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Knee surgery for Joseph Bertrand

From the SID:

Sept. 8, 2009

Champaign, Ill.--University of Illinois freshman guard Joseph Bertrand (Sterling, Ill.) suffered a right knee injury during a workout Monday at the Ubben Basketball Complex. Bertrand will undergo arthroscopic surgery on Friday. A timetable on his return will be determined following surgery.

"This is an unfortunate setback for Joseph, but on the bright side it happened now and not during the middle of the season," Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber said. "We look forward to him returning to practice once he has made a full recovery."



Bolokada performances galore in Urbana

Gordon Kay submits the following:

The Urbana community has several upcoming opportunites to experience the incredible talents of West African Master Drummer Moussa Bolokada Conde.  Bolokada has been playing the djembe (hand drum) since before he could walk, and has toured the world as the premiere soloist for Les Percussions de Guinee.  He has released two CD's, two DVD's, and is featured in the IMAX movie Pulse: A STOMP Oddessy.  Bolokada is currently a visiting faculty member with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Robert E. Brown Center for World Music, and has been awarded an Envision 365 grant from the Urbana Public Arts Commission.  The grant will fund a series of workshops and performances of traditional drumming from Bolokada's homeland of Guinea, accompanied by his local performing ensemble, Rhythm Manding.  These events will take place in Urbana, and be presented free of charge.

On Saturday, September 12, 11:00 a.m, at the Common Ground Food Co-op (outside the east end of Lincon Square Mall, near the Farmer's Market, in Urbana), Bolokada and Rhythm Manding will perform and the Co-Op will prepare traditional food from Guinea, West Africa. 

On Saturday, October 3rd, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., at the Urbana Free Library (Race and Elm in Downtown Urbana), Bolokada and Rhythm Manding will present a 45 minute performance, after which Bolokada will teach a traditional Mande drumming class for children (ages 6 and up) and adults.  (There will be drums available for those not able to bring their own.)

There will also be an event held at King Elementary School in Urbana during the 2009/2010 school year (date TBA), which will consist of a day of traditional Mande drumming workshops for the students, followed by a performance for the school and community by Bolokada and Rhythm Manding.

For more information on these events, or Bolokada's weekly community classes on Sunday afternoons, please send an email to

Form more information on Bolokada, visit


Happytails, happy dog… on Happy Tuesday

Each week the Champaign Downtown Association presents Happy Tuesdays. For the upcoming promotion, we thought we'd include the canines. We love 'em, and here's a special shout out to the ones we've become friends with in the past 10 months: Bella the weimaraner, Riley the boston, Molly the shitz, Pepper the lhasa and a cuter-than-we-can-describe Frenchie Bulldog (name escapes us right now... anyone?).

So, here's what we're doing: on Tuesday September 8, B. Lime is open 11-8 p.m. for the "Doin' It Downtown" event hosted by Pulse Mag in conjunction with "Happy Tuesday." We have FREE Samples to give out while supplies last of our Happytails Bubbles 'n Beads dog shampoo that day. It's a line we recently added to our pet department, and we think you'll like them.



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