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New year, new music for Euriah’s Eric Stanley

Euriah fans rejoice: Eric Stanley, singer/songwriter and guitarist for local emo outfit Euriah, has set an ambitious new year’s resolution for himself: he aims to write, record, and put out two new solo songs every week this year. Stanley has been releasing the songs under the moniker TSPW, and he’s going strong thus far, with four tracks available on the TSPW bandcamp.

Stanley intends to make CDs for each month, which will be available on the site and at shows for $2 each. A package deal is also in consideration for the end of the year.

Stream the latest track from TSPW, “When You’re On My Street,” below, and follow Stanley’s yearlong progress here for fresh emo music on the regular.


Women’s March on C-U taking place January 21st

From the Facebook event page:

The Champaign County Young Democrats are hosting a local Women's March on C-U for those that cannot attend the national Women's March on Washington. The plan is as follows:

- Meet at the gazebo in West Side Park at 11am
- March from West Side Park to Cowboy Monkey
- Program at Cowboy Monkey with words from local female leaders
- Live-stream of program from Washington march

We are excited about the growing group of local female leaders who are going to fire us up and give us important words of wisdom at our program. We will be announcing the speakers on our Facebook page during the week before the march. Please follow this event page for this information.

If you want to know more about how to help or be involved in this event, email us at


National event:

OFFICIAL STATEMENT, National Organizers

On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us--women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all. HEAR OUR VOICE.


This is an INCLUSIVE march, and EVERYONE who supports women's rights are welcome.

PLEASE SHARE, we need to spread the word everywhere! And there are groups forming for EVERY STATE, so search for your local group as well!

Top photo from the Facebook event.


Boneyard Arts Festival 2017: you could be the brand

40 North is accepting submissions to be considered for the "signature image" of the Boneyard Arts Festival. This image will be on every sign, poster, mailer, website, and any type of publicity that deals with April's upcoming fest. 

In 2016 it was a gorgeous collage of wood, bone, and other fine objects by a retired pathologist. 

This year, it could be your...



textile art? 


Whatever it is, email three hi-res images to Kelly White before January 30th, 2017. Sooner is better, maybe, because they're announcing a winner on February 1st. 

If you still burn discs (!) or use snail mail (?) there are instructions for that over at 40N's website. There's also a submission webform and a bunch of legalese you should probably read


We’re all One People singing, dancing, speaking…

OnePeople C-U announces the return of its signature event, The Lounge, to be held this weekend at Guido's. Saturday 1/14 at 7:30 p.m., the community's performers will have a chance to help this non-profit organization raise money for its Summer Arts Camp. You get a show, and kids get arts opportunities and free dinner. Sign me up. 

Sign you up? If you are interested in showcasing your talent, The Lounge is open to all, but the organizers do want to arrange the performance schedule, so they ask that you email them at to let them know who you are and what you do. 

If you're more of a spectator, then you are more then welcome to attend this entertaining and worthwhile fundraising event. For more info, check out OnePeople's website.


Illini basketball preview: Michigan

Illinois vs. Michigan
8 pm
 Big Ten Network

Last time the Illini played, the team forgot the first 10 minutes count and left Indiana with a big black eye. It's hard to account for what exactly happened, because coach John Groce claimed his team had good practices during the week off before the game and the Hoosiers are just as bad defensively as Illinois (as seen during the second half, when the Illini almost maybe made a comeback).

So, it's pretty hard to say what Illinois might do this evening against Michigan. Michigan is 1-2 in the Big Ten (as are the Illini), with an overtime loss at Iowa, a close win over Penn State, and a loss to Maryland -- all kind-of as expected. The Wolverines have a balanced starting five, with Zak Irvin standing out as the star. But, if I'm Illinois, I'm most worried about DJ Wilson and Moritz Wagner. The duo, 6'10" and 6'11", respectively, are cleaning up the glass (6.9 and 4.7 rebounds/game) and getting buckets (10.1 and 13.7 points/game). Given the way good frontcourts have exposed the weaknesses in Illinois's game, Wilson and Wagner could be crucial for the Wolverines.

One thing fans might look for is how Groce divides playing time this evening. After the Indiana debacle, Groce heaped praise on Te'Jon Lucas and Kipper Nichols and said they would play. So, look out for that. Maybe look for a new starting lineup for the first time since December 3, too. 

My prediction: Keep the roller coaster going, Illinois plays solidly and gets a necessary win over the Wolverines.


WILL to launch free 24/7 multiplatform PBS Kids service

From the press release: 

WILL-TV to launch free 24/7 multiplatform PBS KIDS service

The new PBS KIDS 24/7 WILL-TV channel and live stream will support Illinois Public Media’s mission to reach all central Illinois children with high-quality educational content.

Interactive games integration to follow initial launch. 

Urbana, IL (December 27, 2016)–Illinois Public Media is excited to announce the launch of a new, free PBS KIDS 24/7 suite of services. This effort is Illinois Public Media’s latest initiative to support early learning in the local community by providing children and their families with award-winning PBS KIDS programming around the clock, both on television and the web.

Beginning January 16, 2017, WILL-TV will broadcast PBS KIDS shows 24 hours a day on channel 12.2, as well as offer a live stream. This makes it easier for children in central Illinois to watch their favorite series during primetime and other after-school hours, when viewing among families is high. 

“Offering this new PBS KIDS 24/7 channel is a vital part of our global vision to enrich the lives of those in our community, not to mention an essential part of our educational mission to help develop the critical skills that enable local children to succeed in both school and life,” said Moss Bresnahan, CEO and president of Illinois Public Media. 

Following the initial January launch, the live stream experience expands to offer an integrated games feature, enabling children to toggle between a PBS KIDS show and an activity that extends learning – all in one seamless digital experience. The games will align with the learning goals of each series, deepening children’s involvement and supporting their learning.

“Illinois Public Media, in particular WILL-TV, has been an integral part of the community for years, delivering content and services parents trust and that move the needle in early learning,” said Kimberlie Kranich, director of community content and engagement at Illinois Public Media. “We are excited to build on the work we do every day for central Illinois’ families by adding these new 24/7 services to our offerings, ensuring that our proven educational content is accessible anytime and anywhere to all kids – especially those who need it the most.”

The WILL-TV PBS KIDS 24/7 channel will include popular favorites such as DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, ODD SQUAD, WILD KRATTS and DINOSAUR TRAIN; PBS KIDS’ newest series SPLASH AND BUBBLES, NATURE CAT and READY JET GO! will also be featured. Families will also be able to watch the 24/7 live stream at as well as and on the PBS KIDS Video App, which is available on a variety of mobile devices, and tablets. Soon after launch, the live stream will also be available on over-the-top platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast.

WILL-TV will broadcast the PBS KIDS 24/7 on channel 12.2, which currently airs WILL World. This new service will be provided in addition the primary WILL-TV channel, which will continue to feature a PBS KIDS day part. The schedule of children’s programming on the primary WILL-TV channel will be different from the 24/7 channel, offering families a variety of options. The full local TV schedule is available at 

Furthermore, to accommodate the creation of PBS KIDS 24/7, the decision was made to merge WILL Create and WILL World into one channel. So, also starting January 16, 2017, these two broadcasts will share channel 12.3.

“Here at WILL-TV, we understand that viewers don’t want to miss out on their favorite programming on both the World and Create channels. After looking at our most popular shows, we determined that it would be best to provide Create in the mornings and World in the evenings, with the channel swap at 5 am/pm,” said David Thiel, content director at Illinois Public Media.

WILL Create content—cooking, travel, gardening and home improvement programming—will air from 5AM-5PM. WILL World content—PBS documentaries, news and public affairs programming—will air from 5PM-5AM.

Illinois Public Media is a not-for-profit public media service of the College of Media at the University of Illinois, educating, entertaining, inspiring and empowering by airing the best of public television and radio programs, producing local content for broadcast and the Web, and working with community partners to address needs and concerns.

WILL-AM 580 offers a comprehensive alternative to quick-fix news through local and regional coverage as well as weather and agricultural news, and coverage from NPR and the BBC.

WILL-FM 90.9 offers programming to nourish the spirit and the mind, with classical music along with local news and NPR’s news magazines, “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”

WILL-TV blends a core of PBS programming with locally produced documentaries and programs such as “Mid-American Gardener” that focus on central Illinois.

WILL Online at provides live streaming of the WILL-AM and WILL-FM signals; downloads and archives of news stories and agricultural market reports; an education site for parents, teachers and child care providers; and more information about WILL programs, services and projects.


New Indian restaurant to open in Downtown Champaign

A new Indian restaurant called The Himalayan Chimney will open up in the space formerly occupied by Nitaya Thai at 134 W Church St, Champaign. According to Facebook, the restaurant is "a local Indian Bistro serving a variety of delicious menu items ranging from the pristine Himalayas to the warm tropical south" and will offer cuisine from Northern and Southern India, and Nepal.

The Himalayan Chimney has not announced an opening date yet, but you can follow the restaurant on its Facebook page


Image from Facebook. 


Urbana Mayoral Debate taking place January 25th

From the press release:

Champaign County Young Dems To Host First Urbana Mayoral Debate 

Debate will take place Wednesday, January 25th from 5:30pm to 7pm at the Brookens Administrative Center

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY – On Wednesday, January 25th, the Champaign County Young Democrats will host a debate of the Democratic candidates for mayor of Urbana. 

The Democratic primary election for Urbana mayor is February 28th, and this will be the first debate for the race. There are three Democratic candidates running for mayor of Urbana. Incumbent Urbana mayor Laurel Prussing and Urbana Alderwoman Diane Marlin have confirmed attendance. The third candidate, Rev. Evelyn Burnett Underwood, has been invited but has not yet confirmed her participation.  

The debate, which is open to the public and media, will take place from 5:30pm to 7pm in the Lyle Shields Room of the Brookens Administrative Center, 1776 E. Washington Street in Urbana. The debate moderators will be Matthew Duco and Diya Tahiliani, both members of the Young Dems' executive board. Questions can be submitted via email (, via twitter (@DucoLaw), or via Facebook (@CCYDems). Questions can also be submitted by anyone who attends the debate in person. 

The Young Dems were formally organized in December 2013 and is a growing group of Champaign County residents forty-five years and younger who actively work to encourage youth involvement in political action and help to elect democrats. We also support our community and our members’ diverse community efforts outside the Young Dems. For more information about the Young Dems and how to get involved, email Also, the Young Dems can be followed on Facebook at
Debate for Democratic Candidates for Mayor of Urbana
hosted by the Champaign County Young Democrats
Wednesday, January 25th from 5:30pm to 7pm
Lyle Shields Room of the Brookens Administrative Center
1776 E. Washington Street, Urbana
Diane Marlin and Laurel Prussing (candidates who have confirmed attendance)
Evelyn Burnett Underwood (candidate who has not confirmed attendance yet)
Matthew Duco and Diya Tahiliani (moderators) 
Top photo of Downtown Urbana by Sam Logan.