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Critical Mass tonight

The monthly Champaign-Urbana Critical Mass ride will be held tonight, starting at 5:30 p.m. from the Alma Mater.

Brave the chilly temps and engage in some low-level anarchic behavior.

I'll hopefully get some pics of enraged motorists to share on the SPlog for tomorrow.

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Former Illini star Johnny “Red” Kerr passes away

Johnny "Red" Kerr, a former standout for the Illini men's basketball team whose jersey hangs inside the Assembly Hall, died Thursday at the age of 76 from prostate cancer.

Kerr played for Illinois in the early '50s, and averaged 25.3 points per game as a 6-foot-9 center during his senior campaign in 1954. He was drafted with the sixth overall pick in the '54 draft by the Syracuse Nationals, then went on to win an NBA championship as a rookie as Syracuse defeated Ft. Wayne, which included former Illini star Andy Phillip. Kerr was joined on that Nationals team by another former Illini, Wally Osterkorn.

Kerr was an Ironman, rarely missing a game during his 12-year career. He finished with a career scoring average of 13.8 points, and averaged a double-double for eight consecutive seasons. Kerr, whose teams never missed the playoffs, played most of his career for the Nationals. Upon retiring, he coached the Chicago Bulls for two seasons from 1966–68, then spent two years coaching the expansion Suns. Kerr later became a longtime, beloved broadcaster for the Bulls.

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David Bazan to play Champaign house show April 7

From Bob Andrews at Undertow Music Collective:

David Bazan is doing a nationwide house show tour, and the Champaign stop is April 7. He's doing 50 shows playing in people's houses. All with very limited number of tickets available: 30-45 people per show. You can buy tickets here.

Also, Barsuk Records just announced the release date and title of his new record. Curse Your Branches, to be released on August 25.

Check out our interview with Bazan from his last visit to C-U, in December.

 

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Gov. Quinn to reopen more parks

According to the Associated Press, Gov. Quinn will be reversing Blago's decision and reopening seven more state parks: Castle Rock State Park; Lowden State Park; Illini State Park; Hidden Springs State Forest; Moraine View State Park; Weldon Springs State Park; and Wolf Creek State Park.

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Coming Soon: Anatomy of a Cupcake

 

Anatomy of a Cupcake is coming to C-U starting March 1st! A pastry catering business dedicated to the science of sweet and pleasing hungry people! We offer all kinds of goodies for any occasion and can even be carried at your local business if you would like! For more information, feel free to call Sidney at (217) 621-1269!

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The live nude girl in the devil’s territory

Authors Kathleen Rooney and Kyle Minor will read at the Illini Union Bookstore on March 3 as part of their 25-city Live Nude Girl in the Devil's Territory Tour. Joining them will be special guest reader Jodee Stanley, editor of Ninth Letter, the award-winning literary/arts journal published at UIUC.

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and the author of Reading With Oprah (University of Arkansas Press, 2005), Something Really Wonderful (with Elisa Gabbert, dancing girl press, 2007) That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (also with Gabbert, Otoliths, 2008), Oneiromance (an epithalamion) (Switchback Books, 2008), and her latest book, a memoir, Live Nude Girl (Arkansas, 2009). Her poems have appeared in AGNI online, 32 Poems, and Cincinnati Review, and her essays have appeared in Gulf Coast, Gettysburg Review, Ninth Letter, Southern Humanities Review, and Provincetown Arts. She lives in Chicago.

Kyle Minor is the author of In the Devil's Territory (Dzanc, 2009), a collection of short fiction, and co-editor of The Other Chekhov, an anthology of Anton Chekhov's lesser known stories. Other recent work appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2008, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers.

Jodee Stanley is the editor of UIUC's own Ninth Letter, and has previously worked for other literary journals including Ploughshares and New England Review. Her short fiction and book reviews have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, 580 Split, North Atlantic Review, Cincinnati Review, Book/Mark Quarterly, and other journals.

The readings will take place at the Illini Union Bookstore Author's Corner on March 3 at 4:30 p.m.

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R’n'R DJs of yesteryear

We've got some mighty fine rock and roll DJs in town right now. Matter of fact, most of the DJs at Mike & Molly's on a given night are worth the one-dollar cover and then some. Back in the day — okay, really just five or so years ago — you could hear some splendid rock tunes, too. Check these local DJ sets circa 2003.

The Noiseboy @ Mike & Molly's (the night after Johnny Cash died)
DJ PBR @ Cowboy Monkey (hmmm ... who is this PBR fellow?)
Lyle the Electrician @ Cowboy Monkey (the legend!)
2ON2OUT @ Barfly (Mr. Fein and Ms. Stewart)
NOX @ The Highdive (goth/industrial/electro/etc.)