Friday, August 31st

Wieners and wine, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, Fairmount, 5 to 8 p.m., free plus cost of a glass of wine

We’ve told you about this event before. Grab a friend (and maybe a DD), and head east to Sleepy Creek Vineyards. They provide the hot dogs and toppings, you buy a glass of wine and enjoy their facility and grounds. Take a page from Rachael’s book, and grab some pizza and ice cream on your way of out town. (JH) Photo by Rachael McMillan 

Flatland Dance Film Festival, Spurlock Museum, 6:55 p.m., $5-10

This annual festival is open to students and community members alike, and it is a means of bringing the work of influential artists, dance performances from all over the world, and dance insider's perspectives to audiences here in C-U. Friday will feature a feature length film If the Dancer Dances preceded by the short Lil Buck with Icons of Modern Art (hence the 6:55 start time). Get some background before you go by reading Chloe's preview from earlier this week. (JM) Photo from Dance at Illinois

Saturday, September 1st

Go see a documentary, The Art Theater, times vary, $6.75-8.75

The Art Theater has shown some amazing documentaries this summer, and the demand has been such that they are having a Doc Encore week beginning this weekend to give folks added opportunities to see them. Check their website for times, but on Saturday you can see RBG at noon, Three Identical Strangers at 2:20 or 7 p.m., and Won't You Be My Neighbor at 4 p.m. So really, you could park yourself in the theater the entire day and have popcorn and candy for your meals. Plus there's booze, so you're all set. Seriously though, take advantage of this week! (JM) Photo from Facebook

Dance Music Therapy, The Lake House at Crystal Lake, 2 to 10 p.m., free

You've got one last opportunity to get your groove on at Crystal Lake with DJs Terrance, TDM, and KamauMau. This free event is open to all ages, and it doesn't matter one bit if you aren't a great dancer. As DJ Kamau Grantham says, "I’m not much of a dancer myself, but what attracted me to this is the fact that people can come out and be themselves. If you’re having a good time and if you’re feeling it, that’s all that matters." Read up on DMT in Anisa's article from July, then pack a picnic, head on out, and dance your cares away. (JM) Photo by Anisa McClinton


The Dry Look, Tractor Kings, Ghoul Jr, SM Wolf, Loose Cobra, 8 p.m., $5

The Dry Look are at it again — this excellent bill has been assembled for this Saturday out at the Loose Cobra in Tolono. TDL have been one of the most consistent bands in the scene as of late, and they're joined by Tractor Kings, which just so happen to be one of the longest running active bands in C-U. (PS) Photo from Facebook

Sunday, September 2nd

Go to the pool, Sholem Aquatic Center or Crystal Lake Family Aquatic Center, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., $6-9

Both public pools in C-U will be closing after Monday, so now is the time to get your pool time in. After Labor Day, we have to officially accept that summer is over. It looks to be a warm sunny weekend, so slather on that sunscreen and go enjoy that last bit of summer fun. (JM)

Learn about Eritrean coffee making methods, Champaign Public Library, 2 p.m., free

This event is part of Welcoming Week Champaign County. Head to the library on Sunday afternoon to learn how they make coffee in Eritrea (it’s a country in East Africa). There will be a demonstration and a tasting at the end — it’s a great opportunity to meet some fellow coffee enthusiasts. (JH) Photo from Facebook

Kilborn Alley, Loose Cobra, $10 suggested donation, 7 p.m.


The local blues legends Kilborn Alley Blues Band hits Cobra for the third show of the weekend out in Tolono. They've been fairly active as of late playing shows around town, but perhaps you took it easy this weekend and want to use that energy saved throughout the weekend on this one? (PS) Photo from Facebook

Monday, September 3rd

Eat tacos while you hootenanny, Rose Bowl Tavern, 8 p.m.

Did you catch Bobbie’s review of the Urbana Hootenanny? It’s a good time, and on the first Monday of the month, Juanito’s Tacos food truck is parked outside. What’s better than welcoming the new month with some delicious tacos? Maybe some music and a hang with friends? (JH) Photo by Bobbie Bonebrake


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