Arts and Entertainment
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.
DECATUR – The University of Illinois Concert Jazz Band will join four other college bands at the Illinois Collegiate Jazz Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. next Sunday, Feb. 17, at Millikin University in Decatur.
URBANA – The Urbana Public Arts Task Force seeks input on its draft proposal for the Urbana Public Arts Program. Comments may be presented to the task force at its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Urbana City Council Chambers, 400 S. Vine St., U.
Comments also may be submitted to Anna Hochhalter, public arts coordinator, via e-mail at alhochhaltercity.Urbana/urban.il.us, phone at 384-2311 or post at the Community Development Office, 400 S. Vine St., U.
CHAMPAIGN – The payment deadline for the Parkland College Art Gallery's annual expedition to the Indianapolis Museum of Art on March 7 has been extended to Feb. 22.
This bus trip, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 7, will feature a Spotlight Tour of the museum's contemporary galleries. The Indianapolis Museum of Art collection includes installations, paintings, sculpture, photography, works on paper, video and one of the nation's leading collections of studio glass.
URBANA – Ian Gindes used to be pretty shy about playing the piano, which is not a good thing if you want to be a concert pianist.
Dozens of performances later, the University of Illinois graduate student – and second lieutenant in the Army National Guard – is starting to feel ready for the concert hall.
A week after Hurricane Katrina stunned the Gulf Coast in August 2005, Urbana native and filmmaker Carl Deal Jr. and his partner Tia Lessin headed to central Louisiana. The Brooklyn, N.Y., residents wanted to try to make sense of what they were seeing on television.
"We wanted to get to the ground and to see if we could get a different perspective," he remembered.
URBANA – Two string quartets of different generations will team up on Thursday evening at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts to present the world premiere of an octet by William Bolcom, a National Medal of Arts recipient.
Also, the Guarneri String Quartet will perform a new piece by Derek Bermel, and the Johannes String Quartet will debut a new quartet by Esa-Pekka Salonen. The performances of those two pieces also will mark their world premieres.
URBANA – Investigative journalist Sonia Shah will be a guest-in-residence at Unit One/Allen Hall on the University of Illinois campus from Monday through Thursday. She will speak each night. All of the events are open to the public and take place in the South Rec Room of Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory St., U.
Shah is also a critically acclaimed author whose writing on human rights, medicine and politics has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, New Scientist, The Nation and elsewhere.
CHARLESTON – Artist Ben Whitehouse will be at the Tarble Arts Center in Charleston at 7 p.m. Tuesday to talk about his art, now on view at the Tarble through Feb. 24.
Admission is free. An informal reception will follow the talk. The exhibition and talk are part of the Tarble's Contemporary Currents series co-sponsored with the Eastern Illinois University Art Department. The exhibition, "Ben Whitehouse: Revolution," features paintings on canvas and on panels, and videos of the landscape.
SPRINGFIELD – Visitors to the Old State Capitol in Springfield will soon get the chance to see two rare 19th-century portraits of Abraham Lincoln, thanks to Morris Library at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
The SIU library is loaning the portraits by Alban Jasper Conant and Edward Dalton Marchant for display while an extensive renovation and expansion project continues at Morris Library. The portraits will be unveiled at a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the downtown Old State Capitol State Historic Site at Fifth and Adams streets, Springfield.