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Check out this career-spanning list of Poster Children live shows

Champaign-Urbana's Poster Children were established in 1987 and outside of their music being really good, they're are known for influencing the intersection between major and indie labels in music, at a very basic level. At the level short and sweet enough to keep your attention in this short post.

Anyway, the band recently posted a massive and nearly-comprehensive list of their live shows — dating back to dates in 1987. 

Damn, that is a LOT of shows, and definitely worth a gander.

Top photo by Todd Loerzel.


Neutral Cycle offering summer-long bike rental

The good people over at Neutral Cycle in Champaign are offering a hell of a deal for the entire summer if you are bicycle-less. For the low price of $80, you can rent a bike for the entirety of summer, and even get a free tune up and bike light.

Bookings are being accepted now via Neutral's website, and as soon as you start renting, you have until August 8th with your newly-acquired steed.

From Neutral's Facebook post:


Turn up: State Senate passes bill to allow alcohol sales at University events

Per a report in The Gazooit looks as though we might be closer to being able to consume alcohol, as adults over 21, at university events. This includes sporting events.

Check out the article linked above, and I have to say, bravo, Rep. Chapin Rose for this bit:

“This requires the U of I to come up with a new policy for liquor within the next six months, where I would hope they take into account that it doesn’t seem to be really fair to me that the rich guys get to eat their cheese and drink their wine in the expensive suites but the rest of us plebes can’t have a beer,” said Rose.

Some more from the article:

In preparing their written policies, universities are asked to take seven issues into consideration:

  • Whether the event is a student-related activity.
  • Whether the physical setting is conducive to the control of liquor sales.
  • The ability of the event coordinator to ensure that the sale and serving of alcohol and the demeanor of the participants are in accordance with state law and university policies.
  • The anticipated attendees at the event and the expected proportion of those over 21 years of age to those under 21.
  • The ability of vendors to prevent the sale or distribution of alcohol to those under 21.
  • Whether the event prohibits participants from taking alcoholic beverages from the venue.
  • Whether the event prohibits participants from bringing their own alcoholic beverages to the venue.

Now if Governor Rauner just signs the damn thing.


HUM announces show at Loose Cobra July 2nd

The mighty HUM have announced a show at Matt Talbott's Loose Cobra in Tolono for July 2nd. This nine band, two stage show will feature HUM, Sweet Cobra, Cloakroom, Electric Hawk, Dibiase, Terminus Victor, Our Landmark, Redleg, and Withershins.

Tickets are on sale now right here.

HUM are reportedly working on new music, and did tour a bit last year with Failure, Mineral, and moreThe AV Club recently featured their masterpiece You'd Prefer an Astronaut as well.

Photo by Chris D. Davies from Pygmalion Festival 2012.


#Urbanalove Movie Nights announces IndieGoGo campaign

Short Summary

Urbanalove’s Summer Movie Nights has gathered over 3000 individuals to enjoy outdoor movies in downtown Urbana. Over the past two years, a small group of volunteers has worked to raise funds, plan, and produce an annual event that showcases family-friendly movies in the summer. Entering our third year we are excited to invite you into the process of making these movie nights happen! We are raising money specifically to secure movie permits, acquire a dedicated speaker system, obtain proper insurance for the event to take place, and to ensure that it remains FREE and open to all! We hope that you will join us in continuing to build this community event that brings together young and old and to celebrate what's great about downtown Urbana in the summer. You can help us by donating and by spreading the word about our fundraiser to friends, family, neighbors and local businesses.

The Impact

Urbanalove has a simple focus of discovering and sharing all things happening in Urbana. Our Summer Movie Nights are a fun way to experience downtown, and also a throwback to one of Urbana’s most notable residents, movie critic Roger Ebert! Roger spent his childhood in downtown Urbana (see link below), and like Ebert, we believe movies are something we can all enjoy together. As we enter into our third year, we hope to carry on a little bit of this history and the joy of watching movies outside. For our screening location, we have specifically chosen the former home of the Hudson Dairy on Race Street (129 N. Race St.), which was frequented by Roger and his friends for its famous chocolate malts!

Risks & Challenges

We have an amazing team of organizers and volunteers committed to making Summer Movie Nights a success and we do our best to plan for evenings that are warm and dry. However, because these are outdoor events, we recognize that weather may prevent us from showing movies as scheduled.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you have enjoyed any of our movie nights or are excited about supporting community events in downtown Urbana, we strongly encourage you to select one of the donation levels below. For those of you who cannot give, please help us spread the word using the Indiegogo share tools.


Triptych Brewing to join Taste of C-U with other local craft brewers

News from Champaign Park District's Taste of C-U and Triptych Brewing, per their announcement and website:

It’s official! Triptych Brewing  and local craft breweries will be joining us for Taste of CU this August with new brews and opportunities to meet the people behind the beer.

The Taste of C-U will take place on Friday, August 19th (5-11 p.m.) and Saturday, August 20th (11 a.m.-11 p.m.) at Westside Park in Champaign.


Habitat for Humanity hosting Home Matters Breakfast this Friday

One of the best causes in Champaign-Urbana that I can think of is Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County, which is located just east of 1st and University in Champaign. There, they provide a plethora of charitable endeavors, ranging from a re-sale store to educational services for prospective homeowners to their renown building program, Habitat truly does a lot of good in our community.

This Friday, you can show Habitat how much you care by attending their 2nd annual Home Matters Breakfast at CityView Banquet Center on top of Illinois Terminal. Registration is required for entry, which you can do here, and the program will run from 7:30-8:30 a.m. this Friday. The breakfast will include a video and presentation about some of the impact Habitat has had in C-U, as well as stories from homeowners who are building a house with Habitat.

A great cause and breakfast - what's not to love? This one's worth waking up for Friday morning.