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CUDO Plays hosting fifth annual Grand Exhibition on Sunday

Game enthusiasts rejoice! Sunday, March 11th from 1 to 8 p.m. you can head over to Broadway Food Hall to be a play games designed by CUDO Plays, a local board game competition. The event is free, and there are games available for all skill levels. Here's more info from their website:

CUDO Plays, your local Board Game Design Competition, is excited to announce that it’s holding its fifth annual Grand Exhibition on Sunday, March 11th from 1-8pm at the brand new Broadway Food Hall in Urbana!

CUDO Plays brings together local gamers, designers, and makers to build unique, homemade board games. Twenty-two teams submitted original board games this season and the Grand Exhibition will give them an opportunity to show them off to the public and commemorate their efforts. Each game will be playable by attendees. At the end of the evening, teams will be awarded prizes for excellence in the following categories: Accessibility, Marketability, Replay Value, Craft, Visual Design, Enrichment, Innovation, and Theme.

This is a free, family-friendly event, and anyone with an interest in board gaming or design is invited to stop by and experience the wonderful local creations. There will be a diverse range of games, everything from building contraptions to win a Queen’s favor to jamming out in a band! With a delightful mix of eclectic genres and skill levels, there’s something for everybody.

A breakdown of the Grand Exhibition:
1pm – 5pm: Gaming
5pm – 7:00pm: Dinner, featuring the restaurants and bar of Broadway Food Hall!
7:00pm: Awards Ceremony

CUDO Plays is sponsored mainly by local businesses, with prizes provided by Gopher Mafia Games, Live Action Games, Titan Games, Dr. G’s Brainworks, Volition, the Indie Game Alliance, Print and Play Games, and The Game Crafter.

For more information about CUDO Plays, please visit

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Hasan Minhaj is coming to the Illini Union on April 2

Comedian, actor, and The Daily Show veteran Hasan Minhaj is coming to the Illini Union on April 2. Admission is free with i-card.

Hasan Minhaj is fresh off a banner year in 2017, performing at the 2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner and getting critical acclaim for his Netflix comedy special Homecoming King.

Here's Hasan roasting the US government, something that unites us as a disgruntled people:


AgTech Innovation Summit returns to Champaign tomorrow

From the press release

Experts at the intersection of agriculture and technology will meet on Wednesday, February 28, during the third annual Agriculture Technology Innovation Summit hosted by the University of Illinois Research Park.

The Agriculture Technology Innovation Summit provides attendees a look at cutting-edge trends and insights into this ever-evolving field. It features panelists from across the AgTech ecosystem, from innovators to academics, leading ag corporations to growers, investors and startups.

Attendees also include AgTech startups from all over the Midwest, many of whom are participating in the Midwest I-Corps Node Industry Connect program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation.

The event will take place at the I-Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A multinational audience of over 300 people are registered.

A full news release is available at:


A seventh grader and former C-U resident is part of a national campaign to help transgender kids

The Heumann family, formerly of C-U, was featured in the PBS documentary Growing Up Trans back in 2015 (Chambanamoms wrote about it here). Now, their son Daniel is part of The GenderCool Project, a national campaign to showcase the stories of transgender youth. He appeared on the Today Show this morning with a panel of other transgender teens as well as the founder of the project. 

Check out the video:


If you haven’t heard of Epiphany Farms yet, check out this video

Epiphany Farms, a Bloomington-Normal based farm, is part of the Epiphany Farms Hospitality Group. The EFHG owns and operates three literal farm-to-table restaurants: Epiphany Farms Restaurant (B-N), Anju Above (B-N), and Old Bank Restaurant & Bar (LeRoy). The video below, made for and featured by Eater, takes viewers on a journey to see exactly how the food goes from the farm to their restaurants' tables, and how the folks behind EFHG conceptualize their work.  

We reviewed Old Bank Restaurant & Bar in a Date Night column last year, Epiphany Farms' performance at the 2016 Artisan Cup & Fork, and sampled their dish at the Spence Farm Foundation's 2015 Harvest Feast

Check out the short video below, and do yourself a favor by visiting one of the restaurants soon. 

Photo by Jessica Hammie


Watch footage of Roger Ebert defending Better Luck Tomorrow at Sundance 2002

The 20th anniversary of Roger Ebert's Film Festival is happening in April — so the festival is right around the corner, and we are anxiously awaiting what guests and films are lined up for this year's installment.

There's another film festival happening as we speak, a very famous one — Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. I was on Twitter this afternoon and saw this tweet by Chaz Ebert, which included this video of Roger Ebert at the 2002 festival's screening of Better Luck Tomorrow. In the midst of the film receiving criticism by a certain audience member about how the Asian-American characters didn't "represent" their culture appropriately — Ebert had a thing or two to say about that.

Watch the crushing rebuttle:

I'm not sure who came up with this GIF, but well done:

Here's a transcription of what Ebert said about the film, which he reviewed in 2003 and gave four stars:

"And what I find very offensive and condescending about your statement is nobody would say to a bunch of white filmmakers, 'How could you do this to your people?' ... Asian-American characters have the right to be whoever the hell they want to be. They do not have to 'represent' their people." — Roger Ebert

Do not mess with Roger Ebert, y'all.


Free screening of The Armor of Light is this Friday, January 26th

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is showing the film Armor of Light at the University YMCA on Friday, January 26 at 7 p.m. After the film, a discussion with the film's subject, Lucy McBath-- Moms Demand Action National Spokesperson and Faith Outreach Lead, will be facilitated by Dr. Nicole Anderson-Cobb. This free event is generously sponsored by the University YMCA.