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Summer issue of the Public i is out now

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.


Stand-up comedy showcase happening at Iron Post

Check out this stand up event this Friday, June 12th, over at the Iron Post. You can see the lineup of comedians above — but I'll list them here anyway: Nick Martin, Driff Roberts, Blake Burkhart, Esteban Gast, and Andrew Voris. Mind you — this isn't an open mic style comedy event, as these are quality comedians lined up. 

Check out the Facebook event for more information.


Maize featured in FiveThirtyEight's "Search For America's Best Burrito"

Maize was recently featured on FiveThirtyEight's "Search For America's Best Burrito" — and as you can see below, it narrowly made the top 20 cut. We all know how great Maize is, but some people might not know the whole story, so we're here to help tell it. Check out their first installment in the series to figure out what all of this means.

Check out the article linked above, and the chart below with the map graphic — showing which region we fell into.

We're still waiting for that second location to open up, though.


Withershins announce new album Mt. Fuji In Blue, Kickstarter campaign

Photo by David Cubberly

Local space rock/shoegaze outfit Withershins have announced their new record, Mt. Fuji In Blue — their third full-length record and follow up to 2012's stellar Silver CitiesHowever — they will need some help to make it happen.

They've announced a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the process, which you can check out and read a full description of the process and rewards for your contribution.

You can stream the title track below, and be sure to lend some support if you have a few spare bucks.


Error Records moving to Downtown Urbana

After opening his shop/all-ages venue south of Downtown Champaign (702 S. Neil Street) last year, it appears that Nathan Landolt will be moving Error Records to Downtown Urbana. The announcement came just a few minutes ago via the Error Records website:

After careful consideration and months of hard work, it is with great anticipation that we announce the move of Error Records to 123 W. Main St. in downtown Urbana, IL. We will be teaming up with Farm League Skateshop (an exciting new business being brought to life by an extremely passionate man) to form a safe and inspiring collective for all-ages. The core music venue and retail store of Error Records will stay the same, with just a few upgrades — It is simply moving to the next town over.

We are very excited to join the growing Urbana community and cannot wait for you all to see the new space. Be on the lookout for Farm League Skateshop’s Indiegogo and for Error Records to be open in Urbana late June 2014! Thank you all for your continued support and allowing us to grow every day. More updates to come. Hope to see you at the new killer shop this summer!


C-U Craft Beer Pub Crawl June 1st

The Champaign Urbana Craft Beer Pub Crawl will take place on Sunday, June 1st. Tickets for the event are $5 and available for sale at Crane Alley, Radio Maria, Triptych Brewing, and JT Walker's Brewery. A ticket gets you a glass that you can fill at Crane Alley, Black Dog, Seven Saints, Mike n Molly's, Jupiter's, the Blind Pig, Quality Beer, and Radio Maria. Glass pick up is Sunday, June 1st from 1–2 p.m. at Crane Alley. 

For more information, check out the event's Facebook page


Illini’s Darius Paul suspended entire 2014-15 season

After getting arrested (and the comments that came afterwards), John Groce has suspended Darius Paul for the entire 2014-15 season. Check out some more information from The News-Gazette

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois basketball coach John Groce on Tuesday announced sophomore forward Darius Paul would be suspended for the 2014-15 season.

Paul was arrested on April 22 when University of Illinois police say they observed him acting suspiciously. After running away, Paul was chased and tackled by an officer and charged with underage drinking and resisting an officer.

The 20-year-old transfer from Western Michigan was initially suspended indefinitely from the team until Groce’s announcement on Tuesday.

“After a thorough review of Darius’ year, which included multiple transgressions, I am suspending Darius from all team-related activities for the entire 2014-15 season,” Groce said in a statement. “As head coach, my concerns are always what is best for the University of Illinois, what is best for the men’s basketball program, and what is best for our student-athletes as people. I feel this penalty is necessary to help Darius as a person. We will continue to support him through this process.”

Paul is due back in court Friday at 9:30 a.m. for a status hearing.

During his suspension, Paul will not be on scholarship, meaning the UI has one available for the upcoming season.


PechaKucha Night C-U Vol. 15

We are excited to partner with Krannert Art Museum to present PechaKucha Night C-U Vol. 15!

In addition to nine unique speakers, PKN C-U Vol. 15 will include free admission, music by DJ Wisconsin beginning at 7:45 p.m. and continuing throughout the night, and a cash-only beer and wine bar. Prom attire is encouraged!

Topics and perspectives vary widely, but the high energy and diverse creativity have undeniable appeal to all. 

Saturday May 31st, 2014
Krannert Art Museum
500 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign
Doors open 7:45 p.m. with music by DJ Wisconsin
Show starts at 8:20 p.m.
Possible mature content; must be 18+ to enter

Lindsey Gates-Markel and Andrew Schiver will host as emcees for the night.

Let us know you’re coming by RSVPing on Facebook!


Champaign-Urbana’s Fifteenth PechaKucha Night will feature nine presentations:
Jodi Adams: Art of Intention
Eliana Brown: Art and the Zen of Stormwater Management
Michelle Hyde: I Wanna Dance with Somebody: My Life Through Whitney Houston Songs
Judy Lee: The Secret to Creativity
Jim McFarlin: Share Your Body, Save a Life
Samantha Persons: A Queery Into the Future
Katie Prosise: Comedy and Coping
Tony Taylor: Cigar Box Guitars
Michael Thomas: Words 2 Inspire

Tweet to #pkncu during the night. Hope to see you there!

First devised by a pair of Tokyo architects in 2003, PechaKucha Nights have become international phenomena that use a simple concept to create big community exchanges. Presenters have 20 images and 20 seconds per image to share their ideas, works, and passions for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds flat.