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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...

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...

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