Andrew  Do  See
1998.11.13 (week 072)
It's the annual city-wide week-long celebration of my birthday!!!

It's the annual city-wide week-long celebration of my birthday!!!
War, Cameo, Cornelius, Dread Zeppelin, Suicidal Tendencies and Aerosmith are playing and Patti Smith visits. There's over ten good dance things including a BrockOut and Berlin's 15th anniversary. Also a velvet gala, some good art, and new cartoons. Top that you say? How about a Bruce Willis fest, the circus, and a major meteor shower! Wow!!


"Art of the Motorcycle", 75 bikes covering a century of progress.
Field Museum, 312/922-9410, Roosevelt Rd. at Lake Shore. Major show, reportedly will be massively crowded first few weeks.

Too much fun stuff to list. Set aside a whole day.
Museum of Science and Industry, 773/684-1414, 57th at Lake Shore.

"Seahorse Symphony", the amazing seahorse and kin.
Shedd Aquarium, 312/939-2438, 1200 S Lake Shore.

"Pier Walk", more than 100 REALLY impressive huge modern sculptures.
And plenty-o other fun, shops and food. Navy Pier, 312/595-PIER, 600 E Grand.

Mariko Mori, Japanese, explores femininity, various media, some high tech, -1999.03.14. Jana Sterbak, survey of works on notions of beauty, -1999.01.03. Damien Hirst, celebrated and notorius artist, -1999.05.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago Tu/Th/Fr 11a-6p, We 11a-8p, Sa/Su 10a-6p.

Japan 2000: Kisho Kurokawa architecture -1999.01.03, Mary Cassatt 1890s Impressionist -1999.01.10, Julia Margaret 1860s photos of women -1999.01.10, Ancient West Mexican art -1998.11.22, Central African masterpieces -1999.03.14, more.
Art Institute of Chicago, 312/443-3500, 210 S Michigan. MWF 10:30a-4:30p, TuTh 10:30a-8:00p, SaSu 10a-5p, Free Tuesdays.

Surrealist Prints and Alice Hargrave photos -1998.11.15, abstracts, quilts, sculpture.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/744-2400, 78 E Randolph. Mo-We 10a-7p, Th 10a-9p, Fr 10a-6p, Sa 10a-5p, Su 11a-5p.

"Blue Man Group" this stays here on the list until I see the show!
Briar Street Theater, 773/348-4000, 3133 N Halsted, $39-$46.

M.W. Burns audioscapes. He did the piece in one of the MCA windows.
TBA Exhibition Space, 230 W Huron, 3rd floor, 312/587-3300

Jason Salavon, sophisticated algorithmic computer art, -1998.11.28.
Peter Miller Gallery, 740 N Franklin, 312/951-1700.

Digitally remastered episodes of the original Star Trek. A dream come true!
Sci-Fi channel on cable, 6:30p and 10:30p, 1.5hr, includes cast interviews. All episodes in original order, weekdays, with commentary.

Too much dance and art and drama and comedy and poetry and music to cover.
Get yourself a Reader or NewCity.

Velvet Goldmine, Orgazmo, Soldier, Pleasantville, Antz, Roxbury, Pecker, Rush Hour, Clay Pigeons, ...

Friday 1998.11.13:

"Arts Expressions II" (12th), artists and craftspeople exhibiting fine works.
Atrium Mall, James R. Thompson Center, 100 W Randolph, 8a-6p, 312/751-2500.

"Pow Wow" (45th) 75 Midwest/Plains native American tribes come together, public welcome.
U of I Chicago Pavilion, 1150 W Harrison, 773/275-5871, 5p-10p, $8 ($4 kids/seniors).

"Cornelius", Japanese electro-pop.
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee, $10, 9p door, 10p show.

"Afghan Whigs" w/ DJ Sole, all ages, $15, 6p doors, 7p show.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark.

War and Cameo, time? price? Too far anyway, but a great pair-o-bands.
Star Plaza Theater, 219/769-6600, 8001 Delaware St, Merrillville IN.

"Mixing", experimental vocal/musical works by women.
Artemisia Gallery, 700 N Carpenter, 312/226-7323, time? price?

"Strictly Jungle" radio show.
89.3 WNUR, 11p, 312/409-7249.

Probable other places for cool crowds:
Exit (312/395-2700, 1315 W North), MadBar (773/BAR-BAR7, 1640 N Damen), Neo (773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark).

Saturday 1998.11.14:

"Pow Wow" (45th) 75 Midwest/Plains native American tribes come together, public welcome.
U of I Chicago Pavilion, 1150 W Harrison, 773/275-5871, 10a-10p, $8 ($4 kids/seniors).

Chicago Neighborhood Tour: Devon Avenue, 4hr, snack, $28, 1p.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/742-1190, 78 E Randolph.

Bruce Willis week at Brew&View, smoking, heckling, drink deals, fun!
7:30: "Hudson Hawk" w/ Danny Aiello, Andie MacDowell, James Coburn, Sandra Bernhard, ...
9:30: "Armageddon" (great venue for this flick) w/ Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Ben Affleck, ....
midnt: "Fifth Element" (Sa,Th only): (and this one too) w/ Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Milla Jovovich, ...
312/618-VIEW, 3145 N Sheffield, Belmont red line stop.

"Velvet Gala" Visual/performance art (5-7:30p), fashion show (8-9p), DJs (10p-2a), $25 ($15 students).
IIT, 312/409-4661, 3241 S Federal, Hermann Union Bldg.

"Dread Zeppelin" reggae performances of Led Zeppelin songs by an Elvis impersonator.
Cubby Bear, 773/327-1662, 1059 W Addison, time?

"Bonkers!", two rooms, many DJs, cyber-lights, 3000 whistles.
773/509-6437 (Positive Kids), 773/509-6343 (Full Spectrum), 312/329-6126 (Untranslatable).

Wagon Christ, DJ Krush, DJ Sole, by Vibeonauts, $12, 9p.
SmartBar, 773/549-4140, 3730 N Clark.

Probable other places for cool crowds:
950 (773/929-8955, 950 W Wrightwood), Karma (312/321-1331, 318 W Grand), Red Dog (773/278-5138, 1958 W North).

Sunday 1998.11.15:

"Pow Wow" (45th) 75 Midwest/Plains native American tribes come together, public welcome.
U of I Chicago Pavilion, 1150 W Harrison, 773/275-5871, 10a-5p, $8 ($4 kids/seniors).

"Simpsons", new episode. Martin Mull and George Carlin help find Homer's middle name.
Fox, 7p.

"Whip Stitch" eclectic jazz, 8-10:30p, donation.
Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood, pleasant place.

Anniversary Party (15th), drink prices from yesteryear, 11p doors, crowded.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont, (at the Belmont train stop).

"Liquid Soul", great band with a rapper and horn section, 9p-mdnt.
Double Door, 312/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee

Monday 1998.11.16:

"YEAH!!! IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!!!!" (37th) time marches on.
All are encouraged to join me for hanging, talk, alcohol, and techno tunes. Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont (Belmont train stop), free, about 10p.

Tuesday 1998.11.17:

"Leonid Meteor Shower", earth's densest annual event reaches it's 33 year peak.
Best 1-6a, away from city lights (best viewed in China), also on 1998.11.18.

Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, various times.
United Center, 1901 W Madison, -1998.11.29.

"Nocturna", Goth w/ DJ Scary Lady Sarah.
Smart Bar, 773/549-4140, 3730 N Clark.

"Testosterone Tuesday", hard dance music, ultra buff male strippers.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont.

Suicidal Tendencies, all ages, 6:30p, $15.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Wednesday 1998.11.18:

"Leonid Meteor Shower", earth's densest annual event reaches it's 33 year peak.
Best 1-6a, away from city lights (best viewed in China).

"Power Puff Girls" wild cartoon series premier. The Pilot was great.
Cartoon Network on cable TV, 7p, saving the world before nap time.

"Lunacy", cheap drinks, ladies free, industrial, SM/tattoos, pretty darn good.
Crobar, 312/413-7000, 1543 N Kingsbury, best from 10:30p.

Gang Green, SNFU, Beer Nuts, Dummy, Canadian skatecore?
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee, 9p.

"Apocalyptic Visions" short films about the end of the world, 773/235-4055.
Schubas, 773/525-2508, 3159 N Southport, free, 8p.

"Women Obsession", ladies mainly.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont.

Adult skate, bar (sometimes closed), all levels, winter blading!
Rainbo Roller Rink, 773/271-6200, 4836 N Clark, 9:30p-2a, $7.

Thursday 1998.11.19:

Christmas Lighting Ceremony
State from Wacker to Congress, 312/782-9160, when?

Patti Smith signing her new book, 7p, requires ticket, 312/642-5044.
Harold Washington Library, 312/747-4300, 400 S State.

"Aerosmith", 8p.
Peoria Civic Center Arena, too far but worth noting.

"BrockOut" best jungle/drum&bass night in town, moshy from 11p.
Liar's Club, 773/665-1110, 1665 W Fullerton, like a conveniently located rave.