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Professor examines ‘The Way of Tea’

Jennifer Misuzu Gunji-Ballsrud, director and professor at the Japan House, speaks about a course called

By Vidushi Bhatia, Contributing Writer

November 12, 2019

Walking through the Japan house can be a divine and transformative experience – learning about its roots and culture is even more so.  ARTD 209, Chado (The Way of Tea), is a class on the Japanese tea ceremony, its significance in Japanese culture and its relevance to our lives today. The class...

Deaf lead paves way for inclusivity in “Titus Andronicus” performance

The cast of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ production of “Titus Andronicus” performs in their opening night on Oct. 24. Illinois Theatre has taken strides to increase inclusivity in theater and other forms of multimedia performance by placing students like Andrew Morrill, graduate student in FAA who was deaf from birth, at the forefront of performances.

By Jared Ebanks, Staff Writer

November 11, 2019

Across the country, more efforts are being made to reach all audiences of all abilities, including theaters adding American Sign Language and interpretation services to their performances. ASL interpreters are now part of the performing arts community on campus at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts...

The Kat Walk, new RSO, to strut the quad

Two student RSOs, The Kat Walk and Living in Color, pose for a photo at the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center on Oct. 30.  The Kat Walk’s debut fashion show will take place in the spring.

By Brielle Scullark, Contributing Writer

November 7, 2019

After modeling in various shows held by other organizations in the black community on campus, Teara Morrow, senior in LAS, envisioned a much larger stage than what had been traditionally done. That stage is the Main Quad. Morrow recognized the power and influence runway modeling has within black cult...

International students experience first American Halloween

International students experience first American Halloween

By Carmen Martinez, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

Almost a quarter of the University’s student population consists of international students that come from over 100 different countries. Many experience their first American Halloween while on campus and witness the holiday that has become an iconic aspect of American culture. Olivia Yang, a senior...

Students celebrate Halloween activities with gothic lolita

Zoe Goldenfeld poses in her bedroom. The gothic lolita style has risen in popularity, prompting University students like Goldenfeld to celebrate it in graveyard picnics.

By Vi Aldunate, Staff Writer

October 29, 2019

For some fans of gothic subcultures, October is a good month for visiting graveyards. Zoë Goldenfeld, senior in LAS, organized a graveyard picnic earlier in October. Goldenfeld and her guests exchanged anecdotes and personal recipes while sitting on an empty plot of ground adjacent to a nineteenth-century...

Soft, impactful music sparks audience curiosity

Based on a novel, the Michigan-set “Once Upon a River” features Kenadi DelaCerna as a Native American searching for her mother in the wake of her father’s murder. DelaCerna and John Ashton co-star in the new film, adapted and directed by Haroula Rose, recently screened in Chicago.

By Xinyi Li, College of Media Roger Ebert Fellow

October 28, 2019

Editor’s note: Each year, the U of I College of Media Roger Ebert Fellowship sends three new Ebert Fellows to cover a variety of arts and entertainment events. The fellowship begins with the Chicago International Film Festival and ends, in April, with Ebertfest, the annual festival named for the cel...

‘The Apollo’ depicts history of African American artists

In the new HBO music documentary “The Apollo,” the Harlem theater’s history of groundbreaking talent takes center stage. The film makes its HBO debut Nov. 6, and recently played the Chicago International Film Festival.

By Coltrane Zerai-Che, College of Media Roger Ebert Fellow

October 28, 2019

Editor’s note: Each year, the U of I College of Media Roger Ebert Fellowship sends three new Ebert Fellows to cover a variety of arts and entertainment events. The fellowship begins with the Chicago International Film Festival and ends, in April, with Ebertfest, the annual festival named for the c...

Film festivals change perspective

In the new Australian film “Babyteeth,” Eliza Scanlen plays a teenager who gets mixed up with a troubled young boy. The film, being released in 2020 by IFC Films, recently screened at the Chicago International Film Festival.

By Hallin Burgan, College of Media Roger Ebert Fellow

October 28, 2019

Editor’s note: Each year, the U of I College of Media Roger Ebert Fellowship sends three new Ebert Fellows to cover a variety of arts and entertainment events. The fellowship begins with the Chicago International Film Festival and ends, in April, with Ebertfest, the annual festival named for the c...

Local artists host Halloween art exhibition

Pieces by Patience Anders (above) and Melissa Mitchell (right) are on display in Micthell’s art exhibition, “Haunted.” The display, which shows local art, is at the Lincoln Building in Champaign and will be open until Saturday.

By Anna Pevey, Staff Writer

October 28, 2019

Five flights up the Lincoln Building in Champaign, nestled in a corner studio, is ACME Elfworks Art Space. Melissa Mitchell, a Champaign-based artist and the founder of ACME Elfworks, has been hosting exhibitions in her studio since 2017 as well as using the studio space in general for about nine y...

Young the Giant’s Eric Cannata on touring, meeting his idol, college

Sameer Gadhia, lead vocalist of Young the Giant, performs at The Canopy Club on Feb. 20

By Pari Apostolakos, Managing Editor for Reporting

October 21, 2019

Alternative rock band Young the Giant started out in 2004 as a group of high school friends from Irvine, California. Now, hit songs like My Body, Cough Syrup, It’s About Time and Superposition have all peaked within the top five on the Billboard Hot 100. The band released its fourth and latest album, Mirror ...

Band kids: the Hindsley Symphonic Band experience

Band kids: the Hindsley Symphonic Band experience

By Vi Aldunate, Contributing Writer

October 15, 2019

Students flood the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts year-round for its extensive breadth of performances offered, but on Sunday night, the Hindsley Symphonic Band attracted family members and other community members, alongside the University student population. As with many Krannert live shows,...

Flannel Fest offers fun fall festivities

Citizens of Champaign-Urbana celebrate and engage in fall activities at Hessel Park on Saturday. Flannel Fest activities include pumpkin chucking, mustache competitions and a lumberjack presentation.

By Liam Dwyer, Staff Writer

October 14, 2019

It can be easy to forget Champaign-Urbana is much closer to a small rural town than a sprawling metropolis. This year’s Flannel Fest was a great reminder and celebration of the college town’s small-town spirit. The idea of Flannel Fest is simple: It’s a small gathering at Hessel Park where the public...

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