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Weekender: June 21–23


Angie Heaton, Bob Watson, Indi-Go Artist Co-op, 7 p.m.

An awesome show lined up over at Indi-Go tonight with local singer-songwriter legend Angie Heaton. A pleasant surprise to see pop up on my radar within the last few weeks, Heaton hasn’t performed in town in over a year, so this is definitely worth paying attention to.

Heaton last released music back in 2010, when she quietly put out a solid 3-track EP. If I had to guess, she’s going to be performing new songs for the audience at this show tonight. Plus, this space is awesome for a show, especially an acoustic one. (PS)

Frances Ha, The Art Theater Co-op, 7:30 p.m.

Per the Art Theater website:

“Frances (Greta Gerwig) lives in New York, but she doesn’t really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but she’s not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren’t really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. Frances wants so much more than she has, but lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness. FRANCES HA is a modern comic fable in which Noah Baumbach explores New York, friendship, class, ambition, failure, and redemption.”

This film has garnered some pretty stellar reviews, and it will screen only a handful of times in the next week, so make plans to see it now! (MG)

Urinetown, Parkland College Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

This weekend is your last chance to see Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company’s production of Urinetown, now playing at the Parkland College Theatre. Directed by Tim Broeker, the show is (according to the CUTC website): “a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!” Performances Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22, begin at 7:30 p.m. The final Sunday matinee, on June 23, begins at 2:30 p,m. (MG)


Cooking and Baking with Natural Sugar, Flatlander Classroom, 1:00–2:30 p.m., Free

The class “Keeping It Sweet Without the Added Sugar: Cooking and Baking with Natural Sugar” is led by Miri Kim of The HeRMES Clinic. This class teaches how to replace white sugar with natural sugars “that have higher nutritional value and a lower glycemic index.” As someone who has pretty much cut all sugar (except sugar alcohols) out of her diet, I’m fascinated by this. The class is free, but registration is required. (TN)


Gardening in Early Summer, Flatlander Classroom, 3:30–5:00 p.m., $3–12

After you’ve learned how to make deliciously sweet dishes without bringing on the Diabetes, stick around and check out Laura Wetzel’s class “Home Gardening for Beginners: Gardening in Early Summer.”

Check out the site for all kinds of information regarding Laura’s classes (she actually teaches a series on gardening, and each class builds on the previous one). (TN)



William Bonney, Droughts, Enta, Woodie, Cassius, Error Records, 7:30 p.m., $5

Midwest screamo outfit William Bonney headlines the end of the week show over at Error on Sunday night. They’ll be joined by Droughts, a Chicago post-hardcore band who put together a split release with William Bonney last year, local post-punk band Enta, Woodie (side project of Panel Van), and Cassius. Really quality bill lined up to round out the weekend right here. If you haven’t listened to anything by these bands yet, do yourself a favor. Even if you haven’t, just show up at Error and hear what they have to throw down on a Sunday night. No booze allowed, so don’t worry, you won’t have to be hungover at work on Monday. (PS)



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