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Check out AV Club's in-depth look at HUM and You'd Prefer An Astronaut

AV Club's Sam Blum has published quite the piece about HUM this morning — "HUM's You'd Prefer An Astronaut is an overlooked masterpiece" — looking back at their history, the brilliance of that record, and more. What a astounding piece of music, it is — have yourself a read this morning and enjoy.

While you're at it, check out John Steinbacher's look at Astronaut and HUM prior to their performance at Pygmalion 2012.

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First Federal Savings Bank offering free tomato giveaway

First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign Urbana is hosting a tomato giveaway of 2 free Super Fantastic tomato plants on May 2nd when anyone visits one of their two offices from 9 am - 5pm. 

From their press release:

Champaign, Illinois – First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana announced the 34th annual tomato plant giveaway. This year’s event will be held on Monday, May 2nd. Each person who enters the bank between 9am and 5 pm can pick up two FREE Super Fantastic variety tomato plants, while supplies last. It is not necessary to be a bank customer -everyone is welcome. The bank will also have a drawing for a pair of Illinois Football season tickets. No purchase is necessary. The bank’s locations are: 1311 South Neil Street ,Champaign, and 301 W. Springfield Avenue, Urbana.

First Federal’s marketing director, Ata Durukan, said the bank’s tomato day promotion was created by President and CEO, George Rouse, to introduce the bank’s locations to the community. Durukan said, “This is a fantastic way for our institution to continue to connect with the community and to welcome spring. First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana has been a local, community bank here since 1908. It’s a great pleasure to be able to meet so many wonderful people who visit our offices on tomato day.”

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U of I Community Credit Union celebrating Shred-a-Palooza this Saturday

The U of I Community Credit Union has just announced a community celebration of the new name and branding, Shred-A-Palooza. The party will happen on this Saturday, April 23rd, at their First Street location at 2201 S 1st St in Champaign.

From the press release:

Champaign, IL – U of I Community Credit Union (formerly known as University of Illinois Employees Credit Union) is launching a new brand identity and look.

Beginning on April 6, 2016, U of I Community Credit Union’s storefront signage will display its new name. In addition to the name change, the credit union is updating its look to reflect its commitment to serving both the local community and the university for which it is named.

“For nearly 85 years, U of I Community Credit Union has been committed to bringing the best possible rates, fewest fees, and highest level of service to as many people as possible,” said E.J. Donaghey, CEO. “Our updated brand reflects who we serve today and how proud we are to be part of this community.”

U of I Community Credit Union welcomes the entire community to celebrate their new community look and feel at Shred-A-Palooza on Saturday, April 23rd from 10am to 2pm at the First Street Branch.

Stay tuned for additional details about the event.

U of I Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned cooperative that provides a wide range of financial products and services to anyone who lives or works in Champaign, Ford, Piatt, Douglas, and Vermillion, IL counties as well as University of Illinois employees and other select employee groups. To learn more, visit uoficreditunion.org.

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Public History event April 22nd & 23rd

Mapping Places | Telling Stories: Hidden Histories of Campus and Community

This two-day symposium, hosted by UIUC’s Public History Research Cluster, will explore the histories of social movements that often lie hidden in the places where we live, work, and study.

Friday April 22nd

4–6 p.m.:  “U Texas Confederate Memorials’ Three Moments”
Keynote address by Dr. Edmund T. Gordon, University of Texas at Austin

Saturday April 23rd

10 a.m.-12 p.m.:  Mapping Community: Environmental Justice and Public Health
Panel discussion with 5th and Hill residents and retired members of the Illinois Nurses Association

1-3 p.m.:  Mapping Campus: Student Movements and Lost Landmarks
Panel discussion with UIUC student researchers

3-5 p.m.: Guided and Self-Guided Tours
Explore the spaces and places discussed by our community and student experts

Location: Wagner Education Center, School of Labor and Employment Relations, 504 E. Armory Avenue, Champaign.

Free and open to the public.

This symposium is made possible by support from the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, the School of Labor and Employments Relations, the Departments of African American Studies and History, and the Student Cultural Programming Fee.

For more information, visit the Public History site here.

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Apricot Lane offering fashion parties for the spring

Apricot Lane in Campustown offers an opportunity that isn't readily available in the area that might entice you to get over to that area of C-U: fashion parties. We've seen them before via ChambanaMoms — but this shop offers some incentive to head over their way.

What's a fashion party, you ask? Those interested are able to shop for two hours with a 20% discount off the entire store while enjoying drinks and snacks. Additionally, Apricot Lane offers the option to donate a percentage of the sales to any organization or fundraiser of choice. 

It's recommended that 10-15 people attend the party. Anyone who is interested can email the store directly at: apricotlanechampaign@gmail.com.

Apricot Lane also validates parking when customers make a $50 purchase, for customers in the parking garage located right around the corner from the store, at 6th & Healey St., to make parking on campus way less scary than usual.

You can check out Apricot Lane's new Spring fashions here, and be sure to keep your eyes on that Facebook page as new arrivals are constantly being thrown into the store's inventory.

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Someone on the Chambana Craigslist is selling a “vintage air guitar”

This is the best.

Someone on the Champaign-Urbana Craiglist has posted a "Vintage Air Guitar" for the low, low price of $799. This air guitar has certainly been around the block and seen some shit, but for the full (and hilarious) description, check out the screen grab of the post below, and the listing on Craigslist here.

Just look at that beauty!

(h/t Isaac Arms)