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Using local milk, new ice cream shop offers wide variety of flavors

Using local milk, new ice cream shop offers wide variety of flavors

Wren Wheeling, Staff Writer
July 10, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

On the Fourth of July, Ed Mehnert had a soft opening for his new ice cream parlor which he has been actively planning since Dec. 2016. Red Bicycle Ice Cream, located at 2740 Philo Rd. in Urbana, will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday beginning Thursday, July 6. Mehnert worked for ...

Illinois alumnus and ex-NCAA gymnast stunt doubles in Spider-Man: Homecoming

Illinois alumnus and ex-NCAA gymnast stunt doubles in Spider-Man: Homecoming

Taylor Wegner, Staff Writer
July 7, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Although students are often told the University can present unique and exciting job opportunities for graduates, a career as a stunt double may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, for Chris Silcox, his degree in theatre and participation in the NCAA as a gymnast culminated in just ...

Urbana Food Truck Rallies showcase diverse food scene

Urbana Food Truck Rallies showcase diverse food scene

Taylor Wegner, Staff Writer
June 29, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Food trucks offer a distinct dine out experience. They provide guests with an option that is more personal than what one may receive at a fast food restaurant, but with similarly short wait times. For this reason, from April 25 until late October, the City of Urbana celebrates the local food truck...

Pygmalion festival announces lineup, pass sales

Pygmalion festival announces lineup, pass sales

Jessica Bursztynsky, Interim Editor-in-Chief
June 28, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Champaign-Urbana alternative music lovers can rejoice. The Pygmalion Festival announced the Sept. 2017 lineup along with festival pass sale dates on Tuesday morning. Among those headlining the Sept. 20 to 24 festival is Animal Collective, Thundercat and Noname. A full list can be found on the Pygmalion website. Passes are on sale F...

Urbana Food Truck Rallies are back

Urbana Food Truck Rallies are back

Wren Wheeling, Staff Writer
June 15, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Every last Tuesday of the month until the end of October, gourmet food trucks will gather around outside of the Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St, for Urbana’s Lunchtime Food Truck Rallies. The series of events, which began on April 25, takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on each of the set dat...

Sounds at Sunset continues in Champaign

Sounds at Sunset continues in Champaign

Wren Wheeling, Contributing Writer
June 14, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Showcase, Top Stories

The Champaign Park District continues its Sounds at Sunset series June 18 with live music from jazz and cabaret singer Katie Flynn. The concert will be held at Toalson park, and there is no admission fee. Every summer, the park district hosts multiple concerts featuring local music artists in vari...

Summer Quad Cinema Series provides a ‘night out’

Summer Quad Cinema Series provides a ‘night out’

Taylor Wegner, Staff Writer
June 12, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Every Thursday throughout the summer, community members can grab a blanket or chair and relax on the Main Quad while enjoying a screening of a popular film, hosted by the Illini Union Board. The Summer Quad Cinema Series is free of charge and takes place on Thursdays at 9:00 P.M. If there is inclem...

Local farmers’ markets provide seasonal, crafted options

Local farmers’ markets provide seasonal, crafted options

Taylor Wegner, Staff Writer
June 2, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Local, Top Stories

Farmers’ Markets allow visitors to purchase goods directly from local artisans, farmers and various other kinds of vendors. Living in the Champaign-Urbana area, residents have the option to visit two distinct farmers’ markets throughout the week, each in the respective cities of Urbana and Champaign....

Virginia Theatre announces upcoming season’s lineup

Virginia Theatre announces upcoming season’s lineup

Samantha Jones Toal, Brand Manager
June 1, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Champaign-Urbana, Life & Culture, Local, Top Stories

The Champaign Park District released the upcoming lineup of movies, concerts and special events to take place at the Virginia Theatre for the 2017 to 2018 performing arts season. According to the press release sent out today, the upcoming season will include visits from blues-rockers ZZ top, act...

Champaign not kidding around with baby goat yoga

Champaign not kidding around with baby goat yoga

Taylor Wegner, Staff Writer
May 30, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

The practice of yoga is highly a diverse field with classes that all differ in technique and intensity.  But adding goats to the mix is a wholly unique experience. Delight Flower Farm in Champaign hosted a yoga session on Sunday with some of the goats from Prairie Fruit Farm, the neighboring farm t...

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, Top Stories

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...

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