Donations taken for Vintage Vinyl sale starting March 30

Beginning March 30, the Vintage Vinyl used-record sale will accept donations of LPs, CDs or DVDs; video games and players; stereo equipment; speakers; and CD and DVD players.

Donations may be taken through May 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the former Dr. John's School of Cosmetology in Urbana's Lincoln Square Village, and during business hours through April 30 to Busey Bank locations in Champaign, Urbana and Savoy.

Studio Visit: Mark Rubel of Champaign

Q: I didn't know that you are head of recording at Eastern Illinois University. Is that your title there?
Audio director and head of recording for the School of Music.

Q: How long have you been there?
A year and a half, in our beautiful new building.

UI prof chose lesser-known expressionist paintings for stamps

CHAMPAIGN – Asked to select 10 abstract expressionist paintings to be depicted on U.S. postage stamps, University of Illinois art history Professor Jonathan Fineberg tried to pick ones that were famous, characteristic of the genre, and not in the collections of predictable museums like the Metropolitan in New York.

He chose works that belong to perhaps lesser-known institutions, among them the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., where he is a trustee, and Krannert Art Museum on the UI campus, where he is the Gutgsell Professor of Art History.

Studio Visit: Miriam Martincic, 35, of Champaign

Q: How long have you been at Parkland College?
I'm not at Parkland anymore. I finished teaching my last class in December. I had taught for nine years and been at Parkland for five. I now work part time at Wolfram Research doing graphic design. I do freelance graphic design as well.

Q: I love your drawings (on view through April 3 at Cinema Gallery, Urbana). What media do you use?
These are mostly pen drawings. I use fine-nibbed Rapidograph pens and I also use gouache. I love gouache. The color is just flat.

Couple endows art competition as memorial to slain teen son

URBANA – As an artist, Eric Steffensen had a bright future ahead of him. He won awards for his art, was working for University of Illinois art professor and sculptor Rob Fisher, and was preparing his portfolio to apply for college as an art major.

Then in early 1970, after Eric had graduated a semester early from Urbana High School, the car he was riding in was broad-sided by a drunken driver, a UI sophomore, at the corner of Race and Michigan in Urbana. Eric ended up in the intensive care unit. He died several days later.

Erlanger home now a comfortable place for visiting artists

URBANA – The last decade of Margaret Erlanger's life must have been serene, particularly when she spent time in her home at 303 W. Indiana across from Carle Park in Urbana.

Designed by architect Jack S. Baker, now an emeritus professor at the University of Illinois, the 1960s modernist yet warm home, with nods to Scandinavian design, features:

– Walls of exposed Chicago common brick, a buff brick of multiple hues.

– A front courtyard, built of the same brick, that provides both privacy and openness.

Danville Art League closes on its new home

DANVILLE The Danville Art League has a new home after closing on the purchase of the former Red Cross building in downtown Danville.

Roberta Williams, a member of the art league, said the group closed Thursday on the building that will become the league's new home later this year. The Red Cross moved out of the building more than a year ago in a consolidation of its services.

Erlanger House

The house was designed by Jack Baker for Margaret Erlanger, then head of dance at the University of Illinois. The house in Urbana near Carle Park is now owned by the university and used for visiting artists and receptions. 



Central graduate's film on HIV/AIDS 'puts a face on the disease'

CHAMPAIGN – Kimberly Conner knows for a fact that HIV and AIDS are not just a problem for drug users, homosexuals or bisexuals.

She had a cousin who died of AIDS-related complications after having been infected by her husband, who contracted HIV in a heterosexual affair.

Conner's cousin died four years later, and her husband passed a few years after that. Their son, who was not infected, was orphaned at 12.

Former Champaign resident takes center stage at Second City

Former Champaign resident takes stage as part of e.t.c. ensemble

When Mary Sohn walks in to work at The Second City in Chicago, she thinks of those who came before her.

"Every day, I walk through those doors and I think, 'Man, this is where Bill Murray used to sit,'" she said.

She works at the same place where comedy greats like Chris Farley, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Amy Sedaris and countless others once performed.