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2012.04.20 (wk773)
A promise is a promise.  v
Movie: Latino Film Festival at Various locations.
Ongoing: Occupy Chicago at Federal Reserve Bank.
..-Th: International Womens Art Open at Woman Made Gallery.
Ongoing: I CAN DO THAT at Variable Space.
Ongoing: International Pop Overthrow at Redline Tap.
Ongoing: "Bikes! The Green Revolution" at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Ongoing: Wolff's Flea Market & Antique Mall at Allstate.
Fr: Start of Taurus.
..-Sa: Illinois State University Circus.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur.
Fr: "The X Tour" at Congress Theatre.
Fr: Nick Lowe & band at Park West.
Fr: Improvised Shakespeare at IO Theatre.
..-Sa: This Must Be the Band at Martyrs'.
Fr: Nocturna at Bottom Lounge.
Fr: "Nexus 6" at Neo.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: Record Store Day at Many locations.
Sa: Neighborhood Tour from Cultural Center.
Sa: Bike Tour of Rogers Park at Warren Park.
Sa: Windy City Roller Derby at UIC Pavilion.
Sa: College of Complexes at Lincoln Restaurant.
Sa: Modeselektor at Metro.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: Carni-Vaude at Stage 773.
Sa: Midnight Marauders ride at Billy Goat Tavern.
Sa: Skinprov at Annoyance Theatre and Bar.
Su: Earth Day.
Su: Chicago Bike Polo at Garfield Park.
Su: Counting Crows at Riviera Theatre.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Mo: Talk Like Shakespeare Day.
Mo: Chicago Improv Festival.
Mo: Rehab at Debonair Social Club.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
Tu: The Deep End at Morseland Restaurant.
We: Administrative Professionals Day.
We: Parental Alienation Awareness Day.
We-..: Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium.
We: South Park new episode on COM.
We: Live Band Karaoke at Quenchers.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
We: Heartbeats at Morseland Restaurant.
Th: Take Your Child to Work Day.
Th: Atomic Sketch Event at Green Eye Lounge.
Th: Festival of Flesh at Lucky Number Grill.
Th: "Hot Mess" at Atmosphere.
Th: "Future Bass" at SmartBar.

Movie:    ^
Latino Film Festival (since 1985). Over 100 screenings. -2012.04.26 Yearly. All ages. $10+ Various times.
Various locations.

Now playing.
3 Stooges, American Reunion, Mirror Mirror, Wrath of the Titans, Hunger Games, A Thousand Words, John Carter, Wanderlust, Journey 2, Safe House, Star Wars I 3D, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Ongoing:    ^
* Occupy Chicago.
Local presence of burgeoning nationwide movement for economic justice for the 99%.
Federal Reserve Bank, 256 S LaSalle. At Jackson.

International Womens Art Open (since 1998). -2012.04.26 Yearly. We-Fr -7p, Sa/Su 12-4p.
Juried show of artwork in all media by women from the international community.
Woman Made Gallery, 312/738-0400, 685 N Milwaukee.

I CAN DO THAT. -2012.04.27 All ages. 7-10p.
Interactive art show where viewers improve or replicate displayed works.
Variable Space, 1564 N Damen. Milwaukee/North, Wicker Park, near Damen Blue line.

International Pop Overthrow. -2012.04.28 21+ $10 7:30p.
Bands (1.5hr each) from open to close all day every day. "Like speed dating for rock-n-roll."
Redline Tap, 773/274-5463, 7006 N. Glenwood Ave.

"Bikes! The Green Revolution" -2012.09.09.
Explores American bicycle culture, styles, history, and why they are the way of the future.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 773/755-5100, 2430 N. Cannon Drive. Northwest corner of Fullerton Parkway and Cannon Drive in Lincoln Park.

Wolff's Flea Market (since 1991). Sa/Su -2012.10.28 Yearly. All ages. $1 Most weeks. 6a-3p.
500 market spaces. Clean, comprehensive, entertaining, with free parking, food and restrooms.
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.

WAY too much great theater and comedy and dance to cover.
Pickup Reader and NewCity and TimeOut magazines.
Hundreds of city locations.

Different rock, experimental, jazz, ethnic bands almost every night. 21+ $?
Metro / SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark, Near Red Line Addison stop,
Darkroom, 773/276-1411, 2210 W Chicago,
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee, Wicker Park near Blue line Damen stop,
Empty Bottle, 773/276-3600, 1035 N Western, dive-ish,
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln,
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, Highland Pk,

Friday 2012.04.20:    ^
Start of Taurus. Astrological sign, the bull. Yearly.

Illinois State University Circus (since 1929). -Saturday Yearly. All ages. $1-12 7p.
Performs just one weekend a year. Also known as Gamma Phi circus.
Illinois State University, Redbird Arena, Bloomington.

Supernatural Chicago (since 2004). Interactive theatre exploring Chicago's paranormal past. Fr/Sa 21+ $25 7:30-9p.
Hosted by Necromancer Neil Tobin. Hear true Chicago stories of the unexplained, brought to life through audience-involving demonstrations of telepathy, clairvoyance, mediumship and magic -- at one of Chicago's most haunted nightspots. Price includes the show plus two drinks and general admission to the club.
Excalibur, 312/266-1944, 632 N Dearborn. Downtown, valet or pay.

"The X Tour" 17+ $20-65 Sold out. 8p.
Electro/Dub heavies Excision, Liquid Stranger, Lucky Date.
Congress Theatre, 773/276-1235, 2135 N Milwaukee.

Nick Lowe & band. 18+ $37+ 8p.
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.

Improvised Shakespeare. Fridays 18+ $14 10:30p+8p.
Based on audience suggestion The Co creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style with ALL the typical elements.
IO Theatre, 773/880-0199, 3541 N. Clark.

This Must Be the Band. -Saturday 21+ $15 3 nites. 9p.
Talking Heads tribute band.
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

Nocturna (since 1988). THE Electro/Goth gathering. Monthly. 18+ $10+ 10p-2a.
DJ Scary Lady Sarah spinning goth, darkwave, dark indie, deathrock, industrial, new wave, electro, ... Nicely decorated, often a special guest and giveaways. A tight but welcoming community of several hundred intriguing individuals.
Bottom Lounge, 312/666-6775, 1375 W Lake.

"Nexus 6" 3rd Fridays 21+ $5 10p-4a.
"Kinetic" DJs spin EBM, industrial, rhythmic noise and special requests.
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. Just South of Fullerton.

Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 10p-4a.
Greg Haus spins Electro / Progressive / Breaks / Alternative / Electronica.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (since 1988). Fr/Sa/Su All ages? $6-11+ Su 7p, Fr+Sa 11:30p.
30 plays in 60 minutes, lots of improv, very welcoming, sometimes topical.
Neo-Futurarium, 773/275-5255, 5153 N Ashland.

Saturday 2012.04.21:    ^
Record Store Day (since 2007). 3rd Saturday in April Yearly.
Many locations.

Chicago Neighborhood Tours. Bring a snack. Saturdays $20-45 4hr 10a.
04.21: Hyde Park & Kenwood, 10a.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/742-1190, 77 E Randolph.

Bike Tour of Rogers Park. Yearly. All ages. $9+ 11a-4p.
Lee Diamond leads 15 miles of northeast side.
Warren Park, 6601 N Western.

Windy City Roller Derby. Monthly. All ages. $20-40 6-9:45p.
A new breed of derby dame hellions on skates.
04.21: Double Crossers vs Hell's Belles / Manic Attackers vs. The Fury.
UIC Pavilion, 312/413-5700, 525 S. Racine.

College of Complexes (since 1951). "The Playground for People Who Think" Saturdays All ages. $3? +food/drink purchase 2.5hrs 8-11p.
Structured weekly free speech forum with quality lecturers and good American food and bar.
04.21: How the CIA Used Art As A Weapon.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

Modeselektor. 18+ $25 9p.
W/ Egyptrixx & Abstract Science DJs.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

"Twisted" Saturdays 21+ $0 -11p, $5 -1a, $7+ 9:30p-5a.
"Meet and mingle with a truly diverse crowd. Dress up or dress down... this is the place to be what you want to be!"
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

Carni-Vaude. $18 10:30p.
Burlesque with "Fatally Cool" live band.
Stage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W Belmont. Near Racine.

Midnight Marauders ride. 3rd Saturdays 18+ Leaves after 11:30p-?a.
"Drinking club with a biking problem" Home after dawn.
Billy Goat Tavern, 312/222-1525, 430 N Michigan. Lower Hubbard.

Skinprov. Saturdays 18+ $7 12a.
All male clothing reduced comedy.
Annoyance Theatre and Bar, 773/561-4665, 4830 N. Broadway.

Sunday 2012.04.22:    ^
* Earth Day (since 1970). Yearly.
Reflect on ecological issues and commit to the conservation and reclamation of nature.

Chicago Bike Polo. Sundays All ages. Free 2:30-?p.
Pickup games in decommissioned tennis courts.
Garfield Park, S Central Park Blvd at W Monroe St.

Counting Crows. 18+ $? 7:30p.
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4746 N Racine.

"Adult Swim" Sundays All ages. Free 10p-12a.
Extraordinary block of popular and leading-edge absurdist cartoonage.
TOON. On cable.

Monday 2012.04.23:    ^
Talk Like Shakespeare Day. Yearly. All ages. Free.
Actually proclaimed, also observes the bard's birthday.

Chicago Improv Festival (since 1998). -2012.04.29 Yearly. Various times, locations and prices.
"75 acts, 5 countries, 10 stages"

Rehab. Mondays 21+ $? 10p-2a.
"America's Best Party" according to frisky young Wickers.
Debonair Social Club, 773/227-7990, 1575 N Milwaukee. At North and Damen.

Stewart / Colbert. Mo/Tu/We/Th Reruns several times a day. 10-11p.
Brilliant awards winning "news" shows.
COM. On cable.

Tuesday 2012.04.24:    ^
Chicago Underground Comedy. Tuesdays 21+ $5 Doors 9p.
"The Hippest, Hottest Stand-Up Showcase to Emerge in Years" +good menu & booze.
Beat Kitchen, 773/281-4444, 2100 W Belmont.

The Deep End. Tuesdays 21+ Free 10p-2a.
"Explores the deeper side of dance music."
Morseland Restaurant, 773/764-8900, 1218 W Morse. Rogers Park, at Sheridan. Free parking.

Wednesday 2012.04.25:    ^
Administrative Professionals Day. Yearly.
Day to honor and be kind to professional administrative assistants.

Parental Alienation Awareness Day. Yearly.
Interfering with visitation is a crime.

Joffrey Ballet. -2012.05.06 All ages. $25-150.
"Spring Desire"
Auditorium, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress. Downtown.

South Park NEW EPISODE. Wednesdays All ages. Free 9p.
COM. On cable.

Live Band Karaoke. Last Wednesdays 21+ $5 9p.
Quenchers, 773/276-9730, 2401 N Western. At Fullerton.

"In One Ear" (since 1988). Poetry Open Mic. Wednesdays 18+ $3 10p-?a.
"2nd Longest Running Open-Mic In Chicago!"
Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop.

Heartbeats. Wednesdays 21+ Free 10p-?a.
Lokua presents electronic, hip hop, downtempo DJs and performers.
Morseland Restaurant, 773/764-8900, 1218 W Morse. Rogers Park, at Sheridan. Free parking.

Thursday 2012.04.26:    ^
* Take Your Child to Work Day (since 1993). 4th Thursday in April Yearly.
Parent's opportunity to educate their children on the nature of employment.

Atomic Sketch Event. Live Art. Last Thursdays 21+ Free 6-10p.
Established and emerging artists of various disciplines display, create and sell original new works at bargain prices. Drop-in artists welcome. Ambience by "CHIRP" DJs.
Green Eye Lounge, 773/227-8851, 2403 W. Homer St. Near Blue Line Western.

Festival of Flesh. Last Thursdays 21+ $7 9p-2a.
Burlesque, comedy, variety, sideshow acts, DJs, spirits. Shows at 10p+midnt.
Lucky Number Grill, 773/235-7761, 1931 N Milwaukee. 2nd Floor.

* "Hot Mess" Thursdays 21+ $3 booze. 9:45p-?a.
Male dancers and the incredible magic of Tomas.
Atmosphere, 773/784-1100, 5355 N. Clark, Andersonville.

"Future Bass" Thursdays 21+ $5+ 10p-4a.
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Attractions:    ^
Many great exhibits of local works and curated collections. All ages. Free. Mo-Th 8a-7p, Fr 8a-6p, Sa 9a-6p, Su 10a-6p.
With various special events, music and performances almost every day.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/744-6630, 78 E Washington. SE of State/Lake train stops.

Various good modern art shows. All ages. $0-12, Free Tu 10a-8p, Mo closed, We-Su 10a-5p.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.

With Giant Ferris Wheel, IMAX theatre, historic carousel, a*mazing Chicago ride, classic spinning swing ride, new mini-golf course, major VR games, food court, quality restaurants and bars, stained glass window museum, enclosed garden, wonderful specialty shops, children's museum, water taxis, several cruise lines and the Shakespeare Theatre.
Summer: 10a-10p Su-Th, 10a-midnt Fr-Sa; Fall: Mo-Th 10a-9p, Fr+Sa 10a-11p, Su 10a-7p; Winter: 10a-8p Mo-Th, 10a-10p Fr-Sa, 10a-7p Su.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. On-site parking, or Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.

See how the universe works. All ages. $10-18+ Mo-Fr 9:30a-4:30p (-10p 1st Fridays), Sa/Su 9a-4:30p, closed xmas, open -6p 12.26-1.5.
Much high tech exhibitry.
Adler Planetarium, 312/922-7827 (STAR), 1300 S Lake Shore.

Masterpieces. All ages. $0-18 Mo/Tu/We/Fr 10:30a-5p, Th 10:30a-8p, Sa/Su 10a-5p, closed xgiving+xmas.
And other interesting permanent and visiting exhibits.
Art Institute of Chicago, 312/443-3500, 210 S Michigan.

World class gardens. Easy to get to. All ages. $8.75 parking. 8a-sunset, closed xmas.
385 acres, 23 gardens, 9 islands, prarie simulation, oriental features, miniature railway, produce, shows, restaurant, more...
Chicago Botanic Gardens, 847/835-5440, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe.

Quality exhibits and activities for young minds. All ages. $0-10, Free Th 5-8p. 10a-5p.
Chicago Children's Museum, 312/527-1000, Navy Pier.

Natural History done right. All ages. $6-12. Last entry 4p, closed xmas. 9a-5p.
"Sue" permanent dinosaur exhibit, insects, anthropology, world culture, geology, ecology, much more.
Field Museum, 312/922-9410, Roosevelt at Lake Shore Drive.

Exhibits covering 4000 years of surgical history. Not for the squeamish. All ages. $3-6, Free Tuesdays. Tu-Sa 10a-4p. Closed 12.24-25, 12.31-1.1.
International Museum of Surgical Science, 312/642-6502, 1524 N Lake Shore.

World class zoo. Now with web cams. All ages. Free (Building hours vary) 9a-6p.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon.

Consistent world class wonderland, set aside a whole day. All ages. $6-11 +parking/movies, Sometimes free. Mo-Sa 9:30a-4p, Su 11a-4p.
Exhibits include clock (possibly the best historical collection in existence), trains, toys, flight, genetics, chemistry, coal, petroleum, human body slices, cyberspace, farming, the U-505, TONS of space flight tech, and much more.
Museum of Science and Industry, 773/684-1414, 57th at Lake Shore.

Truly stunning world class aquarium. $11-18, some deal days. Sa/Su 9a-6p, Mo-Fr 9a-5p (-6p in summer), some later days.
Rear outside deck has the city's best skyline view. Now with web cams.
Shedd Aquarium, 312/939-2438, 1200 S Lake Shore.

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