Smile Politely

Weekender: March 15–17


Dance For People With Parkinson’s, Krannert Center, Drama Rehearsal Room (Level 2), 10:00 a.m., FREE

From the event announcement:

Experience the fellowship of communal dance with instructors Marianne Jarvi and Kate Kuper of Dance at Illinois. If you or a loved one is living with Parkinson’s, join us to explore gentle movement in a safe, welcoming environment. Set to uplifting, familiar music, this 70-minute monthly class may assist with the preservation and improvement of balance, flexibility, and strength. Please dress comfortably for this full-body workshop. Members of the Mark Morris Dance Group will participate in this month’s session. (MG)

John Ekstrom in Retrospect: Paintings and Drawings, Parkland Art Gallery, Friday, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. | Saturday, 12:00–2:00 p.m.

This exhibition runs until March 26. Ekstrom is an alumnus of the U of I (BFA and MFA), and is a former faculty member at Parkland College, where he taught painting, drawing, and figure drawing from 1979-2001.

The retrospective includes “artworks that have been produced throughout his artistic career exemplifying Ekstrom’s interest in a range of artistic expression with abstraction and figuration both serving as valid means of exploration.” (TN)

St. Patrick’s Day, The Blind Pig, All Weekend, 3:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Blind Pig. They’ll have drink specials all weekend, including $2 Concannon Irish Whiskey shots, Jameson, Michael Collins, Powers, and 2 Gingers Irish Whiskeys. Of course Guinness will be readily available, along with other Irish beers on tap.

Everything about the atmosphere at The Blind Pig is fantastic. It’s my favorite place in C-U to enjoy a beer. See you there. (TN)

Quartet, Art Theater Co-op, Friday, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30 p.m. | Saturday, Quartet, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30 p.m. | Sunday, 11:30 a.m., 2:00, 4:30, 7:00 p.m.

Quartet was directed by none other than Dustin Hoffman and stars Maggie Smith. And it’s about a bunch of retired musicians who, every year, celebrate Verdi’s birthday. Seriously, what’s not to like? (TN)



Terminus Victor, Bear Claw, Thundertruck, Nonagon, Mike ‘N Molly’s, 8:30 p.m., $7

Finally out from their silence, Terminus Victor is releasing a new record this weekend. It’s good. I’ve listened a few times. We’re pretty lucky to have these new albums popping up here and there from local acts. Last week we had Grandkids, this week it’s a little bit heavier with TV and a handful of others to help out. 

You can check out our take on Prevention vs. Intervention, the first record from TV in nearly eight years, here. It’s worth your time, and you can stream it to see if you are really up for it on Saturday. Head over to Heirship Records’ Bandcamp and have a listen. You can stream “Cue the Disclaimer” below as well. (PS)

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Saturday Night Royals, Emerald City Lounge, 11:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

Emerald City’s Saturday drag show has a huge performance list. These shows are truly some of the largest and most fun events happening every weekend in C-U.

This week’s show features:

Call (217) 398-8661 or email for information regarding the featured headliner and reservations. (TN)



Dreamgirls, The Assembly Hall, 7:00 p.m., $39–54

Dreamgirls a Tony- and Grammy-award winning musical based on the rise in fame of musicians and bands such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown, and Jackie Wilson (and you’ll hear much of their music). The story follows a female group from Chicago called “The Dreams,” who become major superstars. (TN)



The Middle Market, Lincoln Square Mall, 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

The Middle Market will feature many of the vendors who have attended the Holiday Market and Market at the Square, and will also feature new vendors. Being a producer-only market, all of the items available for purchase will be made, grown, or produced right here in Illinois. Featured items will include baked goods, jewelry, dog biscuits and pet accessories, candles, soaps and body care items, plants and produce, and much, much more! (MG)

Easter, Ever Ending Kicks, Trauma Harness, Dino Bravo, Red Herring, 8:30 p.m., $5

I’m glad to see Easter playing more shows, and since the news of front man Kyle Lang’s battle with cancer emerged, it’s pretty great that he is getting back in the swing of things. Shows happen every week, and we kind of take them for granted at times. Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day, and we all have a lot of things that are lucky to each of us, individually. So think about that this Sunday, whether you’re drinking a bunch like the Irish, or at this show at the Red Herring. Lots of great music here that we’re all lucky to have here in C-U. Stream Easter’s “All the People That I Love the Most” below. (PS)

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