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All Polyvinyl cassette tapes are available for $5 until Thursday

Personally, I don't collect tapes. I mean, I totally used to growing up, and I think it's great that cassettes are actually on the way back. It's no secret that we have a deep love for Polyvinyl Records — and I noticed that all of their tapes in their catalog are $5 now until Thursday, per their Twitter account:

This past weekend was Cassette Store Day, so celebrate it if you so choose.


Breast Cancer Awareness comedy show happening October 21st at Soma

From the Facebook event:

This week's show will be dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness. Recently our good friend Tiff Meyer (former owner of Memphis on Main in Champaign) was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and we want to help any way we can. She was a huge part in C-U Comedy even being a thing, so all support is welcome and appreciated!

No Cover - ALL DONATIONS GO TO TIFF #tifftomorrow

Performing will be Justin Tuttle, Esteban Gast, Erik Scott, Tina Turner, plus more!

Hosted by: Jesse Tuttle

$2 Mixed Wells

DJ Mike Ingram will be spinning in the lounge following the show for the After Party.


October 22nd declared Lights On Afterschool Day in Champaign and Urbana

Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen, Mayor Laurel Lunt Prussing, and citizens of Champaign and Urbana have joined with over 7,500 communities around the nation to celebrate the importance of afterschool programs by declaring October 22nd, 2015, as Lights On Afterschool Day in the cities of Champaign and Urbana.

15 million children in this country have no safe, supervised place to go when the school day ends. After school programs found in our community provide significant leadership in the education and well-being of our youth, grounded in the principle that youth can reach their full potential by working and learning in partnership with caring adults through a quality afterschool program.

To celebrate Lights On Afterschool Day, 4-H of Champaign County will be hosting a Lights On Afterschool open house on October 22nd from 4-7 p.m. at their EC3 location at 201 W. Kenyon Road in Champaign. Attendees can enjoy a gallery walk featuring ten 4-H groups, hands-on STEM experiments, and demonstrations from the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab, such as a 3-D printer and an embroidery machine. The event will include Urbana City Mayor Laurel Lunt Prussing’s reading of the Lights On Afterschool Day proclamation at 5 p.m.

This gathering is part of a nationwide movement to highlight three of the significant contributions that afterschool programs such as 4-H make to our community: keeping kids safe and healthy, inspiring them to learn, and relieving working parents of worries about their children’s activities during the afternoon hours.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact the Extension Office at 217.333.7672.

University of Illinois * U.S. Dept. of Agriculture * Local Extension Councils Cooperating


Star Course announces next two fall shows

The University of Illinois' student concert production club, Star Course, announced a couple of shows for the Fall semester.

The first is Rae Sremmurd, a hip-hop duo from Mississippi who achieved massive acclaim with their hit single "No Flex Zone." The show will take place at Foellinger Auditorium on campus on October 26th, and tickets are $24 for U of I students and $30 for the general public. Doors open at 6:30 with the show starting at 7:30.

On November 11th, they will be hosting indie songstress Ryn Weaver at The City Center at Fat City. Tickets are $15 for U of I students and $18 for the general public. Doors open at 6:30 with the show kicking off at 7:30.

Miga named one of the top 5 restaurants in Illinois by OpenTable

When Champaign-Urbana shares a state with Chicago — quite literally a world-class city — it often gets overlooked for various "best of Illinois" lists that tend to focus exclusively on our massive megalopolis to the north. Today, however, is a shining exception to the rule, as OpenTable.com have named Miga as the fifth-best "Diners' Choice" in the entire state (including Chicago).

The ranking, which is based off of patron reviews, is no surprise, as Miga and sister restaurant Sakanaya have been consistently battling for the #1 and #2 spots on TripAdvisor for Champaign, as well. If this doesn't convince you to get out and check these places out, I'm not sure what will.

Read the full OpenTable ranking here, and in case you need a refresher, here's our review of Miga from July.


bacaro hosting Le Tre Venezie wine dinner

bacaro is hosting a wine dinner on Wednesday, October 14th featuring vini from the northeastern part of Italy:

Wednesday, October 14th, you are cordially invited to join us for an unforgettable Italian wine dinner, where we invite you to eat, drink and and mingle with some of the best in the business. 

The three wine regions in the northeastern corner of Italy are often referred to as the Tre Venezie, or Three Venices, because they were once part of the Venetian Empire. Each of these regions produces red and white wines that are counted among the most popular wines in and outside of Italy.

Make your reservation here

And in the meantime, check out the tasting menu:

85 USD

Fried Potato Soup
osetra caviar, espelette powder

Oven Roasted Shellfish
mixed pepper sofrito, smoked butter, toasted baguette

pork ragu, pecorino, parsley

Sea Scallop
prosciutto, charred squash, spinach, brown butter, olio picante

Seared Bison Filet
roasted shallot, shiitake mushrooms, polenta, honey balsamic

Drunken Goat
bacaro honey

Roasted Acorn Squash Pudding
vanilla bean creme fraiche, cinnamon tuile

And wine pairings:

35 USD

Foss Marai Prosecco Superiore GUIA, Italy NV

Cantarutti Ribolla Gialla, Italy 2014

Nicolis Valpolicello DOC Classico, Italy 2013

Cantarutti Schiopettino, Italy 2004

Nicolis Amarone, Italy 2010


Urbana Boulders opening October 17th

It seems like a lot longer than just six months ago since Urbana Boulders got "off the ground", so to speak — but now, they're having their official opening on October 17th. After a successful Indiegogo campaign to get their venture started, they'll be celebrating with this event next Saturday.

They're located at 1502 N. Cunningham Drive in Urbana.

Check out the information from the Facebook event, also linked above:

Help us celebrate our opening and get your climb on!

Saturday October 17th from 10am - 10pm

Food, Games, Prizes, and Climbing!

New to climbing? Great! See what this exciting activity is all about. Our friendly staff will be ready to guide you through the basics.

Are you a climbing vet? Well have we got something for you! Check out what we've done to this old transmission shop and sign up for the Opening Day Boulder Rally! A friendly competition to see who can tick off our opening problems.

We'll be raffling off some nice prizes including day passes so make sure your here for the fun!

See you then!


Seoul Taco to take over space in Campustown

By the looks of it, there are a couple of new joints that will be taking over the old Wendy's location (608 S. Sixth Street) in Campustown — Seoul Taco and Strange Donuts.

Per STLToday:

Seoul Taco, the Korean-Mexican mashup food truck and restaurant, will open a location in Champaign, Ill.

"We just signed a lease," owner David Choi said on Tuesday. "We're slated to open in January for the next semester" at the University of Illinois.

This will be the second college-town address for Seoul Taco, which opened a joint location with Strange Donuts in Columbia, Mo., in March.

The article goes on to quote Choi saying it's in the "heart of Downtown", but we'll forgive him because, well, tacos.

Top image from Seoul Taco's website.

UPDATE: 4 p.m.

A little misinformation, but apparently this will be JUST Seoul Taco, which is still awesome. Thanks for the tweet back at us, Seoul Taco.


Courage Connection announces Domestic Violence Awareness Month events

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), and Courage Connection, a Champaign-based non-profit, is partnering with many other local organizations to raise awareness and let victims know that someone is there for them.

Courage Connection will be hosting Paint The Town Purple on October 7th, and a fundraiser dinner at V. Picasso on October 26th. For specifics on any and all events surrounding DVAM, click here.

From Courage Connection:

This year’s DVAM theme ‘Silence Kills’ is a reminder of the importance of speaking up about domestic violence,” said Isak Griffiths, Courage Connection Executive Director, “Too often, friends, family, and our community can be afraid to discuss domestic violence, which in turn sends a message to those who are suffering that they should keep silent as well. Courage Connection is here to listen, to help, and to educate.