Urbana, IMC receive $50,000, only downstate NEA grant

URBANA — The city of Urbana and the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center have received a $50,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant for an arts-based program that will involve youths.

The only other Illinois entity to receive an "Our Town" grant was the Art Institute of Chicago.

Area update: Library board OKs scuplture

MONTICELLO — When the Allerton Public Library opens its new building this summer, it will have a new horse-themed sculpture as well.

The library board approved the purchase of "Homeward Bound," an 8-foot-high steel piece of modern art created by 2009 Monticello High School graduate Kirbi Eckerty.

Entertainment listings, May 12-19, 2016

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Theater scene

The final performances of "The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord" at the Station Theatre have been postponed.

There will be no shows this week or weekend; the play will resume at 8 p.m. next Wednesday through May 21.

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Music scene

Chorale recognizing scholarship winners

The Chorale will perform its 24th annual Young Artist Scholarship Concert on Saturday evening, presenting some of the Chorale members' favorite songs as well as recognizing the two winners of the Young Artist Scholarship.

Ask 'Mimi,' May 8, 2016

What are you most excited about in Krannert Center's next season?

As a baby boomer, probably Art of the Time Ensemble's re-creation of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album, a talisman of my youth. Four indie artists will provide the vocals for it on Oct. 15.

Dan Corkery: Exhibit of an Illinois coach as an artist

Sports fans — sometimes aided by sports writers — indulge in hyperbole.

A masterpiece of pitching.

Michelangelo could not have drawn a more beautiful play.

That wasn't a game; that was art.

Legendary Illinois football coach Bob Zuppke was an artist too. Really.

"Art and football are very much alike," he said.

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Interesting high school project

Studio Visit: Liza Wynette

Liza Wynette, 37, of Champaign is an illustrator and instructor at Parkland College. She will speak on "The State of Contemporary Illustration" at a reception following the awards ceremony for the Graphic Design Student Juried Exhibition, which starts at 6:30 p.m.

Entertainment listings, May 5-12, 2016

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