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Weekender: April 15-17

Friday, April 15th

Audition for By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Station Theatre, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., free

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark has been rescheduled from February to June 16-26. Auditions are this weekend (email for previews/scripts). From the website, there are still a good handful of roles available. (JH)

Three candles in glass jars on a shelf. On the left, a candle with a big yellow lemon on top; in the middle a candle with light green cactus flowers on top; on the right, a candle with fruity pebbles cereal on top. Photo from the Firedoll Studio Facebook page.

Photo from the Firedoll Studio Facebook page.

Make an appointment to make some candles, Fire Doll Studio, all weekend (for future dates), $41.04

Fire Doll Studio has candle making workshops on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings. Workshops include the candle you make and a beverage. In May, there will be a special Mother’s Day workshop, too. You can view available dates and register online. (JH)

Learn some new Latin Dance moves, Urbana Dance Company, all weekend, prices vary

Here’s a great way to bring some heat into your body and your spirit. Choose from one hour lessons, open dance sessions, and deeper dives into Salsa and Bachata. UDC is a welcoming space with pro instructors ready to meet dancers at all levels. (DD) 

Saturday, April 16th

At Urbana's indoor Winter Farmers' Market, a vendor stands behind her desserts for sale. There is a metal tiered display of cookies on a black tableclothed table. Photo by Jorge Murga.

Photo by Jorge Murga.

Visit the indoor market, Lincoln Square Mall, 8 a.m. to noon, free

There are only a few weekends left for the indoor Winter Farmers Market, so be sure to check out some of the vendors. I love to get the cronut of the week from Cenral Illinois Bakehouse’s table. If they have maple-bacon cronuts or cinnamon rolls, get one. (AB)

Color portrait of playwright, director, actor Madeline Sayet laughing.

Photo courtesy of Madeline Sayet.

Catch a matinee performance of Madeline Sayet’s reimagined production of The Neverland, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 2 p.m. $10-$50

This is your last chance to experience Sayet’s revolutionary take on Peter Pan. Presented in workshop format, you’ll get the benefit of seeing the iterative progress the creative and technical staff have made throughout their KCPA run. (DD)

Celebrate Spring at the library, Urbana Free Library, 4 p.m., free

Folk musician Emily Anne performs at the Urbana Free Library as part of their Seeds and Songs event. There will be music, crafts, and a seed giveaway, so something for all ages. Come celebrate the return of Spring. (SW)

Studio portrait of musician Lala Lala. She crouches looking to the left of the screen, holding a pair of scissors.

Image from Pygmalion’s Facebook page. 

Hear some indie-pop, Rose Bowl Tavern, 8 p.m., $15 adv, $20 door

Lala Lala’s Lillie West brings her indie/pop/rock sound to the Rose Bowl in support of her 2021 album I Want the Door to Open. I can’t say I know her music too well, but the more I’ve been listening to her work, the more it’s growing on me and I find it gets stuck in my head. No doubt a rising star. Joining her is special guest Elton Aura. (SW)

Sunday, April 17th

Try a Filipino brunch, A Taste of Both Worlds, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $10.50

This Broadway Food Hall gem of a restaurant recently started offering brunch dishes. Try the fried eggs with garlic rice or spamsilog, the Asian breakfast with meat fried crispy. A Taste of Both Worlds also serve longsilog, Filipino sausages, and tocilog, a traditional sweet and savory Filipino breakfast. If you can’t make it Sunday, don’t worry: the restaurant serves these brunch dishes any day of the week, anytime the Filipino-Cambodian restaurant is open. Order in person, by phone, or delivery through apps. (AB)

Skate for free, Skateland Savoy, 2 to 5 p.m., free plus cost of skates and extras

Head over to Skateland on Sunday and you won’t have to pay admission! You’ll need to bring money for skates if you don’t have your own, as well as for any other activities and/or food. It’s a great way to tap into some nostalgia and release your inner child. (JM)

Photo from Japan House.

Listen to music among the Sakura, Japan House, 4 to 6 p.m., free

For this month’s Third Sunday Music in the Forest, Japan House is featuring the Chip McNeill Jazz Quartet. Let the sounds of jazz music wash over you as you stroll the Japan House grounds, now with blooming Sakura and Magnolia trees. The Matcha Cafe will be serving sweet and savory snacks, as well as hot and cold matcha and bottled water. Register for your free ticket here. (JM)

Top photo by Anna Longworth.


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