Does 40 North have an art gallery now?
Yes, sort of. After Verizon Wireless left the Champaign Telephone Company building on South Neil Street, company owner/arts supporter Mike Hosier went to 40 North 88 West, the Champaign County Arts Council, saying he would like to see art in his space.
Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Lori Fuller, 44, of Champaign, who also is a supervisor in the University of Illinois Office of Admissions and Records, recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.
ROAR — Rock Out Against Rape — will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at the Palmer Arena in Danville with the Brat Pack, featuring Mike Ingram and New Souls.
Mahomet-Seymour Junior High students enrolled in Nicole Kelly and Tom Murdoch's enrichment art course have spent the past several months learning about how their doodles could one day translate into jobs.
And as a reward, their work now hangs in a professional art gallery.
A cappella galore
The 10th anniversary of the All Out A Cappella shows will take place Saturday at Unity High School in Tolono, featuring mainly collegiate groups.
Are you aware of the emerging opera singer Matthew Newlin from Georgetown?
Not until my old buddy, John Lopinski, told me about him. Newlin, who graduated in 2004 as valedictorian and "band geek" from Georgetown-Ridge Farm High, is a tenor at Deutsche Oper Berlin and is having "a great time in Berlin and beyond." You can tell from his Facebook feed.
Jon Bryan is a regular customer at the PACA salvage warehouse. He loves old wood and old hardware, mostly doorknobs.
He has a small company called Hobnobs, with a subtitle that identifies his pastime, "working wall art."
The Champaign-Urbana Junior Woman's Club will present its 62nd annual Tom Thumb Theatre production, "Tale of Beauty and the Beast," at 7 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Centennial High School's Aldridge Auditorium, 913 S. Crescent Drive.