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Pitch or be pitched to at next Champaign Movie Makers meeting

At the next Champaign Movie Makers meeting this Tuesday, December 22, starting at 7 p.m., the group will be opening the floor for local producers to pitch their upcoming projects for 2010! Come to make connections or just visit to be informed and socialize with the group. CMM will congregate on the 4th floor of the M2 Building in downtown Champaign; look for the CMM logo in the window of the lobby facing Neil Street and a member will direct you on how to reach the meeting space. For more information, please visit or sign up for this Yahoo! Group [] or contact Johnny Robinson [].


The white elephant song exchange - tonight!!!

The Shadowboxer Collective presents the second annual White Elephant Song Exchange!

The Shadowboxer Collective is a small group of people who are dedicated to putting on great shows in C-U.  The second installment of the While Elephant Song Exchange will feature seven great local bands: Angie Heaton, Say it With a Smile, The Palace Flophouse, Jet W. Lee, You and Yourn, He and Him (Cole Rabenort and Ryan Groff), and Elsinore!

Mike N' Molly's, show starts at 10 pm, doors open at 9.  The cover is $5, and all proceeds will be donated to A Women's Fund, which helps to provide safety and support to victims of sexual abuse in Champaign County.


Another great Xmas gift idea: Build Illinois Bonds

The state sold $375 million worth of them yesterday, one week after Moody's, Fitch, and Standard and Poor's sliced and diced the credit ratings of Illinois's other bond issues.

A lower credit rating equals higher interest rate on the state's bonds, including the new Build Illinois Bonds.  They're "backed by a first-priority pledge of state sales tax revenue."  Give them to your loved ones!

Bloomberg story here:


God Calls Oral Roberts Home

Just in time for Giftsmas!

It seems you people didn't send in enough money. So, to show his frustration and impatience with you, God has killed Oral Roberts.,9171,964970,00.html

Shame on you.


The final VOICE reading of the year is nigh!

When: Thursday December 3rd from 7:30-8:30

Where: The Krannert Art Museum

Who: Poet Sara Gelston and Fictionista Aaron Burch will join an untold number of students from Bowling Green's MFA program acquired as a part of the U of I's deal with the GEO. 

Why: Because you'll have fun listening to smart, relevant artists performing their own work.  Also, what else are you going to be doing with your Thursday evening?


Greg Springer’s columns available on Amazon

Intrepid Smile Politely columnist P. Gregory Springer has published a volume of his columns as an e-book, and made it available on And at that price (99 cents), why not buy one for every one of your family members? Pretty cool, for sure, and here are the details:


Available for the Kindle, iPhone, iPod Touch, or your PC (download Kindle app).

Just 99 cents.

The perfect Christmas gift.


Today’s Illini Game = FREE (and better quality)

Here's another statement from the boss at

Yeah, yesterday was a rough one for us. The quality, in particular, was entirely sub-par for us, and unacceptable. We made the call prior to air that if EVERY moment of EVERY game wasn’t both  1) available to our customers and  2) delivered at high quality, we’d give refunds and show it for free. The last thing we wanted was for passionate fans to not see their respective teams.

Still, our streaming provider had some snags as well...snags that we’ve been assured will be absent today. Still, as a sign of good faith and a thank-you for the folks tuning in, we’ve decided to make all of today’s coverage free, as well. And we hope to be at a quality level that’s acceptable to both our fans and to our harshest critics—ourselves.

Thanks for the forum to help us get this message out. We hope for great games today, and that the coverage today can act as a make-good for the issues we experienced yesterday.

Thank you, Rob-

Mark Owens
CEO Revolutionizing Grassroots Basketball


Illini games on

The Illini men are out west this weekend, playing the final two games of the Las Vegas Invitational Tournament. Both games are available for viewing at -- $7 for one or $10 for both.

Spoiled fans are grumbling about paying for access. The alternative, as in past years, is listening to the radio (if you live in certain parts of Illinois) or just reading about the game afterward.

I got in touch with the guys behind, and they explained that the networks weren't interested in coordinating Vegas coverage.

"The schools themselves, including Illinois, looked into doing linear television for the games," added Mark Owens, the CEO of HoopTV, "but the cost of trucks, crews and other associated expenditures became too great for it to be viable even for them."

Owens compares the present model to i-Tunes, but hopes to move to a 100% advertiser-supported model (i.e. free) in the future.



Police seek driver in fatal hit and run (update)

It appears that Mr. McClain has turned himself in.  He is being charged with failure to report an accident involving personal injury or death. 

Police have also released the name of Mr. McClain's alleged victims: Nannan Jiang, Syed Mohammad Nourbakhish, Ling Ling Sun, Yun Bai and Yingbo Zhou, the lone fatality. Zhou was a graduate student in the UIUC's GSLIS program where she served as president of the Chinese Group. The other four victims have either been treated and released, or are in fair to good condition at Carle Hospital in Urbana.

Her family and friends have our deep condolences.


Original post:

After a fatal hit and run accident last night on I-74, police are seeking Champaign County resident, David McClain.  McClain is the owner of the 2002 Cadillac Escalade that took the life of an unnamed victim who has been identified by a confidential source as a student in the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science.




Tour Diaries: You & Yourn in the upper midwest

Monday, Nov. 16, was a drive day to get from Brooklyn to Grand Rapids. We left NYC early that morning, drove for about 12 hours, and eventually crashed at a motel around Toledo, OH. Tuesday we drove on to Grand Rapids, Mich., for our show at Cave Café — a popular restaurant/student hangout in the commons area at Calvin College.

The following night we were in Madison, Wisc., for an intimate Wednesday night show at an art space called The Project Lodge. In our conversations from stage, we discussed the opposition to a proposed commuter rail. An article we had seen in the Isthmus said that Vicki McKenna (a radio announcer in the Madison area) thinks the commuter rail is "about those damn liberals trying to micromanage everyone else's lives." A guest on McKenna's radio show (Republican Party spokesman Bill Richardson) even suggested that a commuter rail would turn the city into the Soviet Union or East Berlin. Damn liberals. Fittingly, we also learned that Stalin's daughter lives in Madison.

Next we traveled north to Menomonie. Sadie got sick while we were eating lunch, resulting in a mess throughout the van, a stop at Shopko to find carpet cleaner, and driving with the windows cracked despite rain and cold temps. Nonetheless, we made it. Opening for LOW at UW-Stout was certainly a highlight of this tour. It's a huge honor to open for a band you admire. We played for 35 or 40 minutes, and then LOW was on. One of our favorite parts of the show came during LOW's encore. It went something like this:

Alan Sparhawk of LOW: Are there any questions I can help answer?

Girl in Audience: What should I do with my life?

Alan: How much have you traveled? Where have you traveled to?

Girl: I've traveled quite a bit. I've been to the West Coast and to Colorado.

Alan: Oh, a Phish fan.

Girl (with a hint of defensiveness): No, not that at all. I lived out there and then moved back here.

Alan: Well, you should go to Holland, and then travel down to Barcelona. Be careful in Barcelona though or else you'll get mugged... Have you considered theology?

Girl: No.

Alan: What are you studying right now?

Girl (dodging the question): This is getting a little personal. How about I just go to Holland, then to Barcelona, and I'll figure it out from there.

Alan: Well, ok. And Tel Aviv. You should go to Tel Aviv. So start in Holland, then after you get mugged in Barcelona, go to Tel Aviv...

We drove to nearby Eau Claire after the show and stayed at our friend Pakou's apartment. Before leaving town on Friday, we accompanied Pakou to a lunchtime Chris Koza concert at UW-Eau Claire.

Our final stop on this tour was in Ames, Iowa, where we were able to connect with our friend Phil and play a fun house concert. (Some of you may remember Phil as the pedal steel/guitar player who sometimes sat in with Casados.) Phil recently scored a nice lap steel at an estate auction, and we gladly gave him a reason to try it out. Saturday night's house party was complete with food, drinks, and lots of music (us sandwiched between six local musicians). It turned out to be the rowdiest crowd we played for on this tour, but we were able to engage them and had a really great time. Honestly, we can't imagine a better way to wrap things up.

All in all, the tour was excellent. We're approaching some time off around the holidays, with a handful of Midwest shows throughout December. We'll keep you updated on our plans for 2010. Thanks for reading!


Asamoah named All-Big Ten

From the U of I press report:

Asamoah Named All-Big Ten
Four Illini Earn Honorable Mention Accolades

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -— University of Illinois senior offensive guard Jon Asamoah was named second-team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and conference media tonight as announced on the Big Ten Network. In addition to Asamoah, four other Illini gridders earned honorable mention accolades — WR Arrelious Benn, RB Mikel Leshoure, DE Clay Nurse and QB Juice Williams.

Asamoah is a four-year starter at offensive guard, in which each of the previous three the Illini offense led the Big Ten in rushing (2006, 2007) and passing (2008). The Illini currently rank 24th in the nation in rushing and third in the Big Ten.

Benn and Williams entered the season as two of the most productive offensive players in the Big Ten. Benn surpassed the 2,000-yard receiving mark this year, while averaging 68.0 all-purpose yards a game. Williams is just 22 yards from becoming only the sixth conference player to pass the 10,000-yard total offense mark. He has rushed for over 2,400 yards and passed for over 7,500, while tossing 50 touchdown passes.

Leshoure and Nurse have broken onto the scene in 2009. Leshoure is currently leading the team in rushing with 59.6 yards per game, which ranks seventh in the conference, and averages 6.1 yards per carry. The sophomore has posted to 100-yard rushing games with 122 yards vs. Purdue and 150 against Michigan. Nurse, a junior defensive end put on a clinic against Minnesota with his four-sack performance, which was the second-best in school history. He has 5.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss, both ranking in the top-10 in the conference.