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All Arts and Entertainment Content

Upcoming video game releases will blow you away

After spending July 13-18 at the E3 Media & Business Summit in Los Angeles, getting a preview of the video games that will come out during the next year or two, I've got some good news and some bad news.

The good news: Tons of fantastic games with new levels of realism are coming our way. The bad news: Few people will have the time and money to play all of these great games.

40 North 88 West sets Final Friday arts festival at Carmon's

CHAMPAIGN – Anyone interested in the arts in Champaign County is invited to the Final Friday arts social at 5 p.m. Friday at Carmon's Restaurant, 415 N. Neil St., C. The sponsor is 40 North 88 West Champaign County's Arts, Culture and Entertainment Council.

The free "Final Friday" arts social is designed to answer questions or to address challenges concerning the arts in Champaign County. People are also welcome to use 40 North representatives as a sounding board, or just to connect to them and other arts lovers.

Charleston Alley Theatre schedules auditions Monday

CHARLESTON – The Charleston Alley Theatre will have auditions at 7 p.m. Monday for Marsha Norman's "'Night, Mother" at the theater, 718 Monroe Ave., Charleston.

"'Night, Mother" is directed by Ruth Straith. People planning to audition will read from the script. For information or to arrange an alternative audition, contact Straith at 345-1437, the theater at 345-2287 or e-mail CATmail<@>

Rantoul group's production of 'Inherit the Wind' starts Friday

RANTOUL – The Rantoul Theatre Group will present the courtroom drama "Inherit the Wind," based on the "Scopes Monkey Trial," starting Friday at the Grissom Hall Theatre, 914 Arends Blvd., on the former Chanute Air Base in Rantoul.

Actors from Rantoul, Paxton, Loda, Ogden, Sidney, Champaign and Urbana appear in the play. Heading the cast is Robert Picklesimer as prosecuting attorney Matthew Harrison Brady, and Randy Offner as defense attorney Henry Drummond. David Goold plays the defendant Bertram Cates, with Jessica Marcotte as his fiancee Rachel Brown.

ACT Theater Company presenting two shows in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY – The ACT Theater Company of Gibson City for the first time will present two shows this weekend during its eighth season.

Elementary school children are featured in "Disney's 101 Dalmatians, Kids," the well-known tale of Cruella Deville's obsession with spotted puppies. The production involves singing, dancing and lots of "puppies."

Heavy meanings: Hippie encyclopedia's author to visit C-U

CHAMPAIGN – John McCleary likes to call the '60s and '70s hippie movement the Renaissance of the 20th century, one that spawned incredible ideas, other movements and slang terms still in use today.

To emphasize the importance of the era, McCleary wrote "Hippie Dictionary: A Cultural Encyclopedia of the 1960s and 1970s," first published in 2002 and then revised and reprinted in 2004 by Ten Speed Press.

McCleary will sign copies of the book Friday evening in Champaign.

Saturday's used book sale is Danville library volunteer's type of fun

DANVILLE – Millie Wilson first got involved with the Danville Public Library through the onetime Business & Professional Women's Club, now the Danville Business Women's Club, as a community service project.

"I've loved to read, since I was a child," said Wilson, a Danville Realtor. "It seemed natural to get involved with the library."

And involved she got. She volunteered for the used book sale, assumed more responsibility and now is in charge of the entire sale three times a year. She is also on the Friends of the Library Foundation Board.

'Civil War' musical to be staged under the stars in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — "The Civil War," a musical performance about one of America's darkest chapters, will be performed Thursday through Sunday under the stars in downtown Springfield.

The two-act show will be presented at 8 o'clock each evening on an outdoor stage in Union Square Park at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Young talent on display at upcoming 'Seussical, the Musical'

CHAMPAIGN — Seventy-some youths, among them Caitlyn Caruso-Dobbs and Alex Miller, will appear in the Urbana Park District's Youth Summer Theatre production of "Seussical, the Musical," opening Wednesday at Parkland Theatre in Champaign.

Miller, a senior at Mahomet-Seymour High School, stars as Horton, the elephant who is chastised by his fellow jungle animals for caring for and protecting the tiny, invisible Who village and the orphaned egg of free-spirited Mayzie le Bird, played by Dobbs, a freshman at the High School of St. Thomas More.

Glass FX exhibit to feature new, creative uses of antique glass

CHAMPAIGN – Artists who work at Glass FX Studio will display their work in an exhibit that showcases new and creative uses of antique glass, plus part of the old Champaign County Courthouse clock face.

"Glass from the Past: Antique Glass for Modern Life" will run from Saturday through Aug. 16 at Glass FX, 202 S. First St., C.