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Local author Mabbott publishing Wing Man Jesus

Local author (and once upon a time SP Editor and writer) Donald Mabbott has a new book out, Wing Man Jesus. You can check out the cover art to the right there, and the book is available locally at Jane Addams Bookshop, as well as via the printer Third Place Press.

Here's a quick preview of the book:

Desmond Stavi was just biding his time as a nightclub bouncer in Haifa, looking forward to the day when he could open his own place.

The day Jesus showed up changed all that.

What a pain in the ass.

It wasn’t bad enough that The Lord didn’t have a clue as to why the Second Coming was such a big deal; He also didn’t have a place to stay.

Desmond saved Jesus from another crucifixion, that’s for sure, but he also looked after Him, got Him a job, and even taught Him how to bend at the waist.

What Jesus did for Desmond in return took a real set of balls, and a woman’s touch.

You can read Chapter 1 here before you check out the full version.

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Murphy's featured on Thrillist's "33 Best College Bars in America" list

Murphy's Pub in Campustown has been featured on Thrillist's list for "The 33 Best College Bars in America" this week. Check out the full list, which features bars from across the country, high and low. Most of the time, KAM's is getting recognition in these sorts of lists, because even though it isn't exactly the cleanest place you'll ever visit, the Fighting Illini theme throughout gets the nod.

Nice to see Murphy's get the nod here — as their food and beer selection is solid, and it's not an unbearable place to be if you're not a student. 

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The Pygmalion Festival featured in Pitchfork’s Guide to Festivals

Pitchfork recently released (and has been updating) their Guide to Festivals, as music festival season is upon us. The Pygmalion Festival has been featured in the guide, and you can check out the screen shot below and see it for yourself here.

The Pygmalion Festival  SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 — SEPTEMBER 28, 2014/ URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, IL

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the Pygmalion Festival. The Illinois festival features a line up of authors, as well as musicians. The Pygmalion Festival is also host to the first announced American Football reunion show.

Lineup Highlights

American Football, Chvrches, Panda Bear, Real Estate, Tycho, Deafheaven, Sun Kil Moon, Speedy Ortiz, Ex Hex, Mutual Benefit, Wooden Shjips

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City of Urbana launches new talk show, It's All About U

From the press release:

CITY OF URBANA LAUNCHES NEW TALK SHOW

It's All About U is a monthly video and audio series recently launched by the City of Urbana and Urbana Public Television intended to connect the community to the many events, programs, and services offered in the City of Urbana.  It's All About U will air every Monday night at 6:00 p.m.on Urbana Public Television which is available through Comcast on channel 6 and AT&T U-Verse on channel 99.  Episodes also are available on UPTV’s YouTube channel.

“We’re excited to offer this talk show as a way to showcase the many programs and services offered in Urbana and as a way to better get to know the people organizing some of the fantastic events and festivals happening in our community,” commented program host, Natalie Kenny Marquez.

For more information on It's All About U please visit www.urbanaillinois.us/allaboutu.  Or you may contact Natalie Kenny Marquez at 217/384-2319 or nmkennymarquez@urbanaillinois.us or Jason Liggett at 217/384-2452 or jcliggett@urbanaillinois.us.

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Storyboard Cafe application launches

A new application has recently launched — founded by Champaign's Kerris Lee — called Storyboard Cafe.

Here's some information about it from their site:

Storyboard Café is a grassroots based company that built an online community for new authors and reader enthusiast. We also have unique features that help authors get their start in the industry and readers discover good books. Read. Write. Collaborate with us!

They were recently published on Chicago Now — so check that out for the full scoop on what's what with this app that connects writers and readers.

They have contributors that range from independent writers to published writers, including Julie Cross, an international best-seller, U of I's Doug Peterson's publications, and Tim Hoerr, entrepreneur and independent author.

Pretty cool platform that's definitely worth checking out. Head to the link above for all the details.

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Petition for pedestrian-only Green Street circulating

You probably know how congested Green Street in Campustown can get, regardless of whether or not students are around. Well, there's a petition worth checking out that is bringing up the point of making this area a pedestrian-only region. Here's a brief description from the page:

Our plan for the transformation of Green Street involves the redirecting of cars off of the plot between Wright and Fourth Street and making it a car free zone. We would like to make it a solely pedestrian friendly environment with the addition of redesigned open storefront areas. We envision a larger promotion of business and commerce while at the same time reducing traffic congestion. Through our compiled list of resources, plans for executing our main objectives, and sticking to the vision we see fit, we hope to make Green Street a better place for the lives of our community members.

Check the petition, "Car(e)free: Turn Green St. into a pedestrian only promenade", out here.

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Applications for The Made Fest now open

A few components were added to the Pygmalion Festival last year — Pygmalion Lit Fest and The Made Fest. The Made Fest (taking place September 27-28) has now opened things up to accept applications for this year's craft fair, and you can check out how to apply here. While you're at it, check out some coverage we had of last year's event.

Applications are being accepted starting May 1st and close on June 1st.

Check out the initial lineup for this year's Pygmalion Festival here as well.

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Braid announces first full-length album in 16 years, No Coast

Longtime local staple Braid has just announced they're releasing their first full-length record in 16 years on July 8th of this year (after some news of them working on it previously), and they're calling it No Coast. They're releasing it on Top Shelf Records, and their first release since 2011's EP Closer to Closedand their first full-length release since 1998's Frame & Canvas.

Here's the artwork:

No Coast:

  1. Bang
  2. East End Hollows
  3. No Coast
  4. Damages!
  5. Many Enemies
  6. Pre Evergreen
  7. Put Some Wings on That Kid
  8. Lux
  9. Doing Yourself In
  10. Climber New Entry
  11. Light Crisis
  12. This Is Not a Revolution

Should be interesting to see what they have up their sleeve for this one. You probably already know this release, which is still stellar to this day. From the Top Shelf release:

Featuring a rousing collection of textures, as well as the combined signature vocals provided by guitarists Bob Nanna and Chris Broach, No Coast presents itself as the fitting follow-up to the career defining, 1998 indie-rock classic Frame & Canvas.

Those are some words I can live with. We'll have to see on July 8th. They're performing on July 12th for the Mariposa Music Festival here in C-U.

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