Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment

Field Museum to display Urbana native's photos

CHICAGO – Photographs taken around the world by Urbana native Paola Gianturco will go on display starting Friday at The Field Museum in Chicago.

"Celebrating Women," which will remain on view through Sept. 7, features color photos by Gianturco from festivals around the world that celebrate women as "kind-hearted, ferocious in battle, beautiful or courageous in the face of social injustice," according to a description from The Field Museum.

Photographers invite viewers to join them in world of colors

With his right hand, he grips her left arm as both fall through the sky. In "Come Join Us," the man and woman smile as they look up, the ground seemingly a mile below them.

In the unpeopled "Civic in Motion," a silver Honda Civic appears to make a fast turn before an urban backdrop – a scene from an action movie or maybe television commercial.

Classical recital to team up UI soprano, pianist

Two of the most respected classical musicians in Champaign-Urbana will team up for a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Smith Recital Hall at Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews St., U.

Soprano Ollie Watts Davis, chairwoman of the voice division of the University of Illinois School of Music, will sing a cycle of eight Robert Schumann songs in German – English translations will be available in the program – while accompanied by renowned accompanist John Wustman on piano. Wustman, who has accompanied major artists, among them Luciano Pavarotti, is a professor emeritus at the UI.

Movie fest first to focus on cinema from Dark Continent

Africa, a large and diverse continent, is known for many things. Cinema, however, is not one of them.

Mahir Saul, a professor in the Department of Anthropology and African Studies at the University of Illinois, hopes to open the eyes of film lovers with the first African Film Festival. The weeklong festival, featuring multiple screenings of six movies, starts at 7 p.m. Friday at the Beverly Cinema 18 in Champaign (please see sidebar for descriptions and show times). Tickets are $5 each.

David Munnelly Band to perform Tuesday at Techline

Take a step back in time at 8 p.m. Tuesday with the David Munnelly Band.

An acclaimed traditional Irish group, the band will perform at Techline, 26 E. Green St., C. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for educators (photo ID required) and $5 for students (photo ID required) and seniors. Doors open at 7 p.m.

American masters Hopper, Homer similarities, differences on vivid display at Art Institute in Chicago

American artists Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper both worked early in their careers as illustrators. Hopper loathed the work, while Homer, particularly as an artist-reporter covering the Civil War, used illustration as a means to develop his drawing skills.

Homer (1836-1910) was virtually self-taught, while Hopper (1882-1967) studied at the New York School of Art. Among his teachers was the legendary Robert Henri of the New York Ashcan School.

What to do with the old TVs?

Landfills choked with old TVs and the dangers they bring to the environment.

While the federal government foresaw the public outcry with having to buy a converter box in order to watch digital TV by offering a $40 coupon, it has been shortsighted on another front.

When they flip the TV switch, will you be ready?

Antenna TV viewers will need an upgrade within the next year

Faithful viewers hop out of bed a year from now, turn on their TV sets and cannot get any of their local TV stations.

Martina McBride brings her tour to Assembly Hall this Friday

When Martina McBride picks a song for an album, it has to have the total package.

"Great lyrics, great melody, a song that makes you feel something – all of those things," said McBride, who performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the University of Illinios Assembly Hall. "One of the things I think I've done well in my career is to choose songs that have strong lyrics and an emotional connection for the listener. But the lyrics only go so far if the melody isn't there."

UI Latin Jazz Band's director teaches his students roots, 'danceability' of musical genre

URBANA – Six nights a week in the 1980s and '90s, saxophonist Carlos Vega played in salsa bands in his native Miami. So he finds it discombobulating to be part of a Latin jazz ensemble here in central Illinois.

That would be the University of Illinois Latin Jazz Band, one of the newer groups formed by Chip McNeill after he took charge of the Jazz Studies Program.