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.
"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.
NORMAL – An exhibition of paintings and drawings by Jim Lutes, a professor of painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is on view through April 6 at University Galleries at Illinois State University.
Lutes will give a lecture at noon Tuesday at ISU. It is free and open to the public.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.