CHAMPAIGN – Writer, filmmaker and actor Hadjii – on his cell phone with this reporter – was walking down the street in Athens, Ga., on Friday afternoon when a passer-by asked:
"You in that show?"
"Yeah, Tuesdays at 10. Spread the word," Hadjii replied.
That show is "Somebodies," a spinoff of Hadjii's independent feature of the same title that he brought to Roger Ebert's Film Festival at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign in 2006.
The Ebertfest audience embraced it, and television critics who have seen the BET series – the first scripted series in BET's 28-year history – are giving it good reviews, with Associated Press television writer Frazier Moore calling it one of five new series to watch.
CHAMPAIGN – Tickets will go on sale at noon Sept. 20 for the OneRepublic concert on Oct. 27 at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall Star Theatre. Special guests will be 5 Augustana, The Spill Canvas and The Hush Sound.
Tickets for the floor cost $30 and will be available at the Assembly Hall box office, all Ticketmaster outlets including ticketmaster.com. Ticketbuyers may charge tickets by calling 333-5000.
ST. JOSEPH – B.J.'s Beauty Shop is more than a place to get a perm or a haircut.
The downtown St. Joseph shop is also a mini-museum dedicated to the life of Abraham Lincoln.
Owner (and St. Joe Mayor) B.J. Hackler spends a lot of time on the phone conducting village business while giving a perm or trimming a teen boy's hair.
FAIRMOUNT – In addition to bottling wines produced from grapes grown outside its doors, Sleepy Creek Vineyards continues to expand the musical and artistic events being held in and around the tasting room.
Owners Joe and Dawn Taylor will hold their inaugural Salt Fork Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 27 and noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 28. They already have more than 25 artists committed to participating, but will accept more.
DANVILLE – Several artists are scheduled to take part in the latest exhibit at the Alley Gallery featuring pencil and pen and ink drawings.
Jane Starbody, a former fashion illustrator, and Ken Erskine, a former architectural draftsman, are both retired now and have taken their talent in different directions than their adult careers.
SAVOY – For the second year, the Savoy 16 will present "The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD" series, which features Met operas broadcast live in high definition, with encore presentations.
This is the third season for the broadcasts, which this year have expanded by 30 percent, to 440 movie theaters and performing arts centers nationwide.
There are eight days to go before the opening-night party at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and Lisa Lillig is at her computer and telephone, taking care of final details.
She calls the eight restaurants that will sell food at the bash Thursday night, discovering, to her dismay, that two planned to bring hummus.
"You don't want that," she says. "You want all the food to be different. You don't want one person to have hummus for $4 and another for $1, and one person's hummus to be better than the other's."
The Westville High School theater arts company will present its first musical production, Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella," at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 and 3 p.m. Nov. 9 in the high school's Old Gym, 918 N. State St.
Choral teacher Teresa Ross says she is excited about her students having the opportunity to perform on a local stage, since some have been involved with the Red Mask Players and Danville Light Opera in the past.
CHAMPAIGN – Vicky and John Buttitta used to worry about their regular customers when they wouldn't see them in a while.
Now, after their longtime family restaurant, Dom's Patio Villa, has been closed for nine months, the Buttittas are making plans to welcome all those customers back in a brand new place – the former Jillian's.
URBANA – Global Artistic Management, which was founded last year to do charity work and promote peace through music in Korea and the world, will present a concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Korean New Life Church, 202 W. Illinois St., U.
The performers will be violinist Unkyoung Kim, cellist Mikolaj Konopelski and pianist Teresa King. Proceeds from Global Artistic Management concerts will support scholarships for poor students studying to enter the clergy.