Frank's Weekend Faves, March 11, 2018

Frank's Weekend Faves, March 11, 2018

Got game? If your preferred game requires a board to play it on, here’s something to get you out of the house in these latter days of winter — the fifth CUDO Plays Grand Exposition — going on today in downtown Urbana. And the best part? You can play all day for free.

We’re talking a board game expo showcasing locally created board games and the Champaign-Urbana Design Organization’s biggest event of the year, not to mention a celebration of C-U creativity. Games for all ages and skill levels. Awards given to exceptional games in eight different categories. Food and drinks for purchase. It’s all going on from 1 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at Broadway Food Hall, 401 N. Broadway Ave., U. If you fancy yourself a player — or a creator, it’s definitely worth a roll of the dice.

For those who prefer their art based in the material world, the Vault Art Gallery in downtown Tuscola is featuring its ‘Fabric Exhibit’ all this month.  

The new exhibit in the gallery’s main lobby features a variety of fabric creations by Vault artists, including wall hangings made by Shannie Brown, aprons, bags and purses by Jamie Willis, scarves by Jan VanBokel, purses by Athan Chilton, wool-felted animals by Joellyn Burt Cobb, men’s caps, purses and scarves from Ireland by Jan Chandler, vintage clothing by Kim Hanley and Cindy Pringle, and a collectible vintage cane courtesy of Mike Carroll. The Vault’s manager and former News-Gazette features reporter Kirby Pringle tells me the gallery will also be hosting a couple of upcoming classes:

— Make a felted wool bunny with Hooked on Wool Primitives from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17. The cost is $25 per person ($12 additional for those who need needles).

— Join Willis for an ‘Aprons, Bread & Wine’ make-and-take class from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Have a glass of wine and select a handmade apron to take home while making two loaves of oatmeal yeast bread. The cost is $35 and includes most supplies.

Register in person at the Vault, 100 N. Main St., Tuscola; call 217-599-1215 or email For more information, go online to

Country-music fans, if you didn’t catch Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders when they were in town last fall, you’re in luck: It won’t cost you anything to make up for that oversight.

That’s because the urban honky-tonkers from Chicago will be returning to The Rose Bowl Tavern for a showcase event this Friday, March 16. The show starts at 9 p.m., and there’s no cover charge. The band’s latest album, “Anything You Wanted To,” combining western swing, rock ‘n’ roll, country-jazz and hillbilly music, had just come out a month or so before they last played The Rose Bowl in November. Backing up singer-songwriter-guitarist Dan Whitaker are fellow Chicago music veterans Tom Mioducki on acoustic guitar and vocals, Earl “T-Bone” Powers on upright bass and Eric “Chase” Niffenegger on drums. These guys do country as well as anyone in these parts. Don’t miss them this time around!

I’m sure it’s written in a good book somewhere, but if it’s not, it should be: Nothing kicks the chilly-weather blahs like a stage show featuring singing, dancing and wisecracking nuns — in full habits, of course.

Twin City Theatre Company’s production of “Nunsense II: The Second Coming,” opens Friday and runs the next two weekends, March 16-18 and 22-25, at Sodo Theatre, 114 S. Neil St., Champaign. The musical comedy picks up six weeks after the sisters‘ first benefit with plans underway for a “thank you program” for all who supported them in the past, but may or may not recognize them now that they’ve been bitten by the theater bug. Of course, as they say, hilarity ensues. Tickets are $15.

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