Major music, art fest coming to Kennekuk

4-day September event to feature dozens of acts

Organizers said a major music and art festival that's coming to the area in September is expected to bring more than 40 well-known musicians and 15,000 to 30,000 fans to the area.

The first Phases of the Moon festival is set for Sept. 11-14 at Kennekuk County Park, 5 miles west of Danville.

Four-day music festival set in Vermilion County

DANVILLE — A major music and art festival is coming to the area in September.

The first Phases Of The Moon Music + Art Festival is set to take place Sept. 11-14 at the 3,000-acre Kennekuk County Park just west of Danville.

Sketch workshop planned for Feb. 15 in Urbana

URBANA — The Champaign-Urbana Design Organization and the User Experience Book Club of C-U will begin hosting on Feb. 15 a Sketch Club.

The Saturday afternoon workshop will introduce anyone to simple sketching techniques to explore and communicate ideas.

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

The Nashville trio Woody Pines delivered a lively "rag & roll" sold-out show last week at Sleepy Creek Vineyard in Fairmount. Shawn Supra's syncopated slap bass had people dancing. And he, frontman Woody Pines on guitar, harmonica and floor tom and Brad Tucker on lead guitar and kazoo had the audience standing at the end.

Melissa Merli: Can't wait to see great actors in 'Lost Lake'

I can't wait to see "Lost Lake," the in-development David Auburn play that opens next week in the Studio Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts as part of the first Sullivan Project.

My anticipation is based on several reasons.

No. 1: Auburn. He won a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize for drama for "Proof."

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

LOOK AHEAD: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come ...

Something steely

Studio Visit: Sarah Keenan-Jones

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Melissa Merli chats with artist Sarah Keenan-Jones, 33, Champaign

Q: What will you be showing at the Anita Purves Nature Center next month?

A: My exhibit is called "Winging It," and it's an exhibit of two bodies of work.

Panel picks signature piece for Boneyard fest

CHAMPAIGN — Artist Laura Wennstrom's "Reticulation," a piece made from felt, thread, nylon string and light, will be the signature image of the 2014 Boneyard Arts Festival.

A panel of local arts professionals selected her image after evaluating more than 95 submissions.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 23-30, 2014

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

Special events

This weekend

Exhibit opens Friday at Indi Go Artist Co-op

CHAMPAIGN — The exhibition "Forest to Table" opening Friday at the Indi Go Artist Co-op, 9 E. University Ave., C, will feature furniture and silver-print photographs.

The furniture, from lumber produced on the photographer's land in northwestern Illinois, is made by Daniel Schneider, a professor in the University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts.