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Bardo on Paul arrest: “The community of Champaign is stuck in the 60’s. Racism is overt there.”

Some interesting stuff coming from former Illini basketball star Stephen Bardo has surfaced via Twitter, where he criticizes the arrest of current Illini basketball player Darius Paul for underage drinking and resisting arrest. Here are the Tweets, and h/t to The News-Gazette for their coverage here:

Check out the full N-G article for more details.


Champaign shows up in Nate Silver’s “Which Cities Sleep In, and Which Get to Work Early” column

Champaign was recently featured on Nate Silver's column on FiveThirtyEight, "Which Cities Sleep In, and Which Get To Work Early". If you live here, you know one of the added benefits is a short commute time to work (14-15 minutes, on average), and Champaign was featured as a metro area with the latest median arrival time to work. Check out the chart below, and the article linked above to read the whole thing.


Illini basketball’s Darius Paul arrested

News via IllinoisHomepage.net — but it looks like Illini basketball player Darius Paul, brother of former Illini star Brandon Paul, was arrested early this morning. Here's the info from said post:

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- Police say a UI basketball player was arrested early Tuesday. 20-year old Darius Paul, of Champaign, is accused of underage drinking and resisting a police officer. Authorities say two officers spotted Paul and another man cross a parking lot at 20 East Springfield Avenue "acting suspiciously."

When police tried to stop the men, Paul took off and was eventually tackled by one officer outside his apartment in the 100-block of East Healey. Neither Paul nor the officer was hurt, but during an interview, Paul reportedly admitted drinking a "large amount of alcohol."

Paul is a sophomore transfer from Western Michigan University. He sat out last season because of NCAA rules. The second man with Paul was never identified. Both charges are Class A misdemeanors with maximum penalties of up to 364 days in jail.

Not a good way to start the off season.


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.