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CU Cypher brings rapping community together

CU Cypher brings rapping community together

Brooke Eberle, Staff writer
January 19, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Students and C-U residents with a passion for hip-hop can show off their talent on Thursday for the C-U Open Invite Cypher. The cypher will take place at the Canopy Club starting at 8 p.m. and will cost $5 at the door. The event will feature local rappers from the Champaign area, followed by an hour of op... Read more »

Japan House honors culture through calligraphy

Japan House honors culture through calligraphy

Tess O'Brien, Staff Writer
January 19, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

The intricate ink strokes and elaborate lettering of calligraphy elevate it from a style of writing to an art. Though it was popularized in Japan in the late 600s, calligraphy isn’t commonly used today. On Sunday, the Japan House is sponsoring the first of a set of public calligraphy classes in 2017 f... Read more »

Russian National Ballet Theatre returns to Krannert

Russian National Ballet Theatre returns to Krannert

Emma Palatnik, Staff Writer
January 18, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Patrons gathered on Tuesday night at the Krannert Center to see ballet dancers perform two tragedies of lovers beleaguered by fate: "Carmen" and "Romeo and Juliet."  The Russian National Ballet Theatre featured the double-act as part of its annual spring performance at Krannert. It has two more ... Read more »

Nathan Stephens assumes position as director of BNAACC

Nathan Stephens assumes position as director of BNAACC

Melissa Wagner, Staff writer
January 18, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

As a first generation college student in 1989, Nathan Stephens had to face unique obstacles. Being the first of the family to go to college was hard, but doing it as a black man was even harder. He yearned for a listening ear, someone to help him with support and guidance. Now, Stephens is no stranger to the univers... Read more »

Martin Luther King Jr. honored in University events

Martin Luther King Jr. honored in University events

Mara Shapiro, Staff Writer
January 17, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

With students still making their way back to campus to begin the spring semester, campus was relatively quiet on Monday. However, there is a very important reason why classes did not begin on Monday. Martin Luther King Jr. Day recognizes the work of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement.... Read more »

UI Symphony Orchestra prepares for final concert of the year

UI Symphony Orchestra prepares for final concert of the year

Tess O'brien, Staff writer
December 6, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

For the last few weeks of the semester, the UI Symphony Orchestra has focused all of its energy on preparing for the final concert of the year. At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the orchestra will perform a variety of classical works at Foellinger Great Hall in the Krannert Center. The concert is expected... Read more »

American Football returns home to C-U

American Football returns home to C-U

Kayla Martinez, Staff writer
December 6, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Amidst the snow and cold weather, American Football received a warm homecoming welcome from fans as it brought its indie rock set back to town for the first time since their 2014 reunion. American Football played at 8 p.m. Monday night in Foellinger Auditorium. Hailing from Champaign-Urbana, American Foot... Read more »

Urbanite dances its way to the Canopy Club

Urbanite dances its way to the Canopy Club

Mara Shapiro, Staff Writer
December 3, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Urbanite, a dance showcase that was founded at the University in 1998 by alumnus Patrick Chen, will be returning this Saturday. Chen helped to create the co-ed hip-hop dance team 2XS on campus as well as at various universities across the nation. Due to Urbanite’s strong ties to the University, Urbani... Read more »

“The Nutcracker” mixes change with C-U tradition

“The Nutcracker” mixes change with C-U tradition

Melissa Wagner, Staff writer
December 1, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

This year’s performance of “The Nutcracker” will feature a new Christmas tree, a new costume for the Rose Queen and even new choreography for the battle scene. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts welcomes CU Ballet to dance “The Nutcracker” for their 19th year from Thursday to Sunday. ... Read more »

Krannert Art Museum features three new exhibits after renovations

Krannert Art Museum features three new exhibits after renovations

Jess Peterson, Staff writer
November 17, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

This evening the Krannert Art Museum opens its doors to debut renovations and three new exhibits to the public. There will be free admission, food and live music to celebrate the new season of artwork. The doors will open at 6 p.m.  The museum’s original construction was from 1961 and the previ... Read more »

Life Drawing club: an exposé on exposing yourself

Life Drawing club: an exposé on exposing yourself

Camille Baer, Staff writer
November 15, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

It’s Monday night at 7 p.m. and a group of painters meet in a large studio room, setting up their easels and supplies to sketch a nude model. Life Drawing is a University RSO that helps artists bring the art of the human body to a whole new level of profession. To Di'Reon Lowry, model for the... Read more »

Portugal. The Man brings offbeat energy to Canopy Club

Portugal. The Man brings offbeat energy to Canopy Club

Tess O'Brien, Staff Writer
November 14, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

The crowd's eyes were lit up in anticipation, much like the bright white lights on stage. The dim lighting and calming smell of incense in the Canopy Big Room did not even come close to masking the excitement in the air. When Zach Carothers of Portugal. The Man walked onto the stage, any facade of... Read more »