'Father of the Bride' auditions scheduled
CHAMPAIGN – The Parkland Theatre will have auditions from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday for the classic American comedy, "Father of the Bride," by Caroline Francke.
Director Randi Collins Hard will cast 20 actors, including male character ages 15-70 and female character ages 18-60. All members of the community and Parkland and university students with or without prior acting experience are welcome to audition.
The auditions will consist of readings from the script. Some of the readings are online at www.parkland.edu/theatre.
The rehearsals will begin shortly after casting. "Father of the Bride" performances will be March 3-14. For information, call Hard at 351-2529.
Artist plans free talk at Champaign library
CHAMPAIGN – Artist Rosalyn "Roz" Schwartz will talk about contemporary painting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Champaign Public Library.
The free talk will be preceded by coffees and rolls, starting at 9:30 a.m.
Schwartz will show images of a large selection of paintings from a variety of artists, mostly ones "off the typical art-magazine radar map," she said. She also said her talk will not be an "Art History 101" lecture.
Schwartz is a retired University of Illinois professor of painting who is now concentrating on her studio work.
Free youth orchestra concert set for Jan. 18
URBANA – The East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in Smith Recital Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U.
The program will include Mikhail Glinka's overture for "Ruslan and Ludmila"; Henry Hadley's "The Enchanted Castle"; Handel's Concerto Gross in G., Op. 6, No. 1; and Aram Khachaturian's suite from "Masquerade."
The brass section will be showcased in the performance of Franz Schubert's "Eine Kleine Trauermusik" ("A Little Funeral Music") and in Giovanni Gabrieli's "Sonata pian'e forte."
Winter auditions for the orchestra will be on Saturday. Musicians interested in auditioning may call 356-9812. The East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra is a program of the Conservatory of Central Illinois, a nonprofit community music school in Champaign.
Reception for Chris Berti exhibition set
BLOOMINGTON – The artist's reception for the exhibition, "Strange Birds and Other Fauna: Chris Berti," will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the McLean County Arts Center's Armstrong Gallery.
The show, which opened Dec. 18 and will be on view through Feb. 6, will feature new ceramics sculptures and new works carved from found stone, ceramic drainage tiles, antique bricks and wood. The to-scale works depict everyday objects and animals.
Berti, who lives in Urbana, is an associate professor of art at Parkland College. "Strange Birds and Other Fauna: Chris Berti" is sponsored by Anne and Steve Matter.
The McLean County Arts Center is at 601 N. East St., Bloomington, and is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 309-829-0011 or visit online www.mcac.org.