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Julien Baker receives abundance of audience gratitude

Julien Baker receives abundance of audience gratitude

Kayla Martinez, Staff writer
February 20
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

The Accord welcomed singer Julien Baker on Saturday night as part of Pygmalion’s show series. Hues of red and blue filled the venue as Thunder Dreamer, an indie rock four-man band from Evansville, Indiana, came on. The audience put their hands up as drummer Corey Greenfield took a moment to take a p...

J Mase III of #BlackTransMagick seeks to redistribute resources

J Mase III of #BlackTransMagick seeks to redistribute resources

Melissa Wagner, Staff writer
February 20
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

J Mase III and Vita E partnered up to create #BlackTransMagick in 2015, and have traveled around the country performing on college campuses and for community organizations since then. The duo is scheduled to perform at 12 p.m. on Monday at the Women’s Resources Center as part of the Office of Inc...

Bathroom graffiti is an art form for some students

Bathroom graffiti is an art form for some students

Meral Aycicek, Staff Writer
February 20
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Artists prefer different canvases, whether it be the blank page of a sketchbook or an untouched block of marble. A popular option for aspiring artists on campus is the anonymous surface of a bathroom stall. Eduardo Martinez, junior in LAS, started a blog called UIUC Graffiti for a class last semest...

‘Latin Dance Night’ joins Krannert and La Casa

‘Latin Dance Night’ joins Krannert and La Casa

Natasha Mosquera, Staff Writer
February 16
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

The Krannert Center Ambassadors and La Casa Cultural Latina will be hosting the very first Latin Dance Night — Noche de Baile Latino — on Friday at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts from 9:30-11:30 p.m. free of charge. Monique Rivera, the co-director of engagement at Krannert and co-adviser to the ...

Q&A: Aspiring artist Swill discusses solo career

Q&A: Aspiring artist Swill discusses solo career

Camille Baer, Staff writer
February 15
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Willie Main, also known as the up-and-coming solo artist Swill, is a senior in LAS at the University. When he’s not focusing on school work, Main spends a great deal of his time making and producing his own music — his sound is best described as melodic contemporary rap. His music is on SoundCl...

Tango classes put spin on Valentine’s Day

Tango classes put spin on Valentine’s Day

Mary Kate Kiley, Staff Writer
February 14
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

This Valentine’s Day, couples can skip the standard dinner-and-a-movie date in favor of attending Springer Cultural Center’s Valentine’s Day Tango. The event will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at 301 N. Randolph St. in Champaign. The cost is $10 for residents, which includes students, and...

SoFar Sounds brings new music platforms to C-U

SoFar Sounds brings new music platforms to C-U

Meral Aycicek, Staff writer
February 9
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

It’s around 9 p.m. in Champaign. Roughly 30 people are crammed into a tiny apartment on Chalmers Street, facing attentively toward a makeshift stage where Cii La’Cole stands, performing her last song of the night. The light catches her glittery eyeliner and makes it sparkle as she nods along to the...

Aaron Carter remixes his legacy at Canopy Club

Aaron Carter remixes his legacy at Canopy Club

Emma Palatnik, Staff Writer
February 4
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Students may remember the young pop star, Aaron Carter, and his hit song “I Want Candy.” Now, the 29-year-old is changing his legacy. Aaron Carter headlined at The Canopy Club on Friday night. Along with Carter was the band Nikki’s Wives, who opened the concert. Nikki’s Wives is an alte...

“Failure: a Love Story” brings ’20s Chicago to life

“Failure: a Love Story” brings ’20s Chicago to life

Brooke Eberle, Staff writer
February 2
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

For graduate student Jessica Kadish, this is more than just a part. Kadish's character, Jenny June, has become a piece of her. The play "Failure: a Love Story" is a 1920s romantic comedy set in Chicago that features three sisters who fall in love with the same man. Phillip Dawkins wrote the play and J...

Krannert Center’s ‘February Dance’ blends technology and environment

Krannert Center’s ‘February Dance’ blends technology and environment

Sam Schrage, Staff writer
February 2
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

A combination of environmental influences blended with technological advancements and human interaction form the theme of the February Dance. The annual February Dance will be held Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens, $17 for non-University stud...

Beyond the rose: UI grad shares her experience on ‘The Bachelor’

Beyond the rose: UI grad shares her experience on ‘The Bachelor’

Annabeth Carlson, Managing Editor for Online
February 1
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

This University grad took a break from her job — for a chance at love. Elizabeth Whitelaw, who graduated in 2014, spent recent months on Season 21 of ABC’s "The Bachelor," in hopes of starting a relationship with Nick Viall. The only catch? There were 29 other women on the show also trying to find...

Andrew Bird brings the love to Canopy Club

Andrew Bird brings the love to Canopy Club

Lillian Barkley, Features editor
January 31
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Watching Andrew Bird perform is like watching a casual, three-piece orchestra. The set is simple, the band doesn’t rely on gimmicks, and the music is raw and skillful. Bird performed Monday night at Canopy Club in Urbana. Ryley Walker, a Chicago folk musician with a slightly heavier sound, opened...

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