Smile Politely

Weekender: November 24–27



Martha Marcy May Marlene at the Art Theater, Fri/Sun: 2:30, 5:00, & 7:30 p.m.; no 2:30 show on Sat.

$6.50 before 6 p.m., $9 thereafter

Jurassic Park at the Art Theater, 10:00 p.m. Fri/Sat, w/additional show Sat. at 2:00 p.m.

Wow, I remember the first time I saw this film. It was like nothing I’d seen before. If I wasn’t planning to be borderline drunk all weekend, I’d go see this, simply for nostalgia’s sake. (TN)

Official Trailer:


Downtown Parade of Lights and Shop Local Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

Downtown, Midtown & Campustown Champaign

Lots of shopping on this day. Come out and support local business! Stay for the parade!

This year the Champaign Center Partnership is organizing the parade. Will they crush past efforts by the News-Gazette and Champaign Park District? Or will everything end in tears? You have to attend to find out. (TN)

Rumor has it The Dirty Feathers will be playing on a trailer for the Parade of Lights as Exile on Main Street’s “float.” So I guess you should expect to get airplane-size bottles of whiskey thrown at your children. (JStein)

Schedule of events:

9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. – Shop Local Saturday Events
6:00 p.m. – Parade of Lights
7:30 p.m. – Tree Lighting in One Main Plaza

Charlie Chaplin shorts at the Art Theater, 12:00 p.m.

When will you get another chance to see Chaplin on the big screen? Well, Sunday, but that’s probably about it. I’m particularly excited to see Chaplin get some play at the theater almost 100 years later. Pay Day, The Idle Class and Sunnyside will each play. Each short is 20–30 minutes. (JS)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2, 1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Virginia Theater
$5, general admission

I’m waiting to see these films until after I’ve read the books. I wish that I’d not taken so long to read them now, because seeing these films at the Virginia will undoubtedly be amazing. (TN)

 Official Trailers:

U of I Women’s Volleyball vs. Iowa at Huff Hall, 7:00 p.m.


U of I Men’s Basketball vs. Chicago State at Assembly Hall, 12 noon,

Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus at the Art Theater, 12:00 p.m.

I still haven’t seen this one, but I’m a huge fan of Chaplin. Round out your holiday weekend with the legend. The film will be followed by a discussion led by the C-U Film Society. (JS)

Billy Joe Shaver, 7:30 p.m.

Historic Rose Bowl Tavern in Urbana

I’ll be there! You can read all about this living legend here. (TN)

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