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Urbana City Council to vote on Olympian Dr. issue tonight

The Urbana City Council is being pressed to vote on the Olympian Drive project at their meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at Urbana City Hall (400 S. Vine). From an email sent by Common Ground Food Co-op:

There are some important new developments you should know about with regard to this project.

First, Congressman Tim Johnson has said that no federal funds are forthcoming for Olympian Drive (from an email dated 4-12-10 from Congressman Johnson to Laura Huth: "the House Republican Caucus has unanimously agreed to a one-year moratorium on earmark requests. Therefore, I am unable to request any appropriations funding for the Olympian Road project, or any other pending projects throughout the 15th Congressional District in 2010. Any financial projections that anticipated an earmark from my office should be revised based on this decision. Best Regards, Timothy V. Johnson Member of Congress").

However, the information provided to city council members on Friday regarding the financing of this massive public works project does not show financial projections for this project without these federal funds. This $8 million project deficit would need to be made up by Urbana taxpayers, yet Urbana Council members have not been provided any detail as yet how this might be done, or if it can even be done given the city's current state of finances, the economy, etc.

Despite this, Mayor Prussing is pushing Urbana council members to vote on the project tonight despite a major lack of federal support, opposition at the County level, and incomplete city financial projections.

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Boneyard Festival Events at Indi Go: Shoshana Bauer

Wishing for SunShoshana Bauer
Opening Reception
April 14th, 6–9 p.m.

Featured artist is Shoshanna Bauer, a watercolorist who creates vibrantly colored, inspirational, and thought provoking paintings. Her abstract subject matter is spiritual and metaphorical, while her more representational work is often whimsical and fantastic.

In 2005, Shoshanna began utilizing social media networks and online galleries to market and promote her art all over the world. Locally Shoshanna has shown at venues including Boneyard Arts Festival, Artists Against AIDS, Heartland Art Gallery, and Madeline's Confectionary Arts Studio.

Beginning her college education at Parkland Community College after received her A.A in Art and Design, Shoshanna transferred to EIU where she received two consecutive Talented Student Award scholarships and her B.A. in Studio Art.

Shoshanna was born in Greeley, Colorado and moved to Champaign-Urbana when she was eight. She has called the twin cities her home ever since, and continues to live there with her husband, daughter, and four cats.

Read Shoshanna's Full Artist Statement

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Here’s your chance to win Braid’s vinyl reissues

Punknews.org is giving one winner a copy of all the Braid reissues (coming out tomorrow on Polyvinyl) as well as four test pressings.

For details and to enter, go here.

Also, second, third or fourth grnweenie's comment that Braid is from C-U. Seriously, can we ever get some respect around here? I should note that Braid's Facebook page alerted me to this, and the contest is over a week old. C'mon fellas — how about requesting a correction? Urbana's too dark and all that shit.

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CUDO’s annual fundraiser part of Boneyard Arts Festival

From the newswire:

CHAMPAIGN, Il., April 7, 2010 - The Champaign-Urbana Design Organization will host their annual fundraiser, abCU 2010: A Tasty Show of Screen-Printed Letters, as part of the Boneyard Arts Festival on April 15 at Cakes on Walnut in Champaign. The event will begin at 6pm and feature a collaborative alphabet of screen-printed posters, with each letter designed by a different local designer.

CUDO will be selling 11 x 14 posters of the letters for $15 each at the event. Five complete alphabet sets will be available for purchase for $250. Twenty percent of the proceeds will benefit a local designer in need; the rest of the funds will go to develop CUDO.

CUDO Board Member and abCU organizer Miriam Matincic says, "This show is about bringing people together. We have letters designed by students as well as seasoned professionals, and many people have worked to organize, produce, and print this show. abCU is a celebration of design, but it's even more broadly about creativity. The alphabet is a form we can all recognize; anyone can enjoy the surprises and variation this show has to offer."

The alphabet reflects the diverse voices of designers in the Champaign-Urbana community. A few notable designers include John Jennings, Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Illinois; Matt Harlan, local freelance designer and illustrator; Doug Burgett, Creative Director at the University of Illinois; Vanessa Burgett, graphic designer at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts; Jillian Nickell, illustrator and screen printer; and Kurt Bielema, of singlestereo.com. A full listing of the designers can be found on CUDO's website: www.thecudo.org/abcu

Sponsors include Weiskamp Screen Printing, Mohawk Fine Papers, Unisource, Cakes on Walnut, and 88.7 The Wave. Prints will be available for purchase at Cakes on Walnut for a month following the event.

Attendees can RSVP on the event's Facebook Page: http://tiny.cc/abcu

Follow the event on Twitter: #abcu

About CUDO

The Champaign-Urbana Design Organization a professional organization for Champaign-Urbana graphic designers (print / web / interactive) that creates and supports an active, engaged, and vibrant designer community. CUDO started early in 2009 by Maya Bruck, Madelin Woods, and Christina Tapp. The organization aims to create community, encourage networking and foster inspirations. In addition to hosting this annual fundraiser, CUDO holds PechaKucha Nights, speaker events, workshops, design chats, and other community events.

Visit the website for more information: www.thecudo.org

Contact

For additional information, or his res graphics, logos, and photography please contact Maya Bruck at 773-266-3373 or maya@thecudo.org.

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RIP Heyokas, long live Sun Stereo

Local band Heyokas have decided to change their name to Sun Stereo. From their new/old Facebook page:

We used to be called Heyokas. That is no more. After months of repeating our name, having it frequently mispronounced, and losing a guitar player, we leave behind yesterday, standing somewhat taller today(new shoes). Don't worry, we're still the same loveable fellas, and Turner's beard is quickly growing back. We are Sun Stereo.

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Wheelchair basketball team takes on regular basketball team

The Fifth Annual Ultimate Basketball Challenge takes place on April 14 at Huff Hall. The event Supports UI Wheelchair Basketball Teams and Coaches vs. Cancer

Here's the press release:

Champaign, Ill. -The fifth annual Ultimate Basketball Challenge will take place Wednesday, April 14 at 6 pm at Huff Hall, featuring the Illinois men's and women's varsity basketball teams and the nationally regarded Illinois men's and women's wheelchair basketball teams. The event is a joint effort between the programs to raise money for the wheelchair basketball teams as well as Coaches vs. Cancer.

The doors at Huff Hall will open at 5:30 pm, with the basketball players available on the court for autographs and photographs prior to the game.

Tickets for the Ultimate Basketball Challenge are on sale now at the Illinois Athletics Ticket Office, or by phone (217-333-3470 or 866-ILLINI-1). Tickets also will be on sale at Huff Hall the day of the game. Prices are $5 each or $3 each for a group rate of 10 or more tickets, and $2 each for UI students and Go Illini Card holders.

The UI athletes will be divided into two teams, with men's basketball coach Bruce Weber and women's basketball coach Jolette Law serving as coaches. A celebrity free throw shooting contest will take place at halftime that includes Weber, Law and Olympic speedskating medalist and Champaign native Katherine Reutter.

http://www.fightingillini.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/040610aaa.html

 

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Art Theater To Hold The New Art Film Festival

Sanford Hess, operator of the Art Theater, has confirmed that the Art will be hosting The New Art Film Festival (NAFF) in conjunction with the Boneyard Arts Festival and C-U Confidential. The festival will run from Thursday, April 15th until Tuesday, April 20th and showcase local, independent productions, including full-lengths, documentaries, and shorts.

From the press release:

To introduce the NAFF and coincide with the Boneyard Arts Festival's downtown Champaign festivities on Thursday, April 15, the Art Theater will show a loop of trailers and shorts beginning at 5 PM. Audience members can come and go easily while getting a taste of the films to come. Admission for the Thursday night event will be free of charge.

From Friday, April 16, to Monday, April 19, the NAFF will take over the Art Theater and all regular showtimes will feature NAFF selections. Matinee admission fees will apply throughout the festival.

On Tuesday, April 20, the NAFF will close with a "Best of the Fest" presentation at 7:30 p.m., along with a brief filmmakers' discussion about making creative media in a location like Champaign-Urbana.

Schedule coming soon. For updates, check out the event page on Facebook.