CHAMPAIGN — "Art Heist: Family Edition," a forensics event for kids and adults, is set for 1 p.m Feb. 15 at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 346 N. Neil St.
Participants will test their private investigator skills to crack a notorious art heist case and recover stolen paintings.
CHAMPAIGN — An art show and performances to benefit WEFT 90.1 FM radio will take place from Thursday through next Monday at the Indi Go Artist Co-op, 9 E. University Ave., C.
DANVILLE — The Danville Art League will host the Sharon Schmitz Regional Open Art Competition, which runs with the Town and Country Amateur Art Show.
The shows will be March 4-28 at the Art League building, 320 Franklin St.
Deadline for entering the nonjuried show is Friday. Entry forms are available at danvilleartleague.com.
One of the most colorful characters to live in Champaign-Urbana was James Wilson Jr., better known as Chef Ra.
Ra, who had been a standout athlete and class president at Urbana High School, discovered reggae, Rastafarianism and marijuana while he was a student at the University of Illinois.
He became Rasta James and later Chef Ra and often just Ra.
CHAMPAIGN — A solo exhibition of figurative ceramic works by a Southeast Missouri State University professor opens Monday at the Parkland Art Gallery.
"Outlandish Adventures: Works by Benjie Heu" will remain on display through April 1, with the opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Heu will give a gallery talk at 7 that night, and the Parkland Guitar Ensemble will perform.
URBANA — The Illini Union Art Gallery will host at 5 p.m. Friday the opening reception for "The World Through My Eyes by Windy Zhao."
The exhibition features travel photography by Zhao as well as text narration.