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Melissa Merli's Art Beat: Centennial grad plays role in Oscar win

By the time Steve Eisenmann was a freshman at Centennial High School in 1998, he was using his computer to create 3-D images.

In an interview then with The News-Gazette for its Spin Off youth page, Eisenmann said he hoped to have a career creating special effects for movies.

Fifteen years later, the 29-year-old Centennial alumnus has sort of scaled the heights in that area.

Musicians will offer a taste of Peru

CISSNA PARK — The Hathaways Peruvian Trio will perform at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the fireplace room at Creekside Prairie, 510 Prairie Lane, on the northeast side of town.

Tickets will be available at the door, but Creekside will serve Peruvian treats and local beverages during the event and would appreciate a reservation. Call Sue Wellman at 815-457-2453 or email

John Frayne: Hobson, Erdelyi get warm response -- as does Chinese orchestra

On Feb. 20, Ian Hobson continued his series of concerts on the complete solo and chamber music for piano of Johannes Brahms. Hobson was joined by violist Csaba Erdelyi in playing the world premiere of Erdelyi's revision of his arrangement of Brahms' Sonata in D major for Violin and Piano, Op. 78.

UI opera program putting on 'My Fair Lady'

URBANA — With Eduardo Diazmunoz having dedicated the University of Illinois School of Music Opera Program season to the late Tom Schleis, it's no surprise it includes "My Fair Lady."

Clubs listings Feb. 28-March 7

A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 28-March 7

A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.

Opera group raising funds for festival

WATSEKA — The board of directors and the Opera Guild of Sugar Creek Symphony & Song will have a Cash Bash fundraising event March 9 to raise money for the 11th annual Sugar Creek Opera Festival in August.

Comedy show Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival will present a live music and comedy show at 7 p.m. Saturday at Techline Studio, 307 S. Locust St.

The performers will be humorists Lou and Peter Berryman and local singer-songwriter Margaret O'Brien. The suggested donation at the door is $10-$15.

Melissa Merli's Art Beat: Comic pays tribute to a major voice for equality

The late John Lee Johnson was an uncompromising civil rights activist who could at times be a pain in the you know what.

But we needed someone like him to keep us honest and to move us forward in the area of racial equality.

I, as well as many other folks, miss him.

Inventive musicians playing Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — Two musicians with a long practice in the musical avant-garde will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C, as part of Jason Finkelman's Sudden Sound Concert Series.