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Matt Talbott of HUM performing at Loose Cobra on Sunday

Matt Talbott of HUM has been hitting the road his first-ever run of solo shows, and after the first portion, he's headed back home. That said, he's going to be performing at Loose Cobra on Sunday, November 3rd for an impromptu show of sorts. The show starts at 5 p.m.

Here's the description from the Facebook event:

Hi friends. I figure since I am returning home Sunday from my first round of touring and will hopefully be in good form I would just load my stuff into the Cobra upon re-entry and share a few of my new songs with you. This Sunday. 5:00. 30 minutes of quiet, sad music. If my Saab makes it back, of course. I guess we'll find out.

Loose Cobra
113 E Main St.
Tolono, IL 61880

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Bossa Nova Café‘s Grand Opening is this weekend

Bossa Nova Café, the new coffee shop/bistro in Downtown Champaign, will host its Grand Opening tomorrow and Saturday, November 2nd and 3rd. There will be prizes, live music, and an artist hour; it sounds like a festive celebration. 

Haven't been yet? Read our review from earlier this week.

Bossa Nova Café
1 East Main St, Suite 108
Champaign
M-Sat 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Top photo by Matthew Macomber

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Urbana High School students have put together a voting guide

Mark Foley, a civics teacher at Urbana High School, was looking for a way to fufill an Illinois Civics Education standard to impart more "real life" civics instruction, so he assigned this project — one that would deepen their knowledge of the political process as well as provide a service to their community.

According to Foley, the students learned a lot from this endeavor. "For many of these students, this is their first real interaction with the wide variety of governmental positions that annually stand for election. So they've had to figure out what the County Executive does, why the Attorney General's office is important, or who is running to be our next Governor. This unit came right after a unit on political ideology, in which students heard from speakers from various political parties, and then located themselves on the political spectrum. So now they have had to figure out how they would actually vote."

He hopes that they will come away from this with a desire to be more active citizens. While they won't all go on to deep dive into politics, he says "we're trying to inspire young people to stand up for what they believe in, and to learn to use the levers of power in the local, state, and national governments to transform our society."

I encourage you to check out what these students have come up with, and share it with others. Foley echoes a refrain that I often have these days: "These students give me a lot of hope for the future."

You can find their voting guide here. It's still a work in progress, so be sure to check back periodically as it develops. 

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Did you know you can order online from Columbia Street Roastery?

I ask because I often forget this option. I do enjoy walking into the actual establishment and inhaling the delicious coffee aromas. However, maybe you are short on time and want your beans ground and ready to go when you walk through the door, or maybe you'd like to send along some coffee or tea to someone who isn't in C-U. I've got a mother and a mother-in-law who are both fans of the CSR, and this way they don't have to wait until they are in town to pick some up.

You can ship OR select the option to pick up in the store when you get to the check out page. Just trying to make your coffee and tea drinking a little easier, friends. Head on over the the website and check it out.

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CLAW’s Battle for the Belt announced for November 16th at Canopy Club

CLAW, aka Champaign Ladies Amateur Wrestling, has announced their next match: Battle for the Belt. BFTB is November 16th at the Canopy Club, starting at 6:30 p.m., and they'll be joined by some friends: Broad Comedy and The Dry Look.

From the Facebook event:

Rested and ready to go after our RUMBLE for the RING, CLAW is back to BATTLE it out for the BELT. Watch NEW WRESTLERS fight the pros for the glittering and glorious CHAMPIONSHIP belt! 

Join us at the CANOPY CLUB on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 for some laughs starting with BROAD COMEDY and rock out with us to the tunes of DRY LOOK!

7PM - BROAD COMEDY
8PM - CLAW BATTLE FOR THE BELT with DRY LOOK
DJ Meg Maru to play some dank beets after the show!

You're gonna want to get your tickets in advance, dude. $12 + fees in advance, $15 at the door. Doors are at 6:30pm, and Broad Comedy will start promptly at 7pm. 19 and up to enter.
Pow! Slam! How could you resist??

Top photo from CLAW's Facebook page.

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Local racists featured in Washington Post for flying Confederate Flag, claim they aren't racists

A few local racists were featured in the Washington Post for flying Confederate Flags with pride.

Greg Cler, former Mayor of Tolono, claims in the article that he wasn't "represented" by the Obama administration because he is white.

Brent Lowe flies the flag "daily", and claims it is an "act of rebellion".

Both racists, who live in Tolono, seem to want to "redefine" the use of the flag. But these neighbors of ours fail to understand the flag’s history as a symbol of treason, as the banner of wealthy white enslavers who literally tried to create their own country so they could maintain the system of chattel slavery. Conversely, perhaps they do see it as something that points to a time before black and brown people “took advantage of the system” as Cler says — because whites were building the system off of the physical, emotional, and spiritual labors of black and brown people.

Maybe these men aren't interested in redefining the use of the flag. Maybe they're actually interested in getting back to its true meaning.

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Phoenix Botanical is now offering online ordering

If you have a valid medical cannabis card, you can now order products from Phoenix Botanical online. The site will be live during the same hours the store is open: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

While they do not ship to your home — orders are for pick up only — this allows patients the option to browse the products at their leisure, then have the items waiting for them when they get to the store.

Note: if you do not have a med card yet, and you are over 21, you can still browse without buying. Ya know, if you're curious. 

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Want to watch tonight’s Betsy Dirksen Londrigan/Rodney Davis debate?

Illinois Public Media is hosting a debate between the two IL-13 candidates in their studios tonight at 7 p.m. While the debate is not open to the public, they will be streaming it live on their Facebook page

From their post:
 

Join us for the Illinois 13th Congressional District debate between Republican incumbent Rep. Rodney Davis and Democrat challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan.

Moderated by Niala Boodhoo, host of The 21st, the debate will feature questions from panelists Brian Moline and Jaclyn Driscoll as well as constituents from around the district.

NOTE: Questions from constituents were submitted ahead of the debate.

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You can help clean up Boneyard Creek on America Recycles Day

If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity for yourself, your family, or a group that you are involved with, here's a great way to be involved in the community. Keep Champaign Beautiful is hosting America Recycles Day @ Boneyard Creek on November 10th. They are currently asking those wanting to participate to pre-register so they can plan for the day. Here's what you need to know:

  • Saturday, November 10, 2018, 10 a.m. to Noon. Meet at the north end of the North First Street Parking lot next to Prosperity Gardens at 302 N. First Street.
  • A free pizza lunch will be provided.
  • Wear sensible shoes
  • The City of Champaign will provide gloves, buckets, and pick-up sticks.

Photo from Keep Champaign Beautiful Facebook page

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We’re giving away tickets to Jim James at Canopy Club October 17th

Are you a non-student and interested in winning a pair of tickets to see Jim James of My Morning Jacket at the Canopy Club on Wednesday, October 17th as a part of his stop on "The Future Is Voting" tour? Well, here's your chance.

Head over to Twitter and retweet this post below to enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show. We'll select winners at random tomorrow, so stay tuned.