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Weekender: July 15-17

Friday, July 15th

Share an app with friends, Seven Saints, 11 a.m. to midnight, $14.99

This Friday, gather friends and order the chicken flautas at Seven Saints to share. The platter has flour tortillas filled with grilled chicken, cheese, and a black bean and corn salsa, then fried and topped with mango salsa and sour cream drizzle. These flautas were so very good, and you should eat them this weekend. (AB)

Close-up photo of Dan wild drawing a caricature. His hand is holding a pencil to a white piece of paper as he adds detail to a drawing of a face.Photo from Dan Wild's Facebook page.

Photo from Dan Wild’s Facebook page.

Shop a pop-up art event, The Recreation Club, 4 to 8 p.m., free to attend

This Friday stop by The Rec Club for a pop-event featuring FunAfraid, Conscious Curation Co., Zombie666, and more. Caricature artist Dan Wild will be hand to capture his vision of you. The pop-up will also run on Saturday, from 2 to 6 p.m. (DD)

Saturday, July 16th

On an outdoor table, there is a white paper basket of food. On the left, there are tots, and on the right, there is a bagel sandwich with egg, American cheese, and bacon slices. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

Try a breakfast bagel sandwich at the market, Watson’s truck, 7 a.m. to noon, $8

Watson’s bagel sandwich is a great breakfast. The food truck will be parked at the Urbana Market at the Square this Saturday serving the special market menu. This breakfast sandwich had bacon, egg, and cheese on a perfectly chewy and deliciously fresh bagel. The cheese was melty, and the egg was cooked perfectly. (AB)

Do some yoga in the park, Meadowbrook Park, 9 to 10 a.m., free

Yoga in the Park is back this summer. I’ve been to this a few times, and it’s a great way to start your Saturday. You can wake up your muscles, find a some inner peace, and then take Alyssa’s suggestion and grab a bagel sandwich at the market. (JM)

A crowd of people viewed from behind, seated, looking at a stage with red curtains. Someone is sitting on a stool on the stage, but is obscured by a bright spotlight.. There are red walls on either side of the curtains. Photo from the Facebook event page.

Photo from the Facebook event page.

Catch a comedy show as you enjoy Baldarotta’s sandwich, Baldarotta’s, dinner from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; show begins at 8:30 p.m., $30

Champaign-Urbana Comedy has organized this showcase of comedians. Your ticket includes dinner from Baldarotta’s (any hot sandwich and side). Dinner is only served until 8:30 p.m., so make sure you plan accordingly. Additional information is available on the Facebook event page. Get your tickets here. (JH)

Celebrate Halloween in July, Rose Bowl Tavern, 7 p.m., free

If you’re like me, you spend the year counting down until Halloween. Darkness Underground is helping to satisfy that mid-year Halloween craving with a Halloween in July party. With a lineup of DJs spinning until 2 a.m., come in costume and dance. (SW)

Sunday, July 17th

Soft serve vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles is in a white styrofoam cup. The cup has red lettering that says

Photo by Jessica Hammie.

Have an ice cream tasting party, your house or car or wherever you find ice cream, all weekend, prices vary

It’s National Ice Cream Day, so go eat ice cream. Based on your feedback, you, dear readers, love Jarling’s and El Oasis. Do remember that Suzu’s has soft serve; Red Bicycle ice cream is now available at Ye Olde Donuts (and at Common Ground and Harvest Market). I love an old school Dairy Queen vanilla dip cone. Don’t forget Sidney Dairy Barn and Dewey’s Drive In for destination ice cream. (JH)

Drink beer and learn about science, Riggs Taproom, 2 to 3 p.m., free

Grad students in Molecular and Cellular Biology are sharing their work and expertise through Science on Tap. This month, Camilo Jaramillo-Correa will be presenting The Unforgiving Sun: A Space Dust Odyssey, about the effects of radiation on the surfaces of asteroids. Grab a beer and settle in to learn something new. (JM)

Grainy black and white image of Salaryman performing on stage. Lights overheads shine down on the band.

Photo from Salaryman’s Facebook page.

Take a “forest bath,” Japan House, 4 p.m., free

Japan House will be hosting the instrumental, electronic band Salaryman, playing as you stroll the gardens, immersing yourself in the music and nature. The event is free, and drinks and traditional Japanese food and snacks will be available for purchase. (SW)

Hear poet Jack JB Hutchins read from his new book, The Literary, 6 p.m., free

Can you think of a better way to close out the weekend than heading to the Lit for a drink and a live poetry reading? Poet Jack JB Hutchens will be reading from his new collection of poetry entitled There/Here. (DD)

Top photo from Yoga in the Park Facebook page.


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