Healthy cooking event scheduled for Monday

The St. Joseph Township-Swearingen Memorial Library is hosting a program called Healthy Holiday Cooking.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday and will feature Carol Shriver, a registered dietician for Provena. She will discuss healthy menus and healthy substitutes for holiday dishes. The program will feature food samples of her suggestions.

Work sought for exhibition honoring youth's memory

URBANA – Area artists are invited to submit work for an exhibition opening Dec. 12 at the Independent Media Center that will honor the late Kiwane Carrington. The deadline for contributions is Saturday.

"Kiwane's Future" will feature art by new University of Illinois School of Art and Design faculty member Patrick Hammie, who teaches painting, as well as installation pieces, video portraits and other tributes, including comments and responses collected from community youths and advisers.

Rhythm & Raag brings classical arts of India to U.S.

URBANA – Singer Nirmalya Roy's and tabla player Subrata Bhattacharya's lives have them moving around the world.

Recently they performed in Nashville and Austin, and in September, Roy sang at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with sitar great Ravi Shankar, no less.

C-U Storytelling Guild plans benefit at The Iron Post

URBANA – The C-U Storytelling Guild will have a storytelling event at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St., U, to benefit the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

The event, "Feed Your Body and Soul," will feature eight guild storytellers: Patricia Hruby Powell, Linda Dust, Barb Bolser, Camille Born, Lynn Randall, Dan Keding, Kim Sheahan and Kathe Brinkmann.

'Indirect Objects' exhibit set to open at Parkland gallery

CHAMPAIGN – The contemporary photography exhibition "Indirect Objects: Captured Identities" will open Monday at the Parkland Art Gallery, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and a gallery talk at 7 p.m. by Springfield artist Liz Murphy Thomas.

The Valentine All-Stars will perform music during the event, which is free and open to the public. The exhibition will remain on view through Feb. 6.

'Lily Siu & Friends' pottery to be shown at Alley Gallery

DANVILLE – Once you take a pottery class with Lily Siu, you may keep coming back for more.

Although Siu no longer teaches full time in the liberal arts division at Danville Area Community College, she still maintains her pottery classes. Students in the five- or eight-week sessions may be brand new at attempting the art of pottery or may have been taking the class for years.

Supporters: Benefits to research, area go beyond funds

The balance sheet for the University of Illinois Research Park doesn't include spinoff benefits for the community, known as the "multiplier effect" in economic development circles – or "sizzle" by research park proponents.

It refers to the spending power that churns through the local economy as new companies hire employees who shop in local stores, support other businesses, eat at local restaurants, buy houses and pay all sorts of taxes.

Ex-Urbana man looking to turn space project into film

CHAMPAIGN – Jeffrey Morris' figurative journey through the cosmos started when he was an Urbana eighth-grader, watching at home an episode of Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" on public television.

The program focused on life in the universe and offered a thoughtful look at evolution, he remembers.

Entries sought for 2010 Boneyard signature image

CHAMPAIGN – The 40 North 88 West Champaign County Arts, Culture and Entertainment Council invites Champaign County artists to submit work to be considered for use as the 2010 Boneyard Arts Festival signature image.

All works submitted will be juried by a panel of local arts professionals. The dedline for submitting work is 5 p.m Dec. 7. The winning work will be announced no later than January 15.

C-U native among 250 artists to meet pope

More than 250 artists including Champaign native John David Mooney will meet on Saturday with Pope Benedict XVI in the famed Sistine Chapel in the Vatican in Rome.

The gathering under Michelangelo's frescoes will bring together artists from all genres to renew friendship and dialogue between the church and artists, and to encourage new opportunities for collaboration, according to the Vatican.