Weekend: October 7-9: Culture: Smile Politely


friday october 7

Photo by Julia Freeman.

Enjoy a breathtaking alcohol-free cocktail, Punch! Bar, $7.50, 4 p.m. to midnight

Punch! Bar makes amazing mocktails, and Julia wrote about eight mocktails she tried in her review published Wednesday. She recommends them all, but I like the sound of The Little Red Corvette which is served with a garnish of edible orchid flowers. Julia said the mocktail had a mild but plant-based flavor — like cherry soda sweetened with tea — and a deliciously frothy top. (A B)

look how Those who teach can40 Point One, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., free

Let Champaign’s Unit 4 art teachers prove that those who teach can make fantastic art. This not-to-be-missed 40 North event is making a comeback at 40 Point One Gallery at 1300 S Neil Street in Champaign. Get more information, including participating artists and additional viewing times, on the Facebook event page. (DD)

Attend a Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo Dance Party, Canopy Club, 8 p.m. to midnight, $10 (get your tickets in advance)

I had no idea it was a thing, but it is a thing. If you’re a fan of these very talented ladies (Swift and Rodrigo), grab a friend and head to Canopy Club for a dance party featuring all their music. It seems like a lot of fun, especially with a group of girlfriends. (JH)

Area to Pink Floyd, under the planetarium dome, Staerkel Planetarium, 9 p.m., $6

Parkland’s Staerkel Planetarium does a light show (no laser) for Pink Floyd wish you were Here album. I’ve put this in the Weekender before, mostly to remind myself that this is something I’d like to experience. If you are in the same boat, now is your chance! Go! Lose yourself in these vibrations. (JH)





Saturday October 8

Eat Hot Cinnamon Rolls, Homegrown, $5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

These hot rolls are truly amazing, and they’re only $5 on Homegrown’s brunch menu, available only on weekends. Read the menu here and check out our Homegrown brunch review here. The restaurant’s chefs won the 7th Artisan Cup & Fork Culinary Competition last Saturday night with a tasty dish of pork belly, so take the time to sample what Homegrown serves up. Order the hot cinnamon rolls, sip the freshly squeezed orange juice and enjoy the beautiful weekend weather on the patio overlooking the Atkins Golf Course. (A B)

A cropped shot of an ikebana arrangement on a light wooden surface with red flowers, smaller white flowers and large green leaves.
Photo from Japan House Facebook page.

Discover Ikebana made by Japan House students, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., free

Enjoy an exhibition featuring work by students from Professor Emeritus Kimiko Gunji’s ARTJ199 Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging class. Find out how they incorporated and applied the basic principles of Japanese flower arranging, including dot, line, mass and miniature arrangements to create a jiyuka, which according to their social media announcement is a “freestyle arrangement that encourages contemporary artistic expression.” (DD)

Support Courage Connection at Peace Jam, West Side Park, 3-7 p.m., free

Gather with community members to listen to live music from Emily the Band and Matt Ellis, eat some food and maybe even share a story, poem or song to show your support for those affected by domestic violence. There will also be resources from Courage Connection and other places in the community. (JM)

Celebrate Oktstonerfest, 5:30 p.m., Loose Cobra, $20 donation encouraged

Okstonerfest returns to Loose Cobra in Tolono this Saturday. The festival will feature live music inside and outside Loose Cobra as well as a food truck, Atari 2600 battle tournament, bonfire, and more. There will also be fall-inspired drinks. Bands include Pelican, Sweet Cobra, Dibiase, and more. (SW)

Sunday October 9

Action shot of the band Bug Bite, with a vocalist on the left singing into a microphone, and a bassist in the middle, also singing into the microphone.Photo from the Bug Bite Facebook page.

End your weekend with a (head)bang, C4A, 7 p.m., free

It’s always nice to mosh and headbang your problems and worries. Come do it at the Urbana Community Arts Center on Sunday and hear some great hardcore bands. Shroud, Bug Bite, JUG and Big Yawn will lay down a few settings for your listening pleasure. (SW)

Photo from Allerton Park and Retreat Center Facebook page.

Go on a fall hike, at various locations, at any time, for free

Fall is my favorite time to explore the trails in the area. The colors change, the leaves crunch under your feet and the air is fresh. Allerton and Busey Woods are must-see places for me, but if you want to branch out a bit, check out our Walkin’ in the Woods series for unique trail suggestions. (JM)

Top photo by Alyssa Buckley.
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