Gallery talk to focus on C-U music scene

CHAMPAIGN — Several members of the local music scene will participate in a gallery talk about the C-U music scene, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 1103 S. Sixth St., C.

Studio Visit: Preston Jackson

Studio Visit is a Q&A with an artist. Here, a chat with Preston Jackson, of Peoria and Chicago, one of the most renowned artists in Illinois. He's a 1998 Laureate of the Lincoln Academy, the highest honor given to individuals in the state of Illinois — and he's even the recipient of a regional Emmy Award.

Printmaking winner to speak in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — The winner of a national printmaking competition will speak twice this week in Champaign, in connection with the traveling exhibition "Signs of Life: National Printmaking Winners" at the Institute for Creativity.

The exhibition showcases prints by young artists exploring various techniques who competed in the 2013 National Society of Arts and Letters competition.

Melissa Merli: Taft was ahead of his time

'Alma Mater' only a 'small part' of sculptor's career

Krannert Art Museum's Robert LaFrance believes he would have really liked Lorado Taft, whose "Alma Mater" sculpture was welcomed back to the University of Illinois campus this past week after extensive restoration.

Ask 'Mimi' April 13, 2014

Q: Didn't Mickey Rooney, who died last week at age 93, perform here?

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

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

If the weather's nice today take a Sunday drive to the Boneyard Arts Festival "Out & About" venues. The Fisher Community Center's from 1-4 p.m. features art, jewelry and photo displays; free on-site caricature drawings; and a photo booth. Schedule:

Champaign photographer's work next exhibit at Indi Go

CHAMPAIGN — The Indi Go Artist's Co-op's next exhibition, "Eye of a Traveler," will feature photographs by Craig Pessman.

The show will be on view Thursday through April 22, with the opening reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Gallery hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Parkland student exhibition opens this week

CHAMPAIGN — The Parkland College Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition will be on view in the Parkland Art Gallery from Monday through May 3, with the opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Jordan Kay and the Parkland Guitar Ensemble will perform live music during the reception, and awards will be announced at 7 p.m.

Look Back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Look Back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Entertainment listings, April 10-17, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend