Smile Politely

Weekender: March 10-12

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Friday, March 10th

A picture of two drinks at Collective Pour in Champaign, Illinois. The one on the left is a beer in a pint glass. The one on the right is a light purple drink in a tall, thin glass. Dartboards are in the background. Photo by Remington Rock.
Remington Rock

Have a beer and a cocktail, Collective Pour, 3 p.m. to midnight, $7.50 + $9

Kick off Friday night with drinks at Collective Pour. On Tuesday, Remington reviewed the Downtown Champaign bar’s beer and cocktails. She described the beer Gummy Vortex NE as a pretty intense IPA with strong hoppy flavors and a touch of candied lemon, and the lavender sunset cocktail had tequila, lemon, lime, creme de violette, vegan foam, and a spritz of lavender and sugar. Though there’s no food served at the bar, Collective Pour has plenty of craft beer on tap, cocktails on the menu, and an impressive amount of whiskey. (AB)

Check out Passing MulRAGE, Downtown Champaign, 6:30 p.m. to midnight, free

For a few weekends in May, the windows of the former Ko Fusion and Destihl spaces will be illuminated by light installations from Jake Metz and Matt Harsh, with contributions from Sean Wilkinson and Jennifer Gibas. So refreshing to have those dark spaces filled for a moment. (JM)

Saturday, March 11th

Knit (and sit), Krannert Art Museum, 1 to 3 p.m., free

Bring your knitting, crochet, or embroidery and work among the exhibition Pattern and Process. There will be some needles and yarn for beginners, as well as some instruction. How fun to learn a new craft as you sit among artwork. (JH)

A plate by Baldarotta's at the Artisan Cup & Fork 2022. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.
Alyssa Buckley

Check out a meat and three popup, Baldarotta’s, 6 to 8 p.m., $18

Don’t cook dinner on Saturday night. Instead, go out for Baldarotta’s new monthly dinner event series called Meat and Three Pop Ups because the first one is this Saturday. This month’s dinner will be Chianti barbecue rib tips with fennel coleslaw, tomato-rosemary cannellini beans, and macaroni and cheese plus bread and pepperonicini. If their dinners are anything like the sparerib Osso Bucco Baldarotta’s made for Artisan Cup & Fork in October (pictured above), this Saturday night’s pop-up will be delicious. (AB)

Get some twang with Clayton Burke Band, Noah G Fowler, and Brandon Good, Rose Bowl Tavern, 8:30 p.m., $10-$15 suggested donation

These twangy musicians will bring comforting and contemporary takes on country and Americana music. If that’s your thing, this is your show. Bring some cash for the suggested donation, but there’s no cover. (JH)

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Eat late night food, Alice’s Midnight Diner, 10:30 p.m. to midnight

This Saturday night, Ladro Enoteca will offer a very special one-night only dish. If you’re in Downtown Champaign, definitely head over to the intimate wine bar for a late night dish and wine pairing. The cool promo was made by local artist OHOK Things. (AB)

Sunday, March 12th

Stroll and eat s’mores, Crystal Lake Park, 3 to 5 p.m., free

Catch the last S’mores and Stroll of the season. Do a little walking by yourself or with friends, then head to the Lake House for hot chocolate, s’mores, and a warm up by the fire. (JM)

A man is propped on parallel bars with his legs straight out in a pike. He is wearing an orange tank and blue pants.
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Watch the men’s gymnastics team in their last home meet, Huff Hall, 3 p.m., free

Illinois gymnastics meets are always fun, and an impressive display of strength. Watch the men battle #5 Nebraska. Can’t make it Sunday? The women compete in their last home meet at 2 p.m. on Saturday (JM)

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