blog postsIllinois choreographer Abby Zbikowski garnering attention, honorsAug 16, 2017 8:45 am709 views The highly physical choreography of University of Illinois dance professor Abby Zbikowski has earned her a 2017 Juried Bessie Award and recognition in the dance world.Book looks at transnational labor force and how immigrants revitalize a small Midwest townFeb 1, 2016 9:15 am696 views Many immigrants coming to the U.S. for factory jobs are taking advantage of opportunities in small towns like Beardstown, rather than big cities. In her new book, “Global Heartland,” published this month by Indiana University Press, University of Illinois urban and regional planning professor Faranak Miraftab looks at how this workforce is produced for the global labor market, how the workers maintain their lives and families on low-wage jobs, and how they’ve transformed the places they now call home.Illinois historian’s translation of a unique medieval play to be staged on campusJan 13, 2017 3:30 pm691 views A re-creation of the oldest medieval vernacular play, in a new English translation, will be staged on the University of Illinois campus.Robotic arm will give Illinois architecture students more fabrication optionsMar 15, 2017 8:00 am670 views The University of Illinois School of Architecture has a new fabrication tool for students to use in building objects they’ve designed. Its industrial robotic arm will allow students in its Detail and Fabrication Program to cut materials at angles and in shapes that they can’t do with the other fabrication tools.U. of I. Symphony Orchestra concert to celebrate Mozart’s birthdayJan 18, 2018 9:45 am666 views The University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra will perform some of Mozart’s best-loved works and less familiar pieces in celebration of the composer’s Jan. 27 birthday.What can fans of 'Doctor Who' expect with a woman in the lead role?Jul 31, 2017 6:00 am664 views Lynne M. Thomas, the incoming head of the Illinois' Rare Book and Manuscript Library, says one thing has been consistent about 'Doctor Who' – it keeps changing with the timesKrannert Center announces its 2016-17 seasonMay 5, 2016 9:45 am663 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will open its 2016-17 season with Afro-Cuban music, blues and a mixture of Bhangra, funk, rock and jazz. The variety of music at the “Opening Night Party” is matched by the variety of performers throughout the season.If the Rio Olympics had a soundtrack? Samba!Jul 29, 2016 11:00 am659 views A Minute With...™ Marc Hertzman, expert on the history of sambaSummer Band Twilight Concerts a 107-year tradition at IllinoisJun 22, 2017 10:15 am653 views For more than 100 years, the University of Illinois Summer Band has performed free Twilight Concerts on the Main Quad.Prominent Japanese cultural figures to visit University of Illinois’ Japan HouseOct 12, 2017 9:30 am653 views Japan House at the University of Illinois will host two prominent cultural figures from Japan this month -- Senko Ikenobo, the first female headmaster designate of the Ikenobo Ikebana School of Floral Art, and bamboo artist Noboru Fujinuma, a Living National Treasure of Japan.University of Illinois theatre department season based on themes of free expression, censorshipOct 13, 2015 9:45 am644 views Illinois Theatre's 2015-16 season is based on the theme “Free Expression: Censored,” and features plays that have been censored or banned.Illinois architecture professor’s book examines the biases in design of products and placesMar 28, 2017 10:00 am638 views University of Illinois architecture professor Kathryn Anthony discusses the gender, age and body biases in product, building and fashion design in her new book, “Defined by Design.”Those who perform in Foellinger Great Hall say ‘hear, here!’Jul 19, 2012 2:15 pm634 views The sound was softer than a whisper, the aural equivalent of a tiny speck of dust on the lush soundscape of Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “O canto do cysne negro.” It was loud enough, however, to catch the ear of flutist Jonathan Keeble as he listened to a recording of what would become the title track of the Aletheia Duo’s new CD, “Song of the Black Swan.”Ann Yeung, Aletheia harpist, heard it too.Sculpture of Thoreau’s cabin looks at artifice of objectsOct 5, 2016 8:30 am634 views University of Illinois art professor Conrad Bakker's interest in Henry David Thoreau, and in the artificiality of objects, led him to create a sculpture of Thoreau's cabin.MFA Exhibition at Krannert Art Museum features student work in the artsApr 6, 2016 2:30 pm615 views The School of Art and Design Master of Fine Arts Exhibition will show the culmination of three years of work by 10 graduate students in art and design. The MFA Exhibition opens at Krannert Art Museum with a public reception from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, April 9.Box office opening for 2017 Ebert Film Festival passesOct 31, 2016 10:15 am607 views Passes for the 19th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or "Ebertfest," coming April 19-23, 2017, will go on sale Nov. 1. The passes cover all 12 or more screenings during the five-day event at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign.Parents' role key in child becoming accomplished musician, scholar saysNov 13, 2008 9:00 am607 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Thinking of buying a guitar for little Jim or Kim this holiday season, but afraid to spend too much for an instrument that might ultimately spend too much time in its case?Dance professor uses cellphone app to bring audience into theatrical performancesApr 6, 2016 9:45 am605 views The first message an audience member receives before a theatrical or music performance or dance is to turn off cellphones and refrain from texting or taking photos. John Toenjes, music director for the University of Illinois dance department, is telling audiences the opposite: Leave your phones on, and use them to interact with and enhance what you are seeing onstage.Illinois campus explores legacy of the Russian Revolution in its centennial yearAug 29, 2017 9:15 am605 views The Russian Revolution marks its centennial this year and the University of Illinois, a leading center of Slavic studies, is exploring the revolution’s legacy through a series of fall events.Conservation work gives old paintings a new lookSep 9, 2016 9:00 am600 views Several galleries at Krannert Art Museum reopened at the start of the fall semester, and some of the paintings hung there now have a fresher, brighter look.Poet Janice Harrington’s new work reflects on life and art of painter Horace PippinOct 12, 2016 9:00 am597 views Poet Janice Harrington found inspiration for her latest book of poetry in the life and art of Horace Pippin. Her book is a critique of the perception of African-American folk art as primitive and a reflection on how Pippin’s experiences shaped his art.Choral concert will explore events of 50 years ago, issues still relevant todayApr 25, 2016 9:15 am587 views The University of Illinois School of Music is presenting a special concert April 29 featuring the musical drama “August 4, 1964,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky.Art and architecture faculty awarded fellowshipsApr 6, 2017 12:30 pm581 views Three University of Illinois faculty in the College of Fine and Applied Arts have been awarded prestigious academic fellowships in their fields. Anne Burkus-Chasson and Prita Meier have been appointed senior fellows at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, and Paul Hardin Kapp has been awarded the 2017 James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Fellowship.Cellist Tomeka Reid and her jazz quartet to play at Krannert Art MuseumFeb 26, 2016 9:00 am575 views Tomeka Reid, who did her doctoral studies at the University of Illinois, will play a Sudden Sound concert on March 3 at Krannert Art Museum with her band, Tomeka Reid Quartet. Krannert Art Museum opens exhibitions on indigo, Japanese art, faculty workAug 16, 2012 9:00 am574 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Art patrons will have the opportunity to stomp stalks of indigo - the plant that produces the famous blue dye - at "Fields of Indigo," an installation by textile artist Rowland Ricketts in collaboration with sound designer Norbert Heber, opening Aug. 31 at Krannert Art Museum.University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra to premiere music and video pieceOct 8, 2015 2:30 pm573 views The University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra will premiere two works on Friday by composer Michael Udow, a U. of I. alumnus, including a composition that accompanies a film.Krannert Center saving money on energy costs with switch to LED lightingSep 2, 2016 9:30 am555 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will soon see the difference in the facility’s energy bills. Every light fixture in the Foellinger Great Hall – other than those over the stage – has been changed from an incandescent to an LED light fixture. That’s well over 1,000 light bulbs.Illinois theatre department, alumni celebrating program’s 50th anniversaryMar 1, 2018 8:45 am542 views The University of Illinois theatre department is celebrating its 50th anniversary with events March 3-5.Krannert Art Museum wins prestigious award, adds 16th-century print to its collectionNov 30, 2017 8:00 am513 views Krannert Art Museum has added a 16th-century print by Albrecht Durer – one of the world’s most skilled engravers – to its collection. The museum was awarded the 2017 Richard Hamilton Acquisition Prize, given by the International Fine Print Dealers Association, which provided funds for the purchase.Flatlands Dance Film Festival to screen ‘Bronx Gothic,’ short dance filmsAug 29, 2017 9:30 am506 views The Flatlands Dance Film Festival at the University of Illinois will screen a new documentary film about performer Okwui Okpokwasili and her one-woman show “Bronx Gothic.”November Dance features tribute to Beverly Blossom, partnership with KAM exhibitionOct 30, 2015 1:30 pm501 views Dance at Illinois will celebrate its history of excellence in choreography and commemorate the life of Beverly Blossom with its “November Dance: Attachment” performances.Krannert Art Museum concert series to celebrate anniversaries of progressive music groupsOct 22, 2015 11:30 am498 views Krannert Art Museum will celebrate the contribution of Chicago musicians to progressive jazz music with upcoming performances in its Sudden Sound Concert Series.Festival to feature music on instruments made from found materialsApr 12, 2016 9:15 am494 views The Sonified Sustainability Festival will celebrate sustainable practices in the arts with a concert by musicians playing instruments made from recycled or repurposed materials.Krannert Art Museum exhibition deals with themes of migration and bordersSep 6, 2016 9:15 am486 views A new exhibition at Krannert Art Museum looks at stories of migration, refugees and human rights as they relate to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – a region known as the Northern Triangle.Student documentaries on display at Krannert Art Museum provide views on inequalityDec 2, 2015 10:00 am486 views A series of video and audio projects by University of Illinois students examines how those students feel about racism, sexism and wealth inequality.February Dance to reflect recent crisis responsesJan 26, 2018 9:00 am483 views February Dance, presented by the University of Illinois dance department, will include performances that explore responses to crisis, look at protest in an airport setting and celebrate the music of Tom Petty.Flatlands Dance Film Festival to feature Misty Copeland film ‘A Ballerina’s Tale’ and international short filmsAug 18, 2016 8:00 am473 views The Flatlands Dance Film Festival will present the feature film “A Ballerina’s Tale,” about American Ballet Theater principal dancer Misty Copeland, as well as short films created for Snapchat and the winners of the Flatlands film competition.Unique 1937 steel guitar to be demonstrated, displayed at ELLNORA guitar festivalSep 14, 2017 8:00 am472 views A one-of-a-kind electric console guitar created by steel guitar performer Letritia Kandle in the 1930s will be demonstrated and on display at ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival.Researchers look at lessons learned from disaster recovery around the worldJul 31, 2017 9:30 am468 views A new book by Robert Olshansky, the head of the University of Illinois department of urban and regional planning and an expert in post-disaster recovery, details the lessons learned from disaster recovery all over the world that can guide governments in better responding to a large disaster. Illinois researcher looks at how software design controls our interactions with technologySep 8, 2016 8:00 am452 views University of Illinois professor Ben Grosser says software design is directing the way all of us move as we use our technology, yet we pay little attention to these human-tech interactions. Grosser recently made a video supercut of scenes from the Netflix series “House of Cards” showing characters in the show using technology – the first in a series of three videos for his “Touching Software” project.Reproductions of Irish cultural icons on display at Spurlock MuseumSep 20, 2016 9:15 am452 views High-quality reproductions of medieval Irish metalwork – acquired by the University of Illinois 100 years ago – are the centerpiece of a new exhibit at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures.Artist uses location, weather and other data to create sculptural landscapesJan 25, 2017 8:00 am450 views Artist Stephen Cartwright uses data he collects about himself and his environment to create sculptural landscapes.BFA exhibition to showcase art and design student work at Krannert Art MuseumMay 4, 2017 9:30 am450 views The School of Art and Design Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition at Krannert Art Museum allows seniors to show the best of their work.Illinois composer writes sesquicentennial music recognizing Carl Woese’s discovery of third domain of lifeFeb 21, 2017 9:00 am439 views Music representing one of the most important scientific discoveries made on the University of Illinois campus will be played on the historic Altgeld Chimes and the McFarland Carillon as part of the U. of I.’s sesquicentennial celebration. Composer Stephen Taylor, a professor of music composition and theory in the School of Music, created a new musical work that represents the chromosome of an organism within Archaea, or a third domain of life discovered by Illinois microbiologist Carl Woese.Krannert Art Museum assembling major exhibition on Swahili artsSep 22, 2016 10:15 am434 views An exhibition to open at Krannert Art Museum in fall 2017, “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean,” will be an unprecedented look at the arts of the Swahili coast of Africa. Contemporary comics: More than superheroesApr 5, 2016 9:15 am425 views A Minute With...™ Carol Tilley, professor and one of six judges of the Will Eisner Comic Industry AwardsAllerton Music Barn Festival to feature music of Dizzy Gillespie, contemporary Broadway showSep 26, 2017 8:00 am413 views This fall’s Allerton Barn Music Festival will feature a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie and a production of the contemporary Broadway musical “[title of show].”Transformation is the theme of “BEAR,” part of a lifelong project on endangered animalsJul 26, 2016 8:00 am402 views “BEAR” is the fourth performance in “The Unreliable Bestiary,” a lifelong project by University of Illinois art professor Deke Weaver to present a performance for every letter of the alphabet, each representing an endangered animal or habitat. Weaver’s project tells the stories of animals and our relationships to them.Portrayals of doctors in comics have become more realistic, nuancedFeb 20, 2018 8:45 am398 views Depictions of medical doctors in comics have become less stereotypical and more realistic, says Carol Tilley, a University of Illinois professor of information sciences and a comics historian and scholar.Japan House open house to feature the art of making Japanese sweetsMar 24, 2011 9:00 am397 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Japan House will celebrate the change of seasons with an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 9 (Saturday) that will feature the art of making traditional Japanese sweets, known as wagashi.