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Weekender: February 2-4

FRIDAY, February 2nd

Last chance for Restaurant Week, any of these places, lunch and dinner options, prices vary

Visit Champaign County’s Restaurant Week ends on Saturday, February 3rd. We previewed the menus, offered suggestions, and published a bunch of reviews this week. Consider lunch or dinner tonight or tomorrow before the specials (and prix fixe) go away. Photo by Jessica Hammie (JH)


Puss in Boots, Centennial High School, 7 p.m., $8/ticket

The Champaign Urbana Junior Women’s Club is presenting their 64th annual production Puss in Boots this weekend. It’s a great, family-friendly outing, and has shows during the day on both Saturday and Sunday as well. And since CUJWC is a non-profit organization, all of the profits will go towards various community agencies and projects in Champaign County. Check it out! Photo from Facebook (KF) 


Illinois Women’s Gymnastics, 7 p.m., free

U of I gymnastics meets are quite fun to watch, and this weekend the women are up against Iowa in the Pink Meet. Those affected by breast cancer will be honored, and there will be raffles and giveaways. These meets are always high energy and the physical skills are a marvel to behold. (JM)


The Great Cover Up, The Canopy Club, 8 p.m., $10

The 27th annual installment of the Great Cover Up begins this week — you can catch the first two nights at Canopy Club Friday and/or Saturday. In case you missed it, check out all of the nightly schedules and lineups for each evening — that should guide you a bit in case you’re trying to sort through the three weekends of shows this year. Don’t forget: this is a charity event, so all the proceeds are going to charitable causes here in C-U. (PS)

SATURDAY, February 3rd

First Annual Adult Spelling Bee, Urbana Free Library, 3:30 p.m., free

The Urbana Free Library is hosting their first annual adult spelling bee. Sign up here to participate and test your spelling skills. The last one standing will win an “Urbana themed” gift basket and loads of bragging rights. Don’t have the G-U-T-S to get up there? You can still attend and cheer everyone else on! Photo from Facebook (KF) 

Prowl with some owls, Anita Purves Nature Center, 7 to 9 p.m., $9/$14

The Urbana Park District is hosting this adults-only event in which you’ll enter Busey Woods at night to look for some owls. Owl specialist Tara Beveroth will be your guide on this adventure, and attendees are instructed to “dress for wet, cold, and slippery conditions.” After your owl hike, you’ll meet some screetch owls (indoors) and drink some hot cocoa (will not be spiked, sadly). You’ll need to register for the event and get your ticket ahead of time. Photo from Facebook (JH)

Dibiase, Paths of Might, Edna, The Loose Cobra, 9 p.m., free (donations accepted)

Shows at the Loose Cobra are a lot of fun — if you’ve never been down that way to check out this awesome dive bar, you totally should plan a trek. Just be smart about driving if you’re boozin’, ya hear? This is a show is headlined by a band no stranger to this area, Dibiase. Metal band. They rip. (PS)

Dwight Simmons Stand-Up Comedy, Soma Ultralounge, 8:30–10 p.m., $10

C-U Comedy presents New York–based Dwight Simmons at the Soma Ultralounge this Saturday night! A NUVO top comic under 20, Dwight Simmons’s comedy album, Pacifist Aggressive, hit #1 on the iTunes charts in 2015. Dwight also won the Indiana Comedy Festival in 2014, was named the RAW Performing Artist of the year in 2013. (DT)



SUNDAY, February 4th

Beyond the Landscape art exhibition, 405 E. John St., 9 a.m.–8 p.m., free

Lori Fuller is exhibiting acrylic paintings and colored pencil drawings emphasizing the beauty naturally found in nature through texture, rhythm, and unique coloring. Go and enjoy a free art offering. Expand your perception. (DT)

Screening of In Whose Honor?, Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, 2:30 p.m., free

You may have noticed the Chief debacle back in the news…again. Here’s one of a few different upcoming showings of the Jay Rosenstein film that put a spotlight on Native American mascots more than 20 years ago. Ross Wantland, Director of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, will be on hand for a post-film discussion. The film is sponsored by the UUCUC Racial Justice Initiative. (JM)


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