First Ebert, then Alma, and now — one of the headliners for this year's installment of PYGMALION is Chicago's Noname. She performs on Saturday night in Downtown Champaign with a variety of others — check out Protagonist Pizza Productions at work:
As per the Americ anFootballposting group on Facebook, you should go watch this video posted by Tyler DeVore — it mashes together a classic scene from School of Rock with American Football's "Never Meant". I'd embed it here, but it doesn't seem to allow it.
Read our article about the band from back in December here.
Top photo from the video.
In honor of the students returning to U of I this weekend, Nic from Protagonist Pizza Productions put together another one of his sketch videos, similar to his previous one on Roger Ebert, for Alma Mater:
When U of I began it's renovations of the Altgeld tower earlier this year, it's daily chime concerts were put on hold. This long time tradition is still missed, especially as students and faculty are making their way back to campus this week.
Video producer, Anne Lukeman of U of I, created this 10 minute video that gives a tour and history lesson on the Altgeld Tower and it's chimes. In the video, Sue Wood, a retired chimes player of 45 years, is interviewed. The video is also accompanied by the music and songs of Altgeld.
The chimes players are expected to be performing concerts, sometime next year.
As someone who tries to write about breaking news in Champaign-Urbana, a lot of times I'm left twiddling my thumbs until the U of I fires someone or another development is announced. There isn't that much breaking news here, for better or worse.
This Sunday, however, WCIA-3 ran perhaps the most important news segment of the year (dare I say, of the past decade), about a person from Arcola whose license plate application was denied because it read "Go Purp," which apparently is enough of a drug reference to be banned by the State of Illinois. The woman is an avid Arcola Purple Riders fan.
There are multiple layers of hilarity here, of course, the most important being that WCIA dedicated more than three-and-a-half minutes to a segment about a license plate denial.
Some other things of note to come out of the riveting story are:
1 - Amazingly, most people don't know what the word "purp" means in a modern context.
2 - To support their story, WCIA ran an entire interview devoted to a couple who love the color purple simply because they like the color purple (you know, for relevance)
3 - This screen cap:
Gotta love it. Go Purp, indeed. Never change, WCIA. Stream the full segment below:
Nic Morse has done some work with us through his video production team, Protagonist Pizza Productions, alongside his crew this year.
Him and I were getting coffee last week and he mentioned these sketches that he does. Cool enough, right? Well, I didn't really know it would be this awesome — a sketch that is localized to an icon in the media industry — Roger Ebert.
Here it be:
Sean Evans is the host of the YouTube show Hot Ones, where he interviews famous people while they eat very spicy hot wings. Interestingly enough, Evans is an alum of the University of Illinois' Journalism program, and he was featured last night on Stephen Colbert's show.
Check out the video as well as the tweet from the U of I:
Stewart Arp is a fairly new name in the C-U music scene, having recently graduated from UIUC this past spring. He's still sticking around the area playing at Friday Night Live and anywhere that will have him. He has most recently worked with John Isberg of Swede Films to release a music video for the title track, "Lost at Sea," from his newest album. The two ventured to South Haven, Michigan to shoot the video, giving it a very romantic, sunset on the beach feel, perfect for a song like "Lost at Sea."
Shout out to the U of I's video marketing person - they're doing a lot with a little, today. This preview video for Illini Football has me downright excited, which will inevitably be crushed soon, but in the meantime, it's pretty awesome.
The Travis Scott soundtrack really puts the icing on the cake for me.
Stream the video below, via Lovie Smith's Twitter, and get ready for football season, folks:
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