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.
DANVILLE – We're all thinking a little more green these days, and that's great.
But this time of year, the green gives way to bright shades of orange, red and yellow, and one of my favorite places to absorb those fall colors in a setting full of wildlife is less than a mile outside the Danville city limits – Heron County Park.
Heron County Park floats.
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.
DANVILLE – The Danville Public Library's children's department is currently signing up fifth-grade students for this semester's Project Next Generation Program.
The technology mentoring program offers digital photography classes from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays or Wednesdays and homework help sessions from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Sessions will run through Nov. 22.
DANVILLE – The Boys & Girls Club of Danville is looking for its club alumni.
Alumni will be recognized at the club's 20th anniversary celebration during the annual "We Are Family" brunch in February 2009.
URBANA – The Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth will present a free concert of north Indian classical (Hindustani) instrumental music at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Illinois Music Building auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., U.
The concert will feaure Shri Kushal Das on sitar and Shri Tejendra Narayan Majumdar on sarod.
URBANA – Michael Carragher, a longtime Champaign resident and owner of Michael's Catering, was recently recognized as one of the newest members of the Colwell Society at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts for his $100,000 gift to the center.
The gift will help build Krannert Center's endowment resources, the yearly income from which will be used to support the center's public programming. The gift also contributed to the successful matching-funds campaign for the recently awarded $1.125 million Doris Duke Charitable Foundation grant.
CHAMPAIGN – Festival passes will go on sale starting Nov. 1 for the 11th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, to take place April 22-26 at the Virginia Theater in Champaign and the University of Illinois.
The festival, as usual, will feature films selected by Ebert that he believes have been overlooked by audiences, critics or distributors.
CHAMPAIGN – Many people, when they hear organ music, think church, or "Phantom of the Opera," or Bach's familiar Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, which pops up in horror films, video games, rock music and now, cellphone ringtones.
Considered one of the most outstanding organists of his generation, 30-year-old Scott Montgomery instead thinks of the "almost unlimited possibilities of sound" that an organ, even a small one, can produce.
At least two Champaign-Urbana natives will have their films shown at the 44th annual Chicago International Film Festival, which takes place Oct. 16-29 at various venues in Chicago.
Urbana native Nina Paley will have her animated feature, "Sita Sings the Blues," shown at 4:40 p.m. Oct. 18, 12:15 p.m. Oct. 19 and 6:15 p.m. Oct. 28, all AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. Chicago.