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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...

KAM Fest kicks off student engagement, art initiatives

KAM Fest kicks off student engagement, art initiatives

By Sidney Madden, Staff Writer

August 29, 2018


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

Krannert Art Museum education coordinators Aimee Schneider and Kamila Glowacki have been planning KAM Fest for months, figuring out the most effective ways to drive student engagement at the interactive art event. They looked to music festivals for inspiration. KAM Fest will take place on Thursday from...

Pygmalion festival announces lineup, ticket sales

Pygmalion festival announces lineup, ticket sales

By Jessica Bursztynsky, Staff Writer

June 28, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Arts & Entertainment, Champaign-Urbana, Life & Culture, News, Top Stories

The lineup for the 14th annual Pygmalion festival was announced Thursday afternoon and tickets are to go on sale Friday. The four-day festival is bringing in headliners like rapper Playboi Carti, Chicago-based Post Animal and indie artist Clairo to perform around Champaign-Urbana from Sept. 26 t...

Allerton Park receives donation from alumna turned author

Allerton Park receives donation from alumna turned author

By Vishesh Anand, Staff Writer

June 22, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

The aftereffects of the tragic Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York were far-reaching. Nandita Godbole, University alumna, was working as a landscape architect in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at the time but was abruptly bounced into a different life. Godbole, a native of Bombay, India, said she...

A night at the “Cabaret:” Broadway show comes to State Farm Center

A night at the “Cabaret:” Broadway show comes to State Farm Center

By Sidney Madden, Staff Writer

May 1, 2018


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

Saturday night, community members shuffled into the State Farm Center to watch the musical, “Cabaret.” Old friends greeted each other, catching up as musical theater fans donned their Broadway shirts, eagerly searching for their seats. The chatter was silenced as the lights dimmed, signaling the sho...

T-Pain swings big on the hits, loses steam on Main Quad

T-Pain swings big on the hits, loses steam on Main Quad

By Thomas Block, Staff Writer

April 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

As strobe lights blared ahead of him, branding a path onto the stage as if it were a landing strip, rapper T-Pain dashed out from behind the curtains to face an unsurprisingly enthusiastic crowd of students huddled by the front of the Union. To say that he merely dashed, however, would be incomplete; the ...

CU theaters try to gain public interest

CU theaters try to gain public interest

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

April 25, 2018


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

No bright lights. No big signs. No skyscrapers. The twin cities of Champaign-Urbana meet in central Illinois, surrounded by corn and soybeans. If you walk down Broadway in New York City, you’ll pass four historic theaters, surrounded by more than 40 others. If you walk down Broadway in Urbana, you’ll pa...

Play brings student’s work to stage

Play brings student’s work to stage

By Megan Bradley, Staff Writer

April 16, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

One University graduate student has been given the chance to see his script come to life on stage. Written and co-directed by Xavier Retana, graduate student studying molecular and cellular biology, "Sign Here, Please" is a completely student-written play that is opening on Friday at the Community Un...

Exhibit presents the intersection of art, science

Exhibit presents the intersection of art, science

By Thomas Block, Staff writer

April 13, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Life & Culture

Creativity can sprout from whatever fresh and exciting wonder the mind happens to stumble upon, whether it be a cherry-colored leaf clinging to a scraggly branch, a thin blade of grass drifting in the breeze or a fluffy cloud tumbling through the sky. However, inspiration is often constrained to what can be seen, h...

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