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Documentary based on Roger Ebert's memoir to be shown at 'Ebertfest'

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 15, 2014

The new documentary “Life Itself,” about the life of Roger Ebert, will be one of the 12 films shown at this year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” coming April 23-27 to Champaign and Urbana, Ill.

Published Date: January 15, 2014


Guerrilla Girls  'Benvenuti alla Biennale Femminista!' (detail), 20052012

Guerrilla Girls invade Krannert Art Museum in January

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:January 14, 2014

“Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond” is one of four new exhibitions opening Jan. 23 at the University of Illinois’ Krannert Art Museum. Featuring major works from international projects by the anonymous feminist collective that has been urging museums toward equality for almost 30 years, the expansive, multimedia “Not Ready” exhibition will include iconic pieces from the group’s 1980s and ’90s activism as well as behind-the-scenes photos, love letters and hate mail.

Published Date: January 14, 2014


Excerpts from Yamaguchi Mouthpiece I by Illinois music composition professor Erin Gee provide the soundtrack to a new iPad game called Blek.

Video game features music by honored U. of I. composition professor

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 16, 2013

Like most musicians, Erin Gee – a composition professor at the University of Illinois – experiments incessantly with her instrument, trying to coax it into delivering an increasingly wider range of intriguing sounds. In Gee’s case, her instrument is simply her mouth, but what she does with it defies conventional categorization. It’s not singing, or scatting, or even beat-boxing. Instead, she has created her own musical toolbox – a collection of clicks, hums, pops, sighs, trills, whispers and whistles that composer Martin Brody has described as “new vocal molecules created by recombining the atomic elements of speech.”

Published Date: December 16, 2013


Butoh dancer Jun Makime tests the motion capture equipment that will be used in Timings, an Internet Dance.

IJPAN project closes with Illinois and Tokyo dancers plus avatars

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 6, 2013

For three years, the Illinois Japan Performing Arts Network has been using the powerful computing resources of the University of Illinois to foster collaborations and interactions among Japanese and American artists, scholars and audiences. But the three-year project is coming to an end, and John Toenjes, IJPAN’s technical director, decided to try something new for the network’s final production.

Published Date: December 6, 2013


Tamino plays in the University of Illinois 2011 production of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute,' directed by Eduardo Dizmuoz.

Nathan Gunn chosen to lead new U. of I. Lyric Theatre program

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:October 30, 2013

Internationally renowned opera singer Nathan Gunn has been named general director of the University of Illinois’ new Lyric Theatre program, which – like Gunn – will embrace a broad spectrum of vocal theater repertoire, from musicals to opera.

Published Date: October 30, 2013