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Triptych Brewing’s featured charity of the month: Girl Scouts of Central Illinois

A few months back, Triptych Brewing in Savoy started a program which would donate to a selected charity each month (December was CASA, January was Champaign County Humane Society). This time around, they're going to be donating $1 of each pint ordered during the month of February to Girl Scouts of Central Illinois. Check out the Facebook post below, and make a note of this for your Wednesday beer cravings.


American Football’s Mike Kinsella’s guitars stolen

This is never a good thing to report, but I thought I'd help share the word. Mike Kinsella of American Football had a few guitars stolen from him over the weekend, and you can check out the post on AF's Facebook page at the bottom. You might recognize one of the main guitars — which he played at last year's Pygmalion Festival, pictured above and below.

Not exactly a local story, but seeing as they have ties to C-U, it makes sense to me to post here.

So, perhaps you can help spread the word as well.


Land Connection launching new Farmers’ Market in Downtown Champaign this May

Some interesting news for fans of a good Farmers' Market: The Land Connection will be introducing one in Downtown Champaign starting in May. You can see all the information below, thanks to chambanamoms.com:

The Land Connection will host a new farmers’ market in downtown Champaign on Tuesdays from May 5-Oct. 27.

The market will run from 4-7 p.m. each Tuesday. The proposed location is in central downtown but has not been finalized.

The Land Connection is a local nonprofit that began with the purpose of preserving farmland but has since expanded to starting farms.

Magdalena Casper-Shipp, market manager for The Land Connection, said the market is something the organization has discussed for a long time.

“Our director really wanted to have a market in downtown Champaign on a weeknight where you could go and do basically all your food shopping,” Casper-Shipp said. “It’s great to go to the Urbana market, but by the middle of the week, you’ve probably run out of something.”

She said The Land Connection is working with Urbana’s Market at the Square to bring many of the same vendors to the Champaign market.

Casper-Shipp said the market will also feature vendors who are graduates from the organization’s Central Illinois Farm Beginnings class, which teaches students how to start their farms as an entrepreneurial business. The Land Connection hopes the smaller market will be a more suitable setting for other small vendors, too.

The organization plans to have kids’ activities at the market to make it a fun, engaging time for the whole family. “We just want to have that place where people can come together and do their food shopping and then probably go out downtown or just enjoy being in downtown Champaign in the summer,” Casper-Shipp said.


Abbvie Innovation Center opens at Research Park

From the press release:

CHAMPAIGN, (January 20, 2015) — The University of Illinois today announced that AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a global research-based biopharmaceutical company based in North Chicago, IL, has opened the AbbVie Innovation Center on campus at the University of Illinois Research Park in Urbana-Champaign.

The AbbVie Innovation Center plans to employ more than 18 students, from undergraduate to graduate level, on a part-time basis throughout the year. Eight students have started working on several AbbVie Research & Development Information Technology projects, which is the initial focus of work in the AbbVie Innovation Center. AbbVie is currently hiring for several open positions.

“At AbbVie, we know that advancing science requires strong collaboration and different ways of working. Establishing this innovative and collaborative work center at a world-class research university offers us access to top students and faculty who can help us explore new ideas,” said Mike Carlin, Vice President, R&D Information Technology, AbbVie. “The AbbVie Innovation Center is a great example of how AbbVie is partnering in unique ways to find new solutions that will have an impact for patients.”

Students will work on real-world projects ranging from utilizing visualization software which can help AbbVie scientists see clinical trial research data in new ways, to harnessing the power of reporting tools which helps AbbVie medical teams identify additional areas of research, to using informatics, text mining and other analytics software to uncover connections in medical research – all of which can lead to discoveries that will improve patient care.

While students will gain real-world professional experience by working directly with AbbVie project managers, an AbbVie Site Manager will manage the students and serve as liaison between the AbbVie Innovation Center and the University of Illinois.

“The AbbVie Innovation Center will give our students the opportunity to be at the forefront of information technologies for leading-edge therapies that can make a difference in people’s lives,” said Chancellor Phyllis Wise. “Such real-world experiences are examples of the transformative educational opportunities at Illinois that grow from our leadership in engineering, big data, and biomedical sciences.”

The Research Park, located on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign, provides an opportunity for technology-based businesses to collaborate with students and faculty. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Engineering is among the highest ranked in the nation, and is a highly sought after partner for pursuing the integration of engineering, computing, and medicine.

About AbbVie

AbbVie is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott Laboratories. The company's mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to develop and market advanced therapies that address some of the world's most complex and serious diseases. AbbVie employs approximately 25,000 people worldwide and markets medicines in more than 170 countries. For further information on the company and its people, portfolio and commitments, please visitwww.abbvie.com. Follow @abbvie on Twitter or view careers on our Facebook or LinkedIn page.

For more information, email innovationcenter@abbvie.com.


Revolution Brew to be distributed in C-U starting January 19th

Per a post on their Facebook page, it looks like Revolution Brewing in Chicago will head downstate to start being distributed in C-U. Check out the Facebook post below, and info from their website below that.


Rev Brew is growing! We're headed downstate to Champaign-Urbana, where we will be distributed as of Jan. 19!

Join us during our debut week at these events:

Tuesday, Jan. 20 - 

4pm - SAMPLING AT BINNY'S CHAMPAIGN, 802 W. Town Center Blvd., Champaign

7pm - TAP OVERTHROW AT BLIND PIG, 120 N. Neil St., Champaign
Anti-Hero IPA, Bottom Up Wit, Eugene Porter, Fist City Chicago Pale Ale, A Little Crazy, Cross of Gold, Coup D'Etat, Straightjacket, Jukebox Hero

Draft: T.V. Party, Bottom Up Wit; Cans: Anti-Hero IPA, Eugene Porter

Wednesday, Jan. 21 - 

6pm - MURPHY’S PUB REV BREW LAUNCH, 604 E. Green St., Champaign
Draft: Anti-Hero IPA, A Little Crazy; Can: Bottom Up Wit

8pm - QUALITY BEER TAP OVERTHROW, 110 N. Neil St., Champaign
Anti-Hero IPA, Bottom Up Wit, Eugene Porter, A Little Crazy, Cross of Gold

Thursday, Jan. 22 - 

Anti-Hero IPA, Bottom Up Wit, Eugene Porter, A Little Crazy, Double Fist

10pm - REV BREW LAUNCH AT THE HIGHDIVE, 51 E. Main St., Champaign : During our Champaign launch week, look for us to debut at The Highdive, during night #4 of The Great Cover Up!
Anti-Hero IPA, Bottom Up Wit

Friday, Jan. 23 - 

4-6pm - SAMPLING AT BINNY'S CHAMPAIGN, 802 W. Town Center Blvd., Champaign

Saturday, Jan. 24 - 

1-3pm - SAMPLING AT FRIAR TUCK, 1333 Savoy Lane, Savoy


American Football and Braid featured on NME's "20 Emo Albums" list

OK, OK — we know, this seems like a tired subject, but it is pretty cool when it continues to pop up in lists all over the globe. Tipped off by Braid's post on their Facebook, NME recently published a list of "20 Emo Albums That Have Resolutely Stood The Test of Time", and American Football and Braid are featured. Even Cap'n Jazz is included in the list as well (though, from Chicago technically), and you can read their takes on the records below.


The Upper Bout celebrating one year anniversary Saturday, January 17th

The Upper Bout will be celebrating turning one year old this weekend. Check out the Facebook event (and information below from that listing), as well as Chris Davies' piece on the store last year.

Congrats on one year to Ricky Bright and the whole crew at the Upper Bout.

And since we gave away a guitar on our first day, let's celebrate by GIVING AWAY A GUITAR!

That's right! We will be giving away a 2015 Gibson Les Paul Junior this Saturday at 5:00 PM!

Here's how to win:
-Stop by The Upper Bout on Saturday, January 17th
-Fill out an entry form
-Be present at the 5:00 PM drawing

We will select one lucky winner from our entries. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!



C-U's Tommy Craggs is getting roasted on Deadspin today

If you weren't aware — Tommy Craggs is from C-U. That's him, right there. He grew up here, his parents still live here, and all that good stuff. He's one of our pals doing awesome things, so this feels fitting to post about him — because he's getting his ass roasted on Deadspin today.

He has been Editor-In-Chief of Deadspin for a bit now, and was recently promoted to Executive Editor for all of Gawker Media. Damn, dude, well done. One of C-U's own now is incredibly high up in one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful, media company in the world. Whoosh.

If you haven't already done so today, please read some hilariously entertaining pieces about Craggs — including an interview with his mother by another familiar to C-U, Will Leitch.

"Tommy Craggs Is The Michael Jordan of Disagreeable Sonsofbitches". "Tommy Craggs Is A Socially Awkward Motherfucker""Tommy Craggs Is A Prick Who Just Falls Upward." Brilliant. There are plenty on the site today to check out. Do yourself a favor and read up.

Congrats, Tommy. Well done.