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EBERTFEST AND THE ILLINOIS MARATHON – Parking Access & Directions

Saturday, April 22nd (7 A.M.-3 P.M.)
Closures dependent on race times.  Various portions of route may open earlier.

 Parking Access & Directions

For maps, visit:

Marathon Traffic Beltway: http://illinoismarathon.com/wp-content/uploads/IL_Marathon_beltway.pdf?x16837

 City of Champaign Hill Street Parking Deck and municipal parking lots: http://champaignil.gov/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/parkingmap.jpg

 

Directions to Ebertfest

To get to the Virginia Theatre from southern Champaign on Saturday, take Staley Road north to Bradley Avenue, Bradley east to State Street, and State Street south. Follow City of Champaign signage to the Hill Street Parking Deck, municipal lots, or available metered spaces.

To get to the Virginia Theatre from northern Champaign on Saturday, take Bradley Avenue east to State Street and State Street south. Follow City of Champaign signage to the Hill Street Parking Deck, municipal lots or available metered spaces.

To get to the Virginia Theatre from southern

Urbana on Saturday, take High Cross Road north to University Avenue, University Avenue west to Lincoln Avenue, Lincoln Avenue north to Bradley Avenue, Bradley Avenue west to State Street, and State Street south. Follow City of Champaign signage to the Hill Street Parking Deck, municipal lots, or available metered spaces.

 

To get to the Virginia Theatre from northern

Urbana on Saturday, take University Avenue west to Lincoln Avenue, Lincoln Avenue north to Bradley Avenue, Bradley Avenue west to State Street, and State Street south. Follow City of Champaign signage to the Hill Street Parking Deck, municipal lots, or available metered spaces.

Please note that parking is prohibited in the private lots adjacent to the Housing Authority of Champaign County and Hickory Point Bank.

EBERTFEST ANNOUNCES PANELS AT THE 2017 FESTIVAL

19th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival // April 19-23, 2017 in Champaign, IL

The 19th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival co-founded and hosted by Chaz Ebert, also known as ‘Ebertfest,’ announced today the panel discussions that will take place during the festival. All of the panels address the themes of the festival this year: empathy, compassion, kindness and forgiveness, principles that Roger believed cinema should inspire.

Panelists include festival filmmaker guests, critics, scholars and Ebert Fellows. Panels are free and open to the public and will be streamed live at www.ebertfest.com. Film introductions and after-film discussions will also be streamed live at www.ebertfest.com. Additionally, selected festival events will be streamed at http://www.indiewire.com/tag/ebertfest.

This year’s panel discussions, with associated guests (*appearance of panelists subject to availability):

EMPATHY AND COMPASSION AND THE ARTS
Moderated by Chaz Ebert
Panelists: members of the Ebert Fellows
9:00 am, Thursday, April 20
Hyatt Place Hotel, downtown Champaign

TWO HOURS IN SOMEONE ELSE’S SHOES
Moderated by Nate Kohn, Director, Roger Ebert’s Film Festival
Panelists: Tanya Wexler, Hugh Dancy, Michael Phillips, Michael Hausman, Michael Butler, Charles Burnett, Sheila O’Malley, Richard Neupert
10:15 am, Thursday, April 20
Hyatt Place Hotel, downtown Champaign

WHY DOCUMENTARIES MATTER
Moderated by Simon Kilmurry, IDA Executive Director
Panelists: Ben Lear, Sasha Alpert, Rick Goldsmith, Jay Rosenstein, Matt Zoller Seitz, Nell Minow, Brian Tallerico, Robert Townsend, Richard Leskosky 9:00 am, Friday, April 21 Hyatt Place Hotel, downtown Champaign

EMPATHY FOR THE UNIVERSE
Moderated by Brand Fortner, Professor, North Carolina State University
Panelists: Donna Cox, Ed Seidel, Robert Patterson, Bill Gropp, Julie Turnock, Veronica Paredes, Nate Kohn, Chaz Ebert
10:15 am, Friday, April 21
Hyatt Place Hotel, downtown Champaign

Workshop: THE ETHICS OF FILM PRESERVATION AND RESTORATION
Barry Allen, film archivist
9:30 am, Saturday, April 22
Hyatt Place Hotel, downtown Champaign

CHALLENGING STIGMA THROUGH THE ARTS
Discussion with Q&A following the screening of MIND/GAME: THE UNQUIET JOURNEY OF CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW
Moderated by Eric Pierson
Panelists: Rick Goldsmith, Carla Hunter, Juli Kartel, Joseph Omo-Osagie, Chamique Holdsclaw (via Skype)
Virginia Theatre
*Please note this panel is only available with a festival pass or individual ticket to MIND/GAME.

Ebertfest is a special event held in collaboration with the College of Media at the University of Illinois and will take place April 19-23, 2017 in Champaign, IL at the Virginia Theatre. Major filmmakers, stars, historians, critics and film-lovers from all over the world come to experience this annual celebration that includes films from lists Roger drew up over the first 15 years of the festival, as well as others selected by Chaz Ebert and Festival Director Nate Kohn based on Roger’s established criteria for an Ebertfest film.

Festival passes are available for $150, plus processing, and for the first time, festival-goers will receive a discount when they purchase a four-pack priced at $510 instead of $600, or 15 percent off. Additionally, a small number of U. of I. student passes will be made available priced at $100 each.

Tickets for individual movies are available. Admission is $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors. All passes can be purchased through www.ebertfest.com, www.thevirginia.org or at the Virginia Theater box office, 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign, 217-356-9063.

For additional information, please visit http://www.ebertfest.com/.

PETER FRAMPTON TO RETURN TO C-U FOR RESCHEDULED CONCERT AT HISTORIC VIRGINIA THEATRE, FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017

Champaign, IL – Grammy Award-winning singer-guitarist PETER FRAMPTON will appear for a special rescheduled concert at the historic Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign on Friday, April 14, at 8:00 P.M. (with doors opening at 7:00 P.M.)  Patrons with tickets from the artist’s postponed March 30th show at the Virginia will receive new tickets for the April 14th concert, with the same seat assignments. These replacement tickets will be mailed to each patron no later than Tuesday, April 4. Additional reserved seating tickets ($47.50-$77.50) remain and will go on sale to the general public Monday, April 3, 2017, at 10:00 A.M., at the Virginia box office, thevirginia.org, or charge by phone at 217-356-9063. Presented by Exceptional Artists, in partnership with the Champaign Park District.


A personal message from Peter Frampton:

“I have to thank everyone involved in making it possible to reschedule this show so quickly. It will now be Friday April 14th at 8:00pm at the Virginia Theatre. I couldn’t wait to play the show the first time. But, this time l am coming back to see friends who, with me, experienced a bizarre electronic meltdown! I will never forget your understanding and encouragement that night. Thank you! So, let’s do this again and bring friends. We have a few seats left to fill. Can’t wait. See you very soon.”

– Peter Frampton, 4/1/17


Peter Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. At 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British band The Herd. At 18, he co-founded one of the first super groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie. His session work includes collaborations with such legendary artists as George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ringo Starr, John Entwistle, and many others. His fifth solo album, the electrifying Frampton Comes Alive!, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and remains one of the top-selling live records of all time.

2016 saw the release of Mr. Frampton’s latest album, Acoustic Classics, which received widespread critical acclaim from The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Billboard, and many more. On Acoustic Classics, Peter Frampton brings us stripped-down versions of all his hits, including “Baby, I Love Your Way,” “Lines On My Face,” “Do You Feel Like I Do,” “Show Me The Way” and more. His widely-acclaimed “Peter Frampton Raw: An Acoustic Tour” added dates this spring, including the one at Champaign’s Virginia Theatre March 30th that was cut short due to a technical malfunction.

“One of rock ‘n’ roll’s lifelong major players”—Rolling Stone

For more, visit www.frampton.com or www.thevirginia.org.