Free 5 minute chair massage at Barnes and Noble.
If you purchase something at Barnes and Noble, be sure to mention WEFT at the check out. A portion of the sale will be donated to our local radio station, 90.1 FM, WEFT.
Tips are welcomed. :)
Art Gallery Bike Tour
June 5th 12th
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Join in an urban bicycle tour of the galleries and unique shops in Champaign-Urbana. This is a leisurely ride for 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 prizes donated by the participating Champaign galleries: Boneyard Pottery, GlassFX, Indi Go Artist Co-Op, & Larry Kanfer Gallery.
Participating local restaurants will offer discounts so you can enjoy lunch on your tour or a snack at the end. Participating restaurants are Aroma Cafe & Esquire Lounge.
Your entire $10 entry will be donated to 40 North | 88 West.
Prize drawing will take place at Indi Go @ 5:00 p.m.
"Lose the Training Wheels" camp in Danville is an annual event that helps kids, with or without disabilities, learn how to ride a bike. This year, the camp runs from June 7-11th, and although they have lots of community volunteers, they still need campers!
Believe me, if you have a kid that could benefit from a camp like this, you will NOT regret the drive over to Danville. This camp did wonders for my son's self-esteem, and you get really attached to all the other campers. I cried through a box of kleenex on the last day when a kid I thought would never ride finally pedaled solo across the arena. And if I was crying in the stands, then think about the tears shed by those two volunteers that ran (and you HAVE to be in shape!!) alongside that kid for five days solid.
I know they have a very flexible scholarship program, for those who might not be sure there is money in the budget this month. Check out more at their website:
The Celebration Company at the Station Theatre presents:
Picasso at the Lapin Agile
a comedy by Steve Martin
$8 on Wednesdays
$10 on Thursday and Sundays
$15 on Fridays and Saturdays
(Mon. & Tues. are dark)
ONLY 13 performances!
Do not wait!
The Station Theatre
The County Market/Sav-A-Lot liquor store at 220 N. Broadway went on the wagon today. For the next two weeks it will sell nothing but smokes, money orders and lottery tickets.
Sav-A-Lot failed to card underage customers on three occasions, leaving the winos of North Urbana in the lurch.
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Since we last spoke:
- DJ'd at Mike N Molly's to a thin Wednesday night crowd. I thought the prospects of being able to hear music from Detroit all night long was good enough to bring a few more peeps out, but maybe I was wrong. Or maybe it was the fact that school just let out. Or that, hey, it's a Wednesday. Either way it was still fun for me and I got ended up getting hipped to "Moon Shadow" by Patti Labelle, which is a pretty weird/good song.
- Took the train the next morning to get up to Chicago. Was one of those trips where the engineer kept blasting the horn every 10 seconds. I hear this appeases the train gods and provides for safe passage.
- Got to Chicago and immediately my Celiac Disease (Gluten allergy) started to pop off. I was a wreck. Mustered enough energy to play at Lokal in Wicker Park. Dope little spot that reminded me of Boltini. I played with many CU Hiphop Congress luminaries from the past and everyone sounded really good. Lots of U of I grads now living in Chicago came out. I played stuff by Dorian Concept, Guilty Simpson, Spac Hand Luc, Orest, Harmonic 313, Aardvark, Flying Lotus, et al.
- Felt so bad health wise that I had to cancel the gig the next night. It happens. I was never one to weasel out of a gig for any reason so when health issues pop up I almost feel like I have a great wealth of sick days accumulated and just stay in. At one point I realized I hadn't really eaten much so I ordered Lou Malnati's gluten free pizza. Its amazing, instead of dough they just pack ground sausage into the pan. It's literally the double-down of pizzas. it goes like this: a layer of pepperoni, cheese, sauce, a disc of sausage. My personal sized pizza was so good I ended up going back the next day and got a medium. This was a bad idea. Way too much meat. WAY TOO MUCH MEAT. See that "crust"? Yep, that's sausage.
- How about that 'Hawks game, eh?
Ok so now I am gearing up to head back home to play at the infamous Hit-It-Run party with Kosmo, Legtwo, and Wonderbread. If you havn't been to one of these you should go. It's always pretty wild when we do this at Cowboy Monkey. The wrinkle with this one is that we will have three full setups of DJ equipment. Curious to see how that turns out. The music will be old school classics and one hit wonders of every genre. Lots of guilty pleasures!
see you there!
(Editors Note: Due to the holiday weekend, we didn't get this up until after the Hit-It-Run party. Apologies all around for those who are only hearing about the show here.)
Makerspace Urbana, CU's community electronics and design lab, is hosting their first open house on June 3rd at 6:00 p.m. Makerspace Urbana and the open house are located at the Independent Media Center at 202 S Broadway in Urbana.
Come for food, fun, and introductions to all of our projects and membership. Everyone's invited!
After five weeks or so of hibernation, local political blog IlliniPundit.com has returned with a new moniker: ChampaignPundit.com. As you may recall, new Champaign councilperson Gordy Hulten relinquished control of the site as part of the conditions of his appointment to the council posted the following when taking the site offline in late April, "The time constraints of serving as a Council member (and running for election!) while balancing everything else in my life led to me to pledge during the application process that I would set aside IlliniPundit.com."
According to the News Gazette's electronic interweb site, the city of Champaign has begun a $31,000 update of their own electronic internetweb site. This move suggests that the City of Champaign may well have embraced this catchy interwebs fad once and for all!
This last Tuesday marked our final Stories & Beer of the spring season — and what a season its been. Big thanks go out to everyone who has been supporting us all this time (that is, those of you who showed up, drank beer and listened to stories). Your presence made this little experiment a wonderful success and has inspired us to continue on with our efforts in the fall.
So, we'll see you then! But in the meantime, feel free to peruse our previous readings.
And keep an eye out for our fifth and final recap, forthcoming in next week's rotation.
Big thanks go out to the Urbana Arts Grants Program who helped us bring in our visiting readers, entertain our crowds and generally lend validity to our sometimes spazzy efforts to combine alcohol with literature.
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