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Jupiter String Quartet to hold virtual concert on November 6th

Fans of the Jupiter String Quartet can look forward to a virtual performance of Michi Wiancko’s "To Unpathed Waters, Undreamed Shores," streamed live from Smith Hall on November 6th. This "multi-movement work, specially written for the Jupiter String Quartet which was originally intended as part of the quartet’s fall performance at Krannert Center, celebrates the beauty and vitality of the natural world, suggesting hope and inspiration as humanity addresses fears and worries for our planet. The central themes of regeneration and resilience highlight the need to protect each other and our most vulnerable populations."

The performance will be followed by a talkback with the JSQ and Michi Wiancko, moderated by Associate Professor Daniel Miller and Krannert Center's Tammey Kikta.
 

Jupiter String Quartet
Streaming live from Smith Hall
Friday, November 6th, 3 p.m.
Register for this Zoom-based event here

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40 North announces call for Art on the Fly

Champaign County arts advocate 40 North has announced a new opportunity for area visual artists to place their work in unique locations. Art on the Fly will showcase the work of two selected artists at Willard Airport in Savoy. The deadline for submission is November 16th. Find out more about the program and how to apply here.

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Illinois art students prop open the studio door October 30th

Wanna see what the Illinois Studio Arts MFA students have been up to? On Friday, October 30th, you'll have your choice of viewing options. If you're up for a night out, mask up and stop by the South Studio at 6 p.m. for a socially distant viewing. Or you can enjoy the launch of their new digital gallery site from the comfort of your home. 

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Prop the Door
South Studio, Art and Deisgn at Illinois
408 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign
Friday, October 30th, 6 p.m.  (masks required)
Or view online

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Celebrate Will Reger’s accomplishments as Urbana Poet Laureate on October 30th

Will Reger has had quite a year as the City of Urbana's inaugural Poet Laureate. And the Urbana Arts & Culture Program invites you to help celebrate his many accomplishments at a virtual event on Friday, October 30th.

The recent event announcement cites Reger's work "leading poetry workshops and events at Urbana School District #116, Urbana Free Library, Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center & the Teen Open Lab, Young Artist's Studio, and Analog Wine Library, among others. He's completed school and student engagements at Urbana High School, Urbana Middle School, Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center, St.Joseph Elementary School, and Tuscola High School." And that's not the half of it. 

So log on this Friday and celebrate the fact that good things are still happening, even in the middle of a pandemic. 

Celebrating Urbana Poet Laureate Will Reger
Friday, October 30th, 5 to 8 p.m. 
Stay tuned to the Facebook event page for more event details.

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Scotty’s Brewhouse is closed, and Aspen Tap House will take over the location starting next week

Scotty's Brewhouse opened in December 2016, and they offered burgers, beer, and bar fare. Scotty's closed on Sunday, October 25th. They announced on their website that there will be a new restaurant opening in the same location:

We are happy to announce, though, the grand opening of our new restaurant, Aspen Tap House on Monday, November 2nd. Based out of the same location on South Neil Street, Aspen Tap House will offer an enjoyable comfort casual escape. Gather here to enjoy 30+ craft and local draft beers, handcrafted cocktails, on-tap wines and delicious menu items, always served with a warm smile in a clean, safe, comfortable environment. You can check us out at our ever-evolving website.

The logo of Aspen Tap House in Champaign is on a white background. Photo from Aspen Tap House Facebook page.Photo from Aspen Tap House Facebook page.

Aspen Tap House will open on Monday, November 2nd at 3 p.m. and serve similar bar food with lots of drink options. The food menu offers sharables like nachos and broccoli fritters, salads, soups, sandwiches, wings, wraps, burgers, and entrees like Hawaiian chicken and fish and chips. They also have a kids' menu and a dessert menu. The drinks menu includes hard seltzers, martinis, margaritas, cocktails, wine on tap, beer bottles, and beer on draft. You can place your order online here.

In a white spoon rest, there is an appetizer of fried shrimp in an orange sauce. Photo from Aspen Tap House Facebook page.Photo from Aspen Tap House Facebook page.

A burger with onion rings and BBQ sauce sits on a white plate with waffle fries. Photo from Aspen Tap House Facebook page.Photo from Aspen Tap House Facebook page.

Aspen Tap House
2001 S Neil St
Champaign
Su-Th 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
F+Sa 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

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Virtual Small Press Fest rescheduled for November

Earlier this month, we announced that Small Press Fest would be returning with a virtual weekend event running from October 22nd through October 24th. After realizing a conflict with another zine event, the SPF organizers decided to move the event to November.  And from the posts on their Facebook page, it sounds like the extra time has led to some great programming. 

Virtual Small Press Fest
November 12th through 14th
Find out more here.

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Check out the schedule for this weekend’s virtual C-U Folk & Roots Festival

Just about a month ago, C-U Folk & Roots Festival announced the lineup for this year's virtual installment of the annual festival, which typically takes place all over Urbana every fall. Don't forget to tune in this weekend as CUFRF will have a variety of programming to check out.

Here's the schedule:

Times are approximate and subject to change.
There will be no dead air in-between acts, so tune in early!

Friday Oct. 23   
6 pm       Welcome from Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin
6:00        Jordan Kaye – Performance
6:25        So Long June – Performance
6:55        Nikki D Brown – Talk – History of Sacred Steel
7:15        Dom Flemons – Performance
7:40        Hannah Mayree representing the Black Banjo Reclamation Project – Talk –
8:05        Jake Blount – Performance
8:30        Kilborn Alley – Performance
9:00        Kyshona Armstrong – Performance
9:30        Hot Club of Cowtown – Performance


Saturday Daytime Oct. 24           
10 am    Welcome from Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin
10:00     Community Center for the Arts – Performance
10:25     Little Miss Ann – Family Performance
10:50     Dewclaw + Bones Jugs Family Show – Family Performance
11:15     Deep Fried Pickle Project – Family Performance
11:40     Seemore Love representing the Black Banjo Reclamation Project – Talk –
12:00     Milly Raccoon – Performance
12:30     Ayla McDonald – Performance
12:55     Candy Foster Interview – Talk
1:20        Jean Rene Balekita and Laeticia Kyungu – Performance
1:45        Roundtable Discussion featuring Brandon T. Washington, Pete Shungu, Cii La’cole, Aaron “A+” Wilson, and moderator Deanna Hence – Talk

Saturday Evening Oct. 24             
6 pm       Backdoor Cajun Band – Performance
6:25        Southwest Watson Sweethearts – Performance
6:50        Hot Club of Cowtown – Performance
7:10        The Sapsuckers – Performance
7:35        Dom Flemons – Talk – Black Cowboys
8:00        Center for World Music – Performance
8:25        Lilli Lewis – Performance
9:00        Meadowhawk – Performance
9:25        Jake Blount – Talk – Racist Lyrics in Old-Time Music
9:45        Alexa Rose – Performance
10 pm     Nikki D and the Browns aka Sisters of Thunder – Performance


Check out performer bios and links on our website!

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Rodney Davis has a virtual town hall tonight

FM News Talk 97.1, a Fox News Radio affiliate out of St. Louis, is hosting a town hall with Rodney Davis tonight at 6 p.m. The town hall will be livestreamed on YouTube.

The radio station is encouraging listeners to leave a question in the comments during the town hall. 

So, if you have some time to spare this evening, maybe you should tune in and ask some questions.

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Urbana’s Poems on Glass project will be unveiled October 22nd

If you love a dialogue between words and images, you won't want to miss this. Poems on Glass, one of City of Urbana Poet Laureate Will Reger's community collaborations will be unveiled this Thursday afternoon. Reger invited local poets to visit one of the selected downtown murals and craft an interpretation in words. The final poems will be installed alongside their corresponding murals. Congratulations to the winning poets: Ja'Nelle Pleasure, Elizabeth Majerus, Emily Kerlin, Liana Alcantara. Find out more here.

Online Unveiling of Poems on Glass
Thursday, October 22nd, 4 to 7 p.m.
Get more information here.

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Esquire has you covered for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving will be something else this year. 2020 just keeps coming. Whether you are hosting a small gathering or avoiding all family and hanging at home with just the kids and the spouse (like me), food needs to be served.

If you're not feeling like cooking this year, Esquire Lounge is offering a Thanksgiving special for $15 which includes a half fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, and two rolls. Thanksgiving isn't Thanksgiving without pie, and don't they know it: Esquire has mini pies for $5. The pie options are pumpkin, apple cranberry, and bourbon pecan. 

Every holiday needs booze, and you can even buy a cranberry sangria for two for $14 when you place your food order. Call 217-398-5858 to order Esquire's Thanksgiving special. 

Esquire Lounge
106 N Walnut
Champaign
11 a.m. to 2 a.m., daily

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Calamitous Microcosm artist gives online talk October 22nd

This month, Parkland College's Giertz Gallery is taking its gallery talk series online, beginning with University of Nebraska faculty artist Jave Yoshimoto.

The following description was provided directly from Giertz Gallery: 

Born in Japan to Chinese parents and raised in the US, Jave Yoshimoto weaves current events and social issues in his artwork, which explores the convergence of tradition and contemporary society. His gouache paintings infuse traditional Japanese prints with depictions of recent disasters. Using a graphic style resembling manga, his stunning, colorful images poignantly illustrate natural and humanmade destruction and the emotion often associated with media coverage of such global concerns. Yoshimoto often embeds Godzilla into his work, which he sees as himself, powerlessly witnessing the unfolding disaster and helpless to assist.

An assistant professor of art at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Yoshimoto has worked as an art therapist/mental health professional in Chicago; a teacher serving diverse ethnic populations; and an artist-in-residence at artist colonies across the US.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Giertz Gallery will remain in a digital format through Spring 2021. Please watch for online exhibitions, resources, and programs from the gallery. We will continue to connect with our audiences through Facebook, Instagram, and email. Thank you for your support in these difficult times.

Calamitous Microcosm
Jave Yoshimoto Artist Talk
October 22nd, 7 to 8 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Register for the Zoom talk here

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Three new music funds to honor memory of Nick Rudd

The Illinois School of Music has announced a new gift fund to honor the memory of Nick Rudd. The fund wlll advance the work of the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music, with the initial event to be held in Spring 2021.  

"Generously initiated by Rudd’s surviving wife Gina Manola and stepson Townes Durbin, the fund was established with the goal of reaching endowment levels to ensure this series becomes an ongoing and permanent part of the music culture of our campus and community. Manola adds, “Nick was an enthusiastic fan of Sudden Sound concerts and of the international music presented by the Center for World Music, so supporting these areas of programming in his memory is very meaningful.”

Two additional funds, supporting the Urbana Free Library, for "the purchase of music, poetry, and visual arts related items and programming," and the Community Center for the Arts, for a music lesson scholarships, deeply reflect Rudd's commitment to the Champaign-Urbana music community.

Learn more about Rudd's legacy and how you can help sustain his impact on the Champaign-Urbana music scene here

Photo from Nick Rudd Music website