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Art and About

"High Ground" screening raises $2,600 for new veterans center at UI

Viewers of “High Ground” might expect a documentary on mountaineering. But it’s just as much about the  problems the wounded veterans who climb Mount Lobuche in the Himalayas experience as a result of serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan war.

“The war is fought when you come home,” said one veteran in the documentary, which was shown on Tuesday night at the Art Theater.

Remembrances of the 2009 presidential inauguration

Just a few days ago most people were yawning about President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

This vegan dessert recipe is a keeper

I’m not vegan or vegetarian. But I like trying out vegan recipes from time to time. Over the holidays I finally made a vegan Mexican Pudding that was posted online a year or two, maybe three, ago by Mark Bittman, perhaps my fave food writer.

This Mexican pudding is easy to make. I made it twice, for a potluck and a New Year’s Eve party. It received rave reviews each time.

At the movies: "Anna Karenina," "Life of Pi"

When I heard that much of the newest adaptation of “Anna Karenina” was set inside in an old theater, I was like, uh-oh.

But filmmaker Joe Wright and his crew pull it off, giving us a beautifully and elegantly choreographed film.

An emotional return engagement for Pacifica Quartet at Krannert Center

It was an emotional return for the Pacifica Quartet on Thursday evening at Krannert Center.

His voice breaking, violinist Sibbi Bernhardsson told the audience in Foellinger Great Hall that the Pacifica, now at Indiana University, had failed to say good-bye, after having spent nine years on faculty at the University of Illinois School of Music.

Builders Association's "House / Divided" takes multimedia approach to foreclosure crisis

More and more, artists are making work that addresses the recent foreclosure crisis. One of the best pieces out there is “House / Divided,” presented last week at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts by the Builders Association.

Philippe Petit inspires Art Theater "Man on Wire" audience

It’s hard to imagine anyone stretching a cable between two tall towers today and then walking the high wire, a quarter-mile above Earth.

That’s what Philippe Petit did on Aug. 7, 1974. His friends counted eight crossings over the 200 feet of  cable. Petit, then 24, danced on it for 45 minutes before landing in the arms of police.

Take your eGadgets to Krannert for "House / Divided" on Friday night

Now the Builders Association is going really multimedia, particularly for people who own smart phones & iPads.

At two points during its new production, “House / Divided”, to be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 21) at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, audience members with certain smart phones and iPads can see additional visual content.

Sinfonia da Camera to have autumn sunset benefit in Monticello

This sounds like fun: Sinfonia da Camera, the chamber orchestra founded by Ian Hobson, will have a Fall Colors Benefit Experience on Sept. 30 during an autumn sunset at the historic Moore Mansion in Monticello.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. at the mansion at 1001 N. State St., Monticello. Michaels’ Catering will provide food and wine, and Hobson and friends, live music.

Sleigh Bells cancel Pygmalion appearance; Hum to take their place

Sleigh Bells, who were set to open the eighth annual Pygmalion Music Festival in Champaign and Urbana next week, have canceled their appearance due to a member having recently injured his hand.

Refunds for all single-show tickets that were purchased will be made available starting today (Sept. 17.) The local ‘90s indie rock band Hum will perform in their place.