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C-U will have it’s own March for Our Lives this Saturday

Local high school students have organized a C-U version of the national March for Our Lives in D.C. this weekend. The national event was initiated by students from Parkland, Florida, and many other cities are hosting sister marches. The local event will be held from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Douglass Park. Here are more details from the Facebook event:

Join students from across Champaign-Urbana and beyond as they stand and march with the national March for Our Lives movement. Student organizers are from Urbana High School, Central, Centennial, and Uni. The event will take place rain or shine. Stay tuned to this event page for continuing updates.

Event Schedule:
2:30-3:30 pm- Rally- Student speeches and performances
3:30-4:00/4:30- March through Douglass Park and adjacent neighborhood
4:30-5:30- Tabling- Visit with community organizations to find out next step actions to help strengthen our community and reduce gun violence

Participating Organizations:
Amnesty International
Bend the Arc
Champaign-Urbana Progressives
Champaign Urbana Young Democrats
Graduate Employees' Organization
Neighborhood Champions
Stone Soup Solidarity Group
Uniting Pride Center
WEFT Calendar
ACLU Champaign
Illini Democrats
League of Women Voters of Champaign County
Progressive Democrats of America
The Quaker Community
The Sisters In Faith
UIUC Students Against Gun Violence
Three Spinners
C-U Moms Demand Action

Please RSVP here:


Midwest PunkFest X announces 2018 lineup

Midwest PunkFest X has announced the lineup for this year's festival, which takes place May 31-June 3 in nearby Bloomington at the newly-opened nightshop.

Here's the Facebook event, plus the information about bands performing below. Smoking Popes will headline, and dozens of others will line up with them. A few Champaign-Urbana locals are in the mix — Kowabunga! Kid, the Dry Look, and Winder (designated in bold below).

Green Laser
Better Days
Livin’ Thing
The Dracu-LAHS
Kowabunga! Kid
City Mouse
Red City Radio
The Smoking Popes

Bosley Mongo
Bad Idols
The Dry Look
Jared Grabb Among Thieves
Sincere Engineer
The Raging Nathans
The Copyrights
The Subservients

Jeff Schaller
Jake Simmons
Memphis Dives
The ZG’s
No Hoax
Bike Tuff
Call Me Bronco
Still Alive
La Armada
Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy
Flatfoot 56
Dirty Rotten Revenge

The Blood-Soaked Boogie Bandits
The Enstrangers
The Complaint Line
Dead End Lights
Starter Jackets
The Fantastic Plastics

ALL AGES before 10pm
21+ After 10PM

Market Street Parking Deck
Street Parking - Be aware of posted limitations


Nando Milano hosting a Northern Italian wine dinner

On Tuesday, April 3rd, Nando Milano will host The Hills of Northern Italy, an evening "dedicated to the wine and cuisine of northern Italy."

The five-course meal will feature dishes prepared by Nando's Executive Chef, Allesio Vullo, and wines from Beivuma. Tickets are $85 per person, and can be purchased by calling the restaurant at 217-954-1439. Dinner is from 6 to 9 p.m.

Here's the menu:

Crostone alla Stracciatella e Speck
Pan al Burro, burrata stracciatella cheese and smoked cured prosciutto

-Prosecco, Veneto-

Carpaccio ai Sapori
Kobe beef carpaccio, arugula, gran riserva ubaldi cheese

-Lugana, Lombardia-

Polipetto alle erbe Aromatiche
Sautéed tenderized Spanish octopus, velvety leek and potato cream, herbes de provence

-Barbaresco, Piemonte-

Risotto al Barbaresco
Acquerello risotto, Italian radicchio, walnut and robiola cheese

-Barolo, Piemonte-

Filetto Rossini
Beef tenderloin, Barolo wine reduction, potato cake

-Brachetto d’Acqui, Piemonte-

Mousse alla Nocciola e Pistacchio
Hazelnut and psiatcchio mascarpone mousse cake

Photo from Facebook


Here are your 2018 Illinois Primary Election results

Voting day was today for the 2018 Illinois Primary, which means this is the next step towards the General Election in November. 

You can see the results over at the Champaign Couny Clerk's website.

  • JB Pritzker wins the Democratic Primary for Illinois Governor, he'll run against Bruce Rauner in November, who has barely won on the GOP side of things
  • Betsy Dirksen Londrigan wins the Democratic Primary for IL 13th, she'll now run against Rep. Rodney Davis in November
  • Mike Ingram wins for Champaign County Board District 6, Tanisha King-Taylor wins for County Board District 10
  • Kwame Raoul (D) and Erika Harold (R) win their respective party's nominations for Attorney General

Check out all the results linked above for the full scope of the primaries.


Catch a Sneak Peek at Urbana Public Arts on April 26th

Urbana Public Arts will be hosting a Sneak Peek event at Broadway Food Hall on Thursday, April 26th, where they’ll announce the 2018 Urbana Arts Grantees, and you'll get a taste of what's in store for our arts community. 

Here’s a full description from the Facebook event page:

Join the Urbana Public Arts Program at Broadway Food Hall in Downtown Urbana for our 2018 SNEAK PEEK where we'll announce the 2018 Urbana Arts Grantees and showcase what's in store in our arts scene!

We will be presenting a public announcement of the 2018 grant winners in the program’s four categories: Individual, Group, Nonprofit and Urbana Festivals. All 2018 Urbana Arts Grants applicants will be notified of their grant status prior to the event.

Celebrating our 10th anniversary, the Urbana Arts Grants Program supports projects taking place in Urbana that provide opportunities for all residents to engage with the arts in its many forms.

Come join us for food, mingling, live music, and celebration as we check out this year's SNEAK PEEK. Complimentary hor'doerves will be provided; cash bar open. Free and open to the public!

Here are the details of the event: 

What: Urbana Public Arts Sneak Peek
Where: Broadway Food Hall, 401 N. Broadway Ave, Urbana
When: Thursday, April 26th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Photo from Facebook.


Parkland is hosting an Art & Design Open House next month

Get a taste of what goes on in the various art programs at Parkland at their Art & Design Open House on April 26th. Here is the description from their Facebook event:

The Art & Design program at Parkland College will be hosting an Open House on Thursday, April 26, from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Demonstrations include Metalwork and Jewelry, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture and 3D Design. You can also watch classes in Ceramics, Digital Photography, and Typography.

Demonstrations and Classes will take place throughout Parkland College's C Wing, D Wing, and the Giertz Gallery.


Miga is hosting a Japanese whisky tasting next week

Miga is hosting a Japanese whisky tasting next Wednesday, March 28th. For $65 per person, you'll taste whisky from three different distilleries and pair those samples with some bites from Miga. The tasting is from 6 to 8:30 p.m.; make your reservations at 217-398-1020.

We will be featuring 3 Japanese Distilleries, and tasting through flights of their whiskies. April, from Tenzing Wine & Spirits, will guide you through the selections and distilleries and Chef Blake has prepared some fun, casual food pairings as well. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call the restaurant or email to secure your spot. The cost is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity. See you next Wednesday!

Photo from Facebook. 


Boneyard Arts registration extended to March 26th

40 North announced that they're extending the registration deadline for potential venues for the Boneyard Arts Festival until Monday, March 26th. So there's still time to put something together to participate in this awesome festival!

Here's what they said: 

REGISTER TODAY! After numerous requests for more time, the Boneyard Arts Festival registration deadline has been extended to midnight on Monday, March 26th!

40 North invites you to partner with a local artist, business, or organization to arrange a performance or display of work for the 16th annual Boneyard Arts Festival! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Join the Boneyard Arts Festival Facebook Group! It's a great interactive online tool to help artists and venues connect with one another and make plans for the Boneyard Arts Festival. Post images, questions, ideas, and find others to work with during this year's Boneyard!

Click here for their announcement. 

Photo is the Boneyard Arts Festival 2018 signature image, Happiness by Lisa Kesler. 


Prairie Dragon Paddlers hosting Sing for the Health of It

From the press release

(Champaign, IL) The Prairie Dragon Paddlers, Illinois’ First Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team, will hold their signature fundraiser, Sing for the Health of It, on Thursday, April 5 from 7p to 10p at the City Center in Champaign Illinois. All proceeds will benefit the Research Center at Illinois and Prairie Dragon Paddlers in their ongoing support of community breast cancer survivors.

Ten area singing finalists will compete to win the grand prize trip to Nashville, Tennessee; these finalists will perform in a variety of genres—from pop to classical to folk, to country—singing karaoke, a capella, and with live accompaniment. Several area guest singers will also perform in order to support the cause, including a “mayoral duet” by Champaign Mayor Deb Feinen and Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin, and individual performances by Rohit Bhargava, Director of the Cancer Research Center at Illinois and local physician Lester Fahrner, M.D. along with several of his Christie Clinic colleagues.

Until March 29, twenty semi-finalists are competing for the top ten spots; their audition performances are posted on the Prairie Dragon Paddler website ( where they receive votes from the public ($1 = 1 vote). The top ten vote-getters from on-line voting will perform at the event, where they will again receive votes ($1 = 1 vote) throughout the evening to determine the grand prize winner.

The twenty semi-finalists were chosen by judges from a total number of 43 singers who auditioned at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on February 3, 2018. Many of the singers volunteered to audition because breast cancer had personally touched their lives and they wanted to help raise money to fight the disease and support survivors.

Tickets to the event are $40; $60 for VIP balcony seating; or $300 for a reserved table for eight. Tickets can be purchased online, from a Prairie Dragon Paddler, or at the door (assuming the event is not sold out). Sponsorships are also available.

The Prairie Dragon Paddlers mission is to to inspire hope and contribute to the health and well-being of breast cancer survivors by promoting wellness through dragon boating while providing outreach and educational initiatives in support of breast cancer awareness and research. Prairie Dragon Paddlers is a 501[c][3] nonprofit organization. For more information about the Prairie Dragon Paddlers, visit

Diamond Sponsors for the event include Debra Bolgla, in memory of Melissa Lynch, and Ecofluent. The Prairie Dragon Paddlers are sponsored by Christie Clinic.

For more information, contact Kelly Bradham, Founder and President, Prairie Dragon Paddlers by email or at 217.621.0959.