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bacaro ramen monday: july 21 2014

45 USD

hiyayakko, grilled tofu, shallots, shaved green beans, pickled shiitakes, sweet corn broth

tamagoyaki, farm eggs, shaved radish, sliced cucumber

summer vegetable tempura, chili dipping sauce

bacaro ramen, triple s pork shoulder, hen of the wood mushrooms, green onion, garlic scape, soft boiled farm egg

bubble tea slush, tapioca pearls, coconut milk, taro, jackfruit


Sweetcorn Festival: One Community Together Stage lineup

The Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is just around the corner, folks — 35 days to be exact. In case you missed it, here's the lineup for the One Community Together Stage. This stage is located on the north side of the festival at Broadway and Water.

In addition to the music and entertainment, OCT is putting together some great programming for the kids, including stargazing on Friday night, a musical instrument petting zoo, paper-making with corn and more. 

Be sure to visit urbanasweetcornfestival.com for the latest updates — and stay tuned for another big announcement coming soon!


Blues Blast Music Awards hits Champaign

From the press release:

We are very excited to announce that Blues Blast Magazine has partnered with The Fluid Event Center in Champaign, IL to bring the 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014.

"The 20,000+ sq ft event space is the second largest in the Champaign/Urbana area and equipped to bring the best Blues Blast Music Awards we've had yet" says Blues Blast Editor Bob Kieser. The awards ceremony will feature music by the artists nominated.Some names already announced are: Back Pack Jones, Bernie Pearl, Bobbie Rush, Dave Riley, Bob Cooritore and Blues Legend Lonnie Brooks just to name a few!

Tickets will go on sale August 1st at bluesblastmagizine.com and fluideventcenter.com

"We are so excited to be bringing the Blues Blast Music Awards to the area, this will be a big deal for the community!" says Champaign Blues Festival Director Michael Galloway. "To have national artists and international exposure is amazing and I'm excited to show the Blues Community what Champaign has to offer". The award show has been at Buddy Guy's in Chicago for the past six years.

Voting Is Open To The Public - Voting to determine the winners began July 15th, 2014 and will continue until September 15th, 2014 at http://www.BluesBlastMagazine.com. This is one of ONLY awards that is voted by the public, so Champaign Blues Fans, get online and vote!

About Blues Blast Magazine - The 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards are presented by Blues Blast Magazine. Blues Blast Magazine is the largest FREE weekly internet Blues magazine with subscribers located in all 50 states and in more than 90 countries.


Champaign Cycle Summer Sale

Champaign Cycle Summer Sale — July 17-28

We have a wide variety of bikes and accessories on sale at some of the best prices of the year. Also, you will receive up to $200 in free accessories with a Trek Bike purchase.

Stop by either our Champaign or Urbana location for the great deals.


Live in the heart of Downtown Champaign

Here's your chance to live in the heart of Downtown Champaign starting fall 2014. These completely renovated two bedroom loft-like apartments located at 10 E. Main Street are just steps away from some of the city's best dining and entertainment options. Inside you'll find all high-end amenities & finishes including a washer and dryer, dishwasher, stainless appliances, granite countertops, hardwood floors, restored woodwork, and skylights. Rent starts at $1,295/month and includes monthly pest control service, trash removal, and a prompt, courteous, efficient maintenance staff. The apartments at 10 E. Main are unfurnished. Furniture is available for an additional $50 per month. Monthly utility fee of $65 covers water, sewer, recycling and high-speed 1,000 Mbps internet. Small pets negotiable.


  • Washer/Dryer in Unit
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • High Speed Internet Connection
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Full Kitchen & Full Bath
  • Dishwasher/Disposal
  • Air Conditioned
  • Access to the JSM VIP Program

These won't last! For more information, call JSM at 217-359-6108 or visit www.jsmliving.com


Free Family Dance at Community Center for the Arts

Friday, July 18th at 7 p.m., Community Center for the Arts will present our annual Bow-Dacious Camp Student and Faculty Community Dance at the lovely and venerable Channing Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon St., Urbana.

As usual there will be an opening "family" set by the Bow-Dacious Camp fiddlers, followed by an evening of high-powered dance music by the C4A Faculty String Band.

The friendly and dynamic Deborah Hyland will be our caller for the evening. All ages welcome; no experience is necessary!!

Admission to this event is FREE.

Come rock the Channing Murray with us--and support your friendly neighborhood community music school!

Phone: (217) 384-5150 (leave a message)
E-mail: info@c-4a.org


Pens to Lens Gala to be held at Virginia Theater

The Champaign-Urbana Film Society's second annual Pens to Lens Gala will be held on Aug. 9, 2014 at the Virginia Theater in downtown Champaign. A red carpet event beginning at 1pm will lead into two blocks of film screenings. Films produced from scripts written by K-7th grade students will premiere at 2pm and films made from scripts by older students will begin at 6pm. A filmmaker talkback will follow each block.  

Tickets will be available for purchase starting at 10am on July 18 on the Virginia Theater's website (http://www.thevirginia.org/). Tickets will be $8 for each block, or $12 for a festival pass, and tickets for students 19 and under will be free.

Over 150 scripts were submitted for this year's Pens to Lens Student Screenwriting Competition. Of those scripts, 22 films have been produced by members of the Champaign-Movie Makers (CMM). In addition, nearly 60 scripts were adapted as movie posters by members of the Champaign-Urbana Design Organization (CUDO) and will be on display.

Films shown during the first block are suitable for all ages. Films in the second block marked with an asterisk (*) contain brief moments of violence that may be inappropriate for young children. More information about the content in these films can be found at penstolens.com/content-guide/

A full schedule, including the film lineup:

1pm - Red Carpet Event

2pm - K-7th Grade Films:
The Adventures of Mr. Pancake
A Visit from the Tooth Fairy
Who Babysits Zombies?
The Taming of the Beast
The Sorceress
Double-O Kevin
Guys Go Green
Fast and Furious 8
Watch Out for Butterflies
Goo Party
The Dummy vs. The Mad Robots
Race You to Russia

5pm - CUDO Gallery Show

6pm - 8-12th Grade Films:
Mr. Snuggles
The Doughnut Dance
The Time Will Come
The Brain Storm
My Imagination Became a Ninja and It’s Following Me
The Bedtime Story
*Zack and the Mountain Man
*The Runner

Pens to Lens started in 2013 as an opportunity for K-12 students to get involved with the local filmmaking community. Last year, nine original short films and 57 movie posters were produced based off scripts from over 120 screenplay submissions. The films and posters premiered to a standing-room only crowd at a red carpet gala at the Art Theater Co-Op.

Additional information about Pens to Lens can be found at penstolens.com or at facebook.com/PensToLens.