Smile Politely

Weekender: February 24–26


Psychic Joker & C-U Confidential present Time Traveling Cinema, 10:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

SoDo Theatre
Ticket: $5

On the last Friday of each month, Psychic Joker and C-U Confidential will screen classic movies at Sodo Theatre. Refreshments are available for purchase.

This Friday, two films will be shown: Night Tide and Cyrano de Bergerac. (TN)

Night Tide Trailer:

If you triangulated Gilligan’s Island, Stalker (1979), and Species, you might get something approaching this trailer. Always interesting to see how they try to sell weirdo films. A young Dennis Hopper requests your attendance. (RH)


Trailer for Cyrano de Bergerac:


Stiffest cocktail in town: Sidecar at Boltini

It’s a little fru-fru, but damn does it pack a punch. A sidecar is a classic pre-prohibition cocktail, and when made correctly, it tastes like candy and sits much better than say, oh, something like a Sour Pucker and Soda. You can make it at home with ease (1 part Triple Sec / Grand Marnier, 1 part Brandy / Cognac, 1 part freshly squeezed lemon juice — shaken and served up), but why go through the trouble when the barkeeps at Boltini will make it to perfection. Warning: you will likely be drunk after two. One if you are my wife. (SF)

February Salsa Night

Does anything else really need to be said? (TN)


Be a Hero Costume Party, 9:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

Emerald City Lounge

Brother II Brother is hosting a “Know your Status” Super Hero Costume Party. They’ll have a photo booth, raffles, and door prizes, plus a costume contest at midnight. (TN)


Office Space, 10 p.m., the Art Theater, Friday and Saturday, $3

Sure, you’ve probably seen it a hundred times by now but what else are you gonna do besides stay home and watch kung fu? It’s the perfect end to a terrible work week. (JS)




2012 Insect Fear Film Fest, 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6), free admission, Foellinger Auditorium

This annual film fest, sponsored by the Entomology Graduate Student Association, provides more than just shivers on the big screen. This year’s insect to fear is the ant, specifically the international ant. Short films and trailers (more kid appropriate) begin at 7:30 p.m., the scarier movies start at 8:00 p.m. Bring someone to hold so you won’t be too scared when the nuclear powered ant jumps out from behind the skyscraper. (JC)


Occupy a Street Corner — Florida & Philo Edition, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Florida & Philo in Urbana

Occupy C-U plans to occupy a new area on Saturday. “Bring agitprop and drums to help radicalize the townspeople.” (TN)


I……………I’m sorry I can’t. (RH)

But……….There will be drums. (TN)


Triptych Brewing Kickstarter campaign

Triptych Brewing is working hard to raise funds to start a brewery to serve the Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy communities. Here’s our recent feature article covering them as they close in on their Kickstarter goal and their deadline.If you’d like to donate to their Kickstarter you can go here. (JS)


Otters, & Cubs, & Bears … OH MY!, 10:00 p.m.–2:30 a.m.

<——— I would be way happier if these were otters, cubs, and/ or bears. Not that delinquent A&F models aren’t great and all. (RH)

I think that these guys are all cubs. I also think that this poster is more accurate regarding the name of the event. (TN)

Need more hair. (RH)

I can’t argue with that. Cowbell too. (TN)

Emerald City Lounge

Doors: 9:00 p.m.
Cover: $5

The All-Male Review returns to Emerald City for “A Man’s Nite.” Lots of drink specials, and the cover is only $3 when you present your SCRUFF or Grinder profile on your Smart Phone. (TN)

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity, Friday and Saturday, 8:00 p.m., William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave.

Did you read that? It says “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity.” I can, without question, guarantee you that whatever you’re doing on a Satuday cannot match up with infinity. And this is the last weekend you will be offered infinity. Do you understand what I’m trying to tell you? Go on, take a trip to infinity. (RH)




Brunch Hunt: Escobar’s in Downtown Champaign

If there is one thing that the weekend brings to mind, outside of the idea that another work week looms just ahead, it’s the notion that you might wreck your diet before you’ve really had a chance to wake up from last night’s party. In Champaign, we have myriad options to hit brunch in town, and as such, we’re going to start bringing you a new suggestion every week or so to aid you in your search. Up first, Escobar’s in Downtown Champaign. The menu is similar to that of their lunch or dinner menu, but with a few more egg options, as expected, along with a nice bloody mary to boot. But for me, it always starts and ends with their Calamari Frito — perfectly fried squid steaks crusted in panko and served with an herb aioli that will make you want to lick the ramakin clean. It’s seriously that good (SF). See here:

That looks really good. Lately, I’ve had some pretty disappointing meals at a few of the so-called premier restauraunts in this town. But Escobar’s has been consistently solid and has moved up in the rotation. Carry on. (RH)

Rusko at The Canopy Club, 9:00 p.m., $30 advance tickets 

Dubstep is becoming more and more of a force in the C-U music scene, and the world-renowned Britdub-step extraordinaire Rusko brings the beats stateside. Prepare to sweat. (PS)



Gagg While We Drag, 11:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

Chester Street Bar

Cover: $4, $10 for a table

C-Street hosts drag shows every Sunday, with different performers every week. This Sunday features: Calexus Carrington, Sienna Mann, Kelasia Karmikal, Lola Dupree, P Kashmir XxDupree Carrington, and Teddy Mann.

You can read about the drag shows at Chester Street here. (TN)




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