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URBANA – Four area singers and instrumentalists, some with ties to China, will present a benefit concert for victims of the China earthquake at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Wesley United Methodist Church and Foundation, 1203 W. Green St., U.
Admission is free and open to the public; donations will be taken. Information will be available at the concert about disaster-relief agencies that are accepting donations.
Like many former students of Don Lake, Judy Ikenberry believes he had a profound influence on her life and art.
She saw her skills and confidence improve considerably after she began studying with Lake at Parkland College – and that was after she had taken courses at a museum-affiliated school in a big city.
Besides having a scholarship established in his name, retiring Parkland College art Professor Don Lake received a special gift from some of his students.
It was a collection of 35 watercolor paintings, all done in the same size by them and organized in a box specially made for the "Don Box Project' by Lincoln Bookbindery in Urbana. The chief organizer of the project was Margaret De Cardy, a perennial student of Lake's and a retired K-12 art teacher.
After Nina Paley's husband dumped her by e-mail, rather than wallow in misery, she made a personal feature-length animated film about the breakup.
Now making the rounds of the international film-festival circuit, "Sita Sings the Blues" tells two parallel stories: Paley's contemporary Dear Nina saga, and the tale of Sita and Rama, gods incarnated as humans in the ancient Hindu epic "Ramayana."
The Champaign-Urbana Summer Chorale, a newly formed group, seeks singers from the greater C-U area for its inaugural season.
People older than 18 who have singing experience are welcome to join the group. No audition is required.
DECATUR – Emmy Award-winning actress Jean Smart and her husband, actor Richard Gilliland, will star in A.R. Gurney's Pulitzer Prize-nominated play "Love Letters" the evening of June 7 at the historic Lincoln Square Theatre in Decatur.
The play, the grand finale performance during the Shadows of Lincoln Festival, will be directed by Ted Weiant.
CHAMPAIGN – The Parkland College Digital Media Student Juried Exhibition will open Monday, and the reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Parkland Art Gallery lounge with music by DJ Lincoln Jones and an award ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday.
A Gallery Talk by John Havlik, a graphic design instructor at Parkland and a former graphic designer at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, will take place at 2 p.m. June 18. The exhibition will remain on display through June 21.
CHARLESTON – The Tarble Foundation, a longtime supporter of the arts at Eastern Illinois University, has given another $2.5 million to help pay for programming at the new Doudna Fine Arts Center, scheduled to open this fall on the campus.
The money, along with earlier gifts from the Tarble family and other donors, brings total funding to $7.5 million for the New and Emerging Artists Series at Doudna.
University of Illinois alumna Sheila Crump Johnson might be the country's first black female billionaire, but she knows something about poverty.
As a global ambassador for CARE, she has traveled the world, talked with numerous women and discovered, among other things, that of the 1.3 billion people living in abject poverty, 70 percent are women and girls.
URBANA – The Urbana Band Boosters will sponsor a fundraising evening, Just Desserts and Jazz, starting at 7 p.m. Friday at Urbana High School.
The Urbana Middle School Jazz Band and Urbana High School Jazz Bands I & II will perform. Individual servings of homemade desserts and beverages will be sold by the Band Boosters. This is the second year for the joint year-end jazz concert and dessert fundraiser.