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The Art Institute of Chicago will launch its holiday schedule Friday with its 17th annual "Wreathing of the Lions" ceremony.
The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on the museum's front steps at Michigan Avenue and Adams Street and feature musical performances. In addition, free admission will be offered to the first 200 adults (kids 12 and younger are always admitted free).
The boundaries of human duality are expanded and examined in an exhibition on view through Dec. 20 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois.
"CarianaCarianne: Relational Compositions" explores the concept of dual identities within a single being, as represented by two artists occupying a single body.
MAHOMET – A storyteller and a visual artist will team up to present a program called "Flying Solo Together" on Saturday at the Lake of the Woods Clubhouse in Mahomet.
The artist, Cindy Carlson, will present an exhibition of her watercolors from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 7:15 p.m. when there will be an artist's reception, with wine and light snacks. People will receive a 10 percent discount on her original paintings and may register to win a glicee print.
URBANA – Krannert Center is complementing its Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa performance tonight with food and art.
Its Intermezzo Cafe is offering through tonight two traditional African dishes for lunch and dinner: poulet yassa, a Senegalese dish of marinated chicken, lemon and onions served over rice, with a pita on the side; and a hearty peanut soup, a common dish throughout Africa, also served with a pita.
CHAMPAIGN – The next SPEAK Cafe will be from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Palette Cafe in Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.
The theme, set by emcee Aaron Ammons, is "Thanks for Giving Us: Kindred Spirits."
NORMAL – Two exhibitions are on view through Nov. 16 at University Galleries at Illinois State University: "The Election Show 2008" and "Deborah Aschheim."
"The Election Show" features artists' responses to issues related to the 2008 presidential election. The exhibition provided them an open forum to address issues of personal, national and international significance. The show was open to students and professional artists and yielded a variety of work in video, graphic design, painting and collages, from artists as far as Los Angeles. All work that was submitted by Oct. 31 was included. The show will remain on view through Nov. 16.
CHAMPAIGN – The work of an artist most associated with the promotional materials he's designed for Seattle-area bands will be displayed from next Monday through Dec. 6 at the Parkland Art Gallery.
The artist, Art Chantry, will be at the reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the gallery and at a luncheon and lecture from noon to 2 p.m. Friday in Room D244 at Parkland College.
CHAMPAIGN – The 29th annual Cris Cringle Craft Sale will be held at the Assembly Hall on Nov. 7 and 8.
More than 140 booths will display handcrafted items by local and area artists. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 8. This year's raffle is for a holiday quilt.
PARIS – Several area artists received awards in the 54th annual Fall Show, on view through Nov. 14, at the Bicentennial Art Center, 132 S. Central Ave., Paris.
The judges awarded the following: Judge's Choice Award to J. Anna Roberts, Brownsburg, Ind., for her watercolor painting, "Got Milk?"
CHAMPAIGN – Looking back 50 years to when he and his wife first arrived in Champaign County, Carl Altstetter said he would not have called the area a cultural wasteland or swamp.
"It was more like a savannah – rather sparse. Now it's a lush, tropical rainforest of the arts," Altstetter said Thursday night at the Highdive in Champaign.