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The Middle Market is this Saturday

Hey you!

Do you like shopping local?

How about fresh bakery items, locally-made arts and crafts, produce and more?

That's what we thought.

This Saturday, April 19th, is the last market of the season before Urbana's Market at the Square kicks off on May 3rd. If you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, now's the time!

The details:

Saturday, April 19th
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Inside Lincoln Square, Urbana

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First annual Aruna 5K to be held on Saturday, May 3rd

From the press release:

First annual Aruna 5k to be held on Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m. at the University of Illinois Arboretum.

The Aruna 5k presents the opportunity to run for women and children enslaved in the brothels of India.

In a two square mile area of India, an estimated 15,000 women and children are held captive in Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) — some as young as 11 years old. Aruna, a Hindi word meaning 'bright morning sun', is the name of an initiative in South Asia working to rescue, rehabilitate and reintegrate these women and children back into society.

The Aruna 5K is a race held in cities across America, with all the proceeds from the event going to the Aruna Project. The Aruna Project is a relationally driven effort on the ground in India that seeks to free women and children from sexual exploitation. This is primarily done through relationships that the Aruna Project staff develops over time by means of daily visitations into the brothel system. They serve to rehabilitate these women and children through counseling, adult literacy classes, and skill and trade development, with the end goal of helping them to sustain lifelong freedom through dignified employment.

By registering to run, walk, or sponsor someone else to run in the Aruna 5K, you are actively helping set women free. The first annual Aruna 5K in Champaign-Urbana begins at 10 a.m. on May 3rd at the University of Illinois Arboretum. To register for the race or sponsor other runners, please visit www.Aruna5k.com. Every runner and dollar counts because every woman and child counts. Join us in running for their freedom.

Aruna 5k, Run for Their Freedom.

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Full of Pepper and Light on April 24

From a University of Illinois press release:

To celebrate acquiring the papers of poet and writer Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), the University of Illinois Rare Book & Manuscript Library and numerous campus partners are organizing an evening of poetry, song, and appreciation called: Full of Pepper and Light: Welcoming the Gwendolyn Brooks Papers to the University of Illinois. The event will take place in the newly-renovated Lincoln Hall Theater (702 South Wright Street, Urbana) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Admission is free.

The evening’s performances will include poets, scholars, singers, and dancers reading, discussing, and expressing their appreciation for Brooks’s art and inspirational legacy. The production and performance is directed by the Interim Head of the Theatre Department, Thomas Mitchell.

Brooks was the third Poet Laureate of the State of Illinois (following Carl Sandburg), poetry consultant to the Library of Congress, and the first African-American writer to win a Pulitzer Prize.

Performers will include the University of Illinois Black Chorus, conducted by Dr. Ollie Watts Davis; Aurora, a troupe led by Brooks's daughter Nora Brooks Blakely; poets Janice Harrington and Laurence Lieberman; artist Amos Kennedy; local high school students; and Dr. Haki Madhubuti, co-founder and director emeritus of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing.

“A special ‘Poetry Bus’ will shuttle audience members between the Champaign Public Library, the Urbana Free Library, and the Douglass Branch Library and campus,” said Rare Book & Manuscript Library Director Valerie Hotchkiss. “This spares folks the parking hassles and will get them in the mood for poetry!”

The celebration begins earlier in the day with a lecture by Dr. Haki Madhubuti entitled, “Gwendolyn Brooks: Beyond the Word Maker, a Black Poet and Activist,” at 4 p.m. in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Full of Pepper and Light is produced and sponsored by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library; the Departments of English, African-American Studies, Religion, Theater, and Music; the University Library; the Office of Public Engagement; and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Spanning more than six decades, the Gwendolyn Brooks Papers include some of Brooks’s earliest surviving poetry and prose, as well as scrapbooks and clippings of pieces she published as a young woman in The Chicago Defender. In addition, it contains extensive correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and informal jottings, annotations, and observations. The largest portion of Brooks’s papers documents her career after leaving mainstream commercial publishing to produce her works with small presses and black-owned imprints, including her own imprint, The David Company. 

For more information, visit go.library.illinois.edu/brooks.

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library holds more than thirteen million volumes, more than 120,000 serial titles, and more than nine million manuscripts, maps, slides, audio tapes, microforms, videotapes, laser discs, and other non-print material.  The University Library is ranked highly nationally and globally, and its collections and services are used heavily by students, faculty, and scholars. More than one million items are circulated annually, and many more are used on site and virtually from anywhere in the world. For more information, please visit www.library.illinois.edu.

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Green Fun Fair happening April 19th

Come join University of Illinois students and celebrate Earth Day at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum! There will be a variety of sustainability friendly crafts and activities for children including a bike powered smoothie machine, bird feeder decorating, a "Recycle-Ball" and much, much more! This event will be held at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum at 346 N. Neil St, Champaign, IL 61820 on April 19th from 1-4 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Questions? Contact Katie and Cara, the event coordinators, at environment.apo.aa.com.

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Sousa Archives hosting C-U music scene gallery talk this Saturday

A pretty awesome and interesting event has come across our radar involving the history of the Champaign-Urbana music scene. Taking place this Saturday, it just adds another dimension to things that are happening on Record Store Day in C-U. Check out all the information via their press release:

Rising from the Ashes of Disco
Urbana-Champaign’s Music Scene during the 1980s and Early 1990s
Special gallery talk featuring Tom Broeske, Paul Faber, Jim Hewitt, Rose Marshack, Della Perrone, Mark Rubel, Paul Sabuco, Phil Strang, and Rick Valentin

April 19, 2014
3-4:30 p.m.
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 1103 S. Sixth Street, Champaign, Illinois
Admission: Free

With the conclusion of the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War in 1974, America’s popular music tastes began to shift away from the excessive psychedelic rock performances of the late 1960s and early 1970s.  During the late 1970s disco briefly reigned supreme throughout most of the country including Urbana-Champaign, and with it many rock and roll musicians and their fans felt their music was being painfully silenced by disco’s repetitively syncopated beat.  However on July 12, 1979 a riot broke out among disgruntled rock and roll fans at Comiskey Park during a double-header baseball game, and this date is now considered the “day disco died.” By September 22, 1979 no disco melody appeared among the US Top 10 charts, and by 1980 live rock and roll performance was returned to America’s center stage.  Join Tom Broeske, Paul Faber, Jim Hewitt, Rose Marshack, Della Perrone, Mark Rubel, Paul Sabuco, Phil Strang, and Rick Valentin in a gallery talkback about some of Urbana-Champaign’s local rock and roll bands and musicians, music venues, recording studios, and record shops during the 1980s and early 1990s.  The general public is invited to attend this free-form discussion to learn more about our community’s vital local music scene and its influence on American popular music.  After the gallery talkback visitors may tour the exhibit of Della Perrone’s photographs, “Live from the Crossroads: A Snapshot of Champaign-Urbana’s Local Music Scene 1981-1986.”  For more information call 217-333-4577.

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Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 comes to The Art

Somewhat adapted from an Art Theater Co-op post:

Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 begins the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is discovered badly beaten in an alley by an older bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), who takes her into his home. As he tends to her wounds, she recounts the erotic story of her adolescence and young-adulthood (portrayed in flashback by newcomer Stacy Martin). Volume 1 also stars Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen, and Udo Kier.

A groundbreaking filmmaker for more than two decades, director Lars von Trier’s other films include Melancholia, Antichrist, Dogville, Dancer in the Dark, and Breaking the Waves. As widely reported, this new film contains graphic depictions of sexuality—to a degree unprecedented in a mainstream feature film.

Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 will be the 10:00 p.m. feature at The Art this Thursday, April 17. If you're interested, that is. Not that anybody's judging. Really. [That last part isn't adapted from The Art's post. I'm just sayin.']

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The ILLIAC Spring Festival announces set times

The ILLIAC Spring Festival is happening next month on May 10th, 2014. We announced the inaugural lineup not too long ago, and now we have the schedule of events for you all. Check out the schedule below for set times and such. (Note: DJs Belly, Kosmo and Mertz will be spinning between sets.)

DOORS: 12:00 p.m.

12:15-1:00 — Jack Anthony and the Desperadoes
1:30-2:15 — Emily Otnes and The Weekdays
2:45-3:30 — Bones Jugs N Harmony
4:00-4:45 — Swords
5:15-6:00 — Barrowe
6:30-7:30 — Their / They’re / There
8:00-9:00 — Sun Stereo
9:30-10:30 — Those Darlins
10:45-12:00 — DJs Belly / Kosmo / Mertz

Here's the map of where the stage will be set up.

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The I.D.E.A. Store hiring new General Manager

We need to hire a new General Manager of The I.D.E.A. Store!  The I.D.E.A. Store is a special place and is near and dear to the community.  We need a special person to watch over it, help it grow and make it even better!  If you think you are the right person, we need to learn a little about you through the following process.

1.  Fill out the online quiz by April 25, 2015. 
2.  We will contact you if we want to get to know you better. 

Sending us a resume won’t really help if you haven’t taken the quiz first and then been contacted by us requesting it.  So don’t just send us the resume, or come by the store.  Really, it won’t get you an interview.

So, what are we looking for?  The first thing is if you can follow instructions and take the quiz.  We want you to be energetic, creative, either artsy or believe in repurposing – or both.  We definitely want you to have retail experience and to know how to work with staff, volunteers and our dear customers.  You gotta love to work, too and be in good physical condition.  This position requires passion – lots of it.  You gotta believe.  You gotta want to make magic happen like The I.D.E.A. Store.

And, you are wondering when it starts?  As soon as possible with transition training.  So, if this could be your thing, get busy and take the quiz.  You got nothing to lose and so much to gain by working with the most innovative little organization in Illinois, maybe the country.

www.the-idea-store.org 

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Triptych wins silver medal at World Beer Cup

Savoy's own Triptych Brewing won a silver medal in the 2014 World Beer Cup on Friday. It was one of seven Illinois breweries to receive a medal in the international commercial beer competition and the only downstate brewery to receive a medal. Almost 5,000 entries from more than 1,400 breweries representing 58 countries participated in the biennial event.

Triptych's winning entry was an English style brown ale known as Dirty Hippy. Headbrewer and one of Triptych's three owners, Anthony Benjamin, expressed elation and gratitude upon learning of the award. "It is really awesome to be able to bring something like this back to our community and to do it just a month or so after our one-year anniversary really makes it special," Benjamin said. Benjamin went on to note that while the award-winning batch of Dirty Hippy has since run out at Triptych, plans are well underway to brew more.

You can stay informed of Triptych's latest releases by watching their Facebook page or dropping into their tasting room in Savoy at 1703 Woodfield Drive.

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