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Weekender: October 13-15

Two white men hold a long saw and work together to saw through a giant log. One wears a flannel shirt and bright orange pants and another wears jeans and a red t-shirt.
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Friday, October 13th

Get stoned this Friday the 13th, Cloud9 Dispensary, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., $24

It’s Friday the 13th, and who knows what kind of ladders, broken mirrors, and black cats will be out to haunt our evenings. Instead of going out, buy some edibles and stay in. It’s been cold lately, so spend Friday watching a good Halloween movie under the influence of Illinois THC. Go for a hybrid or indica to pair with a lazy night on the couch. My current fav edible is this wild berry gummy, or really anything by Kiva Camino. It’s so chill, and the brand even advertises that it’s great for “a laid-back weekend vibe.” Buy yours at Cloud9 in Champaign. Preorder online or walk in use a store kiosk. (AB)

Help make Wikipedia more inclusive, Institute for Genomic Biology, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., free (lunch provided)

I think many people forget that Wikipedia is written by regular, smegular people, which means that their biases and blindspots are reflected in the entries. You can help make Wikipedia more representative in the field of STEM by attending this Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon. Register online. (JH)

two female dancers wearing floor length black dresses dance on a dimly lit stage. They are mirroring each other
Dance at Illinois on Facebook

See October Dance, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m., $10-25

October Dance is back and this year’s dance showcase is certain to be something special. This year’s performance highlights five distinct female voices, with works by Martha Graham, Cynthia OliverAlexandra BarbierAnna Sapozhnikov, and Nawal Assougdam. If you can’t make it Friday night, the final performance will be at the same time Saturday. (SSO)

Saturday, October 14th

two photo collage; left is a white man in a beanie with a scarf looking down to the side. Right is a white woman with long brown hair in a red beret. There are flowers overlaying on top of her.
Champaign Park District

Check out a new art exhibition, Springer Cultural Center, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Free

If you didn’t already know, Springer Cultural Center hosts six professional art exhibits each year. The most recent exhibit, Pulp Fiction: Hand Made Paper by Robert Chapman, is now available for viewing. Although the exhibit is up until November 4th, this weekend is a great time to check it out before the busyness of fall gets into full swing. (SSO)

A group of people are gathered in a room adorned with a colorful “Happy Anniversary” banner. Some individuals are seated on chairs and the floor, while others stand. One person, wearing a hat, raises their hand. A guitar hangs on the wall next to a window. The atmosphere is festive and cheerful.
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Indulge in some free Folk & Roots music, various Urbana locations, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daytime programming is free on Saturday

The CU Folk and Roots Festival starts Thursday night and runs through Saturday night. The cost is $40 for a bracelet, but there is plenty of free programming on Saturday during the day to take advantage of. You may go to their main website for more information, or click here to see the free Saturday events. (DP)

A slice of pizza with pepperoni from Baldarotta's in Urbana, Illinois.
Alyssa Buckley

Eat a slice of Sicilian-style pizza, Baldarotta’s, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., $4

Make Saturday more delicious with a slice of Sicilian-style pizza by Baldarotta’s. The sandwich shop only sells pizza Thursday through Saturday while supplies last, and it’s $4 a slice. I love the pepperoni slices, but they also offer cheese, Sicilian sausage, and a veggie pie with tomatoes, black olives, capers, and red onion. Eat it there, get it to go, or order an entire take-and-bake pizza. For more about the food, check out my review of the restaurant inside Lincoln Square Mall which published yesterday. (AB)

Attend the Fall Open House, Japan House, 11 to 4 p.m., prices vary

Spend some time at this campus gem. There will be tea ceremonies, garden tours, and a special presentation from artist Linda Mosley. Be sure to make reservations for the activities you’re interested in here. (JM)

Learn about library archives, Urbana Free Library, noon to 3 p.m., free

The Urbana Free Library is hosting an Archives Bazaar, bringing together representatives from a whole bunch of local archives, including: Champaign County Genealogical Society; Champaign County Historical Archives; Champaign County History Museum; History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library; Homer Historical Society; Museum of the Grand Prairie; Parkland College Archives; Preservation Services; Richmond Family Welcome Gallery; Sousa Archives and Center for American Music; Student Life and Culture Archives; University of Illinois Archives. That’s a pretty impressive list. If you’re looking for family and ancestral histories, or just wanting to learn more about a certain subject, this event is for you. (JH)

A close up shot of bunches of yellow daffodils and white Daffodils with yellow centers.
Delight Flower Farm

Buy some bulbs, Delight Flower Farm, 3 to 5 p.m., free but you can buy things

Every spring I always kick myself for not planting any bulbs the fall before. This year, I’m making it a goal to get plants in the ground and this bulb sale is making that happen. Order your bulbs online now and then pick them up on Saturday. There will be a wide array of arts vendors, food, and Cloud Mountain Kombucha there so you can make it worth the trip. (LKG)

A smiling Black man in a yellow jumpsuit, standing on a stage with lights behind him.

Take in some Afrobeats, U-C Independent Media Center, 3 to 5 p.m., free

Join DJs CK and Kamaumau for a Fela Fest, a send up to the “King of Afrobeat” Fela Kuti. They’ll be spinning tunes while you dance and enjoy the rhythms. Immediately following is a youth showcase, featuring dance, spoken word, improv, and more. It’s all family friendly, and all are welcome. Want to learn more about CK and Kamaumau? I spoke with them last year. (JM)

Bang your head, Okstonerfest, Loose Cobra, 4:20 p.m., $25 donation

Enjoy the camaraderie at Okstonerfest, an homage to stoner rock and metal with bands dedicated to the genre’s heavy and hypnotic sounds, setting the stage for a community of enthusiasts to converge and enjoy the music. Amidst the rhythmic celebrations starting at 4:20 p.m., keep an eye out for a shopping cart fires as you dive into the immersive soundscape. (DP)

Sunday, October 15th

See some real lumberjacks, West Side Park, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., free but you can buy $1 tickets for beer and bounce houses

This weekend, Flannel Fest is taking over West Side Park. There will be live music, beer, food, and games. Not to mention a mustache and hot pepper eating contest (both apparently things that lumberjacks do?). The real star here though is Lumberjack Enterprises, a group of professional lumberjacks who travel the country performing at events like this. You can see the full schedule here so you don’t miss a thing. (LKG)

Rollerskates are lined up on blue and orange shelves at Skateland in Savoy.
Anna Longworth

Roller skate with the grown-ups, Skateland, 7 to 10 p.m., $12 plus $3.50 for skate rental

Skateland is hosting an adults-only skate. Sadly (or maybe smartly) there is no booze. Instead, you’ll be able to skate freely without fear of running over or being run over by a young person. Skating is good exercise, and if you haven’t done it recently, be sure to stretch before and after. (JH)

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