Smile Politely

Weekender: Feb. 28-Mar. 2


Get yourself a growler, Triptych Brewing, 1703 Woodfield Drive, Savoy, 3-11 p.m. price depends on selection: $6-$19

There are usually eight different beers on tap, and you can buy tasters for $1-$1.50. If you’re unfamiliar with the brews, have a taster (or two), and then choose your growler (32 or 64 ounces). The Valentine (chocolate cherry stout) pairs well with ice cream cake (and most desserts), so you might want to consider swinging by Dairy Queen, too. It’ll be a good weekend. (JH)

Hatch Art Exhibition Opening, Indi-go Art Co-op, 6 p.m., $5

Hatch, a creative re-use art festival, is kicking off its events this weekend with an opening reception at Indi-go Art Co-op. The opening, which will feature two trash-fashion designs by internationally known artist and Hatch Visiting Artist-in-Residence Nancy Judd, is a time for artists and guests to mingle and check out re-use art pieces. After the opening night, the exhibition will be open daily until March 15 at no charge. Upcoming Hatch events include a Trashion Show on March 7 and an Art Fair on March 15. (RP)

Ian Hobson on piano, Krannert Center, 7:30 p.m., $4-$10

A piano virtuoso takes the stage once again, Champaign-Urbana. Per the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts website: “Renowned pianist Ian Hobson is the music director and conductor of Sinfonia da Camera. Hobson’s performances and recordings span the piano repertoire from the London Pianoforte School to Bach to Rachmaninoff to contemporary pieces written for him by Ridout, Lees, Liptak, and Gardner.”

For those interested in attending, go to the KCPA website for reservation information. The performance is expected to last approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes. (MG)

The Clean House, The Station Theatre, 8 p.m.

Smile Politely contributor Katie Baldwin Prosise makes her directorial debut with this production of Sarah Ruhl’s play. Nominated for a Pulitzer back in 2005, this play features a cast of local actors including Debbie Richardson, David Barkley, and Jodi Prosser. Per the Station website: “this extraordinary romance and unique comedy introduces theatre-goers to Matilde, a Brazilian maid who hates cleaning; her employer Lane, a driven American doctor; Lane’s surgeon husband Charles; and Lane’s unhappily idle sister, all living in ‘metaphysical Connecticut.’” (MG)

The 92s album release party with A Cool Hand and Cheef, Urbana, free, but you should buy an album

Local indie-pop/rock outfit the 92s have a brand spankin’ new album out today called Television Fuzz, which definitely deserves some attention after a really solid EP from a couple of years ago, and releasing songs here and there. You can check out one of those new tracks here, and the title track here, and head out to the show tonight (follow the digital breadcrums to find it…). (PS)


Eat lamb, The Urbana Butcher Shop, 119 West Main Street, Urbana, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., or Layalina Mediterranean Grill, 401 South First Street, 10 a.m to 10 p.m., prices vary

Welcome to March, which is said to often come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. Since eating lion is not acceptable (and unavailable in C-U, unless you’re our larger-than-life sized hunting friend), have yourself something that a lion would eat: a lamb. (Actually, I’m not sure that lions and lambs live in the same biomes, but whatever.) Antelope and zebra would make acceptable substitutes. (Just kidding, people. That shit is illegal.) (JH)

Venice Baroque Orchestra, Krannert Center, Foellinger Great Hall, 7:30 p.m. $10-$38

Committed to the rediscovery of 17th- and 18th-century masterpieces, the Venice Baroque Orchestra returns with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, who ranges with supreme confidence between nuanced storytelling and brilliant technical passages. Click here for ticket information. (AB)

Beat Kitchen Brass Band, Cowboy Monkey, 10 p.m., cover

Mardi Gras isn’t until next week, but Cowboy Monkey is getting started a few days early with two sets of New Orleans funk played by the Beat Kitchen Brass Band. This is perfect for those of us who still want to get funky but are too old to nurse a hangover on a Wednesday morning. (RP)


A Cool Hand, The White Horse, 10 p.m., free

Local band A Cool Hand will be jamming out Saturday evening, providing some good indie rock for this weekend night. With free admission, there is no reason not to stop by and say hello the good ole the White Horse tonight. (AB)



Jeremiah Fisher, Shammateez, Pregnant Spore, Cincinnatus C, The Math Lab, $5, 7 p.m.

Get out of your comfort zone a bit this Sunday with some experiemental tunes. This bill features Chicago’s Pregnant Spore, Philly’s Cincinnatus C, and locals Jeremiah Fisher and Shammateez. If you’re interested, check out Brendan’s piece and interview with Fisher that we published a few months back. Definitely worth hearing if you’re interested in going. (PS)



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