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Weekender: August 8-10


Willy Wonka and the Chocolate FactorySavoy 16 Movie Theater, 10 a.m., $1

What a treat! This is such an affordable way for parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and babysitters to have fun with kids or an older adult. The whole experience of the movies is fun: tickets, popcorn, cold pop, big screen, and a story. The added bonus is that this is the original Willy Wonka so adults can take a trip down memory lane. (SL)

Celebrate National IPA Day (a day late), Blind Pig, Triptych, JT Walker’s, after 12 p.m. (it’s more socially acceptable)

Thursday was National IPA Day, and there may be no greater honor than to drink IPAs all weekend. Stop by one of the above listed local breweries, ask for an IPA, and relax. (JH)

CUTC’s Mary Poppins, Parkland College Theatre

If you have’t seen CUTC star Kari Croop lately all dolled up as the titular Mary Poppins (hosting the Frozen sing-along at the Virginia Theater, carousing at the local Barnes & Noble…), this weekend is your chance. You have two weekends to see the musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film, directed by LaDonna Wilson for the Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company. Performances are July 31st-August 3rd, and again August 7-10. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. except for Sundays which are a 2:30 p.m. matinee. According to CUTC, “the musical originally opened in London in 2004 and is now in its fifth year at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York. Unforgettable songs, dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft have made this one of the most popular Disney films of all time.” (MG)

PechaKucha Night Champaign-Urbana Volume 16, The Krannert Center for Performing Arts, 8:20-10:40 p.m., free

The Krannert Center is hosting another PechaKucha night, an inspirational venue that houses local, national, and international talent. This volume’s theme is #fromwhereIstand, and presenters include Muni Adebimpe and January Boten with Spring Break Civil Rights Pilgrimage, Thomas Nicol with Pens to Lens, and Rachel Lauren Storm with Outta the Mouths of Babes. (RP)


Urbana’s Market at the Square, corner of Illinois and Vine, 7 a.m. to noon

It might be a little redundant for me to tell you to visit the market this weekend, especially since we tell you every Friday what to expect at the market in our Market Watch column. This Saturday is special: it’s National Farmer’s Market Week and there are one bajillion things to do/see/eat, including the mayor. Really. If you’re not into doing things, then you should eat things. Eat doughnuts. Or chicken and waffles. Or autumn berry fruit strips. If you only visit the market once a summer, go this Saturday. (JH)

His Kid’s Closet Fall Fashion Show, Grace Community Church, 2:30 p.m., $3 suggested donation

At this fall fashion show, kids from the community will be walking the runway and Miss Illinois America will be the emcee. Snacks will be provided by Jimmy John’s and there will be a Silent Auction following the show to help us raise money to help His Kid’s Closet continue supporting the local community. (RP)

Man Man, Landlady, The Highdive, $15, 7 p.m.

Man Man is heading back through Champaign this weekend, and they’re joined by Landlady at the Highdive on Saturday evening. This is another installment in the Pygmalion Festival Summer Show Series, which has featured a handful of other great shows thus far (Pelican with Nothing, Blitzen Trapper, Marissa Nadler), so this one should follow suit. Man Man has been in C-U a few times before, performing early last year, as well as another time for Pygmalion a few years back. They know what to expect, but you might not, so head over and experience it for yourself if you’ve missed them. Even if you’ve seen them before, you shouldn’t pass this one up this weekend. (PS)


4000 Miles, The Station Theatre, 8 p.m., $15

People! This is your last chance to see 4000 Miles! The final play in the Station Theatre’s three-show summer mini-season closes tonight only a sadly too-short two-week run. It also happens to be the birthday of cast member Janice Rothbaum, who plays the tart-tongued grandmother, Vera. 4000 Miles, written by Amy Herzog and directed by Sara Boland-Taylor, is a smart and moving tale of family relationships and a cross-country bicycle trip (or vice versa). Call 217-384-4000 for reservations, or visit the Station website. (MG)

Free school physicals, dental exam, and immunization, Douglas Park, 11a.m. to 3 p.m.

School is right around the corner. Don’t wait too long to get your kids in for their physical exams because appointments fill up quick. Why not, instead, bring them out to douglas park this Saturday. To recieve immunizations you must bring your childs immunization records. Appointments can be made by calling (217) 721-6540 but walk-ins are accepted, too. (SL)


Check out the new Error Records and Farm League Skate Shop spaces, Downtown Urbana, anytime

I finally visited both of these spaces yesterday, and I am impressed with what they’ve both brought to Downtown Urbana. Both spaces are quaint while utilizing what they have effectively. You can check out Sam’s recap of both Error and Farm League, or go visit them for yourself and pick up some merchandise while you’re at it. (PS)


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