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Too Fast, Too Soon

When registering for classes, I was a little confused as to why my advisor would advise me to take such a class. I then realized that it was more than that. After the first event, I became incredibly interested.

Written by Maty Patino

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My Journey Through FAA 110

Written by Yining Wei

This semester, I enrolled in the FAA110: Art in Motion. The class is fun and explores art through our different senses, and offered excellent opportunities to explore art on campus. Here are the eight events that I went to:

Krannert-A Magical Night

Krannert-A Magical Night

The Power of One Glance-LAGRIME DI SAN PIETRO

The Power of One Glance-LAGRIME DI SAN PIETRO

Comedy & Musical: A funny thing happened on the way to the forum

Comedy & Musical: A funny thing happened on the way to the forum

Solo Guitarist: Marcus Tardelli

Solo Guitarist: Marcus Tardelli

La Boheme: Tragic yet beautiful

La Boheme: Tragic yet beautiful

The Rush, the Changes and the Innerself

The Rush, the Changes and the Innerself

Virago-Man Dem: Fighting Cultural Conventions with Dance

Virago-Man Dem: Fighting Cultural Conventions with Dance

Light Seeker: Photo exhibition at Illini Union Art Gallery

Light Seeker: Photo exhibition at Illini Union Art Gallery

 

I really enjoyed the FAA course because it explores different forms of art with our sensations. We listened to music which explores our listening, discussed and went to a modern dance performance that expresses art in physical motion, and also appreciated paintings that explores colors and forms. I would recommend this class to my friends who are looking for an easy and fun gen-ed that they can actually learn from. Thank you both for teaching us this semester!

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Now what? Let’s recap

Written by Sihan Wang

When I took this pictures of all the events tickets and the program notes for each event, it’s amazing to realize that I’ve been to so many art events that I enjoyed this semester.

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Final Blog: Unforgettable Things Happened on my Journey with FAA110!

Written by Zhenbang.

“Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.” — Dead Poets Society,  1989

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My semester In FAA 110.

Written by Thomas Kirkendall

This school year I didn’t expect to like this class as much as I did. I thought it was gonna just be another class I took that I wasn’t gonna realty pay attention to. Then we started going to some events and I started slowly liking the events more and more as the school year went on.

The First event I went to was Krannert Center 50th anniversary

The next event was How Tardelli changed the way I feel about live performed music.

 

gressman performance 

A whacky yet amusing performance

The Night At The Opera

no pictures were allowed at this performance

The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks, puppeteering.

no photos were allowed

I really enjoyed going to all the different events for this class, and getting the chance to see the different kinds of performances that I did. some of these performances were my first time going, kind of like the opera and the greensman performance and even the puppeteering. It feels good to be open minded and try new things that you are not use to because you might end up enjoying it. If I could take this course again I would. Thank you to all the actors and performers who played roles In these performances I really enjoyed them!

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Conversation with Acceptance

Written by Sihan Wang

On the night of November 9th, I went to the Colwell Playhouse at the Krannert Center to see the November dance, there are four dance performances, “In Conversation”, “Antigamente”, “Tragedy, Ecstasy, Doom”, and “Picked Up Pieces”. The first impression those performances are not as abstract as I thought it would be. Continue reading “Conversation with Acceptance”

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And now…let’s look back.

Written by Andrew Duran,

Welp, as the infamous phrase says, all good things must come to an end. The time spent in FAA 110 was beyond anything I could have expected and the takeaways that I was able to experience will last a life time. As my final blog post, i would like to take the time to flashback through the events I had the honor to live out.

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My Great Adventure in FAA 110!

Written by Alyssa Pappas

My transition into my new major of Atmospheric Sciences I knew would not be an easy one. With my schedule being increasingly difficult, I knew that I had wanted to add a class that would have nothing to do with my major and that could act as a breath of fresh air. That is when I discovered FAA 110!  Some of my friends had recommended it to me so I wanted to give it a shot. I could not have been happier with my decision! I got the chance to attend different events, involving the Arts, that I would never have been able to experience outside of taking this class.  Throughout the length of this course I learned so many things and got to see a whole new world away from my science one.  Here are the events that I attended that taught me so much, as well as pictures and links to my blogs to go along with them.

 

A New Perspective: Limbs Ligaments, Parts: My body is there Gallery

Photo by A.Pappas 

The Way We See Things: Erica Gressman: Limbs

Photo by A.Pappas

Making it Happen: Krannert’s Opening Night 

Photo by A.Pappas

Silence in a Crowded Room

Photo by A.Pappas

The Barriers Between Us: Kennedy Browne, The Special Relationship

Photo by A.Pappas

My life in Chicago

Photo by A.Pappas

Reminiscing Throughout the Opera

Photo by A.Pappas 

The Art of Taking Risks: Circa

Photo by A.Pappas

A Million Emotions with Zero Words: Perlman

Photo by A.Pappas

My experience with being in this class is one that can never be duplicated.  With many lessons learned involving: how many different forms of Art there is, how a class doesn’t need to be just lectures and tests, and how important it is to be courageous and attend events I have never been to before.  I plan on keeping up with this experience by continuously putting myself out there and going to events that I wouldn’t typically go to.  That even though my life is heavily based around math and science, I will still make time for myself and not let life pass me by without experiencing as many different performances as possible.

 

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FAA 110: In Review

Written by: Nora Guerrero
What a great ride it’s been being in FAA 110: Art in Motion! The semester kicked off with some very fun events which we will recap below. Refer to the links below to see the original blog posts. The class was manageable, and a nice break from traditional classes. Going to class once a week and an event took me out of my regular comfort zone. It’s a great way to get immersed into the other sides of artistic culture on campus – and there is so much talent.

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A wonderful semester with FAA 110

Written by LinJie Yang

The class I most look forward to during the summer break is Faa 100  and it is a really good course. The two professors are really nice and the most of the performances we attened are  excellent.

Event 1  Krannert opening night

I am sorry but the orginial blog can not be found.

Event 2 Erica Gressman:Limbs

Event3  Marcus Tardelli guitar Ellnora

Event 4 Between the Buildings:Art from Chicago

Event 5 A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum

Event 6 La Boheme

Event 7 Itzhak Perlman, violin with Rohan

Event 8 Cynthia Oliver/CoCo Dance Theater

 

To sum up, faa is such a great course that enables me to enjoy so many woderful performances throughout the semester.  The course also makes me realize what kind of art I am interested in. I ‘ve reviewed the program next semester yet and marked several  events that I will go to by myself.

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Final Reflection

Written By Tim Gao

In the blink of an eye, it was already the end of the year. This class, Art in Motion, not only provides me so many opportunities to experience these wonderful shows happened in the school, but also helps me to learn a variety of culture which related to the shows. It was very joyful discussing the shows in the class, because each show is unique, thus we are excited about going to the shows and looking forward to enjoying more arts. Talking about the background of the show helps me better understand what is going on during the show. And I feel that I was getting more interests from this class after watching so many shows. Sometimes, I will tell my friends the contents of the shows and they are attracted by these dramas and orchestras. I really proud that I joined this class because this is so much fun!

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Rolston String Quartet

Written by Sihan Wang

Last night I went to the Krannert center watched “Rolston String Quartet”. I enjoyed it very much, similar to the violin-piano duet concert. Although I didn’t hear any familiar song that I might hear before this time, the pieces that they played yesterday was still pretty good.

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The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks, puppeteering.

Written by Thomas Kirkendall.

Thursday November 29th No Blue Memories played in the Krannert center for performing arts. Many gathered and watched the amazing puppeteering performance that was quite not like your ordinary puppeteering performance. Continue reading “The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks, puppeteering.”

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The Power Found in Strings

Written by Andrew Duran,

This past Sunday I had the opportunity to experience my first style of quarter. This moment was something that was a bit foreign to me so, walking through the aisle to grab my seat, I did not know what to expect.

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A Semester of Relief and Inspiration Through FAA 110

Written by Kamani J Harris

 

I knew that the first semester of my last year at UIUC was bound to be stressful, but I thought joining this class would give me a fun way to get away from all my graduation requirements in the back of my head. I went to so many events with my classmates where we viewed the many forms of creativity and art that I have yet to explore. These events included:

 

Krannert’s Opening Night Party: 50th Anniversary Celebration Kickoff

Photo by Kamani Harris

Erica Gressman’s Limbs

photo by Kamani Harris

Cynthia Oliver/Coco. Dance Theatre Virago-Man Dem

The dancers silently begin to come out and go toward the stage, covered.
Taken by Kamani Harris

Leda Black’s perSISTERS

Reclaiming My Time
Taken by Kamani Harris

No Blue Memories – The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

picture of an actor performing with a puppet.
Taken by Kamani J Harris

Rolston String Quartet

Taken by Bo Huang Photography

Coming to these events allowed me to escape the many stressors in my day that included my other classes, my retail job, and internship. I enjoyed being around my teachers and classmates and discovering the many ways people are able to show their creativity and also unveil the creativity within myself. At a time where I could’ve just gave up on school, work, and the overall weight from being a college student, I still found a way to make it to all the events in this course. Each week I looked forward to meeting with my newfound friends, discuss our differing interpretations of the art, and being enlightened to continue my creativity in other outlets. This class gave me a break and the inspiration to not give up, to continue persisting, and to finish my last year at UIUC so I can one day accomplish my dreams.  

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Nice, But I Don’t Enjoy Classical Music

Written by Kamani J Harris

Taken by Bo Huang Photography

Going to the see the Rolston String Quartet at Krannert, I went in wanting to enjoy it like every performance I go to see. I finally realized I’m not into Classical music.

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Amazing puppet show

Written by Sihan Wang

Last night I went to the Krannert Center watched “No Blue Memories-The Life Of Gwendolyn Brooks”, which is a Shadowplay. The huge Christmas trees looked very good. 

Before I went, I actually have no idea what it is going to be like, I even thought it was going to be like an opera play but only with puppets, but it turns out that the puppet that I know wasn’t the kind of “puppet” that they used on stage. The puppet that they used is all kinds of different shape of people that they cut from paper. This performance was very interesting; I have never seen such a performance with such creativity, it feels like watching an old black & white movie in this modern day, but with no outdated techniques. Continue reading “Amazing puppet show”

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Creative Theater: Manual Cinema

Written by Syed Ali

Last week at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts, Manual Cinema performed a theatrical rendering of No Blue Memories – The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. The performance involved a projector, puppets, and a live orchestra/band that brought various aspects together to create a vibrant display of Gwendolyn Brooks’ life.

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My Journey Through the Arts in FAA 110!

By: Deja Cook- Reynolds

I can’t believe that the end is already here. This semester has provided me with some amazing opportunities to be encompassed by many forms of art. All different in their various messages, mediums of presentations, and individual style. I knew art was expressive, but this class helped me put meaning to the concept.  The performances I attended included: Continue reading “My Journey Through the Arts in FAA 110!”

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The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

The Manual Cinema of Gwendolyn Brooks was a wonderful experience. If I could, I would go see it again. I have never seen anything like it before and I really enjoyed myself. I loved everything from the visuals to the sounds effects.

The puppeteering aspect added to the style of storytelling. In fact it enhanced the aspect of storytelling. Puppeteering pulled everything together and it made sense. The puppeteering made the story easy to follow. The music also enhanced the entire play. The music matched the year of each part of the story being told. I loved the music. Continue reading “The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks”

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Artistry Evolving

Photo by Maty Patino
Just like we evolve as a species, the way stories are being told are evolving as well. It just keeps getting better and better, and the future generations will be having the best of the best.
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Act of Love

Written by Sihan Wang

On the night of November 11, I went to the Colwell Playhouse at Karrnert center viewed Virago Man-Dem performance. I noticed that the performance was started before everyone was seated and lights out, as the audiences went into the theater, there is a person wearing white shirt standing at the corner right under stage facing the stage, and the light was on him since the beginning, I went into the theater early so I notice four performers started to stand on their position one by one before the lights turned off, faced to different direction.

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Sound of Precious Memory

Written by Sihan Wang

On November 10th, I went to the Krannert CeViolin-Pianooyed the Violin Piano duo performance by Itzhak Perlman and Rohan Desilva.

There are crowds of people attended this concert and I’ve never seen that many people in one concert this semester. Continue reading “Sound of Precious Memory”

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Lovely Love Story

Written by Sihan Wang

Last night I went to Krannert center Tryon Festival Theater watched a romantic comedy La Bohème, the play was written by Giacomo Puccini, an Italian writer. When I went to inside the theater it was pretty quiet.

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Amazing lights of comedy

Written by Sihan Wang

Tonight I went to the Krannert center and watched the play “A funny thing happened on the way to the forum”, as I went into the theater and started to take pictures, a staff member nicely told me that they don’t allow taking pictures during the show, I realized that maybe my movement was too big, so I took the picture of the program notes and the tickets.

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Arts of Busy Windy City

Written by Sihan Wang

This week I went to the Krannert Art Museum to see the exhibition “Between the buildings: Art from Chicago, 1930s- 1980s”, it’s a very interesting exhibition because there are all kinds forms of art, including paintings, photographs, and sculptures, from lots of artists. All of those various artworks from various artists have one thing in common; those artworks were created and crafted by an artist to express different themes and aspects of the windy city Chicago.

I’ve been to Chicago plenty of times, with my friends or families. Tall buildings and large crowds of people left me with the same impression every single time I visited, busy and bustling. Yet the exhibition showed me another side of Chicago, a side of mystery, abstract, and strange.

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Puppets with a POP!

Written by Andrew Duran

This past Thursday night, I had the opportunity to attend No Blue Memories-The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. This performance was beyond anything I could have expected and displayed a style of puppets that was creatively outstanding.

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Ending the Semester Right With Gwendolyn Brooks

Written by Kamani J Harris

Taken by Kamani J Harris

This performance of No Blue Memories-The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks has to be my favorite of this entire semester. I love stories that outline the path of determination and success of people of color, but the jazz, R&B, and puppeteering is what drew me deeper in.

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Recognizing My PerSISTERS

Written by Kamani Harris

Reclaiming My Time
Taken by Kamani Harris

 

On November 29th I went to the art showing of perSISTERS by Leda Black at the UIUC campus YMCA. The art encompassed the many female figures who made an impact on society and persisted no matter the many obstacles they faced, along with many inspirational quotes by them or that represented them in a large way.

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Breaking Bias and Stereotypes through dance!

Before Thanksgiving Break, We got the opportunity to witness a performance called “Virago-Man Dem,” choreographed by Cynthia Oliver, at the Krannert Center.

Written By Xuan Huynh

I was extremely excited to watch this performance because dancing is one of my favorite hobbies. Dancing has helped me get through many tough times. Whenever I’m sad, I listen to music and dance and immediately I feel better.

At the beginning of the performance, I was undeniably confused. They were shaking, wasn’t in sync with each other and doing odd, never seen moves. It looked like they were being possessed. I even asked one of my classmates “What’s going on?” I thought it was going to be typical, modern dance but it was completely the opposite but in the best way possible.

Shapeshifting was present in the performance in many ways. They changed costumes a lot, so maybe they were shifting to another being. An example of this is towards the end when the male dancers changed into dresses. Even though the dance was nothing like I expected, it delivered a strong message. It challenged society’s stereotypes of what it means to be an African American male as well as address issues that African Americans face such as police brutality. During one part of the performance, they had their hands up. I think conveying this message through live performance is powerful and extremely creative. I would love to see another one of her performances soon.

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Shape-Shifting of One’s Understanding: Virago-Man Dem

Written by Kamani J Harris

photo of the dancers in Virago-Man Dem by Cynthia Oliver.
Taken by Kamani Harris

In Cynthia Oliver’s Virago-Man Dem I found myself struggling to put together the changes and metamorphosis within the dance that represents finding oneself, race, and gender identity.

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Virago-Man Dem

Walking into the theatre, I didn’t really know what to expect. At first, a tall figure in white stood at the end of some steps by the stage. I wasn’t sure if it was a stand of some sort or an actual person. Then another performer in all white came out and stood on the stage. Following two more performances that stood in different areas of the stage or stairs. I became even more curious to see what they were going to perform.

As the show began, I noticed how the dancers based their moves to the backdrop on stage. For instance, the backdrop had 4 comic figures of black robotics. The dancers will dance more robotic, but as the backdrop changes so does the dancers moves. The dancers shift their technique from robot to afro centric. Two dancers may have a piece while the other two are dancing in their own way on other side of the stage.


This performance intrigued me even more being African American because of the many Afro beats and dances. The emotions the dancers were putting in every movement made me feel their energy. Even the switch from Afro centric to Afro Latino vibe. It was a fun show to watch. I love the spice the men added in their dance movements and even their short script. Anytime I see a piece voguing I get excited. It made want to dance with them.

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Expressing views and absurdity through dance

Written by Syed Ali

Last week, the Krannert Center for Performing Arts held a dance performance choreographed by Cynthia Oliver. The performance, Virago-Man Dem, involved different stages of movement that worked in conjunction with a screen, spotlight, and flickering music.

 

 

 

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Breaking the Sterotype

 


Prior to leaving for Thanksgiving Break, I had the opportunity to attend yet another show at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. I must say I have come to enjoy the performances that I go see each week. This particular performance by Cynthia Oliver titled, “Virago-Man Dem,” was something unexpected but quite intriguing by the message it left behind.

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A Funny Thing That Happened on The Way to The…

A Funny Thing That Happened on The Way to the Forum was an interesting play. Before the play started, I heard the play would be funny, fun, or “very entertaining.” I had an array of reactions throughout the play. There were some funny moments, some cheesy, some happy, some sad.

I honestly enjoyed the A Funny Thing That Happened on The Way to the Forum. I thought this play was very well put together. The set was an Ancient Rome neighborhood. Everything from the lighting to “architecture” helped contribute to the feel of Ancient Rome. It takes a lot of imagination to construct a set so complex. My impression of the music was cheesy; just some of the timing of the music in certain scenarios seemed a little off. For example, when the father and son found out they had a crush on the same girl, they decided to sing about it. The father has a wife, number 1. Also, Philia was too you Continue reading “A Funny Thing That Happened on The Way to The…”

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Feeling a little down, go watch a comedy!

by Xuan Huynh

The play “A funny thing happened on the way to the forum” grace the Krannert Center with endless laughter and joy. While watching the performance, I felt fatigue and tired because I was sick but that did not interfere with the amazing experience I had! I walked in the theatre feeling sleepy, but I walked out the happiest person ever.

Being said, I enjoyed every moment of the performance. All aspects of the performance were hilarious and very entertaining; the scenes, costumes, and unique characters were incredible! The actors were my favorite part of the play because they made my experience feel more authentic. Even though I knew the dialogue and behaviors were scripted, the actors made the plot feel so genuine. In addition, I loved when they acknowledge the audience. Frequently, they would say a comment to us or throw an object towards us. Those actions made me feel apart of the show.

All of the characters were comical but the character playing the slave couldn’t stop making me laugh. She was hysterical! Her approach, diction, entire presence was outgoing and riotous. On top of that, I was obsessed with the relationship she had with her “master”. Before watching the performance, I had some controversy about the show. I love watching comedies but I didn’t understand how they could turn a gruesome part of history into a laughable matter but they didn’t have the typical, awful relationship I imagine a slave would with her master. They had a considerate, playful relationship. To add on, the statue is another part of the play that I absolutely adored. At first, I thought she was a prop so her character really shocked me. Her reactions towards conversations were hilarious.

Furthermore, I thought the character that was dressed as a half woman and half man was amusing because it was so different and very effective. Whenever the character’s side faced towards me, it really looked like the gender the actor is trying to portray. Wrapping it up, throughout my life, I did not see many live performances but watching this play inspired me to attend a lot more performance because I had a lot of fun.

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You Will Not Believe What Happened

Many people consider theater to be full of drama and unrealistic scenarios, which for the most part can be true. However, there is also a misconception of theater being boring. That is quite untrue. In order to enjoy theater, you need to choose the perfect play. “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” is the perfect play to watch when you have not previously been to the theater.

Written by Maty Patino

Photo by Maty Patino

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Comedy at the Krannert Center

A hilarious musical comedy at the Krannert Center

Written by Bill Xun

Taken by Bill Xun

This week the class went to see A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in the Colwell Playhouse at the Krannert Center. I had an absolute blast watching this musical comedy. Everything came together perfectly — the set, the actors, and the music .It was two hours of nonstop comedy, and I enjoyed watching every second of it.

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Instead of tragedy comes comedy tonight

Written by Syed Ali

Throughout the month of October, the Krannert Center of Performing Arts held the musical play A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The play employed various jokes, expressions, and situations to bring out endless laughter from the audience. The slogan “Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight!” held true as the musical comedy made an interesting inquiry into freedom and making light of a situation.

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A Marvelously Entertaining Night in the Theater

A evening filled with beautiful voices, acting, and belly laughing.

Written by Emily Reeter

I really enjoyed the performance this last Thursday.  I went in without any expectations because it had been years since I had the opportunity to attend a theater event.  When I first arrived I was mesmerized with all the different decorations, lights, and stage settings. The crowds continued to pour into the theater and you could feel the excitement through the immense chattering.  It was extremely lively and vibrant.  I couldn’t wait for the production to begin so I could see it all come to life. Continue reading “A Marvelously Entertaining Night in the Theater”

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Funny Thing In Colwell Playhouse

Written By Tim Gao

Photo By Tim Gao

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is the one of the best musical by Stephen Sondheim. Everyone was excited about this Thursday night because of the show and it also gives us the first opportunity to attend the show at the Illinois Theatre. The first thing surprised me is the perfect seat because it is super close to the stage that allows us to see all kinds of delicate costumes and plenty of emotions on performers’ face. The whole stage was very fancy but well-organized, there are orchestras on both sides and also a fake swimming pool close to the center of the stage. Everyone on the seat just can’t wait to see what is behind the red curtain which has a happy face and a sad face on it.

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A Comedy Tonight: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Written by Zhenbang Wu.

“Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone — a comedy tonight!”

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Wonderous Search

Who ever knew that the adventure to help yourself could be full of so many surprises?

By: Deja Cook- Reynolds

To begin, I wanted to start off with what made me smile in this piece, because I watched this performance because of a class, yes, but I also wanted to enjoy the show. So, I had to find something that I liked throughout the performance, though that wasn’t hard. I think the part that I enjoyed the most and indeed was the reason for the smile on my face was the statue character. Continue reading “Wonderous Search”

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A whacky yet amusing performance

Written by Thomas Kirkendall

A funny thing happened on the way to the forum was a very weird yet amusing performance to watch as I’ve never been to a play like this one that was suppose to be funny but also had a deeper meaning behind it. many people enjoyed the play but I also noticed some people not as interested.
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“Something For Everyone…A Comedy Tonight!”

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Written By: Fatimah Ibidunni

If this class keeps going at this rate, I am going to go to every theater production that the Krannert Center for Performing Arts puts on because… WOW. Click below to read more about the amazing performance at Krannert this Thursday. Continue reading ““Something For Everyone…A Comedy Tonight!””

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A Funny Thing Happened Indeed

Written By: Nora Guerrero
There’s a certain type of vibe that fills the atmosphere when you’re sitting in a theatre, waiting for the play to begin. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is one to watch. The anticipation of the lights dimming, and the music beginning, is all very exciting. After a long week of classes, decompressing at a play Thursday night was not how I imagined my night to go, but I am so glad it did.

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Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Krannert

It’s Thursday again! And Thursday is for KRANNERT!!

written by LinJie Yang

The show for this week is ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum’. It’s a pretty old comedy first played on Broadway in 1962 and the show I watched tonight is an updating modified version.             Continue reading “Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Krannert”

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My life in Chicago

Written by Alyssa Pappas

Photo by A.Pappas

Chicago has had a very cultural as well as family aspect in my life.  This personal experience of mine, can be related to throughout the artwork in the Chicago exhibit at the Krannert Art Museum.

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The Windy City

Many people think that Chicago got its name due to the weather, but that is not right. Chicago, “The Windy City” was initially used by the Cincinnati Press and then later used by Chicago Tribune in 1876. I was raised in Chicago, and the history is never ending.

Written by Maty Patino

Photo by Maty Patino

History is so pleasing, but even more when it has to do with place or person you truly care about, in this case Chicago. There is so many amazing people who come from the city of Chicago. This city is full of art and artists. Any way you turn, there is art. Art in murals, art hanging, art as a building.

Photo by Maty Patino

People themselves are because everyone is so different and unique. Everyone has such a different style that it makes each and one of us a piece of art created by the biology of the universe. Each individual provides the world with something. Whether it is the art itself such as buildings, paintings, drawings, landscaping, or even love in which you just feel.

Photo by Maty Patino

Thinking about Chicago can make some of us feel melancholy. But, looking for something related to our city can always make us feel better. As I walked through the Krannert Art Museum, I realized how much of the history I did not know. Moreover, I started to reminisce my days in Chicago and how much I missed it. I started to think about my way to downtown, and how the city itself is art, whether it’s the graffiti, the huge Moose Bubblegum Bubble by Jacob Watts or the Willis Tower.

Thank you to the Krannert Art Museum for filling our hearts with joy as we see the art that they hold by our beloved city artists.

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Describing A City With Art

A collection of diverse pieces of art representing Chicago at the Krannert Art Museum

Written by Bill Xun

Taken by Bill Xun

Between The Buildings: Art From Chicago, 1930s to 1980s is currently on display at the Krannert Art Museum. It’s amazing to see each artist’s individual perspectives and how they choose to represent the city that they live in. Some choose to use photos; others use sculptures, paintings, and all sorts of abstract art. Collectively, the entire exhibition gives viewers a summary of Chicago as a whole through a collection of pieces.

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The Rush, the Changes and the Innerself

Before going to Krannert Art Museum, I was expecting an exhibition that related more to architechture since the name was “between the buildings” (and apparently I omitted the word “between”). Disappointed to find that we have been there and seen some of the paintings, I then spent more than an hour at the gallery. I was utterly amazed by the thoughtfulness and introspection each piece of art brings.

I LOVE how much thought was put in this piece. The obsession with hair and pretty faces in media has a significant influence on our perception of beauty, and by showing only the back side of hair ironically, the creator demonstrated how hair is displayed as attractive in the media. The sarcasm in this artwork is awesome.

 

 

This sketch piece looks simple, but it is my favorite one at the gallery. Although it is not the most eye-catching artwork, it has THE perfect angle and composition and I felt its beauty. The shade was painted with a cursive manner, but it displays the contrast between light and shadow perfectly.

 

 

Here are two more pictures I took at the gallery. I’d like to explain more if I have time to, but in general I loved how “Eschikago” showed us the history of the First Nations, and the last piece demonstrated our inner fears and outer challenges in life.

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Representing life in Chicago with Art

Written by Syed Ali

This week, the Krannert Art Museum held an exhibition, “Between the Buildings: Art from Chicago, 1930s – 1980s,”  that held various paintings and art sculptures representing Chicago/life in Chicago. Various artists created differing themes about what aspects of Chicago are most important and how they can be represented. Continue reading “Representing life in Chicago with Art”

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Chicago between the paintings

In a sunny peaceful afternoon, I went into the krannert museum,starting a new exploration.

Written by Linjie Yang

Since  I only have been to Chicago downtown only one time, I do not know much about this city. I just want to command some of these paintings.

The first painting  left me a strong impression is this “three women”. This painting wants to illustrate the women in different colors own the same right and should be treated equally.What’s more, this painting was finished in the late 19’s. At that time, only a few people had the awareness of advocating women’s rights. From this particular detail, I think Chicago is an elightning city.

        

The second piece is this giant painting. During my first glance, I was shocked. Because the style of the painting is very Japanese.  Due to there is no annotation along sides this painting, I can not find further information on this piece. I am conjecturing if there is a special relationship between Chicago and Japanese.


 The last one is this pretty metal style piece. The only item I could recognize in the painting is a robot. I spent much time in front of this painting, and I like the color of it. I don't know why but I just felt this painting looks very 'Chicago.' Maybe this painting leaves me the same impression as Chicago did.                

 

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Expression of Chicago

Written By Tim Gao

Photo By Tim Gao

Highlighting the artworks from Chicago-based artists, the exhibition, Between the buildings, unfolds the stories and spirits buried in history. The historical background of Between the buildings is interesting. In last century Chicago, many artists working in isolation, producing creativity, diversity, and personal aesthetics. However, the artists could hardly find opportunities to exhibit their works. Thus they collectively exhibit with students in art schools, forming the idea of Chicago School.

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Different Perspectives, One Goal

Living in a community where there are so many people unlike yourself can be hard. However, having the same drive to be great and see beauty in the world around you is what brings the people of Chicago together.

By: Deja Cook- Reynolds

After attending the Krannert Art Museum’s Chicago exhibit, I was quite confused on what I was looking at. All the art was so different, but in a way; they had to be similar, right? Although, in order to understand the art around me, I had to dig deep and find out what Chicago meant to me. Was it just a place where people lived, or was it more than that? But people can live anywhere I said to myself, so what made Chicago “so special”. It was the fact that Chicago is composed of so many different type of people. People that work together to build a community that is special to them, without losing the core of Chicago’s traditions, the music, food, and community where people can let go, be themselves, and have fun!

So when, I was looking at the art work; I saw the fun and the beauty of Chicago. I saw the picture of the different communities painted in the images. They all captured different things, but indeed the theme was the same, the beauty of life Chicago, striving to live in the moment and not to be afraid of the journey or the people you might meet while you are there.

By: Philip Hanson
By: Art Sinsabaugh
By: Nathan Lerner
By: Ted Halkin
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The Charming City of Chicago

Written by Emily Reeter

I think the artists tried to represent the passion, hustle, and chaos of the city with their illustrations of masses of people and vibrant colors. In one of the paintings they showcased all of the city’s people walking in a crowded downtown area.  It was unique because each and every person was dressed in something unique and bold.  I liked that painting the most because it really represented all the different cultures emerging in the city.  One of the reasons I like cities like Chicago so much is because of the diversity they bring and the different cultural influences they have throughout the city.   I thought this painting did a good job of showing the diversity with the different apparel choices and through the different directions everyone is headed.  Other paintings focused on the skyscrapers and exhibited the beautiful architecture of the Windy City.  I loved how modern and state-of-the-art, yet realistic all of the buildings looked.  I think the combination of the skyscrapers and hustling people paint a good picture of the hustling life of the city.  It’s a beautiful city with endless opportunities, but filled with an array of people from all different backgrounds that are all restless and ambitious to make something out of the assets supplied to them in this magical place. I drew my own illustration of my vision of the sun rising over the city, but the residents are already up moving.  They are on their way to make their impact and mark on this city before the sun has even risen over these skyscrapers.  It’s a city of art, ambition, and an array of residents with different backgrounds.

 

 

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The Colors of Chicago

Written by Andrew Duran,

Image by Andrew Duran

Being raised in the city of Chicago, you begin to pick up on the colors that the city begins to depict. The sound of late night trains screeching to a stop and the feeling of a current bouncing in between two large buildings is unique to the city.

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Solo Guitarist: Marcus Tardelli

The performance on last Wednesday was an amazing experience for me. Most of the performances I have been to are orchestras or musicals that have more of a complex composition than the solo guitar performance. Honestly, seeing only one performer on stage was uncommon for me and monotonous at first, but then it was enjoyable to see how engaged he was in his guitar and his music.

What seperates the live performance and listening to music at home was the experience. Seeing the musician basking in the pure joy of the music, observing how he plays the instrument and feeling the ambience inside Follienger’s Great Hall makes the whole experience unique. Also, what I noticed from the music pieces Marcus Tardelli played was that none of those are catchy. Compared to pop music that catch your ear in the first five seconds, the ones he played were more classic.

Although I have zero knowledge about the guitar, I could tell that he had perfect control of the guitar and is a true master. However, I did wish that I knew more about the guitar so that I would fully appreciate his talent and efforts. If it was a pianist’s performance, I would be way more enthralled than this performance. One fun thing was that, after the performance and on our way out, an old lady told me she was wondering how classic guitars and electric guitars differ. I said I had no idea, but I liked her thought. In general, it was still a fun night at the KCPA.

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Peaceful but powerful

Written by Xuan Huynh

On Wednesday night, I got the opportunity to witness an amazing guitarist, Marcus Tardelli, perform classical and Brazilian songs at the Krannert Center. Marcus was the only person on stage, but the passion he displayed while playing his guitar made the performance dramatic but still very relaxing. The music I typically listen to make me feel important because it’s relatable and it contains lyrics that focus on the audience. I felt the complete opposite way at Marcus’s performance. He did not once acknowledge the audience while playing the guitar. His emotions and body movement were moving with his strings as one, and it was enjoyable to watch because I was witnessing a connection between him and his love. With that being said, this experience of listening to music made me pay more attention to him as an artist instead of my own personal desires.

Furthermore, while I was watching and listening to him play on the empty stage, I couldn’t help but visualize a dance performance or scene that would compliment his sound. The setting and his performance encourage me to use my imagination a lot more than I usually do while listening to music because there weren’t any distractions. Most of the time, the lyrics of a song make me think about a certain event or anything that relates to the music so that distracts me from thinking about ideas that can praise the sound. Also, sometimes when I’m listening to music is when I’m doing a silent activity and because of that, most of my attention is on the other task so I don’t have the time to create ideas from the melody.

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How Tardelli changed the way I feel about live performed music.

Written by Thomas Kirkendall

Marcus Tardelli gives an amazing guitar performance  at the wonderful Krannert center on October 3rd 2018.  Every couple years the Krannert center has an event known as Ellnora this guitar festival lasts three days and brings great musicians around the world to the Krannert center.

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Marcus Tardelli: Master Guitarist

Marcus Tardelli performs a masterful solo performance at the Krannert Center.

Written by: Bill Xun

Photo by Bill Xun

On Wednesday night, Marcus Tardelli performed a solo set consisting of arrangements of classical pieces and traditional Brazilian pieces. It was easy to see the passion that he plays with from the beginning of the first piece. From slow melodic pieces to fast skillful pieces, it was never a dull moment at the performance.

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Amazing experience

Written by Sihan Wang

Last night, at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts, the famous guitarist Marcus Tardelli held a solo performance. The moment I entered the hall, I realize that this is the place that we visited two weeks ago, with the ghost light, but right now it’s full of people.

Between the third and the fourth piece, I especially noticed the way he plays that guitar, I feel like although he talks to the audience from time to time, he wasn’t playing for us, he wasn’t playing for anyone else in that Hall except for himself, the way he focused on every single note, the way he enjoyed the music came from the string and the wood. He was just like falling in his music. I think back to myself while I was practicing piano at home, I wasn’t as enjoying the music came from my hand through the wood as he does. While playing a sad part he was frowning, while playing a cheerful part he was shaking his head with the music and smiling.

During the concert, there were people coughs, and making noises that were very loud, it was so quiet that you can almost hear every sound that didn’t come from the guitar. I was first annoyed by all the noise that made by the audience, but later I thought to myself, the noise and music are all sound, why do we typically enjoying the music so much but not the noise? Then I realized that it’s not the difference in sound that makes us feel pleasure or annoying, it’s how we perceived it that makes the difference. Since they are all just different sounds, why don’t I just enjoy this randomness?

Being physically in a concert listening to music is a lot different than listening to the music at home, when we listen to the music at home we choose what we want to listen, whereas in a concert we listen to what the performer presents to us. Sometimes at home when I listen to a song and if I don’t like it I might just cut it or change the song within the first ten seconds, but in a concert, I don’t have such a power, I was forced to finish every single piece whether or not I like it. But the amazing part is that for every piece, even I don’t like it at the beginning, as I kept listening, I find my own enjoyment. For a sad song, I imagine someone just breaks up with his loved one, in the fifth piece I see children playing around the beach, full of smiles and sunshine. I almost remembered all the feelings that I have toward different pieces, which is an amazing experience.

In the end, all of the audience seems really enjoying his performance, and he exits the stage in thunderous applause.

Wait that’s not the end yet, he actually came back and gave us another joyful and fast piece before he exits the stage again in thunderous applause.