Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment

Area troupes set April auditions

Area theater companies in Hoopeston and Cissna Park will have auditions in April for their summer productions.

The Artistic Repertory Theatre in Hoopeston will have auditions from 3 to 5 p.m. April 5 for Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" at the Academy, 203 E. Main St., Hoopeston.

'Evening of Music for Grownups' to benefit arts center

A fundraising concert aimed at fans of chamber music and traditional dance tunes, "An Evening of Music for Grownups," takes place at 8 p.m. Friday at Techline, 24 E. Green St., C.

The concert features University of Illinois faculty musicians and members of the Community Center for the Arts, also known as C4A, and the traditional acoustic group Oberon, the Possum King. Tickets are $15, and proceeds benefit C4A. Wine, coffee and dessert are included in the price.

Choreographer to visit Parkland before UI shows

URBANA – Fans of modern-dance choreographer Mark Morris will have a chance to meet him in person and at a venue other than Krannert Center, where his Mark Morris Dance Group will perform this week for the eighth consecutive year.

Morris will be at the Parkland Art Gallery Annex in the Parkland Library, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C, at 7 p.m. Wednesday for a conversation with Mike Ross, director of Krannert Center. The event is free and open to the public.

A career crafted from 'always making stuff'

HOMER – Bruce Vetter, a leather artisan by trade, has been making things with his hands since he was a boy. He attributes his creativity to his unusual education. Learning – self-motivated and self-directed – is for him a lifelong commitment, something he always actively sought.

Vetter and his work will be featured on public television's "Heartland Highways" program series, set to air at 7 p.m. Fri. April 4. The show will repeat at midnight and again at 4 p.m. on Sun. April 6. The program can be viewed on WEIU Insight Cable channel 14, Clear Vision channel 12 (in Brocton channel 6), Charter Cable channel 5, and DishNetwork and Direct TV channel 51.

Monica Mancini joins Hamlisch, UI Jazz Band at Krannert

URBANA – Growing up in California as a child of legendary movie composer Henry Mancini was nothing out of the ordinary to Monica Mancini, who performs with Marvin Hamlisch on Thursday evening at Krannert Center.

"He would get up and go to work, and my mother would do the same thing," she recalled. "We went to school and did homework. It was really normal."

Dance Weekend starts Friday at UI; newcomers welcome

URBANA – The English and American Dance Weekend will take place Friday, Saturday and next Sunday at the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St, U, on the University of Illinois campus.

Everyone is welcome; no partner is needed. Dance experience is recommended for some of the dances and workshops but is not a requirement for many of the other weekend events.

Irish harpist to sing, play at gallery

URBANA – Singer and harpist Claire Roche performs at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Heartland Gallery in downtown Urbana.

Roche, from Dublin, Ireland, is on a monthlong tour of the United States and will perform on both Irish and concert harps. She will play a selection of traditional ballads, as well as some of her own compositions set to the poetry of W.B. Yeats. Roche is a personal friend of Yeats' son.

Christian rock's Newsboys to play in Danville

DANVILLE – Between San Antonio, Texas, and Southhaven, Miss., one of the most popular Christian rock groups now based out of Nashville but with roots in Australia will stop off in Danville for a concert.

In January, Newsboys took The Rock Across Australia 2007 honors as Artist of the Year, as well as Song of the Year honors for "Something Beautiful." They have sold more than 6 millions records, earned three Grammy nominations and notched more than 25 No. 1 hits in the Christian music genre.

Locally molded ceramics artist showing sculptures at gallery

URBANA – Monticello High School art teacher Kim Allison always knew that art would remain a big part of Jacob Foran's life. But she's impressed with how far her former student has come.

At only 24 years of age and having just completed two bachelor's of fine arts degrees, the young ceramics artist already has been juried into a number of national and international exhibitions.

'Good News' for locally rooted bluegrass group

On the Charlie Sizemore Band's new album, there's a song called, "Alison's Band," which has a musician dreaming of playing in Champaign native Alison Krauss's band.

It's a case of "been there, done that" for John Pennell, who plays bass for the Charlie Sizemore Band, which performs at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Iron Post in downtown Urbana. And Pennell didn't write the song, either. The song credit, with its tongue-in-cheek lyrics, goes to band leader Sizemore.