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Zombie Pub Crawl in Urbana on Saturday

Attention all zombie enthusiasts! There will be a zombie pub crawl this Saturday, April 19 from 6 p.m. to midnight, starting at the corner of Race and Main. Dress up as a flesh-eater and join your friends at the following places:

The Courier Cafe
Bunny’s Tavern
The Rose Bowl
Crane Alley
Black Dog
Iron Post
The American Legion

Tickets are $14 and can be purchased in advance here, or for $20 at the door.


Illinois Professor Catherine Prendergast awarded Guggenheim

University of Illinois English Professor and University Scholar Catherine Prendergast has been awarded a highly prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. In doing so, she now shares the company of some of the most well respected and visionary intellectuals of our time. Notable past recipients include James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Noam Chomsky, Anne Lamott, Steven Chu, and Joyce Carol Oates. So yeah, it's a damned big deal.

Read more about Prendergast at the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation's website.

UPDATE April 14th: A bunch of other won as well, which you can check out here.


May brunches at Prairie Fruits Farm

Prairie Fruits Farm will host two family-style brunches on May 3rd and 10th. Tickets go on sale today at noon, are $40 per person, and can be purchased here

Here's the info:

Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery Brunches in May

As most of you know by now, we have streamlined out breakfast menu this year to expedite the growing crowds who come out in March and April. We are pleased to announce that we will be serving several of the dishes that have become "classics" over the years at two family -style brunches May 3rd and May 10th. We will be selling only 80 tickets to each of these very special events.

There will be two seatings at each event: one from 9:30 a.m to 11a.m and one from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first seating will go on sale first, and when full, we will open the second seating for sale. The menu will be different at each event, so come to both if you wish!

The first weekend's main dish will be Eggs in Purgatory: eggs poached in organic, heirloom, PFF tomato sauce served with polenta cakes. Other menu items include: Pain Perdu, Virgin Bloody Marys, feta and mushroom tart, locally-made breakfast sausage and a selection of breakfast pastries.  To make reservations for the first seating, visit our Show Clix site.

The second menu will feature oat waffles with poached farm eggs and creole hollandaise sauce, maple glazed bacon, breakfast strata, carrot cardamom "pop tarts", Virgin Bloody Marys and a selection of baked goodies. To make reservations for the first seating, visit our Show Clix site.

Both events will be BYOB and cost $40 per person (includes gratuity). Tickets for the first seating of both dates go on sale TOMORROW--WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9TH AT 12 NOON. Visit our Show Clix page to make reservations.


Black Dog featured on “12 Best Restaurants Not In Chicago” list

Anyone who knows food in Champaign-Urbana is aware of how insanely good Black Dog is. The joint has been featured frequently on lists regarding not only great BBQ, but great food in general.

Black Dog has now been featured on Thrillist's "The 12 Best Restaurants Not In Chicago" list. Pretty cool — and doesn't that photo above make you want Black Dog like, right this second? Sheesh. Great photo, Justine.


Plant Mode pop-up at Urban Outfitters this Saturday

Plant Mode has been doing some pop-ups here and there around C-U, and one will be going down at Urban Outfitters on Green Street tomorrow. Check out the Facebook event, and the information from the posting below:

Gonna hook it up with Urban Outfitters Saturday morning. I will have a nice little table full of Plant Mode goodies. We will kick it off at 10am. Will keep on keepin' until 4pm, unless all the product is gone. Just got some new Air Plants, Marimo, and succulents and tropicals. Bud vases and Stoneware goods will be present. Plant Mode's Pop Up will be run independent of Urban Outfitters, cash and credit card wise. They are basically doing a very cool community thing. Stop in an grab some summer clothes while you are there.

Get some plants, folks. I have some from Plant Mode, and they are terrific. See for yourself this weekend.