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shiver magazine curating art show at IMC this Friday

There's a new-ish art project called shiver magazine, which is currently in the early stages of development by some local artists.

Info from their website about the scope of the project:

life is raw.
art should be, too.
shiver mag is a collaborative effort of artists and poets and those who feel their way through life

They're curating an free art show at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center on Friday, November 17th from 6-9 p.m. Check out the information from the Facebook event (linked above) for the details:

Shiver mag is a collaborative effort of artists and poets. We're having our first art show at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center on Friday, Nov 17. Come see and purchase great local art, talk to us about our upcoming launch, or just hang out! All proceeds go towards printing our fall/winter magazine which will be available soon! **There will also be drinks and snacks**


Gift drive for Cunningham Children’s Home happening now until December 8th

First Federal is making it easier to give back this year by hosting Christmas for Cunningham, a gift drive to support the Cunningham Children's Home. The home helps children with serious emotional and behavioral challenges caused from neglect, abuse, mental illness, and more.

The drive will be held from now until December 8th.

Donations can be made three ways: 

  1. Money Donations can be dropped off at either the Neil Street or Urbana branch. Money donations will be used to purchase gift cards. 
  2. Toys and gifts can be bought from the wish list (see below), and dropped off new and unwrapped to either location. 
  3. Gift cards can be purchased from the wish list and also dropped off. 

Everyone who donates will receive a thank you gift from the bank.


Willow Creek Farm opening restaurant in Ogden

Urbana's Willow Creek Farm, a "sustainable, farm-to-table venue" and farm that provides V. Picasso with most of the restaurant's product, is opening a restaurant in Ogden. 

The Pink Pig is slated to be a barbecue restaurant:

Housed in the former Pink House, the Pink Pig is excited to be Ogden's first homegrown BBQ & Grill. A sister restaurant of V. Picasso, the Pink Pig will use local produce sourced from Willow Creek Farm in Urbana.

Renovations are currently underway, and the Willow Creek/V. Picasso/Pink Pig folks anticipate an early 2018 opening. 

Follow the restaurant on Facebook for updates. 

Photo from Facebook. 


2nd annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Program is this Sunday

A year ago I attended the first Interfaith Thanksgiving Program hosted by Interfaith Alliance C-U. Just a couple of weeks after the nasty 2016 election, when I was quickly losing faith in humanity, it was a breath of fresh air and a reminder of the capacity we have for good. Leaders from various faith communities and traditions in our community spoke on their version of "the Golden Rule", the mayors of both cities spoke, and uplifting music was played.

I have no doubt this year's program will be equally as inspiring, the theme is "Tapestry of Faith and Community: Our Lives are Woven Together", and a great way to kick off Thanksgiving week whether you are a person of faith or not. (Seriously, even if you've never stepped foot in or never want to step foot in a synagogue, church, mosque, or Bahá'í center you will get something out of this).

This year's program takes place on Sunday, November 19th from 3-5 p.m. at the iHotel and Conference Center.


Check out Stango Cuisine, a new restaurant in Lincoln Square Mall

Stango Cuisine, a new restaurant located in the Lincoln Square Mall food court, is currently serving food on Sundays, with regular hours coming in January 2018. What's really cool to see is that Stango Cuisine donates 10% of sales to the One Dream Foundation, to help build a hospital in Zambia. 

Right now you can have a meal on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Check out this recent photo from Facebook:

Yes, please. 

Right now the menu is limited, with more to come in 2018. But what's most interesting, IMHO, is this 75-ounce steak challenge. That's about four and a half pounds of meat, plus sides, for free if you can finish it. Check out this insane challenge:

More info is available on Facebook, which is where these photos are from. Stango Cuisine is located at 300 South Broadway, Urbana, in the Lincoln Sqaure Mall food court. 


RESIST 2.0 Art Event is coming in March

Last spring, local educators Katie Snyder and Shannon Percocco put together the RESIST Art Show as another way to protest as well as heal from the effects of the exhausting political climate. They've recently announced RESIST 2.0, a second installment of the successful event from last year, that will be held on March 10th at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center.

Artist will be asked to donate at least 50 percent of their sales to the organizations that organizers have chosen to support. Here are the details:

Throughout history, artists have responded to the turbulence of their times with artist expression. Today, we once again find ourselves in such historic times.

Art is transformative. It brings community together. And when we come together as a community, anything is possible.

Last year's RESIST show was AMAZING because of YOU. Please join us as we work to create RESIST 2.0.

We welcome both emerging and established artists. Please share widely within your contacts.

This year, RESIST 2.0 is very excited to announce the local organizations we will come together to support. Funds from the show will be divided equally between five organizations.

We welcome to the event Black Lives Matter CU, Courage Connection, Independent Media Center, Three Spinners and R.A.C.E.S.

We ask that artists donate a minimum of 50 percent of sales to these incredible agencies. Last year, we were heartened by the generosity of artists, many of whom donated 75-100 percent of sales!

More info on organizations can be found at :

Stay tuned for details on how to submit!


Red Herring is serving Ethiopian food tonight

The Red Herring's Wednesday night Vegan Fusion dinner series is a must if you're vegan, vegetarian, or just interested in trying something new. 

For $9, you get a plate of vegan food (often there is a GF option, too), and it's almost always quite good. Dinner is served from 5 to 8 p.m. The Red Herring is located at 1209 West Oregon Street, Urbana. 

Tonight's cuisine is Ethiopian, which is the one cuisine that so many C-U newbies ask about. "Is there an Ethiopian restaurant in town?" they ask. "Sadly, no," I respond. 

Here's the info:


Urbana’s 3rd Annual Art Expo happening November 19th

The 3rd Annual Urbana Art Expo, organized by City of Urbana Public Arts Program, is taking place Sunday, November 19th at the Urbana Civic Center. The Expo is in partnership with 40 North: Champaign County Arts Council.

This year’s Expo features the work of 17 local artists: Jodi Adams, Hugh Bridgeford, Mary Ciaccio, Fred Delcomyn, Damaris Dunham, EKAH, Lori Fuller, Faith Gabel, Kristen Gilmore, Caroline Goldsmith, Kelly Hieronymus, Megan Hinds, Sara Jahn, Nika Lucks, Carolina Rodriguez, Cindy Sampson, and Lynn Smith. and showcases artwork and musical performances from Community Center for the Arts (C4A).

This is a free event open to the public and will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on that Sunday. 

For more information, please contact the Public Arts Coordinator at (217) 328-8265 or via email at


Crane Alley’s Founders Fall Cookout is November 11th

Crane Alley's annual Founders Fall Cookout is this weekend, on Saturday November 11th at 11 a.m. (that's right, 11/11 at 11). Founders is a brewery in Michigan, and it makes some really nice beer. You do not need tickets for this event. 

Here's what's on tap and on the menu:

We will have some amazing and hard to find beers being tapped throughout the day including:
Barrel Aged KBS
Barrel Aged Backwoods Bastard
Barrel Aged Doom
Barrel Aged Green Zebra
Barrel Aged DKML
Barrel Aged Lizard of Koz

The Food
We bring in a large commercial smoker and use all the wood from a Founders KBS barrel to really pack in the flavor! 

Smoked Wings
Smoked Mussels

Smoked Lamb Burger
Smoked Salmon
Smoked 1/2 Chicken
Smoked 1/2 Duck
Smoked Beef Short Ribs

**All Food will be served starting at 11am.
**Special Edition Beers will be tapped throughout the day. 
**Limited quantities while supplies last.

More info is available on Facebook. Photo from Facebook.