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EKAH’s The Magic Lantern: Part 2 goes virtual on October 26th

For fans of EKAH and The Magic Lantern, the cancelation of the series' second installment this past spring was definitely a disappointment. But on October 26th, we'll finally get to experience it online. 

In her social media announcement EKAH shares that her "ongoing series of interactive animation projects [explore] the art of animation through various, animation-viewing contraptions of the old and the new. " The presentation will contain two sections, beginning with a overview of EKAH's animated shorts, followed by "a presentation of animated sculptures created from modern tools such as 3D printing and laser-cut wood panels."

The Magic Lantern: Part 2
Monday, October 26th, 6 to 7 p.m.
Hosted by the Urbana Free Library
Zoom link to be announced
Get more information here
 

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There’s a virtual Town Hall: Food for Justice | Food for Thought happening next Monday

On Monday, October 26th, Artist Seitu Jones will join a panel of Champaign-Urbana residents, including several University of Illinois faculty, to think together about what lies beneath local food insecurities and to illuminate the needs, desires and hopes of the community. Based in St. Paul, Jones is a George A. Miller Visiting Artist for 2020-21.

Artist Seitu Jones' life work has been grounded in the civil rights movement and the Black Arts movement, so the impacts of structural and systemic racism frame his approach. Jones is interested in approaches that work with the materials at hand: land, plants, water, soil, air, and the humans who live alongside and in these environments.

This informal discussion, moderated by Urbana arts and culture coordinator Rachel Storm, will feature Dawn Blackman, Ruby Mendenhall, Jennifer Monson, Magdalena Novoa, and Bobby Smith II, in conversation with Jones. The event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The link for the event is here

Top image from Seitu Jones' website.

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The News-Gazette endorses Joe Biden in 2020 Presidential race

After endorsing "nobody" for President of the United States in the 2016 election race, The News-Gazette has endorsed Joe Biden in 2020 over Donald Trump. The announcement came today, just a few days after their endorsement of Betsy Dirksen Londrigan against Rodney Davis. You can see all of their endorsements for more races here and here as well. 

Because it has a bit of local relevance, can't hurt to mention once again that Biden's running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, used to live here in Champaign-Urbana.

Editor's Note: I failed to mention another set of endorsements from N-G, which was their Champaign County goverment selections. Thanks to a couple of readers who pointed this out to us.

Top image by Gabe Skidmore.

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Don’t miss the next virtual Illinois Authors reading on October 13th

The University of Illinois Year of Creative Writers has returned to this month with a Zoom format. There's still time to register for the October 13th event featuring two Chicago-based writers, Daniel Borzutzky and Christopher Grimes, who are both on the University of Illinois at Chicago faculty, in the English and Latin American and Latino Studies, and Program for Writers respectively.

Illinois Authors Exchange Community Reading: Daniel Borzutzky and Christopher Grimes
October 13th, 7 p.m.
Zoom event, register here

You can also catch the Campus reading on October 14th at 4:30 p.m. on Zoom.

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Here’s a list of COVID outbreaks in Champaign County

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and CU-CitizenAccess.org have compiled a list of COVID-19 outbreaks in Champaign County, using previously unreleased data from the state of Illinois specifying which events and locations caused the outbreaks.

You can read the entire article here

The outbreaks do not include any cases at or related to the University of Illinois, though those cases account for nearly half of all cases in Champaign County. Among the worst outbreaks were the ones at Rantoul Foods, Reflections Memory Care by the Villas of Holly Brook in Savoy, and the unofficial prom in Mahomet.

All of this should serve as a reminder that this pandemic is not over, and we must remain vigilant about mask wearing and physically distancing.

Top image by Andy Hanacek and Nina Lookingland, Rantoul Foods.

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40 North calls for 2020 ACE Award nominations

2020 ACE Awards nominations are open; and that means its time for us to honor the folks who make our arts scene what it is. Artists, arts educators, advocates, and arts-related businesses each play a significant role in keeping the arts alive in Chambana. So take a minute, consider who you want nominate, and get started right here. Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20th.  

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C&C Kitchen’s chefs are teaching a cooking class

Next Wednesday, October 14th, the chefs behind C&C Kitchen's food truck are offering a virtual cooking class with ingredients delivered to your door, so you can cook along with them. Offered by the Urbana Parks District, this class will be held on Zoom from 6 to 8 p.m.. Tickets are $40 and include the food that park district will deliver to the door for each person who signs up.

Learn some cooking techniques as you make a Southern-inspired meal for two. The menu is pan seared salmon or roasted chicken, Yukon gold smashed potatoes, fresh green bean and cherry tomato salad with C&C Kitchen seasoning.

Buy your tickets here.

Top image from C&C Kitchen's Facebook page.

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Urbana announces call for 2020 youth poet laureate

Here's some good news for area teen poets. In addition to the call for nominations for the 2020 City of Urbana Poet Laureate position, the City of Urbana has announced the launch of a Youth Poet Laureate program

The recent announcement states:

The inaugural Youth Poet Laureate Program celebrates Urbana’s youth by sponsoring an Urbana teen poet (ages 13 – 18) who serves as a youth ambassador for poetry and utilizes poetry as a means for civic leadership, artistic excellence, and social engagement.

Urbana’s Youth Poet Laureate Program joins the National Youth Poet Laureate Program (YPL) network through Urban Word with programs in more than 50 cities, states and counties across the United States, collaborating with leading national literary organizations including the Library of Congress, the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Foundation, Cave Canem, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Application forms and guidelines are available online. All application materials are due by 5:00 p.m. CST on Sunday, October 18th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We mapped C-U’s little libraries

In June we asked you where C-U's little libraries were, and you reponded. Thank you for that! Taking your information and the list of official Little Free Libraries, we put together a map of C-U's (and Savoy's) little libraries; we have quite a few. We tried to be as precise as possible, but please note that all locations are approximations.

We consider this a work in progress, so please email us if you come across a new one, or we have incorrectly identified one.

View the map here.

Top image screenshot from C-U's Little Libraries map.

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Illinois lands #1 seed on Andy Katz’s predictive 2021 NCAA Tournament bracket

One of men's college basketball's most trusted experts, Andy Katz, announced his first predicted field of 68 for the 2021 NCAA Tournament bracket yesterday. With the return of both stars Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn (who both tested the NBA Draft waters), the Illinois men's basketball squad is heavily favorited amongst the field of 68, landing one of four #1 seeds in Katz's first predicted bracket. Other top seeds include Gonzaga, Baylor, and Villanova.

Though these are only predictions, this is a bit of positive something (anything) amidst the dreadful news cycle between the pandemic and the upcoming election. 

Check out the bracket below. The season kicks off November 25th.

Top image by Michael Glasglow/Fighting Illini Athletics.

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Merry Ann’s Diner in Urbana has closed, but the Neil Street location is open

Merry Ann's Diner in Urbana on the U of I campus is closed permanently due to the pandemic related indoor dining restrictions. The original Neil Street location of Merry Ann's remains open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Check out our review of Merry Ann's here

Merry Ann's Diner
1510 S Neil Street
Champaign
M-Su open 24 hours

Editor's Note: The title of this SPlog has been updated since the time it was originally published.

Top image from Merry Ann's Facebook page.