Smile Politely

Weekender: November 8-10


Bread Baking for Beginners, Common Ground Food Co-op, Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $20 non-members/$15 members

Baking bread doesn’t have to be such an intimidating task. In this class, you’ll learn to make white yeast bread and pretzel bread, and learn about preparing the dough and shaping the loaves. You have a few weeks to practice your bread making skills before impressing the friends and family over the holidays. (JH)

All Is Lost, The Art Theater Co-op, various showtimes

I cannot tell you how excited I am that this movie is coming to Champaign-Urbana. Since I first read about the premise, since I first read about the casting, since I first saw the very first trailer. For the uninitiated, this is a one-man-show. Robert Redford plays an unnamed sailor who must struggle to stay alive after his boat is damaged. One man against the elements. One man on screen, all by his lonesome, speaking barely a word. Fascinating. Can’t wait. Check out the Art’s website for showtimes, and make sure you see this. (MG)

Come Back, Little Sheba, The Station Theatre, Urbana, 8 p.m.

Tom Mitchell directs a cast of community theater stalwarts in this emotional play by William Inge. Doc and Lola (played by Lincoln Machula and Debbie Richardson, respectively) are a married couple struggling with their frustrated expectations and lives of quiet desperation. The film was famously adapted into a film starring Burt Lancaster and Shirley Booth, but such an intimate tale deserves the up-close treatment, as only an intimate (OK, small) space like the Station can provide. $15 on Fridays and Saturdays, $10 on Sundays. All shows start at 8 p.m. (MG)


The (Urbana) Butcher (Shop), 119 W Main, Urbana

The time has finally arrived! The Butcher is set to open on this very day. I imagine it will be crowded and hectic on opening day, but do stop by and check it out. I strongly encourage you to procure your meats from this place, as all meat is locally sourced and prepared in store. (JH)

WCIA Open House, WCIA Studios, 509 S Neil Street, Champaign, 12–4 p.m., free

Stop by WCIA Saturday afternoon for an open house. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes peek at the studios, and maybe even a look at the green screen they use for the weather forecast. I’m sure kids and adults alike will get a kick out of it. (JH)

Tango, Krannert Art Museum, 12-4 p.m., free

Dance to stay warm this fall—an opportunity to tango will be held at the Gelvin Noel Gallery in the Krannert Art Museum from 12-4 p.m. Live music will be performed by Tangotta. This event is free and open to the public. (JK)


Illini Closet Recycle, Illini Union, 1-5 p.m., free

Looking for cheap winter clothes, or wanting to get rid of old clothes? University of Illinois students are hosting a recycled clothing sale in the Union on Saturday from 1–5 p.m. The Financial Wellness extension, along with Champaign Closet Recycle and Campus Rec, offer students the opportunity to sell their old clothes and purchase second-hand clothes. If you have some old clothes you want to sell, register for a booth (you can do so here). Anyone is welcome to buy or sell. Event will be held in the Multipurpose Room 6 in the Illini Union. (JK)

Jared Bartman, Grandkids, Hi Ho Buffalo, Mike ‘N Molly’s, 9 p.m., $7

Jared Bartman has been through C-U a handful of times, playing MNM’s from time to time, as well as an occasional stop at Pygmalion Music Festival. This time around, he’ll be coming back to MNM’s with a handful of others in his touring band (not sure how many exactly,  but he’s been known to have 7-8 people on stage with him in certain arrangements). In addition, Grandkids will be gearing up for a performance, and closing the show on Saturday night. Bartman will be sandwiched between Grandkids and locals Hi Ho Buffalo. Good stuff, folks. Good stuff. (PS)

Nightlands, The Superior State, Darren Garvey, The Velvet Elvis, 9 p.m., $5

The War on Drugs have some pretty good musicians that they call their own within the collective. The birthed Kurt Vile in a way, and they also have Adam Granduciel, who is a guitar genius in his own right. Not only those guys, but they call David Hartley their own as well. He’s on his solo tour, and he performs under the moniker Nightlands, and he’ll be stopping through C-U on Saturday night. Check out his albums to prepare—they’re solid. The Superior State is the musical project of brothers Marten and Aron Stromberg (formerly of Evil Tents). If you can find out where this is, it’s a good one to go to on Saturday night as well. (PS)


Eco Familyfest, Orchard Downs Community Center, 12–2 p.m., free

The Women’s Resource Center and Orchard Downs Family and Graduate Housing have worked together to sponsor an afternoon of environmentally-based activities for families. Activities will include “a nature walk, craft time with natural materials, Mother Earth story-time, Caring for the Environment discussion, and a group sing-a-long, a local band whose instruments are made from reclaimed/repurposed materials! Food will be provided for and by families in attendance.” (RP)

Community Forum, Urbana Free Library, 1:30–4 p.m., free

The Urbana Free Library is hosting a community forum on “instances of race-representation in our community” entitled: “What happens when white people ‘wear’ brown/black skin?” From the event description:

Though it was sparked by a recent event in which a white performer wore brown makeup to represent an African-American performer, it is also a response to experiences of racialized halloween costumes, the Chief, tacos and tequila parties on campus, etc.

Participants will have the opportunity to share stories about how white people representing people of color has impacted them and the chance to discuss desired outcomes of the Forum. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. RSVP to so volunteers know how much food to bring. (RP)



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