Arts and Entertainment

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.

Task force plans to push for a public arts program

URBANA – Creation of a nine-member public arts commission and a permanent public arts program, with significant annual city funding, is on the city council's agenda Monday night.

Council members will meet at 7 p.m. as the committee of the whole, at the Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St.

UI event to focus on world heritage cities

URBANA – A workshop on world heritage cities will take place Friday in Christopher Hall, 904 W. Nevada St., U, on the University of Illinois campus. The event, free and open to the public, will feature a full day of presentations, with a Friday lunch option.

A reception will take place Friday evening, and the workshop will continue with a half-day of presentations Saturday at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities building, 805 W. Pennsylvania Ave., U.

UI to host voice competition Saturday

URBANA – The Central Illinois Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters will host a voice competition starting at noon Saturday in Smith Music Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois.

The event, which is open to the public, will last until all the contestants sing, probably no later than 5 p.m. The singers are from 20 through 32 years of age as of May 16, 2008.

Law students to perform benefit

URBANA – An all-law student cast from the University of Illinois College of Law will perform Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Independent Media Center in the old post office building in Urbana.

Miranda Soucie, a first-year law student, is the organizer and director of the show, which will benefit the local Rape Crisis Center.

Mountainfilm to benefit local Boy Scouts

CHAMPAIGN – A film festival that benefits the local Boy Scouts of America heads at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

The Mountainfilm on Tour features nine short films about culture, the environment and more. The 10th annual showing is sponsored by Champaign Surplus and benefits the outdoor programs of the Prairielands Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Festival set for March 2009 will feature movies about Lincoln

In conjunction with state and local festivities that mark the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln in 2009, plans are under way for a film festival centered around the 16th president.

The Lincoln FilmFest is set for March 13, 14 and 15, 2009, at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign. There will be four films shown – one on Friday, two on Saturday and one on Sunday – along with an academic panel that will discuss various aspects of Lincoln on Saturday morning.

Sculptor's work offers others a glimpse into what she's seeing

In early art classes at Parkland College, Sheila Schneider almost gave up her dream of becoming an artist because her visual disability was so limiting.

Schneider sees the world differently from most people because her eyesight is narrowed to tunnel vision by an inherited and irreversible disorder called retinitis pigmentosa. But her Parkland teachers didn't let her quit. Instead, Schneider said, they encouraged her and adjusted their perspectives to her talents.

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