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Traditional Irish musicians to perform Thursday at Techline

CHAMPAIGN – Two musicians who are part of the traditional Irish music scene will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday at Techline, 24 E. Green St., C.

The doors for the concert by singer/flute player Norah Rendell and guitarist Brian Miller will open at 7:30 p.m.

Cris Cringle Craft Sale planned for Nov. 7-8 at Assembly Hall

CHAMPAIGN – The 29th annual Cris Cringle Craft Sale will be held at the Assembly Hall on Nov. 7 and 8.

More than 140 booths will display handcrafted items by local and area artists. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 8. This year's raffle is for a holiday quilt.

'Dracula' rises again in ISU production of vampire story

"Dracula" comes alive on the Illinois State University campus this week.

A theatrical adaptation of the classic Gothic novel about Count Dracula and his bloodthirsty quest for power is being presented at the ISU Center for the Performing Arts in Normal.

C-U Symphony plans chill-inducing 'Fright Night'

Members of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra won't be the only scary people as they wear Halloween costumes at their "Fright Night" concert on Friday evening.

From 150 to 200 University of Illinois students dressed as zombies will dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" either before the concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, or during the intermission.

200 years later, serenity still abounds in New Harmony, Ind.

Unlike most working stiffs, Sara Brown feels less, not more, stress as she heads to her job each day in the former utopian community of New Harmony, Ind.

"I just feel all the troubles of the world are lifted off my shoulders," said the group sales manager for Historic New Harmony Inc. "It just has a very calming effect. I think it does that for a lot of people who visit, too. You just have a sense of peace."

Area artists take home awards at 54th annual Fall Show

PARIS – Several area artists received awards in the 54th annual Fall Show, on view through Nov. 14, at the Bicentennial Art Center, 132 S. Central Ave., Paris.

The judges awarded the following: Judge's Choice Award to J. Anna Roberts, Brownsburg, Ind., for her watercolor painting, "Got Milk?"

UI Varsity Men's Glee Club tuning up for year's big show

It's Tuesday evening, and that means the University of Illinois Varsity Men's Glee Club is singing in one of the lower-level rehearsal rooms at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. This night, their session lasts a little longer, as the young men prepare for their biggest concert of the year.

That would be the Dads Day event on Saturday in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center. It draws not only fathers and sons but also alumni of the Glee Club, the oldest choral ensemble on campus.

Storyteller to present on authors at Champaign library

CHAMPAIGN – Patricia Hruby Powell, a storyteller, dancer, mime, actress and award-winning author, will perform "An Evening with Jane Austen, Emily Bronte and Emily Dickinson" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be in Robeson Pavilion Room A & B. Registration is not required.

Area business wins new car in planetarium raffle benefit

CHAMPAIGN – Central Illinois Manufacturing in Bement won a 2009 Saturn Sky on Friday night as part of a raffle by the Parkland College Foundation.

The event raised $45,900 to help pay for a new digital video system at the William M. Staerkel Planetarium.

Christian rockers Third Day finding tour, album a 'Revelation'

If being part of a multi-band tour is like a musical whirlwind, then is a solo show more like a gentle breeze?

Not exactly. And no one is saying the Southern-fried, contemporary Christian rock of Third Day is gentle. Or breezy. But the band, which plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall, is just coming off the "Music Builds" tour with Jars of Clay, Switchfoot and Robert Randolph, and ready to switch gears.