Smile Politely

Weekender: January 27–29


State of the Art 2011-2012: National Biennial Ceramics Invitational at Parkland College 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Free 

U of I Wrestling vs. Northwestern at Huff Hall, 5 p.m., $?

Two men. One mat. Lots of sinew, lots of spandex, lots of hot man on man action. Don’t be embarressed. That’s what everyone else is there for too. (CDC)

Emmylou Harris at the Virginia Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $33–$79

I’ve got my tickets! Woot! (TN)

In which Daniel Lanois and Emmylou Harris nearly make me come to Jesus (RH)

“The People Speak”: Historian Howard Zinn Commemoration, 8:00 p.m.

Red Herring

Channing-Murray will host “The People Speak,” a live performance commemorating the people’s historian Howard Zinn. (TN)


Furiday Night Improv!, 8:00–11:00 p.m.

SoDo Theater

Cover: $2

The weather sucks. Everyone you know is either sick or depressed. Escape to the SoDo Theater and enjoy some Zoo Improv! (TN)


The Artist at the Art Theater, 5 & 7:30 p.m. Fri, 2:30/5/7:30 Sat, 4/6:30/9:00 Sun, $6.50 before 6 p.m., $9 afterward

Thankfully, we actually have a chance to see The Artist now at the Art. This is a perfect option for those of you who are looking to check out an Oscar nominee for Best Picture, but were disgusted by the fact that Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was the only new option for you right now. Look for my review in the next few days. (JS)

U of I Hockey vs. Indiana Hoosiers at Illinois Ice Arena, 7:30 p.m., $?

You have problems in your life, no? Things outside of your control that somehow affect your happiness? Well, yeah. No shit. So does everyone. So why don’t you take that balled up anger and spew it out in the form of heckles this Saturday at the Illinois Ice Arena? (CDC)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit at the Art Theater, 10 p.m. Fri/Sat, $5

Go see this P-p-please! (JS)

Champaign Center Partnership’s Restaurant Week, January 27–February 3

A selection of restaurants in downtown, midtown and campustown will be offering special menu deals to celebrate food. Also, some of the restaurants around the Art Theater will be offering specials for ticket holders for meals purchased on the same day as your movie ticket.

Peking Garden- free egg roll
Sushi Kame- 10% off your bill

More information on other offers will be available at the Art Theater counter. (JS)

“Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity” at the Parkland Planetarium, 8:00 PM, Your Sanity

Black Holes! The collapse of physical laws! The birth and death of the universe! Wormholes! Drop acid and travel to meet your unmaker! (RH)


“Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra: Dances and Romances” at Krannert Center, 7:30 p.m., $31 for general public

Stewardship Saturday at Meadowbrook Park, 9 a.m., Free

U of I Men’s Gymnastics vs. Michigan and Oklahoma at Huff Hall, 5 p.m., Free

Occupy a Street Corner, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

The Occupiers are still at it and just as tenacious. This week’s focus is Wal-Mart, specifically, the one on Prospect Ave. Their Facebook page says that they “have something special planned for this event.” Intriguing! (TN)


Scruff, Leather & Levis, 11:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

Emerald City Lounge

Cover: $5, beg. at 9:30 p.m.

Emerald City Lounge is hosting a Man’s Nite Out that features an All Male review after 11:00 p.m. If you present your SCRUFF profile on your Smart Phone, your cover is only $3. I’d say that’s enough incentive to set up a profile, but I’m assuming that everyone already has one. (TN)



Young Concert Artists Winner: Benjamin Beilman, violin at Krannert Center, 3 p.m., $36 for general public

Japanese Martial Arts Demonstration at the Spurlock Museum, 2 p.m., Free

U of I Women’s Basketball vs. Nebraska at Assembly Hall, 12 noon, $?

WEFT Bluegrass Roots Extravaganza at the Iron Post, 5 p.m., $10

Founders Breakfast Night, 8:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

Crane Alley

Crane Alley will be tapping all three of Founders Breakfast Stouts: CBS, KBS, and regular Breakfast Stout. John Fryer of Founders Brewing Co. will be in attendance.

It’s times like this that I wish I liked stouts. (TN)

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