The long weekend is over, sadly, but only having a four day week is a pretty good consolation. Just because this week is a little shorter doesn't mean there's less going on. Keep busy with the wide variety of events going on this week in town! 

Wednesday, September 4th

Join the Champaign Public Library for a writing workshop. This week, Jim O’Brien will be teaching the basics of poetry by breaking down famous poems and helping those in the workshop start their own poem or poetry project. The event begins at 6:30 pm, and it's advised that you bring something with which to write. 

"About the instructor: 
Jim O’Brien recently won the Volunteer ACE Award from 40 North 88 West 'for sharing his passion for poetry and spoken word in an engaging and supportive manner, for his dedication in creating a venue for writers of all levels to gather, discuss, interact and share their voice, for enthusiastically supporting this creative community and inspiring authors to read and display their craft and connect individuals from all walks of life.'" 

This is the first event in the Champaign Public Library's fall workshop series. So if poetry isn't your thing, stay tuned for their other writing classes exploring different forms of writing! For more info about the event and to learn more about upcoming events at the Champaign Public Library, follow this link!

Thursday, September 5th

Feeling artsy? Check out the Espresso Yourself Open Mic night at the Espresso Royale on the corner of Oregon and Goodwin. Whether you have a song or spoken word to share or are just there to listen to other's, open mics are a fun way to relax and meet new, creative people. Plus, there's always awesome coffee and baked goods to enjoy while there! The event runs from 6 to 9 pm and is hosted by Anika Emily and Shaya Robinson. For information about this event, visit their event page

Friday, September 6th

Diane Coffee will be at The Canopy Club with Zzo and The Data Waves this Friday from 8 to 11 pm. Tickets are only $12, so get yours now before they sell out! The Bloomington, IN based band, Diane Coffee, is touring to promote their new album, Internet Arms. Their newest album blends 80's synth with high energy lyrics exploring the modern experience. Click here for tickets and links to music videos from the bands.

Friday, September 6-7th

Get ready to rock at Ellnora|The Guitar Festival. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is hosting this phenomenal event which has drawn in many talented musicians in its past 8 festivals.This year will be no different. 

"The Guitar Festival at Krannert Center, deemed 'one of the world’s most forward-thinking guitar festivals' by Fretboard Journal, has emerged as a favorite destination for musicians and fans from around the world."  

Go to Ellnora to see guitarists play almost nonstop in a truly innovative performance style. Find out more about the festival and how to experience it for yourself here!

Sunday, September 8th

It's back! The Japan House is hosting their 5th annual Matsuri Festival. This Champaign favorite, is a celebration of Asian culture and a wonderful way to bid summer a fond farewell. There will be many performers dazzling audiences with their talents ranging from dance, music, and magic. 

"At this family-friendly event, there will be something for everyone to do. Artists and crafters will have items for sale, as well as interactive activities, such as ikebana (flower arranging), origami (paper folding), yukata and cosplay dressing, traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, and tours of the Arboretum by Master Gardeners will be happening until 6pm. A kid’s area featuring the amazing artistry of Joyful Bubbles and a variety of games will be the highlight of the younger guests."

Authentic Asian cuisine from local restaurants will be served at the event. This year, India will also be represented at the cultural festival with "food, performances and henna artists from the community." This FREE event runs from noon to 9 pm on Sunday. For a more complete look at what to expect at the festival, check out the event's page

As always, we hope you have a great week!