Smile Politely

Weekender: December 13-15


Kill Your Darlings, Art Theater Co-Op, 5 & 7:30 p.m., prices vary

Allen Ginsberg is coming to C-U. Actor Daniel Radcliffe plays Ginsberg in the new movie Kill Your Darlings, starting tonight at the Art Theater. The film focuses on Ginsberg’s early life in college, leading up to the start of the Beat Generation. It’ll play throughout the week—check out the trailer here. (JK)

2013 NCAA Division 1 Volleyball Tournament match vs. Purdue, State Farm Center, 6 p.m., $7.50

If you haven’t heard yet, the University of Illinois’s Women’s Volleyball is on a roll in the 2013 D1 NCAA tournament.

They are currently undefeated in the tournament at 2-0. They look to defeat Purdue on Friday, Dec. 13 to advance to the Regional Finals. With the way they are playing, they may make it all the way to the Championship which will be held in Seattle, Washington. So go watch them in action and cheer them on while they are still in town. You can buy tickets here. (PY)

Chess, The Station Theatre, 8 p.m., $15

The Cold War pop musical experience returns to the Station for another weekend. If you’ve ever had a secret (or not so secret) desire to have “One Night in Bangkok” sung at you from six feet away, now is your chance, dammit. Station vets Malia Andrus and David Barkley headline a talented ensemble of actors and musicians in one of the biggest shows ever to be crammed into the Station’s little brick building. Performcances begin at 8 p.m. all weekend long; tickets are $15 on Friday and Saturday, $10 on Sunday. To make a reservation, call 217-384-4000 or visit the Station website. (MG)

Hank., Los Assparados, Crank Wizards, Mike ‘N Molly’s, 9 p.m., $7 or $5 with a children’s toy

You can participate in a Very Merry Hank.mas tonight over at Mike ‘N Molly’s by spreading some holiday cheer for a good cause. Not only will you see three really great local bands perform, but Hank. is spearheading a childen’s toy drive at the show. So, if you bring a toy for a kid in need this holiday season, you get a couple bucks off of your cover charge. Kind of a win-win situation. Aside from those good feelings, all of these bands are worth hearing. Hank. put out their stellar debut album earlier this year, Pinched., so you can go hear that in the flesh. Do it. (PS)


Pick up a holiday gift for your music junkie of a friend, Exile on Main, Record Swap, Error Records, price varies, all day

Everyone has one of these. A friend who is a collector of physical music, who is either looking to get some extra records this holiday season, or something to help enhance his/her listening experience. You’re in luck, because there are a bunch of places around town that provide those types of gifts at reasonable prices. Plus, you can help support a local shop instead of rummaging around on the web to find something for a couple bucks cheaper. Head over to either Exile on Main in Downtown Champaign, Record Swap in Midtown on University Avenue, or Error Records on Neil Street to find these things. Records, turntables, speakers, cleaning equipment, you name it, one of those places has it. The music junkie will be a happy camper. (PS)

White Christmas, The Art Theater Co-op, 11:30 a.m.

From the Art’s website: “One of the most popular Christmas films of all time, WHITE CHRISTMAS is a verified holiday classic starring the powerhouse quartet of Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera Allen, featuring a hit parade of Irving Berlin tunes. WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of a successful song-and-dance team who become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.” This holiday classic will screen Saturday and Sunday morning at 11:30 a.m. Take the kids. (MG)

Lunch or Dinner, Orange & Brew, 1201 S. Neil, Champaign, 12 p.m.  

The new sports bar is now open. The menu is lenghty and includes burgers, pizzas, wings, soups, salads, and sandwiches. Oh, they also have several entrées. And desserts. I’m withholding judgement until I go and try it, but I am guessing that this would be a fine and dandy spot to watch a game and have a wang bang. (JH)


Not Just Noise: An Art Show, indi go Art Gallery, 6-9 p.m. 

Indi Go art gallery hosts a new exhibit, Not Just Noise: An Art Show, using art from six local artist-musicians. Various media will be used in order to show passion toward the underground music scene. Artists are Matthew Adis, Brian Galecki, Kamila Glowacki, John Menchaca, Martin Meyer, and Tim Reynolds. The opening reception is Saturday night from 6-9 p.m., with free admission, food, and drink. The exhibit is up until the 18th during the gallery’s regular hours. (JK)


Whisk(e)y Tasting, Corkscrew, 2-4 p.m., $10

Check out Corkscrew’s tasting event this Sunday, which features eight whisk(e)ies. Here’s the lineup:

  • Deanstons Virgin Oak Scotch
  • Journeymans Buggy Whip Wheat
  • Breckenridge Bourbon
  • Journeymans Rye
  • Ledaig 10yr Scotch
  • Tobermorey 10yr Scotch
  • Black Maple Hill Bourbon
  • LBL Apple Sin Moonshine

If you pay the $10 tasting fee in cash and make any purchase of $30 or more, they’ll refund your tasting fee. (RP)

Little Co-op Chefs (ages 5-7): Potato Knishes/Greenhouse Gasses, CommonGround Food Co-op, Lincoln Sqaure Mall, Urbana, 2-3:30 p.m., $15 owners/$20 non-owners (2nd kid ½ off; parents attend for free)

If you haven’t noticed, there aren’t any Jewish delis ’round these parts. This Co-op kids cooking class will allow your child to learn to make delicious potato knishes and teach them about greenhouse gas emissions—so much learning! Since parents have to attend, you’ll get the recipe and be able to make knishes at home. (JH)


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