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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 ...

Commencement Speaker Nick Offerman is Urbana’s finest

Commencement Speaker Nick Offerman is Urbana’s finest

Joseph Longo, Managing Editor for Reporting
May 12, 2017
Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

It can be hard to tell when Nick Offerman is joking. He holds onto a signature unbreaking deadpan, waiting until the last possible moment to release a childlike giggle. And then it's obvious – he's joking. It's a balance of frank outdoorsman and warm-hearted progressive that he's best known for,...

‘Finding Oscar,’ film directed by University alumni, documents Guatemalan Crisis

‘Finding Oscar,’ film directed by University alumni, documents Guatemalan Crisis

Isra Rahman, Contributing writer
May 6, 2017
Filed under Life & Culture

Through the film "Finding Oscar," Ryan Suffern captures the art of storytelling while revealing the reality of an overlooked massacre. Suffern graduated from the University in 1999 with a bachelors degree in English. The path from college graduate to documentarian was anything but linear. Suffern...

Reading Day presents opportunities to de-stress on campus

Reading Day presents opportunities to de-stress on campus

Melissa Wagner, Staff writer
May 4, 2017
Filed under Life & Culture, Top Stories

Coffee-fueled nights, hours-long project meetings, study breaks at the bar and even dogs at the libraries all mean one thing; it's finals. But before finals comes Reading Day — a day left entirely free of mandatory course obligations. The University’s long-standing tradition of holding a Reading ...

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...

Paralympian from Champaign turns disability into ability

Paralympian from Champaign turns disability into ability

Elyssa Kaufman, Staff writer
May 3, 2017
Filed under Life & Culture

For Paralympian Nichole Millage, taking a stand and representing her country involves sitting down. After a boating accident left Millage with an amputated lower leg, she turned disability into ability and won a gold medal with the the United States women’s sitting volleyball team at the Paralympics. "O...

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