Arts and Entertainment
CHAMPAIGN — It might come as a surprise for many at Ebertfest to discover that Patrick Wang, who wrote, directs and stars in "In the Family," graduated with a degree in economics from MIT.
He worked for a decade or so as an economist in think tanks and at the Fed before he made the movie, his first, coming to Roger Ebert's Film Festival on Thursday.
CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois School of Art + Design Master of Fine Arts Exhibition will open Saturday at Krannert Art Museum, with the opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. that day.
The annual exhibition showcases works, generally cutting-edge, by the MFA candidates at the university.
The Illini Union Board will present "Hairspray," the musical, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday during Mom's Weekend at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall.
The production is entirely produced, directed and performed by UI students.
URBANA — For the ninth consecutive year, Cunningham Children's Home will host the Festival of Quilts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Spiritual Life Center on the campus.
The Festival of Quilts, presented by Arby's, celebrates a special tradition at Cunningham.
URBANA — Auditions for "Urinetown, the Musical" — Champaign Urbana Theatre Company's eighth annual Kathy Murphy Student Production — will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at CUTC headquarters, 608 N. Cunningham Ave., U.
Call backs will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, also at the CUTC headquarters.
URBANA — The University of Illinois Black Chorus will present its annual Mom's Day Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Foellinger Great Hall in Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
URBANA — Chonda Pierce, the "Queen of Clean Comedy," will bring her Southern charm and musical talent to the Vineyard Church, 1500 N. Lincoln Ave.
The show starts at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets range from $17 to $25.
CHAMPAIGN — The fourth annual New Art Film Festival will showcase locally and regionally made independent films at the Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., C, from 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday.
URBANA — Described as a high-energy rock musical exploring adolescents' struggles with sexuality, "Spring Awakening" will open Thursday evening at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
The University of Illinois Department of Theatre production is directed by New York-based Austin Regan, who worked closely with Michael Mayer, director of the original Broadway production.