Smile Politely

Weekender: October 17-19

FRIDAY, October 17th

Larry Kanfer exhibit on campus, Illini Union Art Gallery, 1401 W. Green St., 10 a.m.-10 p.m., free

Larry Kanfer’s “Expanding Horizons: The Quad and Beyond” photo collection will be on display for you pixel peepers today at the Illini Union. If you’re into photography this event is for you. Take advantage of it while you can. Larry Kanfer’s art is truly unique. It will not only be beautiful landscapes of the midwest but you’re sure to find some images with a creative use of motion blur and film grain. (SL)

Bones Jugs N Harmony, Kenna Mae Reiss, Samuel Payne, The Iron Post, 5 p.m., $10 

It’s time for an album release show — this time, it is local folk outfit Bones Jugs N Harmony. They’re releasing their record, Party’s in the Kitchen, over at the Iron Post with some friends of theirs. For $10, you’ll be able to see two sets (if you please), one being at 5 p.m. and the other at 10 p.m. Check out the information above, and pick up a copy of the record while you’re in Downtown Urbana. (PS)

Exhibition Opening: Descent into Darkness + Deadweight, Figure One, 5-8 p.m., free

This weekend, Figure One presents Descent Into Darkness, an exhibition of new video works by Coriana Close using her trademark video compositing technique, “video weaving.” Featured in Figure One’s main galleries, this immersive and woven video art installation appropriates YouTube videos to examine the relationship between corporate control and state violence, along with the impact those forces have upon people, their bodies, land and the environment. The event also features MFA candidate Daniella Pavlić’s Deadweight, an exhibition that examines the power dynamics of indigenous cultures in relation to national identity and transnationalism. (RP)

A Kid Like Jake, The Station Theatre, 8 p.m.

This is the final weekend for A Kid Like Jake at the Station Theatre. Directed by Smile Politely’s own Katie Baldwin Prosise, the play tells the story of an affluent New York couple and their hellish struggle to get their four-year-old into a prestigious preschool. As if this weren’t a dicey enough situation, there is another factor complicating matters: the fact that Jake has a penchant for dressing like Cinderella. Featuring Lindsey Gates-Markel, Mike Prosise, Kay Bohannon Holley, and Stefanie Senior. Final performance is Saturday night. (MG)

SATURDAY, October 18th

disABILITY ExpoFluid Event Center, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., free

If you are a person with a disability or have a friend or family member with a disability you need to be here. It is an expo where vendors who provide service to, or sell products that, enhance the lives of those with disabilities. Last year’s event was so successful that they’ve rented more space and invited more vendors this year. Please take advantage of this wonderful community resource. (SL)


Cupping, Columbia Street Roastery, 24 W Columbia Street, Champaign, 10 a.m., free
If you’re looking for an interesting way to start your day, check out this coffee tasting at Columbia Street Roastery. Every third Saturday of the month, CSR opens its doors for regular people to come in, taste coffee, and learn a thing or two about coffee flavors and the roasting process. It’s a free event, but bring your monies, as I’m willing to bet you’ll want to take some beans home. (JH)

Ripper the Clown reads, Boneyard Coffee & Tea, 4:00 p.m.

On Saturday, October 18th, from 4-7, local author Jake Aurelian will be hosting a book reading and musical event at Boneyard Coffee & Tea at 75 Chester Street in Champaign. As his creepy and prolific clown alter-ego, Ripper the Clown, he’ll be reading from the award-winning zombie comedy novel: The Life & Mimes (& Zombie Apocalypse) of Ripper the Clown: The Autobiography of an Unconventional Zombie. As if this weren’t enough to get you in the mood for some serious literary analysis, there will also be musical performances by Djembe Jake, John McMahon, Justin Larkin and Tex Wynn. All in all, I feel safe saying that this will be a unique experience. (MG)

SUNDAY, October 19th

Alash, Tuvan Throat Singing Ensemble, Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St, Krannert, 2 p.m., free

The Spurlock Museum is hosting a concert of Tuvan throat singing (xöömei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time, by Alash, a group of performers equally committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture and western music. Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll be able to hear. 

Stone Beer & Cheese Tasting, Crane Alley, 115 W Main Street, Urbana, 7 p.m.,$20
Who doesn’t love beer and cheese? Crane Alley is working with Stone Brewing Company and Art Mart for a tasting featuring five beers and five cheeses. Here are four of the pairings: Arrogant Bastard—Chatelain Brie, Cali-Belgique—Ewephoria, Matt’s Burning Rosids—Maytag Blue and Xocoveza—Humbolt Fog & Callebaut Semi Sweet Chocolate. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Crane Alley. Photo from Facebook. (JH)



Pallbearer, Tombs, Vattnet Viskar, The Highdive, 8:30 p.m., $13 

Little Rock’s doom metal outfit Pallbearer have been at it for a few years now, releasing their debut record back in 2012 to various acclaim. Sorrow and Extinction was a great way to begin, but this year, Pallbearer returned with their follow up sophomore record Foundations of Burden. Truly one of the better records to come out this year in the world of rock music, Pallbearer is honestly a very underrated group of musicians. Check them out on Sunday night with Tombs and Vattnet Viskar, as they are accompanying Pallbearer on their FoB tour leg. Busy week for the Pygmalion Show Series, which featured Sharon Van Etten and Grieves earlier in the week. We’re doing a ticket giveaway, so check that out as well. (PS)


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