blog postsWill movie theaters survive COVID-19?May 27, 2020 9:30 am440 views Summer is normally a season for blockbusters, but movie theaters will have special challenges this year, starting with a gamble on a few July releases. Derek Long, a professor of media and cinema studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, looks at the present and future of the business.Virtual exhibitions highlight art and design graduatesMay 14, 2020 8:45 am774 views Graduates from the School of Art and Design will exhibit their work virtually this spring.Illinois theatre students move year-end showcase onlineApr 29, 2020 12:00 pm792 views A live showcase to display the talents of seniors in the University of Illinois acting program was moved to a digital format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.2020 Roger Ebert’s Film Festival canceledMar 12, 2020 5:00 pm1512 views This year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” has been canceled due to concerns related to the coronavirus.Ebert Film Fest will get creepy with 'Hereditary' and HitchcockMar 5, 2020 12:00 pm949 views Horror will get its due at this year’s Ebert Film Fest with “Hereditary” now in the lineup, which one critic described as “creepy beyond belief.” The 2018 film will be one of at least two from the horror genre at “Ebertfest,” with an Alfred Hitchcock classic due to be announced later along with the rest of the schedule.Native Artist Series at Krannert Art Museum presents voices, perspectives of Native artistsMar 4, 2020 2:45 pm342 views Native artists from North America will talk about their work and contemporary visual culture at three events this month at Krannert Art Museum.Joint production of 'Cabaret' offers original choreography, fresh take on pre-WWII BerlinFeb 26, 2020 2:00 pm432 views The theatre, dance and Lyric Theatre @ Illinois programs are collaborating on a joint production of “Cabaret,” in recognition of their 50-year partnership with Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.Ebert Film Fest to feature remastered 'Cotton Club,' Farrelly brothers comedyFeb 19, 2020 1:00 pm871 views A remastered “Cotton Club,” directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and the comedy “There’s Something About Mary” will be featured as part of this year’s Roger Ebertfest’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest.”Ancient and modern intersect in 'Hive' exhibition at Krannert Art MuseumJan 21, 2020 9:00 am2081 views “Hive” – a combination of 18-foot-tall inflatable sculptures and an immersive sound installation – is on view for the coming year at Krannert Art Musem.Illinois music professor awarded NEH FellowshipJan 15, 2020 12:30 pm1126 views Music professor Christina Bashford was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for a project examining violin culture in Britain.Book looks at how landscape design helps solve water issuesDec 20, 2019 1:15 pm941 views Landscape design research can help solve environmental problems related to water systems.Opera addressing questions of disability, technology being developed with Lyric Theatre's helpDec 6, 2019 11:45 am851 views A new opera exploring questions of disability, technology and communication is being created with the help of the University of Illinois’ Lyric Theatre program.World AIDS Day commemorated with films at Krannert Art Museum, Krannert CenterNov 22, 2019 11:30 am543 views Krannert Art Museum and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will screen short films addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic to commemorate World AIDS Day.Film mines Zuckerberg's speeches for growth obsessionNov 7, 2019 9:45 am566 views University of Illinois researcher Ben Grosser’s new film uses 15 years of speeches by Mark Zuckerberg to look at his obsession with growth at any cost.100 years of architecture student design work to be preserved, archivedNov 4, 2019 8:00 am1381 views A project led by architecture professor Marci Uihlein will archive and make accessible 100 years of student design work, representing a history of architecture education.Will hiding 'like' counts and other numbers improve social media?Oct 31, 2019 8:00 am839 views Social media companies are experimenting with hiding metrics on their platforms – something University of Illinois art professor Ben Grosser has been exploring since 2012 with his Demetricator projects.Passes for 22nd 'Ebertfest' on sale Nov. 1Oct 22, 2019 9:15 am572 views Passes for the 22nd annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” go on sale Nov. 1.Illinois theatre department opens season with plays addressing injustice, revengeOct 16, 2019 11:15 am662 views The Illinois theatre department opens its season with stories of justice, injustice, revenge and redemption.Artists consider nuclear industry's legacy in Krannert Art Museum exhibitionOct 10, 2019 2:30 pm603 views The exhibition “Hot Spots: Radioactivity and the Landscape” at Krannert Art Museum spotlights the impact of the nuclear industry on the landscape.Krannert Center performance “HOME” provides inspiration for Pygmalion’s hackathonSep 24, 2019 8:00 am484 views The performance of “HOME” at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is providing the inspiration for PYGHACK, the culture festival Pygmalion’s hackathon. Both consider issues related to the concepts of home and an inclusive community.Ebert Symposium to feature film director Gregory NavaSep 19, 2019 1:45 pm606 views Gregory Nava, director of Latino films such as “El Norte,” “My Family” and “Selena,” will discuss his career and challenges, as well as diversity in the movie industry, as part of the Chaz and Roger Ebert Symposium coming Sept. 27 to the University of Illinois.Illinois Architecture reveals presence and progress of women in the professionSep 19, 2019 8:45 am1199 views A Women’s Reunion and Symposium at the School of Architecture will recognize the contributions of female architecture graduates.Endangered animals project looks at tigers, habitat loss, climate changeSep 10, 2019 8:45 am573 views University of Illinois art professor Deke Weaver will present “TIGER” this fall. It’s the fifth performance in his project “The Unreliable Bestiary,” telling stories about endangered animals and habitats.Ebert Symposium to focus on inclusion in movies and mediaSep 9, 2019 1:45 pm492 views This year’s Ebert Symposium will focus on inclusion and diversity in the media industry, with a keynote address provided by Stacy Smith, director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, a global think tank studying inequality in entertainment.Krannert Art Museum invites new perspectives on modern and contemporary artSep 3, 2019 11:00 am628 views “Art Since 1948” – a new, long-term installation at Krannert Art Museum – showcases the museum’s modern and contemporary collection.Matsuri Festival at Japan House incorporates Indian cultureAug 28, 2019 9:30 am1358 views Matsuri Festival at Japan House celebrates the end of summer with Asian food, art and musical performances.Flatlands Dance Film Festival to screen documentary on flamenco dancer, short filmsAug 23, 2019 11:30 am392 views The Flatlands Dance Film Festival will screen a documentary about Spanish flamenco dancer “La Chana” and short films from around the world.Krannert Art Museum acquires Illinois alumnus Hal Fischer’s conceptual photographsAug 13, 2019 9:15 am1014 views Krannert Art Museum has acquired the work of pioneering gay photographer and University of Illinois alumnus Hal Fischer.Prints as propaganda: Krannert Art Museum builds world-class collection of Dutch political printsJun 26, 2019 9:30 am582 views Krannert Art Museum has amassed the largest museum collection of Dutch political prints outside of Europe.Krannert Center for the Performing Arts announces 50th season of performancesMay 9, 2019 8:00 am704 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will present its 50th season of performances in 2019-20.ELLNORA guitar festival features influential guitarists from around the worldApr 30, 2019 4:15 pm629 views ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival will feature a wide variety of musicians Sept. 5-7 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.Illinois music professor awarded Carnegie FellowshipApr 24, 2019 1:00 pm472 views Illinois ethnomusicologist Michael Silvers, who specializes in the music of Brazil, has been awarded a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. He’ll use the fellowship to research a book that will examine the aesthetics and natural resources of instrument-making using Brazilian woods.Lyric Theatre's 'Crazy For You' production blends tap, Gershwin tunesApr 23, 2019 10:15 am576 views The Lyric Theatre @ Illinois spring musical features tap dancing and Gershwin tunes in “Crazy for You.”Krannert Center celebrates 50 years with weekend of music, activitiesApr 9, 2019 11:00 am1186 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will celebrate its 50th anniversary April 12-14 with music, a gala and a global toast.Artist to exhibit photo collage, abstract works in local spring exhibitionsApr 4, 2019 1:30 pm290 views University of Illinois professor and artist Stacey Robinson will show his photo collages and abstract drawings at several shows this spring.'Quantum Rhapsodies' performance explores quantum physics, its role in our universeApr 4, 2019 8:00 am712 views “Quantum Rhapsodies” uses narration, video images and the music of the Jupiter String Quartet to explore the world of quantum physics.Performance artist Autumn Knight launches book tour at Krannert Art MuseumMar 26, 2019 8:45 am639 views Krannert Art Museum has produced a book about performance artist Autumn Knight, with essays and photographs that document Knight’s 2017 performances on campus.'Ebertfest' full schedule announced, with actresses Gershon, Madsen, Tilly as guestsMar 21, 2019 9:00 am3160 views This year’s Ebert Film Fest will include “Almost Famous” and “Sideways,” documentaries on Maya Angelou and Fred Rogers, and guest actresses Gina Gershon, Virginia Madsen and Jennifer Tilly.Aretha Franklin concert film 'Amazing Grace' to open Ebert Film FestMar 14, 2019 3:45 pm904 views An Aretha Franklin concert film from nearly 50 years ago, now restored and released, will open this year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest.”Composer Renee Baker to premiere new score for historic silent filmFeb 21, 2019 10:00 am632 views The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music will screen two silent films with new scores by composer Renee Baker in recognition of Black History Month.Exhibition of Indian paintings passed 'From Hand to Hand' at Krannert Art MuseumFeb 13, 2019 10:00 am339 views Indian paintings depicting Hindu epics, royal portraits and stories of love can be seen at Krannert Art Museum’s “From Hand to Hand” exhibition, opening Feb. 28.First film and guests announced for 21st annual ‘Ebertfest’Feb 11, 2019 10:30 am1585 views A post-World War II romance is the first film announced for this year’s “Ebertfest,” coming April 10-13 to downtown Champaign and the U. of I. The film will be shown in memory of its co-star, Scott Wilson, a frequent past festival guest. Organizers also announced an added role in this year’s festival for film critic Richard Roeper.February Dance features collaborations between faculty, alumniFeb 6, 2019 12:15 pm366 views Dance faculty and alumni will present new work in February Dance to celebrate the dance department's 50th anniversary.Krannert Art Museum to feature newly acquired Louise Fishman painting in spring exhibitionJan 29, 2019 9:30 am802 views Krannert Art Museum recently purchased a painting by University of Illinois alumna Louise Fishman that will be part of an exhibition of 20th century paintings at the museum.New book tells story of secret Hollywood studio that shaped the nuclear ageJan 14, 2019 2:30 pm2446 views Two Illinois professors tell the story of a secret Hollywood studio at the heart of the Cold War and the early nuclear age.Tap dance a highlight of spring semester at Krannert Center for the Performing ArtsJan 10, 2019 9:00 am719 views Tap at Illinois will celebrate tap dancing with a semesterlong series of tap performances at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.Book by Illinois music professor looks at how Brazilian forro music, environment are connectedDec 3, 2018 8:45 am567 views Illinois ethnomusicologist Michael Silvers writes in his new book about forro music of Brazil and its connections to the environment, drought and politics.Krannert Art Museum to offer short films, panel discussion for World AIDS DayNov 27, 2018 10:45 am274 views Krannert Art Museum will screen short films about AIDS activism – the only downstate Illinois venue to show the films – for World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.November Dance celebrates dance department’s first 50 years with work by faculty, alumniNov 7, 2018 11:15 am716 views November Dance will celebrate the University of Illinois dance department’s 50th anniversary with collaborations between faculty members and alumni.Irish artists Kennedy Browne grapple with ‘Real World Harm’ at Krannert Art MuseumNov 5, 2018 8:45 am583 views The first solo U.S. exhibition by Irish artists Kennedy Browne at Krannert Art Museum raises questions about global commerce and technology.