Arts and Entertainment
While this column ranges far and wide, this response to a recent column took me by surprise:
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Rockford International Airport officials say they're postponing AirFest 2013 after the Blue Angels pulled out of the show.
BELLFLOWER — The Illinois Country Music Association will present the Rick Roy Memorial Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Bellflower Community Building.
URBANA — The public is invited to "Landscapes: Performing Space & Culture: A Graduate Conference," taking place Friday and Saturday at the University of Illinois.
The conference was organized by graduate students in the UI's theater history and criticism program and the Theatre Student Organization.
MONTICELLO — The Monticello Theatre Association will have open auditions for the comedy "The Hallelujah Girls" at 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Phoenix Theatre, 1406 N. Market St.
CHARLESTON — A reception to celebrate the 2013 Graduate Art Exhibition at Eastern Illinois University will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Tarble Arts Center on the EIU campus.
The 2013 Graduate Art Exhibition, featuring work by candidates in the master's of arts program, is on view from Saturday through April 28.
URBANA — A group of supporters of the Mo' Betta Music Program will host a fundraiser for the program from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Urbana Civic Center, 108 E Water St.
The Mo' Betta Band, which concentrates on jazz and R&B, will perform at the event, and food will be served. Also, Barrington Coleman, a professor of voice at the University of Illinois, will be a special guest.
CHAMPAIGN — The fourth annual DoCha Festival featuring world-class musicians as well as gifted students will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 346 N. Neil St.
DoCha events are free, and most are open to the public.
URBANA — Bruiser and the Virtues will perform at an EP release party from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St.
The band members will be Bruce "Bruiser" Rummenie on guitar and vocals; Jeff Magby, drums; Ed Schaller, acoustic bass; Peter Roubal, tenor sax; and Neal Robinson, keyboards. The cover will be minimal, something like $3, Rummenie said.