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."
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.
ARTHUR – Rosemary Scott wanders the narrow aisles of Miller's Dry Goods as if trolling for buried treasure.
What the part-time Floridian seeks in this little shop may be on that top shelf, between the hundreds of bolts of fabric. Or maybe it's by that glass pitcher, or the rows of kitchen timers, or the wooden money banks.
Then she spots her find, a game, Phase 10. "I've been looking for this forever," she says, clutching it in her hand along with a pink-and-white bib that's perfect for her granddaughter.
Down the row and minutes earlier, Sharleen Walker made a similarly serendipitous discovery, iron-on transfers to emblazon clothes.
Walker and her husband, Charlie, drove 70 miles or so from Kincaid to visit Amish country. They were looking for transfers downtown, Charlie said, when someone told them that if they were anywhere, they'd be at Miller's.
Trio X will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C, as part of the Sudden Sound Concert Series curated by Jason Finkelman.
Trio X is lead by multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee, a leading figure in improvised music since the late 1960s. He formed Trio X with like-minded improvisers Dominic Duval (bass) and Jay Rosen (drums). The New York-based trio is deeply rooted in its collective experiences as performers in avant-garde jazz and new-music circles.
GEORGETOWN – The Georgetown Ladies Community Club will sponsor a Make-A-Difference Day event to benefit Your Family Resource Connection.
Volunteers will be available to collect your donations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Family Dollar Store in Georgetown.
URBANA – Ged Foley, a Celtic singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Heartland Gallery, 112 W. Main St., U.
Foley is well-known in Celtic circles as one of the most gifted guitarists performing Irish music. He was a member of Scotland's Battlefield Band and a founder of England's House Band, and is a key part in Irish super group Patrick Street.
CHAMPAIGN – The American Boychoir directed by Litton-Lodal music director and University of Illinois alumnus Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday at McKinley Presbyterian Church, corner of Fifth and John streets, Champaign.
The Chamber Choir of the Central Illinois Children's Chorus, conducted by Andrea Solya, will join the Boychoir for a portion of the performance. Malvar-Ruiz is a previous director of the Central Illinois Children's Chorus and a former choral conducting student of BACH music director Chester L. Alwes at the UI.
CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois Marching Illini will perform live at 3 p.m. Sunday at the UI Assembly Hall. Tickets are on sale for $7 in advance and $9 the day of the show. There is a $2.50 discount for UI students, and discounts are available for children younger than 12, groups and senior citizens.
The marching band will play pieces ranging from classic anthems to a broad sampling from its halftime football performances. The Marching Illini are recognized beyond Memorial Stadium as "The Best Band in the Land," having garnered national recognition at away football games and appearances at the Rose, All-American, Peach, Liberty, Citrus, Hall of Fame, John Hancock and Holiday bowl games. In addition, the Marching Illini host and perform in an exhibition at the close of the annual Illini Marching Festival.
CHAMPAIGN – A major talent will headline at next year's LincolnFest.
Hal Holbrook, who has portrayed Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln on stage and film, was most recently in 2007's "Into the Wild," for which he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Oscar for best supporting actor.
The four-day gala – modeled on Roger Ebert's Film Festival – is a co-production of the Champaign County Historical Museum and the Champaign County Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
The News-Gazette plans to publish a roundup of Halloween activities open to the public Oct. 23.
We are interested in your haunted places, festivals, parades, children's activities, trick-or-treat hours, alternative parties and other Halloween events.