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Guillermo Del Toro's Crimson Peak to open 2016 Ebertfest

From the press release: 


18th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival to take place April 13-17, 2016 in Champaign, IL 

CHAMPAIGN, ILL – Guillermo Del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK will open the 18th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival hosted by Chaz Ebert, also known as ‘Ebertfest,’ it was announced today by Chaz Ebert and festival director Nate Kohn.  Guillermo Del Toro will be attending as a guest of the festival, which runs April 13-17, 2016 in Champaign, Illinois.  Other festival films will be announced shortly.

“Del Toro is a director with a genuine visual sense, with a way of drawing us into his story and evoking the mood with the very look and texture of his shots,” Roger Ebert once wrote of Del Toro.  

Guillermo del Toro is among the most creative and visionary artists of his generation whose distinctive style is showcased through his work as a filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and author.  Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, del Toro first gained worldwide recognition for the 1993 Mexican-American co-production “Cronos,” a supernatural horror film, which he directed from his own screenplay after beginning his career working as a special effects makeup artist.  The film premiered at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Mercedes-Benz Award. It also won over 20 international awards, including eight Ariel Awards from the Mexican Academy of Film, including Best Director, Best Screenplay, and the Golden Ariel.

In CRIMSON PEAK, after marrying the charming and seductive Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston), young Edith (Mia Wasikowska) finds herself swept away to his remote gothic mansion in the English hills. Also living there is Lady Lucille (Jessica Chastain), Thomas' alluring sister and protector of her family's dark secrets. Able to communicate with the dead, Edith tries to decipher the mystery behind the ghostly visions that haunt her new home. As she comes closer to the truth, Edith may learn that true monsters are made of flesh and blood. 

Every year, Roger and Chaz Ebert, in association with the University of Illinois College Of Media, present Ebertfest, a 5-day film festival, in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, Roger's home town. The festival takes place at the historic Virginia Theater and continues Roger’s mission to champion films that deserve a closer look.

"I am so excited to welcome Guillermo to Ebertfest,” said Chaz Ebert.  “In addition to his talent as a filmmaker, he is one of those gracious and gregarious filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino who likes to discuss movies and often finds new insights. I know our audience will love him."

Major filmmakers, stars, historians, critics and film-lovers from all over the world come to experience this annual celebration that includes films from lists Roger drew up over the first 15 years of the festival, as well as others selected by Chaz Ebert and Festival Director Nate Kohn based on Roger’s established criteria for an Ebertfest film.

Festival passes are available for $150, plus processing with only one thousand being available. Passes can be purchased through the festival website, the theater website, or the theater box office, 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign (217-356-9063). Individual tickets for each screening will go on sale Friday, April 1st, 2016, and are $15 ($13 for students and seniors).

Photo by Jason Madara/Variety.


Weiskamp Screen Printing seeking customer service representatives

Weiskamp Screen Printing is interested in hiring a Customer Service representative. Customer Service reps will communicate with customers, assist artists and the production team, research products, provide quotes, enter orders, and take payments. Typical shifts are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. with occasional Saturdays from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 

Weiskamp is a local, family owned custom t-shirt service that loves to be involved in the community. From their website:

With over 30 years of experience in screen printing, Weiskamp guarantees your satisfaction. We have a dedication to quality, great design, and affordable rates, and our staff strives to provide an exceptional experience for our customers.

What's not to love about a locally owned business? In addition to this position, Weiskamp will be searching for a graphic designer in February. For details, stay updated by their Facebook page.

If interested, please submit your cover letter and resume to email@weiskamp.com.


Spring semester interns needed for Polyvinyl Record Co

Polyvinyl Record Co. is interested in interns for the spring semester. Interns assist the mail order and production team by folding t-shirts, prepping pre-orders, assembling records, maintaining inventory, and updating our website. Additionally, interns lend a hand to the satellite offices by taking care of retail, radio, and publicity mailings as needed. Potential interns should expect to spend about nine hours per week at the office. Typical shifts are three hours long and occur Monday-Friday between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Internships are unpaid, but can be taken for college credit/life experience/free records.

Polyvinyl is an independently owned and operated record label based in Champaign. With a catalog of more than 300 releases from over 100 artists — including Alvvays, American Football, Braid, Deerhoof, Japandroids, and of Montreal  — they're proud to work with some of music’s most interesting and respected artists over the past two decades.

PVHQ, their production and distribution hub, is located just off of the U of I campus on south Neil St, so they're in a great location for students looking to experience a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how an independent record label operates.

Interested parties should send a resume and cover letter via email to Sara Chabot at: internships@polyvinylrecords.com


Performers and artists needed for Urbana’s Art at the Market

Have a knack for performing? Perhaps the 2016 season of Art at the Market is the perfect place to start. Find instructions on how to submit below.

From the press release:

The Public Arts Program is currently seeking six performers and six visual artists to participate in the 2016 season of Art at the Market. Selected artists will be compensated for their time, and will have the opportunity to connect with their community while simultaneously showcasing their talent. The available dates for 2016 are May 14th, June 11th, July 9th, August 3rd, September 10th, and October 8th. Art activities are from 8:00am to 12:00pm, while performances are from 9:30am to 11:30pm.

Art at the Market has hosted numerous arts workshops, activities and performances by local artists since 2009. Held at Urbana’s Market at the Square, it is always free and open to all ages, and it requires no registration to participate.

“Art at the Market allows Market visitors to participate in hands-on arts activities, and to explore various styles of music,” said Pauline Tannos, Public Arts Coordinator. “Giving local artists the opportunity to be a part of Market at the Square, which is among the largest farmers’ markets in Illinois, is one of the Public Arts Program’s many efforts to foster a city where artists can thrive and feel valued.”

Please contact Pauline Tannos with any questions, concerns or comments at (217) 328-8265 or ptannos@urbanaillinois.us.


Prairie Fruits Farm hosting dinner and a movie

On Sunday, January 31st, Prairie Fruits Farm will host the first in their Dinner on the Farm series: dinner and a movie. Tickets are $50, and include the movie and dinner. Booze is sold separately. Get your tickets here

From 5 to 9 p.m., you can enjoy a four course meal and watch a fancy French flick (with English subtitles). The Girl from Paris (2001) tells the story of a young woman who leaves a computer-centric job in Paris to become a farmer. 

Here's the menu:

1st: Polenta Cake with grated “Magia Negra”, roasted beets, pickled turnip, charred carrot with a pumpernickel-boiled dressing drizzle 

2nd: Spinach & Huckleberry Bleu Bread Pudding, crispy kale, roasted onion & corn shoot chimichurri 

3rd: Braised Pork Cheek, green tea & chèvre radish slaw, caraway seed & carrot consommé  

Dessert: Applejack stack cake, banana pudding filling, prairie fruits gelato

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The Land Connection looking to hire a Program Director

The Land Connection, the organization that established the Tuesday evening Downtown Champaign farmers' market (and does plenty of other things, too), is looking to hire a Program Director. 

Here's the description: 

The program director is responsible for managing all aspects of The Land Connection’s grants, including the calendar, writing, reporting, and budgeting. The Program Director is in charge of The Land Connection’s farmer training program manager, the Champaign Farmers’ Market manager, and the outreach coordinator. 

For more information, or to apply for the job, visit this website

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Virginia Theatre showing Office Space next week

A showing of Office Space will air at Virginia Theatre on January 19th and 21st at 7:00 p.m. When the Winter weather has you down, nothing can make you feel better than the dry humor and satirization of white-collar America. Seriously, though, this movie is hilarious.

From Virgina Theatre's website:

Date/Time(s): Tue and Thur, Jan 19 and 21, 2016 – 7pm

Seating: General Admission

Rating: R

Tickets: $4   On Sale Friday, August 21, 2015 – 10am
Add’l per ticket processing fees apply: $1 (online only)

(89 min) Appearing two years before the British premiere of The Office (and six years before its American knock-off), this innocuous life-in-a-cubicle-farm comedy has since proven to be something of a watershed moment.

Three IT workers rebel against an odious manager and also a fax machine that, let’s be honest, really had it coming.


Parkland College hosting Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

The 15th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and others who practice his beliefs in their community will take place at Parkland College on January 15th at 4:00 p.m. 

From the press release: 

The cities of Champaign and Urbana, Champaign County Board, Parkland College and the University of Illinois invite you to attend:

15th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration

Friday, January 15, 2016

4:00 p.m.

Parkland College "U" Building

2400 West Bradley Avenue, Champaign, IL

"Investing In The Wealth Of Diversity In Our Community"

The Keynote Presenter is Ms. Kathryn Harris, who will portray the legendary Ms. Harriett Tubman, and relay Ms. Tubman’s experiences as a “conductor” for the antebellum Underground Railroad.

The purpose of this event is to celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to recognize and honor individuals/organizations who have made many contributions to their community in the areas of civil rights, human rights and humanitarian efforts.

2016 Award Recipients:

~ Barbara Kessel - James R. Burgess, Jr. - Susan Freiburg Humanitarian Award

~ Rohn Koester - Doris Hoskins Prestigious Community Service Award

~ Melany Jackson - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Achievement Award

This event is free and open to the public.  Reception immediately following the Program.


Krannert Center announces Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band

Krannert Center has announced a new concert as part of their formidable Winter lineup - Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band will be stopping by Stage 6 (in the lobby) for a free performance on February 13th at 10 am. From the press release:

Urbana, IL—The Emmy and Latin Grammy-award winning family entertainment of Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, Sprout TV’s Sunny Side Up Show, in spots for Coca-Cola, and in the original PBS TV show Lishy Lou and Lucky Too! The Washington Post has hailed them as “THE face of kindie music” and their five acclaimed albums have soared to the top of numerous “best” lists.

On Saturday, February 13, they arrive just in time for Valentine's Day at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign amidst a tour of sold-out shows. Krannert Center’s free, 10am performance will take place in the expansive lobby, offering a relaxed and upbeat atmosphere for a get-up-and-dance set helmed by husband/wife duo Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis and their cohorts. Crowned “the Rolling Stones of kids music” by the Style Network, the band’s pop-rock infused music and range of hits including their big smashes ¡Fantastico!, Thingamajig, Piñata Attack, and Blue Bear provide a delightful mixture of dual-language music with an undeniably magnetic appeal.

The I.D.E.A. Store will also be on hand along with other volunteer partners at this event to lead patrons in creating Valentine’s Day-themed crafts starting at 9am in the lobby. Intermezzo cafe, located at the north side of the Center’s lobby, will be open for service starting at 9am with bagels, pastries, light lunch options, and hot and cold drinks available for purchase. As always, the Center is equipped with free weekend parking in the four underground parking garages, with entrances on Illinois Street and Oregon Street.


Triptych Brewing celebrating 3rd anniversary February 26th at The Accord

Triptych Brewing has announced they'll be celebrating "3 Years of Beer" — their third anniversary — on February 26th at The Accord in Downtown Champaign. Check out the Facebook post (and the Facebook event page):


Check out Jess' feature from a few years back on Triptych here.