Weekend: February 4-6: Culture: Smile Politely

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Get a meal of the week from the restaurant, over 30 restaurants, Friday and Saturday, prices vary

Right in the middle of our annual restaurant week, the city closed for two days, but this weekend is the last two days of RW and the restaurants will be open. Friday lunch seems like a good plan, and Friday takeout dinner is definitely something I’ll do. Check out all of Restaurant Week’s menus and specials, our editors’ reviews of this year’s RW meals, and our recommendations on what to order. (A B)

Image taken from the Rose Bowl Tavern Facebook page.

Shake Your Socks, Rose Bowl Tavern, 9 p.m., $10

It’s a really stacked lineup with some of the best bands in town. The Dirty Feathers, The Ancient Ways, The Courtyard Of The Kangaroos, And The Child Of The Ocean. The Rose Bowl never fails to cook up wonderful bills. If you are looking for an evening of rock/punk/psychedelic music, this is your event. (NA)

Saturday February 5

A glass mug filled with black coffee sits on a wooden counter.  There are shelves with bags of coffee beans in the background, as well as several art prints.  Photo by Rafay Khan.Photo by Rafay Khan.

Grab a Coffee and Escape, Flying Machine Avionics, Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., $2.50

You were stuck at home enjoying a coffee you had to make yourself. If you’re like me, in a house full of wet snow jackets, laundry and excited kids on snow days. You probably want to get out of the house, so why not start your Saturday at the very cool coffeeshop on First Street? Order a coffee, soak up the cozy ambience and revel in some time for yourself. (A B)

Photo from the Walnut Street Tea Company Facebook page.

Visit the new Walnut Street Tea Company, Village at the Crossing, 9am-5pm, free but you should buy stuff

Walnut Street Tea Company, which has been a mainstay in downtown Champaign for nearly 40 years, now has a second location in Village at the Crossing. For their grand opening they will have giveaways and raffles, and of course you will have the opportunity to browse their huge selection of tea and coffee and other fun stuff. (JM)

Learn about butterflies, Anita Purves Nature Center, 10 a.m.-noon, free, but registration required (call 217-384-4062)

The Urbana Park District organizes this free program on butterfly species in Taiwan and North America. What a great way to think of warmer climes after two days of winter. James Yang, Fulbright Scholar at the U of I, will lead the discussion. (JH)

Celebrate Pride with Illinois Men’s Gymnastics, Huff Hall, 2 p.m., free

Check out the first home meet for Illinois men’s gymnastics. Pride Progress buttons will be given out to the first 200 viewers, and Uniting Pride will be featured at the event. If you want to see all the gymnastics this week, you can also see the women compete at Huff at 2 p.m. on Sunday. (JM)

Cropped b&w photo of a dancing man and woman.
Photo taken from the Urbana Dance Company Facebook page.

Turn up the heat with this two-day intermediate-level salsa and bachata workshop, Urbana Dance Company, $15 per hour, $35 for one day, $50 for both

This two-day dance workshop is guaranteed to bring some much-needed warmth to your post-Snowpocalypse weekend. Led by Cinnamon, owner of Cinnamon’s DanceWorks and Flow Dance Therapy, and assisted by UDC’s Kim Hubbard, choose your own adventure with hourly and daily rates, or opt for the full two-day experience. (DD)

Sunday February 6

Photos of multimedia works by artist Marc-Anthony Macon included in the Eggsploitation event.
Photo from the Facebook page of artist Marc-Anthony Macon.

Say Goodbye to the Eggsploitation Exhibit, Independent Media Center, 2-5 p.m., free

If all the good is to end, then kudos to Eggsploitation on saying goodbye with a bang. Eggxit: a hard art fence, will feature “eggs.art. [and] nummies.” Listen to host Marc-Anthony Macon and “bring your fantasy.” (DD)

Support local jazz, Rose Bowl Tavern, 7 p.m., free

The weather this week has been brutal. What better way to warm up than with jazz? Saxophonist Matthew Storie releases his first album Highway 538 and this is his exit show. His quartet also includes Jesus Fuentes on piano, Emma Taylor on bass and Frank Kurtz on drums. Come support Matthew Storie and the band. (NA)

Neapolitan pizza with sausage, cheese and tomato sauce from Pizzeria Antica in Champaign.  Photo by Jessica Hammie. Photo by Jessica Hammie.

Order dinner and watch a movie, your house and your favorite restaurant, prices vary

After a mid-week winter storm, ordering takeout or delivery is a real relief. Take inspiration from our Food + Drink section of the same name. Have children? look Encanto and order food from El Paraiso in Urbana, which is about as close to Colombian food as you’ll find in these areas. Want to relive some of the antics of the 90s? Pam and Tommy (Yes, this Pam and this tommy and this boat) is on Hulu; order your favorite pizza or wings or whatever brings you joy watching the lives of two people roughly exposed without their consent. Or drop by the Champaign Public or Urbana Free libraries and grab a movie on your way to pick up your food. (JH)

Top photo by Anna Longworth.


All event information is accurate to the best of our abilities, but sometimes we make errors and sometimes event information, times, prices, etc. change after consulting them. Where possible, we have provided a link to the original event page; you should always double-check the source before making any firm plans. Thanks for understanding.

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