Frank's Weekend Faves, Nov. 11, 2018

Here's something for local shutterbugs to focus on — the 2018 State of the Art: Photography Invitational opens Monday at Parkland College's Giertz Gallery in west Champaign.

Curated by modern-day Renaissance man Christopher Schneberger (whom you'll hear more about — and from — here in just a bit), the invitational show will feature images by Christine Carr, Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipl

ACE Student Award winner loves using her art for others

CHAMPAIGN — The ACE award that Natalie Wakefield won might be for her, but the art she makes is for others.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 8-15, 2018


This weekend


What: Featuring the work of Craft League of Champaign-Urbana's artists exhibiting new, original works in basketry, ceramics, fiber, fiber/batik, glass, jewelry, painting/printmaking, photography and woodworking.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Nov. 4, 2018

My favorite local music concert this week? No surprise here. That would be hometown heroes REO Speedwagon's triumphant return to the Virginia Theatre in Champaign on Saturday. These guys really do keep pushin' on!

Yes, I've seen Kevin Cronin, Neal Dougherty, Bruce Hall and friends light up the stage on quite a few previous occasions. That's no less reason to want to see them again.

ACE Artist Award winner: 'I'm just doing what I want to do'

CHAMPAIGN — A few weeks ago, Peggy Shaw was feeling restless. Time to take another one of her impromptu road trips.

It was mainly an excuse to have a moment and think with the winding highway ahead of her, and also capture an interesting sound, find a creepy tree to photograph and shoot video of sand dunes in the wind along the way.

Encouraging others' creativity part of ACE award winner's art

CHAMPAIGN — Squeezed between the Furniture Lounge and NewLife Tattoos downtown is an unassuming glass door that opens to reveal a dark, carpeted staircase, which leads you down a hallway to a door marked "C."

As you enter Kelly Hieronymus' small studio, you're greeted with a flood of light from above and walls covered in sketches, knickknacks and other muses.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 1-8, 2018


This weekend


What: A Klose Knit Fashion Show — Where Knitting Meets Passion. Silent auction and raffle. Presented by Imbibe Urbana.

When: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2.

Where: held in the back hallway of Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana, behind Common Ground Food Co-op, 300 S. Broadway Ave., #166, downtown Urbana.

Getting Personal: Jessy Ruddell

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 41-year-old Urbana resident Jessy Ruddell, the manager and new executive director of the I.D.E.A. Store in Lincoln Square Village in Urbana, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.

Where did you grow up and how did you get here?

Frank's Weekend Faves, Oct. 28, 2018

I've always enjoyed good puppetry, and have even tried my hand(s) at it theatrically a few times in the past. It takes a special mix of skill, creativity and dexterity to make a a puppet come alive. Just ask Pinocchio — puppet theater has a long, storied history dating back to the Old World.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 2018


This weekend


What: Ages 11 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Dress up in your favorite costume and join the Champaign and Urbana Park Districts for trick-or-treating, games, and a costume contest. Take a walk through our spook-tacularly (family-friendly) Haunted House.Bring a bag to collect your goodies.