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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.
CHAMPAIGN – Author Sherwin Bitsui will speak at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Authors Corner of the Illini Union Bookstore, 809 S. Wright St., C.
Bitsui, originally from the Navajo Reservation at White Cone, Ariz., now llves in Tucson. He has a degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts Creative Writing Program and is currently completing his studies at the University of Arizona.
CHAMPAIGN – Looking back 50 years to when he and his wife first arrived in Champaign County, Carl Altstetter said he would not have called the area a cultural wasteland or swamp.
"It was more like a savannah – rather sparse. Now it's a lush, tropical rainforest of the arts," Altstetter said Thursday night at the Highdive in Champaign.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Park District is seeking entries for its eighth annual Parade of Lights, which will take place Dec. 6.
Applications are being accepted now. All of the entries must be decorated with lights and conform to the theme, "Another Miracle on Main Street." People who apply before Nov. 7 do not have to pay an entry fee; after that date, the late entry fee is $25.
CHAMPAIGN – The Friends of the Champaign Public Library will have their fall book sale from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
The group now has a permanent used-book store inside the new library, but that doesn't mean the end of its twice-yearly book sales.
URBANA – Two of the founding members of Rathskeller, one of the most popular bands in Champaign-Urbana history, have formed a new band, The Unpossible, which will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Iron Post, 120 Race St., U.
As with Rathskeller, the focus of The Unpossible is on writing and performing original music, according to Michael Pritchard, who with Gavin Stolte formed the new band two years ago. Both Pritchard and Stolte were instrumental in forming the sound of Rathskeller during the peak of the band's popularity and writing the music that led to the band winning regional and international contests in the Champaign-Urbana area, Chicago and Japan.
Two storytelling events are coming up, one tonight and the other a set of two scary-story concerts.
The first at 7 p.m. today at the Iron Post, 120 S. Race St., U, will feature Mike Speller, with Champaign-Urbana Storytellers Guild member Camille Born. Admission is $5.
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W.S. Merwin and three-term U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky will visit the University of Illinois campus on Tuesday in connection with the conference "Translating the Middle Ages."
The conference, free and open to the public, will take place Tuesday and Wednesday in Room 210 of the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. Sponsored by the UI Program in Medieval Studies and the Center for Translation Studies, the conference will feature medievalists from throughout North America and Europe.
The Temptations will make a return trip to the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, this time to perform their "Christmas and Hits Show" on Dec. 11.
The Temptations' last performed at the Virginia in 2004 to a sold-out audience.
Parkland College's 18th annual all-student production, "Murder Room," will open Wednesday and run through Nov. 2 at the Parkland Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.
Parkland theater students direct the show; design the sets, lights and costumes; and perform. All proceeds from the annual student show will support the Randall Millas Theatre Scholarship program, which pays tuition and fees for an exceptional second-year theater scholarship student.