Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment

MFA candidate teaching award-winning piece to UI dance students

URBANA – When she was a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Catherine Cabeen had to meet and overcome myriad challenges.

Now one of the greatest has come after she's left the company.

Mark Roberts back to hold auditions for two of his plays

URBANA – Mark Roberts returns Feb. 3 and 4 to Urbana to hold auditions for two of his plays to be presented this summer at the Station Theatre.

General auditions will take place 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at 120 W. Main St., downtown Urbana (use the back entrance at 121 Goose Alley). Callbacks and cold readings take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 4, with read-throughs set for 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 5.

Arts activists' residency kicks off on UI campus

URBANA – Climbing PoeTree arts activists Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman will be artists-in-residence today through Thursday at Unit One/Allen Hall on the University of Illinois campus.

With roots in Haiti and Colombia, Garcia and Penniman live in Brooklyn and travel the globe on a mission to overcome destruction with creativity. They have worked with other poets such as Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Danny Glover, The Last Poets, and Dead Prez; led workshops in institutions from Cornell University to Riker's Island; and painted murals on walls from the Bronx to Santiago, Toronto to Jamaica.

Alumni to dance prof's post-9/11 'Winter Belly'

URBANA – For choreographer and University of Illinois dance Professor Tere O'Connor, creating a dance is not about expressing his own "style." It's about processing things that happen in the moment and that take on their own life.

"I look at it almost as an abstract documentary form, born of a moment I'm in or the world is in but that doesn't necessarily depict that," he said. "It generally produces thought; it doesn't define a specific thought.

Young Artists Competition to take place Sunday

DANVILLE – The Danville Symphony Orchestra will hold its annual Gail and Harry Adams Young Artists Competition at 1 p.m. Sunday at St. James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion St.

The competition began in 1971 in order to provide area youth the opportunity to compete on their chosen instrument against their peers.

Performance piece highlights environmental issues

URBANA – Since he and another researcher first discovered in the late '60s that male humpback whales sing songs – and beautifully haunting ones at that – scientist Roger Payne has given countless lectures about whales.

His talks were good for engaging and interesting people in the plight of the aquatic mammals, but Payne soon saw how limited he, as a scientist, was. After meeting and later marrying classically trained actress Lisa Harrow, he began attending her performances, not only once, but repeatedly.

Computer-based interactive art exhibit to debut at EIU

CHARLESTON – A computer-based interactive art exhibition by international artist Pat Badani will premiere on Thursday evening at the Tarble Arts Center on the Eastern Illinois University campus.

The artist's reception will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Badani will talk at 7:30. Admission is free, and the public is invited. The installation, titled [in time time], will remain on view through Feb. 24 in the Tarble's eGallery.

Photographers' show offers glimpse of Cuba, W. Africa

CHAMPAIGN – The next Parkland Art Gallery exhibition, opening Monday, will feature documentary photographs of Cuba and Senegal.

"People and Places Revealed: The Documentary Photography of Kerry Stuart Coppin and Amanda McCadams" will remain on display through Feb. 14. The artists' reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, with McCadams giving a talk about her work. Refreshments will be served, and Matthew Watt will perform live music.

Urbana woman produces pretty heady art

URBANA – Rachel Suntop is often asked whether her last name is real. It is, and it's perfect for a fiber artist and milliner who turns out extremely original and powerful hats, some inspired by other cultures.

Two headdresses that Suntop made in 2006 while in Washington, D.C., were inspired by Mongolian headdress, and two by native Alaskan head wear. She made those while she was an intern at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, and they are now part of its permanent collection.

Tickets going fast for Hadley memorial concert

URBANA – The University of Illinois School of Music anticipated that tickets for the Jerry Hadley memorial concert Jan. 25 at Krannert Center would be hot, but it didn't anticipate how quickly they are going.

The tickets to the free concert became available Friday morning. By late Friday afternoon, tickets for the main floor were gone.