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Triptych Brewing celebrating 3rd anniversary February 26th at The Accord

Triptych Brewing has announced they'll be celebrating "3 Years of Beer" — their third anniversary — on February 26th at The Accord in Downtown Champaign. Check out the Facebook post (and the Facebook event page):

 
 

Check out Jess' feature from a few years back on Triptych here.

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Krannert Art Museum hosting Opening Night on January 28th

With a new semester comes a completely new round of exhibitions at Krannert Art Museum. As such, it's time for a celebration - and for that, KAM has us covered.

On Thursday, January 28th from 6 to 9 p.m., the museum will host an opening night reception, completely free of charge. There will be a short introduction by exhibit curator Amy L. Powell, and yes - there will be snacks. Is there a better way to get cultured while it's cold outside? I doubt it.

From the Facebook event:

New art exhibitions include "Time / Image," "Collage: Moving Beyond Paper," "Collecting Photography" and "Spheres of Influence: African Vessels from the KAM Collection."

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Urbana Park District hosting photography exhibit at Purves Nature Center

It's always phenomenal when civic and government organizations show a commitment to supporting the arts, and Urbana is lucky to have fairly consistently had leaders committed to allowing the arts to foster. Today, the Urbana Park District is yet another great example.

The Urbana Park District's Anita Purves Nature Center is hosting a photography exhibit from local artist and yoga instructor Jodi Adams. The show will run from January 11th through April 30th, with an artist reception from 1-3 p.m. on January 16th. From the website:

There is power in an intention. It is a promise to the Self. Our thoughts manifest into creation; what we think, we become. In yoga, it is a call to awaking in our practice, infusing every breath, every movement with meaning. In life, it is a call to awakening of Self.

Additionally, for the photographically inclined, The UPD is also hosting The Best in Show Photographic Print Competition in February at Lincoln Square. If you're a photographer and think you have a shot, feel free to get enter here. All information surrounding the competition can also be found here.

(Photo by Jodi Adams)

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Daily Illini reducing print to twice per week, buzz "printing its final issue March 18"

It's a rough world out there for print media — believe us, we've been there. The Daily Illini announced today that they'll be reducing their print publication to two days per week starting at the beginning of this coming Spring 2016 semester. Not only that, Illini Media announced that buzz Magazine will cease its weekly print publication, "printing its final issue March 18".

Per the article:

The Daily Illini leadership announced Monday the publication will reduce print publications to two days a week when the semester begins on Jan. 19.

Print publications will only be distributed on Mondays and Thursdays beginning this spring. The decision was made in order to focus on The Daily Illini’s online content and social media outlets as well as to provide more in-depth content to its readers, according to Lilyan Levant, publisher and general manager of Illini Media Company.

“We believe this is an opportunity to devote more time and and resources to delivering outstanding content to our campus audience in real-time,” Levant wrote in a staff email. “The Daily Illini’s plans include more robust content both in print and online — more enterprise stories, features, campus life and culture, and additional special sections.”

It was also announced that Illini Media Company's second publication, Buzz Magazine, will cease its weekly print publication at the beginning of spring break, printing its final issue March 18.

The moves come at a time when various collegiate publications, such as The Daily Kansan and the Oklahoma Daily, are reducing their print products' frequency. The Daily Illini dropped its Friday publication in 2013.

Megan Jones, editor-in-chief of The Daily Illini, said that the goal of this change is to produce better and more accessible content for the students and Champaign-Urbana community.  

“I am very optimistic in the direction we are heading in and think this will help us focus on our online presence. To our readers, hopefully, we will be more available to them and not less by publishing constantly on our website,” Jones wrote in a statement emailed internally Monday.

Print media, amirite?

Check out Boswell's defense of the DI from last year.

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Neutral Cycle releases guide to Winter

Given their previous awesome guides, it almost goes without saying that with a new season comes a new seasonal guide from Neutral Cycle + Design, and it just so happens to have some great tips. Whether you're into staying active or just hitting the bar, this guide runs the gamut of Wintry activities in C-U, and can aid those post-holiday doldrums ever-so-sweetly.

For more info, check out the full guide here, and I'll see you at the Arboretum's sledding hill (or maybe at the bar at Seven Saints) if we ever end up getting snow.

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Medical marijuana dispensary “expected to open in March” in Champaign

It is happening, C-U. Well, probably sometime soon, or so it seems. The N-G has reported that Champaign's medical marijuana dispensery is "expected to open in March":

Phoenix Botanicals, to be operated by Phoenix Farms, is under construction at 1704 S. Neil St., Suite C, Champaign, and should be able to pin down its exact opening day in March in about a week, according to Caprice Sweatt, founder and CEO of Medical Cannabis Outreach, the organization hired by Phoenix Farms to register and educate patients in the area.

As of Monday, the state hadn't yet approved final dispensary licenses for Phoenix Farms or NuMed Rx, the dispensary planned to open at the former Blockbuster Video store at 105 E. University Ave., U.

Check out the whole article linked above for more information.

I feel obligated to post this tweet as well, based on the outlet:

Check out Chris Tepedino's article from 2014 about medicial marijuana and C-U.

Photo from Google Maps.

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Hamilton Walker’s steakhouse coming to Downtown Champaign

Looks like Downtown Champaign is getting a steakhouse — Hamilton Walker's — come "fall 2016". UPDATE: the Facebook post has since been removed, though here's a screenshot. Per this Facebook post/rendering:

 

Downtown Champaign - here we come..opening fall 2016!

Posted by Brian Margulis on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

That much we know, we're awaiting a comment from ownership at this time. This is where the old Chicago Title space exists on the corner of Park and Neil Street.

With the opening of Nando Milano in November, and the oncoming opening of Watson's, the restaurant scene in Downtown Champaign is exploding at the moment.

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Miga offering six-course beef tasting menu for New Year’s Eve

For the more carnivorous of us, Miga is hosting a not one, not two, but six course beef tasting menu on New Year's Eve - and it sounds amazing. If you wanted to know where to find me, it's going to be there, eating all of the protein my body can handle in one sitting.

For more information, check out this from Miga's Facebook Page:

 

 

Please join us this New Year's Eve at MIGA to ring in the new year and celebrate with our 6-course tasting menu prepared...

Posted by Miga on Monday, 21 December 2015
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Mother Nature featured on Huffington Post

Mother Nature, the duo of Klevah and T.R.U.T.H, has been on fire the last few months — festival performances, great albums, and headlining club show performances — and they were recently featured by Huffington Post writer Rasheena Fountain.

Fountain's piece, "Mother Nature: Female Hip Hop Duo Empowered to Bring Social Change" features the two artists and is worth the read, talking about the lives and upbringings of both Klevah and T.R.U.T.H, and their goals with the project.

Top photo by Kelsey Greene.

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Grab the title this year: Best Gift Giver 2015

Still need gift ideas? Stocking stuffers? Don't think too hard... everyone loves coffee. Fill their stockings with packets of coffee and hot chocolate — all under $2. Grab one of our premade gift boxes that are under $20. Still unsure? Just grab our version of a gift card and let them redeem it for the coffee the want.

Go for the knockout punch that will win you that championship belt of "Best Gift Giver 2015" by getting them a bag of our Whiskey Barrel Aged Coffee. Tell them about the one of a kind custom bag designed by Champaign-Urbana's very own Langston Allston. When they open the gift, just sit back and revel in commotion your gift stirs up, "where did you find that?", "What a cool gift!!", "I want that!", "they have to share, right?!". When the excitement subsides, just smile and nod as your siblings and relatives glare at you knowing they can't top your gift giving skills.

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