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“Lost” C-U horror flick rises from dead

In 1993, not long after graduating from UIUC, the self-styled "most dangerous man in comics" Hart D. Fisher filmed the impressionistic horror film The Garbage Man in C-U before hightailing it to California. As of yesterday, June 30, it has finally been released on DVD. Old-school local music fans can relive the flip side of the era's rock music scene (e.g., *not* the bands that reunited for "1993 Revisited" or "Play or Pose") as its soundtrack features the likes of Third Stone, Mole Temple, and Lovengineer, who are shown playing Mabel's near the end of the movie. The curious ones can get the DVD through Exile on Main Street. Even if the movie itself isn't everyone's cup of tea, there is a grungy time capsule quality about it that arguably makes it worth a peek. Here's the cover artwork.


88 Broadway goes belly-up

Fives of people COULD be wrong.

88's strange attempt to populate a campus bar inside a mausoleum has failed. The bar's website announced yesterday that they're closed until further notice. Now, in addition to no customers, there will also be no staff.

Elderly mall-walkers, ArtMart patrons and people on their way to the post office may notice something has changed.


Classical guitarist perfoming

Rachel Schiff, classical guitarist, will be appearing at the Indi Go Gallery on July 1st, 2nd and 3rd at 7 p.m and 9 p.m.  Each performance will be approximately 30-40 minutes in length and will feature works that will be performed at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy in late July.

Thursday July 2nd, Ryan Groff, of Elsinore, will be a guest performer for both shows and will accompany Rachel vocally on an additional featured song. Ryan has trained in classical voice performance.  

The show is sponsored by Boltini and wine will be available for purchase by the glass. Donations are suggested.

Please R.S.V.P to James Barham at as there will only be 25 seats per show.


Come watch soccer! — US v. Brazil on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Esquire

I have heard from a reasonably reliable source that a contingent of soccer fans will be gathering at the Esquire at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon to watch the US play Brazil in the final of the Confederations Cup, a warmup tournament in South Africa to prepare for the 2010 World Cup.

If you hadn't heard, the US beat Spain 2-0 on Tuesday. Spain had not been defeated in 35 consecutive matches (remember, in soccer that means either a win or a draw). Here's a link to the recap on the BBC.

It is odd to be a soccer fan in the United States right now. David did not just defeat Goliath, but took him off the turnbuckle and only a couple of thousand people seem to have noticed. This was a gigantic upset. I have thought of two reasonably close analogies familiar to an American sports loving audience. One is the Miracle on Ice, when an American ice hockey team composed mainly of college students beat the Soviet Union's powerhouse team in the final during the 1980 Winter Olympics. "Do you believe in miracles?!" was the catchphrase that entered American sporting lore from the call of that match. Two is a theoretical game which would almost certainly never happen. The US beating Spain is like a AAA baseball team, the Iowa Cubs, for instance, defeating the New York Yankees. That is the kind of disparity in talent and tradition which the American men's national soccer overcame in that game.

So the US goes through to the final and will play Brazil. They will probably get their asses handed to them, but then, I thought that about the Spain match, too. That's why they play the game, as the saying goes. In any case, I think it will be great fun to hang out at one of our best local bars with passionate soccer fans, drinking some cold beer and whiling away your Sunday afternoon watching 20 great athletes kick a little ball around and two more great athletes get to use both their hands and feet. Hope to see you then!


Beer Bulletin: June 26

The Brews, Blues, and BBQ Fest is going on Friday night and Saturday in downtown Urbana, so you could stop by Crane Alley for a nightcap following your daycap. If that's not your thing and you'd rather just chill in a small gathering in downtown Champaign, here's some brews that are new. Of course, these bars also offer some standards like Guinness and cheap draughts of the PBR/Old Style variety.


On tap: Schlenkerla Helles, Entire Butt Porter, Rogue Brutal Bitter, Founders Centennial, Bell's Oberon, Southern Tier Mokah Chocolate Coffee Stout


On tap: Arcadia IPA (cask), Three Floyds Robert The Bruce, Bells Oberon, Two Brothers Dog Days Lager, Celis Raspberry, Southern Tier Jah-va, Unibroue Blanche de Chambly, Dogfish Head 90 Minute, Rogue American Amber, Tommyknocker Imp. Nut Brown, Bitburger Premium Pils, Pyramid Curve Ball, Boulder Hazed and Infused, Arcadia Whitsun, Avery Collaboration

In the bottle: Lakefront Bridge Burner


Still nothing of their own making.

On tap: North Coast Red Seal Ale, Victory Prima Pils, Strongbow, Dark Horse Crooked Tree, Southern Tier Raspberry Porter, Founders Dirty Bastard, Corsendonk Brown, Konig Ludwig Weiss


C-U Tent Community in the news

A small group of local homeless people have been camping out on a vacant lot adjacent to the Catholic Worker House (317 S. Randolph St.) in Champaign since early June. Since Champaign's zoning ordinance prohibits "living outside," neighbor complaints begat police surveillance, begat confrontation, begat people who are and aren't involved in the situation chiming in with their take on the situation. The C-U Tent Community is becoming a regular feature in local media, and here's a summary of the coverage it's received thus far:

UC-IMC: "C-U Tent Community!", June 11 — Tent Community releases communique stating their reasons for initiating the camp, including "a reaction to the demands on these resources for shelter currently being greater than the cities ability to supply and distribute them." First comment after the entry details the confrontation between community members and the police.

News-Gazette: "Officials taking it slow against illegal tent city," June 23 — The City of Champaign, Catholic Worker employees and Tent Community advocates state their positions, and neighbors wax paranoid.

WCIA-TV 3: "Champaign's Tent Community," June 23 — Hey, look at these poor homeless people! But, first, watch this ad for a car dealership!

WEIU-TV: "Tent City in Champaign," June 23 — No actual video here, just a nine-sentence, nine-paragraph statement of events. Kind of like a sonnet, except with more typos.

IlliniPundit: "Tent City Coverage," June 24 — Looks like one of the campers — Joe Stockett, interviewed for the WCIA report — is a felon and an anti-Semite. And once the Anonymous Internet takes over in the comments section of this one... well, just see for yourself. OK, here's a preview: "Unlike Mr. Stockett, Jesus didn't have a history of arson or illegal firearms possession."


Jeff Jordan retires

Jeff Jordan quit the Illini basketball team today. The press release suggests he wants to focus on books.

That's nice and all, but my personal opinion is that Jeff could compete for a starting position this year. Then again, I also think Richard Semrau should get more PT, so I'm obviously insane.


Vote for Urbana Farmers Market + help them win $5,000

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Art and bugs this weekend

Here's a nice bit of news for those of you who have kids, like insects, or just want to know about cool arts & education events!
This Saturday, June 20, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Community Center for the Arts (C4A) staff artist Lori Caterini will reveal her latest honey-art installation at the new Pollenatarium Discovery Center located near the university bee hives. 
The Pollenatarium has nice displays with lots of information about bees.  Here's their website, which includes a map of their location:
Lori will be joined by Michael Meadows performing pollinator-inspired music on instruments of his own invention with dance improvisation by Sarah Haas.

This event is free--stop by if you can!