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Weekender: September 28–30


Johannes Brahms’ Instrumental Music with Piano, Smith Memorial Hall, 7:30 p.m., $30/student | $60/old people

  • Ian Hobson, piano
  • Stefan Milenkovich, violin
  • Daniel McDonough, cello

Ian Hobson is a professor in the Center for Advanced Study and the music director and conductor of Sinfonia da Camera.

For this concert, Hobson and guests Milenkovich and McDonough, will perform:

Sonata No. 2 in F-sharp Minor for Piano, Op. 2
Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 8 (TN)

Steel Magnolias, Parkland College Theatre, Friday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m., $14/adult | $12/student and senior (55+) | $10 each/groups of fifteen or more

Steel Magnolias was produced off-Broadway for two years before the famous movie came out and stole all its thunder. I enjoyed some moments in the film adaptation, but I didn’t care for the story at all. All the women were shrill clichés and all the men were douchebags. I have no idea if the play is better. But the few plays I’ve seen at Parkland Theatre have been fantastic, so I recommend checking this out.

Click on the link above to make your reservation. (TN)

Time Traveling Cinema presented by Psychic Joker and CU Confidential, 10 p.m., SoDo Theatre, $5

From the Facebook event: “Join us at SoDo Theatre every month for an eclectic collection of movies from a by-gone era. It could be campy B-movie sci-fi flicks, hilarious bits by Abbott & Costello, or maybe even a collection of the early works of Alfred Hitchcock — paired nicely with a fresh batch of home-grown local cinema! We’ll meet the final Friday of every month, start at 10pm and keep going until 1:00 or so (just before “last call”), and all for just $5. Reasonably-priced soda and popcorn also available for purchase. Sleeping bags, pillows, and blankets are welcome and encouraged!” (JG)


An Emerald City DIVAS Experience: Dragasm, Emerald City Lounge, 10:45 p.m.–2:00 a.m., $5

The Emerald City DIVAS, Aurora Lamont-Carrington and Leiloni Stars, are back! Woot!

Saturday’s show will feature Aurora and Leiloni, as well as Miss Sharon SharALike of Bloomington, IL and DeCevia Mann.

At this writing, only one table is left for prior reservation. There will be drink specials all night long and DJ Dreea will be on the decks until close. (TN)

Penn State at Illinois Football, 11 a.m., Memorial Stadium, good ticket deals still to be had

There are probably funny Penn State jokes still to be made at this point, but I can’t come up with any of them. Their depleted program isn’t very good at football this year, but then the Illini haven’t been world-beaters either, so who knows what sort of shitshow awaits. All I know is that LASAGNA is being served as I write this. (JG)

Household Hazardous Waste Collection, 3202 Apollo Dr. in Champaign, 8 a.m., 3 p.m., free

If you’ve been wondering what to do with all that hazardous shit in your basement, the Illinois EPA is giving you a chance to drop it off at 3202 Apollo Dr., off Olympian, in Champaign. Yeah, we know this may not be as fun as some (or any) of the other events this weekend, but someone’s gotta do the chores. Drop it off on the way to Pygmalion. (SK)

“Pygmalion”? I have no idea what you’re talking about. This is it. This is all that’s happening this weekend. Nothing else. Nothing is missing. (TN)


C-U Reading Kickoff, Champaign Public Library, 2:00–3:00 p.m., free

C-U Reading kicks off Sunday with the prolific writer and entertainer, Dr. Elliot Engel, at the Champaign Public Library. He’ll “bring to life America’s iconic humorist” (we hope not literally) to start this year’s reading of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Copies of the book are available at either library or via ebook on the library website. (SK)


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