FRIDAY, October 27th

Watch Loving Vincent, The Art Theater, all weekend, about $10 per person

Loving Vincent is the world’s first feature-length painted animation in film, and it looks like it will be incredible. It’s a film about the life of Vincent Van Gogh, whose brushy paintings have decorated many college dorm rooms. The technical aspects of the film look cool and new and different, and I think everyone has a soft spot for Van Gogh and his story. The Art Theater is also cool, and serves booze, so it’s basically awin all around. Get your tickets online here. Photo from Facebook (JH) 

Eat some pizza, Pizzeria Antica, 10 E Chester St, Champaign, 5 to 10 p.m., $11-$16 per pizza

It’s been a minute since I’ve been to Pizzeria Antica, and that needs to be remedied this weekend. I’m a fan of the diavola and the classic salsiccia, but you can choose your own adventure depending on your tastes. Don’t forget to save room for gelato. Photo by Jessica Hammie (JH) 



Go to the U of I Homecoming Parade, campus, 6 p.m., free

It's U of I Homecoming weekend! Yes, this means restaurants and campustown and beyond will be busier than usual, but it's still fun to be a part of the celebration. The parade allows you to be a part of it without the hassle of tailgating or buying football tickets, plus there's candy. The parade route begins at the Education Building and ends at Oregon and Goodwin. (JM)

Or don't go to the U of I Homecoming Parade, Native American House, 5:30 p.m., free

Illinois Student Government, along with several other registered student organizations, has organized a boycott of the homecoming parade in response to the Chief, the controversial and long ago retired symbol, making an appearance. If you feel strongly about the continued reappearance of the Chief, here's your opportunity lend your voice and your presence.  (JM)

Psycho, Virginia Theatre, 7 p.m., $6

Get into Halloween mode with an all time classic. Psycho wraps up a week long Hitchcock series at the Virginia, and while it may not be one of his most complex thrillers (Vertigo is one of my faves), that iconic shower scene can be pretty terrifying and of course there's the disturbing twist of an ending (not spoiling if anyone out there has yet to see this movie). Take advantage of the opportunity to see this on the big screen! (JM)

SATURDAY, October 28th

CLAWoween, The Canopy Club, 8 p.m., $15

CLAW is Champaign Ladies Amatuer Wrestling, and they are holding their next match this Saturday at Canopy Club in Urbana. CLAW is badass, and while they do mini matches here and there, this follows up April's match in the same spot. Bands include We the Animals, Bookmobile! and DJ Meggie Maru that will be the special guests for the evening. Not only is this a super fun time, it is a benefit show for Three Spinners. (PS)





Steal Away: Black Religion and Liberation, IMC, 2020 S Broadway Ave, Urbana, IL 61801, 12pm - 1:30pm 

Join the Speak Truth Collective, a small group of Black activists, artists, students, and teachers committed to political education and the raising of cultural awareness within the CU Black Community. This saturday they are holding a commmunity conversation about the importance of black Religion. Child care will be provided. (CR)






Tag Bag Sale, Friendship Bookstore, Champaign Public Library, 200 W Green St, Champaign, IL 61820, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The friendship bookstore at the Champaign Public Library is having their monthly tag bag sale. The friendship bookstore offers more than 20,000 used books, CDs, and movies. All proceeds benefit the library. (CR)

Melvin Knight and Sleeping Okami, The Iron Post, 9 p.m., $2

Neither of these artists have full length albums or EP's out, but they both played at Pygmailon 2017. They're all incredibly talented musicians bringing fresh sounds to C-U. Sleeping Okami is a jazz fusion band, who you should definietly keep an eye on. Topping things off this will be Melvin Knight and the Amber Skys's last show of 2017. Only two bucks and two amazing groups. (DS)

Sun Stereo's Halloween Show, Blackbird Urbana, 9 p.m., $10

Looking for a pre-halloween show? Well check out Sun Stereo at Blackbird Urbana! They're going to be reading Tarot cards between both of Sun Stereo's sets. Find out your very spooky future! How many times can I use the word spooky before Halloween is over? (DS)




SUNDAY, October 29th

Quality Pumpkin Carving, Quality Beer, 3 p.m., free

The fourth annual Quality Pumpkin Carving Contest is taking place on Sunday, staring at 3 p.m. Don't forget to bring your own pumpkin, and show people what you've got with your carving skills. They will provide some tools for you to use, plus, there's alcohol there too. (PS)


New Art Film Festival, The Art Theater, 6 p.m., free

Sunday marks the eighth annual installment of the New Art Film Festival, and take a look at Jarrod's feature earlier this week which discusses the festival. He talks with a few filmmakers in anticipation of this free event at the Art Theater. (PS)


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