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Costume contest and free comics at Action Jackson Comics on May 2nd

Per a press release from Action Jackson Comics:

Free Comic Book Day is May 2nd — a single day when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores, with no purchase required and no strings attached.

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Action Jackson Comics, 123 West Main, Suite 103, in Urbana

Along with the free comic books that will be given out for Free Comic Book Day (FCBD), Action Jackson Comics will be holding a Costume Contest with categories for children/teens and adults. Everyone must sign the release form to participate in the contest and have their photo taken.  Action Jackson Comics be posting a photo of participants on the Action Jackson Comics Facebook page. People will then vote for the best costume via Facebook. The most likes in each category will be the winner. There will be 1st through 3rd place prizes. 

Children/teen’s contest prizes (ages 0-18)

First Place: $25 Gift Certificate, FCBD T-shirt, FCBD Poster

Second Place: FCBD T-shirt, FCBD Poster

Third Place: FCBD Poster

Adults contest prizes (ages 18+)

First Place: $25 Gift Certificate, FCBD T-shirt, FCBD Poster

Second Place: FCBD T-shirt, FCBD Poster

Third Place: FCBD Poster

For more information, visit the Action Jackson website.


Join Bodywork Associates at Indi Go Artist Co-Op for the Art of Science

Bodywork Associates and Indi Go Artist Co-Op have come together to host an opening reception for The Art of Science 5.0 tonight at 6 p.m. The exhibition is in its fifth year and showcases images from the University of Illinois' Institute for Genomic Biology.

Doug Nelson, President of BWA, helped to create the event five years ago when he had a vision to display scientific findings as art. Today, the exhibit stays true to that vision and continues to highlight the discoveries and work done by the IGB.


Bones Jugs does Bone Thugs

Wasn't it just a matter of time until this happened? Local band Bones Jugs N Harmony doesn't have much crossover in music or style with the hip hop group they their name from, however, they recently decided to take a stab at covering a song by Bone Thugs N Harmony. Here's what they have to say about it:

Originally released on April 23, 1996, "Tha Crossroads" by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony broke down musical genres and reached #1 on 3 different Billboard charts: Hot 100, R&B, and Rap. The juxtaposition of serious, somber lyrics with upbeat melodic delivery connected with music fans from all walks of life and made this song a landmark hit of the mid 90's.

Out of respect for the original artists, and in keeping with the heavy themes of life and death, we've created a cover that maintains the serious tone of the Bone Thugs version. However, instead of electronic synthesizers and drum machines, we recorded it with live instruments; mainly an antique whiskey jug and some bones.

Listen to and download tha song for free on Bandcamp:


Parkland’s Art and Design student show award winners announced

Parkland College gave out a number of scholarships and awards to student artists last week. Here are the recipients:

Scholarship recipients included Cole Cary of Monticello, who won the Underwood-Alger Art Scholarship; Neda Sroka of Savoy, who received the Don Lake Art Scholarship; Leila Ghasempor of Champaign, who won the Robert Ralph Ford Memorial Art Scholarship; and Kristin Marshall of Champaign, winner of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Scholarship.

Monetary awards included the Dr. David M. and Shirley A. Jones Student Art Award for work of outstanding artistic achievement, given to Jarrett Bender (Paxton); the Parkland President's Award, given to Yang Tai (Champaign); the Blair Kling Award, given to Ryland Snow (Gilman); the Fine & Applied Arts Chair Award for Excellence, given to Caitlin Sims (Champaign); the Art & Design Faculty Award, given to Rachel Stiles (Champaign); the Metals Award of Artistic Distinction, given to Renee Cooper (Urbana); the Art Coop Award, given to Jihee Lee (Champaign); and the Sidney Artists' Guild Award in Memory of Lucy Seaman, awarded to William Smith (Champaign).

Purchase awards for artwork to be included in the Parkland College Permanent Collection went to: Leila Ghasempor (Champaign), Shania Sears (Mahomet), Benji Frazzetto (Champaign), Linda Jordan (Champaign), and Tiffany Ngo (Champaign).

Merit Awards for outstanding work went to the following students: Katherine Anderson (Savoy). Tiffany Belan (Champaign), William Campo (Urbana), Margarita Dmitrieva (Savoy), Pat Guthrie (Urbana), Melody Huang (Champaign), Jeri Lake (Champaign), Jihee Lee (Champaign), Karissa Marshall (Champaign), Stacey McCann (Champaign), Alex Mears (Le Roy), Tres Mercer (Rantoul), Elizabeth Otto (Urbana), Danielle Segerstrom (Le Roy) and Catherine White (Champaign).

Stop in to spend some less crowded quality time with the artwork, which will be on view until Saturday, May 2 in the Giertz Gallery. Audiences will enjoy an impressive body of student work in photography, painting, drawing, metals, sculpture, three-dimensional design, two-dimensional design, color theory, and ceramics.


Studio apartments available on campus through JSM

Apartment hunting on a budget can make it seem like a quality one bedroom apartment is unattainable, and splitting a four bedroom unit with seven other people is the only way to afford a nice place on campus.  We would like to introduce you to the concept of studio apartments! Efficiently designed to provide you with all your desired amenities in one open space, these apartments are great for keeping costs low and quality of living high. Even more good news, JSM offers a wide variety of studio apartments all across campus. Check out some of our listings below, and head over to www.jsmliving.com to see what else we offer.

1.  401 Chalmers aka Illini Manor

These efficiency apartments feature a full kitchen (recently re-modeled with new appliances, cabinets, and granite countertops!), as well as a combination dining/bedroom area with a single bed, under bed storage, built-in bookshelves, and a wardrobe. The built-in desk and desk chair make this the perfect apartment for the busy student. But all work and no play is no way to live, so be sure to take a study break on the roof-top sun deck with lounges and a grill. Arguably, the best part about Illini Manor is that your one monthly payment of $575.00 ($485.00 for rent and $90.00 for utilities) covers everything: water, sewer, recycling, heat, A/C, electricity, and internet. No need to worry about paying multiple bills a month, because JSM has got you covered. 

2. 504 Clark

If you are lucky enough to be heading off campus during the summer of 2016, then a 10-month lease at 504 Clark St. is in order! With a start date of August 15th, 2015 and end date on May 29th, 2016 here you don’t have to worry about finding a summer sublease, or paying rent for an apartment you aren’t living in. And not only are the terms of the lease great, so is the apartment! A large open floorplan with a full kitchen, full bath, and brand new built in desks make this a comfortable place to live and study. Monthly rent is $568.00 for a first floor unit, and $579.00 for second and third floor. The $46.00 utility fee covers water, sewer, recycling, and internet.   Spend your school year here!

3. 602 Clark

Living in a studio apartment does not mean sacrificing luxury. At 602 Clark you get a newly re-modeled kitchen, dining bar, spacious living room, built-in bookshelves, and a massive bathroom. And that large space is put to good use with washer and dryer in each unit. Plus each unit has a private patio or balcony. Monthly rent starts at $590.00, and the utility fee of $48.00 covers water, sewer, recycling, and free wifi.    

These are just three of nine wonderful studio apartment buildings JSM has to offer. To see the complete list, please visit jsmliving.com. There you will find more information, pictures, and floor plans. If you want to take a closer look at Illini Manor, 504 Clark, or any other building feel free to call our office at 217-359-6108 to schedule a tour!


Bulk Items 5% off today at Common Ground

To celebrate Earth Day, all bulk items are 5% off today at Common Ground Food Co-op. This includes food, tea, coffee, supplements, and herbs. 

Here are some fun facts about buying in bulk: 

- A shopper can save an average of 89 percent by purchasing natural and organic foods in the bulk foods aisle of a grocery store.

- If coffee-drinking Americans purchased all of their coffee in bulk for one year, nearly 240,000,000 pounds of foil packaging would be saved from entering a landfill.

- Americans purchased all their almonds in bulk for one year, 72,000,000 pounds of waste would be saved from a landfill.

- If the average American family bought peanut butter in bulk for 1 year, 7 lbs. of waste saved from landfill per family.

SOURCE: Portland State University’s Food Industry Leadership Center (FILC) on behalf of The Bulk is Green Council (BIG)


Champaign-Urbana Herb Society Annual Plant Sale

The Champaign-Urbana Herb Society will hold its annual Herb Plant Sale on Saturday, May 9th, inside Lincoln Square.

Herb Plant Sale
Saturday, May 9th, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (or until sellout)
Inside Lincoln Square, Urbana

Our annual plant sale, offering a wide variety of herbs, is our only fundraising event and has become a much anticipated community tradition. All proceeds from the plant sale will go towards book donations to area libraries, mini-grants to schools, and to our educational public herb garden at Meadowbrook Park in Urbana.
This event will be held in conjunction with the plant sales of Grand Prairie Friends, African Violet Society, CU Orchid Society, Marlin Woodland Plants, Hoyle Woodland Plants, and Bonsai Society of Central Illinois.

Please visit our website and our Facebook page.

Click here for full press release. For the flyer, please visit: http://cuherbsociety.org/plantsale/flyer2015.pdf.

​​Contact: Satomi Wakita cuherbsociety@gmail.com


Common Ground hosting Owner Drive to help fund new location

We announced back in March that Common Ground Food Co-Op is planning to open a new location in Downtown Champaign. When that happened, Common Ground mentioned that they would be looking to bring 900 new owners on board by September to raise equity dollars for the new store.

To help get the ball rolling, Common Ground has started an Owner Drive to incentivize locals to become new owners. The team has put together a pretty bonkers list of monthly prizes that new owners will be entered to win once they sign up. Prizes include a Market Monday meal from bacaro and giveaways from local farms to help folks stock up on fresh goods for the summer. The best part about these monthly giveaways is that signing up early allows new owners more opportunities to win prizes.

Common Ground hasn’t forgotten about the current owners, either. They’ve incentivized referrals from current owners and the gifts include gift cards, items from Common Ground, and opportunities to be featured in “owners only” drawings.

It’s the perfect time of the year to stockpile fresh produce and goods, and there’s no better way to get ready to stock up than by supporting the expansion efforts of a great local establishment. It looks like they're well on their way:

Radish-O-Meter Update from Don! Common Ground has welcomed *108* new owners since April 1! Our goal is reach 150 new...

Posted by Common Ground Food Co-op on Monday, April 20, 2015

Illinois Marathon will affect MTD bus service

The Illinois Marathon returns this weekend and with that comes the yearly street closures and public transportation re-routing. On Friday there will be limited changes that mostly affect Campustown. Saturday, however, every MTD route will be affected and travelers are asked to be prepared.

From the release:

MTD bus services will be affected by the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon races on Friday, April 25, 2014 and Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Friday reroutes begin between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm depending upon the route. Friday reroutes are primarily confined to the campus area and affect the 5/50 Green, 13/130 Silver, 22/220 Illini, 27 Air Bus, and 100 Yellow. Visit cumtd.com for details. The reroutes are expected to last about 1.5 hours.

Saturday reroutes start at the beginning of the service day. Saturday's service changes affect every MTD route. Saturday's reroutes will last most of the day; service will return to normal when it is safe to do so and the time is uncertain. The downtown Urbana stop is moved to Illinois Street south of Lincoln Square.

Customers are advised to expect delays and plan accordingly. Details of all reroutes are available on the MTD website at cumtd.com.


Sudden Sound concert series continues April 23rd at KAM

On April 23rd, at 7:30 p.m., Krannert Art Museum will host the next in its "Sudden Sound" concert series with a performance by Gerald Cleaver's Black Host.

Per the KAM website:

This improvising "super" quintet from New York City features Cooper-Moore
(keyboards, synthesizer), Brandon Seabrook (guitar), Darius Jones (alto saxophone), Pascal Niggenkemper (bass), and Gerald Cleaver (drums). Their 2013 debut release Life in the Sugar Candle Mines (Northern Spy) was acclaimed by reviewers and noted by Ben Ratliff in The New York Times as "a possible dream band for anyone interested in the new intersections between jazz and rock, as long as you expel preconceptions of that idea."

The Sudden Sound Concert Series presents leading artists in the fields of improvised music and the jazz avant-garde, establishing Krannert Art Museum as a destination for enthusiasts of today's most progressive music from the U.S. and abroad. Curated by Jason Finkelman.