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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.


Local residents honored for cultural contributions

 

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.


Rathskeller band members reform as The Unpossible

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.


Entries sought for Champaign's Parade of Lights

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.


Group to hold semi-annual used-book sale this Sunday

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.


Temptations to return to Virginia for holiday, hits show

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.


Student production of 'Murder Room' to open next week

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.


Auditions for Parkland's 'A Christmas Carol' set Sunday

Parkland Theatre will have open auditions on Sunday for its second annual production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," adapted by Nick Schneider and Tim Schirmer.

The auditions will be at 1 p.m. for youths and 2 to 4 p.m. for adults at Parkland Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Director J.W. Morrissette will cast actors and singers ages 8 to 80 to play various roles.