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The Art Theater hosting Oscars trivia night on February 25th

The Oscars are coming up, are you prepared? Have you caught up on what's been nominated? If you haven't, you should start there. Once you've done that, or if you're already caught up, here's an opportunity to showcase your film knowledge at the Art Theater on February 25th.

From the Facebook event:

Calling all cinephiles and trivia enthusiasts: come out to the Art Theater on Sunday, February 25 at 7:00 and test your knowledge of Academy Awards nominees and winners at our Oscars-themed trivia night. Individuals and teams of up to 6 people can compete for prizes. There will be drink specials! And of course popcorn! Tickets are $7 per person. Don’t miss your chance to be recognized for excellence in cinematic trivia achievements!


Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble broke down the white patriarchy in one fell swoop

If only it were that easy. For now, we'll just have to appreciate the victories when they come on a platter, served by those who dished it out with which to begin. 

To wit: 

Former UIUC professor Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble just released what appears to be one of the most important research based books about the nature of racism and prejudice in the modern era.

You'll note that I stated that it appears to be one, and that is because I haven't read it. As such, I wouldn't pretend to know either way, outside of what the early reviews are stating, and because of this sad, yet amusing reminder of a tale too often told.

I'll not rehash the whole thing here. Gizmodo did a fine job of that yesterday, which is why we are giving it some local ink. 

Needless to say, this one made me literally SMDH and then also chuckle, just thinking of the way she must have cocked her head as she read the initial tweet. The ensuing engagement is all too familiar these days. That it involves someone who made such a big impact during her time here, well, that's called "News" where Smile Politely is concerned. 

Normally, I'd say something about how Safiya should go on being her badass self, but she already knows that, and doesn't need to hear it from the likes of me, that is for damn sure. I'm part of the problem. But at least I can recognize it. 

Image courtesy Flickr / Personal Democracy


Early voting has begun in Champaign County, so take advantage if you can

The March primary is coming up rather quickly, and it falls on the University of Illinois spring break (and probably the spring break of many area schools). If that affects you, or if you just want to check that item off your to-do list, here's what you need to know about early voting, per the Champaign County Clerk's office:

Early Voting has now begun for the March 20, 2018 Primary Election.

Early Voting is available at the Office of the Champaign County Clerk beginning on February 8 and until March 19.

Early Voting will also be available from March 13 through March 19 at the Illini Union, The Church of the Living God, Leonhard Recreation Center, Meadowbrook Community Church, Lake of the Woods Pavilion, The Gathering Place (FUMC), Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and Tolono Public Library.

Exact dates, hours, locations and other information are available at

All early votes cast are final. Beginning February 21, Grace Period Registration and Voting is available at all locations.

For this Primary Election, all voters will have to choose a ballot.

If you want to find the sample ballots for the races that you will be voting in, check here. It's also a great way to make sure you're registered. 


Check out the University of Illinois Library Mapping History project

The Mapping History project began in 2015, and is still ongoing as students and faculty from the University Archives, the School of Architecture, the Scholarly Commons at the University Library, and various other departments work to piece together a history of the University told through maps, photos, and historical documents. You can explore the project through their website; be sure to check out this animated map timeline of the growth of the university and the many interactive maps that allow you to dig deeper into UIUC history.

Above image a portion of map obtained from the University Library Digital Collections. You can see the full image here.


Valentine’s pop-up planned for February 12th at Quality

There's a maker fair of sorts happening on Monday, February 12th from 5-9 p.m. at Quality in Downtown Champaign, featuring a variety of vendors from around town to check out. 

From the Facebook event:

Valentine’s•Galentine’s•Treat Yo Self

Support local artists and stay for a beer or two. We have unique gifts for that special person in your life.

Tracks on Wax soy candles
Plant Mode
Lark’s Head Macrame
Fire Doll Studio
Cici Ceramics
Art by Carlie Dawn
The Cozy Cosmos
Original Cards by Kaleb Wachala


Someone made a photo cheat-sheet for ordering at Golden Harbor

If you haven't been to Golden Harbor yet, you're missing out. To call the menu extensive is an understatement. Back when Golden Harbor had an online presence (RIP GH Facebook page), moderators (Sophie!) would post photos of the food with descriptions and the number for ordering. 

Ashley Buerkett has picked up this mantle and created a Golden Harbor menu spreadsheet, with photos and short descriptions on many items. 

You can check it out here

We will have to band together as a community to find a proper way to thank her. 

Photos by Jessica Hammie


DeLuxe’s famed Fish Sandwich is returning for a limited time

Champaign Urbana History is making waves with nostalgia trips — this time is with the locally-famous DeLuxe Fish Sandwich's return to availabilty.

For those of you who don't remember (and believe me, this was before my time as well) — DeLuxe used to exist in Campustown where Legends currently exists.

For a limited time, you'll be able to get the sando at Dublin's Pub — which used to be called Dublin O'Neil's, but was changed to Dublin's Pub, but still has the same sign and the same design and isn't an actual Irish Pub.

Here's the text from the post Mike Moran made in C-U History:

Big news from our own Stephen Flynn... he and I have exchanged messages about the reaction to posts featuring the Deluxe Fish Sandwich and how popular they would still be if available... well he has finally done it... Deluxe fish sandwich is coming back to Steve said: “the CU History group deserves an advance notice, there the reason I’m doing it. “
Here is the info...

Locally famed DeLuxe Fried Fish Sandwich lands Downtown at Dublin’s on Neil St.

Dublin's at 301 N Neil in Downtown, Champaign is proud to announce beginning February 14 through Easter, the famous DeLuxe Fried Fish Sandwich will once again be available to Champaign-Urbana. This will be the first time in 22 years C-U residents and visitors can enjoy one of the best remembered dishes in local history.

Dublin's kitchen manager, Raul Parada, and General Manager, Scott McIntosh, have collaborated with Stephen Flynn, son of the original DeLuxe owner to offer the famed recipe. Stephen has provided his family’s batter recipe and fish source. Stephen will personally oversee the recipes production. 

Dublin’s will serve the renowned sandwich as it was originally prepared with either white bread or on a hamburger bun, including options to add mustard, pickles and onions.

The sandwich will be available from 11am to 1:30 am, while supplies last February 14-17. The following weeks thru Easter it will be available on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 11am until sold out.

The sandwich uses premium deep water Cod coated with a secret batter recipe that DeLuxe Billiards owners created just as prohibition was ending.

The sandwich can be enjoyed at Dublin’s pub or will be available for carry out. Advance carry out orders can be placed beginning February 12 by calling Dublin’s during business hours at 1 217 531 1152. Lunch service of the DeLuxe Fried Fish Sandwich at Dublin’s will begin at 11 am Wednesday, February 14.


Now seems like a good time to donate some coin to The Station Theatre

Given the bummer news from Urbana last night, you might consider a donation to The Station Theatre today, perhaps? Hard to say what the outcome of the damage will be, and you have to hope that insurance will cover this sort of thing, and that the show will, indeed, go on. 

But here's a quick and easy way to support them, and what do you know? They are literally just a few hundred bucks away from their goal. 

Donate here

And here's to a speedy resolution and fast fix, folks. We need The Station Theatre, now more than ever. 


By the looks of it, there’s a new development planned at Neil and Columbia

By the looks of this real estate listing, there's a new development in the works for Neil Street and Columbia on the north side of Downtown Champaign. 

Check out the information from the listing:

520 N Neil St
Champaign, IL 61820

520 Neil will be a mix of retail, office and residential uses at the corner of Neil and Columbia Streets on the northern edge of Downtown Champaign.  520 Neil will serve as a gateway into the popular Downtown Champaign area known for its live, work and play environment.  The new 5 story building will be modern and upscale in appearance and include first floor retail, floors 2- 4 will be residential and floor 5 will be a mix of office and residential.  A rooftop deck will be available for residents and office tenants use.

So, it looks like apartments for the most part — with a mixture of commercial and retail space in the bottom. This development would sit close to Koh-i-noor and Columbia Street Roastery.

I couldn't help but think about this April Fool's joke from a few years ago with the Quarters, as it sits right next to it.

Top image from the listing.