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The Station Theatre presents “A Steady Rain”

Keith Huff's "A Steady Rain" will open Thursday, October 28 at the Station Theatre in Urbana.  The play presents the sometimes conflicting testimonies of two Chicago beat cops--best friends and partners--who must answer for a terrible lapse in judgment following a horrific string of events both on and off the job.  This is the first production of the play in the U.S. since its Broadway run last year with Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig.  Directed by Gary Ambler and featuring Mike Prosise and Mathew Green, "A Steady Rain" will run for three weeks.  For reservations, call 217-384-4000.


The Lost Cyclist -- Slide Presentation and Informal Talk

Do you like adventure stories or have an interest in Bicycles? Then this is an event you should not miss. “The Lost Cyclist” by David Herlihy is an Epic tale of an American Adventurer and his mysterious disappearance.

David will be at Jane Addams Book Shop in Downtown Champaign on Thursday Oct 28th from 5-7 to show slides of this great adventurer, answer questions and talk with people, and to sign copies of the book.

Check out the trailer for the book:

About the Book:
In the late 1880s, Frank Lenz of Pittsburgh, a renowned high-wheel racer and long-distance tourist, dreamed of cycling around the world. He finally got his chance by recasting himself as a champion of the downsized "safety-bicycle" with inflatable tires, the forerunner of the modern road bike that was about to become wildly popular. In the spring of 1892 he quit his accounting job and gamely set out west to cover twenty thousand miles over three continents as a correspondent for Outing magazine. Two years later, after having survived countless near disasters and unimaginable hardships, he approached Europe for the final leg.

He never made it. His mysterious disappearance in eastern Turkey sparked an international outcry and compelled Outing to send William Sachtleben, another larger-than-life cyclist, on Lenz's trail. Bringing to light a wealth of information, Herlihy's gripping narrative captures the soaring joys and constant dangers accompanying the bicycle adventurer in the days before paved roads and automobiles. This untold story culminates with Sachtleben's heroic effort to bring Lenz's accused murderers to justice, even as troubled Turkey teetered on the edge of collapse.

Retail: $26.00

About the Author:
DAVID V. HERLIHY is the author of Bicycle: The History, winner of the 2004 Award for Excellence in the History of Science. A leading authority in his field, he has been interviewed by numerous television, radio, and newspaper personalities in the United States and abroad, and his work has appeared in a wide variety of general-interest and specialty magazines.

New York Times Review:

Amazon - It was listed as one of the Best Books in June 2010
"The Lost Cyclist is a riveting tale of tragedy, pride, and naivete that is both brilliantly told and meticulously researched. Opinions may differ as to whether Lenz was unaware or unconcerned by the inherent dangers he faced, but the story of his fateful journey belongs on the varied shelves of cycling enthusiasts, mystery fans, and nonfiction devotees alike"

"This well-researched and stylishly written book puts Lenz back in the public eye as well as offering readers a look at the very early days of modern cycling"

"Fascinating . . . Herlihy combines an admirable talent for sleuthing with the narrative skills of a first-rate storyteller . . . This should appeal to most lovers of history, as well as to bicycling enthusiasts. Strongly recommended." —Library Journal

Reviews from individuals:
"highly entertaining, with an extraordinary cast of characters...The author has done copious research and “the Lost Cyclist” is not only a worthy addition to any cyclist’s bookshelf, but is in itself revealing social history of a world in transition."

"the entire book is a fantastic read...fantastic adventures of cyclists in the late 1890s"

"The Lost Cyclist is a meticulously researched, fast-paced, supremely readable book that had me staying up later than I'd intended several nights in a row just so I could keep reading"

"The author has done a great job of rescuing this sad & obscure footnote from history...The mystery of Lenz's disappearance and the heroic effort by Will Sachtleban to find him might make for a good movie"

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Mervis Industries now accepting used household electronics for recycling at no cost

Mervis Industries is now accepting  a wide array of household electronics on a daily basis for recycling at no cost to consumers at 3 central Illinois locations, including their Marco Recycling location in downtown Champaign. The launch of this program means that tons of hazardous waste found in these items will now be recycled instead of landfilled or incinerated.

Mervis Industries will accept for recycling at no charge these household electronics:
• Computers, Servers, and Network Devices
• Monitors (CRT and Flat Screen)
• Printers (Inkjet, Laser and All‐in‐One)
• TVs (CRT, Flat Screen, and Projection – no consoles)
•VCRs & DVD Players
• Stereos
• Copiers
• Cell and Smart Phones

The 3 participating Mervis locations are:
• Marco Recycling, 302 S. Market, Champaign (M‐F, 8AM‐4PM)
• Advantage Recycling, 14 S. Henning, Danville (M‐F, 8AM‐4PM; Sat. 8AM‐Noon)
• General Steel & Metals, 612 N. Logan, Mattoon (M‐F, 8AM‐4PM)

For more information about Mervis Industries Electronics Recycling Program, call 217‐352‐3040, email, or see


Needtobreathe ticket and photo pass giveaway

Smile Politely is giving away a ticket to this Saturday's Needtobreathe performance. The giveaway also includes a photo pass, which will get you primo shooting position for the show. To enter, email with "Needtobreathe" in the subject line. The contest will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, and the winner will be notified via email on Thursday night/Friday morning.


Tonight (Monday) only: a tale of gothic horror—the legacy of coal in Illinois

Jeff Biggers, award-winning playwright, journalist, and author of Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland is coming to the University of Illinois campus to deliver a presentation that is equal parts book reading and theatre. Biggers has worked to debunk the marketing myth of “clean coal” and draws from his family’s experience in the coal country of southern Illinois to impart a personal portrait of the overlooked human and environmental costs of our nation’s dirty energy policy. The presentation will be tonight, Monday, October 25 in Gregory Hall, Room 100. It begins at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by a book signing.

Illini 4000 hosts second 24 Hours of Cycling vigil

The Illini 4000 for Cancer is a nonprofit organization based out of the University of illinois that aims to spread awareness about cancer’s impact on American life. We raise funds for cancer research and send students on a cross-country bike trip every summer. Along the way, students interview cancer patients and survivors.

On Oct. 28 and Oct. 29, members of the Illini 4000 for Cancer will cycle on stationary trainers from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to raise awareness for the fight against cancer. The event will take place on the main quad at the Anniversary Plaza, located on the South side of the Illini Union.
The event serves as a tribute to and a memorial for those who have been affected by cancer. The vigil will showcase various media forms of the Portraits Project, and Illini 4000 initiative that attempts to document how cancer impacts diverse populations across the country. Passers-by will be able to share their experiences with cancer as a contribution to the Portraits Project.
The organization will accept donations for the 2011 ride with proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society and Camp Kesem. Various tshirts and organizational material will be available for purchase. There will also be a memorial wall where supporters can write a message. There is a suggested $1 donation to write on the memorial wall.
Last Spring, The Illini 4000 cycled for 24 consecutive hours. Due to an increase in crimes on campus, the organization did not receive approval to cycle overnight as before and is, thus, splitting up the cycling into two blocks of 12 hours.

Visit for more information about the organization.


Local Republican State Senate candidate says some pretty racist stuff

Al Reynolds, running against incumbent Mike Frerichs for the IL-52 State Senate seat, said some pretty racist stuff last night at an event hosted in part by the NAACP.

Reynolds said that black men "find it more lucrative to be able to do drugs or other avenues rather than do education."

He goes on...

Look at the number of black men who opt out of getting a job and opt out of higher education. They don't even make it out of high school because the lucrative drug trade is so rampant that it's just easy for them to fall into that. What are the avenues for the black man to get out of the ghetto? He becomes a star athlete or he does drugs. I mean very few men of the black race get out of that ghetto through education. The women do. The women do because, number one, they're forced to because they don't have anybody to take care of them. They do a good job. A lot of the women are very good about getting out and getting an education. The men just have a more ... you know, the lure of high money because it's high money in drugs without having to pay the price of going to school.

Here is a link to the full article from the News-Gazette.



VOICE readers discuss landmarks, chastity, juices

VOICE Graduate Reading Series
Oct 21, 2010 | 7:30 pm | Krannert Art Museum

The questions are simple. The answers are honest/snarky/awesome/nervous/humble/cocky.  Read on for all the reasons you need to check out the VOICE reading this Thursday.

Laura Adamczyk
Where are you from and what's it famous for (besides you)?

I'm from Wilmington, Illinois, a small town about 100 miles north of here. Its minor claim to fame is the Gemini Giant, a 30-foot fiberglass statue of an astronaut. It stands outside of a space-themed burger joint called the Launching Pad. Every few years, someone steals his rocket. Did I mention that it's a small town?

If you could steal a famous book and pass it off as your own work, what would you pick?

2666 by Roberto Bolaño

Best place in C-U to pretend that you're writing and/or stir the creative juices?

I've become a more solitary writer here, so right now, I do all my pretend and actual writing in my apartment; though sometimes I'll take a walk to the Champaign Public Library and pretend to work there, too.

What's influencing your work these days?

Memory, chastity, alcohol.

What should we be on the lookout for when you read for VOICE?

A hidden flask.


Eduardo Gabrieloff

Where are you from and what's it famous for (besides you)?

I was born in Cali, Colombia, famous for beautiful women and some lame cartel. Also, I'm from Colorado Springs, where Elvira was born and raised, and from Crested Butte, where the Disney Movie that everyone forgot (besides Song of the South) Snowball Express was filmed. Most recently, I lived in Chicago, which I'm pretty sure isn't famous for anything.

If you could steal famous book and pass it off as your own work, what would you pick?

Even though I write poetry, I'd still love to have written The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin.

Best place in C-U to pretend that you're writing and/or stir the creative juices?

I love sitting in the main stacks at the U of I library. I feel like I could stay there for years without being discovered. Sadly, most of my writing from when I go there involves murder. Murder most foul.

What's influencing your work these days?

My baby, my thrown out back, and Voytek, the soldier bear that helped the Polish take Monte Casino during World War 2.

What should we be on the lookout for when you read for VOICE?

I like to read for way longer than my audience hopes for, but I just want to make sure they don't miss out on my brilliance. Also, I'll probably say a word or two in Spanish. People who can translate what I say will receive money.



Baron Haber

Where are you from and what's it famous for (besides you)?

I'm from Tucson, and it's famous mainly for actors reenacting scenes from the old west, and sahuaro cacti, which I must confess I miss sometimes.

If you could steal famous book and pass it off as your own work, what would you pick?

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, though I must confess (shamefully) I have only read it in translation, so maybe I would pass myself off as the translator of One Hundred Years. I love the vigorous storytelling of Marquez and the complete disregard for the rules of reality.

Best place in C-U to pretend that you're writing and/or stir the creative juices?

Been loving the Champaign Public Library -- it's a beautiful building, and there's always a lot of kids there reading, which gives me hope.

What's influencing your work these days?

The words of my classmates. We've got a really smart crew here in the MFA program, and I feel like I learn something every time I read a new story of theirs.

What should we be on the lookout for when you read for VOICE?

I'm going to read the shortest piece I've ever written -- which is still like seven pages. Wish me luck.



Finally the definitive answer to whether SP is a blog or a magazine (well, not really)

Slate's Farhad Manjoo (easily one of the best tech/culture writers out there) recently wrote a column evaluating the differences between online magazines and blogs. This is relevant because Smile Politely, C-U's online arts and culture magazine that is not a blog, is often referred to by third parties as a blog. (But the splog is a blog, right?)

So what does Mr Manjoo think? The short answer is that these differences are becoming more and more irrelevant:

So what's the difference—what's a blog post, what's an article, and does it make any difference vis-à-vis how you navigate the Web? "I say this with all possible deference: Who cares?" wrote Joel Johnson, the Gizmodo blogger, when I approached him with such questions. Scott Rosenberg, author of Say Everything, a history of blogging, echoes this point: "Just as journalists think readers have a deep awareness of distinctions like 'hard news piece' vs. 'feature' vs. 'news analysis,' we think they understand or care about the line between 'article' and 'blog post.' But they're just reading what we're writing for them and responding. It's our hang-up, not theirs."

The longer answer can be read here.


Miyuki Ansari solo show at Indi Go Artist Co-op

Digital projection has a familiar and unfamiliar feeling when it interacts with the physical surface. The series of photographs are projections of both familiar and unfamiliar places that invite the audience to experience the idea of being a foreigner. The projector is used to show the fragility and power of digital media in our present time. By projecting 'digital space' directly on the wall I am investigating the how our interaction with photographs shift once the viewer is physically present within the space of the gallery.~~Miyuki Ansari

Closing Reception
Saturday, October 23rd
6:00–11:00 p.m.

Open Hours:
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 7:30–10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 7:00–10:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 21, all day–9:00 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 22, all day–9:00 p.m.

If you wish to visit at another time, Miyuki will accommodate you via email or cell phone.
Tel: 217-721-7216




Elsinore begins 2nd leg of Yes, Yes, Yes tour, promises to trash Denver’s Hi Dive

Elsinore is about to head out on the road for part deux of their big tour in support of Yes Yes Yes. This leg will see them hit Memphis, Austin, LA, Portland and that "other" Hi Dive in Denver.

In addition to touring for the next month or so, the band will soon officially release new music videos for "Wooden Houses" by Zimos Ferguson (which premiered, along with the "Breathing Light" video by Brittany Pyle, at The Art Theater during Pygmalion) and "Yes Yes Yes" by Cody Bralts. We'll make sure to post them when we see them.

Here's what the second leg of the Yes Yes Yes Release Tour looks like:

THU OCT 14th • The End (Nashville, TN)
SAT OCT 16th • Buccaneer (Memphis, TN)
TUE OCT 19th • The Tin Roof (Charleston, SC)
WED OCT 21st • The Nick (Birmingham, AL)
FRI OCT 22nd • Spanish Moon (Baton Rouge, LA)
SAT OCT 23rd • Howlin’ Wolf (New Orleans, LA)
MON OCT 25th • Arkansas Community Arts Center (Little Rock, AR)
TUE OCT 26th • Rialto Theater (El Dorado, AR)
WED OCT 27th • Hailey’s (Denton, TX)
THU OCT 28th • The Ghost Room (Austin, TX)
FRI OCT 29th • Limelight (San Antonio, TX)
SAT OCT 30th • Plush (Tucson, AZ)
MON NOV 1st  • Soda Bar (San Diego, CA)
TUE NOV 2nd  • Silverlake Lounge (Los Angeles, CA)
WED NOV 3rd  • Elbo Room (San Francisco, CA)
FRI NOV 5th  • Berbati’s Pan (Portland, OR)
SAT NOV 6th  • Jewelbox Theater (Seattle, WA)
MON NOV 8th  • Red Room (Boise, ID)
WED NOV 10th • Hi Dive (Denver, CO)
FRI NOV 12th • Blue Moose (Iowa City)