Atta boy, Ben.
You may have noticed that the Ellnora Guitar Festival has been dropping some pretty awesome additions in the past few weeks — My Brightest Diamond, Lee Ranaldo, Calexico, etcetera. Now they've released a full lineup and schedule, which adds Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Toure and Brooklyn drone artist Noveller. We really like that you can catch Chris Thile, Adrian Belew and Daniel Lanois for zero dollars this year. There's also something called the Sonic Garden going in on the west terrace, which will hopefully accomodate larger crowds than the Amphitheater is able to hold.
Invenergy, a renewable energy company from Chicagoland, has plans to create a wind farm that spans over Champaign and neighboring Vermilion counties. Most of the turbines would be in Vermilion county, but at least 30 would wind up in Champaign county if everything goes according to plan.
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If you're not reading C-U Citizen Access, you're missing out on fascinating coverage of local underprivileged communities. Yesterday, Jay Lee posted two articles: a depiction of the effects that budget cuts are having on immigration-services agencies, and a profile of Anh Ha Ho, a co-director of the East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center. Sign up for their weekly newsletter at the bottom of any page on the site.
The Illini open NCAA tournament play against CSU-Fullerton, tonight at ten.
For old people, the game is on TV (ESPNU).
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