Category: Word

Charges not filed in William Ayers event arrest

Last week, Mark Thompson, owner of Slot & Wing Hobbies, was arrested for disrupting a William Ayers speech at Allen Hall.  Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz decided not to press charges: “I am simply not interested in giving Mr. Thompson or Mr. Ayers any more of a platform than they’ve already had here.”

Full story over at the News Gazette.

Lesson learned? It looks like open season on disrupting speech we don't like in Champaign County.



Champaign Movie Makers meet tonight

Love film? Sure, we all do. But do you love film enough to dabble in the creation of one? If so, the Champaign Movie Makers, a group of likeminded film fanatics, meets tonight, March 18, at 7 p.m. The group is open to anyone interested in learning about and experiencing the filmmaking process in our neck of the woods. NOTE: The meeting place has changed. It will no longer be held at Shatterglass Studio. Instead, head to room 215 of the Champaign Public Library.


Public libraries choose Maltese Falcon for Big Read 2009

Through a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, the two main libraries in Champaign County have decided to promote the 1930 novel, Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett, for this year's Big Read.

The idea behind the promotion is simple: try to get as many people in the community to participate in a shared experience of reading the same novel at the same time. Accompanying the read, our very own P. Gregory Springer will be hosting and introducing a a screening of the film by the same name, starring Humphrey Bogart, at the Virginia Theatre on April 30, at 7 p.m.

For more information visit or contacting the Champaign Public Library at 217/403-2070 or The Urbana Free Library at 217/367-4405.