The Weekender

Weekender: March 24-26

FRIDAY, March 24th

Visit a park, anywhere in Champaign-Urbana, all weekend, free

The first day of spring was earlier this week, and if the weather cooperates, it should be in the 50s-60s this weekend in C-U. Plan a visit to a park, perhaps one you have been to, or try a new one. Check out Urbana Park District and Champaign Park District to scope something out. Don't overthink it, just go — and enjoy. Disconnect a bit. Photo from Urbana Park District's Instagram(PS)


Concert and workshop with Mother Nature, Independent Media Center, 6 p.m., free (Student showcase is Sunday, at 2 p.m.)

IMC is bringing yet another great event as part of their Open Scene project. The Miseducation of Hip Hop: MVMNT is a workshop, concert, and showcase hosted by C-U hip-hop powerhouse Mother Nature. Participants will be invited to use their knowledge of hip-hop to create a unique piece of art. Friday will be the initial session and Sunday will be the chance for students of the class to showcase their work. Check out the event page for more information. (JTM)

Art gallery reception, Common Ground Food Co-op, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Have you ever seen those sketches around Urbana of artists at the Iron Post? How about the sketches in Flying Machine Coffee? Well, that artist is having a showing today at Common Ground. Meet Chris Evans (and Steve Schaberg) and say hello to the person documenting our beautifully average evenings at bars and mornings and coffee shops. (SL)

Watch a carnivorous mermaid movie,  The Art, 9 p.m., $9.75

Check out this trailer for The Lure which is a polish film about two mermaids who go on land to explore. They end up conquering the polish nightlife and eating plenty of misbehaving men along the way. Dive into this film this weekend. (SL)

Unfamiliar Vibez (Debut Show), 9 p.m., Memphis on Main St., 19+

Featuring Cii La'Cole and Crofton Coleman on vocals, the debut show from Unfamiliar Vibez, a local "super-group" of sorts, is definitely not to be missed. Plus it's always fun to check out new local bands who we may see more of soon. (BH)

Our recommendations for the weekend within, C-U.

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