feature video taken by volunteer storytellers and videographers, all Monticello residents. The videos were edited by Illinois Public Media.
I'm still having trouble with the time change, and the lack of evening light is making everything seem somehow slightly sinister.
CHAMPAIGN — The Ebert Foundation headed by Chaz Ebert has pledged to match up to $25,000 gifts made this month toward a life-sized bronze sculpture of Roger Ebert to be installed outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign.
Composer Peter Michalove listens to a recording of a string quartet he has written, playing quietly through his laptop's speakers.
He also composed the music on the laptop. In a corner of his study is a piano, in case he wishes to play a few measures. In another corner is his oxygen tank, unconnected. Just outside is one of his cats, Sybil.