Smile Politely

Weekender: February 7-9


Drink a Fig-Horn, Big Grove Tavern, 11 a.m. -11 p.m., $9.50
I recently had this cocktail made of gin with figs, ruby port, fresh lime, and ginger beer. It was quite a lovely drink, and after this week of yet more winter weather, why not relax with a cocktail in hand? The price tag is pretty heavy, so savor your sips. (JH)



OSCAR Nominated Short Films, The Art Theater Co-op, 5:30 and 7 p.m.

This Friday, you can see all of the films nominated for this year’s Academy Award for short film. Animated shorts will be shown at 5:30 p.m., and live-action shorts will follow at 7 p.m. (MG)

Old Shoe and Bones Jugs N Harmony, the Canopy Club, 9 p.m., $8

Local folk band Bones Jugs N Harmony will open for Chicago Americana band Old Shoe tonight at the Canopy Club. Doors open at 8 p.m. and music starts at 9 p.m. This show will be held on the big stage, so come out and fill up the room. If you haven’t seen Bones Jugs N Harmony, they’re something else. And they play with bones. (JK)



Enta’s album release show with Anodes, Hank. and Yusuke, Mike ‘N Molly’s, $5, 9 p.m.

Head over to Mike ‘N Molly’s for a few of reasons: A. You like local music, B. You enjoy live music, and C. You enjoy a few cocktails to warm your bones, especially when there’s not a lot else to do in this frigid weather, outside of sitting around at home. This is the bill for you if those things apply to you. Personally, I think Enta has put out some of the best singles and splits over the last couple of years, and they’re doing so on Friday night. They’re celebrating their physical release of their split with Anodes, which you can already stream for free at their Bandcamp page. Get out there and freeze for a bit, then hang out in a warm Mike ‘N Molly’s. Done. (PS)


Tofu Basics, Common Ground Food Co-op, 4-5:30 p.m., $10 owner/$15 non-owner
Poorly prepared tofu is the worst. Well prepared tofu, on the other hand, can be really good. Learn to master this tricky block of bean curd in this class. (JH)

Go to Esquire for some beers and pray for Illinois to end their losing streak vs. Penn State, 4 p.m., price varies depending on your tab

Alright, so we know what is happening here. Illinois basketball is, well, just not very good this year. This is just about the lowest Illinois has been in the John Groce era, but that’s not to say there’s not even a glimmer of hope left for them to even contest to make the NCAA tourney (well, maybe). As frustrating as they might be, if you’re like me, you’re still watching the game. It’s just who you are. So, be that person and go to Esquire and drink some beers for the game. Who knows, they might win! Maybe. We’ll just have to see. (PS)

The Copyrights, Hospital Job, Chain’s Gain, Bookmobile!, Mike ‘N Molly’s, 7 p.m., $7

Carbondale pop-punk band The Copyrights are coming to C-U and opening for them are local bands Hospital Job, Chain’s Gang, and Bookmobile. Start your night off at the bar beforehand. $7 gets you a night full of music. (JK)



Good Boys and True, The Station Theatre, 8 p.m., $15

This is your final chance to see this thought-provoking play at Urbana’s Station Theatre. Starring Maxwell Tomaszewski, Chris Clevidence Taber, and a throng of Celebration Company regulars, this contemporary piece tracks the fallout of a demeaning sex-tape scandal on a privileged prep-schooler and his family. Directed by Smile Politely’s own Thom Schnarre. Call 217-384-4000 for reservations. (MG)


Make a reservation for Valentine’s Day, all day
Valentine’s Day is next Friday, so if you’re planning on taking a special someone out for dinner, you should really make a reservation, if you haven’t already. (JH)



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