Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment

Exhibit to feature videos, paintings, talk with artist

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.

Rare Lincoln portraits to be displayed in Old State Capitol

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.

Danville native to sing at fundraiser

DANVILLE – When Danville native Katie Marlatt returns home Friday, she will be bringing members of a choir from the Wayside Christian Mission in Louisville, Ky., where she works.

While Marlatt has sung with Doc Ashton and the Root Canals a number of times locally, she will perform with the Down By the Wayside Singers at 7 p.m. Friday at St. James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion St.

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.