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Bob the Drag Queen poses for a photo. He will be performing Saturday at The Canopy Club as a part of Pygmalion.

Bob the Drag Queen makes Urbana debut at Pygmalion

By Becca Bertram, Staff Writer September 23, 2021

Bob the Drag Queen, or Christopher Caldwell, is coming to The Canopy Club to perform a comedy show from his HBO series and specials. Bob said he strives to connect with the student population and showcase...

buzz staff share Pygmalion 2021 picks

buzz staff share Pygmalion 2021 picks

By buzz Staff September 23, 2021

Pygmalion has arrived, and so has buzz's excitement for the festival. After the lack of musical performances and a normal Pygmalion last year, many community members are excited for the festival's return,...

A group of people in rainbow colored clothing line the streets of Downtown Champaign during the Pride parade on Sept. 28, 2019. Committee members at Uniting Pride of Champaign County have been hard at work setting up this years Pride parade set to happen on Saturday.

CU celebrates LGBTQ community with Pride Fest, parade

By Carolina Garibay, buzz Editor September 22, 2021

For the past couple of months, committee members at Uniting Pride of Champaign County have been hard at work planning Pride Fest, one of C-U’s most beloved celebrations. This year’s festivities started...

Black Pumas perform a set at the Rose Bowl Tavern on Sept. 26. as a part of the Pygmalion Music Festival. This year, participants will have access to live streams on Zoom, YouTube and Facebook from Sept. 24 to 26 and all events are free or “pay what you can.”

Pygmalion returns to Urbana, features LGBTQ+ artists

September 21, 2021

After going virtual for a year, Champaign-Urbana’s indie-music festival, Pygmalion, is back in person with multi-platinum artist Tinashe headlining and Rupaul’s Drag Race Champion Bob the Drag Queen...

A guys sneaks up on a victim in the game Mafia III. The game was released May 19, 2020.

‘Mafia III’ is the good-kind of hot mess

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer September 20, 2021

When picturing the American dream, some might imagine a beautiful, massive family gathering in a quaint, picturesque suburb with kids laughing and playing the day away, barbeque smoke irritating a delicious...

The band members of Nectar pose for a photo. Nectar will be performing at Pygmalion Thursday.

Nectar prepares for Pygmalion, reflects on summer shows

By Sydney Wood, Assistant buzz Editor September 17, 2021

Over the past year, there has been an absence of shows, which has put many musicians and artists temporarily out of commission. This is not the case for Champaign’s own indie-punk band, Nectar, who has...

AJR performs at the Peoria Civic Center on Sept. 12. Peoria was one of the bands stops on their OK Orchestra Tour.

AJR’s tech stuns fans at OK Orchestra tour

By Raina Kutliroff, Staff Writer September 16, 2021

After the release of their fourth album “OK Orchestra,” indie-pop brothers AJR have been eagerly waiting to take their music to live performances. In December during the height of the pandemic, the...

Ceduxion Carrington or “Big Booty Judy,” performs “I’m Every Woman” by Whitney Houston at Cocktails and Queens drag show Sep. 11.

Drag show provides CU with unforgettable experience, performances

By Becca Bertram, Staff Writer September 14, 2021

With Champaign Pride coming up, LGBTQ events have been held all over the C-U area, including Cocktails and Queens— a  drag show was put on by Amy Myers at The City Center on Chestnut Street Saturday.  Cocktails...

A character from Psychonauts runs down   a walkway. The game was released April 19, 2005.

‘Psychonauts’ gets jiggy with it

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer September 13, 2021

It’s a rarity to enter a game with mild expectations based solely on word of mouth and leave genuinely astounded at the quality on display, more so when after 15 years.  “Psychonauts” is a 3D...

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid is pictured above. The novel was released in May.

Taylor Jenkins Reid tackles family heartbreak in ‘Malibu Rising’

By Raina Kutliroff, Staff Writer September 10, 2021

Taylor Jenkins Reid's newest novel, “Malibu Rising” will have readers’ attention until well after the last page. Author of acclaimed novel “Daisy Jones & The Six,” Reid continues to enchant...

Amy Myers stands next to a drag queen at an event. Amy Myers brought drag back to the CU area.

Cocktails and Queens brings drag to CU

By Becca Bertram, Staff Writer September 9, 2021

The drag scene of the Champaign-Urbana area will once again throw an annual drag show event, Cocktails and Queens, on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. The event is being held at The City Center in Champaign and will...

A screenshot of the video game Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop is shown above. The game released on April 20, 2017.

‘Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop’ misses mark on originality

By Aidan Finn, Staff Writer September 6, 2021

As we enter September and the adrenaline rush of starting a new year of the college journey wears off and students come to the sobering realization they are now stranded hundreds of miles from civilization,...

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