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Weekender: March 6-8

Friday, March 6th

Mix up Jarling’s Custard Cup with Girl Scout Cookies, noon to 11 p.m., prices vary

This weekend only, Jarling’s Custard Cup will offer Girl Scout cookie mix-ins or toppings of Samoas, Tagalongs, or Thin Mints. You can add the cookies to the treats on the menu: Snowstorms, shakes, malts, sundaes, anything. This special Girl Scout cookie and Jarling’s combination is only available this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so get out there and get some. (AB)

Image: Photo of mult-colored mixed media art with circles and a fish skeleton. Image from the Facebook event page.

Image from the Facebook event page.

Check out the Chaotic Energy exhibition opening, Analog, 5 to 9 p.m., free to enter, bring $ for wine

It’s great to have a new art exhibit opening up at the Analog gallery space, and Chaotic Energy looks like a fun and fascinating journey into the artists’ minds. It features work by A Holier Trinity (aka Emma Sielaff, Skylar Chism, and Shua). Art is available for sale, and the exhibit will be up through March 27th. This is how to do happy hour!  (DD) 

A chalkboard has the words SnowMelt Blues written in blue block lettering with a drawing of a white snowflake behind it. Image from Facebook event page.

Image from Facebook event page.

Celebrate the blues, various locations, times vary, prices vary

Blues Central, an organization dedicated to blues dancing, is hosting their annual SnowMelt, a weekend long celebration of the blues. This year the event will coincide with the opening of a new exhibit at Spurlock Museum, Blues Dancing and It’s African American Roots. From Spurlock to the Channing Murray Foundation to Neil Street Blues there will be dance demos, classes, and live music. You can find the full schedule and pricing here.

Learn about tornadoes with Andrew Pritchard, Staerkel Planetarium, 7 to 8 p.m., $2

Want to learn more about tornadoes and what it’s like to be a storm chaser? This is this event for you. Pritchard is an enthusiastic meteorologist, and he’ll speak to the science and his experience in the field. Video and images will be projected onto the planetarium dome, so this will be super cool — and safe — to learn about and see. (JH)

Saturday, March 7th

A basket of produce sits on a table in front of a bright green wall. In the basket is parsley, kale, lettuces, carrots, a radish, beets, and arugula or watercress. Photo by Jessica Hammie.

Photo by Jessica Hammie.

Attend the CSA Fair, Urbana’s Market in the Square, 8 a.m. to noon, free

The annual CSA Fair is an excellent way to learn about community supported agriculture (CSA). You pay a farmer now for boxes of fresh produce during the growing season, late May through October. It’s the best way to support local businesses and producers. Stop by to learn about options. (JH)

Take the kids to Kids at Krannert, Krannert Art Museum, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., free

Let’s face it, kids like to touch things. So why not lean in and give them a hands-on, interactive art experience at Krannert Art Museum’s Gierz Education Center? There’ll be musical instruments, posters, scrolls, art and artifacts from cultures around the world. (DD)

Be there for the opening of How Long Must Women Wait, Museum of the Grand Prairie, 1:30 to 4 p.m., free

Indeed. How long must they wait. A more timely than ever title for this new exhibit taking a look at women’s suffrage and women’s rights in Champaign County. There will be a reception, preview of the exhibit, and living history presentation to help debut the temporary exhibit. Check out our article about this and other Women’s History Month events happening in March. (JM)

Poster announcing a show at the Rose Bowl Tavern with The Data Waves headlining. The poster background is a gold, enamel-like background with a large blue and green enameled square in the middle. The other bands playing are listed below the square along with the event information.

Poster from the Facebook event

Enjoy some funky fusion with The Data Waves, Muted Color, and others, Rose Bowl Tavern, 7 p.m., $10

This is one eclectic night at the Rose Bowl. The Data Waves will be starting the night off with thier brand of fusion and funk. Then, Muted Colors and Motes bring their own take on the post-punk sound. Finally, Tessa Turner wraps up the night with a solo set featuring her alternative, singer-songwriter vibes. (BH)

A poster with brightly colored artwork. In the centere there are two white storks and a green, white, orange, and pink triangle with an eye on it. A pink and red striped curving line goes through the center. There are several patterns in the background, and drawings of the phases of the moon. It says Phases of Life in black stylized writing. Image from Pecha Kucha Night C-U Facebook page.

Image from Pecha Kucha Night Champaign-Urbana Facebook page.

PechaKucha 31, Virginia Theatre, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., $10-15

The theme for this installment of idea sharing is Full Circle: Phases of Life. Surely there will be someone who speaks to your current state of mind and phase of life. You can find the full list of presenters here, and purchase your tickets either online at the door. (JM)

Sunday, March 8th

Express yourself at the Snakepit Songshare, Loose Cobra, 2:30 to 6 p.m., free

Hogchute is teaming up with Loose Cobra in Tolono for the (sometimes) monthly open mic, Snakepit Songshare. Starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 8th, they will be serving homemade bloody marys and beer. The music is set to begin around 2:30. This will be a good opportunity to connect with more musicians in the area and/or to test out your material for Monday’s Hootennanny at the Rose Bowl. (BH)

Graphic image of a photo of goats at Prairie Fruits Farm on left, paired with text on the right. The photo features goats being pet by a woman. They are standing in a pen with hay on the floor. There is a graphic text bubble that says

Image from the Dote on the Does Facebook event page.

Dote on the does, Prairie Fruits Farm, noon to 4 p.m., free, plus the cost of whatever you want to buy

It’s baby goat season! It’s time to rejoice and celebrate the strong ladies who bring those babies into the world — the goat moms. Stop by PFF to grab a hot chocolate (among the best ever, anywhere), and take a walk around the farm. You can ask questions of the staff and learn more about the goats or other farm responsibilities. It’ll be delicious and informative and adorable. Can’t make it this weekend? Mark your calendar for March 22nd. (JH)

Image from Facebook event page.

Attend the 37th Annual International Dinner, University YMCA, 6 to 8 p.m., $12 for individuals, $10 for students and children

This Sunday, enjoy cuisines from all over the world, entertaining performances, and a keynote address from Dr. Janice Collins, Professor of Media at UIUC. This year’s dishes will be prepared with recipes from Peru, Brazil, Cyprus, Taiwan, China, Bangladesh, and so many more. Additionally, music will be performed by local artists including Jason Finkelman and headlining performer Abraham Mellish. Buy tickets online or at the front desk of the University Y. (AB)

Top photo from PechaKucha Night Champaign-Urbana Facebook page.


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