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Alice (and me) in Wonderland: An Interactive Adventure

Alice in WonderlandOrpheum Children's Science Museum
346 North Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61820
217 352-5895

Don't be late for your interactive adventure through Wonderland! Join us as we transform the Museum into a walk/slide/play-through adventure with the characters from Lewis Carroll's classic children's story. The experience is suitable for all ages and runs from 1-3 hours.

Reserve your tickets to this fundraiser benefiting the Museum today at, and plan to join us on:

Friday March 5 from 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Saturday March 6 from 9:00am - noon
Sunday March 7 from 9:00am - noon

  • Help Alice to chase the elusive White Rabbit down the rabbit hole
  • Frolic with the Hookha smoking Caterpillar
  • Play "Flamingo and Hedgehog" Croquet with the Queen of Hearts and her gymnasts
  • Help the servant Playing Cards paint the white roses red
  • Join the Mad Hatter and March Hare for a crazy tea party
  • Joust with TweedleDum and TweedleDee
  • Follow the Walrus and the Carpenter as they march the Oysters along the beach
  • And much, much more

Sponsored by: Carle Foundation Hospital; Busey Bank; O"Brien Auto Park - Urbana; Car-X; Springfield Electric Supply Company; Fox Development/iHotel; Davis Electric, Incorporated, Champaign Telephone Company; Dodds Company; Davis-Houk Mechanical, Incorporated; Erwin, Martinkus, and Cole, Limited.


Costume ball w/ Duke of Uke at UC-IMC tonight

From the UC-IMC event posting:

WHAT: Duke of Uke and His Novelty Orchestra potluck, costume ball and concert

WHEN: Saturday, Feb 13; potluck at 8 p.m.; concert at 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: U-C Independent Media Center ($5 admission, free if you bring a dish to the potluck; ALL AGES)

Wear your favorite outrageous costume or grab one from our costume closet and celebrate the annual eve of love! This is an ALL-AGES event. So come down and listen to some music, dance, dress-up! and have a good time.

Long-time friends of mirth and merriment, The Duke of Uke & His Novelty Orchestra take you on a melodic carousel ride with hints of tinpan alley, funky gospel, and bubblegum pop. While a ukulele leads the way, an eclectic ensemble of tuba, saxophone, violin, electric bass, rock and Latin drums accompany warm and merry vocal harmonies. Gleeful and glib, they will enchant you with their moon-soaked melodies, hot foxtrots, and jumping flea jubilees. Since 2005, The Duke of Uke His Novelty Orchestra have made children hop, old folks stomp, and punks waltz in 3/4 time.



8 Illini football home games in 2011


If anyone shows up, this might just make some money ...


Illinois Announces 2011 Football Schedule
Eight Home Games Highlight 2011 Season

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. < The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the
football schedule 2011 season, which is highlighted by eight home games for
the first time in school history.

The Illini start the season with five consecutive home games, playing host
to Arkansas State, South Dakota State, Arizona State and Western Michigan in
the non-conference and Penn State in the Big Ten opener. The 2011 schedule
also will feature home contests at Memorial Stadium against Northwestern,
Michigan State and Wisconsin in the season finale.

2011 Illinois Football Schedule

Sept. 3 - Arkansas State
Sept. 10 - South Dakota State
Sept. 17 - Arizona State
Sept. 24 - Western Michigan
Oct. 1 - Penn State
Oct. 8 - at Iowa
Oct. 15 - Northwestern
Oct. 22 - at Indiana
Nov. 5 - Michigan State
Nov. 12 - at Michigan
Nov. 19 - at Purdue
Nov. 26 - Wisconsin



An evening with Lt. Dan Choi, Monday 2/15

Vincent Pham, one of the organizers of the event, passed along this information. We'll feature it in Listen Up on Monday also, but thought that a little extra notice would be warranted:

WHAT: An Evening with Lt. Dan Choi

WHEN: Monday, Feb. 15 @ 7 p.m.

WHERE: Illini Union Ballroom

From the event announcement:

On March 19, 2009, Lt. Dan Choi, a Korean American West Point graduate and Iraq veteran fluent in Arabic, announced that he was gay on The Rachel Maddow Show. Because of three words — "I am gay" — Lt. Choi's life changed forever.

Despite his extreme value as an Arabic speaker, one month after his announcement, Lt. Dan Choi was notified that the Army had begun discharge proceedings against him. He was one of only eight soldiers from his graduating class who majored in Arabic.

Lt. Choi is a founding member of Knights Out – an organization of West Point alumni advocating for the rights of gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.  He was also featured on the cover of the December issue of Out magazine as one of the 100 LGBT community members of the year.  Lt. Choi was again featured on the cover of Instinct magazine as one of the Leading Men of 2009 – celebrating heroes who stand up and stand out.


HOBART and Smile Politely presents: Stories & Beer

Stories & Beer
Wednesday, February 17 | 5 p.m. | Iron Post | Free

Come to the Iron Post this Wednesday to help kick off our attempt to unite alcohol consumption with reading.  For the next several months Smile Politely in conjunction with HOBART: another literary magazine, will be presenting a variety of local, visiting and U of I affiliated writers who will read from their work and then drink some beer, but not necessarily in that order.

This month's lineup is as follows:

Josh Bishoff
William Gillespie (of Smile Politely fame)
Paul Pedroza
Micah Riecker
Ted Sanders


Can't wait to see you there!





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Seventh Annual Share A Meal with Community Shares

Share A MealJoin us for the Seventh Annual Share A Meal with Community Shares on Tuesday, March 9th, 2010!  Help raise funds for over 70 community groups working to address homelessness, domestic violence, hunger, health care, and other issues facing our communities.

Combine the delight of eating out with the joy of giving into one fun-filled event by eating at one of these participating restaurants around Champaign-Urbana:

Luna - 116 N. Chestnut, Champaign (lunch)
Siam Terrace - 212 W. Main St., Urbana (dinner)
Great Impasta - 156 C Lincoln Square, Urbana (lunch & dinner)
Black Dog Smoke & Ale House - 201 N. Broadway Avenue, Urbana (lunch & dinner)

For a full list of restaurants, meals sponsored, and participating charities visit:

Thanks for joining us for our Seventh Annual Share A Meal!  For more information visit us at or contact us at 217-352-6533


Tim Eriksen in Concert

Tim Eriksen in Concert
Thursday, February 11
Main Lounge of Allen Hall
1005 W. Gregory, Urbana
free and open to the public

Tim Eriksen is "widely regarded as the best ballad singer of his generation" (BBC Radio). He combines hair-raising vocals with savvy arrangements for fiddle, banjo, guitar and bajo sexto, transforming American tradition with a "northern roots" Americana sound that embraces old New England murder ballads, “shape-note” gospel and haunted originals alongside Southern Appalachian and Irish songs. His latest solo album Northern Roots Live in Namest celebrates the power of this music in concert.


Tim Eriksen has sung, performed, consulted or written songs for films including Cold Mountain, Chrystal, and The Ladykillers and has worked, on stage and screen, in class or in the studio with folks including Sting, Jack White, Ralph Stanley, Elvis Costello, Alison Krauss, Nicole Kidman, Steve Reich, Yo Yo Ma, Steve Albini, Joe Boyd and T Bone Burnett. His collaborations have ranged from hardcore punk and Bosnian pop to symphony orchestra and the 2009 Grammy-nominated album Across the Divide with Afro-Cuban world-jazz phenomenon Omar Sosa.


Meet your new music editors!

We're happy to announce that John Steinbacher and Ben Valocchi are Smile Politely's new co-music editors. John went to the U of I back in the day, spent some time in the Great White North, and recently returned to C-U. Ben is an Urbana native and currently attends the U of I.

We're thrilled to have them on board! They'll be getting up to speed over the next few weeks, so your patience is appreciated. Make 'em feel welcome!


All-you-can-eat tapas @ Radio Maria Feb. 18

Brittany Pyle passes along the following event info:

  • Proceeds to go the U of I Photography senior thesis exhibition.
  • The event is called "Tapas y Fotografias"
  • It is at Radio Maria, Thursday February 18, 8-11 p.m.
  • Student work will be exhibited and for sale
  • It costs $20 — this cover includes the tapas buffet and a raffle ticket to win an art piece of their choosing from one of the photo seniors.