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Weekender: February 17-19

On a black plate inside Sakanaya on Green Street, there are three rolls. On the far left, the playgirl roll, kamikaze in the center, and crab roll on the right. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.
Alyssa Buckley

Friday, February 17th

Try partner yoga, Hatha Yoga & Fitness, 5 p.m., $5-15

Grab a friend and spend an hour trying yoga, Thai yoga massage, plus therapeutic, and gentle acro-yoga together. It’s $5 for members, and $15 for guests. Be ready to get a little silly and awkward, but it sounds like fun. Sign up on the website. (JM)

See Blithe Spirit, Harold & Jean Miner Theater, Parkland College, 7:30 p.m., $20

Parkland Theater is producing Blithe Spirit, the 1941 darkly humorous play by Noël Coward in which a socialite/author named Charles and his wife Ruth invite a medium to their house but, whoops!, the medium conjures Charles’ late first wife. Hijinks and hilarity ensue. (JH) 

Enjoy a concert by violist Rose Wollman, U of I Smith Memorial Hall, 7:30 p.m., free

To honor György Ligeti’s 100 year birthday Wollman will play Sonata for Viola Solo as a series of six triptychs that pair the sonata with a baroque work. (JH)

Saturday, February 18th

A clear rocks glass is filled with hot chocolate and topped with whipped cream. The whipped cream is sprinkled with cocoa powder.
Maize Mexican Grill on Facebook

Go eat and drink tasty things, places vary, times vary, prices vary

Champaign Center Partnership is encouraging you to go to Downtown, Midtown, and Campustown businesses to try Sweets, Treats, and Lattes. Several restaurants are featuring a particular item: Banana Cream Supreme at Watson’s, 90s Kid Milkshake at Heavy Spoon, Sipping Hot Chocolate at Maize…to name a few. Pick a place and a treat, pair it with another item, and snap a photo. You might win a prize! Read up on the promotion here. (JM)

On a black plate inside Sakanaya on Green Street, there are three rolls. On the far left, the playgirl roll, kamikaze in the center, and crab roll on the right. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.
Alyssa Buckley

Go out for a kamikaze sushi roll, Sakanaya, 4 to 9:30 p.m., $15

Sakanaya on Green Street recently expanded their indoor dining to include about twenty more seats. When it’s time for your party to be seated, will you get a table in the original dining room or the new one? The suspense is enough to make me want to go out for sushi. I love the kamikaze roll at Sakanaya. Pictured in the center, this roll is filled with spicy tuna and cucumber and topped with raw salmon, two sauces, and scallions. The buttery salmon on top of this roll is the best part, so if you love salmon, get the kamikaze roll. Check out the whole menu on Sakanaya’s website. (AB)

Attend a Reggae party, Neil St. Blues, 10 p.m., $10

Downtown Champaign’s Neil St. Blues is hosting a Reggae party on Saturday night. The doors open at 10 p.m. and DJ R.B. will be playing Reggae, Dancehall, and Dub. There will be a signature Neil St. Blues Hurricane cocktail, too. The kitchen will be open, which is great because the restaurant serves delicious, flavor-packed Southern cuisine. See the Facebook event page here. (AB)

Sunday, February 19th

Two prairie falcons perched on a tree stump in the middle of a farmed field. It appears to be winter, so there is no growth in the field.
Turnstone Impact

See The Magic Stump, The Virginia Theatre, 2 p.m., free

Check out this free screening thanks to Grand Prairie Friends and the Champaign County Audubon Society. The documentary short about a tree stump in Illinois that attracts raptors is just 20 minutes long, but it will be followed by a Q&A with three area birders. There will be complimentary snacks, as well as a cash bar and theatre snacks for purchase. RSVP here. (JM)

See the Aizuri Quartet, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 3 p.m., $10-$56

The Aizuri Quartet is a group of four women who play string instruments like badasses. They’re performing new stuff, and you should absolutely check it out. But first, read my interview with them. (JH)

All event information is accurate to the best of our abilities, but sometimes we make mistakes and sometimes event information, times, prices, etc., change after we look them up. Whenever possible, we’ve provided a link to the original event page; you should always double-check the source before you make any firm plans. Thanks for your understanding.

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