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Weekender: March 9-11

FRIDAY, March 9th

Engineering Open House, University of Illinois, all day, free

The annual U of I Engineering Open House (EOH) is running this weekend, Friday and Saturday, at various locations on the U of I campus. The EOH is a student-led event that showcases the abilities and ingenuity of the engineering students at the U of I through exhibits and competitions. Check out the visitors’ guide for specifics on what’s going on where and when, and see our preview for some can’t-miss highlights. (DT) 


Elusive Society 2018 Launch Party, Rumours Hat Shoppe, 4-7 p.m., free, with headwear available for purchase

Rumours is featuring the new line of headwear from Elusive Society, a local company that has a one-for-one matching program providing beanies for those who are vulnerable in cold weather. Browse their offerings, enjoy free drinks, and take home a free bag of Page Roasting Co. coffee with every purchase. You can support three local businesses in one swoop. (JM)



Afro-Brazilian Dance Workshop, Dance at Illinois, 907 W. Nevada, 6-7 p.m., free

This weekend is the 16th Annual International Capoeira Angola Conference at UIUC, and this is one way to be involved. Silvana Marquina will be leading a free class for all ages and ability levels. Throw on some comfortable clothes, check your inhibitions at the door, and learn something new. (JM) 


Eurydice, Urbana High School Cobb Auditorium, 7 p.m., $5/ticket

Urbana High School offered an acting class for the first time this fall, and their production of Eurydice features students from this class, as well as a student director. They’re also having all seating on the stage, to give it a more intimate, black-box feel, which I think is really cool. They’re doing a classic tale, in a new exciting way and it’s something you should definitely check out. (KF) 




Frontier Folk Nebraska, William Matheny, The Loose Cobra, free, suggested donation $5, 9 p.m.

Frontier Folk Nebraska come back through the area after performing at PYGMALION a couple of years back. Only this time, they will be in nearby Tolono, playing at the Loose Cobra with William Matheny. (PS)

SATURDAY, March 10th


Resist 2.0, Independent Media Center, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., free admission

Here’s your chance to support local artists and local causes at the same time! There’ll be pieces from over 70 artists and makers for sale, and at least 50% of sales will be donated to local organizations: Black Lives Matter CU, Courage Connection, Independent Media Center, Three Spinners and R.A.C.E.S. There will also be live music, a bake sale, and plenty of people to meet and chat with. (KF)


Bones Jugs, The Iron Post, $8, 9 p.m.

Bones Jugs have been kinda quiet as of late, but they find themselves at a very familiar spot — Urbana’s Iron Post — on Saturday night. This would be a fun one for the weekend, no question. (PS)



SUNDAY, March 11th

Bubbles, Brunch, and Boardgames, Broadway Food Hall in Urbana, cost varies (event free, food isn’t)

Here’s something different. On Sunday, get to the Broadway Food Hall in downtown Urbana to grab some brunch and play boardgames created by C-U people. It’s part of CUDO Plays, a boardgame competition sponsored by the Champaign-Urbana Design Organization. This is probably not how your Sunday mornings usually start, and you should check it out to try something new and support the local creatives. (DT) Photo from


Attend a High Tea, Sylvia’s Irish Inn, 312 W Green St, Urbana, 2-4 p.m., $25/person

For the past few years Sylvia’s has been hosting a high tea to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. There will be live music and storytelling. Tea, tea sammies, and desserts are included in the ticket price. Seating is limited, so make your reservation at 217-384-4800. (JH) Photo from Facebook 


Discover India, Foellinger Auditorium, 4:30-9:30 p.m., free

The Indian Graduate Student Association invites the C-U community to immerse themselves in all that Indian culture has to offer. There will be music, dance, cultural exhibits, and the evening will end with a Bollywood dance party. You can follow their Facebook event to keep with specifics about the event. (JM)


Attend the 35th Annual International Dinner & Performance Night, University YMCA, 6-8p.m., $15/$10 students and kids

This annual event brings together food and entertainment from community and campus—everyone is welcome. It’s a celebration of the diversity of this community, and a way to learn new things about your friends and neighbors (all in a good way). Bring the kiddos out, too. Read up on past International & Performance Nights here. Tickets are available online. (JH) Photo from Facebook


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