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'Psychedelia' artist Fred Tomaselli to speak at museum

CHAMPAIGN – Visual artist Fred Tomaselli, described by The New York Times as contemporary art's "most technically gifted purveyor of psychedelia," will give a talk at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Krannert Art Museum.

Tomaselli's lecture in Room 62 in the lower level of the museum is part of the annual Jerrold Ziff Distinguished Lecture on Modern Art series.

Workshop aims to be catalyst for social engagement, change

When animosity and lack of trust were tearing apart an Ohio community, the Americans for the Arts paid for a theater troupe to go in and bring about change.

Soujourn Theater worked with the local arts agency to identify different sectors of the city and county that needed to be engaged in the process of building trust. Represented mong the 20 groups involved were farmers, the city council, the county board, African-Americans and schools.

Vendors sought for Covington, Ind., school's bazaar

COVINGTON, Ind. – Covington Elementary School will sponsor its annual holiday bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the school.

Vendors interested in booth information or registration should contact the school at 765-793-2254 or write to Holiday Bazaar, c/o Mitzi Barnes, 1110 7th St., Covington, IN 47932.

Jewish families erect sukkot to mark third fall holiday

Temporary housing constructed last weekend will be torn down by Tuesday.

But it was meant to be temporary.

Simple wooden, plastic or cloth-covered structures in the yards of residences are huts for the celebration of Sukkot, the third of three fall Jewish holidays. The first two are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

The Hebrew word "sukkot" stands for both the name of the holiday – which, translated into English, is the Feast of Tabernacles – and two or more hut structures. A single hut is a sukkah.

Child role in Polar Express will be auctioned on eBay

DANVILLE – A role is up for bid, and the winner will see their child, grandchild or special young person on stage with Santa for the magical ending to this year's Polar Express.

The Provena United Samaritans Medical Center Festival of Trees has placed the role of the child who will receive the first gift of Christmas in the re-enactment of the Polar Express up for bid on eBay.

Willie Nelson returning for Assembly Hall concert

CHAMPAIGN – Country music icon Willie Nelson is "on the road again," returning to the home of his first Farm Aid concert 23 years ago with a concert in December at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall in Champaign.

Appearing with the 75-year-old singer-songwriter-actor-activist will be another musician-songwriter with a long list of movie credits, Billy Bob Thornton, and his band, the Boxmasters.

DACC recreating Lincoln-Douglas debate this weekend

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College theater instructor Glenda Boling had to rethink the way she would direct a presentation of a Lincoln-Douglas debate.

The presentation at 7 p.m. today and Saturday is sponsored by the Vermilion County Museum through an Illinois Arts Council grant and written by museum society president Don Richter as part of the "Celebrating Lincoln" series of events.

Perspective gained on tragedy in M-S production of 9/11 play

MAHOMET – On Sept. 11, 2001, Dylan Roderick watched as his fourth-grade teacher put her ear to the radio. She turned on a tiny television and the class watched as the disaster unfolded. It didn't seem quite real to him, but he remembers his teacher, "she just put her head into her hands," he said.

Flash forward more than seven years, and Roderick is a junior at Mahomet-Seymour High School, about to perform in "Voices from September 11th," a play by Lavonne Mueller that tells the stories of a few people around the country and how they were affected by the tragedy.

Celebrate Teen Read Week with Twilight Ball events

CHAMPAIGN – Lately, you can't enter a bookstore without spotting one of the "Twilight" series novels in the hands of a young reader. The dangerously addictive romantic vampire tales are instantly recognizable, the first book by its now-iconic black cover, illustrated with hands holding an apple.

In honor of Stephenie Meyer's popular series, the Champaign Public Library is hosting a Twilight Ball on Friday. The event is one way the library is celebrating Teen Read Week, that endorses the idea of reading a spectrum of different novels "for the fun of it."

Streets to be closed for UI marching band festival

Kirby Avenue will be closed Oct. 25 between First and Fourth Streets for the Illini Marching Band festival. The closures will be effective from 6:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Peabody Street will also be closed during that time, according to a University of Illinois press release. Other streets will be closed to accommodate the festival's parade competition, which is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

The parade will march north on Fourth Street from Kirby Avenue, turn right onto Peabody Drive and then north on Sixth Street. It will then go to Armory Avenue, where it will turn left. Another left on Fourth Street will return it to Memorial Stadium. Those streets will be closed from 9 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m.