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Indian Student Association hosts Garba, Raas, Bhangra night at ARC

Indian Student Association hosts Garba, Raas, Bhangra night at ARC

By Muskaan Gupta, Contributing writer

October 17, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

A celebration of Indian culture, a display of vibrant traditional dresses and a night of lively dancing was featured at Indian Student Association’s Garba, Raas and Bhangra night Saturday.  This tricultural event took place at the ARC from 6-10 p.m., and was attended by many students ready to ...

Drag shows move to 51 Main following C-Street closing

Drag shows move to 51 Main following C-Street closing

By Marissa Plescia, Staff writer

October 17, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Showcase

It takes Alexandria Diamond two and a half hours to prepare for a drag show, but that didn’t come as much of a surprise once the audience saw her bright-orange feather get-up, seven-inch bedazzled heels and her intricate makeup. Diamond started off as a backup dancer, but her choreographer was a drag queen...

‘Rent’ embodies societal issues at State Farm Center

‘Rent’ embodies societal issues at State Farm Center

By Elizabeth Sayasane, Contributing writer

October 12, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Twenty years after revolutionizing Broadway, Jonathan Larson’s "Rent" visited the State Farm Center. The musical filled the stage with passion as members of the show shared the story of impoverished New Yorkers searching for a silver lining, attempting to find community and purpose in a city trying to leave...

Stylish student creates personal advising service

Stylish student creates personal advising service

By Megan Bradley, Contributing writer

October 12, 2017


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

Maddie Dolinsky, sophomore in LAS, has always been passionate about fashion. She loves it so much that she provides students with guidance to redesign their style and wardrobe. “I want to help people find a sense of style that they never knew they had before and get them to try new things,” she...

Midway of Madness provides haunting experience near campus

Midway of Madness provides haunting experience near campus

By Roxana Madani, Contributing writer

October 11, 2017


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

On Friday night at the Champaign County Fairgrounds, a group of University students exited the Midway of Madness Haunted Attraction screaming. One of these was Shayla Mille, sophomore in LAS, who said she was more than delighted to finish the exhilarating, yet terrifying, experience. Midway of Madness ...

Black chorus celebrates family, community through 50th anniversary concert

Black chorus celebrates family, community through 50th anniversary concert

By John O'Brien, Contributing writer

October 10, 2017


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

Dr. Ollie Watts Davis stood behind a podium in front of a passionate audience at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. A small army of robed vocalists clapped behind her and sang in harmony. Davis guided the University of Illinois Black Chorus and the audience in song, as she has done now fo...

Vic Mensa holds impromptu concert at Canopy Club

Vic Mensa holds impromptu concert at Canopy Club

By Aaron Navarro, On-air news editor

October 9, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

The last time Chicago rapper Vic Mensa performed at the Canopy Club was in 2013 with his (now-defunct) band Kids These Days, accompanied by Chance the Rapper. Four years later, he graced the Urbana stage once again Sunday night, but this time, just him. No band, no special guest, just all Vic Mens...

The Script brings classic rock hits to State Farm Center

The Script brings classic rock hits to State Farm Center

By Sabrina Lee, Contributing writer

October 9, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture, Showcase

Flashing lights and smoke engulfed the arena at the State Farm Center on Saturday. A set of cyan neon wings glowed brightly from the background of the stage set; the only sounds to be heard were the steady booming of the speakers and the cheering of the crowds as they welcomed The Script onto the stage. After...

Bachelorette contestant, Eric Bigger, fundraises at 51 Main

Bachelorette contestant, Eric Bigger, fundraises at 51 Main

By Sam Schrage, Staff writer

October 9, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

When Eric Bigger met Season 13 "Bachelorette" contestant Rachel Lindsay for the first time on March 13 on national television, he had no idea his journey to find love would lead him to Champaign nearly seven months later. Bigger, who was one of Lindsay’s top three suitors before being eliminated...

Moon Gala celebrates Chinese culture at Foellinger

Moon Gala celebrates Chinese culture at Foellinger

By Kayla Raflores, Staff writer

October 3, 2017


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

Two lovers torn apart by forbidden love: one, a woman, forced to live on the moon — the other, a man, back on Earth, counting the days until he can see his love again. Under the light of the full moon, a flock of birds flew down and formed a bridge from the moon to the Earth to bring the two tog...

‘All the King’s Men’ actresses show audiences who’s boss

‘All the King’s Men’ actresses show audiences who’s boss

By Pari Apostolakos, Contributing writer

October 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

A dimly lit room with round tables surrounded by four chairs is scattered around at the Studio Theatre in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. A banner hangs from the ceiling, shining in the glow of the spotlights, “Willie Stark for Governor, a Sure Winner” the banner reads. The portr...

Latin Dance Night brings cultural flair to Krannert Center

Latin Dance Night brings cultural flair to Krannert Center

By Madelyn Foster, Contributing writer

September 30, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Reggaeton, Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue and Bachata are just some of the many types of dance that make up a few of the cultural puzzle pieces of Latin heritage and identity. With this in mind, The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts has teamed up with La Casa Cultural Latina to host its second Latin Dance ...

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