Friday, May 6th

Screenshot of various posters for the CFE event from the CFE website.Screenshot from the CFE website.

Check out the Circular Fashion Expo, Siebel Center for Design, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., free

The Circular Fashion Expo is a new opportunity “meant to highlight the forefront of circular fashion initiatives at UIUC.” From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. is an open expo, with workshops and presentations. At 5 p.m. there is a runway event. More info is available on the event’s website. (JH)

Masked outdoor shoppers flip through bins of vinyl records under an orange canopy.Image by Katie Laskowska.

Record shop at Polyvinyl, Polyvinyl Record Co., 2 to 7 p.m., free

On May 6th, an exciting shopping experience is headed to Champaign. Paved Paradise is a traveling pop-up record store, making stops in cities all over the Midwest and East Coast. On Friday, they will be setting up shop in the parking lot of Polyvinyl Record Co., so come by and flip through some records while listening to some music. (SW)

Be at the first Rose Bowl patio show of the season, 8 to 10 p.m., no cover

Rose Bowl Tavern was granted use of the parking lot north of the bar for this outdoor season, and Friday is the patio season kickoff. Kilbourn Alley Blues will be performing, and table reservations are available for a limited number of tables. Maybe head downtown a bit earlier to hit up Crane Alley, Sakura, Masijta Grill, or your favorite spot for dinner before the show. Of course you can also bring food to the Rose Bowl! (JM)

 A graphic with black background and several lines of different colors shooting out from one point in the center. It says Pink Floyd Light Show in white block lettering. Image from Parkland website.Image from Parkland website.

See the Pink Floyd Light Show, Staerkel Planetarium, 9 p.m., $6

Musical light shows are back after a two year hiatus. Lay back, relax, and enjoy a fulldome Starlight Productions video featuring Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Just a note: If you have motion sickness, this probably isn't for you. It's general admission, pay at the door. (JM)

Saturday, May 7th

Catch the first day of the outdoor market, Lincoln Square, 7 a.m. to noon, free to attend

The farmers' market season begins this weekend. This Saturday, catch the first outdoor farmers' market of 2022 in Urbana. Go early if you want first dibs on all the goods, but if you sleep in, the vendors and farmers will be there until noon. (AB)

Cropped image of 3D rendering of human organism against a golden sky.
Image from the Institute for Genomic Biology website.

Explore the interdependencies within art and science, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cafeteria & Co, free

Featuring work created by artist Julia Pollack, in partnership with IGB scientists, Art of Science 12.0: Interdependencies invites viewers to "experience a world of connections, newly brought to light by science and conveyed through art." (DD)

G-Mart entrance as seen from outside. The building is painted a purplish-gray, and the windows are filled with posters and cardboard cutouts of Superman, Star Wars characters, and other comic book and comic movie characters. Photo by Jessica Hammie.Photo by Jessica Hammie.

Get a free comic, G-Mart, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., free

It’s free comic book day, and G-Mart is your hook up for free comics. Each person can receive up to five free comics; if you visit the store dressed in a costume, you can get ten. I imagine that it’s only while supplies last, so perhaps it’s best to arrive early. G-Mart has lots of other stuff to check out if comics are exactly your thing — though you could always ask for recommendations. (JH)

At Farren's Pub in Downtown Champaign, bartender Terry Boyer pours a cosmo into a half tumbler. Photo by Paul Young.Photo by Paul Young.

Order a cucumber gimlet, Farren's Pub, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., $8

Made with cucumber mint vodka, lime juice, simple syrup, and soda water, the cucumber gimlet at Farren's Pub in Downtown Champaign is what bartender Terry Boyer recommends. Grab one of these before Toast to Taylor's first Saturday night event or sit at one of Farren's outdoor tables and have a few. (AB)

Three students work in front of a large sound mixing board, in the studio at Perimeter Road Sound Recordings.Image from Perimeter Road Sound Recordings' Facebook page. 

Come support the hard working students at Parkland, Parkland College B1 Lot, 12 p.m., free

Did you know Parkland College has a record label? Did you know they also put on a yearly music festival? Come hang out this Saturday in the B1 parking lot of Parkland, and catch some great local acts like Anika Emily, Modern Drugs, Moe Pesci, Melvin Knight, and more. There will be food trucks and the event is open to all ages. (SW)

Sunday, May 8th

Zoom with the Glass Room Poets, 2-4 p.m., free,

Poets Robert Manaster, Emily Kerlin, Elizabeth Majerus, James Engelhardt, Matthew Murrey, and John Palen will share their work, and you won't want to miss it. Invite your mom too!  Register here. (DD)

A group bicycling along the side of the road. They are led by a young boy on small blue bike, followed by a dad on a maroon bike with a small child on a seat behind him. Then there are two women behind them. Photo from Facebook event page.Photo from Facebook event page.

Go for a bike ride, Anita Purves Nature Center, 2 to 4 p.m., free

Join the Champaign-Urbana Cyclists for a Sunday ride honoring mothers and all of those who nuture children. Meet in the parking lot at Anita Purves, then bike through Crystal Lake Park, Carle Park, and grab a treat at BakeLab. Make sure you wear a helmet and dress for the weather. (JM)

Top photo by Alyssa Buckley.


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