“It’s Not Just Black and White” exhibit Nov. 27-Dec. 14

Michelle SmithThe James S. Murray Gallery at LLCC will feature the exhibit, “It’s Not Just Black and White,” an achromatic work in graphite and charcoal by Michelle Smith, Nov. 27-Dec.14. The exhibit is open weekdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

An artist’s reception will be held Friday, Dec. 1, from 5-7 p.m. in the gallery, located on the upper level of Menard Hall.

Smith, who teaches drawing for LLCC Community Education, is a member of the Springfield Artist Collective and the Colored Pencil Society of America. She won the Best of Show award twice in the Chatham Area Public Library Annual Winter Art Exhibit.

"Let It Go" by Michelle SmithShe says of her LLCC exhibit, “Life is what inspires me to draw. I believe there is so much in our daily living that just screams ‘put me to paper!’ and that is what I try to portray in my work. Creating art is creating communication: intellectual, emotional and even spiritual communication with the viewer.

“The ‘It’s Just Not Black and White’ exhibit is a very good representation of my artistic inspirations. The title alone lends itself to the deeper issue of life; most things are not as simple as they first appear to be. I believe it is the duty of art to point out those things that we either go completely blind to or take for granted.”

Read more about Smith, the James S. Murray Gallery and its exhibits at www.llcc.edu/james-s-murray-gallery.

LLCC Student Honors Recital Nov. 29

The LLCC Student Honors Recital will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in Menard Hall, Room 2250. The recital will feature vocalists and selections on clarinet, piano, classical guitar, bass guitar, drums, timpani and xylophone. The featured performers are taught by Jane Hartman, piano; Jason Waddell, guitar, percussion and voice; Melinda Kaye, voice; and Greg Cohill, clarinet.

UCB contributes to Foundation’s “Pay it Forward” fund

K. C. Narmont of United Community Bank presented a check for $1,089 to Dr. Charlotte Warren, president, last Friday representing proceeds from a UCB casual day. The funds will be used in the  LLCC Foundation’s Pay it Forward fund, which provides emergency assistance to LLCC students.


LLCC closed for Thanksgiving recess Nov. 22-26

LLCC closed for Thanksgiving recess Nov. 22-26LLCC will be closed for Thanksgiving recess Wednesday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 26. No classes will be held, and all administrative offices at the Springfield campus and outlying locations in the LLCC district will be closed, with the exceptions of LLCC’s Capital City Training Center and the Illinois Small Business Development Center (ISBDC).

LLCC’s Capital City Training Center will maintain regular office hours on Wednesday, Nov. 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, Nov. 24. The ISBDC at LLCC is open 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Nov. 22 and is closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, Nov. 24.

Classes and regular business hours will resume at all locations Monday, Nov. 27.

Loggers finish third at NJCAA national tournament

Congratulations to the Loggers volleyball team, coached by Jim Dietz, who finished third in the NJCAA national tournament Saturday. After losing to #1 Owen, the Loggers upset Parkland 15-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-17, 15-12 for a final record of 37-7.  This was the third year in a row the Loggers reached the national tourney.


LLCC Theatre presents “Alice’s Wonderland” Dec. 8, 9, 10

LLCC Theatre in collaboration with Cutlass Artists will present “Alice’s Wonderland,” a new collaborative adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland” from the text by Lewis Carroll, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8, 9 and 10.

The production is directed and adapted by Mark Hardiman, LLCC professor of theatre. Saturday’s performance will feature a pre-show discussion led by Dr. Deborah Brothers, LLCC professor of English.

The production will be staged in the lower level of Sangamon Hall South. Seating is limited to 20 patrons per night, with tickets, at $15 each, available at www.cutlassartists.com. Tickets are only sold online or by calling the customer service number 866-710-8942. They will be available up to one hour prior to performances.

Read more.

Monkey King II film this evening

LLCC Arts and Humanities is hosting a free film and discussion series this fall entitled, “Through a Different Lens: Cultural Perspectives through Film.” The film series will be held on select Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. in the Trutter Center, hosted by Ashley Green, Ph.D., professor of English and Joseph Hoff, Ph.D., professor of Spanish.

The next film in the series, “Monkey King II,” (2016) will be shown on Thursday, Nov. 16. This fantasy film is based on the Chinese classic “Journey to the West” by Wu Cheng’en. After 500 years of imprisonment, monkey king Sun Wukong (Aaron Kwok) is rescued by a young Buddhist monk Tang Sanzang (Feng Shaofeng). But the unlikely encounter has a purpose, for Sun Wukong must accompany and protect Tang Sanzang as he sets out on a journey to the Thunder Monastery in India to collect Buddha’s scriptures. On their travels, they encounter Zhu Bajie (Xiaoshenyang), a lustful pig demon and Sha Wujing (Him Law), a djinn-like monk. Monkey King II is a magical allegory based on Confuscian and Buddhist principles. Speaker and facilitator is Dr. Green.

Read more about the film series.

In addition, the Trutter Museum will be open until 6 p.m. on the Thursdays on which the films are shown. The museum will feature a display of cultural items from the country highlighted in the film that evening!

LLCC Theatre presents “Alice’s Wonderland” Dec. 8, 9, 10

LLCC Theatre in collaboration with Cutlass Artists will present “Alice’s Wonderland,” a new collaborative adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland” from the text by Lewis Carroll, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8, 9 and 10.

The production is directed and adapted by Mark Hardiman, LLCC professor of theatre. Saturday’s performance will feature a pre-show discussion led by Dr. Deborah Brothers, LLCC professor of English.

The production will be staged in the lower level of Sangamon Hall South. Seating is limited to 20 patrons per night, with tickets, at $15 each, available at www.cutlassartists.com. Tickets are only sold online or by calling the customer service number 866-710-8942. They will be available up to one hour prior to performances.

Read more.