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Area World War II veterans' tales keep historical event alive

With each year, World War II survivors become an ever-more precious commodity. To mark Veterans Day this year, The News-Gazette's Paul Wood visits with three World War II veterans.

'Romeo et Juliette' tells timeless story with singing in French

Nearly everyone knows the story of William Shakespeare's doomed lovers, Romeo and Juliet.

With that in mind, the University of Illinois Opera Program production of Charles Gounod's opera, "Romeo et Juliette," opening next Thursday at Krannert Center, won't have any cast member who takes any audience member out of that story, says stage director Henson Keys.

'Pajama Game': A romantic musical about a labor dispute

CHAMPAIGN – The touring production of "The Pajama Game," the Tony Award-winning best musical revival of 2006, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the University of IIlinois Assembly Hall Star Theatre in Champaign.

In addition to receiving the Tony for best revival, "The Pajama Game" received another one for best choreography.

It also received seven Drama Desk Award nominations and eight Outer Critics Circle Award nominations.

The original 1954 production won three 1955 Tony awards, among them best musical and choreography.

'Zombie Prom' to haunt Central stage starting Friday

CHAMPAIGN – From the drama program that brought "Chicago" and "Rent" to their high school stage comes a show that just might make you rupture in laughter.

Champaign Central High School first took "Zombie Prom" to Scotland in the place of "Little Shop of Horrors." When first notified of the cancellation of their rights to "Little Shop," the cast had a total of three weeks to scrape together a comparable show.

Film schedule preventing Joan Allen from attending festival

CHARLESTON – Because of her film production schedule, actress Joan Allen will not be able to attend the film festival in her honor this weekend at Eastern Illinois University. But alumnus Dann Gire, a film critic for the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, will conduct a live telephone interview with her Friday evening as part of the Embarras Valley Film Festival.

Gire, also president of the Chicago Film Critics Association, will conduct the interview as part of his keynote presentation, "Joan Allen: Eastern's Elusive Alumna," at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Lecture Hall.

Urbana Free Library set to screen 'Arranged' on Sunday

URBANA – The Urbana Free Library will screen the film "Arranged" at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lewis Auditorium at the library. Admission is free.

"Arranged" centers on the friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman who meet as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Through the course of the year they learn they share much, including the process of arranged marriages.

ISU galleries to host election exhibit, works by Aschheim

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.

Rossville sibling folk duo release first CD, plan to tour Peru

URBANA – Living in Arizona for six months, trying to figure out what to do next, University of Illinois graduate Kate Hathaway received a visit from her younger brother, James.

She was surprised to discover that he had learned, on guitar, all of the songs from her first CD of original music, released in 2005.

Sibling rivalry? No, more like sibling harmony.

UI breaks ground on Blue Waters Data Processing Center

CHAMPAIGN – With excavators scooping dirt and dust flying a few feet away, University of Illinois officials and researchers on Wednesday celebrated the building of a facility that will eventually house the world's fastest computer.

"This is where, in many ways, supercomputing was born with the birth of ILLIAC IV," said Thom Dunning, director of the National Center for Supercomputing at the University of Illinois, referring to a previous supercomputer developed at the UI. "The circle's closing with the facility that we're building," he said.

The 95,000-square-foot Blue Waters Data Processing Center is being built at the northwest corner of Oak Street and St. Mary's Road in Champaign.

A-OK Network opens doors for Parent Cafes on Nov. 10

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Health Department's A-OK Network will sponsor an event from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the New Life Christian Center, 2105 N. Bowman Ave. Danville, to mark the beginning of its Parent Cafes program.

The event will provide information about three upcoming Parent Cafes, the first of which will be in January. It also will allow parents to get to know each other and help them identify issues affecting young families.