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CHAMPAIGN – The American Advertising Federation Central Illinois will show "The 2008 Cannes Highlight Reel Show" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Great Impasta restaurant, 14 W. Church St., C.
In addition to hosting the prestigious film festival that bears its name, the French city of Cannes also plays host to the Cannes International Advertising Festival, which recognizes the world's best creative talent. For more than 50 years, the titans of advertising have entered this international arena actually hoping to encounter a Lion, the official award of the event.
As a professor, mother and dancer, Cynthia Oliver has a lot to manage, among them her own dance projects and now as an ensemble member in Bebe Miller Company's new piece, "Necessary Beauty."
But Oliver, an associate professor of dance at the University of Illinois, said earlier this week from New York City that she's having a blast.
"I've always wanted to do something with Bebe, so this is a great, great opportunity," Oliver said from her cell phone in the city, where "Necessary Beauty" was presented at the Dance Theater Workshop.
CHAMPAIGN – Elizabeth Dickerson was in Paris last weekend and Moscow in September. She'll soon make one of her regular trips to India. And she'll likely be in Europe again, or Japan or Shanghai, in the next several months.
Dickerson loves the travel and adventure and seeing new sights that come with her career as an international flight attendant.
RANTOUL – Justin Spring of Champaign, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist on the U.S. men's gymnastics team and assistant gymnastics coach at the University of Illinois, will be the featured speaker at this year's Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet.
Spring, a UI graduate, will discuss the obstacles he overcame to help the U.S. team to a third-place finish at Beijing.
DANVILLE – Danville Light Opera is sponsoring a bus trip to see the Tony-award-winning musical "Spamalot."
The trip will leave the Village Mall at 10 a.m. for a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Jan. 24 at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago.
DANVILLE – The Danville High School music department will present its annual Madrigal dinner and dessert shows Dec. 8-11 at St. James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion St.
The dinners are at 6 p.m. Dec, 8, 9 and 10, and the dessert performance is at 7 p.m. Dec. 11. Tickets are $15 for dinner and $10 for the dessert performance. Also available are patron tickets for a minimum donation of $20. Patrons receive recognition in the Madrigal program, and their money goes to the financial support of the DHS Choral Booster Program.
URBANA – A 24-year-old graduate student composer at the Universitat der Kunste in Berlin is the winner of the 12th annual Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award Competition at the University of Illinois.
Abel Paul will have his "fragmentos del vertigo" performed by the UI New Music Ensemble, with conductors Stephen Taylor and Mei-Fang Lin, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Foellinger Great Hall of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. After the concert, there will be a reception in the lobby featuring music by the Boneyard Jazz Quintet.
DANVILLE – Ann Hampton Callaway met Tracy Parker through Kari Strand when Parker and Strand were in Up With People. All have remained friends since the 1980s.
Callaway has been working with Parker's parents, Carol and Robert Parker of Danville, to do a benefit to help with mounting medical bills.
CHAMPAIGN – Professional photographer Jonathan Kim will take photographs of pets with Santa Claus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Kaufman Lake Boathouse in Champaign.
"Pet Pictures with Santa" is a fundraiser for the Champaign Park District's new dog park in southwest Champaign.
CHAMPAIGN – The Black and White Steppers will perform with live band Of A Native Tribe at a charity fundraiser Friday evening at Radio Maria restaurant in Champaign.
Tickets to the event from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. are $5 in advance. Advance tickets may be bought from 10 p.m. to midnight today at Barfly. Ask for Melissa. Advance tickets may also be bought between 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday at the Bruce Nesbit African-American Cultural House at Mathews Avenue and Nevada Street on the University of Illinois campus.