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Contribute to Smile Politely’s Opinion section

Our Opinion section is mostly populated with our weekly Editorial Board offerings, but every once in a while someone with an opinion to share will reach out with a pitch. We’ve published articles on the foul smells emanating from Kraft, the emu, school district issues, jail …

It’s ramen week at ISHI

This week, Champaign’s ISHI will have ramen pop-ups featuring Chef Ken Ishibashi’s signature ramen. For four days, the Japanese restaurant’s usual lunch menu will be slimmed down to a few dishes because it’s all about …

It’s marathon weekend

April is quite the busy month in Champaign-Urbana. On April 6th, the University of Illinois School of Art & Design MFA students celebrated the completion of their degrees with an opening reception at Krannert Art …

Three questions with Nathan Graham

The Prairie Rivers Network is hosting a “Save Our Trees” benefit concert at Rose Bowl Tavern featuring Chicago’s Nathan Graham, known for his soul-stirring fusion of South Side blues and Nashville Americana, alongside the local …

Los Goldos is a new Champaign-Urbana food truck

There’s a new Champaign-Urbana food truck called Los Goldos that serves Mexican cuisine. The blue truck’s menu features tacos de barbacoa in addition to street tacos, tamales, tortas, quesadillas, nachos, burritos, and even American-style tacos …

Ebertfest is lighting up The Virginia Theatre

Are you out there enjoying Ebertfest? Their 25th anniversary celebration kicked off on Wednesday in Downtown Champaign, and if you haven’t figured out what you’re interested in checking out, be sure to look no further …

Instagram Story Takeover with Ebertfest

This Friday, April 19th, we’re handing our Instagram stories over to Sumer Hazeen of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, aka Ebertfest. As you’ve seen on Smile Politely, the film festival is taking place this weekend, kicking …

Thirsty Thursday: Cucumber gimlet at Farren’s Pub

This Thursday, I’m thirsty for the cucumber gimlet at Farren’s Pub. I’ve been craving something cold and refreshing with this week’s warm spring weather, and yesterday, I ordered the Downtown Champaign restaurant’s thirst-quenching cucumber gimlet …

Deke Weaver’s CETACEAN on WILL-TV’s Prairie Fire

On Thursday, April 18th WILL-TV’s Prairie Fire will air a segment from Deke Weaver’s CETACEAN (The Whale). The show opens with ten minutes of introduction to this unique interdisciplinary and multi-media performance, followed by 50 …

Smile Politely seeking Arts writers

Whether it’s visual or performance art, literature or film, Champaign-Urbana has always nurtured a vibrant arts community. We are looking for new contributors for our Arts section: You can see shows before they debut, talk to …