New photo exhibit documents golden era in C-U music history

In the 1980s, when the Walkman and MTV were innovations and digital downloads were science fiction, there was real, live rock music to be heard and danced to almost any night of the week in Champaign-Urbana.

A now-defunct Campustown bar, Mabel's, had bands on stage five or six days a week, and places like Panama Red's, the Alley Cat, Chico's and others had multiple offerings.

Photography exhibit starts Friday at Indi Go

CHAMPAIGN — The Indi Go Artist Co-op at 9 E. University Ave., C, will present starting Friday the exhibition "Lensless: Photography of Katherine Clayton."

According to a news release from the gallery, Clayton, who lives in East Central Illinois, is a lover of grit and grain and everything imperfect and is a shoot-from-the-hip photographer.

Juried art fair this weekend

URBANA — The 31st annual Craft League of Champaign-Urbana Juried Art Fair is set for Saturday and Sunday at the Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St.

The event will feature the work of 33 artists exhibiting new, original works in ceramics, jewelry, fiber, batik, photography, glass, woodworking, drawing, painting, printmaking, basketry, bookbinding, leather and mixed media.

'Hatch' festival deadline is Friday

CHAMPAIGN — The deadline for artists to submit entries to "Hatch," the I.D.E.A. Store's second annual creative-reuse art festival — is Friday.

The Hatch exhibition and art fair are among the featured events that will take place during the two-week "Hatch" festival from Feb. 28 to March 15.

Exhibit on view through Nov. 29

CHAMAPAIGN — "Living Reflections," an exhibition of photographs and art by Jessica Lewis Watson and Jamie Kotewa, is on view through Nov. 29 at the Springer Cultural Center, 301 N. Randolph St.

The artists' reception will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The event is free and open to the public.

Figure One to host conversations

CHAMPAIGN — Figure One, the downtown Champaign exhibition/project space of the University of Illinois School of Art + Design, will have a two-part conversation series starting this week.

Melissa Merli: Today's art students are branching out

Up to five or so years ago, 80 percent of the incoming freshman art majors at the University of Illinois wanted to be graphic designers.

Now, 80 percent of freshman in the School of Art + Design want to be industrial design majors. Once, industrial design was a little-known field, let alone major.

That was before John Ives invented the iPhone.

UI senior's work on display at Asian American Center

URBANA — The Asian American Cultural Center is showing work by Jessica Lee Rojas in the solo exhibition "Child of the World."

It features paintings and photography by Rojas, a University of Illinois senior majoring in painting. As an artist, she explores "ideas of the other, the weird, the foreign and the outsider."

Her father came from Puerto Rico, and her mom is from Taiwan.

Gates to speak at Krannert Art Museum

CHAMPAIGN — Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates will speak at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Room 62 of the Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive.

Gates, who has an international reputation, is a multimedia artist, designer and musician. Art in America magazine also described him in a 2011 profile as an urban planner and developer, community organizer and cultural entrepreneur.