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Ohtis shares a song

Here's a song from our album If This Country Had a Heart, That's Where I Was Born, which was reviewed on Smile Politely. We'll be playing on WEFT 90.1 FM on Monday, March 9, and then at the Canopy Club on March 12. Thanks to Mike Ingram, Seth Fein, the guys in Yoss Arian, and Brian McGovern for helping us break into the Champaign-Urbana scene. We hope to start playing more shows in C-U, so if you're reading this and you happen to set up shows, get in touch if you're interested!

Ohtis, "Downtown Your Heart"


Champaign Public Library’s bookmobile bites the dust after 46 years of service

We looked very carefully at whether to spend the money for a new bookmobile in
this time of tightening budgets. The cost of a new vehicle, along with annual operating costs, didn't seem like the best use of taxpayer dollars when we're working hard to meet overall increases in demand for library services.

–Champaign Public Library Director

Marsha Grove

The current bookmobile, a 20-year-old vehicle that served as a library on wheels and stopped at around 20 locations each week, would have cost the library approximately $200,000 to replace, according to the library's press release. The bookmobile's annual operating costs totaled $150,879.


Microfinance for dummies

Microfinance aims to assist underprivileged, third-world citizens in building profitable businesses through a series of lending and investments. UI Professor Arends–Kuenning, from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Economics, speaks on the topic tonight, Feb. 24, from 7 to 8 p.m. in 319 Gregory Hall. For more info ...


Red Herring hosts open mic night

Whether you're shopping for some new wall decor, seeing if you can rap in front of something other than a mirror, or just sitting back and watching the stage, Red Herring's open mic night brings artists, musicians, and aspiring performers together to display their skills in a laid-back, friendly environment. Check it out every Sunday from 7:30 to 10 p.m., and visit to see more photos from the night.