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Weekender: November 4—6


C-U Folk and Roots Festival at various locations throughout Urbana, Fri/Sat, $25 festival pass

Read about it here.

Sonnenzimmer Lecture/Screen Printing Workshop at UIUC Art & Design Building, 10:00 a.m.

“Battle of Angels” at Krannert Center, Fri/Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m., $16 and down

The U of I Department of Theatre celebrates Tennessee Williams’ 100th birthday with a presentation of Battle of Angels. Please see our review of the outstanding performance of this play here.

Etherphonics Theremin Ensemble at Indigo Art Gallery, Fri 7:30-9:00 p.m.,

Kinda like this I hope.

“Way Off Broadway” at the Station Theatre, Fri/Sat/Sun 8 p.m., $15 Fri/Sat, $10 Sun

UI Trombone Choir at Krannert Center, Fri 7:30 p.m., $10 and down

What does a trombone choir sound like?

Occupy Our Concert, 9:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.

Channing Murray Foundation
Cost: Free

In solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement, come and learn about this movement, while listening to bands and speakers. The Red Herring Vegetarian Restaurant will have coffee, tea, popcorn, and snacks available. (TN)

Featuring musical performances by:

Release the Kraken (featuring Phillip Sudderberg and guests from Chicago)
Dave King “The Duke of Uke”
Patriot Patrol
Sonny Stubble

Benjamin Montalbano and Friends

Music, gatherings, good times, Friday, 9:00 p.m. – Sunday, 12:00 a.m.

 The Red Herring Vegetarian Restaurant
Cost: Free

Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter at Cowbot Monkey, Friday, 9:30 p.m.

Come early, see awesome opening band Stagnant Pools. (BV)

Giorgio Moroder’s Metropolis at the Art Theater, Fri/Sat 10 p.m., $5.00

I first saw Metropolis at Ebertfest last year with live music from the Alloy Orchestra. It blew me away and it was a joy to write the review. This version has been edited and tweaked by Giorgio Moroder–in terms of run time, qualiity, time and color. It’s basically a feature-length hipstamatic print set to the music of the Freddy Mercury, Bonnie Tyler, Pat Benetar and Adam Ant to name a few. That sounds pretty awesome to me. (JS)

Chocolate Extravaganza 

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., Champaign

Cost: $45

The 12th annual Chocolate Extravaganza, a fully catered event, will be held to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Champaign County. For tickets, visit or call 355-2227. (AR)

Broskie at the Armory Free Theater

“Come out and enjoy this original work which explores college life, death, and how we feel about what lies in-between.”

Performance at midnight on Friday, 2 p.m Saturday. For mature audiences. (BV)

Spinners and Weavers Guild Annual Show and Sale

Time: Friday- 4:00 p.m., Saturday- 10:00 a.m.

Location: Hessel Park Christian Reformed Church, 700 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign

Cost: Free

Members of the Champaign-Urbana Spinners and Weavers Guild offer their work, including hand-woven and hand-knit garments, handspun and hand-dyed yarn, fiber-working tools, textiles, handcrafted baskets, fashion accessories, holiday decorations, handcrafted jewelry and more. Cash and checks only are accepted. Throughout the show and sale, demonstrations of spinning, weaving, knitting, braiding, tatting and other techniques will be held. (AR)

Way Off Broadway

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Location: Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., Urbana

This World Premiere Comedy was written and directed by Celebration Company veteran Mike Trippiedi. The comedy is about a famous Broadway producer who inspires a group of lovable misfits to try to become the next Broadway hit. The only problem: they have no talent. (AR)


The Godfather at the Virginia Theatre, 1 & 7 p.m., $5

It’s The Godfather. You’ve probably heard of it before. Wanna see it on the big screen? (JS)

Yes! (TN)

UI Percussion Ensemble at Krannert Center, 7:30 p.m., $10 and down

Bank Transfer Day, 9:00–5:00 p.m.

I am loath to tell anyone what to do with his or her finances, mainly because it infuriates me when others try to do the same to me. I post this as information only, for those who might be interested. Nothing more. (TN)

Eric L. Dalheim Memorial Concert

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana

Cost: Free

The University of Illinois School Of Music will hold memorial concert in memory of long-time faculty member Eric Dalheim. Join family, friends and admirers to share memories, pay tribute, and celebrate Dalheim’s legacy. (AR)


Naumburg Piano Competition Winner Soyeon Lee at Krannert Center, 3 p.m., $36 and down

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