Smile Politely

Weekender: May 23-26

Two draft pours of light beer at Triptych Brewing in Savoy, Illinois.
Alyssa Buckley

Thursday, May 23rd

Drink Emancipation-Triptych beer, Triptych, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., prices vary

Triptych and Emancipation Brewing (Fairbury, IL) collaborated and now you can take advantage of the breweries’ hard work. Sample these collab brews and meet Lincoln Slagel, the guy behind Emancipation Brewing. There will be special beer on draft and cans available. La Paloma food truck will be on site at 5 p.m. (JH)

Play some D&D: Into the Books, Titan Games, 6 p.m., $5, register here

Titan Games hosts a Thursday night Dungeons and Dragons game with DM Kennedy. Per the Facebook event page, you’ll need to be an experienced player who is familiar with D&D 5E rules and over the age of 14. Bring your own level five to eight character, and pre-gens can be provided. (JH)

Friday, May 24th

A variety of burger patties for sale at Old Time Meat & Deli.
Alyssa Buckley

Pick up some meats, Old Time Meat & Deli, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., prices vary

If grilling is on the agenda for the holiday weekend, be sure to pick up some meat for the barbecue. My favorite spot for quality steaks, burgers, chicken, and seafood is Old Time Meat & Deli on Neil Street. Be sure to pick up some of the small shop’s sides as well including the most amazing twice-baked potatoes in (probably) the world. (AB)

Help crown a comedy champ, Yellow & Co, 7 p.m. , $25 for both rounds

Yellow & Co will be hosting a two-night comedy competition in their brand new building. The winner will be given a chance to have a featured spot in an upcoming show. Sixteen comedians will perform on the first night. Three judges and the audience will decide who makes it to the Saturday night, when the winners will be chosen. (LKG)

The Lake House at Crystal Lake Park is beautifully illuminated at night, with warm lights strung along the perimeter and soft reflections on the water. The cozy, inviting building is surrounded by a wooden deck and dock area, also adorned with string lights. The serene nighttime setting is enhanced by the dark silhouette of trees in the background, while decorative light bulb illustrations hang above the scene, adding a whimsical touch.
The Lake House at Crystal Lake Park

Paddle and sway to all that jazz, The Lake House at Crystal Lake Park, 8:30 p.m., $10-$25

Enjoy a serene evening with the Candlelight Serenade: Jazz Edition at The Lake House, featuring live jazz under the stars. This event features live jazz from the CU Jazz Festival and candlelit paddleboat rides; tickets are $25 per boat (seating up to four people), or $10 per person for patio-only seating. (DP)

Saturday, May 25th

Two boys jump off the side of the pool and into the water. One is wearing yellow shorts with two black stripes and one boy is wearing green shorts with two black stripes. There are yellow umbrellas and other swimmers in the background.
Sholem Aquatic Center / Champaign Park District

Take a dip, Champaign-Urbana, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., $8-$13.50

Nothing says summer or Memorial Day Weekend like swimming. This weekend, the Champaign and Urbana Park Districts will be opening their pools for the season. Head over to Crystal Lake or Sholem for the first swim of the summer. Prices are cheaper for residents, so make sure to bring proof of residency. (LKG)

Hear the Wurlitzer while watching The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Virginia Theatre, 1 p.m. + 7 p.m., $10

Jay Warren will be playing the Virginia’s historic Wurlitzer pipe organ accompanying the 1923 silent film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, starring the inimitable Lon Chaney. There’s a matinee at 1 p.m. and an evening show at 7 p.m. Doors open at 12:15 and 6:15 p.m., respectively. Get there early to buy popcorn and a drink and soak in the sounds of the Wurlitzer. (AP)

Mosh and surf to punk and prog rock, Rose Bowl Tavern, 8 p.m., $10

Experience an energetic night of prog rock and punk with local favorites Kangaroo Court, The Knee Hi’s, and Edging at Rose Bowl Tavern. Prepare for moshing and crowd-surfing as these bands deliver high-octane performances starting at 8 p.m. (DP)

A coupe glass with a golden yellow drink in front of a white wall with projected starbursts.
Bee’s Knees at Gallery Art Bar; Photo by Carolyn Thomas

This Saturday night at Downtown Urbana’s Gallery Art Bar, there will be a drag show featuring talented performers hosted by Amy Beth Myers with a dance party to follow. Pre-order tickets for $15, or buy tickets for $20 at the door. Alcoholic, non-alcoholic, and espresso drinks are available for purchase at the bar. For what to order at Gallery, check out Carolyn’s in-depth review of Gallery’s drinks that published last week. (AB)

Sunday, May 26th

Attend a tea party, Walnut Street Tea Company at the Crossing, 2 p.m., $50

This Bridgerton-themed afternoon tea includes tea sandwiches and savories, as well as scones and desserts. It sort of goes without saying that tea will also be served. Grab a friend and commit to the theme. (JH)

Native plants in bloom, including a flower with small, clustered white blooms. A monarch butterfly rests on the flower.
Cameron Raab / CU Native Plant People on Facebook

Meet CU Native Plant People, Hessel Park, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., free (bring native plants or pots to share if you want!)

CU Native Plant People are holding a meet up and plant exchange at the pavilion at Hessel Park. Meet other people who have an interest in and knowledge of native plants. The group will be distributing some native plants, and you can bring your own extras and extra pots, too. (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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