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That Takes Ovaries/Open Mic Night

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Open Mic Night

Friday, February 26th

Main Lounge of Allen Hall
1005 W. Gregory, Urbana
free and open to the public

Come to an open mic with the women of That Takes Ovaries. That Takes Ovaries is a collection of real-life stories from women & girls about the gutsy, outrageous, courageous things they have done. Multicultural, fun, sassy, true tales of estrogen-powered deeds, from playful to political. Come share stories about times you or the women in your life acted boldly. Everyone who speaks gets a chocolate egg wrapped in gold foil -- a Golden Ovary.

Co-sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center and Unit One/Allen Hall.


Public input on highspeed internet access sought

We would like to invite you to meetings held at the Champaign Public Library to gather your ideas about a Round 2 proposal to the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP). The BTOP is a competition for federal stimulus funding to support high-speed Internet in our communities.


Monday, February 22, 5:30-7pm
Saturday, March 6, 10:30-noon

WHERE: Champaign Public Library, 200 West Green St. Champaign
Robeson Pavilion Room C

WHO: Open to the public...please pass the word.

As you may know, the infrastructure proposal for Champaign-Urbana submitted during Round 1 is under consideration now, generating media coverage. We are interested in your thoughts regarding public computing and sustainable adoption in C-U. The public computing proposal from round 1 was rejected, and we are revising and resubmitting. The sustainable adoption--which means building usage of the Internet and its applications--is still pending a thumbs-up or -down.

The deadline for Round 2 submissions is March 15, so time is really short!

"We" at this point is a consortium of people from the cities of Urbana and Champaign and the Broadband Access Committee, from Parkland College, and from the University of Illinois.

QUESTIONS? Contact Sharon Irish, slirish at AND/OR



Last minute Mardi Gras plan - Big Grove Zydeco tonight

Just realized that today is Mardi Gras and looking for something authentic to do? Found this on the U of I's new Center for World Music website (which you should most definitely check out):


Event Date:
Tue, 02/16/2010 - 8:00pm
The Iron Post
120 S. Race, Urbana, Il.

Celebrate Fat Tuesday with Big Grove Zydeco, the latest incarnation of Tom Turino's cajun dream. In his academic--yet street-smart way--he has brought together a fine bunch of enthusiastic musicians that push the band to new heights with each show.

The musicanship of the band and frienship that is shared amongst the band members is always evident in performances. Rare forces have brought together a powerful zydeco-infused dance band for anyone and everyone that likes to dance!!!

J.B. Faires - Bass, Ben Hay - Guitar, Gordon Kay - Drums, Ben Smith - Fiddle, Matt Turino - Fiddle, Scrub-board, Tom Turino - Accordians, Vocals, Fiddle, Guitar


Alice (and me) in Wonderland: An Interactive Adventure

Alice in WonderlandOrpheum Children's Science Museum
346 North Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61820
217 352-5895

Don't be late for your interactive adventure through Wonderland! Join us as we transform the Museum into a walk/slide/play-through adventure with the characters from Lewis Carroll's classic children's story. The experience is suitable for all ages and runs from 1-3 hours.

Reserve your tickets to this fundraiser benefiting the Museum today at, and plan to join us on:

Friday March 5 from 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Saturday March 6 from 9:00am - noon
Sunday March 7 from 9:00am - noon

  • Help Alice to chase the elusive White Rabbit down the rabbit hole
  • Frolic with the Hookha smoking Caterpillar
  • Play "Flamingo and Hedgehog" Croquet with the Queen of Hearts and her gymnasts
  • Help the servant Playing Cards paint the white roses red
  • Join the Mad Hatter and March Hare for a crazy tea party
  • Joust with TweedleDum and TweedleDee
  • Follow the Walrus and the Carpenter as they march the Oysters along the beach
  • And much, much more

Sponsored by: Carle Foundation Hospital; Busey Bank; O"Brien Auto Park - Urbana; Car-X; Springfield Electric Supply Company; Fox Development/iHotel; Davis Electric, Incorporated, Champaign Telephone Company; Dodds Company; Davis-Houk Mechanical, Incorporated; Erwin, Martinkus, and Cole, Limited.


Costume ball w/ Duke of Uke at UC-IMC tonight

From the UC-IMC event posting:

WHAT: Duke of Uke and His Novelty Orchestra potluck, costume ball and concert

WHEN: Saturday, Feb 13; potluck at 8 p.m.; concert at 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: U-C Independent Media Center ($5 admission, free if you bring a dish to the potluck; ALL AGES)

Wear your favorite outrageous costume or grab one from our costume closet and celebrate the annual eve of love! This is an ALL-AGES event. So come down and listen to some music, dance, dress-up! and have a good time.

Long-time friends of mirth and merriment, The Duke of Uke & His Novelty Orchestra take you on a melodic carousel ride with hints of tinpan alley, funky gospel, and bubblegum pop. While a ukulele leads the way, an eclectic ensemble of tuba, saxophone, violin, electric bass, rock and Latin drums accompany warm and merry vocal harmonies. Gleeful and glib, they will enchant you with their moon-soaked melodies, hot foxtrots, and jumping flea jubilees. Since 2005, The Duke of Uke His Novelty Orchestra have made children hop, old folks stomp, and punks waltz in 3/4 time.



8 Illini football home games in 2011


If anyone shows up, this might just make some money ...


Illinois Announces 2011 Football Schedule
Eight Home Games Highlight 2011 Season

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. < The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the
football schedule 2011 season, which is highlighted by eight home games for
the first time in school history.

The Illini start the season with five consecutive home games, playing host
to Arkansas State, South Dakota State, Arizona State and Western Michigan in
the non-conference and Penn State in the Big Ten opener. The 2011 schedule
also will feature home contests at Memorial Stadium against Northwestern,
Michigan State and Wisconsin in the season finale.

2011 Illinois Football Schedule

Sept. 3 - Arkansas State
Sept. 10 - South Dakota State
Sept. 17 - Arizona State
Sept. 24 - Western Michigan
Oct. 1 - Penn State
Oct. 8 - at Iowa
Oct. 15 - Northwestern
Oct. 22 - at Indiana
Nov. 5 - Michigan State
Nov. 12 - at Michigan
Nov. 19 - at Purdue
Nov. 26 - Wisconsin



An evening with Lt. Dan Choi, Monday 2/15

Vincent Pham, one of the organizers of the event, passed along this information. We'll feature it in Listen Up on Monday also, but thought that a little extra notice would be warranted:

WHAT: An Evening with Lt. Dan Choi

WHEN: Monday, Feb. 15 @ 7 p.m.

WHERE: Illini Union Ballroom

From the event announcement:

On March 19, 2009, Lt. Dan Choi, a Korean American West Point graduate and Iraq veteran fluent in Arabic, announced that he was gay on The Rachel Maddow Show. Because of three words — "I am gay" — Lt. Choi's life changed forever.

Despite his extreme value as an Arabic speaker, one month after his announcement, Lt. Dan Choi was notified that the Army had begun discharge proceedings against him. He was one of only eight soldiers from his graduating class who majored in Arabic.

Lt. Choi is a founding member of Knights Out – an organization of West Point alumni advocating for the rights of gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.  He was also featured on the cover of the December issue of Out magazine as one of the 100 LGBT community members of the year.  Lt. Choi was again featured on the cover of Instinct magazine as one of the Leading Men of 2009 – celebrating heroes who stand up and stand out.