Category: Word

Lodgic is kicking off their new book club this Friday with a leadership workshop

Lodgic Everyday Community will be starting their first series of book club meetings, and have chosen the book The Leadership Challenge (6th Ed.) by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner as the first selection.

This Friday they will be having a pre-book club workshop featuring Elizabeth Cook, Vice President at the Bryant Group. The workshop will set up concepts that will be featured in the book. 

It's happening this Friday, February 22nd, from 12 to 1 p.m.

Photo by Patrick Singer


Experience the Hops on March 16th

Allerton's annual beer enthusiast event is coming up March 16th, and there are lots of ways to be involved.

If you're are just here for the learning and tasting, then all it takes is $5 and you can attend all educational seminars and taste a bit of beer along the way. Seminars begin at 1 p.m.

Want to take it to the next level? Make some reservations for the beer pairing dinner:

Dinner is from 6 to 8 p.m., and there will be a cash bar available until 11 p.m.

Then why not make it a whole thing and stay the night in the mansion rather than driving home. It's $100 a night, and there will be a Boots and Brew Hike in the morning. 

Check out the event website to see all of the details, purchase tickets, and make lodging reservations. 


Eric J. Garcia launches book tour with lecture at Krannert Art Museum

Eric J. Garcia, interdisciplinary artist and illustrator, will launch his book tour for Drawing on Anger at the School of Art + Design with a free public lecture Monday, February 25th at 5:30 p.m. at Krannert Art Museum. The lecture will be followed by a book signing. 

Garcia's work has been exhibited in the US and abroad, including San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, Jaime Sabines Cultural Center, Museum of Latin American Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. He has been an artist in residence at the National Museum of Mexican Art, John Michael Kohler Art Center, and Hyde Park Art Center. He has been featured in reviews and publications such as Chicago Magazine, Art Prize, Albuquerque Journal, and NewCity Art. He received his MFA in Painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently living and working in Minneapolis.

Eric J. Garcia: Drawing on Anger
Krannert Art Museum
Room 62
Monday, February 25th, 5:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public


Destihl will open a new restaurant, close Downtown location

Destihl has just announced that it will build and open a new, larger restaurant space in southwest Champaign at the Carle at the Fields complex. Set to open in the summer of 2020, the restaurant will be much larger and situated among a mixed-use retail, office, and residential complex. 

The restaurant will not renew its lease in Downtown Champaign, which is set to expire in February 2021. 

Additional details are available on Facebook. 

Top image from Facebook

Tonight is Date Night at Nando

Nando has established every other Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. as Date Night. Jim Pryor will be playing the piano, and according to their Facebook event if you let your server know that you're on a date you'll get a "special surprise from the Chef."

Tuesday is typically a rather uneventful day of the week, so why not make it more eventful with some wine, pasta (mmm...Gnocchi Della Nonna and yes I think I mention this every time I talk about Nando but it's just so damn good), and some live music. Do it tonight, or maybe catch the next one on March 5th. 

Nando Milano
204 N Neil St
M-Th 5 to 10 p.m.
F + Sa 5 to 11 p.m.
Su 4 to 10 p.m.

Photo from Nando Milano's website


Mark your calendars for the 2019 CSA Fair

The Land Connection, Urbana's Market at the Square, Common Ground Food Co-op, and Urbana Business Association's Market in the Square are collaborating to host this year's CSA Fair on Saturday, March 16th in Lincoln Square Mall. 

From 9 to 11 a.m., you can visit with many local CSA producers and learn about their offerings. There will likely be vendors for produce, meat, flowers, and cheese. 

Learn more about the event on Facebook, and read our previous CSA Fair coverage to see what you can expect: here (2018), here (2017), and here (2016). 

Top photo by Jessica Hammie


The Flyin’ Illini will be at the State Farm Center this Saturday

It's been 30(!) years since the famed Flyin' Illini took Illinois into the Final Four, a feat that wouldn't happen again until 2005 when we inched just one step closer to the elusive championship.

In celebration of their 30th anniversary, the team will reunite at the Penn State game this Saturday at 11 a.m. From

Several players, coaches and staff from the Flyin' Illini are expected to be in attendance*, including Nick Anderson, Kenny Battle, Kendall Gill, Lowell Hamilton, Marcus Liberty, Stephen Bardo, and many more. Bardo will be calling the game for Big Ten Network. There will be a Meet & Greet, sponsored by Gameday Spirit, with the Flyin' Illini on the court after the game.

There are special ticket deals, merchandise, and giveaways which you can read more about here.

Photo from Illinois Athletics website


Celebrate Black History Month with the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

This weekend you have the opportunity to view a newly discovered silent film from 1930, Borderline. The screening will happen at Foellinger Auditorium at 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 24th. Admission is free. Check out this description from the press release, and you'll see why this is a can't miss event:

Borderline, Kenneth Macpherson’s visually-compelling movie about interracial and LGBT relationships during the 1920s, stars Paul and Eslanda Robeson. The film’s showing will be accompanied by a live performance of Renée Bakers’ thirty-member Chicago Modern Orchestra Project ensemble. Following the showing of the film there will be a discussion with Renée Baker and the audience about her work on the movie and her continuing interest in reviving historical silent movies with her new film scores.

There will be other related screenings and lectures the 24th through 26th, and you can find more about those here


There’s a march today in response to Trump’s National Emergency declaration

From the press release:


jewish action

February 17, 2019

CHAMPAIGN—Bend the Arc:CU and CU Progressives are sponsoring a rally and march on Monday, February 18, to protest the president's declaration of a National Emergency on the southern border.

The event will begin at 3 p.m. in the Champaign Public Library's first-floor meeting rooms with speeches from partner organizations. Ralliers will then proceed to march down Green St. to the Champaign Municipal Building.

The rally will be one of hundreds planned across the country to protest what most legal experts consider to be a dangerous and illegal power grab by the president.

“This country is facing an emergency, but it's not a border emergency,” says Diane Ore, chair of Bend the Arc:CU. “It's a moral emergency prompted by state-sponsored cruelty of unimaginable proportions. To concoct this so-called national emergency to thwart the bipartisan will of Congress and the majority of this country is an outrage.”

Partners for the rally include CU FAIR, Champaign County Young Democrats, CU Indivisible, and ACLU of Champaign County.

Editor's Note, 1:30 p.m.: Since this SPlog was posted, we have since removed a piece of contact information. 

Top photo by Sam Logan


Fernando’s Food Truck is opening a restaurant

Last summer, we shared that Fernando's would be opening a restaurant space in Midtown Champaign. Things have shifted, and now Fernando's will open a restaurant at 612 Daniel in Champaign. The location is ideal for hungry/drunk/hungover students, but it's also another Campustown gem that non-University-affiliated folks can seek out. 

The restaurant should be open in early March. In the meantime, read up on their killer nachos and other delights here

Photo from Facebook


Antoinette Nwandu to adapt Nafissa Thompson-Spires' short story Wash Clean The Bones

More news about Nafissa Thompson-Spires' rise to fame has come up today: Amazon Studios has hired playwright Antoinette Wandu to adapt Thompson-Spires' short story Wash Clean The Bones into a film. You can read more about that news above, and read more about Wandu hereWash Clean The Bones is a short story from Thompson-Spires' critically-acclaimed book Heads of the Colored People, which was long-listed for a National Book Award.

Watch her appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers from a short while back here.

Photo of Wandu (left) by Beowulf Sheehan, photo of Thompson-Spires by Adrianne Mathiowetz