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Studio Visit: Laura Wennstrom

Studio Visit appears in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, a visit with artist Laura Wennstrom.

Q: What will you talk about at the Hatch Festival lecture this afternoon?

Exhibit at Art Institute explores interwoven histories of Picasso and Chicago

The new exhibition "Picasso and Chicago" at the Art Institute of Chicago weaves together the famed artist's 80-year career with holdings from the museum and other collections.

It also tells the story of Chicago, which, like Picasso, exemplifies the bold and modern, curator Stephanie D'Alessandro said at the media preview.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 28-March 7

A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.

Hatch -- a creative-reuse arts fest -- is born

CHAMPAIGN — A festival called Hatch, described as something big and green, will take place this weekend in Champaign after having incubated for months at The IDEA Store, Champaign-Urbana's creative-reuse marketplace.

Believed to be the area's first creative-reuse art festival, Hatch will open Friday evening and run through Sunday, featuring:

Michigan Fine Arts Competition expands scope

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (AP) — The annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition is expanding its scope to seek entries from artists in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin as well as its home state.

Melissa Merli's Art Beat: Comic pays tribute to a major voice for equality

The late John Lee Johnson was an uncompromising civil rights activist who could at times be a pain in the you know what.

But we needed someone like him to keep us honest and to move us forward in the area of racial equality.

I, as well as many other folks, miss him.

Wiley fifth-graders will display creations

URBANA — The city will have a public reception from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday for the February-April Artist of the Corridor Exhibition, "Identities," featuring art by Wiley Elementary School fifth-graders.

Studio Visit: Betty Lusk Hughes

Studio Visit appears in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, a visit with artist Betty Lusk Hughes.

Photographers give it their best shots at annual event — and it's a sight to see

URBANA — Walter Alspaugh of Urbana has never entered the Champaign County Camera Club's Best in Show Photographic Print Competition. But every year he makes sure to visit Lincoln Square Village to see all the entries — 520 this year.

Melissa Merli's Art Beat: Visiting vocalist puts on a great show

There's a new "girl singer" in town, and she's really good.

Kate Paradise, an instructor of jazz vocals at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., is here through the end of this semester, working on a University of Illinois doctoral of musical arts degree in jazz vocals.