Arts and Entertainment
CHAMPAIGN — Starting Friday and running through July 12, University of Illinois alumnus Michael L. VanBlaricum will display some highlights from one of the finest private collections of Ian Fleming materials.
The UI Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Spurlock Museum and the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music have invited VanBlaricum to curate a multivenue exhibition.
URBANA — TromBari, the jazz group featuring Jim Pugh on trombone and Glenn Wilson on baritone sax, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St.
The other players will be Chip Stephens, piano; Larry Gray, bass; and Joel Spencer, drums. All the players are University of Illinois School of Music faculty with extensive professional experience.
CHAMPAIGN — The Blind Pig Brewery, 120 N. Walnut St., is having an live music benefit for the TIMES Center at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
There is no admissions charge; all profits from food and beverage sales will go to the TIMES Center, a transitional living program serving homeless men in Champaign County. Last year's event raised more than $4,000.
GIBSON CITY — Side by Side Productions will present Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park" this upcoming weekend at Father Kirk Memorial Hall, 534 N. Wood St.
The dessert performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12. To reserve, call 260-782-4378.
URBANA — Pianist Ksenia Nosikova, a professor of piano at the University of Iowa, will perform a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave.
Ed Rath, a former University of Illinois School of Music professor and administrator, said Nosikkova is a gifted pianist and will offer "unusual programming content."
DANVILLE — The Red Mask Players theater company will have auditions for the spring children's production, "The Ghost of Canterville Hall," at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St.
Auditions are open to children in grades 3-8. Scripts are available for in-house reading at the Danville, Oakwood and Westville public libraries.
CHAMPAIGN — The Krannert Art Museum Council will host its 21st annual "Petals & Paintings" benefit from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive.
CHAMPAIGN — The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Champaign County has two fundraisers coming up: one Saturday and the other next Sunday.
The first is Music For A Cure from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Rose Bowl Tavern, 106 N. Race St., U. Local musicians John Coppess, John McMahon, Anne Clements and Margaret O'Brien will perform.
URBANA — Sinfonia da Camera, the professional chamber orchestra of the University of Illinois, will end its season Tuesday with a concert titled "Rush Hour Romance."
ARTHUR — The Old Timers Country Reunion will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Gunny Sack Event Center, 1061 Yoder Center.
The reunion brings together young and old country music pickers from central Illinois and from throughout the United States.