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David Sedaris’ evening at the Virginia

David Sedaris’ evening at the Virginia

By Lillian Barkley

April 28, 2015


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David Sedaris has a key to the city and promised to steal Champaign’s riches while its citizens sleep. The author was honored with the key by Mayor Don Gerard before his performance, “An Evening with David Sedaris,” at the Virginia Theater on Sunday. “He was everything that’s advertised,”...

First annual Spring Jam concert brings B.o.B., Timeflies

First annual Spring Jam concert brings B.o.B., Timeflies

April 27, 2015


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A location students usually use to study and commute to class was converted into a stage and outdoor concert venue Sunday afternoon. The University’s first annual Spring Jam concert hosted well-known artists B.o.B. and Timeflies. The Illini Union Board, State Farm Center and Star Course hosted the...

Ellnora: Internationally-recognized guitar festival announces lineup

Ellnora: Internationally-recognized guitar festival announces lineup

By Camille Murray

April 22, 2015


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Three days. Seven locations. Twenty-nine performances. This is what music-lovers have to look forward to at the 2015 ELLNORA Music Festival. The annual event will be held Sept. 10 through Sept. 12 at the Krannert Center. This year’s list of scheduled performers was announced Monday. The festival began...

UI Black Greek Council Showcase shows off student dance performances

By Natalie Stewart

April 21, 2015


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On Saturday, UI’s Black Greek Council put on the first BGC Showcase as part of their inaugural Black Greek Picnic weekend. At the showcase, which was in Foellinger Auditorium, several fraternities and sororities from the Divine Nine performed routines for the audience that included each group’s unique...

Feminism shines bright in ‘Girlhood’

Feminism shines bright in ‘Girlhood’

By Lillian Barkley

April 20, 2015


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Céline Sciamma’s “Girlhood” tackles stereotypes from the first scene. The 2014 French film was screened Friday at the 17th annual Ebertfest. The film is the coming-of-age tale of 16-year-old Marieme, played by Karidja Touré, who comes from a low-income home with two younger sisters, a workin...

“The End of the Tour:” Honoring David Foster Wallace at Ebertfest

“The End of the Tour:” Honoring David Foster Wallace at Ebertfest

By Steffie Drucker

April 20, 2015


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There’s something kind of “meta” about writing an article about a movie about someone writing an article. But it’s particularly fitting for a review of “The End of the Tour,” which was screened at the 17th annual Ebertfest on Thursday night.The movie, directed by James Ponsoldt and starring Jason...

“A Bronx Tale:” Ebertfest welcomes Chazz Palminteri and Jon Kilik

“A Bronx Tale:” Ebertfest welcomes Chazz Palminteri and Jon Kilik

April 20, 2015


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I would never deny that “A Bronx Tale” is a great film; it references important dialogue about race relations, gender construction, class discrepancies and morality. But experiencing “A Bronx Tale” as introduced by Roger Ebert’s wife, Chaz Ebert, viewing it as a personal 35-mm print that bel...

Jenna Marbles brings the internet to real life

Jenna Marbles brings the internet to real life

April 16, 2015


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Just as Clark Kent transforms into Superman, Jenna Mourey dons her false eyelashes, sardonic wit and pint-sized pooches to become Internet legend Jenna Marbles. Marbles has built an online empire based on YouTube videos, Instagram posts, blog and vlog posts, and most recently, a podcast. With her mini ...

An unheard Elsinore, the band is back

An unheard Elsinore, the band is back

April 15, 2015


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Seven days before recording its most recent album, “PUSH/PULL,” local band Elsinore lost half of its members. Studio time was already reserved and a producer was scheduled to be flown out from Portland, but the band’s dynamic wasn’t working, making the previous members opt out last minute. Fro...

Legally Blonde cast delivers crowd-pleasing performance

Legally Blonde cast delivers crowd-pleasing performance

By Maddie Galassi

April 14, 2015


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The cast of “Legally Blonde” earned a standing ovation on Saturday night, when they finished their Moms Weekend performance sponsored by the Illini Union Board. The IUB put on the play inspired by the 2001 movie of the same name starring Reese Witherspoon, who played a sorority girl who follows ...

Annual Boneyard Arts Festival launches on campus Thursday

Annual Boneyard Arts Festival launches on campus Thursday

April 8, 2015


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Champaign’s 40 North will kick off its annual Boneyard Arts Festival on Thursday, with the University campus as its first stop before visiting the rest of Champaign county. The festival, which is presented annually by 40 North Champaign County Arts Council, is in its 13th year and has been growing ra...

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