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C-U Bike Tour (Art Gallery Edition) Sept 9th

Champaign Cycle is hosting the Art Gallery Bicycle Tour next Wednesday, Sep 9th. Details at:

Join us for an urban bicycle tour of the galleries in Champaign-Urbana. This is a leisurely ride on which you set your start time, 10 AM to Noon, ride at your pace, stop for lunch, and visit each gallery for as long as you desire. Discover galleries that you may not know and see art of all kinds including glass, painting, fabric, and sculpture. You will also receive chances on a drawing for a new Trek 7100 Hybrid bicycle donated by Champaign Cycle and additional prizes donated by the participating galleries. Participating local restaurants will offer discounts so you can enjoy lunch on your tour. Your entire $10 entry will be donated to 40 North our local Arts Council.


Illini Basketball Season Tickets Now Available

A Press Release:

Sept. 1, 2009

Fighting Illini Basketball

Men’s Basketball Season Ticket Information
Opportunities for UI students and public still available

Champaign, Ill.—School is back in session and that means the Fighting Illini basketball program is hard at work, gearing up for the 2009-10 season.

There are many ways for fans to catch all the action at Assembly Hall this season. Season ticket renewals for the public are going on now, with a deadline of Friday, Sept. 4. Fans can renew online at, by mail, phone (1-866-ILLINI1 or 217-333-3470), fax (217-244-4170) or in person at the Athletics Ticket Office at Assembly Hall.

A limited number of C-level season tickets are now on sale for new season ticket holders. Those tickets can be purchased by phone or visiting the Assembly Hall North Ticket Office. Season tickets cover all 18 home games (two exhibition, seven non-conference and nine Big Ten), plus the Orange & Blue scrimmage.

Student season tickets are on sale now for $134, which covers a total of 12 games and the scrimmage. Season tickets are available to all UI students: freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors as well as graduate students. This also means that upperclassmen who have not purchased tickets in the past are able to order tickets for the upcoming season. Student season tickets will be allocated based on a priority points system.

Students interested in ordering season tickets should fill out the form available at or in person at the Athletics Ticket Office located at Assembly Hall. The deadline to turn in student season ticket order forms and be seated based on priority point ranking is Sept. 18. Non-priority student season tickets, if still available, will be on-sale through Oct. 30.

“There is no question the atmosphere and energy at the Assembly Hall starts with our students, and our players feed off that energy,” Head Coach Bruce Weber said. “The students have done an unbelievable job making The Hall one of the toughest places in the country for visiting teams to play, and we want that trend to continue this year.”

Students also can acquire season tickets by becoming a member of Orange Krush. All active members of Orange Krush are guaranteed a student season ticket. To join Krush, students must first become a member of Illini Pride. Students can sign up in person by visiting the Illini Pride cubicle, located on the second floor of the Illini Union.

Orange Krush is a philanthropic organization that raises funds for local charities as well as the University. Students interested in joining Krush participate in the 3-point program that serves as the group’s fundraising arm. Members solicit pledges from the community, asking people to pledge money per made 3-pointer by the team during the upcoming season, or for flat donations. The amount of money raised determines the student’s Krush level, which then determines benefits and seat priority at the games.

Orange Krush members are working on their pledges now. Those will be turned in during Krush registration, which takes place Sept. 8-15.

Visit for more information on Orange Krush or to download a Krush Pledge Sheet.


CU Folk and Roots Festival Announces Schedule!

The First Annual Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival announces its performance and event schedule for September 25th and 26th in and around downtown Urbana! Featuring old-time, bluegrass, blues, conjunto, Cajun and Creole, Celtic , storytelling, dancing and more, this all-volunteer-run festival will feature over 70 outstanding artists and performers.

Highlights include alt-country singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks, champion Irish fiddle player Liz Carroll, Los T-Birds (a fabulous conjunto band), Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp, Tango Nero, the Prairie Dogs, New Orleans Jazz Machine, Illinois Rail bluegrass band, Kilborn Alley, the Corn Desert Ramblers and much more, as well as dances, workshops, jam sessions, an open stage and family activities.

New events are being added daily.  Check out for the most recent schedule as well as times, locations and costs. All-event wristbands are available on-line or at the door for 15 dollars. Children under 12 and many events are free, thanks to sponsors such as the City of Urbana. This is an indoor-outdoor festival, so come out with your friends, family and instruments and join the fun rain or shine!


Pygmalion Music Festival passes about gone

Hey folks —

It's worth noting that Pygmalion Music Festival passes are just about sold out. There are a handful left at $65 and then after that, we'll re-assess to determine if any more can be sold.

Passes are here:

Passes are also here, but likely not much longer:

This isn't a scheme to get you to buy up festival passes — they are legitimately going to be gone within the next two days, if not before.




WEFT Fest this Saturday

Dave Witzany passes along the following info:

Hey now!

This year's WEFT Fest is Saturday, Sept. 5 from 2 until 9 p.m. in Mike & Molly's beer garden.  This year it also signals the end of our summer pledge drive, so we've turned WEFT Fest into a fundraiser — we're asking for anything from 1 to 10 bucks — whatever people can afford.

Here's the lineup as of 8-28; bands and times may change.

2 PM:  Bow-dacious String Band (young folks with fiddles)
3 PM:  Leila Ramagopal Celtic Trio
4 PM:  Joan Hickey Jazz Trio
5 PM:  Stan McConnell (that guy from Santa goes it alone with just a guitar)
6 PM:  Morgan Orion & the Constellations (folk rock)
7 PM:  Mac Town (R&B)
8 PM:  Delta Kings (blues rock)


State university corruption finally ends

In a bit of good news, The Chicago Tribune has stopped its heartwarming witch hunt re: the $400,000 "scandal" it invented about the University of Illinois.

Instead, the Trib is now happily reporting the $40,000,000 unsought, unexpected, and let's be frank unfuckingbelievable political windfall got by a loyal Pat Quinn ally.,0,1931717.story


Arthur Mennonite auction this weekend

The 48th annual Arthur Mennonite Relief Sale will be held this weekend at the Otto Center, just south of downtown Arthur, IL. Furniture, quilts, toys, and other goods will be auctioned off to support Mennonite Central Committee, a worldwide relief agency. Also available with be Amish junk food, such as homemade donuts and elephant ears. It's quite the cultural experience as you park your car next to a row of horse and buggies and bid on a bookcase or a garden hose against people wearing bonnets, suspenders and overalls, all for the good of poor people around the world.

When: Tonight until 9:00 p.m. or so, and tomorrow morning through mid to late afternoon or so. The website doesn't say, but it ends when everything is auctioned off.

Where:  The Otto Center, just south of the intersection of Vine St. and Highway 133 in Arthur.

More Info:


Jerry’s IGA supporting re-usable shopping bags

I'm a little late on the draw on this program, which started in February, but Jerry's IGAs around town are now giving you 5 cents back and donating 5 cents to local schools for every re-usable bag you use when shopping at their stores.

For me, it's not so much the money itself, but what the money says: "we want you to use re-usable bags."  Given the blank looks and annoyance I get from most other chain stores when using cloth bags, Jerry's is now at the top of my grocery rotation.