Ang Lee has won the Academy Award for best director for his "Life of Pi." Lee graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1980 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.
Guitar great Jimi Hendrix continues to inspire legions of music fans more than 40 years after his death. In the coming months, there will be a new release of some of Hendrix’s recordings, and a movie about the musician’s life.
As she seeks a third term, Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing touts her efforts to boost economic development. But opponent and political newcomer Les Stratton criticizes Prussing's plans as a misuse of taxpayer dollars.
Quvenzhane Wallis was just 5 years old when she auditioned for a role in the Oscar-nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild, and 6 when she shot the movie. Now, at age 9, she is the youngest ever to receive a best actress Oscar nomination.
"I just got the phone call one day," is how poet Richard Blanco describes to Fresh Air's Terry Gross how he learned he had been selected to write and read the inaugural poem for President Obama's second swearing-in on Jan. 21.
A previously unpublished and unknown poem by Illinois poet Carl Sandburg was discovered last week in the University of Illinois’ Sandburg Archives. The subject of the poem is guns.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra says music director Riccardo Muti will miss three concerts and a student engagement because of flu-like symptoms.
A national film festival that’s breathing new life into footage found in dumpsters, at garage sales or thrift stores is coming tonight to Champaign.
Talks aimed at settling the Chicago Symphony Orchestra strike are set to resume three days after musicians walked off the job.
A renowned lyric baritone and University of Illinois voice professor will lead an effort to commission and perform new American operas.