Category Archives: Arts

Picture Yourself Watching a Painting Dry and Loving It

Ready for a brain change? Try watching a languorous, lovely film. Skill is required. But like a meditation practice, it is worth the effort. Or travel the world through imagination and time. I suggest four vehicles below from South Korea, … Continue reading

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Mother Nature EP by Klevah and T.R.U.T.H: The Elements Personified

There is no greater time to be a hip hop head in Champaign-Urbana. While the towns have always boasted superb talent―there is deep hip hop history here―that two emcees joined forces to create something new is newsworthy. Shasta Knox a.k.a … Continue reading

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Hometown Dedication

The below poem was read by Coco Harmon at the 15-year anniversary celebration for the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center. You can watch it online here thanks to UPTV. — Have you been there? You know, that moment when your legs … Continue reading

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Thank You, Mr. Walton

On June 23rd, longtime homeless man Bill Walton passed away at age 69. He spent many of his last days on the steps on the Independent Media Center. Upon thinking of the passing of Bill this week, one of Bill’s … Continue reading

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New Mural by CU’s Own Langston Allston in Downtown Urbana

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We Are Being Watched, So Let Us Watch Back

I saw a dog riding a skateboard. Rather, I saw a video of a dog riding a skateboard. What’s the big difference? A few weeks ago I saw a mesmerizing movie, Monkey Kingdom, about Macaques in Sri Lanka. Shot as … Continue reading

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Women on Top: Celebrate Women Behind the Camera

The Art Theater Co-op is proud to present a summer-long series celebrating women feature film directors. Bringing together an eclectic mix of films representing the breadth and depth of women’s filmmaking, WOMEN ON TOP: CELEBRATING WOMEN BEHIND THE CAMERA is … Continue reading

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Get Your WEFT On!

by Lori Serb WEFT has been a terrestrial radio station since 1981. WEFT began webcasting in 2007. WEFT contributes to artist royalties through both of these avenues. A snapshot of recent programming includes a live set by electric blues guitarist … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day Drawing by Maya Bauer

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People of the Screen

As the day winds down, we no longer have to ask “What’s on tonight?” to keep ourselves entranced by moving pictures. We can download, dvr, stream, rent, borrow, or – don’t forget – go out to the movies. However, the … Continue reading

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“A Day at Stateville” Captures Life As It Is On the Inside

On Friday, May 9, “A Day at Stateville,” a play written by men currently incarcerated in Stateville prison, and performed by those formerly incarcerated there, was staged at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Urbana. I spoke with one of the … Continue reading

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Remembering Manni Brun

In January, this community lost a woman to whom it owes a great deal. Marianne (Manni) Brun passed away on January 6th. Manni and her husband Herbert, who was a professor of music composition, came to the university in 1963. … Continue reading

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New MLK Sculpture by Preston Jackson

A new sculpture by African American artist Preston Jackson has been installed at King Park in Urbana. Inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr., it makes reference to major moments in the Civil Rights struggle, depicting a bus from the Montgomery … Continue reading

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A Poem by T’Aari D. Hunter, “ME”

ME by: T’Ari D. Hunter They said I wasn’t Pretty, They Lied. To be like them, I tried. But being like them wasn’t for me. Being like them, I didn’t feel pretty. I felt ashamed, Like I was a follower. … Continue reading

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Newspoem by William Gillespie

Albatross: Newspoem May 2013 we don’t know how we don’t know you demapped: ignorance is scribbled across an ancient terrain by plutocrats rethinktanking ancient cartographies a two hundred year civilization rejects the sovereignty of a six thousand year one remember … Continue reading

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Poetry by Robin Arbiter

Adoption Stories By Robin Arbiter One mother is still convinced, And one is still assured, And I must deal with history, The dawn of which was painful, The end of which approaches. In the face of stories More certain than … Continue reading

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Education Justice Project Poets (First Installment)

The mission of the Education Justice project is to build a model college-in-prison program that demonstrates the positive impacts of higher education upon incarcerated people, their families, the communities from which they come, and society as a whole.  We  provide upper-division college … Continue reading

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Inmate Poetry

These poems were written by Illinois prison inmates and collected by Urbana Champaign Books to Prisoners. The Public i thanks Books to Prisoners for making them available. We will be publishing more inmate poetry in upcoming issues. For more information, … Continue reading

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SPEAK Cafe

October 18th, 7-9pm SANKOFA; HONORING THE LEGACY OF BOB MARLEY and of course FREE SWEET POTATO PIE for the 1st twenty people

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Poetry from the Experimental Writing Laboratory

The Experimental Writing Laboratory is an out-there zone where writers & non-writers are invited to explore the outer limits of language & writing using a variety of rich, challenging, unsettling, and funny experiments. In using these experiments, we invite the … Continue reading

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