WASHINGTON — Dozens of emails and comments left at the Smithsonian Institution show the public appears to be sharply divided over an exhibition featuring Bill Cosby's art collection, which the museum has stood behind since the comedian admitted obtaining drugs to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex.
April Verch show
CHAMPAIGN — Fiddler, singer and step-dancer April Verch and her band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Upper Bout, 723 N. Neil St., C, as an event of the Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival.
Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Elis Artz, 42, of Champaign, the program coordinator for the University of Illinois' Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Artz is also a singer for Desafinado and Pagu, and an artist.
How were you able to bring Brazilian icon Gilberto Gil to the UI?
Did you go to Krannert Center Wednesday for the SITI Company/Anne Bogart panel discussion about "Steel Hammer"?
The Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana (BACH) will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. next Sunday to celebrate the 1996 founding of the group and the beginning of its 20th season.
Do any of the most recent Emmy nominees have ties to the UI or C-U?
Not that I could determine. I checked with Henson Keys, the recently retired head of the UI theater department's acting program, and he didn't see any local connections either. "I really can't understand why Nick Offerman doesn't get nominated!," Keys commented.
MATTOON — Rising country star Frankie Ballard, currently opening for Florida Georgia Line on its "Anything Goes" tour, will perform Saturday at Bagelfest in Mattoon.
The show starts at 7 p.m. at Peterson Park, 500 Broadway Ave. Ballard appeared earlier this summer at the Ford County Fair in Melvin.