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Japan House has a resident groundhog

And look at how cute he is! Named Doug Dog by a Japan House intern, he hibernates somewhere in the Arboretum. Check out this post from JH: Love that last line. Winter will last until …

NCSA Advanced Visualization Lab needs your help

Do you have 20 minutes to watch a video narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch and complete a short survey? The NCSA Advanced Visualization Lab is doing a research project to examine “public communication of space science.” …

Submit your script to the Station Theatre

The Station Theatre is accepting suggestions for scripts and future productions, specifically from playwrights and directors. You can submit your own script or make a suggestion for one you’d like to see produced. Use this …

You need to try the Sauce Boss at Watson’s

Look, I was skeptical when I saw the Restaurant Week special that Watson’s Shack and Rail was offering. “That’s a bold choice” was the phrase that came to mind. However, since I’m generally trusting of …

Harvest Market debuts monthly coffee flights

Harvest Market now has coffee flights of four different coffee drinks. The inaugural flight of coffee has a miniature pink drink called Lovebug made with pink lotus, strawberry syrup, and something called supercream, garnished with …

This cocktail at Punch! Bar is crazy good

Made with chamomile liqueur, amaro, and a very special bourbon, this brand new (unnamed) Punch! Bar cocktail ($14) tasted so good. Notes of caramel and rich vanilla in the bourbon played really well with the …

Restore has some vintage vibes right now

Yesterday, Champaign County Restore posted their regular round up of new and interesting items on their social media pages, and “vintage” seemed to be the recurring theme. I know “vintage” is a very broad term, …

We are looking for editors

We’re doing some new things in 2023. We launched our new website, a (hopefully) more aesthetically pleasing and user-friendly place for us to continue the work of showcasing the community. There’s an option to donate …

Consider Uncanny Juxtapositions at the McKinley Foundation

The McKinley Foundation’s current Artists’ Alley exhibition is Uncanny Juxtapositions by Kofi Bazzell-Smith. The exhibition features two different projects the artist is working on: Azuki and Karasu.  The exhibition opens Wednesday, January 25th, with a …

Strides Shelter is in need of some items

City of Champaign Township opened its low-barrier shelter in December in the space that was formerly occupied by C-U at Home at 70 East Washington in Champaign. The shelter is in need of some basic …

Urbana Park District is creating a “dream quilt”

Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and in preparation for Black History Month, Urbana Park District is creating a “dream quilt” to be displayed at Phillips Recreation Center throughout the month of February. Community members …

Visit the Krannert Art Museum Rest Lab

I am in for anything with “rest” in the name, and resting is what this space at KAM is all about. “Rest” implies a couple of different meanings: It’s a gallery space that is “resting” …

Save the date for Groove is in the Art

Eight local artists will be selling their creations at an art market next month. Groove is in the Art is a pop-up art market featuring the work of Hooey Batiks, Crass Stitching, Kim Caisse, Cory …

Guerrero Azteca Taco Truck opened this week

A new food truck called Guerrero Azteca Taco Truck joined the Champaign-Urbana food scene this Monday. The taco truck serves tacos, tamales, tortas, burritos, nachos, huaraches, and hecho con pollo y salsa teriyaki (chicken teriyaki). …

Steve Kornacki is coming to U of I next week

Update: This event has been postponed due to impending inclement weather. It will be rescheduled at a later date. The MSNBC and NBC News political correspondent that we watch with bated breath as he energetically …

Esquire Lounge is hosting a Pineapplefest

Esquire Lounge is hosting a tropical Pineapplefest on January 21st. The restaurant and bar will offer pineapple specials all day long in addition to live music from 7 to 10 p.m. this Saturday night. The …