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2015 Murals On Glass artists revealed

The City of Urbana Public Arts Program recently announced the artists for the new cycle of Murals On Glass, where works of local artists are displayed as enormous vinyl decals taking up entire windows of downtown buildings for at least two years.  

Congratulations go to Phil Strang and Nathan Westerman for creating the pieces chosen to be displayed from 2015-2017. Strang's Arles Morning (pictured) and Westerman's works Slat Painting 001 and 003 will adorn downtown Urbana businesses beginning in August of 2015.

Don't worry, though -- nothing could replace our illustrious Lincoln's benevolent gaze, so all of the current murals will remain on display at the parking deck on Main Street.  It's a relief, truly, because sometimes seeing him watching over me is the only thing that keeps me out of trouble while I'm downtown.   

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Reminder: Rodney Davis still doesn’t want women to have basic freedoms

On this Independence Day weekend, let us think about the simple freedoms that we have in this country. Most of us have things pretty great here, though of course, as a white man, I don't really have much to complain about on the whole. Others have it worse than me, no doubt about it.

Though, we should remember that a lot of the time men — white men, oftentimes — just get in the way of other basic rights humans should have. Things have been moving in a positive direction, of course, with the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Nice work, America. About time.

Congressman Rodney Davis, once again, is one of those people — yes, a white man — who mostly just wants to get in the way. In particular, in the way of things women want, need, and deserve — even though he's trying to appear as though he is doing just the opposite of that.

I received this lovely mailer in my mailbox this morning, which is of course attempting to combat all of the things he's voted against (and still is against). Please see Rebecah's piece that lays him to waste on these issues if you want to see where I'm coming from here.

OK, so there's round two that's happening, although its not in C-U, but in Decatur:

Congressman Davis, please hear me: Just get the hell out of the way, man. If you're really trying to support women, why don't you use your legislative power that's been granted to you, for starters.

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U of I students test radar gun in Downtown Champaign

I walked out of Aroma Cafe the other day and found the fellows working on what I thought was an R2D2-traffic-cone-robot. It wasn't. They were actually testing out a new way to radar cars using infrared. They tested it here because it simulates a 2 lane highwell. Plus they were drinking beer. 

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Hey you there, who grows facial hair, and hates it — consider this

If you are a male human, there's a chance you grow facial hair. Discussions about transgenderism notwithstanding, there is something absolutely mindblowing about getting a shave with a straight razor, at a barber shop.

Preferably, they have one of those poles out front that denotes: THIS IS WHERE YOU GO TO GET YOUR HAIR CUT. 

Doesn't really matter when your branding is this good: 

Oh man, that straight razor. So appealing. So romantic. 

While there are a number of places in town to get this done, I recommend Andy's on South Neil St. in Champaign at the moment. While they may not have the pole out front, they have the staff and cred to get the job done right. 

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Art at Aroma combines old with new

Jason Kohlmann has some digital photographs displayed at Aroma Cafe that are quite interesting. he has taken old photographs of the airefoce base in Rantoul and combined them with current day photographs. The result is a split screen view of the old, shiny, new base melded with the now falling down, gritty looking base. I would recommend stopping in for an iced coffee and having a look. They are impressive. Otherwise check them out on the web

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Lord + Lacy soft opening today

Lord and Lacy BBQ's soft opening is today. Everyone's been anxiously waiting for this, and it looks like it'll be great. There is indoor seating and outdoor seating along Main Street. Check out these photos (and the menu), and stop by 119 East Main Street, Urbana between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. for some Kansas City style BBQ. 

 

Photos by Jessica Hammie

UPDATE: A previous version of this article stated that there was outdoor seating in the Alley, when in fact, that is Crane Alley's beergarden, alone. 

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Free book exchange

If you're looking for something to read this weekend, consider visiting the cutest free book exchange in town, which currently houses about 20 novels:

This book exchange is in front of 804 W. Main in Urbana.

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Photo highlights of today’s Illini baseball game

I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon at Illini ballfield today. Walking up to the park someone said, "I can't think of a better way to spend a Monday afternoon" and I agree. The game was exciting and had everything you wanted in a ball game-- good weather, cheering, homeruns, arguments over a call, close plays, and the Illini bringing home the win. Here are the 10 best photos I captured today. Enjoy!