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Exhibit to mark 100th anniversary of Springfield riot

SPRINGFIELD – An exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the race riot in Springfield will open Saturday at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in downtown Springfield.

"Something so Horrible: The Springfield Race Riot of 1908" will remain on display through October in the Presidential Library. Admission is free. The exhibition, guest curated by historian Carole Merritt, features original items, some on display for the first time, from the library's collections as well as materials loaned by institutions and private citizens. In connection to the exhibition, the Presidential Library and Museum is developing a series of public and educational programs.


Drivin' the Dixie – on the double

DANVILLE – Downstate will get a double dose of the Drivin' the Dixie annual event this year.

Because Drivin' the Dixie is traditionally the third Saturday in June, but the Illiana Pullers Association Tractor Pull is always the Saturday of Father's Day weekend in Rossville, an opportunity arose to offer a choice of drives.


T-birds flocking to Monticello car show

A different type of bird migrates to Monticello this weekend – the Thunderbird.

About 25 Ford Thunderbirds will be on display at the "Birds in the Spring" car show from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Monticello Railway Museum, located just off Interstate 72 at the northeast edge of Monticello.


First movie 'a full-time job' for Uni High grad, illustrator

After Nina Paley's husband dumped her by e-mail, rather than wallow in misery, she made a personal feature-length animated film about the breakup.

Now making the rounds of the international film-festival circuit, "Sita Sings the Blues" tells two parallel stories: Paley's contemporary Dear Nina saga, and the tale of Sita and Rama, gods incarnated as humans in the ancient Hindu epic "Ramayana."


Parkland students' digital media show opens Monday

CHAMPAIGN – The Parkland College Digital Media Student Juried Exhibition will open Monday, and the reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Parkland Art Gallery lounge with music by DJ Lincoln Jones and an award ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday.

A Gallery Talk by John Havlik, a graphic design instructor at Parkland and a former graphic designer at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, will take place at 2 p.m. June 18. The exhibition will remain on display through June 21.


UI alumna, first black female billionaire, produces poverty doc

University of Illinois alumna Sheila Crump Johnson might be the country's first black female billionaire, but she knows something about poverty.

As a global ambassador for CARE, she has traveled the world, talked with numerous women and discovered, among other things, that of the 1.3 billion people living in abject poverty, 70 percent are women and girls.


Taking doc to market is now Farmer John's life

The documentary "The Real Dirt on Farmer John," a hit at Ebertfest last week, has been shown in 10 countries and subtitled into five different languages.

It's out on DVD, and a shorter version was broadcast by PBS.


Ebertfest: That's a wrap

CHAMPAIGN – The 10th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival at the Virginia Theatre ended on an emotional but upbeat note, with Chaz Ebert bidding farewell and blowing kisses to the audience as her absent husband listened in over her speakerphone.

"You know I miss Roger," she said as she walked back and forth on the stage, addressing the balcony and main floor. "I want to go back to Roger and tell him about the festival. I'm taking the images back of you so I can share them with Roger in Chicago."


'Romance & Cigarettes' wins praise for filming outside box

CHAMPAIGN – Introducing the movie "Romance & Cigarettes" on Sunday at Roger Ebert's Film Festival, Time magazine movie critic Richard Corliss said moviemaking is in a "very timid period."

"Do you know how many movies try to do something different? How many moviemakers in a decade even try it? Four?" he asked.


'Housekeeping' star recalls script as best she ever saw

CHAMPAIGN – After first reading Scottish director Bill Forsyth's script for "Housekeeping," actress Christine Lahti decided it was the best screenplay ever sent to her.

She was being considered for the lead of Sylvie – another actress who had been in the running was Diane Keaton. Lahti said she was told she might get the part if she and Forsyth got along.