Soft shell crabs are available next week as part of the fresh fish special order list at Cheese & Crackers. Order this weekend for pickup on Tuesday; crabs are shipped live, guaranteed fresh, and $14.99 for a set of four. To order, stop in or call the store at 217-651-8531. If you aren't already on the special order email list, you can sign up here.
Local artist Mark Roberts hails from Urbana, and you can read up on what he's done here. His new play was recently reviewed by the New York Times, which is worth reading. Although it isn't glowing, it still is noteworthy — and we'd rather judge for ourselves as we're big fans of his work at the Station Theatre.
After one local band was featured on BuzzFeed and we posted about it earlier in the week, another piece has been brought to our attention. This time, it is a pretty significant feature on locals Menthol by Consequence of Sound.
"Wanna Hear The Greated Unheard Band of the 90s" tells the story of Menthol and is definitely worth the read. They also put together a 2+ hour interview with some members of the band in a rare interview (and stream it below):
Marc With a C has been chasing the proverbial grail that is the Menthol story since the fateful announcement that Capitol had completely dropped the band and left their material in the vaults. After nearly five years of attempts to make this episode a reality, he’s joined by Menthol’s lead guitarist and vocalist Balthazar De Ley who granted us a “rare as hen’s teeth” interview.
Thanks to the head's up from reader Brian K. As his submission read initially, "Remember these guys?"
You better believe we do.
Yet again, this year's installment of The Pygmalion Festival is welcoming more additions into the fold. These additions include XXYYXX, Earth, King Dude, Berwanger, Modern Kin, and locals The 92s and Motes.
Not only that, but plenty of single show ticketing options have been made available (including tickets now being on sale for Panda Bear and Sun Kil Moon at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts) — so check those out here. Grab your festival pass to see the whole lineup, which features CHVRCHES, American Football, Tycho, Panda Bear, Real Estate, Deafheaven, EMA, Maserati, and many others.
To get an idea of who is playing on what day at this point in time, check the Pygmalion Festival schedule page.
We know — you are most likely sick of these BuzzFeed lists already. So are we. BUT, this one is different, as it features C-U's very own HUM. I can't say that I haven't thought about HUM's "Stars" within the last 20 years (I find myself talking about them frequently, to be honest), but you get the idea. Check out the video below and the article linked above (they're #13 on that last).
Happening this weekend, Champaign Cycle (now located in both Champaign AND Urbana) has teamed up with Kickapoo Mountain Bike Club to present a suspension set-up clinic at Kickapoo State Park just east of C-U. You can check out all the information about the clinic below, and spend some time out there riding around while you're at it.
SUSPENSION SET UP CLINIC
Sunday, July 13, 2014, 1 p.m. — Fee $10
I've posted a few times recently about the new Braid record, which comes out today on Topshelf Records, because this is their first record in 16 years. Pretty big deal in my mind at least, and plenty of others.
Over the past few days, the band has been getting a decent amount of praise on the ever-controversial (and frankly, polarizing) Pitchfork in the form of a couple of pieces from Ian Cohen (again — not always the most-liked contributor of theirs). First, a pretty cool piece "Never Will Come for Us: The Unexpected Return of Braid and the Jazz June" that published yesterday, and today's featured review of their new record No Coast, which was given a very solid 7.7 (yeah — their rating system is controversial in and of itself).
Either way, both are worth the read, as Ian Cohen seems to particularly like midwest emo and another Champaign-Urbana artist as well.
Here's an event that's coming up in Downtown Urbana that's worth your time. The City of Urbana has partnered up with a handful of other organizations and businesses, including CoLab, Neutral Cycle and others, to bring a night of outdoor movie screening to Downtown. Check out the poster below, plus the synopsis of the film from the poster.
More than 30 years after its release, 1979’s Breaking Away is still one of the most beloved coming-of-age films ever made, and its zero-to-hero rise from a tiny, under-the-radar movie with no major stars to a sleeper hit and Best Picture nominee is one of Hollywood’s great underdog stories.
Here's some more information from the press release as well:
Families and community members are invited to the free outdoor screening of Breaking Away (PG, 1979) on Friday July 11 at 8:00 pm. The event, presented by @urbanalove, will be held at the Busey Bank parking lot in downtown Urbana. Please bring chairs or blankets for sitting. This will be the second installment of @urbanalove’s Summer Movie Nights series, which aims to bring the Urbana community together for an evening of film, food, drinks, and live music.
This month’s bicycle-themed event will begin with a casual bike ride at 5:30 pm. Riders old and new are welcome to gather at the Campus Bike Center (608 E. Pennsylvania Ave.) for the journey to Busey Bank in downtown Urbana.
The featured film, Breaking Away, is a classic summer story of bicycle racing and coming-of-age in a small Midwestern college town.
@urbanalove, dedicated to retweeting local news and events, is partnering with Busey, the City of Urbana, and Neutral Cycle. Pandamonium Doughnuts, Common Ground, Pizza M, and Flying Machine Coffee will have movie snacks and cold beverages available for purchase.
Neutral Cycle, a local independent bicycle shop, will announce a new city-wide bike-sharing program called Big Yellow Ride. They will also unveil a cycling bag prototype created by Neutral Design studio.
More information is available at neutralcycle.com/movie and the Neutral Cycle Facebook page.
Braid will be in Champaign on July 12th as the headliners for Mariposa Music Festival, happening in Downtown Champaign. No Coast is officially out July 8th on Topshelf Records.
The folks over at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center have put together their summer issue of the Public i, which you can find here and read for yourself. Some topics they discuss include James Kilgore (which we featured at a point in time), an update on faculty unionization at the U of I, and plenty more. Check it out for yourself.
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