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Scotty’s Brewhouse opening December 1st

Scotty's Brewhouse is a new restaurant/pub that will be opening on December 1st at 2001 South Neil Street. They announced the opening on their Facebook page, which you can see below. While there aren't a ton of details about the scope of the restaurant (though there is a bunch of information over at their website about history and such), we'll be sure to keep you posted when we get information.

Photo from Scotty's Brewhouse's Facebook page.
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Two U of I students helped solve the Facebook fake-news issue in 36 hours

Business Insider has published an article discussing the recent debacle involving Facebook and the fake-news problem that has been talked about at length surrounding the recent election.

From what the article points out, a couple of U of I students were involved in creating a Chrome extension that solved the issue with fake-news getting circulated throughout the social media platform.

Check it out:

During a hackathon at Princeton University, four college students created one in the form of a Chrome browser extension in just 36 hours. They named their project "FiB: Stop living a lie."

The students are Nabanita De, a second-year master's student in computer science student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Anant Goel, a freshman at Purdue University; Mark Craft, a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Qinglin Chen, a sophomore also at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Their News Feed authenticity checker works like this, De tells us:

"It classifies every post, be it pictures (Twitter snapshots), adult content pictures, fake links, malware links, fake news links as verified or non-verified using artificial intelligence.

"For links, we take into account the website's reputation, also query it against malware and phishing websites database and also take the content, search it on Google/Bing, retrieve searches with high confidence and summarize that link and show to the user. For pictures like Twitter snapshots, we convert the image to text, use the usernames mentioned in the tweet, to get all tweets of the user and check if current tweet was ever posted by the user."

The browser plug-in then adds a little tag in the corner that says whether the story is verified.

Crazy. They've also made it open source so other people can help work out the kinks.
 
h/t to Jon Kjarsgaard
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Poster Children featured on Pitchfork “Political Music” editorial by Marc Hogan

Poster Children have been back at it in 2016, playing shows again, including the recent show at Pygmalion Festival in September. With all the political unrest that's happening in the United States at the moment, Marc Hogan of Pitchfork put together this piece — "What We Can Learn from the Political Music of Other Depressing Elections" — which will be featured in the Pitchfork Review, their print quarterly.

Hogan is a longtime contributor to the publication, and Poster Children were a major component of the feature (which was published back mid-October, but even more worth sharing given recent events). Check it out.

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Land Connection’s Holiday Happy Hour is December 6th

The Land Connection is hosting its annual Holiday Happy Hour fundraiser at Pizzeria Antica from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6th. 

Tickets are $20 per person and include food and one drink: 

The evening will feature a delicious array of cheeses and Antica pizzas, the chance to catch up with local food supporters, and a raffle for a wide array of prizes from local farmers and businesses.

Your $20 ticket covers food and one drink. A cash bar will also be available. All proceeds go to support The Land Connection's work to train new farmers, support sustainable farmers practices, and make healthy, local food accessible to our whole community.

Get your tickets here

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Ebertfest 2017 passes go on sale November 1st

It is kind of nuts to think, but the year is winding down, and Ebertfest takes place shortly after the start of the new year. They've announced that passes to the festival will go on sale tomorrow, November 1st.

Check out the information below, as well as our recap of the festival from 2016.

From the Illinois News Bureau's newsletter:

CONTACT: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor, 217-333-2894

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Passes for the 19th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” coming April 19-23, 2017, will go on sale Nov. 1.

The passes cover all 12 or more screenings during the five-day event at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign. Related talks and panel discussions will be held at the Hyatt Place hotel in Champaign and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The festival presents cinematic works overlooked by audiences, critics or distributors. It was founded by Ebert, an Urbana native, U. of I. journalism graduate and Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times who died in 2013.

Chaz Ebert, Roger’s widow, is a co-founder and executive producer of the festival, as well as its host; Nate Kohn is the festival director.

The passes are $150, plus processing, and for the first time festival-goers will receive a discount when they purchase four passes together. The four-pack will be priced at $510 instead of $600, or 15 percent off.

Also available for the first time will be a small number of U. of I. student passes, priced at $100 each.

One thousand passes will be available. They can be purchased through the festival website, the theater website or the theater box office, 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign, 217-356-9063.

The lineup of films, guests and other events will be announced several weeks before the festival, which is sponsored by the U. of I. College of Media. Updates will be posted on the festival website. Tickets for individual movies will be available April 1. Admission is $15, or $13 for students and seniors.

Those interested in being a festival sponsor or volunteer should contact Casey Ludwig, the assistant director of the festival, at 217-300-1375 or ludwig2@illinois.edu.

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19th Century statue returns to Allerton Park trail

A statue that was constructed in 1887 by French sculptor Emmanuel Fremiet makes its illustrious return to the trails of nearby Allerton Park in Monticello after a three-decade absence.

The statue, which has previously spent some time at Krannert Art Museum on campus, was installed secretly without fanfare, leading to a very surprising addition to the park's Orange Trail over the past month.

I'd like to give a tip of my hat to whoever decided to release this secretly, à la Beyoncé. Surprises are fun, especially when they have an interesting historical component.

For more information, check out The Piatt County Journal-Republican's feature on the statue here.

(Photo by Steve Hoffman for the Piatt County Journal-Republican)

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Antena artist talk October 27th at Krannert Art Museum

From Krannert Art Museum's website:

Antena Artist Residency | October 26–27

Antena is a collaborative project that activates links between social justice work and artistic practice by exploring how critical views on language can help us to reimagine and rearticulate the worlds we inhabit. Antena artists Jen Hofer and Gelare Khoshgozaran, both translators, writers, and artists whose solo work centers on cross-language practices and states of “betweenness,” will use their residency at Krannert Art Museum as an opportunity to explore possibilities for new collaborative projects. Gelare and Jen will present their work to the Champaign-Urbana community through artist talks, workshops, studio visits, and public conversations, and will also use their time at KAM to experiment with new processes for cross-pollination and intersection. In the six years since Antena was founded by Jen Hofer and John Pluecker, the collaborative’s work has manifested in exhibitions, publications, performances, translations, organizing, curatorial practice, interpretation, and the creation of bilingual and multilingual spaces. The group expects to expand this list through the artist residency at KAM.

October 26 | La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 W. Nevada St., Urbana
6 pm | Antena Artist Residency: Conversation at La Casa

Antena is a collaborative project that links social justice work and artistic practice by exploring the ways that examining language can help us reimagine and rearticulate the worlds we inhabit. Antena artists Jen Hofer and Gelare Khoshgozaran are translators, writers, and artists who focus on areas of cultural and linguistic intersection—"between-ness." This La Casa Conversation will be a chance to learn about their collaborations to explore meaning in language and in art. Bring your questions... in any language you like.

October 27 | IPRH Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana
12 noon | Antena Artist Residency: Brown Bag Workshop

Language is embedded in our bodies, circulating and skeletal; at the same time, languages enter from the outside. The languages we speak determine social access and participation, they determine our place in hierarchies of privilege and disempowerment. Language Justice offers a radically different approach to language—democratizing in a multi-lingual, non-hierarchical political and public space.

In this workshop, Antena artists Jen Hofer and Gelare Khoshgozaran will invite discussion about the conceptual and practical strategies we can use to resist single-language dominance and create spaces where everyone present can express themselves fully in their own language. How might cross-language practice become a model for encountering difference in a wide range of contexts? Are we invited to open ourselves to "radical listening" as artists and as human beings? 

October 27 | Lower Level, KAM Auditorium (room 62)
5:30 pm | Antena Artist Residency: Artist Talk
Jen Hofer is a poet, translator, bookmaker, social justice interpreter, public letter-writer, knitter, and co-founder of Antena, the language justice and literary activism collaborative. Gelare Khoshgozaran is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and translator working across the mediums of video performance, installation and writing. Together, these artists will talk about their backgrounds, artistic practices, and current work.

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Here are the 2016 Mock Election results in Champaign County

November 8th is almost here, people. While this election cycle feels like it has been a punishment for all involved in a lot of ways, Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulton has posted the mock election results for 2016 — which includes national races like Clinton vs. Trump, as well as local races. The mock election ballots are from students in Champaign County, as per the individual results below the main results.

SUMMARY REPORT
RUN DATE:10/21/16
RUN TIME:04:33 PM

                                            VOTES PERCENT

PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 11) .  .  .  .  .        11  100.00
REGISTERED VOTERS - TOTAL CHAMPAIGN CO.         0
BALLOTS CAST - TOTAL CHAMPAIGN COUNTY .     3,518
BALLOTS CAST - BLANK CHAMPAIGN COUNTY .         5     .14

President and Vice President of the Unit FEDERAL
(Vote For Up To )  1
(WITH 11 OF 11 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Hillary Rodham Clinton (DEM) .  .  .  .     1,810   52.69
Donald J. Trump (REP)  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,079   31.41
Gary Johnson (LIB)  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       363   10.57
Jill Stein (GRN) .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       183    5.33
        Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,435
   Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        21
  Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        62

United States Senator FEDERAL
(Vote For Up To )  1
(WITH 11 OF 11 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Tammy Duckworth (DEM)  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,579   46.94
Mark Steven Kirk (REP) .  .  .  .  .  .     1,306   38.82
Kenton McMillen (LIB)  .  .  .  .  .  .       237    7.05
Scott Summers (GRN) .  .  .  .  .  .  .       242    7.19
        Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,364
   Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         8
  Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       146

Comptroller STATE OF ILLINOIS
(Vote For Up To )  1
(WITH 11 OF 11 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Susana Mendoza (DEM).  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,593   48.24
Leslie Geissler Munger (REP) .  .  .  .     1,074   32.53
Claire Ball (LIB).  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       374   11.33
Tim Curtin (GRN) .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       261    7.90
        Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,302
   Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        10
  Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       206

Representative in Congress 13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
(Vote For Up To )  1
(WITH 6 OF 6 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Mark D. Wicklund (DEM) .  .  .  .  .  .     1,200   58.82
Rodney Davis (REP)  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       840   41.18
        Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     2,040
   Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         4
  Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       135

Representative in Congress 15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
(Vote For Up To )  1
(WITH 5 OF 5 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
John M. Shimkus (REP)  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,105  100.00
        Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,105
   Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0
  Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       234

State Senator 52ND STATE LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
(Vote For Up To )  1
(WITH 7 OF 7 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
 Scott M. Bennett (DEM) .  .  .  .  .  .     1,602   70.70
 Michael P. Madigan (REP)  .  .  .  .  .       664   29.30
         Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     2,266
    Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         3
   Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       159

Representative in the General Assembly 101ST STATE
(Vote For Up To )  1
(WITH 2 OF 2 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
  Christine Law (DEM) .  .  .  .  .  .  .       206   35.21
  Bill Mitchell (REP) .  .  .  .  .  .  .       379   64.79
          Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       585
     Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1
    Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        69

Representative in the General Assembly 102ND STATE
REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT
(Vote For Up To )  1
(WITH 2 OF 2 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
  Brad Halbrook (REP) .  .  .  .  .  .  .       375  100.00
          Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       375
     Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0
    Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        60

Representative in the General Assembly 103RD STATE
REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT
(Vote For Up To )  1
(WITH 6 OF 6 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
  Carol Ammons (DEM)  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,884  100.00
          Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,884
     Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0
    Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       295

Representative in the General Assembly 104TH STATE
REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT
(Vote For Up To )  1
(WITH 1 OF 1 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
  Chad Hays (REP)  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       198  100.00
          Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       198
     Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0
    Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        51

Illegals Deported CHAMPAIGN COUNTY
(Vote For Up To )  1
(WITH 11 OF 11 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
   YES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       983   28.68
   NO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     2,444   71.32
           Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,427
      Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        17
     Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        74

Legalize Marijuana CHAMPAIGN COUNTY
(Vote For Up To )  1
(WITH 11 OF 11 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
    YES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     2,141   62.33
    NO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,294   37.67
            Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,435
       Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         3
      Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        80

Minimum Wage CHAMPAIGN COUNTY
(Vote For Up To )  1
(WITH 11 OF 11 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
     YES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     2,218   64.18
     NO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,238   35.82
             Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,456
        Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         5
       Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        57

Felons Allowed to Vote CHAMPAIGN COUNTY
(Vote For Up To )  1
(WITH 11 OF 11 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
      YES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     2,726   79.13
      NO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       719   20.87
              Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,445
         Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        14
        Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        59

Champaign Unit 4 Building Bonds CHAMPAIGN SCHOOLS
(Vote For Up To )  1
(WITH 2 OF 2 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
      YES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       797   79.70
      NO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       203   20.30
              Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,000
         Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1
        Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        39

Thank you to the schools who participated and the students who voted. Thank you especially to the teachers, staff and volunteers who made this happen.

Here are the results: