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Weekender: November 11-13

Friday, November 11th

Shop for jewelry, The Idea Store, 12 to 5:15 p.m., free entry

This is your last chance to shop The Idea Store’s biannual jewelry sale, Jewelry Jackpot. The sale will run through Sunday. No ticket necessary, but they are limiting the space to eight shoppers at a time so you may need to wait in a small line. They have a wide range of items, most of it very inexpensive. You’ll also find some special fine jewelry pieces. Check out our sneak peak to learn all about the sale. (JM)

Learn to make tamales, Zoom with IAS Library, 2 p.m., free

Join Chef Sandra Juanita Gutierrez as she makes tamales live on The International Cooking Show. The live cooking show is hosted by The International and Area Studies Library on Zoom. Read our interview with Chef Gutierrez and the organizers that was published on Wednesday and register to attend. (AB)

Photo from Rose Bowl Tavern’s Facebook page. 

Hear some exciting indie music, Rose Bowl Tavern, 9 p.m., $10 adv, $15 door

OTNES brings a perfect blend of pop and indie rock to Rose Bowl for a hometown show. Joining them are psych folk rockers Primitive Lights and rock band The Tomblands. OTNES also just put out a cover of “Go the Distance” from Hercules, and was featured as a part of Disney’s “Reimagine Tomorrow,” which aims to amplify underrepresented voices. (SW)

Saturday, November 12th

three silver handcrafted rings with organic twists and curves against a black background.

Photo from the Craft League of C-U Facebook page.

Shop the Craft League of Champaign-Urbana Annual Art Fair, Savoy Rec Center, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free entry

Celebrating its 39th year, the CLCU fair showcases work by the local artists and makers working in basketry, ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, and woodworking. The above rings by Beverly Fagan would make a great holiday gift, or better yet, a well-deserved gift to self.  Also open on Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (DD)

Do some yoga in a bar, then drink a beer, Collective Pour, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., $20 (tickets here)

Katie Legner will lead you through an hour-long yoga session for all levels, so if you’re a yoga newbie, that’s okay. Bring a good attitude, a yoga mat, and any other props you want or might need. The ticket includes one beer for after class. (JH)

On a white handmade plate, summer sausage is sliced and arranged beautifully beside grainy mustard and pickles. Photo by Cailtlin Aylmer.

Photo by Cailtin Aylmer.

Steal away for a summer sausage plate, Ladro Enoteca, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., $12

This week, Caitlin A. reviewed the wine bar and bottle shop Ladro Enoteca. She liked Ladro Enoteca’s summer sausage, grainy mustard, and pickles sharable bite, and she loved the burrata, too. At Ladro Enoteca, sip on wine by the glass, the fantastic rotating G+T, or a cold beer as you enjoy sharable snacks. (AB)

Photo by Jovanka Novakovic.

Hear some gorgeous piano playing, Krannert Center, 7:30 p.m., $40

The always wonderful Sinfonia da Camera will be performing Rimsky-Korsakov, Walker, and Dvořák, with acclaimed pianist Rochelle Sennett joining the group. She’ll be performing a piece from George Walker, celebrating the late African-American Pulitzer Prize winning composer’s 100th birthday. Walker was the first Black recipient of a Pulitzer Prize in music. (SW)

Sunday, November 13th

Explore Paper Craft at Spurlock Museum, 1 to 3:30 p.m., free

As a part of their Spurlock Sunday initiative and in conjunction with the E2E2Re Eco-Culture-Arts Projects, this event (and the following two) will focus on the art of paper repurposing. Handmade recycled holiday gifts anyone? (DD)

Take the kids to a WILL party, Campbell Hall, 2 to 4 p.m., free

WILL-TV has been celebrating their 100th anniversary all year, and now they are extending the invitation to the kiddos. Their afternoon celebration is best suited for kids 3-10, and there will be interactive activities, goodie bags, a movie, and treats. Space is limited so reserve your spot now. (JM)

A Thanksgiving dinner table as seen from above. On the wood table are two different types of rolls, a roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, and green beans. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

Make your Thanksgiving day plans, your house, all weekend, prices vary

Do you have plans in place for Thanksgiving (if you celebrate)? Have you ordered your turkey? Do you need to order desserts? What about bread and booze? Do you have COVID tests to take before getting together with a large group, or to give to that family member who insists that it’s “just allergies”? Now’s the time to figure it out. (JH)


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