Champaign Park District wins 3rd place arts award

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Park District recently received a third-place Arts in the Parks award from the Illinois Association of Park Districts.

In its nomination form, the district cited its long-standing commitment to the arts, saying it has an entire division dedicated to cultural-arts programming, with programs and events that reach thousands of people each year.

Local arts, culture luminaries honored at ACE awards

CHAMPAIGN – In a ceremony that Mike Ross said is "just like the Oscars – micro-urban style," seven Champaign County residents picked up ACE (arts, culture and entertainment) awards on Thursday evening at the Highdive in Champaign.

Artist's landscape on sale to benefit Danville schools

DANVILLE – The latest print in local artist Amy Chrisman's series of Vermilion County landmarks is now available through a fundraiser by the Danville Public School Foundation.

The giclee print features Danville High School, the school district's flagship school.

Artist who oversaw work not in favor of restoration

CHAMPAIGN – Angela Rivers couldn't imagine a huge mural being created today in north Champaign-Urbana like the one she helped create there in 1978. And she discourages folks who would like to see its restoration.

"It's dying very gracefully, like Leonardo da Vinci's 'Last Supper,'" Rivers said.

New exhibition at Krannert examines 'Control' issues

CHAMPAIGN – Artist's assistant Juliana Kase of Sao Paulo, Brazil, stood on a scaffold earlier this week inside a Krannert Art Museum gallery, using a black marker and a template to carefully draw on a white wall a stark representation of a chain-link fence.

Nearby, awaiting arrangement according to another artist's specifications, were numerous Tensabarriers, those crowd-control tools that we all have to pass through at airports, theaters, banks and other public venues.

Prairie Ensemble to be 'Deconstructed' at next show

CHAMPAIGN – The Prairie Ensemble will take the orchestra apart on Saturday in a concert titled, "The Deconstructed Orchestra."

The program will consist of works for small groups of instruments by composers ranging from Amadeus Wolfgang Mozart to Astor Piazzolla and will feature pianist Debra Sutter, trumpeter Nick DelVillano and bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro.

2009 ACE Awards to be handed out Thursday

CHAMPAIGN – The 40 North 88 West Champaign County Arts, Culture and Entertainment Council will hand out its 2009 ACE Awards at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Highdive, 51 E. Main St., C.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and available at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Cinema Gallery, Heartland Gallery, Wind, Water and Light Gallery, online at and at the door. Discounts are available for group purchases; call 351-9841 for information.

Spurlock Museum Guild sets auction for Oct. 30

URBANA – The Spurlock Museum Guild will have its annual fundraising auction on Oct. 30 at the I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C.

With the theme "Platinum Guilded Auction" to observe the 20th anniversary of the founding of the guild, the event will include live and silent auctions and a buffet dinner.

'Rhinoceros' director puts out call to artists in area

URBANA – The director of the upcoming production of "Rhinoceros" by Eugene Ionesco at the Station Theatre has put out a call for artists to draw rhinoceros heads for the production.

Director Eric Burton said the play has a scene in which the stage is overrun by rhinoceroses; he would like to use rhino drawings by local artists for that scene.

Daily Bread benefit scheduled for Oct. 25 in Urbana

CHAMPAIGN – Singer Caitlin Caruso Dobbs will sing songs popularized by entertainers such as Judy Garland, Al Jolson, Sophie Tucker, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline and others at a benefit Oct. 25 for the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen.

Dobbs will be accompanied by Rick Murphy on piano and Annie Rong on violin. There also will be other performers, and dessert will be served. The musical program, "Let Us Entertain You," was produced by Dan Perrino.