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Unofficial celebrants leaving some green behind

CHAMPAIGN — Unofficial St. Patrick's Day attendees came into town, wallets in hand and ready to spend money all weekend.

"My boyfriend and I are hoping to get drunk in every Big Ten city this year," Sally Jones of Bloomington, Ind., said as she left Kam's on Saturday. "Your football and basketball teams aren't very good, but your bars are Final Four material."

GEO co-president hopes talks with UI can resume this weekend

URBANA — Striking graduate assistants at the University of Illinois wrapped up five days of picketing Friday afternoon with talk of resumed negotiations in the works.

The Graduate Employees Organization announced Friday morning that it had sent a message to the university's bargaining team requesting a meeting.

Live: Unofficial '18

WDWS' Tim Ditman is covering today's revelry on Snapchat. Follow along here. Listen to Ditman's report here.

Avett Brothers coming to State Farm Center on Sept. 27

CHAMPAIGN — The State Farm Center announced Friday that folk-rock band The Avett Brothers will perform there Sept. 27.

The Avett Brothers are best known for their most recent album, 2016’s “True Sadness,” which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Albums Chart, Top Rock Albums Chart and Digital Albums Chart and No. 3 on its Top 200 Chart.

UPDATE: Five days into a strike, GEO ready to talk

Updated 10:15 a.m. Friday

URBANA — The Graduate Employees Organization, which has been on strike since Monday, says it's ready to return to the bargaining table.

The GEO announced Friday morning that it had sent a message to the university's bargaining team on Thursday afternoon requesting a meeting. The union said it had yet to hear a response.

For UI, Friday is 150 years in the making

Friday marks the 150th anniversary of the first day of classes at the Illinois Industrial University, later to become the University of Illinois.

Chris Prom, the UI's assistant archivist, will discuss the early days on campus when he joins guest host Mary Schenk during the 10 a.m. hour on Friday's 'A Penny for Your Thoughts' program on WDWS 1400-AM.

Entertainment listings, March 1-8, 2018


This weekend


What: Urbana is holding an international-themed First Friday for March. Balinese gamelan music and dance by the Bali Lantari ensemble at the library. Special night of music at IMC featuring Congolese musician Jean RenéBalekita opening, followed by CU's new salsa band Timbalú.

When: March 2.

Hitting the high notes with Champaign symphony's composer-in-residence

The CUSO concert at Foellinger Great Hall of Krannert Center presents Music of Destiny on Friday. It includes pieces from composers including Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Mahler. But there's also new work from CUSO Music Alive Composer-In-Residence Stacy Garrop. She told staff writer Paul Wood a little about her career and the piece to be performed.

John Frayne | Music was bright spot in Lyric Theatre's 'Don Giovanni'

The Lyric Theatre @ Illinois production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s masterpiece opera opened on Feb. 22. Before the opening, word had gotten around that Mozart’s and Lorenzo da Ponte’s 18th century serial seducer and sexual assaulter, Don Giovanni, would be changed into a 21st century corporate raider in this setting.

Picketers' ranks growing as UI GEO's strike enters fourth day

The latest on the strike by the UI's Graduate Employees Organization, which began at 8 a.m. Monday and enters its fourth day today:


By the GEO's count, about 50 new faces joined the picketers Wednesday, said Co-President Gus Wood, putting the total at more than 850. "Greg Hall is now shut down. That's 8 buildings!!!" Wood announced.