Music, Comedy And More From The Pygmalion Festival
On the 21st: We're coming to you from the Pygmalion Festival at the University of Illinois’ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Pygmalion showcases a wide range of guests and performers, and we invited some of those people to our show: everyone from the organizers of the festival, to astronomers, to musicians, to stand-up comedians.
The Pygmalion Festival is one of the largest annual events in Champaign-Urbana. It features all kinds of events, whether you’re hoping to see a late night show or take your kids there.
It’s also a chance for community members to bring more people into what they already do on a regular basis. We talked to the organizers of Astronomy On Tap in Champaign-Urbana. They’ve been holding astronomy talks in local bars all around town on a regular basis, and they’re also here at Pygmalion.
We spoke to Joaquin Vieira and Felipe Menanteau who are the co-organizers of Astronomy On Tap’s Champaign-Urbana chapter. Joaquin is also an associate professor of astronomy at the U of I, and Felipe is a research scientist at the U of I’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications.
But first, we spoke with Seth Fein, director of Pygmalion. Seth told us about Pygmalion's journey as a performing arts and "culture" festival.
"I grew up here...it's the type of community where you can build something like this with community support."— The 21st (@21stShow) September 28, 2018
- @SethFein on why he wanted to keep @ThePygFest in Central IL.#Chambana @ccilgov @champaigncity @cityofurbana
If you’re not feeling up to a music or comedy performance, you can “borrow” someone for an interesting conversation here at Pygmalion.
That’s part of the idea behind the Human Library. They have chapters all over the world including in Champaign-Urbana.
Sarah Christensen is one of the organizers of the Human Library. She also works at the U of I Library, and spoke to her about her motivation behind organizing this. AJ Taylor also joined us, he is one of the human “book” volunteers.
Do you ever wish you could "borrow" someone for a meaningful conversation? @TheHumanLibrary is here for you! @ThePygFest @SarahChristnsn says "a lot of people want to expand their worldview and learn how to be a better ally." https://t.co/51P93GGncn pic.twitter.com/J2ynY48Aic— The 21st (@21stShow) September 28, 2018
We also interacted with some of the performers who have come to central Illinois for Pygmalion. When you think “live performance” you might not immediately think “podcast,” but that’s what host Phoebe Judge and producer Lauren Spohrer came to do. Their show “Criminal” from Radiotopia features all kinds of stories about crime. They joined us to talk about their work on the eve of their 100th epidode.
Kristen Toomey also joined us to talk about her experiences of performing as a stand-up comic in the Midwest. Kristen is also a comedy actor, writer, and producer.
"There's a sense of you're not alone, there's people behind you that are going through the same thing."— The 21st (@21stShow) September 28, 2018
- @KristenToomey on how comedy has changed for women in the past couple of years.
From there, we shifted gears a little bit. We ended the hour with a band from Champaign-Urbana, Nectar.
They released their debut album in April of this year. And actually performed on Sept. 26 in Urbana and two of their members joined us to give a taste of their live performance.
Kamila Glowacki is the vocalist and guitarist. Aaron Shults also plays guitar.
#Chambana band @nectar_il is also apart of @ThePygFest. They released their debut this year.— The 21st (@21stShow) September 28, 2018
"Sugar punk," is a fitting description explains Aaron and Kamila.
Hear for yourself: https://t.co/Bt0zyQ0QFn pic.twitter.com/zUxc7K0JfK