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Weekender: January 20–22


Occupy the Courts, Noon–1:00 p.m.

Corner of Main and Vine, Urbana

Occupy C-U is organizing a rally that will include skits, readings, and speakers. This event is one of a series of public events held across the nation on Jan. 20th. The events are all designed to draw attention to the need for a new constitutional amendment to counter the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and confirm that corporations are not people and have no constitutional free speech protections.

Link to flyer for more information. (TN)


Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Krannert Center, Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m., $50 and down

Friday’s concert: Berlioz: Le Corsaire Overture, Op. 21; Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Major, Op. 103, “Egyptian”; Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64

Saturday’s concert: Kodály: Galánta Dances for Orchestra; Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S. 125; Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68


CPD Suitcase Dance at Hilton Garden Inn, 7 p.m., $26 for residents

Gruesome Playground Injuries at the Station Theatre, Fri/Sat/Sun 8 p.m., $15 Fri/Sat, $10 Sun

Jason Brown recently interviewed the cast and director, and you can read Daniel Wolff’s review here. (TN)


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy at the Art Theater, Fri/Sat/Sun 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. with additional 1:30 show on Saturday, $6.50 before 5 p.m., $9 afterward

Tinker Tailor is a smart movie that will actually challenge you as a viewer. It’s technically sound and well-acted. It’s a slow burning fuse that you’ll watch inch towards its imminent destructive end. Check out the full review here. (JS)



Young Adult at the Art Theater, Fri/Sat 10:30 p.m., $7

Check out Chike Coleman’s very favorable review here. (TN)


For a Cold Winter’s Night: Colder Lines in Colder Times, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

Indi Go Artist Co-Op
$7 adults / $5 students

This event is a spoken word show featuring some of the best local talent in Champaign-Urbana. All proceeds will go to benefit the Eastern Illinois Food Bank.

Performances will include storytelling and poetry by Benjamin Matheson, Suzy Requarth, Stage Presence, Hal Southern, Jamie Marlow, Benjamin Matheson, and Dan Keding.

This show is not recommended for children under 13. (TN)

MLK Community Celebration at Krannert Center, 10 a.m., Free

Book launch by local author Julie Cross at Champaign Public Library, 2:00–3:00 p.m., Free

Robeson Pavilion Room A & B

Local author Julie Cross is launching the publication of her debut novel, Tempest, at CPL. She’ll discuss the creative process of her teen time-travel plot, and writing while working and raising a family.

Books will be sold before and after the program, and there will be a book signing.

Please email the library to register, and click on the link above for more information. (TN)

Desafinado at Krannert Center Lobby, about 9:15 p.m., Free

Stand-Up Comedy Showcase at The Iron Post, 10:00-11:30 p.m., $5

Comedian Andrew Voris hosts a sleuth of comedians set to perform: Joe Roderick, Nick Martin, Joe Larkin, Drift Roberts and Justin Tuttle. (JS)


Damine Kabuki at Krannert Center, 3 p.m., Free

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