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Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance

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Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance


Wednesday, March 3

Main Lounge of Allen Hall


7pm: Film Screening

featuring a post-film Q&A w/ the filmmakers of ACTOR SLASH MODEL film project


9pm: Music Show

Riot Acts is a transfabulous rockumentary that explores gender identity as it relates to music. It looks at the whole lives of transgender and gender variant musicians and the intersections between gender performance and stage performance.


Daytrotter Barnstormer Tour coming to Monticello on April 30th

We're co-sponsoring this one with Daytrotter and Pygmalion Music Festival, and it should be pretty epic.

April 30th

7 p.m.

Ra Ra Riot

Delta Spirit

Nathaniel Rateliff

(one, possible two acts TBA)

*!free show!*

Festivities are at the Kalyx Center in Monticello, just about a half hour west of Champaign-Urbana (google map). 7 pm, no cover. Camping available, carpooling encouraged!

(and for the Facebook savvy--here's the event page)


Illini Dance Competition

On Thursday, March 4th, 2010, the Illini Union Courtyard Cafe will be hosting a dance competition. This competition will consist of different dance teams.

A week before the competition, each dance group will be given 2-3 songs that they will need to perform at the time of the event. These songs will be randomly chosen by 3 DJs and the Illinois Dance Department, and will come from a wide range of music rhythms and styles (Jazz, Hip-Hop, Salsa, etc.). The winner will be chosen by crowd response and will receive a $200 Visa gift card.

Teams must be a minimum of 3 people, but cannot include more than 12 people.

If you are interested in participating, or if you have any questions please feel free to e-mail Ilis Santillan at We hope you consider participating!


Mike ‘n Molly’s announces inaugural Exit 182 Fest

Here's the text of the announcement:

Mike 'n Molly's is proud to announce the inaugural Exit 182 Fest! From March 11-13th, we'll be giving the people of Champaign a taste of what they're missing at SXSW. Some great bands will be coming through town on their way to Austin and we thought it would be a great opportunity to put on a little showcase of our own. So come out and see some of your favorite local artists play alongside some up-and-coming artists from throughout the midwest! Check out later in the week for a complete schedule.

Thursday, March 11th: The Young Republic
with Heyokas, Kilroy, et al., and Roses and Saké (Nashville, TN)

Friday, March 12th: Laarks (Eau Claire, WI)
and Jared Grabb (Chicago, IL)
with Tina Sparkle and Mayhew the Traitor

Saturday, March 13th: Pet Lions (Chicago, IL)
and Mittens on Strings (Chicago, IL)
with Jet W. Lee and The Fantastic Plastics



Media Matters to do live studio show today (Sunday) at 12:30

Bob McChesney, the host of Media Matters on WILL 580 AM, will be doing his show live at the Siebel Center in Urbana on Sunday Feb. 21 at 12:30 p.m.  This live event will also feature special guest John Nichols.  McChensey and Nichols co-authored the excellent new book The Death and Live of American Journalism: The Media Revolution That Will Begin the World Again, which will be on sale at the live event.  Afterwards, McChesney will be signing copies of the book.  All proceeds go to WILL, so it's a great way to pick up valuable information and support the local media that does such a wonderful job bringing you shows like Media Matters, a local media source that needs your help.  Admission is free, so check it out.


That Takes Ovaries/Open Mic Night

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Open Mic Night

Friday, February 26th

Main Lounge of Allen Hall
1005 W. Gregory, Urbana
free and open to the public

Come to an open mic with the women of That Takes Ovaries. That Takes Ovaries is a collection of real-life stories from women & girls about the gutsy, outrageous, courageous things they have done. Multicultural, fun, sassy, true tales of estrogen-powered deeds, from playful to political. Come share stories about times you or the women in your life acted boldly. Everyone who speaks gets a chocolate egg wrapped in gold foil -- a Golden Ovary.

Co-sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center and Unit One/Allen Hall.


Public input on highspeed internet access sought

We would like to invite you to meetings held at the Champaign Public Library to gather your ideas about a Round 2 proposal to the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP). The BTOP is a competition for federal stimulus funding to support high-speed Internet in our communities.


Monday, February 22, 5:30-7pm
Saturday, March 6, 10:30-noon

WHERE: Champaign Public Library, 200 West Green St. Champaign
Robeson Pavilion Room C

WHO: Open to the public...please pass the word.

As you may know, the infrastructure proposal for Champaign-Urbana submitted during Round 1 is under consideration now, generating media coverage. We are interested in your thoughts regarding public computing and sustainable adoption in C-U. The public computing proposal from round 1 was rejected, and we are revising and resubmitting. The sustainable adoption--which means building usage of the Internet and its applications--is still pending a thumbs-up or -down.

The deadline for Round 2 submissions is March 15, so time is really short!

"We" at this point is a consortium of people from the cities of Urbana and Champaign and the Broadband Access Committee, from Parkland College, and from the University of Illinois.

QUESTIONS? Contact Sharon Irish, slirish at AND/OR



Last minute Mardi Gras plan - Big Grove Zydeco tonight

Just realized that today is Mardi Gras and looking for something authentic to do? Found this on the U of I's new Center for World Music website (which you should most definitely check out):


Event Date:
Tue, 02/16/2010 - 8:00pm
The Iron Post
120 S. Race, Urbana, Il.

Celebrate Fat Tuesday with Big Grove Zydeco, the latest incarnation of Tom Turino's cajun dream. In his academic--yet street-smart way--he has brought together a fine bunch of enthusiastic musicians that push the band to new heights with each show.

The musicanship of the band and frienship that is shared amongst the band members is always evident in performances. Rare forces have brought together a powerful zydeco-infused dance band for anyone and everyone that likes to dance!!!

J.B. Faires - Bass, Ben Hay - Guitar, Gordon Kay - Drums, Ben Smith - Fiddle, Matt Turino - Fiddle, Scrub-board, Tom Turino - Accordians, Vocals, Fiddle, Guitar