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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
CHAMPAIGN – Want to get the undivided attention of eighth-graders? Put some African drums in front of them and see if they can keep their hands off.
A dozen eighth-grade students at Franklin Middle School will learn the art of West African drumming this fall, and a dozen more will explore what art means to them through painting, sculpture or other visual arts.
URBANA – Tickets for the k.d. lang concert on Tuesday night at Krannert Center have been sold out for some time, but fans who don't have one can get on a waiting list.
The original waiting list of 200 people will become defunct at 10 a.m. today. Some ticketholders who are unable to go to the concert turn their tickets in late.