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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.


Show celebrates Lunar New Year

URBANA — The Asian American Cultural Center is celebrating the Lunar New Year with an art exhibit featuring work by 80 young artists from the Hua Nian Art Studio in Urbana.

"Vibrant Colors of Lunar New Year" opened Feb. 1 and will remain on view through April 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, at the center, 1210 W. Nevada St.


Amara Yoga & Arts hosting new exhibit

URBANA — Amara Yoga & Arts at Lincoln Square Village will present on Saturday the exhibition and opening for "Colorful Spirit," featuring work by Lee Boyer, Michael Hoag, Evelyne Tardy and poet Natalie Kettleson.

The opening will be from 6 to 8 p.m.; the show will remain on view through April 11.

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Deadline for photo show entries is Friday

MATTOON — Entries are due by Friday for the 34th annual Lake Land College Foundation Photography Show sponsored by the General Electric Mattoon Lamp Plant. Professional, amateur and student photographers may submit their work.


Ekstrom has retrospective at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College Art Gallery Director Lisa Costello describes artist Jack Ekstrom as modest and believes if he were more of an "operator," he'd be better known.

Ditto for Ekstrom's longtime friend and colleague, Don Lake, who describes his former office mate at Parkland as independent, saying he's always preferred a low profile.


Entertainment listings, Feb. 7-14

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


Signature image selected for 2013 Boneyard Arts Festival

CHAMPAIGN — 40 North 88 West, Champaign County's Arts Council, has selected an image created by Leif Olson as the signature image for the 2013 Boneyard Arts Festival on April 11-14.


Arts & Entertainment roundup

Tickets for Kid Cudi at UI Assembly Hall on sale Friday

CHAMPAIGN — General-public tickets for hip-hop artist Kid Cudi's March 30 performance at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday.


Champaign woman's collages are turning heads

CHAMPAIGN — Camelia McNeal saw lots of collages when she toured New York in the early 1990s with a Hinds Community College choir. She was particularly struck by one she saw inside the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

She decided then, when she was 20, that she would make collages some day. She didn't get started until 2001, though. Marriage, two children and other things got in the way.


Art Beat: Check out Lawrence paintings at Krannert Art Museum

One of the most significant American artists of the 20th century, Jacob Lawrence was an extraordinary storyteller with his paintbrush but a man of few words in person, says Edmund Gaither, who knew the artist.