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Weekender: February 10–12


Illinois Hockey vs. Lindenwood University at 7:30 p.m., $?

Illini hockey faces off against one of the best teams in the country (25-4 record). The Illini will need two wins this weekend, as well as a little help from other teams if they have any hopes to take the 3rd spot in the CSCHL standings before the league tournament. (PS)

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Fri–Sat, 7:30 p.m.; Sun, 3:00 p.m.

Kranner Center, Studio Theater

This play is wonderful. Please see our review here. Highly recommended. (TN)

Stephen Sondheim’s Company, Fri–Sun, 8:00 p.m.

The Station Theatre

Please see Meghan Whelan’s review here.

You can watch the trailer here. (TN)


Class It Up, the After Party, 8:00–11:00 p.m.

Emerald City Lounge

The party doesn’t end after Class it UP 2 has concluded. Emerald City is hosting a fundraiser for the UP Center of Champaing County. All Sales of the “Ruby Cocktail” will be donated at 100% directly to the UP Center.

The Ruby Cocktail is a vodka cocktail to be mixed and sold only for this event! Larger poster image (TN)


Withershins, Sequoia, Hot Cops & New Ruins, 9:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

Mike ‘N Molly’s

Withershins will be playing songs off of their forthcoming Silver Cities.

Chicago’s Sequoia has recently recorded Couple Two Tree at Great Western Record Recorders in 2011.

I’m not familiar with this new (to me) genre called “slop-rock,” but from what I’ve heard, Hot Cops has mastered it and it’s supposedly best enjoyed live.

New Ruins is awesome. That’s all that needs to be said. (TN)

Mike & Kayla at JT’s, 9:00 p.m.–12:30 a.m.

JT Walker’s Restaurant & Sports Bar

Get there early if you want a table, and prepare yourself for a “crazy evening.” (TN)






The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), 1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

The Virginia Theatre
Tickets are $5. (PS)

E-Fest, Sat, 7:30 a.m.10:00 p.m.; Sun, 7:30 a.m.3:00 p.m.

University of Illinois Armory Track & Field Facility

E-Fest is an an indoor electric-flying festival where participating pilots stretch their skills to the limit … and spectators shake off the winter doldrums by watching edge-of-your-seat indoor aerobatics.

Both days of E-Fest allow several hours for open flying. Other times are reserved for slow & micro flyers, jets, helis, 3-D, combat, and sponsored demos. Saturday’s fun concludes with “Black-Out Night Flying,” when the Armory fills with music and flying LEDs.

For complete information about E-Fest, visit the festival website. (TN)

Drop It Down: A Valentine’s Day Inspired Show, 10:30 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

Emerald City Lounge

Inspired by the upcoming Valentine’s Day, Leiloni Stars and Aurora Lamont-Carrington are planning a fantastic show, with special guests: Springfield’s Mimi Vincent and Iowa City’s Anja Mann.

Table reservations are available. Please call (217) 202-7565 to book:

  • 3-top tables for $20 on the outer portions of the stage and runway
  • 4-top tables for $30 along the runway and stage
  • 4-seat black leather couches for $30 at the end of the runway
  • 5-seat VIP white leather couches for $40 on either side of the stage

All table reservations include door cover and wait service. You can add a bottle of bubbly to your table for just $10 more.

Cover: $5 at the door.
Age: 19+

Larger poster image (TN)

The Dirty Feathers, White Mystery, Midstress and Folded Bones LIVE!, 8:00 p.m.–2:30 a.m.

Cowboy Monkey

Folded Bones are a stripped down three piece that dishes their fair share of howlin’ blues music. They hopped on this bill a few weeks prior to the show, but act as an excellent compliment to the other bands.

Midstress is the local punk staple. By ways of their sophomore effort, Growing Up is Getting Oldtheir rath will destroy you – in a good way of course.

White Mystery is a filthy garage rock brother-sister red-headed duo from Chicago. There’s no mystery in understanding why this is not a set you’ll want to miss. Here’s an interview with them from 2010.

The Dirty Feathers are the perfect local counterpart to the red-heads and their infused psych rock will make this one a very loud bill to be at. (PS)


Porkapalooza III … Pork in Space!, 6:30–9:30 p.m.

Boltini Lounge

One of my favorite bars? Bacon-fueled beerfest? Triple S Farms? A Chicago-based band that calls itself “Polkaholics”? I’m there. (TN)

No Cover
Age: 21+



Illinois Men’s Gymnastics vs. University of Illinois Chicago at 5 p.m., $?

Come see them after their second and before their third shoulder surgeries, while they’ve still got it! (JG)



“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.

Centennial High School Auditorium

Catch the last couple performances of this show (also playing Friday night at 7 and Saturday at 11 and 2:30). It’s put on by the (sic) Champaign-Urbana Junior Woman’s Club. (JG)

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