(Dis)playing it cool: WPA exhibit headlines Krannert Art Museum season

CHAMPAIGN — There is no relief program for artists as well-known as the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project — during the Great Depression, it put some 10,000 artists and craftsmen to work.

They created thousands of paintings, lithographs, sculptures and other pieces that often depicted, in American Regionalism style, Americans at work, along with their hopes and dreams.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 26-Feb. 2, 2017


This weekend


What: For the 44th consecutive year, Champaign-Urbana's annual Gaming Convention will be from noon Jan. 27 to 6 p.m. Jan. 29. Play your favorite board, miniature, card or role-playing game.

When: Starting at noon Jan. 27, 9 a.m. Jan. 28 and 29.

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Silent films with live music

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CUSO's British Bounty concert

The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra's British Bounty concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana will feature some of the most popular classical works from the British Isles.

Studio Visit: Bob Schifo

Bob Schifo, 66, of Catlin is a musician and photographer with a studio in Catlin.

How often do you perform at the VA in Danville?

Entertainment listings, Jan. 19-26, 2017


This weekend


What: Keynote speaker with be Eric McDuffie of the African American Studies Department. The program will include a presentation by Wrapsody and a performance by the Banks, Bridgewater and Lewis Drum Corps.

When: 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 21.

Dark comedy 'Hand to God' debuts Thursday at Station Theatre

URBANA — Actor Evan Seggebruch has transformed himself since he played Bat Boy in July at the Station Theatre.

Most notably, he's no longer bald — he's grown out his hair since summer.

He's also minus fangs as he takes on one of the lead roles, of Jason, in "Hand to God," a dark comedy opening Thursday night at the Station Theatre.

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Ballet performances

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Young musicians will perform

The East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra, directed by Kevin Kelly, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Smith Recital Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., U, at the University of Illinois.

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.