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'Barefoot in Park' opening Friday in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Side by Side Productions will present Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park" this upcoming weekend at Father Kirk Memorial Hall, 534 N. Wood St.

The dessert performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12. To reserve, call 260-782-4378.


Steinway Artist performing Monday

URBANA — Pianist Ksenia Nosikova, a professor of piano at the University of Iowa, will perform a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave.

Ed Rath, a former University of Illinois School of Music professor and administrator, said Nosikkova is a gifted pianist and will offer "unusual programming content."


'Petals & Paintings' benefit set for Friday

CHAMPAIGN — The Krannert Art Museum Council will host its 21st annual "Petals & Paintings" benefit from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive.


Two fundraising events set for Relay for Life

CHAMPAIGN — The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Champaign County has two fundraisers coming up: one Saturday and the other next Sunday.

The first is Music For A Cure from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Rose Bowl Tavern, 106 N. Race St., U. Local musicians John Coppess, John McMahon, Anne Clements and Margaret O'Brien will perform.


Country music pickers to gather in Arthur

ARTHUR — The Old Timers Country Reunion will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Gunny Sack Event Center, 1061 Yoder Center.

The reunion brings together young and old country music pickers from central Illinois and from throughout the United States.


'Rush Hour Romance' to close Sinfonia season

URBANA — Sinfonia da Camera, the professional chamber orchestra of the University of Illinois, will end its season Tuesday with a concert titled "Rush Hour Romance."


Ebertfest particulars

CHAMPAIGN — Passes to all 12 movies and two shorts are sold out for the 15th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, taking place April 17-21 at the Virginia Theatre and the University of Illinois.

The Virginia has a waiting list in case a pass holder cannot attend. In the event additional passes become available, those on the list will be contacted.


Centennial, Central plan spring productions

CHAMPAIGN — The Centennial and Central high school drama departments are gearing up for spring productions, with Centennial presenting a musical and Central a production for children.

The Centennial High Playmakers will present "Hairspray" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. next Sunday in the Aldridge Auditorium, 913 Crescent Drive, C.


International Capoeira Conference opens Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — The 11th annual International Capoeira Conference, "Senhor Joao, Mestre que da Licao!," will take place Thursday through Sunday at the University of Illinois.


Eriksen, mates to perform traditional and original music

URBANA — Considered one of the world's foremost practitioners of folk, former punk rocker Tim Eriksen has turned his attention to a fictional New England village in more ways than one.