Wood sculptor's work to be on exhibit

URBANA — Wood sculptor Rick Larimore of Urbana will host an exhibition of his work through Tuesday at the Urbana Civic Center, 108 Water St.

The opening reception will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today and feature live music by Celia and the Johnny Bolts. Piato will cater the event.

Donor incentives boosted for Ebert sculpture

Drive is already 20 percent along toward $122,500 goal

CHAMPAIGN — People who give more toward the creation and installation of a lifesize bronze sculpture of Roger Ebert in downtown Champaign will get a little more in return.

The organizers of the fundraising campaign have increased the incentives for donations of $1,000 or more:

Krannert Art Museum gets grant to expand program

CHAMPAIGN — Krannert Art Museum's WAM — Week at the Museum — for elementary school children is here to stay, says museum director Kathleen Harleman,

The museum this week received a boost to expand KAM-WAM, as it's called, in the form of a $20,000 grant from the Lumpkin Family Foundation, a private foundation created in 1953 from the estate of Besse A. Lumpkin of Mattoon.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 5-12, 2013

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Winter exhibition tells story of downtown building

CHAMPAIGN — Figure One, the University of Illinois School of Art + Design downtown Champaign project space, will open its winter exhibition, "Upside Down, Left to Right," with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Fundraiser Thursday for Parkland Art Gallery

CHAMPAIGN — Ticket buyers will be able to select a handcrafted ceramic cup and enjoy live music and baked treats during "Coffee and Tea, Cups and Dessert," Parkland Art Gallery's biennial fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the gallery lounge.

Art Beat: There's a lot to be thankful for in C-U

It's the day before Thanksgiving as I write this. So the obligatory list of things for which I am grateful might be in order.

No. 1: Both of my parents, Don and Eleanor, are alive and living at my childhood home. I can go home again, and I often do.

14th PechaKucha Night C-U set for Friday

CHAMPAIGN — The 14th PechaKucha Night C-U will take place Friday evening at the Highdive, 51 Main St., C. It will feature presentations from eight creative folks, among them filmmaker/artist Nina Paley ("Sita Sings the Blues") as well as music from DJ Mertz.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 28 to Dec. 4, 2013

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A Life Remembered: Artist-citizen architect had 'spirit of an angel'

CHAMPAIGN — The arts community is mourning the death of Jack S. Baker, a University of Illinois emeritus professor of architecture and architect whose buildings stand as a testimony to a minimalist and poetic aesthetic.