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Weekender: Oct. 21—23


NO Label 51 Swann Special Care Center Art Program Benefit, Friday, 7:00 p.m.–Sunday, Oct. 23, 4:00 p.m.

Indi Go Artist Co-Op
Suggested donation at door of $5. All proceeds go to Swann Center.

The opening reception begins Friday, October 21, at 7:00. There will be a cash wine bar catered by The Corkscrew.

Live music begins at 10:00 p.m., and will include the Evil Tents and a minimal ambient electronic set by Tva Berg.

There will be a meet and greet with the artists from Swann Special Care Center’s art program on October 23 from 2:30–3:30 p.m., with acoustic music from Ryan Groff, John Isberg, Isaac Arms, and Aron Stromberg. (TN)


Cabaret at Krannert Center, Fri/Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m., $16 and down

This play is well worth the price. It’s beautiful and funny and tragic and, well, divine decadence, darling. Check out my interview with the director here. (TN)





Family Groove Company, Beeson Brothers, Jaik Willis, 8:00 – 11:30 p.m.

The Canopy Club

Because I know nothing about these fine bands, I offer you these links for your consideration:

Family Groove Company
The Beeson Brothers
Jaik Willis


God of Carnage at the Station Theatre, Fri/Sat 8 p.m., $15

The Way at the Art Theater, Fri 5 & 7:30 p.m. with additional 2:30 p.m. show Sat/Sun, $6.50 before 6 p.m., $9 afterward

Fright Night at the Art Theater, Fri/Sat 10 p.m., $6.50

Central Illinois Magic Association Magic Showcase at SoDo Theatre, 10 p.m., $5



Children’s Art Festival at UCIMC, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Free


The Affordable Art Show

October 22, 5:00–8:00 p.m.
October 23, 4:00–7:00 p.m.

Located across from Seven Saints and connected to Kane and Company
41 East University – Downtown Champaign

This is an art show put on by local artists for local artists. There’s going to be live music and festive drinks. Prices will be in the $200-or-less range. Cash or check only, please. (TN)


“Sinfonia da Camera: Dancing with the Devil” at Krannert Center, 7:30 p.m., $34 and down

Rocky Horror in Concert at the Canopy Club, Doors 5 p.m., Concert 6 p.m., Movie 9:30 p.m., $15 for both

UP Center Halloween Homecoming Dance at UCIMC, 8 p.m., Free


Last Comic Standing with Colin Jost, 8:00–10:00 p.m.

Courtyard Café Illini Union
Admission: $1 students; $2 Public

University of Illinois students will compete to be the U of I’s Last Comic Standing. The top two winners will open for a comedian on Dad’s Weekend. (TN)

Our panel of judges includes:

  • Colin Jost, SNL writer and comedian
  • Marybeth Kram, Comedy Coach
  • Simeon Tzolov, student comedian


Piano+Drums+Projections, 9:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m.

Red Herring Coffee House
Free admission

  • Dan Pierson – Piano
  • Peter Manheim – Drums
  • Anders Pollack – Projection

Live improvisations with visual treats. (TN)


Haunted Tea Party, 10:30 p.m.1:30 a.m.

SoDo Theatre
$5, refreshments included

It’s pretty bad that when I saw the name of this event, my first thought was of tea baggers. It seems that ― for me at least ― “tea party” has gone the way of “freedom,” “values,” and the flag. (TN)

But this event sounds a lot more fun:

Get a feel for how tea time might have been were you among the spiritualist circles of the 1800s. Period dress (including steampunk!) welcome and encouraged, though not necessary. Step out of the real world and into a new reality where the spirits may gather among us!


Men’s Basketball Orange & Blue Scrimmage at Assembly Hall, 4 p.m., $10


The Mean Lids Playing Tunes and Songs, 7:00–9:30 p.m.

The Iron Post

I saw the Mean Lids last year at the Folk and Roots Festival and they blew me away. They are a treasure. (TN)


Ghost Hunting with local enthusiast Zack Widup, 10:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

SoDo Theatre
Transportation to haunted sites is not included.

Who believes in ghosts? Not me! Who enjoys reading about, watching movies about, and playing around with “ghosts” on Ouija Boards? Me! Who’s a recovering Catholic? Also me! (TN)

Local ghost hunting enthusiast, Zack Widup, will share his experiences and knowledge of haunted places around Champaign-Urbana. You will also visit places rumored to be haunted.

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