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Krannert Uncorked’s free wine tasting returns for 2014-15

Almost every Thursday evening, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts presents Krannert Uncorked. The concept is simple, local vendors present a FREE tasting complimented by cheese, crackers, and food to nosh on (also FREE) and a few times per month local musicians are featured as well. The event takes place in the Krannert Center lobby and lasts from 5-7 p.m. Parking is FREE too and the event is suprisingly family-friendly with a casual vibe, a place for little ones to run around, and plenty of tables and chairs for end-of-the-day meetings, group meet-ups, or simply to enjoy the lively ambiance. Stop in this Thursday, August 28th to see for yourself!


“Small House Addition” opens September 6th

From a press release:

On Saturday, September 6th, from 2-5 p.m., artist Alberto Aguilar will be the debut artist in a brand-new art space — a little hut in the backyard of Urbana resident Albert Stabler. Stabler is calling the artspace the Outhouse. Aguilar will be creating a site-specific installation: a collage he created using an image of the backyard space.

According to the press release: "Using common materials, Alberto Aguilar will confuse the scale of the inside and outside of a small house confounding its neighbors and guests."

The opening will take place at 709 E. Sunnycrest Drive, Urbana, otherwise known as the Stabler backyard. The show continues through October 5. Visit the Facebook event page here.


Second annual C-U Oktoberfest announced

The second annual C-U Oktoberfest will take place Saturday, October 11 at 3 p.m. Admission is $5, and all proceeds benefit the Developmental Services Center. Food and drink information is not yet available, but here's the music line-up:

3:00 pm  Gates Open
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Face Painting, Balloon Making, Polka Dance Lessons
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Die Musikmeisters-Live Music
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm The Polkaholics ~ Live Music
10:30p – Midnight Bolzen Beer Band-Live Music

In the meantime, you can check out my thoughts on last year's event


Tapas dinner at Prairie Fruits Farm this Thursday

Heirloominous Farm and Slow Food Champaign Urbana are teaming up for a tapas style dinner party at Prairie Fruits Farm on Thursday, August 28th. Tickets are $40 plus $3.19 for processing. Purchase them here

Here's the info:

Join Heirloominous Farm and Slow Food Champaign Urbana for a tapas-style party at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery on August 28. The meal will feature cherry tomatoes, tomatilloes, melons, okra and basil grown by Heirloominous Farm's Shea Belahi. Live music and a tour of the farm are other features of the night. As with all events at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery, the evening is BYOB.

Fried Green Tomatoes with Basil Aioli
Black Bean Chalupas with Verde Sauce
Roasted Cherry Tomato Crostini with Chevre and Marjoram
Pickled Watermelon Feta Salad
Pulled BBQ Chicken on Biscuits with Okra Pickles
Rice Pudding with Blackberries
Iced Tea

All proceeds will go to helping Heirloominous Farm go to Terra Madre 2014.

Slow Food International puts together Terra Madre as an international gathering of chefs, farmers, fishers, academics, artisans and more to exchange ideas and practices which strengthen the sustainable, local, and slow food movement every two years. Diversity and commitment to good, clean and fair food traditions are at the heart of Terra Madre.


The News-Gazette launches redesigned site

If you hadn't noticed yet — due to a specific set of circumstances for visiting their site — The News-Gazette has launched their brand new website with a full redesign. Check it out, as it is much cleaner than the previous site, and we all know how the last redesign went.

It'll take a bit of use to see how things are going with the new site, but overall, looks pretty good. Nice work, N-G!


Dodds Park opens frisbee golf course

Dodd's Park now has an 18 hole frisbee golf course complete with baskets and concrete pads to throw off of. It opened last Wednesday. The course starts near the softball fields. It is most easily accessed from Mattis Avenue.


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

Jesus Christ, this is so hard to watch.

First off, what line of people is she talking about behind her? 

And for the love of all things, Maggie, why not just take a bite of corn like a real human being? It's corn! So delicious and good. Buttery, salty. What's the problem Maggie? You look like you are dying out there. 

But props to the anchor for busting her out afterwards: "You're gonna finish that, after we go to the next story?"
UPDATE (10 p.m.): OK — So, apparently this isn't the first time Maggie has reported on corn. Check this tweet from July 29th. Amazing. (PS)

UPDATE (10:45 p.m.): It's been made clear to us that this was Ms. Hockenberry's first live television report. Obviously, we hope she can laugh with us, and take it lightly. (SF)

UPDATE (Saturday, 11:45 a.m.): Now the story has been posted on Deadspin. Big thanks to that crew for sharing.


Champaign Cycle named one of America’s Best Bike Shops

We just received notification that Champaign Cycle is one of America's Best Bike Shops. Check out the listing here.

The National Bicycle Dealers Association is proud to announce that your shop has been named one of America's Best Bike Shops for 2014!

Thanks to all of our customers for helping us be one of the best!