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There are eight days to go before the opening-night party at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and Lisa Lillig is at her computer and telephone, taking care of final details.
She calls the eight restaurants that will sell food at the bash Thursday night, discovering, to her dismay, that two planned to bring hummus.
"You don't want that," she says. "You want all the food to be different. You don't want one person to have hummus for $4 and another for $1, and one person's hummus to be better than the other's."
DANVILLE – Several artists are scheduled to take part in the latest exhibit at the Alley Gallery featuring pencil and pen and ink drawings.
Jane Starbody, a former fashion illustrator, and Ken Erskine, a former architectural draftsman, are both retired now and have taken their talent in different directions than their adult careers.
CHARLESTON – Three new shows have opened at the Tarble Arts Center on the Eastern Illinois University campus.
They are: "Beverly Fishman: Optical Unconscious"; "James Oliver: Rural Happenings," featuring paintings of Midwestern sites such as carnivals and farm expos; and "Forced Photography," showcasing 135 photographs by Brian Poulter, a professor of journalism at EIU.
Amy Chrisman wanted to "stay local" when it came to making prints of her watercolor paintings of Vermilion County landmarks.
She couldn't find a printer in Vermilion County that did the special process she wanted to use, but she did find Lance Dixon and Dixon Graphics, an all-digital printing company at 105 W. John St. in Champaign that also does fine-art reproductions.
DANVILLE – When Amy and Stephen Chrisman moved to Danville 16 years ago from Vermont, they returned to live in the house his great-great grandfather built in the 1860s surrounded by pasture off North Bowman Avenue.
"It was going to be temporary at the time. We moved into the abandoned farmhouse that had animals for residents," Chrisman said with a laugh.
Today, the house is cozy, filled with antiques and artwork that she and her husband have done over the years. Chrisman was seeing clients as a certified massage therapist and caring for their autistic son, Aidan, when she began experiencing continuous pain and muscle weakness from fibromyalgia.
CHICAGO – Two new exhibitions will be on view from Friday through Oct. 4 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois.
An opening reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 230 W. Superior St., Chicago.
WESTVILLE – Arlene Olmstead of Danville and Sharon Latoz of Georgetown had to share honors at last year's Vermilion County Conservation District Counted Cross-Stitch Show.
Visitors for the 17th annual show will get to see why, in a display of former best-of-show winners as well as new entries from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the air-conditioned Gannett Outdoor Learning Center in Forest Glen Preserve, seven miles east of Westville.
CLINTON – A Women in the Outdoors event is planned for Aug. 16 at a farm east of Clinton.
The event will be held at the Don and Susie Hulvey's farm east of Clinton and hosted by the Dewitt County Longbeards, the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
CHAMPAIGN – Anyone interested in the arts in Champaign County is invited to the Final Friday arts social at 5 p.m. Friday at Carmon's Restaurant, 415 N. Neil St., C. The sponsor is 40 North 88 West Champaign County's Arts, Culture and Entertainment Council.
The free "Final Friday" arts social is designed to answer questions or to address challenges concerning the arts in Champaign County. People are also welcome to use 40 North representatives as a sounding board, or just to connect to them and other arts lovers.
CHAMPAIGN – Artists who work at Glass FX Studio will display their work in an exhibit that showcases new and creative uses of antique glass, plus part of the old Champaign County Courthouse clock face.
"Glass from the Past: Antique Glass for Modern Life" will run from Saturday through Aug. 16 at Glass FX, 202 S. First St., C.