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Sounds Like Community

Introducing the IMC's new web series! 

(every Wednesday at 7pm CST, until the IMC re-opens for physical gatherings)

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

Stephanie "Frank" Smith and Comedy with "From the Queerantine"

To tune in to the live stream CLICK HERE (Posted Wednesday at 5pm)


(we recommend using headphones for better sound quality)

Or you can dial in: dial XXX and enter XXX and the # sign

Or listen on the radio, 104.5 FM or stream from

If you are able, we invite you to contribute this week to (posted each Wednesday) 

Make a donation to the UCIMC HERE. You make the UCIMC possible.

Find out about future events by signing up for the IMC newsletter HERE

Do you want to recommend a local artist, creation, organization, talk, or other content which you would like to see featured in our Sounds Like Community series? Please email us with your recommendations:

The UCIMC's amazing Programming Committee created Sounds Like Community in to help the community, the artists and activists re-establish the time-based and community-based experiences that are so deeply diminished in our lives. You can join the committee! email and they will put you on the email announcement list. 

Please support the UCIMC in this work. We normally rely on venue rental. So our normal monthly income is not happening right now. Any amount you can give will be very much appreciated. Thank you!

View or Listen to Our Past Shows

Wednesday, May 20th : Sam Natla and Chris Logan

  • Part I: Sam Natla, who hosts a weekly show on WRFU called Prison Justice, will visit Sounds Like Community for a short talk on police brutality across the United States and how communities have responded. 
  • Chris Logan founded his company CHRIS LOGAN Graf-X in 2006 gave an airbrush demonstration and talked about his art and small business. Learn more about his art and view samples on his facebook page,

Presenters invited donations to Aleyah Lewis' Legal Defense Fund

You can listen or watch the archive of this show here.

Wednesday, May 13th : Ja Nelle Pleasure and Neely Bruce 

  • Part I: Ja Nelle Pleasure shares poetry with improvised responses by Neely Bruce.

  • Part II: Neely Bruce shares original compositions and improvisations with thematic responses by Ja Nelle Pleasure. 

Performers invited donations to The Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

You can listen or watch the archive of this show here.

Wednesday, May 6th : Brazilian Music and Poets Speak Justice for Aleyah

Resources to support Ms. Lewis' Case and Legal Defense Fund: 

Schedule for Sounds Like Community:

  • Part I - Brazilian & Afro-Brazilian folkloric and popular music by Sr. Wilson Roca
  • Part II - Champaign-Urbana Poets Speak Justice for Aleyah
  • The guest MC was IMC Executive Director Miriam Larson.

Performers invited donations to the Sr. Wilson via his friend Mark's Venmo (@Mark-Becker-26) or paypal to and Aleyah Lewis' Legal Defense Fund

You can access the archive of the first half here and the second half will be posted soon. 

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 : Miriam Larson and Stand Up Comedy

Our guest MC’s for the week were Jane McClintock and Ibrahim Ouedraogo. Ibrahim gave an introduction in French to the evening’s performers. 

  • Part I: Miriam Larson shares Irish, New England and old-time tunes on flute with layered backup on jaw harp. She’ll intersperse some favorite contemporary and traditional folk tunes by artists including Lhasa de Sela and John Prine.

  • Part II: Four local comedians will bravely experiment with virtual comedy. Farah, Tanya, Andrea and Annie, frequent performers at local Broad Comedy nights, will give the audience something to laugh about in these difficult times. 

Performers invited donations to the Independent Media Center COVID-19 Revenue Recovery Campaign, Tanya's Venmo Account @tany4nyta, Doctors Without Borders and Chicago's Food Bank.

You can listen or watch the archive of this show here.

flyer for April 22 2020 Sounds Like Community

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 : the Earth Day edition of Sounds Like Community

  • Part I: How Local Food Systems Heal Our Bodies and Our Soil with Dr. Anita Ung and Dr Japhia Ramkumar.
  • Part II: Cosmic Charlie Harris tells the story of the Rose Bowl Tavern's successful leap into live streaming, explains the RBTVmedia calendar, and then joins Cody Jensen to share folk tunes on bass, banjo and more in their celebrated duo, Bones Jugs. Donations are being shared between Bones Jugs and The Rose Bowl Tavern via To purchase digital downloads of Bones Jugs music through bandcamp:

More Resources:

  • Slides for the Local Food Systems presentation can be found here.
  • And you can listen along with the the slides with the audio recording coming soon from WRFU.
  • Links to some of the projects mentioned during the Local Food Systems presentation:
    • Drawdown Project on climate solutions: Drawdown Project's website and the book, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. (2017). by Paul Hawken.
    • Pollinator Pocket resources from the University of Illinois' Extension here
    • The Randolph Street Garden (in Champaign, IL) is welcoming volunteer gardeners. Find out more on their facebook page.

The archive of this show is in two parts: slide show and audio.










Wednesday, April 15, 2020:
elizaBeth Simpson (founder of the We Wanna Woke community Justice choir) and Michael Holt (performer/author and house culture advocate) performed live, and shared conversation on what's they're doing to "rehumanize music."

Tip Michael and ElizaBeth through ko-fi HERE. Donations are being shared with Cidadania em Cena

Find the archived show at (link coming soon):

Thursday, April 9, 2020: (yes, our first two shows were on Thursdays)
Part I: "How to Access Solar" with Amanda Pankau (of Prairie Rivers Network), Scott Allen and Cate York (Citizens Utility Board), and Susan Parenti (School for Designing a Society/Cassandra Project).
Part II: West African music by Ibrahim Ouedraogo. Ibrahim requested that donations be directed to the Eastern Illinois Food Bank

Resources from the Talk "How to Access Solar":How to Save With Solar (PDF)

Find the full archived show

Thursday, April 2, 2020: featured singer-songwriter Emily McKown and members of the band Meadowhawkfiddle/guitar duo Matt Turino and Claire Johnson. Donations for this show went to the Channing Murray's Bucket Brigade -- delivering essential groceries to extremely low-income families in Urbana who are recommended by Cunningham Township Supervisor’s Office. UPDATE: The show raised $200 dollars, according to the Channing Murray Foundation!

Find the archived show on the UCIMC's facebook page.