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Illini football sings a victory song

I saw this happen after the game today and thought it was, well, sweet. During the game both the football team and the band perform but rarely do they interact. I liked this because they stood there, looked at each other, and sang together. It was like "we did it, together."


WCIA’s Maggie Hockenberry is the most badass reporter in town

Last weekend, newbie reporter for WCIA Maggie Hockenberry visited the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival on Friday night, long before anyone had actually come out to explore all of the fun and eat all of the corn, and reported back to the news desk a lot of things that were... well, just a bit awkward. 

We saw that, too. And so I posted it, just because it was worth a laugh. Most people agreed, some thought we were taking a cheap shot, but as we stated in our addendum, we felt like she could take it. After all, WCIA is a professional news station, and reporters make flubs, and get back up to report the next day. 

Then, Deadspin reported on it after we tipped them off. From there, Jimmy Kimmel used it in his monologue, and well, for one small moment, Urbana, Ill was both embarrassed and tickled by the attention. 

And here now, this weekend, Hoopeston, Ill. is hosting the original National Sweetcorn Festival and sure enough, as we expected, local badass reporter Maggie Hockenberry was on site, and there to report. 

Three HUGE cheers, Maggie.
We genuinely think you are awesome. And please — take a big bite, and then another, and another. It's Central Illinois, and UIUC actually developed sweetcorn by making one strain of sweetcorn have sex with another strain of sweetcorn. That's a fact. 

Urbana Business Association thanks C-U

Putting on an event the size of the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is no small feat and it couldn’t be done without the help of hundreds of volunteers. Our community is incredible when it comes to giving of their time. And this past weekend was no exception. Around 600 people came out to help with the corn cooking and serving, beer and margarita stands, ticket sales, recycling, sanitation crew, ice deliveries, and even photo opportunities with Corny the mascot. The Urbana Business Association staff is truly thankful for all of our volunteers and we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you!! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Are you looking for more volunteer opportunities throughout the community? Consider signing on to help with these great events:

International Beer Tasting & Food Truck Showcase – September 13
Contact BeerTasting@jaytv.com
For more information visit www.jaytv.com/beer-chili-foodtruck

American Cancer Society Making Strides Walk – October 18
Contact ChampaignILStrides@cancer.org
For more information visit www.makingstrideswalk.org/champaignil

We look forward to seeing you again next year!!


Urbana’s Market at the Square Begins Instagram Contest on September 1

Urbana’s Market at the Square is excited to launch their first ever Instagram photo contest beginning September 1st and continuing through the end of the month (September 30, 2014).  The winner of the contest will receive a market basket worth over $100, which will be filled with items provided by Market at the Square vendors. The contest winner will be chosen by the Market at the Square Advisory Board and announced via the Market’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 8 a.m.

“With such a wide variety of local goods available at Urbana’s Market at the Square, it provides a great opportunity to capture beautiful photos and share them with us and the community on Instagram,” commented Market Director Natalie Kenny Marquez. 

To enter the contest, participants must post a photo on Instagram of something at the market and include in their caption #myurbanamarket. This will automatically enter the Instagram user into the contest. 

The Market has been a mainstay of Urbana’s Saturday morning activities for 35 years and is home to nearly 200 vendors selling their own fresh produce, plants and flowers; farm products such as meat, cheeses, eggs, honey, and fresh baked goods. There also is a wide variety of art & crafts for sale and numerous foods truck producing a variety of menu items sure to satisfy any palate. New this year, the Market showcases vendors selling locally produced wine.

For contest terms and conditions please visit www.urbanaillinois.us/market. For more information on Urbana’s Market at the Square, please contact Natalie Kenny Marquez, Director of Urbana’s Market at the Square, at 217/384-2319, or nmkennymarquez@urbanaillinois.us.


New espresso machine at Aroma Cafe

Stop by and check out our new baby at Aroma Cafe. Now pulling perfect shots of espresso, our brand new shiny espresso machine is a welcome upgrade behind the counter.

What should we name her? Comment down below with your suggestions! We're leaning toward Demitasse Moore... or Lovato.

If coffee isn't your thing, we've got ice cold Italian sodas, frozen lemonade, smoothies and more!


September exhibitions at Figure One

Join us for the opening reception of A Little Touched, But Otherwise Alright, an exhibition of works completed during the Summer Artist Residency Program. The opening will be held on September 5th, 2014 from 5-8 p.m.

A Little Touched, But Otherwise Alright (above) is an exhibition that serves as the culminating event for its Summer Artists in Residence program. Jeff Horwat, a PhD candidate in Arts Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Melonie Mulkey, a new Urbana-Champaign resident who hails from Memphis, Tennessee, were selected as this year’s resident artists. The Figure One residency ran from July 15th, 2014 through August 26th, 2014. Work created by the artists during the residency will be on view from September 5th, 2014 through October 4th, 2014. Both artists work in varying media, Mulkey is a photographer and sculptor, while Horwat is an illustrator. Both artists seek to explore and visually convey the diverse psychological natures and traumas that affect the human psyche and how those factors unfold within our daily lives.

In conjunction with A Little Touched, But Otherwise Alright, Figure One will also be featuring Meredith Foster’s Home Is Wherever I’m With You in the Figure One project space. The exhibition is a continuation of her T.U.R.F. (Transplanted Urban Residential Flora) project exploring the proliferation of non-native spontaneous plant populations amidst the urban environment. 

Mark your calendars for these corresponding programs:

  • Self-care Sundays: 9/7 and 9/21, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • “Tale of Two Dissertations,” Talk by Jeff Horwat: 9/12, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • “Between the Folds,” Movie Night with Melonie Mulkey: 9/17, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Chapter One, Figure One Book Club, “The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery” by Sarah Lewis: 9/18, 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Artist Conversation with Melonie Mulkey: 9/26, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Origami with Melonie Mulkey: 10/1, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Artist Conversation with Meredith Foster: 10/3, 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information on Figure One, please visit www.figureone.org. Follow our handle, SeeFigureOne, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Melonie Mulkey's New Years Resolution

By Meredith Foster


With the Grain opens August 29th at KAM

From August 29th through December 23rd, With the Grain: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Postwar Years be on display at Krannert Art Museum.

Per the KAM website:

"Printmaking flourished in Japan during the Allied Occupation (1945–52), despite the devastation of the war, which had left its mark not only in the burnt ruins of Tokyo but also in the faces of a starving population. Woodblock prints—together with dolls, fans, silks, and sake cups—were sought after as souvenirs among the nearly half million American soldiers stationed in Occupied Japan in 1946. Collectors from the United States also scrambled for choice finds, following the example of late nineteenth-century aficionados of ukiyo-e (“pictures of the floating world”), which seemed to capture the allure of courtesans and actors who inhabited a strange and distant land.

"Modern Japanese woodblock prints, however, presented collectors with striking diversity. Shin hanga (“new prints”), established during the 1920s and 1930s, adhered to the old-fashioned idioms of ukiyo-e; they were also produced by commercial publishing houses. By contrast, artists such as Onchi Kōshirō advocated an entirely different way of making woodblock prints. Beginning in 1918, Onchi and his followers designed, carved, and printed their own images. Thus, their work came to be known as sōsaku hanga, “creative prints.” Herein lies the focus of this exhibition.

"Rather than use the woodblock to re-create aspects of a painting, sōsaku hanga printmakers called for the reinvention of the print medium. The marks of carving tools were left undisguised. Paper might be sized or left unsized to allow pigments to bleed into the fibers of the paper. Stray objects—leaves, fabric, pieces of string, planks of wood cut with the grain—were colored and pressed against paper to make tinted impressions of varied textures and shapes.

"This exhibition is presented as a two-part series. In part one, the work of sōsaku hanga printmakers will be juxtaposed with Edo-period ukiyo-e and shin hanga, as well as with the work of foreigners who studied printmaking in Japan during the postwar years. In part two, interpreters of the Creative Print Movement from the 1960s and 1970s will be compared with their predecessors."

The exhibit is curated by Anne Burkus-Chasson and sponsored in part by Fred and Donna Giertz.


Dear Home pop up at Urban Outfitters this Saturday, August 30th

Dear Home is excited to announce the debut of our new line of handmade vintage notebooks this Saturday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. as part of the Urban Outfitters — UO Marketplace.

Our handmade vintage notebooks are made using discarded library books that were too damaged to stay on the shelves. Each notebook is unique using beautifully illustrated pages for the cover. We'll also have a mix of vintage pencils, staplers and clips for the office supply lover just in time for back to school.

Urban Outfitters, 507 E. Green St., is celebrating the local community by hosting UO Marketplace, featuring shops and creatives from the Champaign-Urbana area. The UO Marketplace will also feature Plant Mode, Neutral Cycle and the University of Illinois Metals Department.