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Join Triptych for a sausage party

On September 30th, Triptych is releasing its märzen lager at the new taproom location (across the street from the current location), and is celebrating with sausage. 

Consider this an early Oktoberfest celebration, of sorts. Triptych is providing the beer, and  Michael's catering is providing German food, including the aforementioned sausages, as well as potato pancakes, slaw, and pretzels. 

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online beginning at 9 a.m. on August 30th; tickets include food, a mug, and two beers. The event is Sunday, September 30th from 4 to 7 p.m. Follow the event on Facebook for additional information. 

Triptych Brewing
1704 Woodfield Dr

Top image from Facebook


14th annual Innovation Celebration announced for March 29th, 2019

The 14th annual Innovation Celebration by the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation has been announced: March 29th, 2019 at Parkland College. The event is free and open to the public.

Innovation Celebration is an annual event that celebrates the outstanding innovations in the tech field in our community.

Check out who won from 2018's event here.

Top photo from 2018 INNCEL by Patrick Singer


Nominations are open for the 40 North Ace Awards

Know an individual or organization that has made an impact on the local arts community this year? Nominate them for a 40 North 2018 Ace Award. Here are the categories from the nominating form:

Advocate ACE: This award will honor the individual, organization, or group that has advocated on behalf of the arts effectively and consistently, forged creative partnerships, or stimulated collaborations that result in broader awareness, accessibility and participation in the arts, culture and entertainment of Champaign County.

Artist ACE:  This award recognizes an individual artist for their creations and contributions to the excellence of the arts of Champaign County.

Volunteer ACE: This award will be presented to an individual or group that, through their volunteer efforts and service, has made a significant impact on the art and culture of this community.

Business ACE:  The award will celebrate the business that has demonstrated outstanding support of the arts.  The winner will have cultivated opportunities and relationships that support local artists and/or organizations in Champaign County.

Teacher ACE:  This award recognizes an individual, organization, school, educator, or group that has demonstrated a unique and creative approach to merging the arts and education. The winner will have, through outstanding commitment and dedicated service to arts education, been an inspiration to students, teachers, and the community.

Student ACE:  This award will be presented to an individual student with outstanding artistic achievements who strives to promote understanding and appreciation of the local arts community.

Lifetime ACE: This award will honor the accumulated successes of an individual for continued, outstanding support of the arts in our community.

The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 17th, and you can do that here.


Avionics has some new menu items

Avionics has some new menu items for the new school year. (You can read our review here.)

Check them out:

202 S First St
M-F 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sa + Su 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Top photo by Jessica Hammie


Radio Maria is for sale

The owners of Radio Maria are ready to retire (at least according to the listing), and have put the restaurant up for sale. Interested in owning and running a restaurant? It's definitely in an excellent location, and seems like a fair price to acquire the lease and the business. 

The restaurant does not appear to be closing at this time, so don't work yourself into a tizzy just yet (but you can read our review of brunch to alleviate your stress).

We've reached out to the owners for comment, but have not heard back yet. 

Top photo by Patrick Singer

Editor's note: A previous version of this post included a screenshot that incorrectly implied that Ryan Dallas Real Estate was the listing agent. The listing agent for Radio Maria is Debby Auble of Ward & Associates, Realtors. 


Ja’Naea Modest’s job-application-gone-viral sparks this week’s event at IMC

A few weeks ago, C-U's Ja'Naea Modest's story went viral after she attended a job interview during her lunch break, and was caught on camera by WCIA at the interview. This week, she's holding an event at the IMC, "Job & Fair Interview Prep", which you can see posted below. This is a hilarious story — and this event takes place this Wednesday from 5-8 p.m.


Matt Talbott of HUM first ever solo tour announced

HUM is hard at work on their much-anticipated new record, but in the meantime, lead singer Matt Talbott will embark on his first ever solo tour this fall/winter. He'll be doing living room shows via Undertow — a management company based in C-U that manages Pedro the Lion, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and more. HUM's latest tour stint happened last October.

Perhaps you're within 300 miles of Champaign-Urbana and interested in hosting a show? Well, here's your shot — check out the link below for everything about hosting one of these living room shows for Talbott. He'll be playing HUM songs, some Centaur songs, covers, and more. Pretty awesome. Tickets go on sale September 14th, but the cities and such haven't been determined/announced at this time.

Here's the info from the announcement via Undertow:

Matt Talbott from HUM will be embarking on his first ever solo tour. We’re looking for people to host Living Room Shows in November within 300 mile radius of Champaign IL. These shows are hosted by fans in private spaces. Each show limited to 40-60 people. Please read the details below and get in touch right away if live in this area and you’d like to host a show.

Here are a few words from Matt about these shows…

Hi friends. You’re probably wondering what I’m doing here. Me too. Well…my dear friends at Undertow have been asking me for some time to consider doing some living room shows as a solo artist. I’ve been telling them “no” for some time as well. I didn’t feel I had the kind of voice or talent that would lend itself to this kind of performance. I’ve always just been a guy in a band, and, as any of you familiar with my music know, even then I prefer to hide behind a wall of guitars and the unreasonable volume that my band mates and I create.

But the idea remained in the back of my mind, gnawing away. And finding myself wanting to shake up my somewhat stagnate and anxiety laden life, I recently sent Bob at Undertow the following text: “…I wondered if u would be interested in hosting me next Friday at 5:00 for a 5 song mini-set of solo stuff and we find out once and for all if I got what it takes to do this living room scene,” warning further, “I’m telling u rt this minute there will be tears. It could get weird.” Man were there ever and wow did it ever. I was so nervous when I started I could barely get my shaking hands onto the guitar and could hardly make an utterance with my voice. But onward we went, me and my roomful of friends, and it became something beautiful that I felt privileged to be a part of. So many tears. So much joy.

And now I can’t wait to share it with you. So, if you’re into it, I will pack up my ’99 Saab with my shitty nylon string guitar, my sadness, a few Hum songs, a few Centaur songs, a few covers, and some new stuff I have written just for this purpose, and I will come to your house and I will absolutely break your heart too. Yours if you want it.


Deadline for submissions: August 31
Tickets on sale September: September 14 @ 2pm (Central Time)

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Can you host a living room show?

We’ll make this as easy as possible for the hosts. All you have to do is let us borrow your space for about 3 hours and check names off the list at the door. In return you’ll get 5 additional free tickets for friends and our eternal gratitude.

Top photo via HUM's previous tour promo


Japan House has a website dedicated to its 20th anniversary

Japan House is gearing up to celebrate its 20th anniversary next month, and now they have a website specifically focused on just that. It's a great place to stay up to date on the special events happening, including the annual Matsuri festival, and there are some great photos, stories, and history to dive into. 

Here are a couple of cool photos from the site-

The original Japan House:

When it opened on its current site:


MTD has launched a new website

This week begins the new service year for MTD, which means the new maps and schedules for 2018-2019 are up, there are new boards up at the bus shelters, and they have a new website.

Here's the info:

Urbana, IL—The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) has launched their all new website on the first day of their 2018-19 service year. With an improved Trip Planner and school trip planning capabilities, will make accessing all that our communities have to offer that much easier. MTD encourages District residents to try out the new site and provide feedback.

Former MyRide subscribers on MTD's former website will need to log-in to create an MTD Account on, and resubscribe for alerts and favorites. Those with questions can call 217.384.8188 for assistance or reach out on Facebook and Twitter to @rideMTD.


Champaign Outdoors is now open

As promised, Champaign Outdoors (formerly known as Champaign Surplus) has opened their new location at 2017A South Neil Street in Champaign. They posted this tweet about their doors being open:

Top photo from Champaign Outdoors' tweet