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Kennedy Browne exhibit critiques 21st century

Kennedy Browne exhibit critiques 21st century

By Tristan Jacobs, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Showcase, Top Stories

On top of the tallest building in Dublin, an actor sharpens a pencil to the nub. In a green room, another actor reads a script drawn from the Dell employee blog that details the firing of an entire division, while in the corner, young boys are celebrated for disabling their cribs and dropping out of sc...

Jim James headlines Get Out The Vote concert at Canopy Club

Jim James headlines Get Out The Vote concert at Canopy Club

By Sidney Madden, Staff Writer

October 16, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

With less than a month until the 2018 midterm elections, candidates and both partisan and nonpartisan RSOs continue to encourage students to register to vote. Jim James, the lead singer of the rock band My Morning Jacket, is headlining “The Future is Voting Tour,” coming to the Canopy Club on Wednesda...

Jesse McCartney performs at University

Jesse McCartney performs at University

By Pari Apostolakos, Assistant features editor

October 9, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

On Saturday, the lights on the dome of Foellinger Auditorium shone brightly, signaling a special event taking place inside. It wasn’t just any face who graced the stage. It was teen heartthrob of the early 2000s himself, Jesse McCartney. Fans began arriving for the concert once the doors opened at 6:3...

Independent Native American film debunks classic stereotypes

Independent Native American film debunks classic stereotypes

By Sidney Madden, Staff Writer

October 8, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

On a Saturday morning at the Goodrich Savoy 16 IMAX theater, community members and moviegoers shuffled into the 9:30 a.m. screening of the independent Native American film “Neither Wolf Nor Dog.”  Once the credits rolled, the audience members remained in their seats, taking a moment to reflect on ...

Professor explores impact of dance on disabilities

Professor explores impact of dance on disabilities

By Sidney Madden, Staff writer

October 4, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Dr. Citlali Lopez-Ortiz is both an artist and a scientist. With a background in both ballet and biomechanics, Lopez-Ortiz combines the two as director of the Neuroscience of Dance in Health and Disability Laboratory. Lopez-Ortiz, a lifelong ballerina, became disillusioned by the segregation of arts an...

Thee Phantom talks performances, inspiring students

Thee Phantom talks performances, inspiring students

By Megan Bradley, Staff Writer

September 27, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Thee Phantom, born as Jeffrey McNeill, uses his musical background to create combinations of hip-hop with classical orchestrations. Thee Phantom’s performances have spanned college campuses across the country, being one of the only hip-hop artists to headline at Carnegie Hall and the first to perform ...

Penny Dreadful Players gives non-theater majors a creative outlet

Penny Dreadful Players gives non-theater majors a creative outlet

By Emma Palatnik, Staff Writer

September 27, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Student Organizations

Students, like Gracie McCall, senior in LAS, aren’t always given the opportunity to participate in theatrical productions as non-theater majors. Groups like the Penny Dreadful Players give them that chance. The Penny Dreadful Players, or PDP, is a student-run RSO. This semester, they are produci...

MFA theatre part II: Acting welcomes newest cohort

MFA theatre part II: Acting welcomes newest cohort

By Sidney Madden, Staff Writer

September 25, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Sitting in a semi-circle in the basement of the Krannert Center for Performing Arts, the 10 new MFA acting students work through monologue pairings in preparation for the upcoming Illinois Shakespeare Festival auditions. Their voices echo throughout the large room and they stomp loudly, smashing the...

MFA theatre part I: Exploring tech, design and management at Illinois

MFA theatre part I: Exploring tech, design and management at Illinois

By Sidney Madden, Staff Writer

September 17, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Megan Coffel’s days are split between putting in graduate hours, managing schoolwork and working on production. As one of the two new first-year graduate lighting design students in FAA, she is still getting acclimated to her schedule. “I don’t know what I do all day,” Coffel joked. “I ju...

Urbana Public Arts Program celebrates 10th anniversary with Art Expo

Urbana Public Arts Program celebrates 10th anniversary with Art Expo

By Sam Schrage, Staff Writer

September 16, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

From illustrations to paintings to graphic designs, the fourth annual Urbana Art Expo offers a variety of artwork. Complete with 17 local exhibiting artists, live music and food, the expo is Champaign-Urbana’s premier arts showcase. Presented by the Urbana Public Arts Program and Commission in coll...

University student prepares for Miss America competition

University student prepares for Miss America competition

By Sidney Madden, Staff writer

September 6, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

On Aug. 25, Miss Illinois Grace Khachaturian was surrounded by friends and family at her send-off party for the 2019 Miss America 2.0 competition. The next time she will see most of them will be after she competes in Atlantic City on Sept. 9. Khachaturian, a competitive dancer, found pageantry after s...

State Farm Center to host four diverse Broadway productions

State Farm Center to host four diverse Broadway productions

By Marissa Plescia, Assistant Features Editor

September 4, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

When students think of Broadway productions, they don’t always think of Champaign-Urbana. However, the State Farm Center offers them the opportunity to enjoy what Broadway has to offer with its annual Broadway Series. Throughout the school year, the State Farm Center will host four Broadway shows, fe...

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