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Bill Ayers (now where have I heard that name before?) in C-U this week

School reform activist and education scholar Bill Ayers — whose name will forever be linked to the 2008 presidential campaign — will be a Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence from March 9–12. Each night of his residency, Ayers will give a free talk in the Main Lounge of Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory in Urbana. The talks are open to the public.

Ayers is a school reform activist and Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is founder of the Center for Youth and Society and founder and co-director of the Small Schools Workshop. He has written extensively about social justice, democracy, and education. His interests focus on the political and cultural contexts of schooling as well as the meaning and ethical purposes of teachers, students, and families. Ayers’ book, Fugitive Days, recounts his experiences in the Weathermen and the Weather Underground.

Monday, March 9
7 p.m. — Opening program, "Yes We Can: Reflections on Campaign 2008"
followed by a screening of the film The Weather Underground

Tuesday, March 10

7 p.m. — "Fugitive Days"
followed by a screening of the film The Weather Underground

Wednesday, March 11
7 p.m. — "Education for Democracy"

Thursday, March 12
7 p.m. — "The New Activism"

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MICRO-FILM hits "Unofficial" 10th

Talking with Smile Politely editor Doug Hoepker earlier this week, I figured that this bit of trivia might be of passing interest to the next generation of Champaign-Urbana indie media-makers.

Blue is the operative color instead of green as my long-running folly known as MICRO-FILM, the Magazine of Personal Cinema in Action, technically completed its 10th year of existence earlier this week. I decided to write about the occasion at C-U Blogfidential, illustrated with a couple of rare graphics I dug out of my archives, which you can read here.

Enjoy.

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Beer Bulletin: March 6

Here's a quick rundown of new beers making the rounds in C-U, for all you connoisseurs of fine brews.

Mike & Molly's

Now on tap: Great Divide Fresh Hop, De Ranke XX Bitter, and Southern Tier BackBurner barleywine

New in the bottle: Port Brewing Old Viscosity, Mikkeler Black Hole, Fantome Hiver, and Dogfish Chicory Stout

Crane Alley

Now on tap: Green Flash IPA, Three Floyds Gumballhead, Avery the Czar Imperial Stout, North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, North Coast Pranqster Godlen Ale, Bells Best Brown Ale

New in the bottle: Mikkeller Simcoe, Mikkeller It's Allright, Jenalain Ambree, Isle of Sky Wee Beast, Mikkeller Monks Brew, Nogne Porter, Ciuel du Ciel Peche Mortel

The Blind Pig

Now on tap: New Holland Dragon's Milk (cask), Dogfish Head 90 Minute, Dogfish Head 60 Minute, Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale, Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron, Unibroue Chambly Noire, Bass Pale Ale, Victory Prima Pils, Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap, Breckenridge 471 Small Batch IPA, Duchesse De Bourgogne, Lindemans Pomme, Scaldis, Young's Double Chocolate Stout

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Tonight, tonight, tonight, OOOOooooh

If you're feeling antsy to spend some quality time out and about on what should be a pleasant evening — it's going to be in the low to mid '50s, but windy — here are a few suggestions, off the top of our heads:

Krannert Uncorked, the free wine tasting (tonight sponsored by Friar Tuck), is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the center's lobby.

Buzz achieved, you could grab a bite to eat at nearby Black Dog or Xinh Xinh, or check out the new digs of The Great Impasta.

Post dinner, head over to the Champaign Library to hear Abe Lincoln scholar John A. Lupton talk about forensic methods used to authenticate Lincoln documents. The hour-long talk starts at 7 p.m. and is free. Or, if that's not your cup o' tea, consider listening to University of Minnesota prof Roderick Ferguson discuss the 1960s and 1970s student movements around race and gender, through the context of the writings of black feminist Toni Cade Bambara. This free talk takes place at the Knight Auditorium in Spurlock Museum, at 7:30 p.m.

Those seeking the stage could just stick around the Krannert Center to take in the musical comedy How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Tonight is also the debut of the Station Theatre's new dark comedy, Whitey. (Check back next week for our review.) Reservations are recommended for this 8 p.m. performance.

For a night cap Cameron McGill plays the Monkey, and given the warmer temps maybe they'll prop open the front door and turn on an outdoor heater or two so you can sit outside and listen to the tunes.

Or, if you really want to enjoy the outdoors tonight, maybe you should just disregard the previous paragraphs, stop by Old Time Meat & Deli on your way home from work and pick up some salmon fillets on sale, fire up the grill for the first time this year, kick back with a couple cold ones, and toss some Allen Toussaint on the stereo.

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Whitey, new Mark Roberts work, debuts Thursday at the Station

At the end of Cumberland Road in Jabez, Kentucky, Bobby Lee Charles lives a quiet and simple life. Since his wife passed, it's just been him alone in the hundred year old farmhouse built by his daddy. In an effort to off-set his expenses and make use of his empty basement, he hangs a "Room For Rent" sign at the local Quick-Stop. Eventually, the ad is answered and the new tenants arrive, bringing with them the Devil himself.

What follows is a bone-chewing, meth-shooting, baby-screaming nightmare that is not for the faint of heart. Whitey contains extremely dark humor, graphic language and violence and is not suitable for children or anyone that doesn't like edgy, in-your-face theater.

Whitey is a world-premiere theater event, a new play written by Mark Roberts and directed by Rick Orr, featuring actors Mike Trippiedi, David Barkley, and Lindsey Markel.

Reservations are highly recommended for this show, which runs March 5–21. Call (217) 384-4000 to make yours today. All shows are at 8:00 p.m.

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What happens after you die to be answered tonight

The Interreligious Dialogue Series continues this evening, where representatives from the Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim traditions will share their thoughts on the topic of "Life After Death."

"In this session, we will share our understanding of the sort of existence we imagine after life, whether in a heavenly realm, a worldly realm, or no realm at all."

Tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the University YMCA (1001 S Wright St. Champaign).

 

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Champaign Tomorrow — shape the future!

"Champaign Tomorrow" is the city's update to its Comprehensive Plan. This document guides growth and development in Champaign over the next 20 years.  We need your input.  What kind of place do you want to live in?

Log on to www.champaigntomorrow.com to share your input!  Take a survey, create your own redevelopment map of the City, blog about a day in your life and much more.  Questions? compplan@ci.champaign.il.us