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Creole Carnival Tour at Krannert

GlobalFEST's Creole Carnival Tour will make a stop Wednesday evening at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana. The musicians honor African musical currents, along with sounds from the Americas and the Caribbean, including Brazil, Haiti and Jamaica, exploring how magic and religious fervor intersect during carnival time. They are:

— Emeline Michel, a singer-songwriter known as the queen of Haitian song.

— Casuarina, one of the most respected samba bands of Brazil.

— Jamaican veteran musician Brushy One String, who is said to evoke soul singers like Percy Sledge and Louis Armstrong, Delta bluesmen and dance hall verve. He has a husky voice and performs on a one-string guitar.

The Creole Carnival Tour will travel to more than 30 cities. Tickets for the Krannert concert are $29 for adults; $24, senior citizens; $15, non-University of Illinois students; and $10, UI students and youths high school age and younger. Call 333-6280.

Illini Union performance

Performers Elena Buttiero and Ferdinando Molteni will present "Genoa and the Mediterranean" at 5 p.m. Thursday in Illini Room B of the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U.

The performance will combine a theatrical piece with songs by Fabrizio De Andre and Luigi Tenco, who were among the most famous singer-songwriters of Italy in the 1970s. "Genoa and the Mediterranean," the theme of the recital, is a nod to their friendship.

Buttiero, who was classically trained at the Conservatorio of Turin, has performed in Europe, North and South America and Asia. She is invested in the philological recovery of popular musical traditions, from mandolins in baroque music to Celtic harps.

Molteni is an Italian writer, journalist and musician who has published 30 volumes on the history of the Italian folk tradition and has given lectures and performances in Europe and the United States.

De Andre, born in 1940, was known for his sympathies toward anarchism, left-libertarianism and pacifism. His songs often featured marginalized and rebellious people, and he often attacked the Catholic church. He died of lung cancer in 1999, after having released 13 studio albums and 25 singles.

Tenco, born in 1938, was a brilliant, controversial singer-songwriter who committed suicide at age 28 in 1967 after a song he entered in the Italian Song Festival was eliminated from the final competition. Whether his death was a suicide was widely debated; in 2006, Italian police exhumed his body for further investigation. New evidence suggested the bullet wound in his skull was consistent with suicide.

Their performance at the Illini Union is sponsored by the UI Department of French and Italian and is free and open to the public.

Church hosting Nashville musician

Nashville singer-songwriter David Olney (above) will return to perform at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2200 Philo Road, U, next Sunday, Palm Sunday.

He will perform his album, "The Stone," which reflects on the events of Holy Week. He will be featured at the 10:45 a.m. worship service, which is open to everyone. He also will give a free public concert featuring "The Stone" and other songs at 3 p.m. the same day at St. Matthew.

The matinee is a potluck, so bring food to share. There also will be a free-will offering for Sola Gratia Farm, the church's community-supported agriculture program.

Olney has released more than 20 albums over four decades, including six live recordings. His music has been featured in the ABC-TV series "Nashville," and his songs have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, Tim O'Brien and Steve Young, among many others.

Acoustic Guitar magazine calls "The Stone" gripping and thought-provoking and said it proves Olney to be a "stone-cold storyteller with a philosophical bent."

Music from around the world

Parkland College's 19th annual Cultures Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in the Student Union will celebrate music from around the world. The event is free and open to the public.

The fair will feature belly dancing, a traditional Chinese silk and bamboo musical performance, a Congolese rhumba group, traditional Indonesian dance and music and Capoeira Angola, a martial arts and ritual combat dance showcase.

Other interactive cultural activities will be held in U-140. Donations will be collected for

Cultures Fair 2016 is sponsored by the Center for Global Studies, through the support of the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI NRC program, as well as the Centers for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; African Studies; and East Asian and Pacific Studies at the UI.

Lake Land Community Choir

The Lake Land College Community Choir will present its annual spring concert at 3 p.m. next Sunday in the Lake Land College Theater.

The program will open with "How Can I Keep from Singing" by Robert Lowry/Rollo Dilworth, followed by Greg Gilpin's "And the Night Shall Be Filled with Music," bringing Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poetry to life. The choir will also perform additional songs from Gilpin's concert selections.

The choir will sing traditional Irish songs, among them "The Rocky Road to Dublin" and "The Wearing of the Green." Another set will feature popular hit songs from "With a Song in My Heart: The Music of Richard Rodgers," "This Can't Be Love," "I Wish I Were in Love Again" and "Bewitched."

The concert will end with '70s ballads such as "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" and "Joy to the World (Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog.)" A reception will follow in Laker Point.

Nancy Caldwell, music instructor, directs the Community Choir of mixed voices including students from the college as well as members of surrounding communities including Arthur, Arcola, Effingham, Charleston, Mattoon, Neoga and Sigel. Ann Roedl of Effingham accompanies the choir. The Community Choir was formed in January 1998 and performs two concerts annually.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Danville native will perform

Ben Lohrberg will present "Pure Imagination: A Concert" at 2 p.m. (CDT) next Sunday at the Beef House in Covington, Ind.

Lohrberg, a Danville native, is an actor and singer studying at the University of Minnesota in its bachelor's of fine arts degree Actor Training Program. He appeared as Baylor in its fall production of "A Lie of the Mind." His professional credits include Marius in "Les Miserables" at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre and Ferdinand in "The Tempest" at the Interlochen Shakespeare Festival.

A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy High School, he acted in roles there as well, including as Hunter in [title of show], which traveled to New York City. He assistant directed Interlochen's production of "Sonnets for an Old Century" at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland.

At Interlochen, he received a Young Artist Award and the Dustin Tucker Achievement Award. In 2013, he was named a national YoungArts Finalist in spoken and musical theater, receiving the Silver-Award Scholarship.

He plans a semester abroad to study at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.

Concert reservations are $20 per person and include dessert, beverage and the show. Reservations may be made through Lori Lohrberg at 474-5111; David Woodrow, 799-0001; or via

He will be accompanied on piano by Jennifer Woodrow, director of choral music at North Ridge Middle School.

Literary scene

Prestigious author visiting Millikin

Best-selling author Robert D. Putnam, the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and once called "the most influential academic in the world" by The Sunday Times of London, will present the 2016 T.W. Samuels Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center at Millikin University, Decatur.

The event is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

The topic of Putnam's presentation is "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis." His latest book, with the same title, published last year, is about the growing class gap among American young people.

Putnam also will participate in the "Conversation on Childhood Poverty" at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Millikin's Albert Taylor Theatre, on the second floor of Shilling Hall. Other participants will be community leaders from human service agencies, health care, Decatur public schools, businesses and Grow Decatur.

They will explore why childhood poverty matters and its impact on schools, employers, neighborhoods and the long-term future of Decatur. The conversation is free and open to the public.

Putnam is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the British Academy and is past president of the American Political Science Association. He has received numerous scholarly honors, including the Skytte Prize, the most prestigious global award in political science, and the National Humanities Medal, the nation's highest honor for contributions to the humanities.

He's written 14 books, translated into more than 20 languages, including "Bowling Alone" and "Making Democracy Work," both among the most-cited publications in the social sciences in the last half century. His 2010 book, "American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us," co-authored with David E. Campbell, won the American Political Science Association's 2011 Woodrow Wilson award as the best book in political science.

Putnam has been a consultant to the last three U.S. presidents, the last three British prime ministers, the last French president, prime ministers from Ireland to Singapore, and hundreds of grass-roots leaders and activists in many countries.

Arts scene

Scarf workshop

The Danville Art League will offer a Make a Scarf Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the league building, 320 N. Franklin St.

Instructor Carol Garver will teach participants how to make a unique scarf in time to add color to their Easter outfit. The workshop fee is $30 and includes supplies and a 100 percent silk scarf.

For more information, call 442-9264 or visit

Movie scene

Documentary on education

No Job Left Behind, an initiative of the Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development, will host a public screening at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday of the award-winning documentary "Most Likely to Succeed" at the Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan.

"Most Likely to Succeed" premiered in January 2015 at the Sundance Film Festival and has gone on to screenings at numerous film festivals such as Tribeca, Cleveland, Dallas and Sarasota. It's also opened many top education conferences. The documentary explores the U.S. education system and asks whether it's time for change.

No Job Left Behind has led conversations among businesses and educators for two years; one of the results has been the hiring of high school students at area businesses. The student workers gain invaluable experience as they are mentored by professionals, who see the students improve and build their skills and confidence.

The doors will open at 6 p.m. The film runs for 89 minutes and will be followed by a panel discussion. Tickets are free but must be reserved via at the "buy tickets" link or by calling 728-7375.

For more about the film, visit For more information about No Job Left Behind, contact Stepheny McMahon at or 728-2684.