Smile Politely

Weekender: July 19–21


Turbo, Savoy 16 IMAX, various times

Hey, people! Got kids? Want to spend the afternoon in ice-cold air-conditioning, pleasantly distracted while your aforementioned kids enjoy themselves? The new animated film Turbo, about a super-charged snail that participates in the Indy 500 (you read that right, keep going) opens Friday and runs all day long: 11:05, 11:35 a.m., 1:25, 1:55, 3:45, 6:05, 6:35, 8:25, 10:45, & 11:15 p.m.

I first read the concept for this film about a year ago, and I couldn’t have been less interested. Now that I’ve seen the trailer … I’m in. Plus, how often do you get to see a film that features Samuel L. Jackson and Snoop Lion and does not feature the word motherfucker? (MG)

Sun Stereo, Bones Jugs N Harmony, GroodCowboy Monkey, 9 p.m., $7

A solid group of bands set to perform over at Cowboy Monkey tonight, as Sun Stereo have been quite busy recently with a variety fo things. They’ve been writing and recording their new album, a follow-up to last year’s funked out Rogue Satelliteputting together a music video, amongst other things.

Bones Jugs N Harmony recently released the first of their recording series, appropriately titled Episode OneCheck out both Rogue Satellite and Epsiode One to get an idea of what to expect for this bill. Chicago’s Grood join in, sandwiched between the two locals in the playing order (Bones Jugs opens, Sun Stereo to close). (PS)

Eraserhead, Art Theatre Co-op, 10:00 p.m.

David Lynch’s first film made an indelible impression on American cinema, and now you can see this truly unique movie on the big screen as part of the Art’s late night series. The Art website was kind enough to supply a few quotes from the critics:

“The most original horror movie in years.” –Newsweek (original release review)

“What a masterpiece of texture, a feat of artisanal attention, an ingenious assemblage of damp, dust, rock, wood, hair, flesh, metal, ooze.” –Nathan Lee, Village Voice

”Lynch’s remarkable first feature is a true original.” –Tom Huddleston, Time Out

”It represented a monumental shift in how movies are seen and digested — one that raised the level of aptitude and film literacy throughout the world.” –Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter (MG)


Cheese Tasting, Art Mart, Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana, 10 a.m.–noon

Stop by the Art Mart before or after the Market to sample a variety of cheeses, charcuterie, beer, and wine. They also have a great selection of kitchen items, coffee, baked goods, and imported items. (JH)


PechaKucha Night, Saturday, Krannert Center Lobby, 8:20 p.m.

Volume 13 of this exuberant showcase for local creativity guarantees insightful thinking, quick takes on a broad range of topics, unbridled enthusiasm, and ideas to spur your imagination.


Converge at CUDO’s PechaKucha Night to share in an evening of innovative presentations. The evening will get rolling with DJ Mertz spinning at Stage 5 at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy beer specials all night and thoughts on umpiring, food, improv, wolves, and much more from nine fearless presenters. Remember: adult language and topics are always a possibility. (DM)

Drag King Show, Emerald City Lounge, 11:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

Emerald City’s drag king shows are amazingly fun. I reviewed one of their shows last year, and they’ve only gotten better. Saturday’s performers:

VIP tables include cover and wait service. Call (217) 398-8661 or email for information regarding the featured headliner and reservations. (TN)


Brunch, Aroma Cafe, 118 N Neil St., Champaign, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. 

Take a walk or short drive to downtown Champaign for brunch at Aroma Cafe. These brunch menu items are only available on Sunday, so don’t miss your opportunity! Parking is free downtown on weekends, too, so no excuses. (JH) 


Enjoy life, anywhere you choose, all day

Check out the weather on Sunday. If you can, leave your house and enjoy those low 80s because it won’t last for long.

  • Enjoy a delicious brunch at Big Grove Tavern, sit outside if you think the construction won’t be too much of an eyesore.
  • Wander around downtown, window shop or, if your budget allows, buy something from all the cool stores.
  • Walk around one (or two) of our fantastic parks.
  • Have a delicious lunch at Sun Singer (they have outdoor seating too, but the view is even worse than Big Grove’s).
  • Sit outside in Crane Alley’s … alley, enjoy a delicious brew, and talk about politics or Game of Thrones, or sports, sex, or the wonderful books you’re planning to buy at Priceless.

It doesn’t matter what you do, really. Stay home, get shitfaced, eat too much, and watch television if that’s all you want to do. I’ve spent many a Sunday doing exactly that, and don’t regret one second of those lazy days. But do what you want to do, because to do otherwise is wasting a life that is too damn short. (TN)

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