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Hairspray Jr. continues into the weekend at Virginia Theatre

Hairspray Jr., the classic musical performed by area youth, will continue to stage this weekend at the Historic Virginia Theater in Downtown Champaign. 

This version of the performance is fast-paced, fun, and adapted to appeal to kids. Lots of musical numbers and a great way to introduce your kids to the art of theater.

Concessions: always available and always affordable.

Performances on Friday March 7th, at 7p and on Saturday the 8th at 2pm and 7pm.

Tickets available online here or at the box office.

See you there!


Champaign-Urbana Smørrebrød Project returns

Mark Hartstein is at it again, this time with his Champaign-Urbana Smørrebrød Project (CUSP)

CUSP will send off the Corkscrew in Urbana with a Smørrebrød goodbye. From 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, February 22nd you can eat:

Danish open-face sandwiches called “smørrebrød”, buttered rye bread garnished with a wide variety of toppings. The hearty rye bread is housemade and we source our produce and groceries as locally as we can, except the imported Danish butter.

This month's menu:

Sild: Pickled herring, Moore Family hen egg, pickled beet stems

Triptych: Blue Cheese, Triptych Brewing Blueberry Blonde soft jam, granola

Hanssen: Olive-oil confit Blue Moon potatoes, Blue Moon arugula, garlic (white anchovy on request)

Gravadlax: Cured organic Irish salmon, mustard-dill sauce, "everything" crumble

Leverpostej: The Urbana Butcher Shop braunswiger, onion, mustardseed caviar, parsely, potato chips

Each plate will cost $5-8 and we donate a dollar from each smørrebrød to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank

That's a great deal. If you need further convincing, check out our article about the last one.


Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian coming to Illini Union

Love the World Wide Web? Love random things on the internet? Then you're most likely familiar with one of the most visited websites on the globe, Reddit, aka "the front page of the internet". 

Reddit co-founder Alexis Oharian is planning a visit to the Illini Union next week on Tuesday, February 18th from 5-7 p.m. on his book tour. Check out all the information at the Facebook event.


Plant Mode hosting Valentine’s gift pop-up

Plant Mode is still in pop-up mode here in February, and it's good timing for those looking to get something for Valentine's Day for a friend, family member or significant other. Starting today at 2 p.m. and running through tomorrow at 6 p.m., you have a window of time to pick something up if you're interested. Check out all the details at the Facebook event if you're interested in knowing more.


New Art Film Festival 2014 calling for entries

From the Facebook page:

Call for Entries in effect for 5th annual New Art Film Festival!

(Champaign, Illinois) February 10, 2014: Festival number five is very alive as the New Art Film Festival once again seeks the best in Illinois-made independent cinema to present at the Art Theater Co-op in downtown Champaign, Illinois! This showcase of the films made by community members in Champaign, neighboring Urbana, and numerous cities beyond will light up the Art on Sunday, April 13, 2014, the final day of this year’s Boneyard Arts Festival!

The NAFF will consider shorts, features, and Webisodes of all genres, with preference given to work produced within the last three years. Non-returnable DVD screeners may be mailed or hand-delivered to: The Art Theater Co-op, 126 W. Church St., Champaign, IL, 61820, attn: New Art Film Festival 2014, c/o Jason Pankoke, Program Director. Filmmakers may enter as many pieces as they like and combine them on single DVDs. There are no submission fees.

Entrants should include the following information as hard copy with the screener and/or a text message to the brand-new NAFF e-mail address, NewArtFilmFestivalCU@gmail.com: Year of Production, Running Time, Name of Director(s)/Producer(s)/Writer(s), Names of Primary Cast Members, Name of Production Company(ies), Plot Synopsis, Filmmaker Biography(ies), Print Source (i.e., Contact Information we can share with the public). This year’s deadline to enter is FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014, 10 p.m. CST.

As always, the NAFF encourages artists from Chicago, Decatur, Springfield, Bloomington, Normal, et al., to enter! The NAFF’s core goal is to stress creative media by makers living and working in Champaign-Urbana, given the event’s scheduling opposite Boneyard Arts and their mission to globally promote all artists in Champaign (IL) County, but we’re happy to consider projects from our long-distance neighbors for the sake of programming variety. Further queries about our submission process can be sent to NewArtFilmFestivalCU@gmail.com, while the festival’s history and past selections can be seen at www.NewArtFilmFestival.com designed by ThirdSide of Champaign.

Pankoke and the NAFF team wish filmmakers the best of luck and invite the entire Champaign-Urbana community to congregate at the Art Co-op on April 13 for the show, beginning at 5 p.m.! The final selections will be announced to the world around Friday, March 28, 2014.

Jason Pankoke
Program Director
New Art Film Festival 2014



Chef Ra Mural planned for Mike ‘N Molly’s

Artist Langston Allston is planning a 25x20 foot mural to honor Chef Ra. Fittingly, it will be located on the exterior wall of Mike 'N Molly's and will face WEFT.

Check out the article from the News-Gazette here.

Here is a picture of the proposed mural: