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Gigabit internet comes to two new Champaign-Urbana neighborhoods

iTV-3 just announced that two new Champaign-Urbana neighborhoods will soon be connected to iTV-3's fiber services.

According to the press release:

"The neighborhoods announced today are loosely bordered by:
Illinois St., Vine St., Washington St., and S. Birch St.
W. Iowa St., Busey Ave., and W. Nevada St. (directly north of Carle Park)"

1,100 households, 300 community anchor institutions, and 150 businesses are already connected to the UC2B network. 


Vintage Vinyl Sale returns October 3rd

Once again, the Vintage Vinyl Sale will return on October 3rd, per this Facebook event. It'll take place at Fluid Events Center from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and all proceeds from the sale will benefit Illinois Radio Reader, a service of Illinois Public Media (from the event page):

One of the Midwest’s best sales of vinyl records, DVDs, CDs, and other donated musical ephemera is back and ready to rock your socks off!

All proceeds from the sale will benefit Illinois Radio Reader, a service of Illinois Public Media, which provides the reading of local newspapers, magazines, books, and much more to the visually impaired in East Central Illinois.

Pretty awesome — more information to come, I'm sure.

Photo from the Facebook event.


Sign up to build a robot at MakerSpace

MakerSpace Urbana offers several, volunteer-run Maka-a-Tion workshops over the summer. The last one this summer is scheduled for August 1st from 1-3 p.m. There have been some truly great offerings this year, but in my opinion, they've saved the best for last. 

This Saturday, come build your very own walking robot. Yes, a robot. Of your very own. And for just $15-$35 (depending upon if you want to keep the platform). Sign up here.


Tim Beckman says weird stuff at Big Ten Media Day

I don't even know what to say. Just watch this and know that this is the highest paid employee by the State of Illinois and that he might be the head of a football program that abuses its players.

Some prime quotes:

"I'd like to express to you the three gentlemen I have with me here today — the Fighting Illini of uh, walk, Walker nominee Josh Ferguson."

"Big Ten nominee Teddy Karras." 

"The Band of Brothers!"

Just watch this and think to yourself, "This guy is going to help us beat Kent State?"


Psychic Twin joins Fort William Management

Erin Fein, and her project Psychic Twin, has been away from C-U for a few years now, but she and the bands she's been a part (Absinthe Blind, Headlights, etc.) of will always hold a place here. She's been out in NYC doing her thing, and much more is on the horizon for her musical career as Psychic Twin.

It was recently announced Psychic Twin is joining Fort William Management, which, well — please take a look at this roster and try not to say "holy shit" (highlights): The War on Drugs, Grizzly Bear, Jens lekman, Beirut, Foxygen, Menomena, and more. And that's just the beginning. Well done.

Here's a bit more about Fort William:

Fort William Artist Management was forged by the partnership of Ami Spishock (formerly of Zeitgeist Artist Management) with Ben Swanson, Chris Swanson, and Darius Van Arman (co-founders of labels Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar, and Secretly Canadian).

Ami Spishock represents Fort William in New York City as our Head Manager; the home office is based in Bloomington IN.

Fort William is a haven for the creative and fearless. Artists are encouraged to grow and dream, the structure of Fort William existing as their professional backbone. The original seal of the town of Fort William, Ontario, reads: “A Posse Ad Esse-” from a possibility to an actuality.

Eric Deines joined Fort William in 2012. He currently manages Foxygen, Lonnie Holley, Jenny Hval, Steve Gunn, Gardens & Villa, and Dub Thompson.

Adam Katz helms sister company Next Wave Management overseeing a stellar group of Producers, Writers and Engineers. For details visit nextwavemanagement.com

Congrats, Erin!


Bernie Sanders Skypes C-U

Bernie Sanders gave a speech tonight over the internet to thousands of people throughout the country gathered in homes, community centers, and C-U's Fluid Event Center. Sanders fans gathered in the hall, slapped on a name tag, grabbed some snacks and a beer and waited for Bernie to come on the projector. When he did, people clapped. "We are sick and tired of..." Sanders repeated throughout the speech. Sick and tired of the minority killings, uneven distribution of wealth, and so on. The crowd was enthusiastic and the venue, drinks, and food were actually enjoyable (not something I have said in the past about the Fluid Event Center). Check out some of the photos I took. 


Looking for “Healing Works” (of art)

Each year, Rape, Advocacy, Counseling, and Education Services (R.A.C.E.S) of Urbana puts on an art show, accepting submissions from survivors of sexual violence and the people who support those survivors. True to the spirit of validation and celebration of expression, the selection committee welcomes submissions of any art form, from artists of all experience levels.  


The exhibition of "Healing Works" will be hosted by Lola's Brush at indi go, this September 2nd - 6th, and they will accept submissions up until August 31st.  

To submit, call Stephanie or Rachel at 217-344-6298, or email admin@cu-races.org