Smile Politely

Weekender: March 7-9


Eat fried fish, The Seaboat, 403 West Kirby Ave, Champaign, $6.29-$11.99

The Lenten season is here, and many in our community will be avoiding meat fo 40 days. Break your fast with some fried fish from The Seaboat. In addition to dine-in and take out, you can order online and they deliver. (JH)


Hatch Trashion Show, Lincoln Square Mall, 6 p.m., free

Hatch is still going strong, and this weekend you can catch a dress made from CDs, a paper Victorian gown, a jaunty laundry sheet ensemble, and more at the Trashion Show. Creative fashions made out of reused materials will be on display, including works from this spring’s UIUC Fashion Design class. (RP)



Orpheus in the Underworld, Krannert Center, 7:30 p.m.

The tragic Greek tale of musician Orpheus and his wife, Eurydice, is turned on its head in an irreverent romp through a lusty and lively heaven, hell, and earth. In this satirical farce, which shocked many at its 1858 premiere and still shows strikingly contemporary humor, the gods on Mount Olympus stage a revolt from boredom, Public Opinion cajoles and chastises, and all join in the Infernal Galop — the song that became the popular dance hall craze the can-can. The party is out of this underworld!

The opera is sung in English, with English supertitles, and haze and strobe effects are used in the production.

This performance will last approximately 2 hours and 14 minutes. In addition to performances on Friday and Saturday evening, there will be a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. (MG)

Stand Up Comedy Showcase, Courtyard Cafe, 8 p.m., free

Friendly and funny, with prizes and popcorn this is a place to be on the unofficial evening if you are looking for some laughs and a good time. This event is held at the Illini Union and sponsered by the Illini Union Board. (AB)

KaraokeThe Illini Union, 8 p.m., free

Also at the Illini Union this evening there will be karaoke if you feel like singing out your favori
te songs in the comfort of the public. DJ Lunikis will be hosing the event. Meet in the food court. (AB)

The Clean House, Station Theatre, Urbana, 8 p.m., $15

Friday and Saturday are your final two chances to see this unusual, emotional play at the Station Theatre in Urbana. Smile Politely contributor Katie Baldwin Prosise makes her directorial debut with this production of Sarah Ruhl’s Pulitzer-nominated play. The Clean House features a cast of local actors including Debbie Richardson, David Barkley, and Jodi Prosser. Per the Station website: “this extraordinary romance and unique comedy introduces theatre-goers to Matilde, a Brazilian maid who hates cleaning; her employer Lane, a driven American doctor; Lane’s surgeon husband Charles; and Lane’s unhappily idle sister, all living in ‘metaphysical Connecticut.’” (MG)

The Curses, We The Animals, The Claudettes, Curb Service, Cowboy Monkey, $5, 9:30 p.m.

Here is one hell of a show to start your weekend out right. Three locals with visiting crew the Claudettes, who know how to get things done on stage. The Curses continue to be one of the quiet staples to the local music scene, and as Curb Service is coming off of a terrific 2013 from the release of Romeo Jive, things are going to get wild. We the Animals just released some material for your hearing pleasure, so check those out as well. Tons of goodness here. (PS)


WorldFest, Spurlock Museum, 12:30-4 p.m., $5 (suggested donation)

This Saturday, Spurlock Museum hosts its Worldfest. From 12:30-4:00 p.m., the museum will be home to various acts, performances, and activities from around the world. For a list of performers, click here. (JK)



Caroline Smith, Emily Otnes & the Weekdays, Mike ‘N Molly’s, 9 p.m., $7

Caroline Smith is back in town with her crew for another show on Saturday night. They visited not too long ago, but should most definitely be welcomed warmly in their return. She performed opening up for Cameron McGill a few months back, and that was worthwhile, so, if you missed it, get out there. Plus, Mike ‘N Molly’s can use some love with Unofficial happening the day before. Long live Irish pubs! (PS)

DJ Belly and DJ Harsh, Cowboy Monkey, 10 p.m., $5 after 11 p.m.

These two guys will be playing all evening.They have made it open for song requests during the evening which you can place here at the event page. Hip hop and dance music will be the main generes along with a mixture of reggae, funk, and everything else. (AB)


Final day of Urbana Restaurant Week, all day, $10, $20, or $30

This is your last chance to take advantage of these deals. You can check out my photos of meals at Milo’s and The Courier Cafe, or browse each restaurant’s deals here.

(Peanut butter pie at Po’Boys featured here.) (JH)

The Last of the Unjust Screening and Panel, The Art Theater Co-op, 2 p.m., $7/$9

The Art Theater is hosting a special screening of The Last of the Unjust by Claude Lanzmann, the director of Shoah. Three decades after Shoah, Lanzmann presents a new take on the Holocaust. At The Last of the Unjust‘s center is Benjamin Murmelstein, the last Jewish elder of Theresienstadt and a figure who was once despised by many of the surviving inhabitants of that dreadful “city”. In a lengthy interview shot in Rome that was originally intended for Shoah (intercut with Lanzmann himself revisiting specific sites in Vienna and the Czech Republic, as well as footage, photos and artworks), the brilliant Murmelstein sometimes excitedly but more often calmly explains his actions and precisely defines his paradoxical role in history. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with U of I professors. (RP)

Twin City Derby Girls vs. Midstate Mayhem Bout, Skateland (Savoy), $8

Local roller derby team, Twin City Derby Girls, are hosting their second bout of the season. At Skateland in Savoy this Sunday night, they’ll be taking on Springfield’s MidState Mayhem. Tickets will be available at the door, or can be bought here. (JK)


All event information is accurate to the best of our abilities, but sometimes we make mistakes and sometimes event information, times, prices, etc., change after we look them up. Whenever possible, we’ve provided a link to the original event page; you should always double-check the source before you make any firm plans. Thanks for your understanding.

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