Category: Word

Lydia Carter Book Signing

Vice VirtueJane Addams is excited to have Local Author Lydia Carter coming to the store on Feb 27th to do a book signing of her work Vice Virtue.

Per Lydia:
Five things the book signing will not be:

  1. It will not be a lonely author sitting behind the table waiting on someone to purchase a book, because I am a go-getter.
  2. It will not be a quiet atmosphere, because I am funny and people laugh out loud around me...
  3. It will not be a time of slow traffic, because I plan on inviting you and your friends, and their friends...
  4. It will not be a boring time, because I am allergic to boring environments.
  5. It will not be an event where the attendees leave with nothing, because I will have books and bookmarks available.


About the Author:
Introducing Mrs.Lydia Carter! A woman of passion and truth. She was born in Danville, Illinois to the parents of Bishop Barry Elliott and Pastor Syvera Elliott (2002). Lydia is married to Pastor C.L. Carter and they have two beautiful children named, Jaimin and Jaleah Carter. Lydia is the co-founder of the Rock of Deliverance, a facility that serves the community through inspirational services and outreach programs in the Midwest Region. In 2005, Lydia received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies through the University of Illinois at Springfield. Currently, she is enrolled in the University of Illinois for a Master of Arts in Teacher and Education. In 2007, Lydia joined a top-rated health insurance company where she serves as an Operations Trainer. For additional information about Lydia, please visit her website.

So come visit The Jane Addams Book Shop on Feb 27th from 1-3 to visit with Lydia!


HomoSocial Dance Party

HomoSocialDate: Monday, March 1, 2010
Time: 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Location: Clark Bar
Street: 207 W. Clark St.
City/Town: Champaign, IL

HomoSocial happens every first Monday at the Clark Bar in downtown Champaign. This month's event is a general fundraiser for future HomoSocial events.

DJ Chicago L will be spinning old skool soul and R&B. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere up front or shake a tailfeather in the back.

$2 cover


Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance

Riot ActsRiot Acts:

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

That Takes OvariesThat Takes Ovaries
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.