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Sousa Archives hosting C-U music scene gallery talk this Saturday

A pretty awesome and interesting event has come across our radar involving the history of the Champaign-Urbana music scene. Taking place this Saturday, it just adds another dimension to things that are happening on Record Store Day in C-U. Check out all the information via their press release:

Rising from the Ashes of Disco
Urbana-Champaign’s Music Scene during the 1980s and Early 1990s
Special gallery talk featuring Tom Broeske, Paul Faber, Jim Hewitt, Rose Marshack, Della Perrone, Mark Rubel, Paul Sabuco, Phil Strang, and Rick Valentin

April 19, 2014
3-4:30 p.m.
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 1103 S. Sixth Street, Champaign, Illinois
Admission: Free

With the conclusion of the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War in 1974, America’s popular music tastes began to shift away from the excessive psychedelic rock performances of the late 1960s and early 1970s.  During the late 1970s disco briefly reigned supreme throughout most of the country including Urbana-Champaign, and with it many rock and roll musicians and their fans felt their music was being painfully silenced by disco’s repetitively syncopated beat.  However on July 12, 1979 a riot broke out among disgruntled rock and roll fans at Comiskey Park during a double-header baseball game, and this date is now considered the “day disco died.” By September 22, 1979 no disco melody appeared among the US Top 10 charts, and by 1980 live rock and roll performance was returned to America’s center stage.  Join Tom Broeske, Paul Faber, Jim Hewitt, Rose Marshack, Della Perrone, Mark Rubel, Paul Sabuco, Phil Strang, and Rick Valentin in a gallery talkback about some of Urbana-Champaign’s local rock and roll bands and musicians, music venues, recording studios, and record shops during the 1980s and early 1990s.  The general public is invited to attend this free-form discussion to learn more about our community’s vital local music scene and its influence on American popular music.  After the gallery talkback visitors may tour the exhibit of Della Perrone’s photographs, “Live from the Crossroads: A Snapshot of Champaign-Urbana’s Local Music Scene 1981-1986.”  For more information call 217-333-4577.


Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 comes to The Art

Somewhat adapted from an Art Theater Co-op post:

Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 begins the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is discovered badly beaten in an alley by an older bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), who takes her into his home. As he tends to her wounds, she recounts the erotic story of her adolescence and young-adulthood (portrayed in flashback by newcomer Stacy Martin). Volume 1 also stars Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen, and Udo Kier.

A groundbreaking filmmaker for more than two decades, director Lars von Trier’s other films include Melancholia, Antichrist, Dogville, Dancer in the Dark, and Breaking the Waves. As widely reported, this new film contains graphic depictions of sexuality—to a degree unprecedented in a mainstream feature film.

Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 will be the 10:00 p.m. feature at The Art this Thursday, April 17. If you're interested, that is. Not that anybody's judging. Really. [That last part isn't adapted from The Art's post. I'm just sayin.']


The ILLIAC Spring Festival announces set times

The ILLIAC Spring Festival is happening next month on May 10th, 2014. We announced the inaugural lineup not too long ago, and now we have the schedule of events for you all. Check out the schedule below for set times and such. (Note: DJs Belly, Kosmo and Mertz will be spinning between sets.)

DOORS: 12:00 p.m.

12:15-1:00 — Jack Anthony and the Desperadoes
1:30-2:15 — Emily Otnes and The Weekdays
2:45-3:30 — Bones Jugs N Harmony
4:00-4:45 — Swords
5:15-6:00 — Barrowe
6:30-7:30 — Their / They’re / There
8:00-9:00 — Sun Stereo
9:30-10:30 — Those Darlins
10:45-12:00 — DJs Belly / Kosmo / Mertz

Here's the map of where the stage will be set up.


The I.D.E.A. Store hiring new General Manager

We need to hire a new General Manager of The I.D.E.A. Store!  The I.D.E.A. Store is a special place and is near and dear to the community.  We need a special person to watch over it, help it grow and make it even better!  If you think you are the right person, we need to learn a little about you through the following process.

1.  Fill out the online quiz by April 25, 2015. 
2.  We will contact you if we want to get to know you better. 

Sending us a resume won’t really help if you haven’t taken the quiz first and then been contacted by us requesting it.  So don’t just send us the resume, or come by the store.  Really, it won’t get you an interview.

So, what are we looking for?  The first thing is if you can follow instructions and take the quiz.  We want you to be energetic, creative, either artsy or believe in repurposing – or both.  We definitely want you to have retail experience and to know how to work with staff, volunteers and our dear customers.  You gotta love to work, too and be in good physical condition.  This position requires passion – lots of it.  You gotta believe.  You gotta want to make magic happen like The I.D.E.A. Store.

And, you are wondering when it starts?  As soon as possible with transition training.  So, if this could be your thing, get busy and take the quiz.  You got nothing to lose and so much to gain by working with the most innovative little organization in Illinois, maybe the country.



Triptych wins silver medal at World Beer Cup

Savoy's own Triptych Brewing won a silver medal in the 2014 World Beer Cup on Friday. It was one of seven Illinois breweries to receive a medal in the international commercial beer competition and the only downstate brewery to receive a medal. Almost 5,000 entries from more than 1,400 breweries representing 58 countries participated in the biennial event.

Triptych's winning entry was an English style brown ale known as Dirty Hippy. Headbrewer and one of Triptych's three owners, Anthony Benjamin, expressed elation and gratitude upon learning of the award. "It is really awesome to be able to bring something like this back to our community and to do it just a month or so after our one-year anniversary really makes it special," Benjamin said. Benjamin went on to note that while the award-winning batch of Dirty Hippy has since run out at Triptych, plans are well underway to brew more.

You can stay informed of Triptych's latest releases by watching their Facebook page or dropping into their tasting room in Savoy at 1703 Woodfield Drive.


Rooftop patio at JT Walker’s is now open

Some people look for tell-tale signs of spring like robins returning or flowers sprouting. Far better options come from JT Walker's, where the return of spring is marked by March Madness, NBA and NHL playoffs, the beginning of baseball season, and, best of all, the re-opening of JT Walker's rooftop patio.

The rooftop patio at JT Walker's was built specifically for those that always wanted to enjoy a drink on their roof but could never find their ladder. JT Walker's offers a wide variety of great food, all-weather TV's with sound, and an enormous variety of beer that includes Champaign County's local favorites brewed across the street at JT Walker's Brewery.

Playing hooky and need to check your email? No problem. JT Walker's offers free wifi so that patrons really can have their beer and drink it, too. Those that haven't been to JT Walker's before are in for a treat as they enjoy an atmosphere more common in St. Louis and Chicago than the likes of downtown Mahomet.


Free music at Krannert this Friday

From a Krannert Center press release:

Krannert Center Presents:
INTERVAL: Brasstastic

FREE, Friday, April 11 at noon

Your midday break, reimagined: high-step it over for Big Easy style fun packaged in a little lunchtime respite! Get info and perks from community partners BodyWork Associates, Campus Recreation, and the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, tasty lunch specials at Intermezzo cafe, and don’t forget to strut over to Promenade for the latest eclectic and affordable fare!

Special thanks to The News Gazette and an Anonymous Patron Sponsor
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