Studio Visit: Geoffrey Williams

Geoffrey Williams, 40, of Urbana is the choirmaster at Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church in Champaign and a University of Illinois Ph.D. candidate in choral music.

Did you come here to study with Andrew Megill?

I did. I studied with him in my undergraduate years at Westminster Choir College in New Jersey 20 years ago.

Ask 'Mimi,' Jan. 15, 2017

Is the Urbana public arts coordinator position open again?

It will be after Jan. 20, current coordinator Pauline Tannos' last day on the job. She became an Urbana public arts intern in November 2014 and was named to the coordinator position three months later.

She knows the steps to success

URBANA — Endalyn Taylor remembers how many of her neighbors, when she was growing up, couldn't figure out why she was so interested in classical ballet.

They thought she, a girl from a lower-middle class family on Chicago's South Side, was trying to assimilate into an elitist world.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Ballet performances

Entertainment listings, Jan. 12-19, 2017


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Improvisatory performances

Improvisatory musicians Allen Shu-cheng Wu, Barry R. Morse and Jason Finkelman will perform live, experimental, electro-acoustic music in two area venues this month.

Studio Visit: Lydia Puddicombe

Lydia Puddicombe, 34, of Urbana is a full-time artist.

You describe yourself as a storyteller. Do you mean through your art?

Yes, I view my art pieces as a storybook, and you're getting one page of the overall story.

Do you work on wood?

Ask 'Mimi,' Jan. 8, 2017

Do you know anything about Tongues Unknown, the band playing at the Canopy Club next Sunday?

Yes, it's a project of 2009 UI alum Connor Grant, who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and played lead guitar with Sean Lennon's band, The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, now on hiatus.