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Alumna shares experiences opening her dream store

Alumna shares experiences opening her dream store

By Izzy Murillo, Staff writer

December 13, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Walking into Dandelion Vintage and Used, the eye cannot help but wander every which way. There is so much to look at and so many details that go amiss at first glance. The store is filled with beautiful, eccentric and colorful clothing hung in racks or showcased on the walls. There are cases disp...

Five-time ‘Jeopardy!’ champion Pranjal Vachaspati discusses experiences

Five-time ‘Jeopardy!’ champion Pranjal Vachaspati discusses experiences

By Thomas Block, Staff writer

December 6, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Pranjal Vachaspati naturally squared his shoulders and gazed at the camera before him with a modest, welcoming smile, just as his two fellow contestants standing to his side had done a moment before. His relaxed appearance was enough to reveal that he’d been on national television before, though this w...

Urbana Art Expo gives local artists platform to showcase talents

Urbana Art Expo gives local artists platform to showcase talents

By Megan Bradley, Staff writer

November 19, 2017


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

Flying above the Champaign-Urbana area in a plane, Kelly Hieronymus is able to see beauty in the aerial views and patterns of farmlands. She then turns that beauty into aerial paintings, wooden paintings and jewelry. Hieronymus is one of 17 local artists who will have booths at the Urbana Art Expo...

Author Maggie Stiefvater discusses latest book at the Urbana Free Library

Author Maggie Stiefvater discusses latest book at the Urbana Free Library

By Sabrina Lee, Contributing writer

November 19, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Maggie Stiefvater, New York Times bestselling author, visited the Urbana Free Library on Wednesday to discuss her new book, “All the Crooked Saints.” Some of Stiefvater’s other notable works include “The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy,” “The Raven Cycle” series and “The Scorpio Race...

Pianist Moran honors Thelonious Monk

Pianist Moran honors Thelonious Monk

By Thomas Block, Staff writer

November 16, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

As the disciplined pianist tinkered away at the gleaming keys before him, his audience could sense the airy melody floating across the stage as it endlessly skipped back and forth between the leader’s fellow bandmates. With a wave of cymbal taps and crashes, every note swelled with the band’s ...

Alumna’s new book captures rom-com New York

Alumna’s new book captures rom-com New York

By Joseph Longo, Managing Editor for Reporting

November 15, 2017


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

Tom Hanks wouldn’t be one of the nicest guys in Hollywood if it wasn’t for Nora Ephron — the late director and screenwriter who put Hanks on the map in the late ‘90s as everyone’s loveable, endearing faux-boyfriend. Ephron first directed Hanks in the 1993 classic “Sleepless in Seattle,” whi...

Foo Fighters return to Champaign for first time since 2005

Foo Fighters return to Champaign for first time since 2005

By Anisha Kasem, Staff writer

November 11, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

For the first time since 2005, the Foo Fighters performed in Champaign on Wednesday. The band played at the State Farm Center and is currently on tour for the release of their latest album, “Concrete and Gold.” British glam-rock band The Struts opened for the Foo Fighters. The lead singer, Luke Spi...

YouTuber Tyler Oakley discusses politics at Illini Union on Thursday

YouTuber Tyler Oakley discusses politics at Illini Union on Thursday

By Isra Rahman, Staff writer

November 11, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

YouTube celebrity, Tyler Oakley, visited campus Thursday to talk about intersectional activism and the role of being an influential YouTuber. Oakley has over seven million subscribers on YouTube. He has done work with former President Barack Obama and an array of other TV personalities. Aside from meetin...

Krannert’s annual November dance concert honors Kate Kuper

Krannert’s annual November dance concert honors Kate Kuper

By Megan Bradley, Staff writer

November 8, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

The past four years of research for Mauriah Kraker led her to the choreography of “As such, or not.” Kraker’s improvisational piece is one featured in the November Dance concert this weekend. November Dance, an annual concert at Colwell Playhouse, showcases some of the choreography that students...

C-U Folk & Roots Festival to unite community with folk music

C-U Folk & Roots Festival to unite community with folk music

By John O'Brien, Contributing writer

November 2, 2017


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

Urbana restaurants and stages will be filled with tunes of local and national folk musicians.  The music is part of the C-U Folk and Roots Festival taking place Thursday through Saturday in various venues across Urbana. Music performances will be held in places such as the Krannert Center for the Perfo...

Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays sold-out show

Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays sold-out show

By Chris Jenig, Contributing writer

October 30, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts hosted one of the finest symphonies in the world — a group that many music lovers pay a large amount of money to see in its hometown of Chicago. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra visited the Krannert Center to a sold-out crowd, on Oct. 28. Nick Puddicombe, c...

Trevor Noah talks politics, racism during his comedy show at State Farm Center

Trevor Noah talks politics, racism during his comedy show at State Farm Center

By Isimar Murillo, Contributing writer

October 28, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Trevor Noah, the South African comedian and host of the "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central was greeted by sonorous cheers as he took the stage Friday night at State Farm Center. Known for discussing current political and racial issues in a charming and charismatic way, Noah stayed true to his comedic style a...

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