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Poet Nikki Giovanni and other happenings this weekend in C-U

One of the biggest events this weekend hasn’t received much advance publicity: Poet Nikki Giovanni will speak at 6 tonight (Friday, March 9) at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.


Art Theater Co-op board election opens Sunday

Thinking about becoming a member of the Art Theater Co-op? You can do so at any time but if you sign up by March 25 you can vote for the candidates wanting to be on the inaugural nine-member co-op board of directors.


"Leonardo Live" in Champaign

Last week I saw the Leonardi da Vinci exhibition at the National Gallery in London even though it had closed three weeks earlier. And I  saw it in Champaign!


Art Hootenanny on Saturday comes to the aid of artist Bob Chapman

Area artists are donating their original art works to be auctioned off this Saturday evening (Jan. 28) for a good cause — to help another artist.


Putting a jolt, 'er Volt, in the Illinois Solar Tour on Saturday

Rena Jones is giving the fifth annual Illinois Solar Tour on Saturday an extra jolt, or maybe I should say, Volt.


Ellnora Guitar Festival opening night a blast, in more ways than one

Krannert Center director Mike Ross had thought the gray skies and rain would keep people away from the Ellnora Guitar Festival/season opening party on Thursday evening.

Not so.


Art Institute goes in-house for new director

Most of us art lovers who frequent the Art Institute of Chicago will never meet the director. But I’m sure you all are interested to hear that the museum's board of trustees went in-house for its new president and director, Douglas Druick.

This from a news release I just received:


Let's save the Art Theater

On Sunday I and 40 other folks attended Art Theater operator Sanford Hess’s presentation, "The State of the Art," in which he recommended that a co-operative form to take over the Art Theater.


Figure One show looks at knowledge acquisition and subverting Google

If you want a handle on contemporary art, check out the August exhibit at Figure One, the downtown Champaign exhibition space of the University of Illinois School of Art + Design.


Jury duty: Getting off easy this time around

Eight or nine years ago I was called to jury duty at the Champaign County courthouse. Even though I’m a newspaper reporter I ended up on two juries: one for a civil case over a dog bite and the other a criminal felony "three-strikes-you’re-out" case.


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