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Why Sasha Velour of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” calls Urbana home

Why Sasha Velour of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” calls Urbana home

Joseph Longo, Managing Editor for Reporting
May 19, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Showcase

Sasha Velour wasn't home when “RuPaul’s Drag Race” called. Born Sasha Steinberg, Sasha Velour routinely visits Russia with his father, Dr. Mark D. Steinberg, who is a University professor in Russian history. Mark travels to Russia and Eastern Europe most summers, buffing up on his knowledge of ...

Feminist Film Festival gives voice to underrepresented groups

Feminist Film Festival gives voice to underrepresented groups

Megan Bradley, Staff writer
May 4, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Around the University, it is not uncommon to find events that are geared towards creating an inclusive environment for underrepresented groups. One such event, the Feminist Film Festival, is entering its eighth year of promoting inclusiveness and honoring student filmmakers. The Feminist Film Festi...

Miss Gay Illinois State 2017 takes place at Chester Street Bar Sunday

Miss Gay Illinois State 2017 takes place at Chester Street Bar Sunday

Taylor Wegner, Staff writer
May 2, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Contestants flock from numerous areas of Illinois, including Kankakee, Danville, Springfield and Chicago, to attend an annual pageant in central Illinois: Miss Gay Illinois State. For the past three years, the Miss Gay Illinois State pageant has been held at Chester Street Bar in Champaign. The 2017...

Garth Brooks opens up about performance at State Farm Center

Garth Brooks opens up about performance at State Farm Center

Emma Palatnik, Assistant features editor
May 1, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Garth Brooks returned to Champaign after a 20 year hiatus Friday. “We should’ve come back here a h--- of a lot sooner,” Brooks said. The artist took a different take on typical concerts with a 360 degree stage. Each side of the stage had video screens so fans could see the performance from ...

Brands Give Back spreads environmental awareness through fashion show

Brands Give Back spreads environmental awareness through fashion show

Sam Schrage, Staff writer
April 30, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Clothing brands like Patagonia and H&M have risen to popularity in recent years — but not just because they're fashion forward. Both of these brands strive to make their clothes with sustainable materials, and hope to spread environmental awareness. Emily Langtiw, president of Brands Give Back...

Cashmere Cat gives peculiar performance at Canopy Club

Cashmere Cat gives peculiar performance at Canopy Club

Rebecca Ou, Contributing writer
April 29, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Cashmere Cat entered the stage as smoke filled the room and birds chirped in the background, creating a safari-like ambiance. The up-and-coming DJ performed at the Canopy Club Wednesday night, but didn't go on until 11:25 p.m. Nina Las Vegas energetically opened for the DJ with remixes to well-known s...

Musk gives inspirational speech at TEDxUIUC

Musk gives inspirational speech at TEDxUIUC

Rebecca Wood, Contributing writer
April 26, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Justine Musk, author of novels "Bloodangel" and "Lord of Bones"spoke at TEDxUIUC on Sunday, April 23 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts about visionaries and how to make immense change in the world with what you have been given. As the last speaker, Musk came out on stage around 3:45 p.m. Be...

Mike Posner performs motivating show at Canopy Club

Mike Posner performs motivating show at Canopy Club

Meral Aycicek, Staff writer
April 25, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Showcase

Mike Posner performed in a packed room at the Canopy Club Sunday night. At 9 p.m., Adam Friedman opened up the show on his own with "Gravity," followed by "Sad" and "Stronger." “A round of applause for Urbana. Super f------ applause for Urbana. Snaps for Urbana,” Friedman said. Friedman t...

‘Being There’ embodies politics, power at Ebertfest

‘Being There’ embodies politics, power at Ebertfest

Taylor Wegner, Contributing writer
April 24, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

“Being There” tells the story of a simple-minded, television-addicted gardener named Chance. Chance’s white male privilege allows him to experience comically ridiculous upward social mobility. He is entirely dependent on others for his care, as he was educated solely by television. He cannot read...

‘The Handmaiden’: A brilliant display of female power

‘The Handmaiden’: A brilliant display of female power

Mara Shapiro, Staff writer
April 21, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

From intense erotic points in the film, graphic sex and torture scenes that involve fingers being horrifically chopped off one by one, “The Handmaiden” is a story of revenge and women taking back their freedom from oppressive men. “The Handmaiden,” directed by Park Chan-Wook, centers around...

Piano man uses musical talent to bring people together

Piano man uses musical talent to bring people together

Meral Aycicek, Staff writer
April 17, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Gliding by on his longboard, Tad Arndt, freshman in LAS,  doesn’t stick out from the crowd. All of this changes, however, the moment Arndt sits behind a piano. Known for playing publicly around campus, mainly at FAR, Bromley Hall and the Illini Union basement, Arndt has been slowly gaining attentio...

Asha UIUC hosts annual Holi festival

Asha UIUC hosts annual Holi festival

Tess O'Brien, Staff writer
April 17, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Showcase

A cloud of red, blue, yellow, green and orange powders filled the air. The continually-growing crowd began settling down to  intermittent performances, ranging from belly dancers to children’s groups. Holi, the Indian festival of colors, had begun. Saturday, Asha UIUC, a nonprofit organization that work...

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