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.
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.
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.
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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.
CHAMPAIGN — Two Champaign Central High School students are the winners of the Eastern Illinois regional contest for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest.
The regional champion is Jonlyn Miller, who performed "First Poem For You" by Kim Addonizio and "And Soul" by Eavan Boland.
CHAMPAIGN — One of the founding members of the Guerrilla Girls, the anonymous collective of arts activists who have championed feminism and social change in the art world for nearly three decades, will speak twice Thursday at Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive.
CHAMPAIGN — The Parkland College community orchestra and concert band will perform the concert, "The Weather Outside's been Frightful; Our Music's so Delightful" at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Parkland Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave.
DANVILLE — The Danville Light Opera and Danville Area Community College Players will host a second round of open auditions Sunday for their production of "Les Miserables."
The auditions at 4 p.m. at DACC's Bremer Theater will be for ensemble parts — specifically male ensemble leads and general female parts — and nonspeaking, nonsinging roles.