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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.

Artist will discuss exhibition at upcoming Parkland events

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.

WCIA to air UI College of Law show on 'Economy in Crisis'

The University of Illinois College of Law is partnering with WCIA Channel 3 to broadcast a live one-hour broadcast called "Economy in Crisis: A Local Look" on Wednesday.

The show will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. and broadcast from the Max L. Rowe Auditorium at the College of Law, 504 E. Pennsylvania Ave., C, in front of an audience.

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.

Stopping By: Relive Dr. Rutherford's past at Oakland home

OAKLAND – The doctor's office and home of Dr. Hiram Rutherford in Oakland gives one insight into the daily life of a small-town doctor and his family in the mid-to-late 1800s. The home, dating back to 1847, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Those were the days when women wore hoop skirts, men smoked corn-cob pipes, couples had lots of children and mortality rates were high. A doctor was among the most important men in any community, and Rutherford's two-story home reflected his community stature.

Five channel changes in store for Comcast customers

URBANA – Comcast is making five channel changes Nov. 11, and some subscribers will have to make changes to see those channels.

– C-SPAN2, now seen on Channel 16, will be carried only on Channel 446. It will continue to be part of Comcast's "basic" level of service, but basic subscribers will need a digital set-top box or compatible equipment to see it.

Celebration Company's 'Speech and Debate' a real hoot

URBANA – As Karen Vaccaro first read the script of Stephen Karam's play, "Speech and Debate," she laughed so much her husband felt compelled to check on her.

"It grabbed me, and I love that," she said. "It's so political and accessible at the same time."

Vaccaro will direct the relatively new play, which opened just last year off-Broadway in New York and played later in Chicago, at the Station Theatre in Urbana. It opens Thursday.

Emotional capitalism, sexuality on tap for author's series

CHAMPAIGN – A new discussion series sponsored by the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois will bring together authors and UI scholars to discuss recent books.

The Author's Roundtable series, which began this semester, gives invited scholars opportunities to discuss their work with a panel of UI faculty members and graduate students in a conversational setting. The events are held at the Music Room of Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., U.

Grand Ball to highlight songs and dance from Civil War era

Abraham Lincoln loved music; he was most passionate about the melodies and lyrics that reflected the American experience.

"Throughout his tenure as U.S. president, Lincoln heard music of every mood in the White House, military camps and Washington, D.C.," said Scott Schwartz, director of the Sousa Archives and American Music Center at the University of Illinois. "It was as varied as the president's and America's kaleidoscopic musical tastes, but most often it spoke from the heart of a nation."

For American Music Month, which happens every November, Schwartz organized several events to harken back to the music of Lincoln's time.

A major highlight will be the Grand Ball on Nov. 22 at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center that will feature the Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Brass Band, which plays Civil War-era music.

Asian American Orchestra plans concert to fete 10th year

Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra is pulling out all the stops at its 10-year anniversary concert on Thursday at Krannert Center.

In fact, Brown considers it the anniversary capstone concert of the year. "It's the only time during our 10-year celebration that we will play the entirety of 'Rhapsody in Blue,'" he said. "We've just done excerpts because we wanted to present an overview of all the material we've been doing the past 10 years."