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Blaque Lyte Bubbly coming to the Outhaus

From a press release: 

Champaign-Urbana’s most prestigious independent art gallery the Outhaus is honored and proud to be hosting Blaque Lyte Bubbly, the most recent installment of a roving art exhibition of exclusively black light sensitive paintings, drawings and sculptures.   Previous incarnations of Blaque Lyte have appeared in Chicago, IL and Richmond, VA with future 2015 dates set for Kansas City, MO and Detroit, MI.  Black Lyte Projects boasts a roster of artists from all over the world working in a wide range of styles and disciplines.   Adding to the excitement,  Blaque Lyte Bubbly will also serve as a sort of victory lap for co-curator Paul Nudd, a graduate (BFA 1999) of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

When asked about their interest in black lights, the curators respond, “In Blaque Lyte, we are recontextualizing various forms of contemporary visual art in an attempt to transcend the mere novelty and self-indulgent nature of traditional black light props.  From top to bottom, our goal is to create an overwhelming and visually jarring environment, one that is essential in offering the viewer an exclusive experience, namely a weird and hyper-sensitized orgy of inversely illuminated odd-ball artworks .  We are not attempting to recreate a haunted house through a fog of juvenile nostalgia.  We feel we can offer a doubly altered series of optical rifts.  All the work in Blaque Lyte will be specifically made to be seen under these unconventional and experimental conditions.”

Please join us for this optical hiccup mind flush.  Exhibiting artists are as follows:

Andy Heck Boyd - New Hampshire
Chris Cilla - Portland, OR
Shamus Clisset - Brooklyn
Bruce Conkle - Portland, OR
Anya Davidson - Chicago
Rory Dean - Toronto
Jo Dery - Chicago
Krystal DiFranzo - Chicago
Brendan Donnelly - L.A.
Ryan Duggan - Chicago
Michael Dumontier - Winnipeg
Edie Fake - L.A.
Neil Farber - Winnipeg
Jack Felgate - London
Sanya Glisic - Chicago
Lane Hagood - Houston
Giselind Hardwig - Berlin
Keith Herzik - Chicago
Brendan Heuser - Chicago
Céline Hudréaux - Ghent, Belgium
Laurent Impeduglia - Liége, Belgium
Keenan Marshall Keller - L.A.
Klara Kristalova - Sweden
Sarah Leitten - Chicago
John Maggie - Detroit
Thomas Mazzarella - Brussels, Belgium
Max Mose - Minneapolis
Onsmith - Chicago
Paintallica - New York
Jaret Penner - British Columbia, Canada
Kristen Romaniszak - Chicago
Marie Rosen - Brussels, Belgium
DeeDee Scacci - Chicago
Seth Scriver - Toronto
David Shrigley - Glasgow, Scotland
Edra Soto - Chicago
Otto Splotch - New Orleans
Ben Stone - Chicago
Michael Swaney - Madrid
Matthew Thurber - Brooklyn
Tom Toye - Brooklyn
Lale Westvind - Brooklyn
Andrew Jeffrey Wright - Philadelphia
Mickey Z - Providence

Visit the Outhaus on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/outhausurbana


Market at the Square hiring seasonal staff

Do you love Urbana's Market at the Square so much you want to work there? The market folks are hiring for seasonal staff. The job description and application can be found here


C-U Black Activists call for diversity and access at the University of Illinois

A press conference will be held on Friday at the University YMCA to show residents how the University of Illinois has failed to fulfill its land grant mission to provide accessibility to all residents of Illinois. This seems to be a pretty major failing on the University's end.

From the release:

Two long-time African-American community activists, Terry Townsend and Martel Miller, will be holding a press conference on Friday, Feb. 27, 4 p.m. at the University YMCA in the Board Room. They are releasing a report documenting the failure of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to fulfill its land grant mission of providing accessibility to all residents of Illinois, particularly its African-American residents.

The report details the deplorable conditions of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, the precipitous drop in African-American student enrollment, and the dismally low number of African-American faculty. In 2014, the freshman class at UIUC included only 356 African-Americans (down from 433 in 2013).

Terry Townsend, UIUC alumnus and organizer of the 40th anniversary of Project 500, stated, “We need to rededicate ourselves to the underrepresented. Chancellor Wise is more concerned about achieving global diversity, rather than reaching African-American students from Champaign, Chicago, or Ferguson.”

The percentages of African-Americans in academic and nonacademic positions at the University of Illinois leave much room for improvement. Black unemployment in Champaign-Urbana remains an alarming 17.4%, while the Illinois rate is 6.2%.

Other figures document the invisible barrier between campus and the African-American community that is enforced by campus police. This is evident in the disproportionate number of trespassing tickets given to local black youth. From 2012-2014, 375 trespass notices were given to African-Americans, which accounted for 60% of all such notices issued by University of Illinois police.

Townsend and Miller urge the Board of Trustees not to renew the Chancellor’s employment contract. They call for real diversity and access at the University of Illinois.  

Contact: Terry Townsend (217) 766-0051 | Martel Miller (217) 480-1332


Urbana Boulders crowdfunding from Indiegogo campaign

There's a pretty interesting project happening in Urbana called Urbana Boulders, where Alex Bragg and Kris Schmarr have plans to build an indoor rock climbing space. They currently have an Indiegogo campaign in the works, where they've hit about half of their goal of $10,000 thus far. Pretty awesome project, I'll say — check it out and the video below. Perhaps you can help them reach their goal in the process.


Illinois basketball preview: Iowa

What's happening with Iowa basketball this season is kind of, sort of, exactly like what is happening with Illinois. Despite some signature wins (North Carolina, Ohio State twice, Maryland), the Hawkeyes have dropped some ugly games (Minnesota and Northwestern, back-to-back earlier this month) and now sit on the NCAA Tourney bubble, aiming to win three of the last four games to make selection a near lock. Hell, Iowa and Illinois even have the same record, 17-10. 

Iowa is not really a mirror image of Illinois on the floor, however. The Hawkeyes leading scorers are both forwards and both excellent at getting to the rim and getting to the rim again (i.e., grabbing rebounds). To wit, Aaron White is averaging 14.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, and Jarrod Utoff is averaging 12.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

When the supporting cast is silenced, however, Iowa really struggles. In those losses to Minnesota and Northwestern, the forward duo were able to have an impact (Utoff had 17 and White had 13 against Minnesota and Utoff scored 25 against Northwestern), but production elsewhere was minimal. If Illinois can make White and Utoff win the game alone, they might prove unable to do so once again.

Of course, the same holds true for Illinois, as win will stem from solid performances by Malcolm Hill, Rayvonte Rice, and (not or) Kendrick Nunn. With a lot riding on this game in terms of Tourney selection, expect another physical game from the Illini. Whether a win should be expected is more questionable.

My prediction: Illinois 59 – Iowa 58


Illini Linebackers Coach unsure of what success is

Well, having the 109th ranked defense in the NCAA is starting to make a bit more sense today. Ol' Half-a-Hat's linebackers coach, Mike Ward, doesn't seem to understand the difference between success and failure. Thus, we already have our second public media blunder by the Illinois Football coaching staff in 2015. If you missed it, this was the first.

I think I get what Ward is trying to say here. You're going to fail, but it's important to keep your enthusiasm and work ethic in the face of adversity. That's the path to success.

Except he said all of that with the grace and brevity of the head coach he followed here from Toledo.

Hell, who knows, I shouldn't speak for Ward. Maybe that is actually the metric for success when you spend your entire career coaching NAIA and bad MAC Football.


BodyWork Associates demo stress relief techniques on CI Living

You may be sitting at your desk right now thinking about how your back is bugging you. It could be from shoveling snow over the weekend or from strenuous activity at the gym, but according to Peggy Cler of BodyWork Associates it might just be stress.

Cler was on ciLiving on Monday discussing massage therapy and that despite preconceived notions, it shouldn't be considered a luxury. Massage therapy can relieve stress in the neck and back which down the road might save you some serious coin at the doctor's office. 

Check out the video below, and afterwards get an appointment to loosen your back and relieve some stress. Your body needs it.


Urbana Restaurant Week returns March 2-8

The Urbana Business Association has announced the next installment of Urbana Restaurant Week, happening March 2-8. Be on the lookout for some coverage from our end soon enough.

Check out the information below from the press release:


URBANA, Il.—Taking place March 2–8, the third annual Urbana Restaurant Week is a seven-day celebration of Urbana’s restaurant scene, developed to showcase the diverse range of eateries the town has to offer. Special prix fixe menus will be offered only during the event at each of the participating restaurants. Offering a combination of $10, $20 and $30 options, the menus give diners a chance to try dishes they’ve never had before, or enjoy old favorites for a great value.

The participating restaurants are all located in Urbana, and are locally owned and operated. This event is facilitated by the Urbana Business Association.

Participating restaurants to date include Attie’s Bar and Grill, The Bread Company, Café Zojo, Courier Café, Dancing Dog Eatery and Juicery, Milo’s Restaurant, Piato, Po’ Boys, Silvercreek, Siam Terrace and Sitara.

The UBA also encourages diners to take to social media while participating in Restaurant Week, and to use the hashtag #eaturbana to share their pictures and experiences during the event.

“When we began this event in 2013, we were overwhelmed by the positive feedback we received from both the restaurants and diners alike,” said Cynthia Chandler, executive director of the UBA.

“We are proud to bring this event to the city of Urbana for the third year now, and we’re honored to be able to showcase the fantastic and diverse array of eateries in our community. We encourage diners to go out and try something new!”

For more information about Urbana Restaurant Week and to view the menus that each participant will offer, visit urbanabusiness.com/restaurant-week/ or view the event on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1BneW0B

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The Urbana Business Association is a member-driven, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote the city of Urbana as a dynamic place to live, work and do business. For more information, visit www.urbanabusiness.com.


Station Theatre announces cast for Appropriate

The Station Theatre has announced its cast for Appropriate, a play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, to be directed by Mike Prosise. The play will run April 23rd through May 9th.

Per a Station press release, the cast and synopsis are as follows:

Toni: Carolyn Kodes-Atkinson

Bo: David Barkley

Rachael: June Eubanks

Rhys: Sydney Germaine

Franz: Aaron Clark

River: Heather Harris

Cassidy: Ellen Magee

Ainsley: Ellison Radek

Every estranged member of the Lafayette clan has descended upon the crumbling Arkansas homestead to settle the accounts of the newly-dead patriarch. As his three adult children sort through a lifetime of hoarded mementos and junk, they collide over clutter, debt, and a contentious family history. But after a disturbing discovery surfaces among their father's possessions, the reunion takes a turn for the explosive, unleashing a series of crackling surprises and confrontations.


Series of documentary film screenings kicks off next week

Next week, a series of film screenings titled "Screening Memories: A Documentary Film Series" kicks off with Watchers of the Sky (2014), which is about Raphael Lemkin's quest to establish the UN's Genocide Convention and his lasting influence on contemporary human rights advocates. A roundtable and discussion featuring Mark Micale (History), Mina Sohaj (Theater), and Tim Wedig (Global Studies) will follow the screening.