Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the events are so delightful!

This first event has been going on for a few days, and will continue until April 26, 2018. As you may know, the “Isle of Dogs” became a limited release film, and luckily, The Art Theater in Champaign, IL is one of the few theaters showing it! They have multiple showings but you should check out the Facebook event for more details to see the exact times.

“When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture. (2018, Wes Anderson, USA, 101 mins PG-13, DCP)

‘Isle of Dogs boils over, not just with kinesthetic fur, but with visual details, cinematic references, and, in a relatively new development for this filmmaker, topical political ideas.’ — Dana Stevens, Slate

‘The world is trash, and Wes Anderson is currently enjoying the hottest streak of his career. These things, it turns out, are not unrelated. The worse things get, the more fantastical Anderson’s films become; the more fantastical Anderson’s films become, the better their style articulates his underlying sincerity. Disorder fuels his imagination, and the staggeringly well-crafted “Isle of Dogs” is nothing if not Anderson’s most imaginative film to date.’ — David Ehrlich, IndieWire

‘The unique charm of Isle of Dogs is its bottomless vault of curios, its sly humor, playful graphic inserts and dexterous narrative detours.’ — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

‘Isle of Dogs dazzles with creativity and dry wit. Wes Anderson’s unique vision permeates every wonderful, artistic frame.’ — Julian Roman, MovieWeb”

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If you like Theatre and you like “The Wizard of Oz” then you don’t want to miss the National Tour that is performing at the State Farm Center this Thursday! Buy your tickets soon and read up on the event!

“Join us for the National Tour of Wizard of Oz at State Farm Center in Champaign, IL!

This production of THE WIZARD OF OZ is a spectacular celebration of that classic 1939 MGM film. It’s a new, refreshed and lavish rendition of the beloved classic. Audiences young and old, seeing it for the first time or the fifth, will be dazzled by the brightly colored sets, charmed by its timeless score and enthralled with its breathtaking special effects. It truly is a wonderful show for the whole family. And whether it creates new memories or conjures them up from the past, everyone deserves to experience or relive the wonderful, whimsical and enduring story, THE WIZARD OF OZ.

Box Office: 1-866-455-4641”

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Have you wanted to work on your poetry? Or perhaps learn more about poetry as a whole? Well the Freedom Poetry Workshop with Tasleem Jamila may be perfect for you for this Friday April 20th at the Champaign Public Library from 4:30PM-5:30PM! The Champaign Public Library has quite a few events this month and it’s worth checking out!

“**New date and time!**

Poet, performer, and educator Tasleem Jamila will present a dynamic workshop focusing on breaking free from limitations and barriers through the power of poetry. Part of National Poetry Month at the Library. For adults.

About the artist: Tasleem Jamila, aka TAJ, is an internationally renowned poet, vocalist, and cultural producer. Her sound is a fusion of hip hop, spirituals, mystical chants, and lyrical soul. With performances that include The Kennedy Center, Excel London, Columbia University (NYC) and the African World Festival of the Arts. She has performed her works across the US as well as the UK, Africa, and Canada and continues to tour worldwide. Tasleem recently published a book of poetry, Black Baptist Muslim Mystic which is receiving critical acclaim in addition to her album “Tasleem” and live and unplugged DVD “My Soul Speaks.” She is sought after for her captivating energy as a host, professional skills as a cultural producer and educating activist as a workshop facilitator. tasleemjamila.com

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Exile on Main Street is have a Record Store Day on Saturday! They have multiple musicians performing throughout the day which is awesome, live music and deals on records, clothes, video games, and whatever else they may have in inventory! Sounds like a grand time and I would go if I were in town, check it out fam!

“We’re at 75% of our goal so it’s looking like we can make this happen. Chip in (pre-pay, basically) if you can so we can have everything y’all want in stock! https://www.gofundme.com/saverecordstoreday

We’ll be rocking two stages again this year, and we’ll try to have as much other cool stuff happening as we can. Food trucks? Maybe! Coffee? Let’s hope! Sales? Of course! Non-winter weather? My god, please. We might even try for face painting again.

Announced artists:
The Bashful Youngens
Emily Blue
Fiona Kimble
John Lindell
MC Rota
Melvin Knight and The Amber Sky
Pressure Fit
Ryan Groff ( of Elsinore)
Sixteen Tons
The Underwerewolves
V.V. Lightbody
We The Animals

Third wave of artist announcements coming soon!”

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Once again the annual Holi Festival is taking place, it was supposed to be the past April 14th, but it had to be rescheduled for Saturday, April 21st. It’s a fundraiser where you get to throw color at each other! You can order your tickets now, and even get meal tickets for both meat and vegetarian options! It is such an enjoyable time, I went the past two years and took photos, this couple looks like they were having fun! CPM will have a table out there so swing by and say hello, pickup whatever we have at our table, and throw it at each other! The Facebook event has the exact location and times.

“Join us for a fun day of Holi celebration! Colors will be provided and there will be plenty of food, music, and dance! Holi is an Indian celebration of colors and of spring that will be held April 21st. Bring your friends and be doused from head to toe in different colors! Buy your tickets today!”

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