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U-C Energy Star Challenge surpasses first two goals

The Urbana-Champaign ENERGY STAR Challenge has exceeded the first two goals in the partnership’s two year effort to engage commercial buildings to save energy. Presently 61 buildings are registered for the Challenge and 28 have submitted documentation of their benchmark energy performance. The goals for the Urbana-Champaign competition were 50 buildings registered and 25 buildings benchmarked. By comparison, similar competitions in Portland, Seattle, and Boise are attracting 64, 110, and 41 registrations respectively. Additional goals for the local effort include achieving energy savings in 10 buildings and helping 5 of these buildings achieve ENERGY STAR Certification.

The Urbana-Champaign ENERGY STAR Challenge is part of the larger efforts of the Challenge Partners to reduce pollution and improve sustainability and prosperity in our region.

Current Participants include:

  • UIUC- Snyder Hall
  • UIUC- Scott Hall
  • UIUC- Lundgren Hall
  • UIUC- Lincoln Avenue Residence Hall
  • UIUC- Barton Hall
  • UIUC-Allen Hall
  • International Society of Arboriculture
  • UIUC - Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
  • UIUC - Wohlers Hall
  • UIUC - Physical Plant Services Building
  • UIUC - National Soybean Research Center
  • UIUC - Natural Resources Building
  • UIUC - Illini Union Hall
  • UIUC - Fred Turner Student Services Building
  • UIUC - Engineering Hall
  • UIUC - David Kinley Hall
  • UIUC - Admissions and Records
  • Busey Bank
  • Unitarian-Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign
  • IGBA
  • Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment
  • Manolo's Pizza & Empanadas
  • The Canopy Club
  • University of Illinois Employees Credit Union
  • Urbana Business Association
  • VE Websites
  • Ippatsu Salon
  • Shatterglass Studios
  • Champaign County Head Start - Urbana
  • Westview Elementary School
  • Booker T. Washington Elementary School
  • Stratton Elementary Elementary School
  • South Side Elementary School
  • Robeson Elementary School
  • Kenwood Elementary School
  • Jefferson Middle School
  • Garden Hills School
  • Franklin Middle School
  • Edison Middle School
  • Dr. Howard Elementary School
  • Columbia Elementary School
  • Central High School
  • Centennial High School
  • Carrie Busey Elementary School
  • Bottenfield Elementary School
  • Barkstall
  • Champaign County Head Start
  • C-UPHD Building
  • First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana
  • Busey Bank
  • Champaign Police Station
  • Champaign City Building
  • Champaign Fire Station 6
  • Champaign Fire Station 5
  • Chamapaign Fire Station 4
  • Champaign Fire Station 3
  • Champaign Fire Station 2
  • Champaign Fire Station 1
  • City of Champaign
  • Farm & Fleet of Urbana
  • Urbana Fire Department South Substation
  • Urbana Fire Department North Substation
  • Urbana Civic Center
  • Urbana Public Works Building
  • Urbana City Building
  • Finch Law Office
  • Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District

Current Partners include:

  • City of Urbana
  • City of Champaign
  • Champaign County Regional Planning Commission
  • Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District
  • University of Illinois
  • Ameren ActOnEnergy
  • Illinois Green Business Association
  • Smart Energy Design Assistance Center
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Anyone can watch the progress of the Challenge participants or register themselves at ucenergychallenge.com. 

For more information, please contact Scott Tess at 217-384-2381 or srtess@urbanaillinois.us.


Last chance to audition for Wintertime at the Station is tonight!

Taken from a Station Theatre press release:

The Celebration Company at The Station Theatre will hold its final round of auditions for Wintertime, a comedy, this Tuesday, October 14, from 7-10 p.m. The auditions will take place at the Station Theatre in Urbana.

The play, by Charles Mee, will be directed by Timothy O'Neal, who directed Orphans at the Station last season.

Auditioners may bring a prepared monologue or use a monologue from provided script excerpts! Performances are scheduled for December 4 through 20, 2014.

In this loopy operatic farce, the surreal collides with sex farce and the profound smashes up against slapstick. During a late December snowfall, Jonathan and Ariel, a young couple in love, arrive at Jonathan's family summer house for a romantic getaway. Ready to propose marriage, Jonathan is interrupted by his mother Maria and her lover Francois, who have also decided to use the house for the weekend. This unexpected turn of events is followed by the arrival of Jonathan's father Frank and his father's lover Edmund who have also shown up for a romantic weekend. As pleasantries snowball out of control, Bertha, an elderly woman, bursts in and explains that her lover Hilda has fallen through a hole in the ice and is drowning. As the group frantically runs around gathering rescue equipment, Hilda enters alive and soaking wet. It does not take long for suspicions and jealousies to resurface, and soon all of the lovers demonstrate their frustration in a performance that is both operatic and farcical.


Ebertfest 2015 passes on sale November 1st

From the press release:


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — October 13, 2014 — Film fans who want the whole experience of the 17th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” can purchase festival passes starting Nov. 1.

The passes cover all 12 or more screenings during the five-day event, coming April 15-19 at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Ill. Related talks and panel discussions will be held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The festival presents cinematic works overlooked by audiences, critics or distributors. Chaz Ebert is the festival host and executive producer; Nate Kohn is the festival director.

The passes are $145, plus processing. A thousand passes will be available. Passes can be purchased through the festival website, the theater website, or the theater box office, 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign (217-356-9063).

The lineup of films, guests and other events will be announced several weeks before the festival, which is sponsored by the U. of I. College of Media. Updates will be posted on the festival website. Tickets for individual movies will be available April 1. Admission is $14 ($12 for students and seniors).

The festival was founded by Roger Ebert, an Urbana native, U. of I. journalism graduate and Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, who died in April 2013.

Those interested in being a festival sponsor or volunteer should contact Mary Susan Britt, associate director of the festival, at 217-244-0552 or marsue@illinois.edu.


Web Links
Roger Ebert’s Film Festival: http://www.ebertfest.com
Virginia Theatre: http://www.thevirginia.org
Festival website: http://www.ebertfest.com
Theater website: http://www.thevirginia.org
College of Media: http://media.illinois.edu
Journalism: http://www.media.illinois.edu/journalism


October through November exhibitions at Figure One

Join us for the openings of Descent Into Darkness and Deadweight on Friday, October 17th, from 5 to 8pm. Descent Into Darkness is an exhibition of new video works by Coriana Close using her trademark video compositing technique, “video weaving.” Featured in Figure One’s main galleries, this immersive and woven video art installation appropriates YouTube videos to examine the relationship between corporate control and state violence, along with the impact those forces have upon people, their bodies, land and the environment.

In conjunction with Descent Into Darkness, Figure One will also be featuring MFA candidate Daniella Pavlić’s Deadweight in the Figure One project space. The exhibition examines the power dynamics of indigenous cultures in relation to national identity and transnationalism. Informed by the Guatemalan Civil War (1960-90s), the works displayed within the exhibition function as points of reference to guide viewers through the multiple narratives of displacement and violence imposed on Mayan communities.

On October 31st, Figure One will kick off its Hap·pen·stance series with a Halloween Party featuring the musical stylings of local DJ’s Kirkwood West and Reed Richards. Hap·pen·stance is a community engagement program designed to bring visitors together at Figure One for seasonally resonant events such as dances, performances, live music, and more. Tickets sold in advance are $5 for students and $10 for the general public. Entry at the door is $10 students and $15 for the general public. Ticket sales directly benefit Figure One programs and exhibitions. Ticket reservations and inquiries should be directed to info@figureone.org.

Moreover, as part of its commitment to bridge the gap between the local and university communities, Figure One is proud to partner with the department of Art Education at the School of Art + Design to present a community arts forum. The forum will be an open discussion about contemporary issues in art practice, art education and other topics. It will be held on Saturday, November 8th, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Continuing is Figure One’s new book club series, Chapter One, which will meet on October 30 and November 20 from 6 to 7 p.m. Hosted once a month during the fall and spring semesters, Chapter One aims to bring visitors together to analyze and discuss a book they've selected to read together as a group throughout each semester. This semester’s selection will be The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery by Sarah Lewis, which examines how innovation, discovery and the creative process are influenced by unlikely sources and sometimes even failure.

Mark your calendars for these corresponding programs:

  • Artist Lecture by Coriana Close: 10/16, 5:30pm, Krannert Art Museum Room 62.
  • Exhibition Opening Reception: 10/17, 5 to 8pm.
  • Grind and Drip, a performance by Daniella Pavlić: 10/22, 6 to 7 pm.
  • Chapter One, Figure One Book Club, continuing “The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery” by Sarah Lewis: 10/30 and 11/20, 6 to 7 pm.
  • A Halloween Hap·pen·stance: 10/31, 7 to 11 pm.
  • Roundtable Discussion with Linda Weintraub: 11/4, 12pm.
  • Artist Talk by Daniella Pavlić: 11/5, 5:30 to 7pm.
  • Migration Stories by Daniella Pavlić and Others: 11/16, 6 to 8 pm.
  • Community Arts Forum: 11/8, 8am to 1pm.

For more information on Figure One, please visit www.figureone.org. Follow our handle, SeeFigureOne, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Lincoln Square is going to party like it’s 1964

Lincoln Square Village has been an institution in the Urbana community for 50 years now.

And to celebrate the occasion, there will be mall-wide activities, specials, and birthday fun for all.

Tonight, the Tons O' Fun Band will perform outside of Black Rock Pizza Co. from 7–10 p.m.

Tomorrow the tenants below will be offering the following:

Additional activities on Saturday include a proclamation from Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing (11:30 a.m.), birthday cake, and a performance by Candy Foster from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Happy birthday, Lincoln Square!


Movie showing of GMO-OMG

October is Non-GMO month. Food and Water Watch is hosting Jeremy Seifert's latest documentary, GMO OMG, at the Art Theatre on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.

The movie follows Jeremy and his family in their quest  to determine how genetically modified organisms are affecting our food, our bodies, and the planet. He asks the important question: "Is it even possible to reject the food system crrently in place, or have we lost something we can't get back?"

A discussion will follow the movie.


Tonight on SP Radio: A recap of the state representatives’ debate

Tonight on Smile Politely Radio we'll be joined by Adani Sanchez, a member of Champaign County Young Democrats, and Kyle Harrison, a former Champaign city council member, who will share their responses to Smile Politely's recent state representatives' debate. Political analysis, FTW! 

Smile Politely Radio airs each Friday at 5:30 p.m. on WEFT 90.1 FM in Champaign and is available as a podcast the following week. You can find our past episodes here.


Ripper the Clown to read in your town

Halloween is just around the corner, kids, and what better way to celebrate this special time of year than with a little afternoon literary event?

On Saturday, October 18th, from 4-7, local author Jake Aurelian will be hosting a book reading and musical event at Boneyard Coffee & Tea at 75 Chester Street in Champaign.

As his clown alter-ego, Ripper the Clown, Aurelian will be reading the award-winning zombie comedy novel The Life & Mimes (& Zombie Apocalypse) of Ripper the Clown: The Autobiography of an Unconventional Zombie.

There will also be musical performances by Djembe Jake, John McMahon, Justin Larkin, and Tex Wynn.

Here is the Facebook event.



14th annual Parade of Lights returns to Downtown Champaign November 29th

From the Champaign Center Partnership press release: 


The holiday season can’t begin until Santa makes his way through the streets of Downtown Champaign. The Champaign Center Partnership is once again thrilled to bring you the 14th annual Parade of Lights on November 29th!

This community favorite features floats, marching bands, and Santa Claus himself and concludes with a tree lighting ceremony at One Main Plaza. But we need the community’s support and participation to make this year’s parade a success and a destination event for our out of town guests! Design a float for your business or organization and show it off in the streets of Downtown Champaign on November 29th. Or gather a group to walk, dance or sing your way through the parade route. Just remember: all parade entries must have lights on them. This year’s theme is Winter Wonderland.

“Last year we opted not to have a theme,” Champaign Center Partnership Executive Director, Erin Lippitz said. “We felt that it was a bit too limiting and wanted our entrants to really stretch their creative minds. But we found that people really did want have some parameters when decorating their floats. This year’s theme is broad enough to encompass all kinds of ideas. And we have a few themed surprises of our own too!”

Float entries will be judged  prior to the parade in three categories: Best Use of Theme, Judges Favorite and Best Use of Lights. The winners will be given a large ribbon to hang on their floats and will be announced during the parade by the emcee.

Pre-parade entertainment will once again begin at 5 p.m. prior to the parade and will include hot chocolate stations, musical performances, a kids craft, caroling and photo opportunities with special guests.

“The pre-parade entertainment is something we really expanded last year to encourage crowds to visit our downtown businesses. It was a huge success so we’re expanding it even more this year and hopefully adding some post-parade entertainment too,” Lippitz said.

Find a parade entry form and route map at champaigncenter.com. Pre-parade entertainment will be added to the website as it is scheduled. For more information, call the Champaign Center Partnership office at 352-2400.


University Laboratory High School benefit concert

Uni alum Jonathan Faiman, pianist, will team up with Lawrence Stomberg on cello for a fundraising concert Sunday, October 19th at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

The duo will perform four Beethoven works, including the first movement from his "Moonlight" Sonata. Proceeds from the event will benefit Uni.

Faiman is a member of the Locrian Players and The Actors Company Theatre. Stomberg is the cellist in the Serafin String Quartet and is on the faculty of the University of Delaware.

The concert is at 3 p.m. and tickets are available online from KCPA. Tickets are $30 or $10 for any student including Uni High students, U of I and Parkland students etc.) We hope you will join us to honor a distinguished Uni alum and support Uni High.