Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment

Former church turning into teen hot spot in Oakland

OAKLAND – The name of The Hub, a former Oakland church that's become a place for teens to gather, is fitting.

It's become a central gathering place for youth from Oakland and nearby communities.

Prepare your ears for holiday concerts

DANVILLE – It's that time of year when parents and grandparents must attend the obligatory Christmas concert.

A lot of work has gone into what, at times, can be painful listening.

Sushi Kame serves up Japanese cuisine with tasty variety, elegance

CHAMPAIGN – The Kame part of the Sushi Kame Japanese restaurant means "turtle," and that's about the only thing that is not on the menu.

Located where another Japanese restaurant went in and out of business – on West Church east of a Thai restaurant – Sushi Kame is more elegant than its predecessor.

Westville magic show planned

WESTVILLE – Christopher Bontjes has been a magician since he was a youngster. Now the Danville man wants to share his love of magic – and some of his tricks – with area youth.

He will do that at a presentation at the Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St., at 10 a.m. on Friday. The event, which will last 30 to 45 minutes, will include a magic demonstration and information on starting a local group of the Society of Young Magicians.

Mellencamp adds to rough run of Hall cancellations

CHAMPAIGN – John Mellencamp will not be coming to the University of Illinois Assembly Hall – at least not this fall.

The Assembly Hall and Chicago-based JAM Productions, which was putting on the show, announced the Mellencamp concert featuring Los Lobos, set for the UI homecoming on Oct. 27, has been canceled. No reason was given. The show will not be rescheduled. Refunds will be available starting Tuesday and will be given at the point of purchase.

Roadtrip Nation to visit UI this week

URBANA – After graduating from Pepperdine University in 2001, Mike Marriner, Brian McAllister and Nathan Gebhard embarked on a cross-country road trip, hoping to discover their own paths in life.

They interviewed 85 eclectic people to find out how they arrived at their careers. Interviewees included Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, a stylist for Madonna, a lobsterman from Maine, the chairman of Starbucks and the scientist who decoded the human genome.

UI students to perform site-specific dances

URBANA – A group of University of Illinois dance students will move from outside the proscenium to present a series of site-specific dances on the University of Illinois campus on Friday and Saturday.

"TRACE: Body/Memory/Movement" will speak to connections in time and space and to bodies responding to location and design.

Grammy-winning pianist to perform at UI

URBANA – The distinguished pianist Murray Perahia will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Balcony tickets are only $15 and $10.

Perahia will perform J.S. Bach's Partita No. 4 in D Major; Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 "Pastoral"; six Piano Pieces, Op. 118 by Johannes Brahms; and three Frederic Chopin selections.

Tilton working hard for a good scare

TILTON – As members of the Tilton Fire and Ambulance departments work their magic at the Old Tilton School for their annual haunted house, they feel they have spirtual company.

Event co-chairmen Ryan Schull, a firefighter, and Brad Fields, the ambulance department chief, and a lot of volunteers have been working at the school preparing such thrills as the graveyard, gorilla room, meat room and insane asylum. And sparks fly during a visit to Freddy Krueger, the fictional killer from the "Nightmare on Elm Street" movie series.

Emergency grant keeps WILL radio, TV signals clear

URBANA – Thanks to an emergency grant of more than $200,000, public broadcasting is continuing uninterrupted by a new 18-story building in the path of WILL's television and FM radio signals.

The Burnham310 apartment and office being built at Springfield Avenue and Fourth Street in Champaign is in the direct line of a microwave signal between WILL's studios at Campbell Hall in Urbana and a transmitter 22 miles southwest of Urbana in Monticello, according to Mark Leonard, general manager of WILL AM-FM-TV.