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Wednesday afternoon artist lecture at Parkland Gallery

From a Parkland press release:

Carrie Ann Schumacher, Artist Lecture
Wednesday, October 29, 1:15 pm in the gallery

Carrie Ann Schumacher is a multi-media artist living and working in Chicago.  She received a BFA in Digital Media from Elmhurst College in 2008 and an MFA in Painting from Northern Illinois University in 2012.  She currently serves on the faculty at Kishwaukee College, where she teaches Computer Art, Introduction to Visual Arts, and Digital Imaging.

Carrie Ann Schumacher writes of her work:

"The dresses I create from the pages of romance novels examine the demands that feminine culture places upon women by utilizing the garment as a social signifier. Women often define themselves through clothing; we use our appearance to project ambitions, attract mates and signal our social status. Fashion magazines become the bibles that guide the creation of self-image, and generation after generation of females have been programmed to buy into this culture of unrealistic beauty.

Romance novels echo this sentiment, as they represent an impossible alternate reality, one where love and relationships are all-consuming and eternally passionate. Reality never touches either the fashion or romance realms, but the former is advertised as a way to obtain the latter.

The dresses reflect this as they are seductively beautiful, but due to the material from which they are created, unable to be worn. Completely without function, it represents how useless the feminine myths we have created are in real life."


See David Bowie Is at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art

We have a few seats left — call now to reserve yours!


Friday, November 7th, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Organized by London's Victoria and Albert Museum, this retrospective is a chronology of the extraordinary career of musical artist David Bowie. More than 300 objects from the David Bowie Archives are on display, including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork, and rare performance material from the past five decades.

Bowie's work has both influenced and been influenced by wider movements in art, design, theatre, and contemporary culture. The exhibition focuses on his creative processes, shifting style, and collaborative work with diverse designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre, and film.

Our day includes museum and special exhibition entry. After the tour we will eat lunch and have free time to explore the rest of the museum, shop their extensive bookstore and giftshop or walk Chicago's Magnificent Mile.

The cost of the tour is $75 (lunch additional). The Bus departs from Parkland College on Mattis - Business Training and Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign.

This trip is a collaborative effort between Community Education and Parkland's Giertz Gallery to assist with art exhibits and programming.

Please contact Community Education at 217/353-2055 to purchase a ticket. Seating is limited.


Genome Day November 1st, 2014

The Institute for Genomic Biology's Genome Day is an opportunity for the community to learn about DNA, genes, genomes, and evolution at the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum. Activities will be designed to present the energy use and production, environment, health, and fundamental research at the Institute for Genomic Biology in an approachable manner for all ages.

Admission to the event and museum will be free, with activities running continuously in an open house format from 1-5 p.m. The Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) will provide provide bilingual support for the activities. For more information visit IGB's website or contact Sara Haag, Coordinator of Outreach, sehaag2@illinois.edu.


Registration now open for 2015 Master Gardener Training

University of Illinois Extension serving Champaign County is hosting Master Gardener training in January 2015. Since 1992, over 500 Champaign County residents have completed the program. University of Illinois Extension sponsors the Master Gardener program and trains adult volunteers to help disseminate up-to-date, research-based horticulture information to home gardeners. Master Gardeners are passionate people who embrace the state motto of “helping others learn to grow.”

Master Gardener trainees attend an all-day class once a week for eleven weeks. Each class covers a different garden-related topic such as botany, vegetables, fruits, plant diseases, and organic gardening. Training costs $175 which includes a Master Gardener manual developed by University of Illinois Extension educators and is specifically written for Illinois gardens.

The University of Illinois Extension office also offers online Master Gardener training. Online training costs $250.

Once training is completed, Master Gardener interns have two years to perform 60 volunteer hours in approved projects. Interns can work at educational community gardens in the county including the Idea Garden at the University of Illinois Arboretum, the Juvenile Detention Center garden, Crisis Nursery garden, and the Champaign County Nursing Home. Other projects include the Horticulture Hotline, a help desk used to answer home gardeners questions, and the annual Garden Walk held in June.

Visit the University of Illinois Extension website to apply for the Master Gardener program: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/. Applications are due by November 28th.

For more information please contact the Champaign County Extension office at 217-333-7672.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. University of Illinois*U.S. Dept. of Agriculture* Local Extension Councils Cooperating.


Delta Chi Fraternity celebrates Homecoming like savages

I hope the kids at Delta Chi who painted and displayed this last weekend feel super about themselves. And by super, I mean a superiority over the Native American population that doesn't hardly exist on this campus.

Next time, please feel free to paint and display a caricature of a Jew or an African-American ripping apart a Hawkeye or a Badger. I am sure they will come on by to help you celebrate. 

Just make sure that when you paint the Jews, you get the size of their noses proportionate to their faces. That's super important. Don't blow it, fellas! 

Publisher's Note: In case it needs clarification, the above statement in the final paragraph is intended to be satire / parody in order to better illustrate the similarity between someone drawing a caricature of a Native American and a Jewish person. The magazine's position on the issue of Native American or human cultural mascots depicted by former oppressors is steadfast: we are appalled by its use and believe it to be dangerous for our society. Despite the fact that we believe strongly in our readership and its ability to discern this sort of thing, we wanted to make that abundantly clear, as this article has gotten a bit of traffic from beyond our regular readership. Any questions, you can find us at info@smilepolitely.com. 


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.


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.