Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment

'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.

Elysian trumpet tells tale of Katrina victims

URBANA – After taking his audience on a musical tour of his hometown of New Orleans on Tuesday evening at Krannert Center, Irvin Mayfield Jr. took some concertgoers on a "quick tour" of his Elysian Trumpet.

With a no-nonsense guard from the Orleans Parish sheriff's department standing next to him, the musician pointed out the many decorative features on his instrument, which he commissioned in memory of Hurricane Katrina victims, among them his own father, whose body was found along Elysian Fields Boulevard.

'Red Trio' show to feature triad of Chinese art forms

"The Red Trio," guest-curated by Yu "Ian" Wang of Champaign, with Nathan Westerman, will remain on display through March 23, with the opening reception and curator's talk scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The Springer Cultural Center is at 301 N. Randolph St., C.