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National Book Award finalist, veteran, Phil Klay in Urbana on Veterans Day

The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) is presenting U.S. Marine Corps veteran Phil Klay, author of Redeployment, a collection of short stories about war and its psychological impact, at The Urbana Free Library on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11th at 5:30 p.m., for a free book reading and discussion. Klay's recent book is one of five finalists for the 2014 National Book Award in fiction.

More information at www.prairie.org.

Phil Klay is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in Iraq’s Anbar Province from January 2007 to February 2008 as a Public Affairs Officer. After being discharged he went to Hunter College in New York City, and received his MFA. "Redeployment" was originally published in Granta and is included in Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Tin House, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012.

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The Beach Boys to perform at Virginia Theatre December 15th

Per a Facebook post by the Virginia Theatre, looks like they are bringing The Beach Boys to town on Monday, December 15th. Check out said post below.

 
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Urbana’s Market at the Square to feature pumpkin decorating

Join Urbana’s Market at the Square and the Urbana Business Association this Saturday, October 25th from 9-11 a.m. for fun pumpkin decorating.  Purchase a locally grown pumpkin from one of the Market vendors, bring it to the decorating table at the northwest corner of the Market, and let your creativity flow!  The Market will supply everything you need to create a pumpkin masterpiece.  Participants will receive a free locally made sweet treat to enjoy while they decorate pumpkins (while supplies last).

Urbana’s Market at the Square is open from 7 a.m. to noon at the corner of Illinois and Vine Street in downtown Urbana.  There are two Markets left for the season, with the final Market for 2014 happening Saturday, November 1st.  Beginning November 8th, the Urbana Business Association will kick-off their 2013 Holiday Market, indoors at Lincoln Square. Learn more about Holiday Market at www.urbanabusiness.com. 

The Market has been a mainstay of Urbana’s Saturday morning activities since the late 1970s, and is home to hundreds of vendors, all of whom grow or create their own fresh produce, plants, and flowers; farm products such as meat, cheeses, eggs, honey, and fresh baked goods and other prepared foods are also available. There also is a wide variety of art & crafts for sale.

For more information on Urbana’s Market at the Square, visit the Market’s website at www.urbanaillinois.us/market or contact Natalie Kenny Marquez, Marketing Coordinator/Director of Urbana’s Market at the Square, at 217/384-2319, or by email at nmkennymarquez@urbanaillinois.us.

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MTD bus routes all kerflooey for Friday’s Homecoming

Per a press release from MTD:

Due to the University of Illinois Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 24, 2014, many MTD routes will be rerouted. Reroutes will begin at approximately 5:45 PM and continue until the parade ends at approximately 7:30 PM. The parade begins at Sixth & Taft, continues north on Sixth to Armory to Wright to Green to Mathews to Nevada.

1/100 Yellow & YELLOWhopper North: 4th to Springfield to Wright to White to regular route.
1/100 Yellow & YELLOWhopper South: White to 6th to Chalmers to 5th to Armory to 4th to regular route.

2 Red South: Wright to Springfield to Goodwin to Nevada to regular route.
2 Red North: Nevada to Goodwin to Springfield to Wright to regular route.

4 Blue East: Peabody to 4th to Springfield to Wright to regular route.
4 Blue West: Wright to Springfield to 6th to Chalmers to 5th to Armory 4th to Peabody to regular route.

5/50 Green & GREENhopper West: Green to Goodwin to Springfield to 4th to Green and regular route.
5/50 Green & GREENhopper East: Green to 4th to Springfield to Goodwin to Green to regular route.
5 East Express: Pennsylvania to 4th to Green to regular route.

8 Bronze to Orchard Downs: 4th to Springfield to Goodwin to Gregory to Dorner to regular route.

9A Brown: White to 6th to Chalmers to 5th to Armory to 4th to St. Mary's to regular route.
9B Brown: 4th to Springfield to Wright to White to regular route.

10 Gold & GOLDhopper West: Springfield to Goodwin to Gregory to Dorner to Pennsylvania to 4th to Gregory to regular route.
10 Gold & GOLDhopper East: 1st to Gregory to 4th to Pennsylvania to Dorner to Gregory to Goodwin and regular route.

12/120 Teal West: Goodwin to Springfield to Wright to regular route.
12/120E Teal East: Wright to Springfield to Goodwin to regular route.

13/130 Silver North: Maryland to Pennsylvania to 4th to Springfield to regular route.
13/130 Silver South to Vet Med: Springfield to 6th to Chalmers to 5th to Armory to 4th to Pennsylvania to Maryland to regular route.
13/130 Silver South: Springfield to 6th to Chalmers to 5th to Armory to 4th to Pennsylvania to Lincoln to regular route.

14 Navy West: 6th to Chalmers to 5th to Armory to 4th to Kirby to regular route.

22/220 Illini North: Illinois to Goodwin to Gregory to Dorner to Pennsylvania to 4th to Peabody to 1st to Daniel to 4th to Springfield to Goodwin to regular route.
22/220 Illini South: Goodwin to Springfield to 6th to Chalmers to 4th to Daniel to 1st to Peabody to 4th to Pennsylvania to Dorner to Gregory to Goodwin to Illinois to regular route.

27/270 Air Bus North to Illinois Campus: Green to 4th to Springfield to Goodwin to University to regular route.
27/270 Airbus South to Airport: Goodwin to Springfield to 4th to Green to regular route.

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Mahomet brothers Kyle and Kade Kinnamon featured on Disney

A couple of Mahomet natives, Kyle and Kade Kinnamon, were featured on Disney's Playlist today, which you can see featured here. Their song about bullying included, and you can see their coinciding interview below as well. Check out the whole piece linked above.

Nice work, Kinnamon crew.

We were lucky enough to chat with Kyle and Kade about their inspiration for the song and the role that music plays in their lives.

Playlist: What was your motivation for writing the song?
Kyle: I was bullied last year, along with one of my friends, and that experience inspired me to write it. It was the best way I could express my thoughts and feelings about it.

Playlist: How did you come up with the lyrics?
Kyle: They kind of just came flowing out of me. “Leave Me Be” was the first song I ever wrote, and through it, I realized I have a talent for writing and have written five more songs.

Playlist: Why is the anti-bullying cause so important to you?
Kyle: I really hate seeing people getting bullied, I hate that it still happens a lot.
Kade: I know most kids who are bullied are afraid to speak up about it.  I hope those kids will connect with the message in the song and realize that they are not alone.

Playlist: What do you think we can do to stop bullying?
Kyle: We should try to raise awareness about it.

Playlist: How long have you been writing music?
Kyle: For about six months now. I’m a big fan of Justin Beiber and Eminem’s music.

Playlist: What role does music play in your life?
Kyle: It’s my passion, it’s what I’m all about. It’s very much what I want to do.

Playlist: How do you think music can help causes like anti-bullying?
Kyle: I think songs can have such a powerful message and can really speak to people.

Playlist: If you could tell people one thing about bullying to help stop it from happening, what would you say?
Kyle: I think I’d tell people to speak up, say what you have to say. Violence isn’t the answer. Just really get that message out there.

What an awesome example of how we can do what we love and fight for an important cause! Do you want to get involved? Tweet today with #ChooseKindness or #UnityDay2014 and make your voice heard!

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Urbana HS to perform Little Women musical

Per a press release:

Urbana High School Theatre Department presents Little Women, The Broadway Musical, based on the beloved classic novel by Louisa May Alcott November 5 through 9, 2014.  The musical is under the Direction of Tim Broeker, with Musical Direction by Cullyn Murphy.

The cast, crew, and orchestra feature a wealth of talent from well over 30 Urbana High School students.  The production team includes Technical Director Breanna Morton, Costume Designer Barb Hughes, Orchestra Conductor Darren Hicks, Assistant Director Jessica Elliott and Scenic Construction Lead Rick Broeker.

With book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, Little Women, the Broadway Musical follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. Jo longs to publish a novel. Meg longs for a fiancé. Beth longs for a piano. Amy longs to be admired. This timeless tale has been given new life as an exhilarating new musical filled with glorious song, dance, and a few tears. It celebrates personal discovery and coming of age in a time of challenge and transformation.

Tickets are $5 for UHS Students and children under the age of 12 and $10 for adults and can be purchased by emailing tbroeker@usd116.org or at the door beginning 30 minutes prior to each performance.

Performances will be in the Cobb Memorial Auditorium at Urbana High School on November 5, 6, 7 and 8 at 7:00pm and a matinee on November 9 at 2:30pm.

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“New Americans: Our Mutual Improvement & Social Elevation” works by Jason Patterson

Art at the Y presents
New Americans: Our Mutual Improvement & Social Elevation

Works by Jason Patterson

Join us for Jason Patterson's show opening this Thursday in the Y's Murphy Gallery, 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign. Viewing begins at 7pm followed by a talk with the artist himself at 7:30pm

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The University YMCA is pleased to present New Americans: Our Mutual Improvement & Social Elevation, works by Jason Patterson. Jason Patterson’s art show opening begins at 7pm on Thursday, October 23 in the Y’s Murphy Gallery, 1001 South Wright Street, Champaign, Illinois. Jason will give an artist’s talk at 7:30pm. New Americans: Our Mutual Improvement & Social Elevation will be on view in the Y’s Murphy Gallery through December 2014.

About The Artist: Jason Patterson is a Midwestern American history artist. Working predominantly in portraiture, his work objectively reviews The American Narrative. Jason Patterson was recently named the 2014 Artist ACE winner for his outstanding achievement in impactful and powerful American history portraiture, and for his contributions to the excellence of the arts in Champaign County.

New Americans: Our Mutual Improvement & Social Elevation is a stylized, contemporary examination of images of African Americans emerging from the decades following the Civil War. This collection of portraits is fabricated after tintypes, Daguerreotypes, cartes-de-visite prints, and ambrotypes, and is set in frames modeled after that period's interior design and architecture. These works are drawings, rendered with chalk or soft pastel and varnished to emulate their photographic source and reference the portrait paintings of the mid to late 19th century, which represented class and standing. This group of objects intends to glorify that new age for African Americans, focusing on the freedom, hope, and happiness many former slaves and free-born Black citizens saw ahead of themselves after the Civil War. This work is not meant to tell a comprehensive history. It is an idealized history. A life that should have been opportune to all, but was only seen by few.

Cover Image: Drawing of an oval bust portrait of a man in four piece suit & bow tie. After a tintype taken by an unknown photographer or studio. From Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library's Randolph Linsly Simpson Collection. Soft pastel on raw canvas, under clear acrylic & polymer varnish, with acrylic paint & composite gold leaf. 16x20in. 2013-14

Websites: jasonpattersonart.comuniversityymca.org/art/upcoming

Additional Information: All Art @ the Y events are free and open to the public. Art @ the Y is an initiative of the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street Champaign

Some of the most profound insight, critique, and creative thinking around the issues which comprise the mission of the Y happen in and around the arts. Art @ the Y seeks to engage issues of social justice, international understanding, environmental activism, faith and cultural understanding through quality arts programming. Art @ the Y includes a revolving exhibition space in Murphy Gallery, featuring artists whose work speaks to the mission of the Y and performing arts events throughout the year.

Parking Nearby:

  • Parking lot on 6th between Daniel & Chalmers - Free after 5 p.m.
  • Parking garage on 6th & John - Free after 5 p.m.
  • Street parking on Wright, Chalmers, & 6th Streets for 75¢ per hour.
  • Municipal lot on Green & 5th Streets for $1 per hour.
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