Category: Word

The Fairy Tale Ball

Fairy Tale BallFriday, April 9 • 6:00–9:00 p.m.
at The Urbana Free Library
a special after-hours event!

Hear ye! Hear ye!
You are cordially invited to a gala

210 West Green Street • Urbana, Illinois 61801 • 217-367-4057 •

• Wear a sparkly ball gown
• Don a shiny suit of armor
• Dress as your favorite fairy tale character

Games, Crafts, and Fairy Tales!
• Create courtly crafts for your castle
• Play Find the Slipper, and Kiss the Frog
• Make a wish at the royal wishing well
• Test your skill on Ye Olde Wii
• Check out the library's collection of international fairy tales and folklore

Performers! Noble entertainers include:
• Central Illinois English Country Dancers & The Flatland Consort
• Dan Keding, storyteller of international acclaim
• Ginger Lozar Puppet Show
• Illini Juggling & Unicycle Club
• Champaign Urbana Dulcimer Society
• Fortune teller extraordinaire, Madame Zitron

The 2010 Fairy Tale Ball is generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.


Turn It UP!

UP Center of Champaign County LogoDate: Thursday, April 8, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Location: Independent Media Center
Street: 202 S. Broadway
City/Town: Urbana, IL

Turn it UP! is a (mostly) acoustic concert and variety show fundraiser for The UP Center, Champaign County's new LGBTQA Community Center.

Join us for musical performances by Vanattica and Tom Miebach, as well as spoken word by Anna Schweig and Cara Bailey. Your emcee and hostess will be Leiloni Stars.

Tickets are available online at or by contacting They are $5 in advance and $10 at the door ($8 for students).

Money raised from the show will be used to obtain space and pay for important programming for the LGBTQA community in Champaign County. For more information about our mission and initiatives, check out

You can also download the event flyer at Please download, distribute, and hang.



Bassnectar ticket giveaway

Smile Politely is giving away a pair of tickets to Monday night's Bassnectar show at the Canopy Club. These would normally run you $17 per person, but send an email to music[at] with "Bassnectar" as the subject line before 6 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday), and you'll be entered into a drawing for two free tickets. Winners will be notified by email on Sunday.


Report confirms your neighbor has a shit load of orange stuff

Smile Politely has obtained an advance copy of a report to be released next week confirming that your neighbor has a lot of fucking orange shit. A team of twelve researchers spent months observing your neighbor's normal routine and believe they have come as close as possible to an exhaustive catalog of orange items. The list includes, but is not limited to, garden gnomes, lawn darts, lampshades, toilet paper dispensers, ice cube trays, fingernail clippers, cats, Christmas trees, outlet covers, faucets, nose hair trimmers and a "1979 Illini edition" bottle of Stetson cologne.

The report's lead author, Dr. Francis Tripodi, says his team was fascinated by the results of their research. "Though this behavior is not atypical of the subspecies Townus Localia, we are still left to wonder what in Christ's name someone is going to do with an orange stop sign?"

Tripodi's team is already on to their next project, investigating reports that the dude across the street has a fuck ton of chief t-shirts.


Help Elsinore win free hotel rooms on their next tour

Local band Elsinore is one of ten finalists with a chance to win free hotel rooms while on tour in Motel 6's "Rock Yourself to Sleep" competition. 

You can vote here:

To vote you have to create an account, wait for a confirmation email and re-enter the site again. It's kind of a cumbersome process for this kind of thing, but c'mon, we can all get together to help a local band avoid sleeping on the floor of their cousin's friends utility room/cat bathroom.


Rich Whitney Champaign-Urbana Campaign Stop

Rich WhitneyRich Whitney for Governor, Lecture, and Discussion
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Allen Hall Main Lounge
Street: 1005 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana

Rich Whitney Reception
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Time: 9:00pm
Location: The Red Herring Vegetarian Restaurant
Street: 1209 W. Oregon St., Urbana

Rich Whitney, the Green Party candidate for Illinois Governor, will be in Urbana on Thursday, April 1st. He will be talking about his plans to empower the economy, environment, and people of Illinois.

In 2006, Whitney took an unprecedented 10% of the vote in the Illinois gubernatorial election, establishing the Green Party as a political party across the state and easing ballot access requirements. Whitney recently released a detailed plan to fix the deficit and bolster our economy.

The event will start with a lecture and discussion in the Allen Hall main lounge at 7:00 p.m. and move to the Red Herring at 9:00 p.m. for continued discussion and light refreshments.

Google Map

Please RSVP to this event in order for us to get an accurate count for seating.


Fish ‘n’ Ships with Tony and Louise Audrieth


Indi Go Art Gallery

Opening show-
Friday, April 2nd
6–9 pm

With musical performances by Jake Tatar and Howie Golub of The Boat Drunks

Fish 'n' ship style hors d'ouvres will be served.


Tony and Louise are a local artist couple who have been doing artwork for over 30 years.

Louise's focus is on painting watercolors; lately this has been in fish and aquatic creatures. She believes they provide an endless variety of colors and textures to explore. Louise has sold paintings locally―mostly through the Artists Against Aids project. In 2004, she was their top seller. She will also be displaying her work at Shared Space in downtown Urbana for the Boneyard Arts Festival, and plans to participate in the Artists Against Aids project again this year.

Tony has been taking photographs of traditional sailing ships since 1979, when he sailed aboard the Flying Cloud in the British Virgin Islands. He had a great experience that he potrays through his photography of sailing throughout the Caribbean, along the East Coast, and in several Tall Ship Parades in New York Harbor.

Tony's photos have been displayed at the Champaign Public Library and at Church Street Square. His website is dedicated to the Brigantine ROMANCE, sail training, and Leisure Travel under sail.



IL Breaks getting some love from the Dubstep and Electro scenes

We're very excited about the upcoming Dubstep v. Electro show which is now going to be held at Highdive. All indications are that Cowboy Monkey would not be nearly big enough to hold both the dubstep and the electro scenes in this town. That makes us happy.

We're also very excited that on the same night, one of the best and longest running music events in Champaign, IL Breaks, will be happening just a few miles away at the Ilini Union.

A lot of the people that throw dubstep events in this town helped set up and run previous IL Breaks. Those same people, and a LOT of the dubstep fans have been supporting IL Breaks for years. We still support it.

So instead of making a competition between the two events that night, we're going to be handing out FREE TICKETS at IL Breaks to the DUBSTEP v. ELECTRO show at the Highdive. Just find a member of our street team at IL Breaks and they'll hook you up. We want people actually going to IL Breaks and then coming to dance themselves at Highdive. There will be a limit of one ticket free ticket per person because we want you to actually witness the IL Breaks experience because it is such a great event.

We hope that people will support both events as they're perfect examples of what independent promoters and local music lovers can accomplish working together in Champaign.


The 217 Mafia

Facebook event for il Breaks:


Einstein Bros. Bagels to open on University and Lincoln

By now, you've seen that new building on the corner of University and Lincoln. You know, the one with all the empty commercial / retail space? Well, it won't be empty much longer.

Einstein Bros. Bagels will be joining the ranks of C-U this summer, according to a very good source, otherwise known as my brother, who happens to work in the building. If he's wrong, you can stop reading his column.

As for the bagels, well, let's just say I personally only believe in one bagel 'round these parts, and they really aren't available "over the counter" unless you seek them out. Go here for details.