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Extras needed this week for feature film in Champaign

The independent feature film Leading Ladies started shooting in downtown Champaign last week, and we're now doing a last-minute scramble for more extras for a large "underground dance club" scene taking place this week at the magical and mysterious old Rialto Theatre downtown, hidden in an office building across Church Street from the Art Theatre.  Come join us to dance, boogie, or just stand around looking good -- and be in a major feature film!

We need people, aged 18-40, this Tues, Wed, and/or Thursday from 11a.m. to midnight. Come for a day or all three, by golly we'd LOVE to have you.  It's a big time committment, but I guarantee that the final product will be incredible and something you'll be very proud to be a part of. This film is bringing Champaign to the world!

More information on this week as well as other opportunities for extras in the coming weeks at:


The Farmers’ Table starts tonight at Red Herring

The Channing-Murray Foundation is hosting The Farmers' Table from 7 to 9 p.m. on Market Saturdays at the Red Herring. The Farmers' Table buys the best produced at the Market and prepares it that evening. It's $20, and reservations are required, so call Erin at 217.840.9388 or stop by the Tiny Greens booth at the Market on the Square.


Beer Bulletin: May 29

The new Blind Pig Brew Pub (on Neil St. in downtown Champaign) is open for business, but without any of its own beer for sample. Here's what's new for the drinking this weekend. Of course, each bar also offers other draughts that do not rotate through.


On tap: Left Hand Sawtooth, Ommegang Hennepin, Wyders Dry Pear Cider, Dark Horse Sapient Trip, Unibroue Maudite, Bells Best Brown Ale, Rogue Morimoto Soba Ale, Capital Rustic Ale, Southern Tier 422 Pale Wheat Ale, Wittekerke, New Holland Golden Cap Saison

In the bottle: Ballast Point Sculpin, Redstone Black Raspberry Mead, Rogue Dad's Little Helper, Southern Tier 422 Pale Wheat Ale, Rochefort Trppists 10, Founders Dirty Bastard, Goose Island Pere Jacques, Mendocino White Ale

On tap (@ Brew Pub): Rogue Dead Guy, Kursovice Imperial 12, Pyramid Apricot, Dogfish Head 60 Minute, Founders Porter, Bells Amber Ale, Old Style, Blanche de Bruxelles, Konig Ludwig Weiss, Guinness


On tap: Avery Old Jubilation Strong Ale, Founders Porter, Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, Arcadia Hop Rocket IPA, Van Diest Fruli Strawberry Bier, Weihenstephaner Hefe Weizen, New Holland Night Tripper Imperial Stout, Bell's Best Brown Ale, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Allgauer Buble Pilsner, Southern Tier Uber Sun Imperial Wheat, Ommegang Witte, Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse Ale


Blago flacks pull strings for U of I admissions, Trib reports

At a time when it's more competitive than ever to get into the University of Illinois, some students with subpar academic records are being admitted after interference from state lawmakers and university trustees, a Tribune investigation has revealed.

— From "Clout goes to college" in today's Chicago Tribune, alleging hundreds of questionable admissions of politically connected applicants. In includes at least one instance where the word "shenanigans" is used, so that's worth a few minutes of your time right there.


The Viper and His Famous Orchestra to re-unite this August

From the mouth of Mike Murphy at Mike 'N Molly's:

The Viper and His Famous Orchestra are reuniting this summer, and 2 of those gigs will be at Mike N Molly's. August 7th and 9th. The 7th will be an evening show for the adults and 9th will be an afternoon show and more family friendly.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Viper and HFO. They are the largest local attraction to ever fill and stuff Mike N Molly's beergarden. YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS SHOW!!! They are one of the most fun bands you will EVER see.

We say: "Awesome."


Kilroy et al: Tour Diaries Day 3 / 4

Ed note: We often publish C-U band's tour diaries when they head out on the road to represent us in the great wide open. The content here is just as it appeared when they send it to us. So, grammatical errors and offensive language may abound, but that's part of the fun.

Day 3: Saturday, May 16

We went to a farmer's market in Des Moines just outside of the parking garage that we slept very poorly in. We found a coffeehouse to get our caffeine fix but there was a weird magician character and a salad-dodging, old television comedian that was not our cup of tea. We decided to leave Des Moines pretty early and arrived in Ames around 11:00. Right away we found the place we were playing and a nice little café called Café Beaudelaire. The accomodating waitresses provided us with our caffeine fix while we wrote this diary and were pretty attractive to boot.

Then we hit the streets to busk a little bit. Otto had a show back at Bentley's Pub in Champaign with Santa, so he missed out on Ames. We had bongo drums and two guitars and made some fun jams. We took a green self-guided tour of the Iowa State campus, which was pretty beautiful and filled with trees and greenness in general. We busked a little more outside of a pond on the campus with Brian playing the singing saw, which drew a few looks from people passing by.

At 7:00 we loaded-in at the Ames Progressive. On the first look we knew it was an intimate, environment for a show. Four bands played, we played last being the non-local band. The other bands, Paddle Captain, We Are Ourselves, and Rodeo Drive were all very good. Our set went really well, despite being without Otto on bass, keyboards, backing vocals, and occassional cat. We ended with an unplugged version of the song ‘Engine' by Neutral Milk Hotel, since the room seemed conducive to an unplugged song or two. The audience was very respectful and paid attention to the music, a nice change after playing to walls in Des Moines. The bands that played before us stuck around to hear our set as well, a much appreciated gesture.

That night we stayed with Nate from the Ames Progressive and his girlfriend Kate, who we are quite thankful towards. Zach and Sean from We Are Ourselves also hung out for awhile and we all drank while listening to old Bob Dylan and Beatles vinyl albums. Needless to say, we slept much better in Ames than in Des Moines. In the morning, we had some coffee with Nate and Kate and then went out to breakfast before leaving for Omaha.

Midget Report: Negative

Day 4: Sunday, May 17, 2009

We got into Omaha around 4:00 and found a coffeshop near the PS Collective that was closing but kindly let us hang out outside and use their internet. We also met up with a few of Edward's friends and had a few drinks. One of his friend's friends offered to buy us a few pitchers, which we deeply struggled to turn down coming from such an attractive female youth. Brian noted that perhaps we should accept these kinds of offers more often.

The PS Collective turned out to be an interesting place because there were no sound people running it, so bands just sort of helped each other out. We ran into a few technical difficulties on two songs, but overall it went pretty well and was fun. We played with Fortnight and Dimlight, both local Omaha bands who seemed to share a propensity for the late night hours and the music that accompanies it.

After the show, we went to an old town section of Omaha with multiple bars loosely based on a ficticious theme of frog and, less specifically, amphibian ways of life. Despite these troubling themes, Omaha was a lot friendlier than the salad-dodging capitol city of Des Moines. We had our most comfortable sleep at our friend Greg's air conditioned basement.

Midget Report: Hopeful, but could have been a member of the youth cohort



St. Matthew garage sale this weekend

For those of you looking for some slick deals, check out St. Matthew Catholic Church's Parish Garage Sale this weekend; it's one of the largest in the area. It's located at 1303 Lincolnshire Drive (just south of Kirby and Mayfair) in Champaign. Here's the schedule:

  • Thursday, May 28 — 5:00 pm-8:00 pm (Preview Sale, $2 admission)
  • Friday, May 29 — 8:00 am to 12:00 Noon
  • Saturday, May 30 — 8:00 am to 12:00 Noon ($2 Bag Sale)

Urbana Alderman Dennis Roberts proposes reduced liquor license fees

Roberts said Urbana's Class A liquor-license fee to operate a bar is $4,462 annually and, unless the council acts to change it, will increase 4.5 percent to $4,663 on July 1. In comparison, Champaign's current base fee is $1,900 and is scheduled to increase to $2,100 on July 1. The fee is $1,800 in Evanston, $1,700 in Savoy, $1,300 in Danville and $1,200 in Kankakee, he said.